Transformative Works and Cultures Releases Issue No. 36

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Transformative Works and Cultures has released No. 36, a general issue.

The essays in this issue focus on racial discourses, historical transformative communities, queerbaiting, owen-jouei, ethics of autoethnography, and more. Fandoms include Big Brother, pro-wrestling, and Harley Quinn. The editorial, “A new generation,” welcomes incoming editors in chief Poe Johnson and Mel Stanfill. Each issue includes articles representing theory, fannish meta, and book reviews, such as the following:

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Changes to Support and Policy & Abuse Responsibilities

In order to better balance the workloads of our Support and Policy & Abuse committees, we are making some changes to who is responsible for which kinds of requests.

Policy & Abuse will continue to address Terms of Service violations, and Support will continue to answer questions on how to use the site and address bug reports, as always. But there are some cases which Policy & Abuse have previously been handling, and which will now be handled by Support. These are:

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TWC Announces New Coeditors

Transformative Works and Cultures is pleased to announce that Dr. Mel Stanfill and Dr. Poe Johnson will soon be joining the editorial team as coeditors. Dr. Stanfill is an associate professor at the University of Central Florida in the department of English. Dr. Poe Johnson is an assistant teaching professor in media and communications at Drew University.

Drs. Stanfill and Johnson join TWC as coeditors with the intention to “continue the important work of expanding and diversifying the field, both in objects and approaches” in three key ways: (1) seeking out research that looks at specifically nonwhite and/or non-Western fandoms, (2) featuring work that complicates the transformative/affirmative binary further, and (3) tempering the tendency of the field to be overly celebratory.

Additionally, the incoming editors intend to expand and strengthen the internal structure of TWC. Dr. Stanfill shared that they “look forward to building from the strong foundation Dr. Busse and Dr. Hellekson have cultivated since the journal began while pushing in new directions–and getting to read all the newest, most cutting-edge research before anybody else!” Following that, Dr. Johnson added: “I’m excited to finally be given the opportunity to destroy fan studies from within! In all seriousness, it is truly a pleasure to be working with Dr. Busse and Dr. Hellekson in order to contribute to the legacy of this great journal, while broadening its previous delimitations.”

After fifteen years as founding editors of Transformative Works and Cultures, Dr. Kristina Busse and Dr. Karen Hellekson will be stepping down from their joint role within the next year. Both are thrilled to welcome Drs. Stanfill and Johnson as TWC, and the fan studies field, continues to grow into new areas.