Call for Papers : "Trans Studies en las Américas"
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A Special Issue of Transgender Studies Quarterly, Volume 6, Issue 2, (Spring 2019)
Special Issue Editors : Claudia Sofía Garriga-López, Denilson Lopes, Cole Rizki, and Juana María Rodríguez
Submissions due : February 1, 2018
Call for Papers : "Trans Studies en las Américas" calls for papers that center Latin American, Caribbean, and Latinx trans theoretical, ethnographic, political, and artistic production. Throughout las Américas, trans studies takes up a multiplicity of forms : scholarly work that engages identitarian and anti-identitarian analytical frameworks, decisive interventions into state practices, aesthetic eruptions of creative energies, and strategic activist actions. These modes of inquiry and critical approaches are regionally inflected by the flows of people, ideas, technologies, and resources that shape contemporary trans studies, opening up space to explore the productive tensions and expansive possibilities within this body of work. This special issue aims to curate a conversation between trans studies scholars working across the Americas to explore how shifts in cultural epistemologies, aesthetics, geographies, and languages enliven theorizations of politics, subjectivity, and embodiment.
“Trans Studies en las Américas” calls for analyses, critical reflections, and localized histories grounded in performance, cultural production, artistic practices, public policy debates, human rights discourses, and activisms. The editors will accept texts in Spanish, Portuguese, and English. Articles written in other languages of the hemisphere will be accepted pending available editing and translation resources. All accepted papers will be translated into English and published in TSQ. To honor each article’s language of submission, accepted articles will also be available in their original language through TSQ’s website. In the spirit of recognizing and valuing the academic labor of translation, we encourage anyone interested in contributing as a translator to contact us. All translators will be credited for their work.
Proposals might address :
Indigenous American genders and their colonial afterlives
Alternative gender epistemologies from the African, Asian, Middle Eastern diasporas
Latin American and Caribbean blackness, anti-black racisms, and trans politics
Trans cultural studies, visual cultures, performance studies, and literary analyses
Latin American, Caribbean, and hemispheric theoretical and methodological interventions
Visual, sonic, and corporeal trans performances, canons, archives, and aesthetics
Trans-translations and their discontents
Non-binary manifestations and creations of Latinx genders
Femininities, masculinities and their interstices, transformations, and refusals
Sexual practices, pleasures, labor, and the social life of genitals
Activist strategies, practices, and performances
Tensions and slippages between temporalities, nations, localities, and regions
Trans, queer, cuir, cu, and LGBTTI alliances, affinities, and disassociations
Illness, access, disability, and trans-embodiments
Trans religious and spiritual practices
Latin American and Caribbean socialist, fascist, and capitalist histories and futures
State policies, citizenships, sovereignty, public practices, and local activisms
Circuits of migration, detention, exile, incarceration, deportation, and enslavement
Plantation and indentured labor resistances, historical entanglements, and contemporary manifestations
Regulation, deregulation, and hacking of biomedical knowledges and health care practices
Experimental papers (artist/activist/performance/memoir/oral history/poetry)
The deadline for submissions is February 1, 2018. The expected length for scholarly articles is 5000 to 7000 words and 1000 to 2000 words for shorter works. All manuscripts should be prepared for anonymous peer review with scholarly citations in Chicago author-date citation style. The guest editors will respond to submissions by June 2018. Final revisions will be due August 1, 2018. TSQ accepts submissions without regard to academic affiliation or rank ; artists, activists, and graduate students are also welcome to submit materials for consideration.
If you have questions specific to this special issue, please contact the guest editors at tsqamericas[at]gmail.com.
Call for papers : Trans*Religion
A Special Issue of TSQ : Transgender Studies Quarterly, Volume 6, Issue
Special Issue Editors : Robyn Henderson-Espinoza and Max Strassfeld
For this special issue of TSQ, we solicit work that critically interrogates the relationship between transgender and religion, broadly construed, as well as work that explicitly articulates the fields of transgender studies and religious studies with one another.
Trans* studies has been intertwined with religion and religious studies since its inception : some of the earliest work in transgender studies directly challenged models for understanding transgender experience derived from transphobic scholars of religion, while more recently religious studies has been a fruitful space for considering questions central to contemporary transgender scholarship : questions of materiality and immateriality, the categories of ethics and aesthetics, the constitution of the human, and processes of embodiment. Religion, as well as religious studies, can offer intellectual, conceptual and affective resources for a transgender critique of oppressive forms of power/knowledge invested in the medico-scientific worldview of secular Western modernity. And yet, the legacy of transphobia within various religious traditions and within religious studies as an interdisciplinary field subverts a deeper conversation between the religion and transgender. What assumptions, narratives, terms, and frames need to be challenged, what new categories and methodologies need to be explored, in order to fully occupy the nexus of trans*/religion ?
