Call for Chapters: Collection on “Queer Virginia”

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Call for Publications
September 24, 2019 to November 15, 2019
United States
Subject Fields: 
American History / Studies, Contemporary History, Cultural History / Studies, Sexuality Studies, Women's & Gender History / Studies


Overview of Project


Queer history is a vibrant and growing field that has generated many local research projects. It is part of the uncovered or rediscovered “hidden history” that has challenged and enlivened traditional narratives. There is a need, therefore, to bring this local research to greater public and scholarly notice in order to shape regional and national stories. In particular, Virginia played a prominent role in the making of queer identities and rights during and after gay liberation. In order to document the Old Dominion’s key part in the development of these queer voices and organizations, historians Charles H. Ford (Norfolk State University) and Jeffrey L. Littlejohn (Sam Houston State University) invite proposals for book chapters to be included in a co-edited volume on queer Virginia to be submitted to the University of Virginia Press. Submissions may be topical or chronological but must be rooted in recent historiography and primary sources using the Chicago Manual of Style. Proposals, including a tentative title, 500-word abstract, and accompanying bibliography may be sent to along with prospective contributor’s names, contact information, and academic affiliation by November 15, 2019. Articles submitted for this call may not be under consideration for publication in other venues.


Project Timeline


1) Guidelines for Submission of Paper Proposals (Due November 15, 2019)

- Provide name, mailing address, email, and academic affiliation of author(s).

- Abstracts should be 500 words in length.

- Abstracts should provide an overview of the research topic, sources, and significance. 

- References should be provided in accordance with the Chicago Manual of Style.  


2) Editors Review and Approve Selected Manuscripts (By January 1, 2020)

- By December 15, 2019, the editors will approve a set of selected manuscripts.

- Notice will be sent to contributors by email on January 1, 2020, to confirm selection.


3) Guidelines for Submission of Approved Chapter Manuscripts (Due October 1, 2020): 

- Provide name, mailing address, email, and academic affiliation of author.

- Manuscripts should be between 6000-8000 words.

- Text should be double-spaced and typed in Times New Roman with font size 12.

- References should be provided in accordance with the Chicago Manual of Style.  

- Submissions should not be under consideration elsewhere.

- All chapters will go through a peer-reviewed process. 

- Include a 150-word abstract



Deadline for abstract submission: November 15, 2019

Notifications of selection will be sent out: January 1, 2020

Chapters will be due to editors: October 1, 2020

Please submit submissions and any questions to:



Contact Info: 

Charles H. Ford
Professor of History 
Norfolk State University

Jeffrey L. Littlejohn
Professor of History
Sam Houston State University

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