EXTENDED DEADLINE and REVISED CFP for Anything But Safe: Sex, Sexuality, and Gender ESSAY COLLECTION (August 15 2009)

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Adam Pridemore, Taylor Mitchell, Chrissy Auger, and Jessica McKee - University of South Florida
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Anything But Safe - Essays on Sex, Sexuality, and Gender

~~~People like sex, society eschews sexuality, and academia banters about gender theory.~~~

First, many thanks to those who have already submitted essays. Due to popular request we have extended the deadline, both for submitting proposals, and also for the completed essays. The new deadline for completed essays will also apply to those who have already submitted, if their proposals are accepted.

We invite proposals of original essays on sex, sexuality, gender, and the idea of safe spaces in relationship to these topics, both in society and in academia. Sex, sexuality, and gender are cultural constructions, constructions that are necessarily informed by societal circumstances and manipulated according to the existing expectations of class, race, and other power relations. However, too often it seems that these 'unsafe' topics are relegated to an academic discourse that tends to reify their subject matter into a "safer" and more disconnected position.

For this proposed peer-reviewed collection, we seek essays that scrutinize how these 'unsafe' cultural constructs of sex, sexuality and gender are translated into society, politics, textbooks, and within the confines of the classroom. We wish to explore both successful and unsuccesful "safe" spaces; especially how unsafe topics and areas might have been ignored or sterilized, and how we, as academics, might create safer spaces for our students and within academic discussion. Through this collection we also hope to create a safe space for questioning and extending the very means by which society, students, and academics interact with these concepts, and also to push at the boundaries of current gender, sex, and sexuality studies.

Interdisciplinary essays are both welcomed and encouraged.

Please send abstracts of 500 words, accompanied by a brief bio, to Adam Pridemore at rpridemo@mail.usf.edu, with the subject heading of "Anything But Safe Essay Collection."

500 word abstracts and short bio are due by August 31, 2009.

Final essays of 4,000 to 7,500 words in length are due by October 31, 2009.