Special Journal Issue of Photography and Culture (Bloomsbury)
Deadline for Abstracts: March 30, 2013
This Special Journal Issue will offer a new perspective on the relationship between
photography and queerness. It will analyse photographic work that engages with both heteronormative and queer subjects, allowing a new evaluation of how the application of queer theory and queer positions allows a subversively fresh reading of photographic imagery. We seek work that explores the complex relationship between queer and trans sensibilities / strategies within a broad range of photographic practices (fine art, amateur, fashion, etc).
The journal issue will examine how photography has become a vehicle for changing the conventional understanding of identities with respect to gender, the body, and sexuality. We will consider queerness as both a methodology, and as a critique of normative identity formations. The issue will also explore the relationship between queerness and utopia, ‘creating’ a world where neither gender identity nor the morphology of the body come into play.
The editors invite submissions that explore the theoretical, historical and interdisciplinary dimensions of queerness and photography. In what ways has photography participated in forming an idea of queerness (vs the more strict binaries formations male/female; gay/straight; normal/other)? How have photographers contributed to queering practices, formations, and concepts? Has an attention to aesthetics helped or hindered the aims of queer theory? To what extent might photography be complicit in queering practices? We are interested in papers that consider the implications of photography and queerness from the perspectives of photographers, critics, theorists, artists, and activists.
Possible themes we would like to explore in this volume include the following:
•photography and its relationship to queer cultures
•photography and LGBTQ lives
•photography and queer temporality
•queer/trans and photographic representation
•photography, queerness, and intersectional analyses (race, class, ability, etc)
•the limits of sight in relationship to photographic practices
•queerness as a methodology
•new (photographic) media and narratives of transition (queer and normative)
•queering colonial visuality
•market logics and queer visuality
•photography and normativity (queer, trans, homo-)
•queer affects and photography
•photography and queer archival practices
•neoliberalism and the queer photographic subject
•queer utopias and the role of photography
Photography and Culture seeks scholarly, monographic research articles of 4,000-7,000 words, but we also encourage contributions to our special sections: Archive (500 words); One Photograph (750 words plus one image) and Portfolio (500 words plus c 6 images). Procedures for submissions: At this time we are requesting abstracts that are no longer than 500 words with a short 1 pg cv; these are due by March 30, 2013 and should be submitted electronically as an attachment to email@example.com with “Queering Photography submission” in the subject line. By April 20, 2013, authors will be notified whether they should submit a full version of their article/images to undergo the peer review process. The due date for completed drafts is August 1, 2013. An invitation to submit a full piece does not guarantee publication; publication depends on the peer review process and the overall shape the journal issue will take.
Please send any images as low-resolution digital files embedded in a Word document along with the text. If chosen for publication, you will need to send high-resolution image files (jpg or tif files at a minimum of 300 dpi), and secure written permission to reprint all images; all permissions are due on August 1, 2013.
For preliminary e-mail inquiries, please include “Queering Photography” in the subject line.
•Dr Sara Davidmann, Research Fellow, London College of Communication, London,
•Bruno Ceschel, Associate Lecturer, Photography and Contextual Studies, Camberwell
College of Arts, London, England
•Dr Elspeth Brown, Assoc Prof of History, University of Toronto, Canada
Elspeth H. Brown
Associate Professor of History
Director, Centre for the Study of the United States and the American Studies Program
Munk School of Global Affairs
University of Toronto
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