Call for Proposals: Transnational Queer Histories

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Call for Publications
Subject Fields: 
Cultural History / Studies, Popular Culture Studies, Public History, Sexuality Studies, Women's & Gender History / Studies

We are delighted to announce the launch of a new scholarly historical book series, and currently seek proposals for volumes to be published under its umbrella. Transnational Queer Histories (TQH), published by De Gruyter, is intended to platform and support scholarship from academics at all levels of their careers, and to give voice to researchers and topics that have until now been unrepresented or underrepresented in academic publishing circles. As such, it is our intention to open the doorways for innovative, new research, highlighting non-traditional approaches and subject matter.

Scope and Objectives

TQH’s title is its programme; we seek work that is

  1. transnational and/or comparative in scope, not (strictly) limited to one geographic locality;

  2. queer in the broadest sense, encompassing not just homo- and cis-normative experiences but also a variety of gender and sexual identities, including (but not limited to) bisexuality, pansexuality,

    asexuality, transgender and intersex lives; and

  3. historical, with work drawing principally from modern and early-modern history, in whichever way

    the contributor defines these.

In this way, we seek to encourage the creation of a body of new scholarship that moves away from the confines of (generally) white, male, homonormative, cisgender queer history that has tended to characterise the subdiscipline. While these narratives remain important to queer history, we encourage innovative approaches to them through new and hitherto-underutilised avenues of inquiry. Thus, we seek to foreground the broad and vibrant diversity of queer experiences throughout history.

Furthermore, and owing to this objective, we explicitly encourage work that is intersectional. That is to say, we seek work that engages with queerness through its entanglements with:

  1. race and ethnicity;

  2. class and socioeconomics;

  3. empire, imperialism, and colonialism;

  4. religion, belief, and creed; and

  5. politics and ideologies.

In this way, we seek to encourage the creation of a body of scholarship that not only recognises, but actively engages with the diverse experiences and histories of that which is generally classified together under the broad categorisation of ‘queer.’

Our intention is also that contributors may base their works upon sources and methodologies that are separate from or complementary to the traditional archive. In this, we would be pleased to consider works that deal with (among others, and not limited to):

  • media and popular culture, including but not limited to radio, television, film, newspapers, comics, literature, the internet;

  • memoir and correspondence;

  • museums and collections; and

  • public remembrance.

    TQH accepts proposals for both monographs and edited collections; work may be submitted in English or German. As noted, we seek work from scholars at all career levels, but we explicitly encourage early career researchers, including doctoral candidates looking to convert their dissertation into a monograph, to consider submitting a proposal to us. In the first instance, we ask that proposals be typed and emailed to the series editors, Dr. Sabrina Mittermeier (she/her) and Dr. Bodie A. Ashton (he/him); details are at the foot of this call. In turn, proposals will then be forwarded to members of the TQH editorial advisory board for evaluation. The proposal should include the following:

  • Your first and last name (including title) for correspondence;

  • How your name should appear on any materials, including, where appropriate, your pronouns;

  • Y our corresponding email address;

  • Your institutional affiliation;

  • The preliminary title and subtitle of your work;

  • The type of work (monograph or edited collection);

  • The approximate length of the work in number of words;

  • A brief description or “blurb” of your work and why it is important;

  • A brief description of the target audience for your work;

  • Comparable titles available on the market that could compete with or complement your work;

  • If available, a preliminary table of contents;

  • If available, a sample chapter of the work; and

  • A realistic timeframe, assuming acceptance of your proposal, in which you can feasibly submit the

    completed manuscript for peer review.

    If you are unsure whether the work you have in mind would be a good fit under the TQH banner, please do not hesitate to contact us with an informal inquiry. We will do our best to advise you whether we would welcome a more formal proposal from you, as above.

    Please also note that submission of a proposal does not in and of itself guarantee publication. Subject to the evaluation of the peer reviewers, your proposal will then be evaluated by De Gruyter as the overarching publisher of the TQH series. De Gruyter reserves the right to accept or decline publication of any given manuscript, and may also require further details from you as necessary.

    Peer Review

    In addition to proposals being evaluated by the series editors and members of the editorial advisory board, please be aware that the resulting manuscript will also be subject to peer review.


    We very much look forward to receiving your proposal, and we are excited to read and platform new and innovative work in queer history. If you have any queries or a proposal to submit, please contact us here:

    Dr. Sabrina Mittermeier (she/her) Universität Kassel

    Dr. Bodie A. Ashton (he/him) Universität Erfurt

Contact Info: 

Dr. Sabrina Mittermeier (she/her) Universität Kassel

Dr. Bodie A. Ashton (he/him) Universität Erfurt