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Name/s: Francesca Coppa, fcoppa, FC
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I am long-time fan and also an academic. I'm one of the founding board members of the OTW, and I'm also Director of Film Studies and Associate Professor of English at Muhlenberg College, where I teach. Right now, I'm doing a lot of work on vidding as a form of remix culture, but I've also written about lots of other stuff: fan fiction, fandom history, dramatic literature, stage magic, performance studies! I also directed a series of short films about vidding for MIT's New Media Literacy project. I testified at the Library of Congress in favor of the DMCA Exemption for Noncommercial Remixers in 2009 and plan to testify in favor of its renewal later this year.

As OTW Board Member

I've done a lot of things so far in OTW. I was the Secretary of the Board and I am a member of ADT. I am currently the Chair of Vidding History and a member of the Communications team. I used to be the Chair of Open Doors and was responsible for setting up the Fan Culture Preservation Project. I'm currently doing some Oral History work.

Bibliography of Fandom-Related Work

Upcoming Talks

@ SCMS Topic: Writing in Public" on panel "Collective Scholarship in Digital Contexts," and "Building a Remix Community" on panel Compilation Film 2.0: Evolving Creative Practices in Remix Culture. March 21-25 2012


Co-editor with Julie Levin Russo, Fan/Remix Video: a special issue of Transformative Works and Cultures, March 15, 2012. Introductory essay, "Fan/Remix Video (A Remix)"

"Sherlock as Cyborg: Bridging Mind and Body," in The Game Is On: The Transmedia Adventures of Sherlock, eds. Busse and Stein (2012)

"Pop culture, fans, and social media," in Routledge Handbook of Social Media (edited Theresa Senft and Jeremy Hunsinger (2012)

"An Editing Room of One's Own: Vidding as Women's Work" p. 123-130 and "How To Suppress Women's Remix" (co-written with Rebecca Tushnet) p. 131-138 in Camera Obscura, Duke University Press, Volume 26, 2011.

"Girl Genius: Nyssa of Traken," in Chicks Dig Time Lords, ed. Tara O'Shea and Lynne Thomas (Mad Norwegian Press, 2010)

"A Fannish Taxonomy Of Hotness." Cinema Journal, Summer, 2009

"Vidding," for Women in Science Fiction and Fantasy: An Encyclopedia, ed. Robin Reid. (North Carolina: Greenwood, 2008) p. 313-315.

"Women, Star Trek and the Early Development of Fannish Vidding," for Transformative Works and Cultures Issue 1, September 15, 2008.

Writing Bodies In Space: Media Fanfiction as Theatrical Performance," in Fan Fiction and Fan Communities in the Age of the Internet, ed. Hellekson & Busse, (MacFarland, 2006) p. 225-244.

"A Brief History of Media Fandom," in Fan Fiction and Fan Communities in the Age of the Internet, ed. Hellekson & Busse, (MacFarland, 2006) p. 41-59.

Other Writing

Curator, In Medias Res. January 28, 2008. “Pressure” - a metavid by the California Crew.

Curator, In Medias Res. November 19, 2007. "Celebrating Kandy Fong: Founder of Fannish Music Video."

Guest Blogger, Gender and Fan Culture Series, Confessions of an Aca-Fan: The Official Weblog of Henry Jenkins. Debate with Robert Kozinets, York University. September 6 -7, 2007. Part One and Part Two.

Lectures and Conferences

Consultant, Spectacle: The Music Video, Contemporary Arts Center, Cincinatti, March 3-September 3, 2012

"Song Choice: The Key To Vidding" Middlebury College, January 23, 2012.

"The Feminist Spectator as Vidder," National Women's Studies Association conference, November 10-13, 2011.

"Handmade Multiculturalism," Multicultural Film Series, Muhlenberg College, October 27, 2011.

"Fair Use and Remix Culture: Transforming Consumers into Makers of Culture," Yale Law Tech Speakers Series, Yale University, September 21, 2011.

"Copyright and Freedom of Expression: Leadership in Communication Research," ICA, May 27, 2011.

Transmedia, Hollywood 2: Visual Culture and Design, April 8, 2011. UCLA.

Fair Use as Civil Right: Expansion of Expression for Scholars, Teachers, Learners, SCMS, March 12, 2011.

"Remix Before YouTube: Analog Remix" @ University of Pennsylvania Cinema Studies Faculty Colloquium, Dec 1, 2010.

