Posts in Transformative Works and Cultures

Transformative Works and Cultures Releases Issue No. 42

Transformative Works and Cultures has released No. 42, “Fandoms and Platforms”, guest edited by Maria Alberto, Effie Sapuridis, and Lesley Willard. The essays in this issue focus on “The platform as the foundation of digital media”, as well as “fan activity of various kinds [which is] built upon and through specific spaces, technologies, and cultural norms”. Each issue includes articles representing theory, fannish meta, and book reviews. This issue groups its articles into three broad categories: architecture, community, and power. Some examples include: “It’s not your tumblr”: Commentary-style tagging practices in fandom communities Discord as a fandom platform: Locating a new playground The fading of… Read more

Five Things with Tanya D. Zuk

Every month or so the OTW will be doing a Q&A with one of its volunteers about their experiences in the organization. The posts express each volunteer’s personal views and do not necessarily reflect the views of the OTW or constitute OTW policy. Today’s post is with Tanya D. Zuk, who volunteers for Transformative Works & Cultures. How does what you do as a volunteer fit into what the OTW does? As an Assistant Editor for Transformative Works & Cultures (TWC), I help to review incoming scholarship on fans and transformative works by connecting articles with peer reviewers, synthesizing feedback, and maintaining journal standards. But… Read more

Transformative Works and Cultures Releases Issue No. 41

Transformative Works and Cultures has released No. 41, “Chinese Fandoms”, guest edited by Zhen Troy Chen and Celia Lam. This issue “seeks to dispel both the celebrity/media text dichotomy view of Chinese fandom as well as the factional perspective favored by media”. Further, the guest editors state that the issue “seeks to locate fandom within the evolving Chinese media landscape by articulating the role of fans as they take an increasingly central position.” The essays in this issue focus on mapping the flow of Chinese media texts across global popular cultures, reflecting on the role of fandom, and emphasizing the labor of Chinese fans, among… Read more

Five Things Mel Stanfill Said

Every month or so the OTW will be doing a Q&A with one of its volunteers about their experiences in the organization. The posts express each volunteer’s personal views and do not necessarily reflect the views of the OTW or constitute OTW policy. Today’s post is with Mel Stanfill, who volunteers as a journal editor for our journal Transformative Works and Cultures (TWC). How does what you do as a volunteer fit into what the OTW does? If we think of the part of the OTW’s mission about preserving the “fannish economy, values, and creative expression by protecting and nurturing our fellow fans, our work,… Read more

Transformative Works and Cultures Releases Issue No. 40

Transformative Works and Cultures has released No. 40, our annual general issue. The opening editorial of this issue works to stake our the “state of the field” and remarks that: “As long as fan studies continues to primarily examine white fandom spaces and thus also white voices, white bodies, and white ideas to the exclusion of everyone else and the detriment of full knowledge of fandom, it will continue to be a field that conventionalizes white supremacist ideology.” This issue, as coeditors Mel Stanfill and Poe Johnson explain in their editorial, does “not yet [fulfil their] vision of combatting fan studies’ whiteness problem; however, various… Read more