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: #Me too 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)
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.
The Year We Thought About Love. Directed by Ellen Brodsky, Village Films, 2015.
Dalya’s Other Country. Directed by Julia Meltzer, Other Country Films, 2017.
In Between. Directed by Maysaloun Hamoud, Alma Cinema, 2016.
Emeke, Cecile, creator. Ackee and Saltfish. Web Series, 2015.
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.
Farris, Sara R. In the Name of Women’s Rights: The Rise of Femonationalism. Duke UP, 2017.
Furhman, Arnika. Ghostly Desires. Queer Sexuality & Vernacular Buddhism in Contemporary Thai Cinema. Duke UP, 2016.
Hogan, Patrick Colm. Sexual Identities: A Cognitive Literary Study. Oxford University Press, 2018.
Irving, Helen, editor. Constitutions and Gender. Edward Elgar Publishing, 2017.
Jackson, David. Exploring Aging Masculinities. The Body, Sexuality and Social Lives. Palgrave Macmillan, 2016.
Koch, Angela. Perverse Bilder. Zur Visualisierung und Medialisierung von sexueller Gewalt. Vorwerk 8, 2015.
Mayock, Ellen. Gender Shrapnel in the Academic Workplace. Palgrave Macmillan, 2016.
Moultrie, Monique. Passionate and Pious. Religious Media and Black Women’s Sexuality. Duke UP, 2017.
Peel, Elizabeth, and Rosie Harding. Ageing and Sexualities: Interdisciplinary Perspectives. Routledge, 2016.
Pötzl, Viktoria. Nation, Narration und Geschlecht. Eine feministische Literaturanalyse der Werke Yael Dayans. Neofelis, 2018.
Sykes, Heather. The Sexual and Gender Politics of Sport Mega-Events: Roving Colonialism. Routledge, 2017.
Yousafzai, Shumaila. Women Entrepreneurs and the Myth of ‘Underperformance’. A New Look at Women’s Entrepreneurship Research. Edward Elgar Publishing, 2018.