Posts in Transformative Works and Cultures

TWC releases No. 37, “Fandom Histories”

Transformative Works and Cultures has released No. 37, “Fandom Histories,” guest edited by Philipp Dominik Keidl and Abby S. Waysdorf. This issue “explores the role of fans in the making of histories and examines the practices and media fans use to tell stories about the past” and “contributes to the study of historical representations produced by fans and the complex dynamics and impact of these fan-made histories.” The editors highlight five key directions for fan studies’ engagement with history: (1) The impact fan histories have on fan communities. (2) The materials and evidence fans collect. (3) The production of media that presents itself as truthful,… Read more

TWC Restructures Submission Guidelines

Transformative Works and Cultures issue no. 38 will usher in a new structure: the sections Theory and Praxis will be replaced by a new section, Article, and the journal’s word minimums will change. The new changes are already reflected on TWC’s submissions page. An Article’s length will be a maximum of 8,000 words, plus a 100–250-word abstract. A Symposium piece’s length will be a maximum of 4,000 words, plus a 2-sentence abstract, bumping it up from the previous length of Symposium pieces. TWC’s new co-editors Mel Stanfill and Poe Johnson, who officially assumed their roles on January 1st, spoke to the importance of these changes… Read more

Transformative Works and Cultures Releases Issue No. 36

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: Tumblr’s Xkit Guy, social media modding, and code as resistance Sneakerheads as fandom and participatory culture Not King Alfred’s Brexit

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… Read more

TWC Releases Issue No. 35

Transformative Works and Cultures has released issue No. 35, a special issue on Fan Studies Pedagogies, edited by Paul Booth and Regina Yung Lee. The essays in this issue explore the expansion of fan studies as an academic field and how the growing visibility of fandom and fan activities in popular culture have led to more instructors using students’ fandoms in the classroom, as well as teaching fan studies as a topic in and of itself. The issue includes articles representing theory, fannish meta, and book reviews, such as the following: Fan fiction comments and their relationship to classroom learning Students as fan, or Reinvention… Read more