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[ecrea] CfP Special issue of Transformative Works and Cultures: Fan Studies Methodologies
Fri Oct 06 16:55:17 GMT 2017
*CfP Special issue of Transformative Works and Cultures: Fan Studies
Methodologies (deadline 1/1/19)*
Fan studies is an interdisciplinary field, with scholars in disciplines
ranging from cultural studies to law, from sociology to library science,
all bringing their unique perspectives to bear on research about fans.
As a result, fan studies is methodologically eclectic: approaches can
include a combination of quantitative, qualitative, highly theoretical,
practice-based, online, offline, archival, legal, textual, and/or
community-centred methods, and this is far from an exhaustive list. This
gives the field flexibility to address a huge variety of research
questions while also posing challenges with regards to methodology
selection and compatibility, different perspectives on rigour, as well
as ethics and researcher positionality. The ways we do fan studies are
as different, interesting, and challenging of academic norms as the
things and people that we study.
The goal for this special issue of Transformative Works and Cultures,
therefore, is to set a common but varied ground for doing research as a
fan studies scholar. While it is clear that fan studies does use
specific methodologies, those methods aren’t always explicitly stated or
considered (Evans and Stasi, 2014). We recognize the variety of
disciplines that make up fan studies scholarship, and seek to express a
common sense of ethics, practices, stances, without privileging one as
‘the’ methodology. Despite being interdisciplinary and methodologically
eclectic, the tradition of scholarship in the model of Textual Poachers
has shaped what we see as “fan studies” (Ford, 2014), though other
approaches have also emerged, such as Chin and Hitchcock-Morimoto (2013)
who argue for an affective definition of transcultural fans, and Reid
(2009) who highlights the queer practices of non-normative fans and fandoms.
We seek submissions that address or challenge that shaping, and explore
and theorize key methodological challenges and approaches within fan
studies. We encourage articles that address not just the how-to of a
method, but also why -- theoretically, ethically, fannishly -- that
method is a good choice (or, perhaps, why it is not a good choice in
some cases), and we particularly encourage articles that consider the
ethical dimension as an essential and integral part of research
methodology. We welcome submissions from scholars with experience within
academia as well as those working outside academic institutions, and
those who conduct research on fans while primarily identifying as fans
rather than scholars.
Potential topics include but are not limited to:
* The dual positionality of those who study fans, as both fans and
researchers (aka the “aca-fandom” question)
* The theory and practice of interdisciplinarity in fan studies
* Conducting research outside the support structures of academic
* Negotiating disciplinary and institutional requirements with
personal, fannish ethics
* Researching fans online and offline
* Practice-based research methodologies
* Feminist and other caring approaches to the relationship between
researcher and researched in fan studies
* Quantitative and mixed methods approaches to fan studies
* The place of qualitative scholarship in fan studies
* Fan perspectives on fan studies methodologies
* Community building among fans and scholars
* Citational practices in fandom and fan studies
* Embedding intersectional practices in research methods
* The challenges/solutions to studying underrepresented fandoms, fans,
and fannish phenomena
* The role of (mitigating) shame in fan studies methods
* "Bringing in" and "working out towards" adjacent fields, for
instance Porn studies, Queer Studies, Critical Race Studies, etc.
We also welcome shorter pieces showcasing specific practical challenges,
methods, and tools for the contemporary fan studies scholar.
* Chin, Bertha, and Lori Morimoto. "Towards a theory of transcultural
fandom."/Participations/ 10, no. 1 (2013): 92–108.
* Evans, Adrienne, and Mafalda Stasi. "Desperately seeking methods: New
directions in fan studies research." /Participations/ 11, no. 2 (2014):
* Ford, Sam. "Fan studies: Grappling with an ‘Undisciplined’discipline."
/Journal of Fandom Studies 2/, no. 1 (2014): 53–71.
* Reid, Robin Anne. "Thrusts in the dark: slashers' queer practices."
/Extrapolation/ 50, no. 3 (2009): 463–483.
Transformative Works and Cultures (TWC,
http://journal.transformativeworks.org/) is an international
peer-reviewed online Gold Open Access publication of the nonprofit
Organization for Transformative Works copyrighted under a Creative
Commons License. TWC aims to provide a publishing outlet that welcomes
fan-related topics and to promote dialogue between the academic
community and the fan community. TWC accommodates academic articles of
varying scope as well as other forms that embrace the technical
possibilities of the Web and test the limits of the genre of academic
*Theory:* Conceptual essays. Peer review, 6,000–8,000 words.
*Praxis:* Case study essays. Peer review, 5,000–7,000 words.
*Symposium:* Short commentary. Editorial review, 1,500–2,500 words.
Please visit TWC's Web site
(http://journal.transformativeworks.org/) for complete submission
guidelines, or e-mail the TWC Editor (editor AT
/Contact/—Contact guest editors *Julia Largent* (@julialargent),
*Milena Popova* (@elmyra), and *Elise Vist* (@visticuffs) with any
questions or inquiries at (FSMethodologies /at/ gmail.com). You are welcome
to approach us on Twitter with informal inquiries.
/Due date/—January 1, 2019, for estimated March 15, 2020 publication.
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