With FSNNA going virtual again this year, our policies have been tailored to reflect an online environment. Please take a moment to review them before you continue with registration.

Statement on Systemic Racism

FSN North America reaffirms our dedication to advancing and promoting conversations about race and fandom within the field of fan studies. We recommit to uplifting marginalized voices and continuing to decenter the whiteness of fan studies at both our annual conference and through our online presence. We pledge to help make fan studies a welcoming and progressive space for all, and that includes a consistent effort to address critiques, make necessary changes, and do better.

Anti-Harassment Policy

FSN-NA is dedicated to providing a harassment-free conference experience for everyone, regardless of gender, gender identity and expression, sexual orientation, disability, physical appearance, body size, race, or religion. 

We expect attendees to be respectful in their interactions with one another. If an attendee has specified their pronouns (this can be indicated in the user profile on Discord), use them. We do not tolerate derogatory language based on any aspect of a person’s identity. 

If during the conference you have concerns about your privacy, or about any other behaviour that contravenes the Code of Conduct, please let one of the organizers know, either by email (fsnna.conference@gmail.com), in a direct message on Discord (the organizer on call will be listed in the #safety channel). You can also ping all on-duty organizers by typing @orgs in any channel on Discord. You can also message us directly on Twitter (@FSNNorthAmerica).

Code of Conduct

Everyone who participates in FSNNA21 online events, both presenters and non-presenting attendees, is subject to our Code of Conduct.

  • We will be recording Zoom sessions for asynchronous viewing during the conference.
    • FSNNA does not permit the copying, downloading, or distribution of recorded Zoom sessions.
    • If you wish to access the Keynote or Plenary recording after the conference has ended. please contact fsnna.conference@gmail.com with your request. We will consider it in consultation with that event’s participants.
    • FSNNA does not permit any recording or distribution of online sessions by registered attendees, including Salons, Workshops, Panels, Keynotes, or Plenary talks.
  • We will be conducting text-based discussion on the conference Discord server during the conference. Contents of the server will be deleted following the conference.
    • You may not republish another person’s written comments from the FSNNA Discord server or Zoom chat without the writer’s express permission. You may paraphrase discussion, but connecting someone’s written or spoken comments with their name or social media handle without their express permission will be treated as a violation of this policy.
  • During Zoom sessions, we ask that you adhere to these guidelines:

    • Keep your microphone muted when you’re not speaking.
    • If you have a question or comment, use the chat to raise your hand and wait until you are called on to unmute.
    • In the event of high attendance at an event, moderators may ask attendees to use the chat exclusively and read selected comments aloud.
    • If you are a presenter using screen-sharing, please have a link ready to post in the chat to pdf versions of any slides or handouts.
    • If you are using screen sharing, please try to describe orally what is being shown for those who might be attending via audio only.

(these guidelines have been adapted from the Con.Txt 2020 online code of conduct)

Twitter Policy

  1. Use the conference hashtag (#FSNNA21) in each tweet so that all tweets about the conference are easy to follow.
  2. When tweeting about panels, tag the panel number with FSN at the start (#FSN1A, #FSN1B, etc.) so that anybody interested in following the conversations for that specific panel can easily locate the relevant tweets (and prevents unnecessary confusion with other hashtags…).
  3. Include Twitter handles of presenters if they’re provided.
  4. Don’t tag someone being discussed in a presentation into the conversation unless the presenter expresses an interest in doing so (for example, if someone was critiquing Jason Rothenberg’s handling of Lexa’s death in a presentation, it would be ill-advised to tag Rothenberg into the conversation). Snitch tweeting can cause uninvited conflict even when done with the best intentions.
  5. If you’re presenting and you have materials you’re willing to share, it’s worthwhile to tweet them out. This is especially important for anyone who cannot attend the conference, but may be following the live-tweets at home.
  6. If you are presenting and you don’t want your talk to be live-tweeted, please let your panel know! And please be respectful of people’s wishes not to be live-tweeted