«Genesis», the Journal of the Società Italiana delle Storiche (Italian Society of Women Historians),calls for contributions for a monographic issue dealing with cultures of sexuality. The primary aim of the Journal is to reflect on categories, processes and historical and social practices of “identification”, with a particular, but not exclusive, reference to the 20th century Euro-American and post-colonial societies.
The acronym LGBTQIA refers to a plurality: lesbians, gay, bi-sex, trans-sex, queer, intersexual, asexual, to which heterosexual should be added, after being dismissed the normative model of a “natural sexuality”. It is a catalogue of interpretative categories and experiences - both individual and collective - sometimes convergent, sometimes reciprocally autonomous or conflicting, which have traversed the cultural debate and the history of contemporary societies.
Contributions that address the following topics – especially through case studies ‒ are particularly welcome:
• Who “identified” him/herself on the basis of him/her sexuality, in which contexts, with which aim and through which expressive forms;
• in which relationship with the system of gender relations;
• which consequences were produced in terms of social networks, sexual practices, life styles and styles of consumption;
• which patterns of intimacy and affectivity were adopted or invented;
• which new hierarchies and normative models were determined and which conflicts followed within identitarian groups;
• whether history was identified as a resource for the construction of “emotional communities” (from the public use of history made by movements to cultural consumption elaborated by individuals);
• which forms of repression and marginalization of “deviance” were faced.
Moreover, and with a more specific focus on epistemology, the Journal welcomes contributions on the impact of the latest categories of the acronym: how queer, intersexuality and asexuality may induce to reconsider not only LGBT categories, but, more radically, the relationship between gender and sexuality? Which are the potential implications for the historical discipline and for gender history?
Contributors are invited to send an abstract (max 300 words), with a title and a short bio-bibliographical note, to the editors Enrica Asquer and Domenico Rizzo at the following e-mail addresses: firstname.lastname@example.org and email@example.com
until the 15th of January 2012. Articles accepted for publication (max. 60.000 characters, spaces and foot-notes included) should be sent ultimately until the 2nd of April 2012 and will be subject to double-blind peer review.
We will take into consideration articles in Italian, English, French and Spanish.
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