UPDATE: [Gender Studies] Bisexuality and Queer Theory

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“Bisexuality and Queer Theory: Intersections, Diversions, and Connections”
A special double issue of The Journal of Bisexuality
Edited by Serena Anderlini-D’Onofrio, PhD, University of Puerto Rico, Mayaguez
and Jonathan Alexander, PhD, University of California, Irvine
This special double issue of The Journal of Bisexuality invites scholarly
and research-oriented essays that explore potential theoretically or
empirically understood connections and intersections between bisexuality
and queer theory.
Queer Theory has emerged in the West as one of the most provocative
analytical tools in the humanities and social sciences. Scholars in fields
as diverse as literary studies and anthropology to women's studies, gender
studies, and legal studies have benefited greatly from queer theory's call
to scrutinize identity and social structures as they are organized by
heteronormative relations and suppositions. At the same time, queer theory
has its own blindspots in its examination of sexualities, sexual cultures,
and the movement of the erotic between and among people. In particular,
queer theory has been quite silent about bisexuality. This elision strikes
us as odd given the many ways in which bisexuality has been mobilized in
literature, popular culture, communities, and subcultures to query
heteronormativity, as well as monosexual expectations and constructions of
sexual identity and amorous practices.
This special issue of The Journal of Bisexuality seeks to explore this
elided territory by bringing together a variety of scholarly articles,
drawing on multiple disciplinary methodologies and research practices,
including approaches based in the social, political, and psychological
sciences, in literary and cultural theory, in economics, philosophy, the
arts, and other broadly humanist endeavors.
It is also our hope that contributors will connect their scholarly work to
the lived experiences of sexual beings, and reflections thereof,
intellectual or otherwise. To that end, we also invite essays that take a
rigorous, theoretically nuanced approach to understanding and exploring
intersections among queer theory and bisexuality in terms of the lived
experiences of individuals, communities, subcultures, and other agents of
cultural formation. For instance, we know that on today’s university
campuses, LGBTI activists call themselves queer and by and large consider
occasional sex between queers quite ok, regardless of gender. This also
largely applies to many progressive milieus in todays’s post-modern,
transcultural, and largely globalized societies. But for the women and men
who were students on these same campuses even as late as the 1980s and
1990s, confessing that one had “slept with the enemy” in a lesbian or gay
man’s discursive context was anathema, and could get one bashed. How did
this change occur? What are its theoretical, historical, and cultural
underpinnings? And why is this change significant? What is the
epistemology of bisexuality and how can it help to theorize a new politics
of love? What can bisexuality teach us about inclusive practices of love
beyond Oedipal traps? Navigating the cultural, theoretical, embodied, and
energetic space between bisexuality and queer theory, is, we believe, a
productive way to sort out these complex and interlocking thematics. In
its special-topics issue on “Queer Theory and Bisexuality,” The Journal of
Bisexuality will host this debate.
Topics for consideration may include, but are not limited to, the following:
-queer theory, bisexuality, and de-oedipalizations
-the anti-oedipal in queer theory
-poly-textuality, co-creation
-queer and bi beyond identity, into epistemology, the law, politics
-bisexuality, queer theory, and gender
-transnational, post- and neocolonial aspects of bisexuality and queer theory
-queer theory, bisexuality, and non-aligned, in-between political positions
-intellectual aspects of queer theory and bisexuality
-technological aspects of bisexuality and queerness
-queers, bis, and cyborgs
-queers, bis, and transgenderism
-queers, bis, and education to sexuality and to love
--schools of love for bis and queers
-amorous and polyamorous practices of bis and queers
-queers, bis and fears, of contamination, of constructed enemies, of “others”
-quees, bis, and sexual and gender fluidity
-queers, bis, and postmodern fluxes, globalizations, deterritorializations,
and schizo
-queers, bis, intimate networks, and virtual communities
-bisexuality, queer theory, responsible non-monogamy, and marriage
-bisexuality, queer theory, BDSM, fetishisms, and neopaganisms
Queries can be directed to Anderlini-D’Onofrio and/or Alexander. They
should be sent to Dr. Jonathan Alexander at jamma_at_fuse.net. Proposals and
abstracts for articles should be submitted by May 1, 2008.

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