Vol. 13.1: Queer(ing), guest ed. James Welker (extended deadline: 1 July 2019; published spring 2020)

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Call for Publications
July 1, 2019
Minnesota, United States
Subject Fields: 
Asian History / Studies, Cultural History / Studies, East Asian History / Studies, Popular Culture Studies, Sexuality Studies

Vol. 13.1: Queer(ing) EXTENDED DEADLINE:  JULY 1, 2019

Japanese manga, anime, and games culture is associated with excessive sexuality and gender-bending that have unsettled cultural norms in multiple, often queer, ways. The appeal of such queer(ing) and hypersexual attributes have at least partially driven the spread of these media and fan practices around Asia and beyond. In spite of the ongoing strong association with Japanese popular culture, Japan is but one of multiple centers of queer(ing) media and fan practices in contemporary Asia.

This issue of Mechademia: Second Arcwill focus on queer(ing) comics, animation, and games, and other related media as well as their fandoms in Asia and beyond. The editors invite papers of 5000 to 7000 words which offer newinsights on queer aspects of popular media and fandoms, or alternatively newqueer(ing) perspectives on media and practices that are not self-evidently queer. Possible topics include but are not limited to:

  1. Asian media and fandoms and intersectional queer studies 
  2. Fujoshi and fudanshi fan cultures
  3. Boys love/yaoi, and slash media
  4. Yuri/girls love, and femslash media
  5. Representations of queer identities (transgender, intersex, bisexual, pansexual, gender-fluid/genderqueer/nonbinary/X-gender, asexual, lesbian, gay, etc.)
  6. Queer(ing) pornographies (“hentai,” tentacles/“consentacles,” BDSM/fetish media, etc.)
  7. Queer(ing) fan practices (crossplay, maid cafes, butler cafes, etc.)
  8. Flows of queer(ing/ed) media and fandom practices around Asia and beyond

The Mechademia style guide can be found at Mechademia.net.

Contact Info: 

James Welker, Guest Editor jrwelker@me.com 

Sandra Annett Co-Editor-in-Chief sannett@wlu.ca