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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

Five Things Szabó Dorottya 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 one of our Fanhackers staffers on our Communications Committee. How does what you do as a volunteer fit into what the OTW does? Our organisation’s mission is to preserve and provide access to fanwork and fan culture, and part of that work is describing this culture. By now, fandom studies as a discipline is well established with its… 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

OTW Guest Post: Martyna Szczepaniak

Every month the OTW hosts guest posts on our OTW News accounts to provide an outside perspective on the OTW or aspects of fandom. These posts express each individual’s personal views and do not necessarily reflect the views of the OTW or constitute OTW policy. Martyna Szczepaniak is finishing her post-graduate studies in linguistics at Jagiellonian University. She is interested in the ways in which people are using language and genres on the Internet, including (one may even say focusing on) fannish texts. Today, Martyna talks about the MCU and her article in Transformative Works and Cultures. How did you first find out about fandom… Read more