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Queer, feminist digital media praxis
Ada: A Journal of Gender, New Media, and Technology | adanewmedia.org Issue 3, May 2014

Editors: Aristea Fotopoulou (University of Sussex), Alex Juhasz (Pitzer College), Kate O’Riordan (University of Sussex/ University of California, Santa Cruz)

We invite contributions to a peer-reviewed special issue that brings together artistic, theoretical, critical and empirical responses to a range of questions around mediation, technology and gender equality. In particular we are interested in exploring what the concept of praxis could offer in our thinking about the intersections of gender, digital media, and technology.

Praxis in both Marxist and in Arendtian political thought brings together theory, philosophy and political action into the realm of the everyday. Inspired from this premise, and continuing the conversations that started during the workshop Queer, feminist social media praxis at the University of Sussex in May 2013 (queerfemdigiact.wordpress.com), we focus here on the conditions for a feminist digital media praxis. Media praxis, in other words the “making and theorising of media towards stated projects of world and self-changing” (mediapraxis.org), could be a vital component of feminist and/or queer political action. We are interested in the different modes of political action for social justice, enabled by digital technologies and social media, including theory, art, activism or pedagogy. What kinds of possibilities or impossibilities do these technologies and platforms offer for interpreting and intervening in the world?

The fourth issue of Ada: A Journal of Gender, New Media and Technology seeks submissions that explore the concept of feminist, queer, digital media praxis. We welcome unpublished work from scholars of any discipline and background, including collaborative, non-traditional, or multimodal approaches that can especially benefit from the journal’s open access online status.
Topics and approaches might include, but are not limited to:

Affect, desire and disgust
Diffractive readings
Digital storytelling
Herstories, archiving and remembering
Feminist pedagogy
LGBTQ Youth
New media bodies
Imaginaries, futures and technological utopias Radical art practices Science, technology and social justice

We invite submissions for individual papers on any of the above themes or related themes. Contributions in formats other than the traditional essay are encouraged; please contact the editor to discuss specifications and/or multimodal contributions.

All submissions should be sent by 15th August, to a.fotopoulou@sussex.ac.uk. They should be accompanied by the following information in the email message with your submission attachment:

Name(s), affiliation(s), email address(es) of the person(s) submitting.
Title of the text
Abstract of 400-600 words

Please note that Ada uses a two-level review process that is open to members of the Fembot Collective. For more information about our review policy, see these guidelines:
http://adanewmedia.org/beta-reader-and-review-policy/.

Important dates:

– Deadline for abstracts: 15th August 2013
– Notification of accepted papers: 1st September 2013
– Deadline for full essays: 5th December 2013
– Expected publication date: May 2014

About Ada:

Ada is an online, open access, open source, peer-reviewed journal run on a nonprofit basis by feminist media scholars from Canada, the UK, and the US. The journal’s first issue was published online in November 2012 and has so far received more than 75,000 page views. Ada operates a review process that combines the feminist mentorship of fan communities with the rigor of peer review. Read more at http://adanewmedia.org/beta-reader-and-review-policy/. We do not – and will never – charge fees for publishing your materials, and we will share those materials using a Creative Commons License.

Information about the editors:

Aristea Fotopoulou is postdoctoral Research Fellow at the University of Sussex, working at the intersections of media & cultural studies with science & technologies studies. She is interested in critical aspects of digital culture, emerging technologies and social change, and in feminist/queer theory. She has written about digital networks and feminism, and recently, on information politics and knowledge production, and on social imaginaries of digital engagement. She currently explores practices of sharing in relation to biosensors and other smart technologies, and also works with Kate to produce SusNet, a co-created platform of feminist cultural production, art and activism.

Alexandra Juhasz is Professor of Media Studies, Pitzer College. She has written multiple articles on feminist, fake, and AIDS documentary. Her current work is on and about YouTube, and other more radical uses of digital media. She has produced the feature films, The Owls, and The Watermelon Woman, as well as nearly fifteen educational documentaries on feminist issues like teenage sexuality, AIDS, and sex education. Her first book, AIDS TV: Identity, Community and Alternative Video (Duke University Press, 1996) is about the contributions of low-end video production to political organizing and individual and community growth.

