Isn’t it incredible?? I discovered it while helping my friend find articles for their Honours Political Science Thesis (the topic being women, feminism, and youth culture in fandom) and we just about wet out pants with joy when I found Transformative Works and Cultures.
For anyone who’s never tried to write a fandom-based academic paper before (I wrote one on gender in Doctor Who for my Politics and Pop Culture course last year), you should know that the vast majority of articles about fandom are either:
1) hopelessly outdated (hello, 1990s discussions of the X-Files and Star Trek Deep Space 9 vs Voyager), OR
2) written as though the author in question is a hapless anthropologist with their nose pressed up against the glass of a wild animal enclosure. A completely outside the community and ‘wow, aren’t these people weird?’ perspective.
So finding an archive that is both peer-reviewed and 100% FREE TO ACCESS? Has just about blown my mind for how awesome it is.
*shakes head* You guys, fandom owes the Organization for Transformative Works so much. SO MUCH. They do these incredible things for us without us even noticing. I was already in love with them for AO3, but this just takes the cake.