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. 

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

The deadline for finished papers is November 18, 2014

(Publication date: December 2014)

Performing Gender in the Middle East

Since the Arab Spring the Middle East has undergone numerous changes. The role of women in and post the revolution remains one of the most interesting developments in Middle Eastern nations. This issue of Gender Forum will provide a specific area focus in Gender Studies, but also provide a gendered understanding of prevailing discourses, ideologies, social practices and trends in Middle East societies and politics. We are looking forward to submissions with an interdisciplinary scope as well as readings and theoretical underpinnings ranging from history, sociology and anthropology to political science, media studies all based within gender studies. Possible topics may include:

  • Islam & Patriarchy: Gender Ideologies and Social Practices
  • The State & ‘Gender Regimes’: Modernization, Reform and Citizenship
  • Families & ‘Selves’: Social Relations and Identity Constructions
  • Gender & Sexuality: From ‘Honour & Shame’ to Queer
  • Exploring Masculinities: Hegemonic and subordinate masculinities
  • Feminism & Women’s Movements: Women’s rights and the struggle for 'authenticity'
  • Autobiographies & Fiction: Gendered writing and creativity
  • New Public Spheres: Gendering the media and the Internet
  • War & Conflict: Gendering Violence and Peace in the Middle East

The deadline for finished papers is January 10, 2015

(Publication date: March 2015)

Gender Down Under

The myth of the Australian national identity continues to render homage to the Australian Legend, published by Ward in 1958, the “typical Australian” being “a practical man, rough and ready in his manners and quick to decry any appearance of affectation in others.” Whilst the pull of the legend has waned over the years, the Australian “people’s idea of itself” that Ward sketched is by and large unchanged. For those who deal in national imagery —commonly politicians, sportsmen, film producers and advertising executives — the myth of the white Australian male seems endlessly repeated.

Locating this genderforum issue geographically in Australia, New Zealand and the Pacific Islands, this issue will provide a specific area focus in Gender studies, utilizing theories and approaches from Gender and Post-colonial studies. Often concerned with the legacy of Australia’s colonial past, debates revolve around representations of gender and sexuality in multicultural Australia.

We invite proposals with an interdisciplinary scope as well as readings and theoretical underpinnings ranging from history, sociology and anthropology to political science, media studies all based within Gender studies.

Possible topics for papers may include, among others:

  • Representations of gender and sexuality in contemporary Australian art, literature, film and media
  • Women Writers, Filmmakers, Festivals and Women’s Movements
  • Australian Masculinities: Mates, bushmen, surf culture…
  • Historical perspectives on Gender, Liberalism and Social Policy
  • Human Rights and Gender Equality in Australia’s public sphere
  • Literary and artistic articulations and negotiations of Gender Relations and Frontier Violence during Colonial settlement
  • Camp to Queer: The Australian Homosexual
  • Gender and Indigenous Studies
  • Hidden Histories: Gender and Testimony including Autobiographies, Archives, Art, Documentary, Histories, Legal Evidence, Museums, Monuments, and Photography
  • Gender and Migration
  • Gender and Landscapes
  • Gender and Australian Sports
  • Gender and Environmental Change

If you wish to contribute a paper, abstracts of no more than 500 words outlining the topic of your paper plus a brief biography should be sent to Victoria Herche (Guest Editor) by March 15th, 2015 latest. The deadline for finished papers/reviews is June 1st, 2015.

(Publication date: June 2015)

Beauty in the Beast: Gender, Animals, Animality

Throughout the last decade or so the formerly rather “exotic” field of “Human-Animal Studies” (sometimes simply “Animal Studies”) has grown immensely and produced an amount of exciting and innovative work that by now has gained some deserved recognition from the academic mainstream across a whole range of disciplines. Briefly put and among other things, Human-Animal Studies are interested in the manifold intersections of human and animal lives, the forms and modes of human-animal relations in different historical, social, literary, cultural and other contexts, and also inevitably touch upon the question of what it means to be a human animal.

This issue of Gender Forum intends to approach existing and potential interconnections between the study of gender and/or sexuality and what has emerged in recent years as the vibrant interdisciplinary field of Human-Animal Studies. How are questions of gender and sexuality related to the question of the animal? Can a perspective on animals and animality help us rethink hegemonic, marginalized or transgressive forms, modes and practices of gender relations or conceptions of the sexed/gendered body as well as its materiality and agency? How do gender and sexuality figure in the construction of the human-animal boundary – and vice versa? Can a perspective on animals and (human) animality offer new ways of addressing the traditionally fraught and problematic question of nature and culture in Gender and Queer Studies? These and many other possible questions may be discussed in the contributions to this issue.

