CFP: Fan/Remix Video (March 2012)

CFP - Transformative Works and Cultures
Special Issue: Fan/Remix Video (March 2012)

Special Issue Editors:
Francesca Coppa, Director of Film Studies, Muhlenberg College
Julie Levin Russo, Film and Media Studies, Stanford University 

Transformative Works and Cultures (TWC) is an international, peer-reviewed, open access online journal of media and fan studies published by the Organization for Transformative Works. TWC aims to provide a publishing outlet that welcomes scholarship on fandom and to promote dialogue between the academic community and the fan community. We invite contributions for a special issue on fan and remix video to be published in March 2012.


Vidding, political remix, DIY media, trailer mashups, tribute videos, memes, machinima, fan films: we are in the midst of an explosion in vernacular creativity that appropriates, celebrates, critiques, and transforms commercial entertainment. New digital technologies and Internet platforms support a developing ecology of video remix forms with unprecedented reach, richness, and cultural influence. At the same time, the value and legitimacy of this popular production is hotly contested on the basis of artistic merit, traditional literacies, and intellectual property.

This special issue aims to bring diverse critical engagements to this conjuncture by fostering connections between scholars and fans across disciplines and subcultures. As mashup video genres begin to co-exist, cross-pollinate, and collide online, emerging scholarly canons and debates on these distinct traditions can become similarly intersectional and mobile. TWC is the ideal forum to extend this ongoing conversation. We welcome contributions focusing on the aesthetics, politics, histories, communities, technologies, economics, and legal conditions of fan and remix video, broadly conceived.


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 writing. Contributors are encouraged to include embedded links, images, and videos in their articles or to propose submissions in alternative formats that might comprise interviews, collaborations, or video/multimedia works. We are also seeking reviews of relevant books, events, courses, platforms, or projects.

Theory: Often interdisciplinary essays with a conceptual focus and a theoretical frame that offer expansive interventions in the field. Peer review. Length: 5,0008,000 words plus a 100250-word abstract.

Praxis: Analyses of particular cases that may apply a specific theory or framework to an artifact; explicate fan practice or formations; or perform a detailed reading of a text. Peer review. Length: 4,0007,000 words plus a 100250-word abstract.

Symposium: Short pieces that provide insight into current developments and debates. Editorial review. Length: 1,5002,500 words.

Contributions for blind peer review (Theory and Praxis essays) are due by April 1, 2011. Contributions that undergo editorial review (Symposium, Interview, Review) are due by May 1, 2011

Submissions are accepted online only. Please visit TWCs Web site for complete submission guidelines, or e-mail editor AT 

You are encouraged to contact the guest editors with advance inquiries or proposals at coppa AT and/or jlrusso AT

Transformative Works and Cultures (TWC), ISSN 1941-2258, is an online-only Gold Open Access publication of the nonprofit Organization for Transformative Works copyrighted under a Creative Commons Attribution-Noncommercial 3.0 Unported License. Contact the Editor with questions.


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