Kathy Acker: Portrait of an Eye/I
Kathy Acker, one of the most important experimental writers of the 20th century, queer feminist and thinker of gender. In remembrance of her work, and in light of the newly founded Acker Study, an archive of her personal library at the University of Cologne, as well as the upcoming Kathy Acker exhibition in Karlsruhe, gender forum would like to invite you into the eye of the writer in matters of gender.
As, to Acker, identity has always been eye-dentity, what body can be seen, if we remove the filter of gender? What is the body Acker longed to see in her writings, when she wrote down: “I want to see my body”? Constantly queering heteronormative notions of reality, Acker has proudly shown that Peter Pan is the reason girls exists, and, in Don Quixote, just as proudly proven, that heterosexuality can be transgender. Is Acker’s writing actually a féminine récriture or is it a re-writing of the phallic, i.e. patriarchal signifiers, to point of break? If so what is released when that which inscribes the body falls apart? Is the body sufficiently capable of throwing itself back against the signifier of gender? – What role did gender play in Acker’s writing and her performances? Was the persona of Kathy Acker a disruption of gender per se? Is what has been staged merely a persona, an image, an identity? Or is the image of Kathy Acker part of a larger, counter-cultural eye-identity, a vision to be seen?
We‘d like to invite writers, artists, and scholars to contribute to the edition in order to show what Acker‘s past work means to us today and to a world, in which right-wing politics have become overtly dominant over our social lives.
Abstracts and a brief biography should be submitted to gender-forum[a]uni-koeln.de by July 20th. The deadline for the completed papers in MLA 8 (4000-6000 words) is August 24th.
(Publication date: Fall 2018)
Empowerings and Victim Shaming: #MeToo and its ambivalent repercussions
“MeToo” was originally phrased/used as a slogan by Tarana Burke in 2006 to raise awareness against sexual violence against women. However, it wasn’t until October 15, 2017 that the slogan/phrase/hashtag became known globally. In the aftermath of the Weinstein affair Millano tweeted “If you’ve been sexually harassed or assaulted write ‘me too’ as a reply to this tweet.“ In less than 24 hours tens of thousands of people replied to her tweet. The continuing overwhelming response testifies to the urgency of the matter which had been silenced for too long. In this issue of gender forum we invite authors to critically engage with the current movement #metoo #TimesUp #MuteRKelly a and the questions it raises about 21st century sexual politics, from sexualised violence in the domestic sphere to the gender pay gap to the gendered abuse of power in international politics.
- Public trauma of victimhood
- Sexual harassment and sexual abuse in and beyond Hollywood
- Power relations: behind and in-front of the camera
- The role of social media platforms in spreading and constructing responses to the revelations of sexual abuse and harassment
- Cultures of misogyny in the film and media industries
- Wage discrepancies: politics, film and tv industry, free market etc.
- Representations of female lawyers, e.g. The Good Wife, Suits, Boston Legal, Angel
- Targeting sexual violence and crime: Law & Order: Special Victims Unit, Cold Case and other shows
- Jurisdiction, sexual harassment and rape in televisual contexts
- Industry and Public responses
- Speaking out: the legality of non-disclosure agreements
- Generations of victims
- The ‘Lock Her Up’ controversy (Trump)
- Different national/cultural responses
- Gender and #blacklivesmatter and #iammuslimtoo;
Abstracts and a brief biography should be submitted to gender-forum[a]uni-koeln.de by October 15th. The deadline for the completed papers in MLA 8 (4000-6000 words) is November 15th.
(Publication date: Winter 2018)
New Feminist Materialism and Queer Studies in the Anthropocene
We would like to invite contributions exploring an intellectual meeting ground between new feminist and queer materialisms and affect theory, environmental humanities, science studies, and many more inter- and transdisciplinary fields. New/feminist materialisms and the affective turn are emerging at a time in need for alternative visions of the world threatened by human exceptionalism, ecological terror(ism), and devastating, extinction-fostering capital flows: they pose the question of how to theorize and practice ethical and decidedly posthuman or rather nonanthropocentric feminisms in the geological era of the (late capitalist) Anthropocene. What is at stake here, is a new awareness of the ontological relationality of always-already non-individual bodies and the potential for entangled agencies in an age of looming planetary crisis. This is directly linked to shedding light on the affectivity of matter and varieties of nonhuman agents/actants in processes of gendering and racialization, or the emergence of the body and social bodies as affective human-nonhuman assemblages: this can be the starting point for new –isms, as well as new politics of feminist intervention. We specifically encourage the submission of papers that intend to offer new and original theoretical perspectives on the still undertheorized productivity of affect studies and environmental humanities/posthumanities for the analysis of gender, sexuality, race, ethnicity, religion, embodiment, etc. The topics of interests include but are not limited to:
- Animal studies, cross-species intimacies, human-nonhuman world-making
- Trans* ecologies; affective mappings and entanglements of bodies and environments, trans* studies at the intersection with the ecological and affective turn
- Human Geography and assemblage-thinking; affective geographies of posthumanism
- Feminist STS, Somatechnical imaginations of the body
- Decolonization, new materialisms, and Indigenous theory-building
- Gender and environmental ethics in contemporary media
- Rethinking the human, exploring nonhuman/impersonal affectivity; how are bodies gendered, racialized, figured, transfigured through impersonal affects?
