TWC Releases Issue No. 35

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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:

We particularly invite fans to submit Symposium articles for future issues, including the general issue being released on September 15, 2021. Symposium works are also still being accepted for the issue on Fandom Histories which will appear on March 15, 2022.

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TWC releases Issue No. 34

Transformative Works and Cultures has released No. 34, a general (unthemed) issue.

Topics in this issue include podfic and podcasts, transactivist engagement, sexual identity, and cosplay. Fandoms include Harry Potter and One Direction, and fan engagement includes Hindi and Malaysian perspectives. The editorial, “What’s in a Name?,” addresses the fraught nature of the term “fan studies” in the context of recent sociopolitical events.

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TWC releases No. 33, “Fan Studies Methodologies”

Transformative Works and Cultures has released No. 33, “Fan Studies Methodologies,” guest edited by Julia E. Largent, Milena Popova, and Elise Vist.

This issue’s contents emphasize what the editors call the multi-inter-para-disciplinary nature of the field of fan studies, with contributions addressing topics related to methodology, such as subject position, feminism, affect/feelings, (self-)presentation, race, and power.

So what we set out to do in this special issue of Transformative Works and Cultures is start conversations on how we do fan studies. We want this conversation to recognize the strengths, diversity, and potential of our field. At the same time, we want it to start grappling with some of the challenges we face: the citational elisions, the affect and embodiedness of our work, our at times conflicting/conflicted dual positionality as fans and scholars, the sometimes failed dialogue with fans who can and do talk back.

We hope that this special issue will give you ideas for new approaches (and new collaborators!), will help you pinpoint and begin to address some of your own methodological anxieties, and will challenge you to think outside your theoretical and methodological comfort zone. We also very much hope that this is only the start of this conversation. We are not interested in canonizing one particular or even several methodologies. Rather, much like the fans we study, we would like to encourage you to build your own fanons of fan studies.

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