The first issue of Transformative Works and Cultures is now available. Table of contents below, along with a call for submissions for Issue 2, on Games.
TWC Editor: Transforming academic and fan cultures
Abigail De Kosnik: Participatory democracy and Hillary Clinton’s marginalized fandom
Louisa Ellen Stein: “Emotions-Only” versus “Special People”: Genre in fan discourse
Anne Kustritz: Painful pleasures: Sacrifice, consent, and the resignification of BDSM symbolism in “The Story of O” and “The Story of Obi”
Francesca Coppa: Women, “Star Trek,” and the early development of fannish vidding
Catherine Tosenberger: “The epic love story of Sam and Dean”: “Supernatural,” queer readings, and the romance of incestuous fan fiction
Madeline Ashby: Ownership, authority, and the body: Does antifanfic sentiment reflect posthuman anxiety?
Michael A. Arnzen: The unlearning: Horror and transformative theory
Sam Ford: Soap operas and the history of fan discussion
Dana L. Bode: And now, a word from the amateurs
Rebecca Lucy Busker: On symposia: LiveJournal and the shape of fannish discourse
Cathy Cupitt: Nothing but Net: When cultures collide
Bob Rehak: Fan labor audio feature introduction
TWC Editor: Interview with Henry Jenkins
Veruska Sabucco: Interview with Wu Ming
TWC Editor: Interview with the Audre Lorde of the Rings
Mary Dalton: “Teen television: Essays on programming and fandom,” edited by Sharon Marie Ross and Louisa Ellen Stein
Eva Marie Taggart: “Fans: The mirror of consumption,” by Cornel Sandvoss
Katarina Maria Hjarpe: “Cyberspaces of their own,” by Rhiannon Bury
Barna William Donovan: “The new influencers,” by Paul Gillin
And here is the CFP for Issue 2:
Special Issue: Games as Transformative Works
Transformative Works and Cultures, Vol. 2 (Spring 2009)
Deadline: November 15, 2008
Guest Editor: Rebecca Carlson
Transformative Works and Cultures (TWC) invites essays on gaming and gaming culture as transformative work. We are interested in game studies in all its theoretical and practical breadth, but even more so in the way fan culture shapes itself around and through gaming interfaces. Potential topics include but are not limited to game audiences as fan cultures; anthropological approaches to game design and game engagement; on- and off-line game experiences; textual and cultural analysis of games; fan appropriations and manipulations of games; and intersections between games and other fan artifacts.
TWC is a new Open Access, international peer-reviewed online journal published by the Organization for Transformative Works. TWC aims to provide a publishing outlet that welcomes fan-related topics and to promote dialogue between the academic community and the fan community. The first issue of TWC (September 2008) is available at http://journal.transformativeworks.org/. TWC accepts rolling electronic submissions of full essays through its Web site, where full guidelines are provided. The final deadline for inclusion in the special games issue is November 15, 2008.
TWC encourages innovative works that situate popular media, fan communities, and transformative works within contemporary culture via a variety of critical approaches, including but not limited to feminism, queer theory, critical race studies, political economy, ethnography, reception theory, literary criticism, film studies, and media studies. Submissions should fit into one of three categories of varying scope:
Theory: These often interdisciplinary essays with a conceptual focus and a theoretical frame offer expansive interventions in the field of fan studies. Peer review. Length, 5,000-8,000 words plus a 100-250-word abstract.
Praxis: These essays may apply a specific theory to a formation or artifact; explicate fan practice; perform a detailed reading of a specific text; or otherwise relate transformative phenomena to social, literary, technological, and/or historical frameworks. Peer review. Length, 4,000-7,000 words plus a 100-250-word abstract.
Symposium: Symposium is a section of concise, thematically contained essays. These short pieces provide insight into current developments and debates surrounding any topic related to fandom or transformative media and cultures. Editorial review. Length, 1,500-2,500 words.
Submission information: http://journal.transformativeworks.org/index.php/twc/about/submissions