A New Match Made in Heaven? Gender, Sexuality, and Podcast Studies

deadline for submissions: 
January 15, 2020
full name / name of organization: 
Gender Forum - An Internet Journal for Gender Studies

Guest Editor: Julia Hoydis

Taking its cue from the unbroken popularity and growing interdisciplinary interest in podcasts over the past decade and a half, this special issue sets out to explore the aesthetics and politics of this new medium with regard to matters of gender and sexuality.

The field of podcast studies, pioneered by Richard Berry (2006) and advanced by first substantial critical volumes such as Llinares et al.’s Podcasting. New Aural Cultures and Digital Media (2018), evolves out of (digital) media and cultural studies. It thus partakes in a tradition of inquiry with close ties to feminist scholarship and concerns with agency and power. While podcasts engage with a huge array of topics across all spheres of pop culture, including erotic fan fiction as well as LGTBQ issues, they are seen as a medium characterized by orality and audience participation, arguably offering intimate and authentic settings for commentary and information (relatively) free from the constraints of editorship and commercialism of other media. As such, podcast and gender studies should be a ‘natural’ fit.  This special issue invites contributions with critically probe the potential of podcasts for engaging with gender and sexuality, paying particular attention to the interaction of form and content. Articles might address topics and perspectives including, but by no means limited to:

  • eroticism/erotica and fan fiction
  • podcasts as safe or liminal space
  • aspects of oral culture and/or seriality
  • audience participation, gossip, and fan culture
  • femininity, masculinity, (trans)gender identities
  • authenticity vs. gender stereotyping
  • the creation of intimacy and distance
  • accessibility, democracy and censorship
  • gender and genre

Abstracts of no more than 250 words and a brief biography should be submitted to gender-forum[at]uni-koeln.de and julia.hoydis[at]uni-due.de by January 15, 2020. The deadline for the completed papers of 5000-7000 words (MLA 8, numbered paragraphs) is April 15, 2020.

(Publication date: Summer 2020)