In exploring these questions, we particularly welcome scholarship that focuses on transnational instantiations of the trans*/religion interface, scholarship that intervenes in and challenges currently dominant frames of reference in either/both trans studies and/or religious studies, scholarship that de-centers Christianity and/or U.S.-based expressions of both trans* and religion, or that features a sustained focus on trans women of color. Potential topics and questions might include :
gender non-conforming subjects in Taoism, Buddhism, Islam, Hinduism, native and indigenous religions, and other religious traditions.
explorations of specific religious categories – for example, eunuchs, tumtum, hijras, etc—and whether these categories can be said to fit within the framework of transgender or intersex.
the historical treatment of the topic of gender non-conformity in a range of religious traditions : from the Buddhist Pali canon to early modern colonial encounters that cast indigenous Americans as “sodomites.”
responses to the current political moment : legislation that seeks to protect civil discrimination as “religious liberty” or use religious rationales for opposing transgender access to sex-segregated public toilets ; the growth of right-wing movements ; transphobic discourses deployed within the rhetoric of religious freedom ; the role of religion in fostering trans* precarity and trans* resilience ; work that addresses the intersection of religious with the increasing level of violence directed at against trans people, particularly trans women of color.
new articulations of religious, ethics, theologies, and moral imaginations in relation to trans issues.
discussions of transing religion and secularity : the transing of specific rituals, theologies, canons, ethics, moralities, and texts, as well as a transing of these categories themselves, or even the transing of the religious/secular distinction.
religious dimensions of trans embodiment : the relationship between cosmologies of gender and trans embodiments in various traditions ; discourses of materiality and vitalism ; the ontology of human and/or divine bodies ; the role of the non-human in the constitution of gendered embodiment.
the legacy of transphobia within the field of religious studies and interventions into contemporary scholarly debates.
In addition to full-length articles, we will consider for publication shorter essays, opinion pieces, first-person accounts, re-written rituals or sacred texts, poetry, art, or other work that fits the theme of trans*religion. We encourage contributions from a wide range of authors including academics, independent researchers, dual-vocation practitioners, and activists. For example, we would welcome pieces by trans activists and religious leaders who elucidate their work within their religious traditions, trans academics who navigate working within religious educational institutions, and trans artists who wish to discuss the role of gender and religion in their art.
The deadline for submissions is March 1, 2018. The expected length for scholarly articles is 5000 to 7000 words and 1000 to 2000 words for shorter works. All manuscripts should be prepared for anonymous peer review with scholarly citations in Chicago author-date citation style. Any questions should be addressed by e-mail to both guest editors for the issue : Max Strassfeld (mstrassfeld[at]email.arizona.edu) and Robyn Henderson-Espinoza (robyn.henderson-espinoza[at]vanderbilt.edu). We plan to respond to submissions by July 2018. Final revisions will be due by September 1st 2018. TSQ accepts submissions without regard to academic affiliation or rank ; artists, activists, and graduate students are also welcome to submit materials for consideration.
Call for papers : General Issue
TSQ : Transgender Studies Quarterly, Volume 6, Issue 1
Issue Editors : Paisley Currah and Susan Stryker
Although most issues of TSQ are special issues devoted to a particular theme, one issue each year is a general, open-call, non-themed issue. We are pleased to invite submission for TSQ 6.1, our next open call issue, to be published in the first quarter of 2019. We welcome works of varying lengths, on any topic that substantively engages with ‘trans’ as a subject of inquiry, methodology, or field of study. We especially encourage submissions that consider intersections of trans studies with other fields of study rooted in the critical analysis of minoritized populations such as people of color and people with disabilities, that engage with feminism, challenge trans studies’ emphasis on the global north, disrupt or productively complicate the dominance English in trans studies, or which include and esteem the embodied knowledge of trans persons outside of the academy.
The expected range for scholarly articles is 5000 to 7000 words, and 1000 to 2000 words for shorter critical essays and descriptive accounts. Illustrations should be included with both completed submissions and abstracts. Submissions must be received by January 29, 2018. Any questions about the issue should be addressed to our editorial office : tsqjournal[at]gmail.com.
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To submit a manuscript, please visit http://www.editorialmanager.com/tsq. Please note that TSQ does not accept simultaneous submissions. Manuscripts proposed for this issue cannot be submitted elsewhere until editorial decisions are sent out in June 2018. If this is your first time using Editorial Manager, please register first, then proceed with submitting your manuscript. You may address any technical or formatting queries to tsqjournal[at]gmail.com. All manuscripts should be double-spaced, including quotations and endnotes, and blinded throughout. Please include an abstract (150 words or less), keywords (3-5 for indexing), and a brief author’s biographical note (50 words or less) at the time of initial submission.
See : http://www.dukeupress.edu/Assets/Downloads/TSQ_sg.pdf for a detailed style guide. If you have questions specific to this special issue, please contact the guest editors at tsqamericas[at]gmail.com.
TSQ : Transgender Studies Quarterly is a peer review journal co-edited by Paisley Currah and Susan Stryker and published by Duke University Press with editorial offices at the University of Arizona’s Institute for LGBT Studies. TSQ aims to be the journal of record for the interdisciplinary field of transgender studies and to promote the widest possible range of perspectives on transgender phenomena broadly defined. Every issue of TSQ is a specially themed issue that also contains regularly recurring features such as reviews, interviews, and opinion pieces. To learn more about the journal and see calls for papers for other issues, visit : http://lgbt.arizona.edu/tsq-main.
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