CFP: Histories of Sex and Sexuality in Central and Eastern Europe

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What roles do sex and sexuality play in Central and Eastern European history? What effect did the region’s tumultuous history have on sexual identities, desires, and practices? How do Central and Eastern European conceptions and practices of sexuality differ from “Western” mythologies of its sexualities?

NOTCHES is seeking short essays (1000-1500 words) exploring histories of sexuality in Central and Eastern Europe. We welcome blog posts, interviews with scholars, archivists, and activists, as well as submissions to our “Archives of Desire” series in which historians reflect on specific primary sources and their value in researching or teaching histories of sexuality.

Possible topics for exploration include:

  • Sex work, human trafficking, and migration
  • Sexual cultures and diaspora
  • Nationalism and sexuality
  • Sex and empire
  • Fascist sexualities
  • Socialist and post-socialist sexualities
  • Sexual violence and war
  • Sexual identities, desires, and fetishes
  • Sexual science, sexology, and sex reform
  • Religion and sexuality

Style and image guidelines:

  • Submissions should be written for a non-specialist and international audience. Therefore, avoid jargon and use hyperlinks wherever possible to clarify terms or concepts that may be unfamiliar to a general readership.
  • Include at least one relevant image for which you have obtained permission and caption your image with clear attribution information. We also welcome your use of a range of sources such as movies or sound files.
  • Include a short author bio including hyperlinks with your submission.
  • For more information see our submission guidelines.

Proposals and queries are most welcome. Send submissions to editor Katya Motyl at kmotyl@uchicago.edu by June 15, 2017. All submissions to NOTCHES will go through an internal peer review process prior to publication.