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CFP: Queer Technologies in Communication


*Critical Studies in Media Communication*

Special Issue: Queer Technologies in Communication


Katherine Sender, University of Auckland,

Adrienne Shaw, Temple University,

Abstract deadline: 30 September 2014

Decisions on abstracts: 15 October 2014

First drafts due: 28 February 2015

Second drafts due: 31 July 2015

Final drafts due: 31 October 2015

Publication: April 2016 (Volume 33, issue 2)

Communication and media scholars have productively engaged with the representation of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer (LGBTQ) people in popular media. They have also investigated how LGBTQ people and communities connect via communication technologies. This special issue invites scholars to engage with a third framework for understanding intersections among gender, sexuality, and communication technologies: how can queer theory and queer methodologies complicate our understanding of communication technologies, their structures and uses, and the cultural and political implications of these?

Papers might address topics that include:

Historically and contemporarily, how do communication technologies créate the possibilities for queer cultural production and consumption?

In what ways do the design, structure, and underlying architecture of these technologies presume a gender normative or heterosexual subject?

What would a queer design or queer restructuring of these technologies entail?

What would a queer “hack” of communication technologies involve?

How are queer and trans* lives particularly affected by surveillance technologies? How do big data organize assumptions about gender and sexual identities? How might queer and trans* people resist these normalizing forces?

How do queer and trans* people use computer applications and technologies to navigate a world that is not necessarily built with them in mind?

How are queer mobilities and transnational gender and sexual formations facilitated and/or hindered by communication technologies?

We are interested in work that addresses a broad range of communication technologies including, but not limited to: radio, television, music, games, social networking sites, the internet, mobile phones, film, video, print media, computers, information systems, and so on. We also encourage authors to address the intersections of class, race, nationality, religion, and other structuring formations with gender and sexuality. Should you wish to discuss possible submissions, please email both special issue editors at the email addresses above.

*About the Journal*

*Critical Studies in Media Communication (CSMC) *publishes scholarship in media and mass communication written from a cultural studies and critical perspective. Research articles selected for publication make a substantial contribution to existing literature in media studies, provide novel theoretical insights that have the potential to stimulate further research, and serve as foundational contributions for debates within and beyond the field of communication. While each essay is well researched, primary emphasis is on the theoretical contribution the essay makes through the development of concepts, terms, and ideas that move the field in new and exciting directions.

*Submission Details*

Abstracts must be no longer than 500 words, and can be submitted as a Word document via email to with the subject head: “Abstract for special issue of CSMC.” Please make sure your name and the paper title is on the abstract itself, not only in the email.

If accepted to be developed into full papers, all manuscripts must conform to the Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association (6th edition, 2010). Full papers should not exceed 7,000 words including references, notes, figures, and tables. Shorter pieces will be considered. Essays significantly longer than 7,000 words may be returned.

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