- Editor's Preface
I am delighted to present this latest issue of Studies in Latin American Popular Culture, which, as always, features a fascinating array of interdisciplinary essays.
During 2017, SLAPC underwent a national review, with two outside evaluators examining issues from the past six years. We were heartened by the results. Comments from the reviewers appraised our essays as "solid and rigorous." Most important, from our perspective, is that the reviewers found the essays accessible to all readers, something that has been a guiding principle of the journal since it was founded in 1982 by Harold E. Hines and Charles M. Tatum. One reviewer said that SLAPC "provides an important niche that other journals do not normally attend to, offering "top shelf" scholarship by "top shelf scholars" in a "very readable style." The journal was ranked as "outstanding" by both blind reviewers, and one reviewer said that it "is the major, if not main, site for analysis of popular culture in the Americas."
The laudatory comments notwithstanding, both reviewers had the same suggestion for SLAPC, that issues in the future revolve around a specific theme. As such, starting next year we will include a themed section as part of each volume. The first theme (in volume 37 of SLAPC) will be on the interpenetration of popular culture between India and Latin America. That section will be guest edited by Aparajita Gangopadhyay, University of Goa (India) professor and director of Latin American studies. Political and economic relations between the two regions have exploded in the past twenty years, and yet to date, the cultural aspects of this burgeoning relationship have remained understudied, so we are very excited about this groundbreaking volume. For SLAPC 38 (2020), book review editor Aldona Pobutsky will edit a themed section on crime and Latin American popular culture. We are very excited with the new direction that the journal is taking, but readers should know that we will also continue to publish regular essay submissions that reflect the radical diversity of topics our readers have come to expect.
Finally, I want to acknowledge the outstanding work of journals manager Susan Hausmann, of the University of Texas Press, who has retired after 28 years. Sue was instrumental in getting UT Press to add SLAPC to their very prestigious list of journal titles in 2010. We have all greatly benefited from her meticulous attention to detail, her warm support over the years, and her fair and measured response when differences of opinion arose between authors, evaluators, book reviewers, editors, and copyeditors. Sue has been a true professional and she will be sorely missed. [End Page 1]