"Queering Across Borders" Digital Journal Call for Submissions

deadline for submissions: 
April 20, 2018
full name / name of organization: 
Brown University, LGBTQ Center

The LGBTQ Center at Brown University is seeking creative and scholarly submissions for the inaugural issue of the graduate journal Undone: A Legacy of Queer (Re)imaginings. In conjunction with the Center’s 2017-2018 Queer Legacy Series, the first issue, “Queering Across Borders,” takes up queer narratives and methods, particularly as they relate to the border, as it might be variously interpreted, and its crossing.

Undone is a multidisciplinary journal that publishes work from the sciences, humanities, social sciences as well as an interdisciplinary work that intermingles disciplinary approaches in provocative and generative ways. We are seeking academic essays from a broad range of fields in the humanities, social sciences, and STEM fields; as well as poetry, short fiction, visual art, comics, and filmic or audio pieces.

THIS ISSUE’S THEME: Queering Across Borders

Borders are real and imagined; visible and sensed; palpable and intangible. They seek to contain and define while simultaneously always revealing the unstable grounds of their construction. In this way, borders are always already queer--marking some bodies as Other, re-shaping communities, making some lives less livable.  Borders have always been fraught sites, the shifting contours of which are ever-present to those whose very survival is determined by the new form(s) they take. Under this current presidency, however, borders have (re)emerged as contested sites of mobility, existence, and belonging. Our public discourse now reduces the fluidity of borders to “the border”; to visions of the fortification of fences and the erection of walls. The border is discussed as a tactile place constructed as much from emotion as from the lived reality of legislative rulings.

The inaugural issue of Undone emerges from this present attempt to rigidly define “the border” to think about borders more broadly as zones of disciplinary control as well as loci of radical potential. This issue explores borders as sites of negotiation, interrogation, liminality, belonging, and transformation. While we understand borders as having a potentially queering effect on that which it seeks to define and/or contain, we seek work--written, visual, and sonic--that centers queer lives and narratives in addition to what it means “to queer” boundaries.

For more information, visit https://www.undonegradjournal.com