Gender in Crisis. COVID-19 and its Impact
According to the most recent gender report by the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) “disease outbreaks affect women and men differently, and pandemics make existing inequalities for women and girls and discrimination of other marginalized groups such as persons with disabilities and those in extreme poverty, worse” (COVID-19: A Gender Lens). The COVID-19 crisis has affected and continues to affect every aspect of our lives, raising anxieties, limiting spaces, and intensifying tension and conflict in different areas.
In response to the current situation, Gender Forum dedicates a special issue to the impact of the COVID-19 crisis on gender-related issues. We welcome submissions addressing – but by no means limited to – gender issues in the following areas:
- division of labor in the workforce (esp. health and social sectors)
- gender equality in the economic downturn
- economy and entrepreneurship
- sexual and reproductive health and rights
- domestic violence
- artists and culture (musicians, social media artists, authors etc)
- social media
- politics and voice
- prohibitions and prejudice
- environmental issues
- international relations and country-specific differences
We also welcome other formats, including commentaries and creative texts.
Contributions including abstracts of no more than 250 words and a brief bio should be submitted to gender-forum[at]uni-koeln.de by May 15, 2020. Articles should conform to current MLA Style (8th edition) and not exceed 5,000 words in length.
Publication date: June 2020
Everything is Queer. The Relevance of Gender and Queer Studies Today.
Guest Editor: Robyn Dudic
In a society gradually turning to more inclusiveness and tolerance, this special issue is dedicated to highlight the relevance and importance of Gender and Queer Studies with regard to contemporary academic literature.
There is a need of closing the gap between the aspirations and attitudes of a, especially younger, audience that receives openness and inclusivity as a given, and the social reality of a still conservative political and societal mindset. The field of Gender and Queer Studies is not only relevant, but highly necessary, not only, as commonly seen, for dismantling a binary view on gender, but also in reforming the view of the individual, in general. Gender and Queer Studies are often associated with women’s rights only, this field is, however, introducing a different and reformative style of reading and analysis. This issue seeks to present the relevance of Gender and Queer Studies by addressing a variety of areas. For this special issue, then, reviews on the following texts can be submitted:
Ecocriticism and Gender
Scott Slovic, Swarnalatha Rangarajan and Vidya Sarveswaran (Ed). Routledge Handbook of Ecocriticism and Environmental Communication. Routledge, February 2019, 1st Edition.
Rubén Cenamor and Stefan Brandt (Ed). Ecomasculinities. Negotiating Male Gender Identity in U.S. Fiction. Lexington Books, January 2019.
Vakoch, Douglas A. Transecology. Transgender Perspectives on Environment and Nature. Routledge, July 2020, 1st Edition.
Economy and politics and gender
Griffin, Penny. “Gender and economic violence” in Handbook on Gender and Violence. Laura J. Shepherd (Ed.). Edward Elgar Publishing, November 2019, pp. 337-356.
Dozier, Raine. ““You Look Like a Dude, Dude”: Masculine Females Undoing Gender in the Workplace”. In Journal of Homosexuality, Vol. 66, Issue 9, 2019, pp. 1219-1237.
George, Sonia. “Globalization, Workspace Transformation and Informal Workers: A Reversal of Gender Roles”. In Perspectives on Neoliberalism, Labour and Globalization in India. K.R. Shyam Sundar (Ed.). Springer Link, May 2019, pp. 273-297.
Michael J. Bosia, Sandra M. McEvoy, and Momin Rahman. The Oxford Handbook of Global LGBT and Sexual Diversity Politics. Oxford Handbooks, Print: May 2020, Published online: Jan 2019.
Vera Lomazzi and Isabella Crespi. Gender Mainstreaming and Gender Equality in Europe Policies, Culture and Public Opinion. Bristol University Press, Oct 2019.
Mental Health and Gender
Robertson, Mary. Growing Up Queer. Kids and the Remaking of LGBTQ Identity. NYU Press, Nov 2018.
Lane, Jennifer. “Using Queer Phenomenology to Disrupt Heteronormativity and Deconstruct Homosexuality”. In Journal of Homosexuality, Published online: 06 Mar 2020.
Alexa Martin-Storey, Holly E. Recchia, and Jonathan B. Santo. “Self-Continuity Moderates the Association Between Sexual-Minority Status Based Discrimination and Depressive Symptoms”. In Journal of Homosexuality, Published online: 04 Mar 2020
Media and Gender
Laura Jacobs and Cecil Meeusen. “Coming Out of the Closet, Also on the News? A Longitudinal Content Analysis of Patterns in Visibility, Tone and Framing of LGBTs on Television News (1986-2017)”. In Journal of Homosexuality, Published online: 09 Mar 2020. Blair, Kristine L. “Gendered Technologies or the Self(is), or why we really need to “keep up” with the Kardashians”. In Scott Sundvall (Ed.). Rhetorical Speculations: The Future of Rhetoric, Writing, and Technology. University Press of Colorado, pp. 109-131 J. Bola. Mask Off. Masculinity Redefined. Outspoken by Pluto, Sep 2019.
Research/University and Gender
Fiennes, Natalie. Behind Closed Doors. Sex Education Transformed. Outspoken by Pluto, Sep 2019.
William Toledo and Bridget Maher. “On Becoming an LGBTQ+-Identifying Teacher: A Year-Long Study of Two Gay and Lesbian Preservice Elementary Teachers”. In Journal of Homosexuality, Published online: 18 Dec 2019.
Lyonga, Frida. “Shades of Homophobia: A Framework for Analyzing Negative Attitudes Toward Homosexuality”. In Journal of Homosexuality, Published online: 20 Dec 2019.
Please submit a short bio blurb and the name of the publication you are interested in reviewing to gender-forum[at]uni-koeln.de by June 01, 2020. The deadline for the completed reviews of 800 words (MLA 8, numbered paragraphs) is August 15, 2020.
Publication date: Autumn 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.
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 Fron. New 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 Willoughby. A 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.