Trans-Scripts Vol. 5, 2015
Journal Publication Date: May 15, 2015
Deadline for Abstract/Paper Submission: January 31, 2015
“We have still to recognize that all women do not have the same gender.”
Elsa Barkley Brown (1992)
“The violence that produces blackness necessitates that from the existential vantage of black lived experience, gender and sexuality lose their coherence as normative categories.”
Zakiyyah Iman Jackson (2011)
Trans-Scripts—the interdisciplinary online journal in the Humanities and Social Sciences based at the University of California, Irvine—invites professorial and graduate student scholars to submit their work for publication. The theme of our fifth volume is “Race/Gender Revisited.”
Decades of work in Black and Women of Color feminisms have insisted on the necessity of a theory and practice of racialized gender. In this special issue, we want to return to the relation between race/gender and re-imagine the analytic distinction that continues to separate these terms. “Race” and “gender” are often understood as inextricable and interlinked, but sustained commentary on the specific difference in their definition, as well as systematic accounts of their structural interrelation, remains generally elusive. The distinct historical developments of “race” and “gender” still leave their joint articulations unsettled; instead of presuming their encounter, how might we think gender as produced through the crucible of race and racial Blackness? How might we displace both concepts in reconceiving the nature of their relation? In this regard, how might we follow the form of Sylvia Wynter’s example, who has provocatively posited “genre” as a copular term linking “race” and “gender” to the modern production of Man?
We invite scholars to submit papers with innovative approaches to theorizing, historicizing, and engaging these questions, with the aim of producing new ways of thinking the paradigm of race/gender. We welcome contributions from all disciplines in the humanities and social sciences—including, but not limited to, gender studies, trans* theory, science studies, critical race and ethnic studies, indigenous studies, queer theory, psychoanalysis, religious studies, and methodological approaches in critical theories writ large—with a particular emphasis on interdisciplinary programs that employ novel approaches to political theorizing. We are interested in all topics that make race/gender their problematic. Possible additional subthemes may include, but are not limited to, the following lines of analysis:
- Intersectionality and the impact of post-identity politics on the study of race/gender
- Racism, sexism and forms of structural violence in the rendering of race/gender
- Subjection, subjectification, and identification in the constitution of race/gender
Submission Guidelines and Review Process
The deadline for submission is January 31, 2015.
All submissions should be written in English. The total word count should be between 5,000 and 8,000 words, including footnotes. Explanatory footnotes should be kept to a minimum. All pieces should be submitted to firstname.lastname@example.org as an attached Word document. Emails should include your name, institution, program/department, and an email address at which you can be contacted. Please include a short abstract of 300 words or less.
Submissions should employ the MLA style of citation. For in-text citations, see the following style sheet from the University of Georgia http://www.humanities.uci.edu/collective/hctr/trans-scripts/mla1.pdf. For bibliographic citations, see the style sheet compiled by the Macon State College Library http://www.humanities.uci.edu/collective/hctr/trans-scripts/mla2.pdf. For further guidance with MLA style, please refer to the MLA Handbook for Research Writers, 7th Edition, 2009, or view the Purdue MLA style guide online at http://owl.english.purdue.edu/owl/resource/747/01/.
Each piece will be reviewed by two members of the editorial collective and one of the journal’s faculty advisors from the relevant discipline(s). Pieces accepted for publication will then be returned to the author with editorial suggestions. When a successful agreement has been reached between authors and editors about the content of a piece, it will be published in the journal. The editors will work to give authors as much time as posible to make changes to their submissions after the review process.
Comments and General Inquiries
Please direct all general inquiries about the journal or any comments on published pieces to the Editor-in-Chief of *Trans-Script*’s fifth volume, Meredith Lee, at email@example.com.