Call for Papers – TSQ: Transgender Studies Quarterly

Posted on January 18th, 2013 by Lauren Gutterman

TSQ: Transgender Studies Quarterly

vol.1, no.4: “Trans*  Cultural Production”

deadline: April 15, 2013

The arts have served as a cultural arena for imagining, creating, and proliferating transgender experiences and communities around the world. As part of its inaugural year, TSQ: Transgender Studies Quarterly will feature a special issue examining trans* cultural production in art, film, dance, design, architecture, literature, and music. We seek papers that critically analyze the current state, history, and significance of these expressive forms as they address, depict, and are mobilized by trans* subjects broadly defined, including people whose gender/sex expression is not informed primarily by contemporary Western constructions and conventions. The issue will feature trans* makers and communities alongside essays exploring cultural production by non-trans* makers as such production impacts trans* lives, trans* politics, and/or trans* theory. We invite submissions exploring the repercussions and resonances of trans* representation in non-trans* contexts as well as work developing trans* interpretations of creative work not originally intended to  engage specifically trans* people or concerns.

Rather than a survey of best practices or major figures, the issue aims to offer a forum to examine the wider issues attending to the representation of trans* in the arts and to demonstrate the value of trans* as a heuristic lens for interpreting creative work more generally. While the focus of the issue is scholarly research, we also hope to include a small selection of shorter, less formal essays that engage with critical issues in trans* cultural production from curatorial, marketing, and practitioner perspectives.

Possible areas of inquiry include but are not limited to:

– the history of transgender/transsexual/gender-nonconforming  representations in the arts and their varying receptions

– trans* living as aesthetic practice

– transnational receptions and interpretations of gender and
sexual representations

– the dominance of autobiography and portraiture in the history of trans* representations in the West; new directions for cultural production

– the imag(in)ing of new bodily morphologies

– bioarts

–  trans* performance/trans* performers

–    examinations of trans* cultural production that do not rely on  the representation of human bodies

–   the imaging of trans* communities, both real and utopian

– the effects of the global circulation of trans* cultural
production; the mainstreaming of particular trans* visibilities

–  distinctions and convergences between trans* and queer
interpretative approaches to the arts

– the marketing and circulation of trans* fiction, self-help
literature, and other print media

– curating trans* communities

– trans* as remix and appropriation (e.g. in relation to
mainstream film, advertising imagery, fashion and/or music)

– trans* embodiment as/in relation to artistic form

– case studies of specific locales or sites that have supported
trans* artistic communities

To be considered, please send submissions by April 15, 2013, to  along with a brief bio including name, postal address, and any  institutional affiliation. Completed texts are encouraged, but an  abstract may also be submitted in lieu of a full paper.  Abstracts  should be no more than 250 words and should include a brief statement  of work completed on or relevant to the submission. Illustrations should be included with both completed submissions and abstracts.

Accepted authors will be contacted in May, with the full text of all  submissions due October 1, 2013.  The expected range for scholarly articles is 5000 to 7000 words and 1000 to 2000 words for shorter critical essays and descriptive accounts.

Any questions should be addressed by e-mail sent to both guest  editors for the issue: Julian Carter (California College of the Arts, and David Getsy (School of the Art Institute of Chicago,


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