TWC No. 41, Chinese Fandoms, released


Transformative Works and Cultures has released No. 41, “Chinese Fandoms”, guest edited by Zhen Troy Chen and Celia Lam. 

This issue “seeks to dispel both the celebrity/media text dichotomy view of Chinese fandom as well as the factional perspective favored by media”. Further, the guest editors state that the issue “seeks to locate fandom within the evolving Chinese media landscape by articulating the role of fans as they take an increasingly central position.” 

The essays in this issue focus on mapping the flow of Chinese media texts across global popular cultures, reflecting on the role of fandom, and emphasizing the labor of Chinese fans, among other concerns.  Each issue includes articles representing theory, fannish meta, and book reviews.

The next issue of TWC, No. 42, is a special issue titled “Fandoms and Platforms”. It will appear on March 15th, 2024. 

TWC’s current calls for papers include the following issues:

General issue, September 2024 (ROLLING SUBMISSION)
AI and Fandom, March 2025 (January 1, 2024)
Sports Fandom, March 2025 (January 1, 2024)