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CFP: Trans Identities

A growing awareness of transgender issues has intensified in recent years, especially after the high-profile media example of Caitlyn Jenner, the career ascension of Laverne Cox, and the cross-media achievements of Jazz Jennings. This rising awareness has caused activism both for and against the transgender community and compels us to question many of the binaries that permeate popular culture. Few issues question borders and transcend boundaries in such an important manner as current transgender concerns, and although there has been scholarly attention on trans communities, there has been little attention given to the intersection of trans identities and broader contemporary culture.

We are seeking 200-400 word abstracts for book chapters (18-20 pages with end notes) exploring the theme of what exists within and beyond the binaries that were, upon a time, never questioned or examined, especially as expressed through a transgender lens and in popular culture.

Any solid methodological approach will be considered. We are particularly interested in projects that question or redefine gender and transgender identities beyond the expectations of binary codes, be it language, media portrayals, and historical considerations, such as but not limited to:

  • Transgender presence in cinema
  • Transgender identities in music
  • Transgender culture and fashion
  • International perspectives on transgender visibility and perspectives
  • Social media representations of trans identities
  • Transgender presences in video games

This collected work will explore numerous aspects of transgender identity from a scholarly perspective while at the same time using transgender as a lens to investigate cultural practices and constructions. It will be multidisciplinary and well researched, but also accessible to a non-scholarly audience. The book would be organized in three major sections roughly corresponding to the past, present, and future of the transgender presence and movement.

By May 15, please submit for consideration a chapter abstract or a completed book chapter and brief bio to Dr. John Lamothe, Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University, at john.lamothe@erau.edu.

Our current timeframe is:

May 15, 2018—Deadline for chapter proposals

May 2018 – Put out 2nd CFP to round out any chapters we’re missing.

September 2018 – Deadline for completed chapters.

November 2018 – Deadline for final chapter revisions.

December 2018 – Submit final manuscript to publisher.

Spring/Sum 2019 – Final book goes to press.

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