Transformative Works and Cultures Releases No. 29

Transformative Works and Cultures has released No. 29, titled Fans of Color, Fandoms of Color.

The essays in this issue describe, interpret, and contextualize transformative works and practices by fans of color, about characters of color, or both. Fandoms include Harry Potter, Game of Thrones (via #DemThrones), The Walking Dead, Black Panther, and How to Get Away with Murder.

Other essays discuss K-pop, slash, parody videos, Filipino fans, and martial arts.

The next issue of TWC, No. 30, is a general (unthemed) issue. It will appear on September 15, 2019.

We welcome new submissions for the upcoming special issue on “Fandom and Theatre” (essays due January 15, 2020). We particularly invite fans to submit Symposium articles.

We accept on a rolling basis submissions for our general issues, which always appear on September 15. Symposium essays may be submitted after the posted cutoff date; email us for info.

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  1. Papaneko commented:

    This is a personal opinion, but I’m very much not fond of using the term “of color” when the subject includes things and/or people outside the US.

    I understand the convenience of having a shorthand for “anything non-white/caucasian” when talking about things from a mostly white-default framework, but white-default is not the default beyond a handful of nations on earth. And so, when the subject reaches into international territory, as seems to be the case here, then I have to say, as a non-caucasian and non-US citizen, the term “of color” does leave a bad taste. “Of color” is very much not how I think of my identity/ethnicity in relation to the white/caucasian identity/ethnicity, you see.

    I’m not a scholar, nor am I in academia. I don’t know if maybe there is a specific reason why the title chosen needs to be what it is. This is just my personal bone with the term, and perhaps general exhaustion with the pervasiveness of US-centrism in english speaking fandom. Tl;dr, just my 2 cents. *shrugs*