Credit to: aroceu @ byaro (either/or is fine)
Base style: Plain (Tabula Rasa)
Best resolution: 1200x800 is my default but it should look fine on any modern desktop (hopefully)
Tested in: Google Chrome, Safari, Firefox
Features: Two column, fixed width, supports all modules
live preview/usage @ gimmelove
(click through this fake cut for the instructions and code!)
If you tried to schedule a second import while the first one was still running, at any time in the past 10 days or so, you may have confused the poor thing. If you think your import should be finished by now and it isn't, and you're seeing "Aborted" on the Importer Status part of the Importer page, feel free to open a support request in the Importer category and we'll look into it for you. (It may take a little bit before you get a response; those of us who have the access to look into importer problems have been really busy for the past two weeks or so, and I at least need a few days to catch my breath a bit before diving back into the fray! But we'll do what we can.)
I hope all y'all are continuing to settle in well to your new home!
Before we get into all the things I have to cover, though: Given the reasons most people are citing for not wanting to agree to LiveJournal's new ToS, I'd like to take a moment and ask: if you're able to (and only if you're able!), please consider donating to the Russian LGBT Network/Российская ЛГБТ-сеть. They not only do excellent work across the Russian Federation, but are currently mobilizing to help evacuate LGBT people in Chechnya who are in danger of detention or death. (EDIT: If you're outside Russia, you can donate through All Out; the Russian LGBT Network website won't accept donations from outside Russia.)
To our friends in Russia who are LGBT and those who are against the mistreatment of anyone because of their sexual orientation: We stand with you. Please stay safe above all else, but if it would be safe for you to post that link, the LGBT Network is asking that as many people as possible publicly share the information that the LGBT Network is ready to help. (They also ask that you do not contact people in Chechnya directly to let them know, as there are reports the authorities are searching people's phones and computers for evidence of sexual orientation.)
The rest of this post is primarily to give y'all new folks a brief orientation (or as brief as I am ever capable of; no one has ever called me concise) to help you settle in, although I hope at least some of it will be useful (or at least interesting!) to those of you who have been with us for a while. Come with me as we discuss Dreamwidth's history, a bit of what (we think) makes us special, the answers to a few common questions about how we roll, and a few useful tips that may help you with the transition.
( Dreamwidth 101! )
Whew! That was a lot to throw at y'all at once, I know. (Yes, I always am this longwinded. And I always use this many parentheses.) Everybody who's been here for a while: thank you for your patience as I got our new arrivals up to speed! We'll be back in a few weeks with a code push and a bunch of new features and fixes, so the next news post should be more broadly applicable.
In the meantime, let's have a welcome party in the comments:
* If you're looking for new people to subscribe to you, leave a comment with some basic info about your journal and what you tend to write about! Then everybody can browse around and meet each other. (There's also 2017revival and addme, both of which are unofficial but bustling lately; holler if you know of any more.)
* If you've been here for a while and have a favorite community that's active, drop a link and a brief description!
* If you're new or you've been here for a while, and you're looking for an active community on a particular topic, leave a comment with what you're looking for and people can recommend you some options. (We've done this a few times before, as "the great community rec-o-matic", and it's never a bad time for another round.)
* If you know of any scripts, resources, extensions, tools, or toys that will help someone make the move, get settled in, or customize their DW experience once they're here, drop a link and a description in the comments. (We can't be responsible for unofficial tools, scripts, extensions, etc, so use at your own risk, but I know there are a bunch of them floating around!)
Finally, a quick note on the importer queue: it's still going, I swear. The jobs finishing now are the ones that were scheduled around 48 hours ago, though, so we really appreciate how patient y'all are being!
As always, if you're having problems with Dreamwidth, Support can help you; for notices of site problems and downtime, check dw_maintenance and the Twitter status account. (We can't do support through Twitter, though! Open a support request instead. Me trying to fit into 140 characters is not a pretty sight.)
Comment notifications may be delayed for an hour or two, due to the high volume of notifications generated after an update is posted to dw_news. This was posted at 5:30AM EDT (see in your time zone). Please don't worry about delayed notifications until at least two hours after that.
Journal of Fandom Studies: Disability, Pedagogy, and Identity in Fan Studies Classrooms
Disability stands as a unique category of identity and experience, as it has multiple entry points, and its duration varies from person to person. In the classroom, these disabilities, as well as the other gender, sexual, and racial identities with which they intersect become “identities-in-process” (Gray-Rosendale and Birnley 2011, pp 218). The popular culture, and by implication Fan Studies, classrooms in which these students learn become places to grapple with the questions born from the multiple, complex identities of students with disabilities.
As Fan Studies classrooms develop emerging pedagogies and consider how students’ identities impact their engagements with media texts, the question arises of how teaching fandom impacts the lived realities of students and instructors. For students and instructors with disabilities, this different representation and engagement may be particularly fraught.
- How does a consideration of disability as a category of identity play out when teaching fan studies?
- How can we interrogate the assumed “safety” of fan spaces?
- How does such an interrogation impact our understanding of Fan Studies classrooms as “safe spaces” as well?
- How do we as Fan Studies scholars and teachers resist the medical model of disability by avoiding diagnostic labels?
- How do we explore and incorporate a pedagogy that critically examines disability and its intersecting identities in the classroom?
- How do we study disability in fandom and in the media texts themselves and open our classrooms to that exploration?
- How does fandom reveal the politicized nature of identity and disability in ways larger cultural readings do not?
This special issue of the Journal of Fandom Studies aims to investigate the intersection of disability studies and fan studies. We welcome all explorations of this intersection, but are especially excited about discussions of how the pedagogy we employ, as well as the texts we teach and identities we embody, impact our students and our teaching.
We encourage you to define disability broadly as you examine your chosen text. Analysis of texts of all media are accepted and encouraged.
Submit proposals of 500–600 words by May 12, 2017 to issue guest editor
Katherine Anderson Howell
for July 2018 publication.