Themed section: Performance, subversion, relation: tracing queer in BDSM - Whatever. A Transdisciplinary Journal of Queer Theories and Studies, issue 4 (2021)

deadline for submissions: 
October 31, 2020
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Whatever. A Transdisciplinary Journal of Queer Theories and Studies / CIRQUE (Centro Interuniversitario di Ricerca Queer - Inter-University Centre for Queer Research)

Introducing Whatever

Scholars working in queer studies, both in and out of academia, are still often marginalized; one of the aspects of this marginalization is the lack of publishing venues, which discourages potentially original and creative researchers from pursuing their interest in queer studies, and from contributing to the development of the field. This has a negative impact on both the queer studies community, and on scholarly, social, and political discourse in general.

Whatever exists to facilitate a dialogue among researchers who work in any field related to queer studies. We are excited that scholars the world over are spinning queer outwards in a range of new and promising directions, such as neuroqueer, animal queer, queer economies, queer pedadogies, the queer politics of migration, and many more. Their daring and original work is a powerful testimonial to the productivity and vitality of a cluster of theories which deserve to be more widely known and applied, both in scholarship, teaching, and research, and in activism, advocacy, and policy-making.

The purpose of Whatever is to offer scholars working in queer studies, in and out of academia, a place to share their work, to reach like-minded readers, to initiate collaborations, to make things happen. We aim to foster a diverse and mutually respectful community among scholars of different backgrounds, research interests, methodological allegiances and disciplinary affiliations.

Whatever is indexed in the following databases: ROAD, ERIH plus, DOAJ.

Applications for the following databases are pending:

EBSCO: Philosopher’s Index, LGBT&Gender studies database; ProQuest; Sherpa/ROMEO; OpenAIRE.

Whatever is published once a year; the first three issues are online at https://whatever.cirque.unipi.it/

We are now inviting submission for the fourth issue.

Even-numbered issues, like the upcoming one, include a general section, which will host papers dealing with any and all aspects of queer theories and studies, and several themed sections, each curated by an independent editorial team. A list of the themed sections for this fourth issue can be found below.

Whatever is double-blind peer-reviewed, online, open-access.

Contributions are accepted in English, French, German, Italian, and Spanish. Papers should be between 30.000 and 80.000 characters in length; authors wishing to submit longer works are invited to contact us first explaining their reasons; please write to the managing editor, Giovanni Campolo: giovanni@battitoriliberi.it . Authors are welcome to include a variety of media, such as images, sound files, and audiovisuals.

Papers should be submitted anonymously through the journal website following a guided five-step submission process. A submission checklist and guidelines are available at: https://whatever.cirque.unipi.it/index.php/journal/about/submissions. A detailed submission guide is found at the end of this document.

 

Deadlines and relevant dates

  • The deadline for all submissions for issue 4 (general and themed sections alike) is October, 31, 2020.
  • Revised versions of accepted papers will be due on February, 28, 2021.
  • Last proofs will be sent on May, 21, 2021 and corrections are due on May 25, 2021.
  • The issue will be published on June, 20, 2021.

 

Themed Section: Performance, subversion, relation: tracing queer in BDSM

Guest Editors: Massimo Fusillo, Serena Guarracino, Luca Zenobi

This thematic section for issue 4 of Whatever seeks contributions investigating the hermeneutic potential of this complex and diverse universe of sexual practices, all sharing a specific attention to performance, and to the transformation of power relationships into consensual play. At the same time, it intends to explore, through a comparative approach, representations of sadomasochism, fetishism, and other anti-normative sexual behaviours in literature, arts and the media, in order to map how BDSM may contribute to identify sexual and affective practices subverting the heteropatriarchal norm.

BDSM is here considered as a methodological framework staging and subverting the dynamics of power in heteronormative relationships, and as a thematic core which can be traced in very different narratives, from martyrdom in Catholic culture to romantic love as the founding mythology of the heterosexual couple. We therefore intend to solicit contributions that explore BDSM through multiple textualities, focusing on interdisciplinary lines of research such as, for example:

  • Representation of BDSM practices in literature and the arts
  • Ecstasy, martyrdom and the aestheticization of suffering
  • Anti-normative relationalities: BDSM and the ethics of care
  • BDSM, feminism and bodily politics
  • Subversion and parody of heteronormativity

 

References

Bauer R., 2014, Queer BDSM Intimacies. Critical Consent and Pushing Boundaries, Palgrave MacMillan, London and New York.

