This issue marks a transition. After a decade of support from the Institute for Public Knowledge Public Culture has moved. The editorial office hasn’t gone far. We will still be located at New York University. The journal will still be published by Duke University Press. But for the first time in the journal’s history it will be sponsored by an academic department: Media, Culture, and Communication. Shamus Khan passes the torch of editor in chief to Arjun Appadurai and Erica Robles-Anderson. We thank the outgoing members of the senior editorial board and the editorial committee. We bring on board a whole new crew.

Transitions are funny things. Everything can change, or nothing at all. In the case of Public Culture, the journal was born attentive to transitions. Carol Breckenridge and Arjun Appadurai self-published the first issue in the fall of 1988. Within...

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