Posts in Transformative Works and Cultures

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

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.

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… Read more

Transformative Works and Cultures Releases No. 32

Transformative Works and Cultures announces the release of No. 32, “Fandom and Politics,” guest edited by Ashley Hinck and Amber Davisson. Topics include memes that circulated during the 2016 US presidential election, sports fan activism during the 2016 Rio Games, and MAGA as fandom. Fandoms include Doctor Who, Wolfenstein II, and Taylor Swift. And what issue on this topic would be complete without a discussion of Supernatural’s Misha Collins?