“Fan Art as Counternarrative: Responding to Popular Culture.” Cooper Union's Interdisciplinary Seminar, November 9, 2010

Curator, "Vidding 2007-2009", 24/7 2010: The State of the Art in DIY, USC, Hammer Auditorium, Los Angeles, October 8, 2010

"Theory of Remix: Part I," at Open Video Conference, October 1, 2010.

Curator, with Elisa Kreisinger, Vidding Exhibition for Open Video Conference, October 1-2 2010.

"Minority Report: Fan Works and Multicultural Voices," Bard College, March 4, 2010.

"Things We Don't Have In The Future...And How Fan Arts Can Help" University of the Arts, Sept 23, 2009.

"Who Owns Pop Culture? Remix and Fair-Use in the Age of Corporate Mass Media," Open Video Conference, June 20, 2009.

IP/Gender, American University School of Law, April 24, 2008.

"Women's Work" (with Rebecca Tushnet). Gender on the Frontiers: Confronting Intersectionalities. Columbia Journal of Gender and Law Triennial Symposium: April 10, 2009

"Music as a tool for analyzing visual media," at Mashup: The Future of Cultural Production and Ownership. March 12-13, 2009. The Ohio State University Moritz College of Law (in conjunction with the Wexner Center for the Arts).

"Fair Use and the Future of the Commons," USC/ Institute for Multimedia Literacy, October 27, 2008.

"Media Cannibals: A History of Vidding Women," IP/Gender: Mapping the Connections, American University School of Law, April 4, 2008.

"Media Fetish: The Vidshow." Beyond Queer: The Spectacle of the Performing Body; Pride Event: Brown University, April 6, 2008. Partial Transcript.

"From Number One to First Lady: Trek's Christine Chapel and the Development of Fannish Music Video," Slash 3: The Final Cut (Leicester, UK; Feb 25, 2008)

"Geneology of Vidding," 24/7: A DIY Video Summit (February 8-10, 2008; School of Cinematic Arts, University of Southern California)

Panelist, Ad Hoc Vox: a discussion addressing the creation of fictitious identities in narrative. Bellwether Gallery. November 27, 2007.

"'We are controlling transmission': Female Video Editors and the Literary Music Video." "Creative Transformation: Specificity and Continuity in Unofficial Creative Authorship," MIT5: Creativity, Ownership, and Collaboration in the Digital Age (April 27-29, 2007)

"Media Cannibals: A History of Vidding Women," Inside/Outside: The Gaze and PsychoAnalysis. Feminism(s): Film, Video, and Politics Symposium. University of Hartford, April 21, 2007

"Embodying the Geek Hierarchy: Media Fanfiction and Theatrical Performance," Fantasy and Fan Fiction: Merging Modes and Genres in Appropriated Texts. ICFA, March 17-20, 2005.

Media Appearances

Inteviewed by Margot Adler about Pottermore for NPR's All Things Considered. Pottermore Brings Harry Potter To The Digital World. June 23, 2011.

Bookstore Reading, "Chicks Dig Time Lords," Bluestockings Bookstore, March 19, 2010

Interviewed for National Public Radio's All Things Considered segment on vidding: Vidders Talk Back To Their Pop-Culture Muses by Neda Ulaby, broadcast February 25, 2009.

Invited participant, "Will Code of Best Practices Help Video Mash-Up Artists Stay Legal?" by Mark Glaser, PBS MediaShift. Email roundtable on the Code of Best Practices in Fair Use for Online Video. Part one, including me: July 30, 2008; Parts two and three: Aug. 4 and 11, 2008. Part One Part Two Part Three

"Remixing Television: Francesca Coppa on the vidding underground," interview by Jesse Walker, Reason: Free Minds and Free Markets. August/September 2008, p. 57-63.

Talking Head/Interviewee, A Video Summit, Anthrovlog. 2008.

NPR/PRI's "Open Source Radio" hour-long exploration of "Fan Fiction," broadcast on June 13th, 2005, 6-7 PM.

Video Work

Director, [ttp:// Vidding], a documentary on remix culture produced by the Organization for Transformative Works in partnership with MIT and New Media Literacy, 2008. Edited by Laura Shapiro. Sound by AbsoluteDestiny. Segments include:

  1. What is Vidding? (2:48)
  2. Technology and Tools (3:09)
  3. Good Vids, Bad Vids (3:18)
  4. I like to watch (3:19)
  5. Collaboration and Community (3:03)
  6. Why We Vid (3:50)