UPDATE: [Gender Studies] The Future of Bisexuality

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Jonathan Alexander
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“The Future of Bisexuality”
A special double issue of The Journal of Bisexuality
Edited by Jonathan Alexander, PhD, University of California, Irvine
This special double issue of The Journal of Bisexuality will explore the future of bisexualityâ€"as
an identity, as a community grouping, as a flash point for activism, as a critical way to
interrogate and understand hetero- and mono-sexualities, and as an erotic inspiration for a
variety of art projects. The editor, Dr. Jonathan Alexander, invites scholarly, personal, and
experimental articles that explore what the future of bisexuality might be in shifting cultural,
social, and political climates. Collectively, articles in this special double issue, whatever form
they take, will trace how bisexuality has emerged as a marker of identity, community, and
politics as a way of grounding a discussion of where bisexuality may take usâ€"and the larger
cultureâ€"as an identity, a community, and a politics. Possible topics include, but are not limited
to, the following:
• How has the emergence of bisexuality in specific communities, in the mass media, in the
public sphere affected larger discourses about sex and sexuality? What are some long-term
ramifications of such effects?
• How do bisexuals and bisexual communities affect social spacesâ€"and how might such
spaces be changed by the presence of bi- and bi-friendly people?
• What particular effectsâ€"social, ideological, politicalâ€"are made possible by the increasing
visibility of “B” in the LGBT conglomerate? How has the LGBT community changedâ€"and how
might it continue to changeâ€"because of a growing “B” presence?
• How might increasing understandings of bisexual or bi-erotic relations in other cultures
affect Western understandings and topologies of sex and sexuality?
• What might future sexualities look like, and how might contemporary bisexuality impact the
construction of such identities?
• What does science fiction (or even science “fact” about sex and sexuality) tell us about the
future of bisexuality?
Queries should be sent to Dr. Jonathan Alexander at jamma_at_fuse.net.
Deadline for queries: June 1, 2008

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