Kate O’Riordan is Reader in Digital Media and Associate Professor of Art at the University of Sussex and the University of California Santa Cruz respectively. She is the author and editor of three books, most recently The Genome Incorporated: Constructing Biodigital Identity. Her interests and expertise range from gender, sexuality and digital culture to human cloning, genomics and other biodigital symptoms. She is currently engaged in work at the intersections of art, science and media about in-vitro meat, biosensors and smart grids and questions about sustaining knowledge in feminist art and activism.

http://fembotcollective.org/blog/2013/07/09/cfp-ada-issue-4-queer-feminist-digital-media-praxis/

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NEW GLBTQ Journal. Submissions Now Open.
Charles E. Morris III (cemorris@syr.edu), Thomas K. Nakayama
(t.nakayama@neu.edu)

QED: A Journal in GLBTQ Worldmaking brings together scholars, activists, public intellectuals, artists, and policy and culture makers to discuss, debate, and mobilize issues and initiatives that matter to the diverse lived experience, struggle, and transformation of GLBTQ peoples and communities wherever they may be. With an emphasis on worldmaking praxis, QED welcomes theory, criticism, history, policy analysis, public argument, and creative exhibition, seeking to foster intellectual and activist work through essays, commentaries, interviews, roundtable discussions, and book and event reviews. QED’s inaugural issue (0.1), “The End of Bullying?”– feat. Elizabethe Payne & Melissa Smith/QuERI, GenderJust, GLSEN/Martha Langmuir, C. J. Pascoe, Isaac West, Max Geschwind, Chris Sanders/TN Equality Project, Kenneth Lythgoe, CA Sen.
Mark Leno, Erica Meiners and Therese Quinn, Jeffrey Bennett with Jack Halberstam, as well as the terrific Performance & Performativities and Book Review Sections–is in press and will appear in September! Issue 1.1, “Bradley Manning’s Queer Discontents,” will appear in February, 2014. Follow QED on Facebook and Twitter (QEDJournal). For subscription and other submission details, visit http://msupress.msu.edu/journals.
General QED Queries: Charles E. Morris III or Thomas K. Nakayama,
Editors-in-Chief: qedsubs@msu.edu.

SUBMISSIONS are now being accepted for consideration:

1). Original Research Manuscripts, 10,000 word maximum (including endnotes), Chicago Manual of Style;

2). Original Article-Length Non-Academic Essays, 5,000 word maximum. Visit the online submissions portal at:
https://www.rapidreview.com/MSU/CALogon.jsp.

Submissions are accepted only in MS-Word format. Please submit your article and, if necessary, a short abstract in one file. Upon creating an account, you will be asked to enter information about yourself and your article. There should be no identifying information [i.e. the name(s), affiliation(s) of the author(s)] in the document itself for purposes of blind review. Upload files containing all tables and figures as supplemental materials. Note that any message/letter to the editor should be saved as a separate file and uploaded as a supplemental file. Retain both print and electronic copies of your work to guard against loss in transit. A confirmation note will be sent immediately after the submission is received.

BOOK REVIEWS: Standard Book Reviews for QED should be between 800-1200 words although depending on the book being reviewed they may be shorter or longer. Book reviewers should discuss the length of the review with the Book Review Editor before writing. All book reviews should be prepared and submitted following the Instructions for Authors for this journal. Reviews should be accessibly written with an audience in mind that is comprised of academics, activists, and artists interested in LGBTQ issues. Inquiries should be sent to: Karma R. Chávez, Book Review Editor, krchavez@wisc.edu.

QUEER PERFORMANCE & PERFORMATIVITIES This section of QED is dedicated to a documentation and illumination of events/performances/ happenings in/of/as related to GLBTQ communities; a diverse range of activities relevant to intersecting academia and activism in a GLBTQ worldmaking project. Such events/performances might include but are not limited to solo and performance/art across a range of genres, reviews of films or film festivals, concerts, exhibitions, theater, television events; documentation of protests, marches, queer occupy actions, critique of headlining events, conferences, and more. QP&P is constructed in it broadest sense of embodied/engaged activity with intent to celebrate or illuminate the practices, politics and polemics of GLBTQ lives; and performativities as critical interventions in the repetitive regimes of the normal that inspire the impulse of queer activism and the politics of being (GLBTQ). QED will always engage the latest version of The Chicago Manual of Style. The three editors working collaboratively will solicit and receive submissions for consideration. Inquiries/submissions should be sent to any of the three editors:
Bryant Keith Alexander (bryantkeithalexander@lmu.edu), Madison Alexander Moore (mynameismadisonmoore@gmail.com), or C. Riley Snorton (crsnorton@northwestern.edu).