Both specific (cultural, sociological, literary, historical etc.) analyses and theoretical or methodological contributions are welcome. We are also looking for possible book reviews that might be of specific relevance for this issue, so feel free to contact us should you be interested in writing a review.

Possible topics for papers include but are, as always, by no means limited to:

  • Gender/sexuality and discourses, practices or materialities of human-animal relations
  • Gender/sexuality and the question of human animality
  • Queer animals and animalities
  • Masculinities and animals/human-animal relations
  • Human and animal bodies
  • Gender/sexuality and (de)constructions of the human-animal boundary
  • Gender, species and speciesism
  • Gender and/in animal rights discourse
  • Human-Animal Studies and feminist, queer or gender theories
  • Animals, animality and intersectionality
  • Human-animal intimacies and zoophilia/bestiality
  • Animals in discourses and practices of family life

If you wish to contribute a paper, we kindly ask you to send a brief proposal of no more than 500 words outlining the topic of your paper by May 15th, 2015 latest. Please send all questions, proposals and finished papers/reviews to the email address below. The deadline for finished papers/reviews is September 1st, 2015

Dominik Ohrem (Guest Editor) 

(Publication date: September 2015)

Early Career Reseachers III

In order to encourage the next generation of academics, interdisciplinary, peer-reviewed e-journal GenderForum (http://www.genderforum.org/) 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, Masculinity Studies, and/or Queer Theory.

Abstracts of 400 words plus a brief biography should be sent to Laura-Marie von Czarnowsky (l.czarnowsky@.uni-koeln.de) by May 1st, 2015. The deadline for the completed papers (4000-6000 words) is July 1st, 2015.

(Publication date: October 2015)

Transgender Studies

In 2014, transgender actress and activist Laverne Cox graced the cover of Times, and aside from her role in the popular Netflix series Orange is the New Black, the year also saw her premiere of her documentary Laverne Cox Presents: The T Word as well as a guest appearance on the Mtv show Faking It. And Cox is not the only trans artist whose career is taking off. Model Ines Rau posed with Tyson Beckford for a French magazine, Carmen Carrera was invited, along with Cox, to an interview with Katie Couric, and model Andreja Pejic, formerly known for her androgyny and ability to pose for both male and female fashion spreads, has come out as a trans woman.

However, for all of the increased visibility in the media, transgender people remain the target of discrimination and violence (the website Transgender Day of Rememberance has already logged over 60 violent deaths due to transphobia this year, as of October 2014), and still have to fight for many basic rights, and protection in matters of employment, housing and health care.  

This issue is focsed on transgender studies. We welcome papers that explore the recent changes in media representation of transgender people, fictional as well as non-fictional (documentaries, news, reality shows) and critically engage with questions of sexuality and gender.

Topics may include:

  • Role of transgender in the LGBT rights movement
  • TV shows featuring trans characters and/or actors and actresses
  • Media attention focusing on trans women?
  • Mainstream medias' struggle with trans inclusion (revealing of birth names, misgendering, sensationalism, etc)
  • Trans men and trans women in women's colleges
  • ...


f you wish to contribute a paper, abstracts of no more than 500 words outlining the topic of your paper plus a brief biography should be sent to Johanna Schorn (Guest Editor, gender-forum@uni-koeln.de) by July 31st, 2015 latest. The deadline for finished papers/reviews is September 30th, 2015.

(Publication date: December 2015)

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.

Reviews

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

Titles currently up for review (other suggestions welcome):

Birkle, Carmen, Ramona Kahl, Gundula Ludwig, and Susanne Maurer, eds. Emanzipation und Feministische Politiken. Sulzbach and Taunus: Helmer Ulrike, 2012.

Hogan, Susan, ed. Revisiting Feminist Approaches to Art Therapy. New York and Oxford: Berghahn, 2012.

Spector, Scott, Helmut Puff, and Dagmar Heryog, eds. After the History of Sexuality: German Genealogies with and Beyond Foucault. New York and Oxford: Berhahn, 2012.