Cruz, A., 2016, The Color of Kink: Black Women, BDSM, and Pornography, NYU Press, NY.Freeman, E., 2010, “Turn the Beat Around. Sadomasochism, Temporality, History”, in Time Binds. Queer Temporalities, Queer Histories, Duke University Press, Durham and London.

Fusillo, M., 2012, Feticci. Letteratura, cinema, arti visive, Il Mulino, Bologna, engl. Transl The Fetish. Literature, Cinema, Visual Art, Bloomsbury, New York 2017.

Holmes D., Murray S. J., Knack N., Mercier M., Fedoroff P., 2018, “Degenitalizing the Sexual: BDSM practices and the deterritorialization of bodies and pleasures”, in Holmes D., Murray S.J., Foth T. eds., Radical Sex Between Men. Assembling Desire-Machines, Routledge, London and New York: 117‑141.

Jenkins H., Gibson P.C., 2003, eds., More Dirty Looks. Gender, Pornography and Power, Palgrave BFI, London.

Kien, G., 2011, BDSM and Transgression 2.0. The Case of Kink.com, in Transgression 2.0: Media, Culture, and the Politics of a Digital Age, ed. by T. Gournelos, D. J. Gunkel, Continuum, NY.

Langdridge D., Barker M., eds., 2007, Safe, Sane and Consensual, Palgrave MacMillan, New York.

Levi, C., 2019 [1979], New kamasutra: Didattica sadomasochistica, intr. L. Bernini, Asterisco, Milano.

McClintock A., 1993, “Maid to Order: Commercial Fetishism and Gender Power”, in Social Text 37: 87-116.

Ortmann, D., Sprott, R., ed., 2012, Sexual Outsiders: Understanding BDSM Sexualities and Communities, Rowman & Littlefield, Washington DC.

Reti I. ed., Unleashing Feminism. Critiquing Lesbian Sadomasochism in the Gay Nineties, HerBooks, Santa Cruz.

Scott, C., 2015, Thinking Kink. The Collision of BDSM, Feminism and Popular Culture, McFarland, Jefferson.

Weiss, M., 2011, Techniques of Pleasure. BDSM and the Circuits of Sexuality, Duke University Press, Durham and London.

 

Whatever registration guide

1. Go to whatever.cirque.unipi.it and click on “Register” or (in case you have already registered) on “Login”, the pink buttons on the top right-hand corner.

2. Register to Whatever — we would much appreciate if you also registered as a Reviewer and listed your reviewing interests. (https://whatever.cirque.unipi.it/index.php/journal/user/register)

3. Check your email for a message asking you to confirm your registration (please also check your spam folder). Then confirm, log in and customise your password.

 

Whatever submission guide

1. On the Whatever website, click the “Make a submission” button on the right and read the checklist and guidelines (https://whatever.cirque.unipi.it/index.php/journal/about/submissions)

2. Click on “Make a submission” at the top of the frame (https://whatever.cirque.unipi.it/index.php/journal/submission/wizard)

3. Step 1 — Choose your role (Author), the Section you wish to submit to (see the call for papers above), check the Requirement boxes (the checklist is the same as in “Make a submission”; only this time you must check all boxes yourself ); then click “Save and continue”.

4. Step 2 — Upload your file: a) select the file type (usually it’s “Article”, but you can upload more than one file); b) check the filename, just in case you uploaded the wrong file; c) confirm or add more stuff d) click “Complete” e) click “Save and continue”.

5. Step 3 — Enter metadata: title, abstract, languages, keywords... Your co-authors must be listed in the “List of contributors” box; they do not have to register. Click Save and continue

6. Step 4 — Click on “Finish submission”.

7. Step 5 — Sit back and relax or do what you please while your reviewers do their job.