Call for Papers: Special issue of the journal Assuming Gender – ‘Queer and There’

Assuming Gender would like to invite submissions to our forthcoming special issue: ‘Queer and There’. In this issue we aim to explore contemporary queer theory and its practical and theoretical horizons. We welcome submissions which engage with ‘queer texts’, but also those which apply perspectives gained from queer theory to perhaps unexpected texts, objects or fields. We would also welcome more theoretically-focussed articles, including those which posit challenges to aspects of the field.

In respect to the title, ‘Queer and There’, we particularly welcome submissions that take queer approaches to, or locate the queer in new and unexpected places.

Proposals are welcome from any academic discipline, and can cover any historical period. We particularly welcome inter- and multi-disciplinary approaches.

For submission guidelines, more details, and a list of suggested topics, please see http://www.assuminggender.com/p/call-for-papers.html.

Deadline: Monday, 2 September 2013.

Submissions and enquiries should be sent to issue co-editors David Andrew Griffiths and Kat Deerfield at gender@cardiff.ac.uk.

The editors, Feona Attwood (Middlesex University) and Clarissa Smith (University of Sunderland), and Routledge are pleased to announce the launch of a new journal devoted to the study of pornography.

Porn Studies is the first dedicated, international, peer-reviewed journal to critically explore those cultural products and services designated as pornographic and their cultural, economic, historical, institutional, legal and social contexts. Porn Studies will publish innovative work examining specifically sexual and explicit media forms, their connections to wider media landscapes and their links to the broader spheres of (sex) work across historical periods and national contexts.

Porn Studies is an interdisciplinary journal informed by critical sexuality studies and work exploring the intersection of sexuality, gender, race, class, age and ability. It focuses on developing knowledge of pornographies past and present, in all their variations and around the world. Because pornography studies are still in their infancy we are also interested in discussions that focus on theoretical approaches, methodology and research ethics. Alongside articles, the journal includes a forum devoted to shorter observations, developments, debates or issues in porn studies, designed to encourage exchange and debate.

Porn Studies invites submissions for publication, commencing with its first issue in Spring 2014. Articles should be between 5000 and 8000 words. Forum submissions should be 500-1500 words. Book reviews should be between 800 and 1500 words. Submissions will be refereed anonymously by at least two referees.

In the first instance submissions, queries and suggestions should be sent to: editorspstudies@gmail.com

(Sent by Mehita I.)

MASCULINITIES
a journal of identity and culture

It’s been almost 20 years now since R.W. Connell published her groundbreaking and inspiring work, Masculinities, and masculinity studies has become a major field of study, a conceptual domain ready to come out of the closet, and a central critical point of reference in gender, identity, power and trans-anything discussions. The debate over the public visibility and hierarchy of gendered identities has manifested itself as a complicated conflict area more strongly than ever. It has often been reassured that it is of utmost importance to define and redefine the scope of masculinity studies, to establish its basic methodology, and maintain a balance between the ambiguity of interdisciplinary studies and objectivity of a scientific field.
We have been working on a peer reviewed online journal that will be published biannually in English and that will serve to provide an independent forum for issues of gender, identity and culture, with a particular emphasis on masculinity studies. Masculinities offers a joint ground for the interdisciplinary and pioneering research in the field of gender and masculinity, necessarily outreaching into arts, literature, history, sociology, philosophy, communications, linguistics, and medicine so as to enable researchers to share their work, discuss prospective projects, learn from each other, and inspire young scholars.
We invite scholarly and critical contributions, including articles, book and film reviews, reviews of the published articles as well as announcements of forthcoming events, conference reports, and information on other matters of interest to gender studies and/or masculinity studies for the inaugural issue to be published in June 2013. The contributions to the journal should be sent to the email address given below as of April 15, 2013 and they may be related (but not limited) to the topics listed below. You can visit our website for the submission guidelines and further details and you can join our email group that provides updates and recent news as well as announcements and call for papers for the symposiums and journals on masculinity and gender studies.

website: http://masculinitiesjournal.wordpress.com
mail: masculinitiesjournal@gmail.com
mail group: https://groups.google.com/forum/?hl=en&fromgroups=#!forum/masculinitiesjourna