A New Match Made in Heaven? Gender, Sexuality, and Podcast Studies

Guest Editor: Julia Hoydis

Taking its cue from the unbroken popularity and growing interdisciplinary interest in podcasts over the past decade and a half, this special issue sets out to explore the aesthetics and politics of this new medium with regard to matters of gender and sexuality.

The field of podcast studies, pioneered by Richard Berry (2006) and advanced by first substantial critical volumes such as Llinares et al.’s Podcasting. New Aural Cultures and Digital Media (2018), evolves out of (digital) media and cultural studies. It thus partakes in a tradition of inquiry with close ties to feminist scholarship and concerns with agency and power. While podcasts engage with a huge array of topics across all spheres of pop culture, including erotic fan fiction as well as LGTBQ issues, they are seen as a medium characterized by orality and audience participation, arguably offering intimate and authentic settings for commentary and information (relatively) free from the constraints of editorship and commercialism of other media. As such, podcast and gender studies should be a ‘natural’ fit.  This special issue invites contributions with critically probe the potential of podcasts for engaging with gender and sexuality, paying particular attention to the interaction of form and content. Articles might address topics and perspectives including, but by no means limited to:

  • eroticism/erotica and fan fiction
  • podcasts as safe or liminal space
  • aspects of oral culture and/or seriality
  • audience participation, gossip, and fan culture
  • femininity, masculinity, (trans)gender identities
  • authenticity vs. gender stereotyping
  • the creation of intimacy and distance
  • accessibility, democracy and censorship
  • gender and genre

Abstracts of no more than 250 words and a brief biography should be submitted to gender-forum[at]uni-koeln.de and julia.hoydis[at]uni-due.de by January 15, 2020. The deadline for the completed papers of 5000-7000 words (MLA 8, numbered paragraphs) is April 15, 2020.

(Publication date: Summer 2020)

Early Career Reseachers VIII

In order to encourage the next generation of academics, interdisciplinary, peer-reviewed e-journal gender forum launched its first annual Early Career Researchers Issue in October 2013. Now every year sees a special issue dedicated to presenting the work of emerging researchers.

Contributions for the upcoming sixth Early Career Researchers Issue may consist of new academic writing composed specifically for the occasion or exceptional, previously unpublished term papers. Please note that given the journal’s focus, all submissions must engage with Gender Studies, Feminist Studies, Masculinity Studies, and/or Queer Theory.

Abstracts of 300 words plus a brief biography should be sent to gender-forum[at]uni-koeln.de by March 1st, 2020. The deadline for the completed papers in MLA 8 (4000-6000 words) is April 15th, 2020.

(Publication date: early Fall 2020)

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.

Publishers are welcome to send us new publications pertaining Gender Studies. Please send review copies, review suggestions, queries or submissions to gender-forum”AT”uni-koeln.de.

Books and audiovisual media currently up for review (other suggestions welcome):

RuPaul, creator. RuPaul’s Drag Race. MTV, 2009-present.

Brintnall, Kent J., Joseph A. Marchal et al, ed. Sexual Disorientations: Queer Temporalities, Affects, Theologies. Fordham UP, 2018.

Casselberry, Judity and Elizabeth A. Pritchard, ed. Spirit on the Move. Black Women and Pentecostalism in Africa and Diaspora. Duke UP, 2019.

Cox Donna J., Ellen Sandor and Janine FronNew Media Futures: The Rise of Women n the Digital Arts. University of Illinois Press, 2018.

Dillon, Stephen. Fugitive Life: The Queer Politics of the Prison State. Duke UP, 2018.

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.

Lomax, Tamura. Jezebel Unhinges: Loosing the Black Female Body in Religion & Culture. Duke UP, 2018.

Schalk, Sami. Bodymind Reimagined. (Dis)ability, Race and Gender in Black Women’s Speculative Fiction. Duke UP, 2018.

Strongman, Roberto. Queering Black Atlantic Religions. Transcorporeality in Candomblé, Santería, and Vodou. Duke UP, 2019.

Wiesner-Hanks, Merry E. and Urmi Engineer WilloughbyA Primer for Teacher Women, Gender & Sexuality in World History. Ten Principles. Duke UP, 2018.

Williams, Bianca C. The Pursuit of Happiness: Black Women, Diasporic Dreams, and the Politics of Emotional Transnationalism. Duke UP, 2018.