CFP: [Medieval] 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

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