We always welcome submisions for articles, as well as reviews. Abstracts or full-length articles should be submitted to gender-forum"AT"uni-koeln.de. For more details, as well as topics of upcoming issues, please see below. 

Special Issue - Early Career Researchers II

In order to encourage the next generation of academics, GenderForum has launched its first annual Early Career Researchers Issue in October 2013. Now every October will see an issue that spotlights the work of emerging researchers.

Contributions can be new academic writing composed specifically for this issue, or exceptional, previously unpublished term papers on all topics pertaining to Gender Studies, Feminist Studies and/or Queer Theory. 

The deadline for the second ECR issue is July 1st, 2014. For more information, or to submit a paper, please contact our editor Laura von Czarnowsky: l.czarnowsky"AT"uni-koeln.de

Shakespeare, Gender and Sexuality

Celebrating Shakespeare’s 450th birthday this issue of Gender Forum will focus on Shakespeare’s plays and sonnets emphasizing the range of criticism and theory dealing with gender and sexuality. In order to widen the current discourse we encourage scholars to also consider early modern texts and their historical milieus about same-sex desire and recent critical and historical arguments about the construction of gay identity. We also encourage papers about modern adaptations looking at literary transformations of Shakespeare plays and sonnets by later women like Paula Vogel and gay artists from Oscar Wilde to Gus van Sant. Furthermore the question of gender and genre can be addressed by using examples of how live productions, films, and other media have dealt with gender and sexuality in his writings.

(Publication date: September 2014)

Gender and the Erotic

In the cultural imagination, expressions of the erotic – sex, desire, relationships – are intrinsically linked to gender. Female gender stereotypes are often based in ideas about sexual behavior, from the lustful Jezebel who preys on innocent men to the sexually passive Angel in the House who endures sexuality for the sake of procreation. Similarly, behavior in sexual encounters is often strictly scripted based on gender, with “rules” on everything from who makes the first move to who gets to be on top. Representations of the erotic are also plagued by double standards: not only are women encouraged to be sexually available only to be disparaged for being “too” available, but which behaviors are culturally acceptable also differs widely between the genders. And in all of this, the queer erotic is marginalized or silenced entirely.

In this issue of Gender Forum, we want to focus on representations of gender in erotic films or novels, or in the media. Possible topics may include:

  • Sexual Stereotypes of men and/or women
  • Women in erotic literature/film
  • 50 Shades of Grey/"mommy porn"
  • Slut Shaming
  • Pornography
  • Representations of the queer/LGBT erotic
  • Sexual Violence
  • Heteronormativity in representations of sexuality

(Publication date: December 2014)

Style Sheet

Target articles should conform to our style sheet and should be between 5,000 and 8,000 words in length. Please include a bio-blurb and an abstract of 10 to 15 lines. Use endnotes and fully documented references at the end of the article. Files should be sent as email attachments in Word format (doc, not docx). Please send your manuscripts to gender-forum"AT"uni-koeln.de.


We always welcome reviews! The reviewed text does not need to correspond to the issue topic, but we ask that only reviews on recent releases in Gender Studies/Queer Theory/Feminist Theory be submitted. In some cases, we may be able to secure a review copy for contributors.

We also would like to invite you to contribute to our common research goals as readers and contributors. Please inform us about your recent publications and ask your publisher to send review copies to Gender Forum. 

Please send queries, review suggestions or submissions to gender-forum"AT"uni-koeln.de