- Gender, feminist, queer studies and a politics of affect/affectivity
- Critical race theories, affect, and posthumanism
- Postcolonial thinking and affective politics; postcolonial theory in the Anthropocene
- Gendered-racialized affective labour under transnational capitalism; the affective states of neoliberal capitalism
- Conceptualizing affect theory as a feminist methodology
- Feminist critiques of affect theory and the affective turn
- Affect theory in gender media studies (film, games, digital cultures, etc.)
- Affect and the politicization of affect in activism and social justice movements
Abstracts of no more than 300 words and a brief biography should be submitted by December 15, 2018to gender-forum[at]uni-koeln.de and Christian D.Zeitz Christian-zeitz[at]web.de. The deadline for the completed papers of 5000-8000 words (MLA 8, numbered paragraphs) is February 15, 2019.
(Publication date: Spring 2019)
Target articles should conform to current MLA Style (8th edition) and should be between 5,000 and 8,000 words in length. Please make sure to number your paragraphs and include a bio-blurb (including your contact information) and an abstract of roughly 300 words. Files should be sent as email attachments in Word format. Please send your manuscripts to gender-forum”AT”uni-koeln.de.
We always welcome reviews on recent releases in Gender Studies! Submitted reviews should conform to current MLA Style (8th edition), have numbered paragraphs, and should be between 750 and 1,000 words in length. Please note that the reviewed releases ought to be no older than 24 months. In most cases, we are able to secure a review copy for contributors.
Books and audiovisual media currently up for review (other suggestions welcome):
Baumgarten, Poliana, creator. Berliner Farben, Web Series (on Youtube), 2017.
Dalya’s Other Country. Directed by Julia Meltzer, Other Country Films, 2017.
In Between. Directed by Maysaloun Hamoud, Alma Cinema, 2016.
Ashgar, Fatima, and Sam Bailey, creators. Brown Girls. Web Series, 2017.
Below Her Mouth. Directed by April Mullen, Serendepity Point Films, 2017.
Marija. Directed by Michael Koch, Pandora Film Produktion, 2017.
They. Directed by Anahita Ghazvinizadeh, Mass Ornament Films, 2017.
Battle of the Sexes. Directed by Valerie Faris and Jonathan Dayton, Fox Searchlight Pictures, 2017.
RuPaul, creator. RuPaul’s Drag Race. MTV, 2009-present.
Amin, Kadji. Disturbing Arrachements: Genet, Modern Pederasty, and Queer History. Duke UP, 2017.
Brintnall, Kent J., Joseph A. Marchal et al, ed.. Sexual Disorientations: Queer Temporalities, Affects, Theologies. Fordham UP, 2018.
Cox Donna J., Ellen Sandor and Janine Fron. New Media Futures: The Rise of Women n the Digital Arts. University of Illinois Press, 2018.
Davis, Heath Fogg. Beyond Trans Does Gender Matter? New York UP, 2017.
Dillon, Stephen. Fugitive Life: The Queer Politics of the Prison State. Duke UP, 2018.
Furhman, Arnika. Ghostly Desires. Queer Sexuality & Vernacular Buddhism in Contemporary Thai Cinema. Duke UP, 2016.
Gentile, Patrizia, Gary Kinsman and L. Pauline Rankin, ed. We Still Demand! Redefining Resistance in Sex and Gender Struggles. UBC Press, 2017.
Hasso, Frances S. and Zakia Salime, ed. Freedom Without Permission: Bodies and Space in the Arab Revolutions. Duke UP, 2016.
Hemmings, Clare. Considering Emma Goldman: Feminist Political Ambivalence and the Imaginative Archive. Duke UP, 2018.
Johnson, Jessica. Biblical Porn: Affect, Labor, and Pastor Mark Driscoll’s Evangelical Empire. Duke UP, 2018.
Marso, Lori Jo. Politics with Beauvoir: Freedom in the Encounter. Duke UP, 2017.
Moultrie, Monique. Passionate and Pious. Religious Media and Black Women’s Sexuality. Duke UP, 2017.
Samuels, Tim. Who Stole My Spear? Century, 2016.
Schuler, Kyla. The Biopolitics of Feeling: Race, Sex, and Science in the Nineteenth Century. Duke UP, 2018.
Sykes, Heather. The Sexual and Gender Politics of Sport Mega-Events: Roving Colonialism. Routledge, 2017.
Williams, Bianca C. The Pursuit of Happiness: Black WOmen, Diasporic Dreams, and the Politics of Emotional Transnationalism. Duke UP, 2018.
Young, Hershini Bhana. Illegibile Will: Coercive Spectacles of Labor in South Africa and the Diaspora. Duke UP, 2017.