Transformative Works and Cultures has released No. 38, which is a general (unthemed) issue. Topics in this issue include non-Western fandom including K-pop fans in Vietnam, Chinese rollercoaster fandom and more; they also include essays on erotic imaginary in femslash and nonbinary identities in fan fiction; and finally, essays tease out the nuances in the transformative/affirmative imaginary via Taylor Swift fandom, anime fans, and a special section on conventions during the Covid-19 pandemic. Each issue includes articles representing theory, fannish meta, and book reviews, such as the following:
- “Pic sets, fan cognition, and fannish networks of meaning”
- “What did they smell like?: Fans creating intimacy through smell and odor”
- “Green milk: The environmental eatymologies of Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge”
TWC will publish two special issues in the coming year. “Trans Fandom,” guest edited by Jennifer Duggan and Angie Fazekas, is slated for a March 2023 release. Additionally, “Chinese Fandoms,” guest edited by Zhen Troy Chen and Celia Lam, is slated for a March 2023 release.
TWC’s current call for papers includes the following issue:
- “Centering Blackness in Fan Studies, [papers due January 1, 2023]
- “Fandoms and Platforms”, [papers due January 1, 2023.]
We accept on a rolling basis submissions for our general issues, which always appear on September 15.