Call for Papers: Special Issue of the Journal of Lesbian Studies: Lesbians and Joy

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Call for Papers
March 15, 2019
Subject Fields: 
African American History / Studies, Cultural History / Studies, Ethnic History / Studies, Sexuality Studies, Women's & Gender History / Studies


Special Issue of the Journal of Lesbian Studies: Lesbians and Joy


Deadline for abstracts: March 15, 2019

Guest Editor: Sonnet D. Gabbard, PhD


The Journal of Lesbian Studies, a peer-reviewed academic journal published by Taylor and Francis, invites proposal submissions for a special issue on the subject of lesbian joy. Drawing inspiration from Audre Lorde’s “Use of the Erotic,” this special issue examines joy as a method for revolution and queer resistance. We are looking for contributors who consider the potentiality of queer joy as a necessity for struggle and resistance.


Questions this issue looks at include: how can the embracing of joy and self-knowledge inform and enhance lesbian and queer women communities? Why is joy necessary in the Trump era? How is joy crafted and promoted in queer spaces, such as balls, online communities, and activism movements? 


The Journal of Lesbian Studies examines the cultural, historical, and interpersonal impact of the lesbian experience on society, keeping all readers – professional, academic, or general – informed and up-to-date on current findings, resources, and community concerns. The journal is interdisciplinary in scope and is essential reading for independent scholars, lay people, professors, and students.


The guest editor will respond to proposals by May 1, 2019. Complete manuscripts of approximately 7,500-8,000 words will be due by August 15, 2019.

Please share this CFP widely. Thank you.

Contact Info: 

Guest Editor: Sonnet D. Gabbard, PhD

Departments of Women's, Gender, and Sexuality Studies and Peace, Justice, and Conflict Studies

DePaul University




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