Call for Papers: Special Issue of the Journal of Lesbian Studies
Geographies of Sexualities
Guest Editor: Emily Kazyak
Email address: email@example.com
Abstract deadline: November 1, 2018
Questions of geography, space, and location are integral to sexuality scholarship. For instance, scholars have asked: How do LGBTQ+ identities, communities, and activism form in cities? How are rural areas, contrary to popular assumptions, also spaces where LGBTQ+ identities, communities, and activism occur? What role do LGBTQ+ neighborhoods play in the changing nature of cities? How do LGBTQ+ people build intentional communities? How does gender matter insofar as the migration patterns and residential choices for lesbian women and gay men often look different? How do race, class, and gender matter in LGBTQ+ urban spaces? More global and transnational perspectives open up questions including: How does migration matter for the ways in which people make sense of their sexuality? How do sexuality and gender identity inform the processes of seeking asylum? How do the categories, identities, and forms of activism that exist in one context or country not always translate to another context or country?
The goal of this special issue is to build on this scholarship and illuminate why it continues to be important for sexuality scholars to interrogate questions of geography, space, and location.
Contributors are asked to consider how binaries related to space, location, and geography inform understandings of sexuality and matter to the identities and experiences of lesbians. For instance, how are binaries such as urban/rural, private/public, center/border, South/North, migrant/native, global/local, salient?
Contributors may also interpret the theme of spaces more broadly and think about how sexuality matters and how the identities and experiences of lesbians matter in or are shaped by a variety of contexts, including but not limited to: families, schools, online communities, courtrooms, LGBTQ+ neighborhoods and communities, and pride parades.
The Journal of Lesbian Studies is an interdisciplinary journal and the special issue invites contributions from scholars in multiple fields and scholars using multiple methodologies and theoretical frameworks to understand the intersections of geography and sexuality.
Submit abstracts of 200-250 words, and a 2-3 page CV, to Emily Kazyak at firstname.lastname@example.org by November 1, 2018. Acceptance notifications will be sent by December 1, 2018, and completed manuscripts are due March 1, 2018.