Welcome to the first nonthemed, open-call issue of TSQ: Transgender Studies Quarterly. When we first planned the launch of this journal way back in 2013, we as editors and Duke University Press as our publisher were on the same page with regard to making each issue of TSQ a special issue on a particular subject or theme. From the press’s perspective, it helped them market a narrowly framed interdisciplinary journal to wider audiences in order to build readership and subscriptions, and from our perspective, it helped to build the field of trans- gender studies by demonstrating the relevance of trans scholarship to a variety of topics and disciplines that might not, at first blush, seem remotely related to trans studies. We’re generally pleased with how that strategy has worked out over the past four years. After a kaleidoscopic inaugural issue devoted to “key concepts for a twenty-first century transgender studies,” we’ve managed to address an impressively wide range of topics: decoloniality, trans* cultural production, population studies, animal studies, higher education studies, archives and archiv- ing, transfeminisms, translation studies, political economy, blackness and anti- black racism, and psychoanalytic theory. We gratefully thank the editorial teams who worked on each issue, as we, the general editors, kept the production schedule reasonably on track.
By Paisley Currah and Susan Stryker, 2018