LGTB studies regarding the so called “Oriental” cultures have been till recently confined in a historicist or descriptive approach inserted in what Braidotti (2013) calls a “Vitruvian frame”. In the last few years, the subject has been experiencing a remarkable growth, with many publications and conferences trying to overcome the Eurocentric point of view which disregarded interdisciplinarity, transversality and crossing between discourses.
In order to overcome this outmoded model it is necessary to rethink the perspective from which we approach the subject. This process involves questioning oneself not only about the methodological approach but also about the mode of writing. The so called ‘critical’ language makes us part of the dominant patriarchal forms of domination. Besides, the search for other realities involves the search for a mode of writing with people rather than about people. As Ghassan Hage (2012) affirms: “It is difficult to imagine a mode of scientific knowledge that does not take part with the logic of domestication. Yet this knowledge can be at least tempered”.
The goal of the present collection is to bring together original essays on contemporary developments and innovations in the theorizing and practicing of queer studies from different disciplinary perspectives and across diverse contexts. With this aim, I intend to revitalize scholarship in queer studies, therefore making an impact on the development of the discipline in general.
In this perspective I’d like to explore the LGTB world form an interdisciplinary point of view to generate innovative approaches to the studying of homosexuality trying to answer following questions (not limited to):
Is the cultural production in the area a challenge to heteronormative patriarchy?
Is there a space for autonomy within the canon?
Do literature, movies, and art contribute to the developing of a homosexual I?
How the presence/absence of LGTB issues in the Middle East and South Asia media has changed?
Submission details of abstracts and final papers:
Abstracts of papers should be 250-500 words in length and must include “the name of the writer and the affiliation”, a “short biodata” and the “contact addresses”. Potential contributors should send queries and abstracts (250 words) by November 31, 2013 and complete manuscripts by March 31, 2014.
DEP is a peer review journal.
Universitat Rovira i Virgili, Tarragona
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