Gender Cultures: Essays in Identity & Expression
Gender Cultures: Essays in Identity & Expression
(Eds: Subhadeep Paul & Goutam Majhi)
The quest for gender equality is intrinsically related to an egalitarian orientation to cosmopolitan neutrality, ethical responsibility and cultural policy. Subtle nuances of human and cultural geographies determine the nature of facilitation or constraint on efforts for gender equality. The spiritual, material, intellectual and emotional features of any ethico-cultural praxis is majorly predicated on existing gender cultures that has a deterministic influence on individual identities. Issues of personal autonomy, fund allocation, resource mobilisation and decision making are engineered by gender cultures that are by no means static but neither do they change without consensual impetus and a kinetic immediacy to implement through policy and action. Existing gender cultures affect people of all genders, thrusting upon them roles and expectations in tandem with a conventional structural arrangement of performances that facilitates capitalist and consumerist patterns of individual and collective behaviour. Historically conquered territories of the body must become ‘liberated (and decolonised territories’ (Cherrie Moraga). For cultures to be welcoming of gender-diversity and societies to be gender-inclusive, a perpetuation or enforcement of Manichaean operative of gender identity predicated on binary variables, is not the only stumbling block. The ceaseless and continued referencing of gender to one’s sex, misappropriating biology to justify bigotry, non-acceptance of other (especially traditional and native) gender-diverse cultures, denying legitimacy to non-binary genders, justifying sexual behaviour exclusively in terms of a procreative basis, chromosomal determinism, penalizing bypasses of oversimplification, criminalisation of sex, non-acknowledgement of intersex categories, conflating genetics and gender, levelling love and sex on a mutually synonymous platform, downplaying the role of genetics towards the consolidation of posthuman genders, so on and so forth, are some of the many ways by which misgendering acts against developmental co-operation and frustrates polygendered egalitarianism. Any contemporary ‘national imaginary’ must be predicated on ‘an exchange of stories’ that includes ‘diverse women & men’ (Elleke Boehmer); all the more when imagining itself is ‘profoundly gendered’ (Ania Loomba).
This book aims at initiating a holistic understanding of gender cultures across the globe and embracing perspectives, whereby positive critiques can challenge reductive biological essentialism and social determinism that thwarts the same. Whether a multidimensional gender spectrum can bring things to a proper perspective or whether the blindspots of gender cultures need to be critiqued individually, needs to be debated objectively. In a bid to do that, this book welcomes papers on the following (though by no means limited to) the following sub-themes, so as to emancipate the critical understanding of gender cultures from colonialist, patriarchal, exotifying and other hegemonic lenses:–
1. Gender-fluid Identities
2. Gender-neutral Pronouns
3. Heteropatriarchal strictures
4. Non-binary approaches to Gender
5. The 7-Gendered Cultures: Issues
6. LGBTQIA+ (Independent & Allied Issues)
7. Alternatives to Heterosexual Monogamy/Heteronormative Assertions (Polygamy/Polyandry/Polyamory)
8. Pornographic Cultures/Erotica/Gender & Publishing: Readings
9. Gender Variance: Issues
10. Taboo & Permissibility: Issues
11. Gender & Fashion (Cross-Dressing/Drag-Kings & Drag-Queens/Re-appropriations)
12. Gender & Disability
13. Gender & Surgery: Going Beyond Anatomical Limitations (Top Surgery/Sex Change/Hormone Therapy)
14. Queerphobia/Queersplaining/Queer Diasporas: Issues
15. Trans-Rights: Agency & Activism
16. Sexuality: Orientation & Assignment
17. Sex Work: Promotion, Prohibition, Protocol
19. Gender Stealth/Gender Transitioning/Gender Dysphoria/Gender & Migrancy: Issues
20. Body Perceptions across Cultures (Fat Shaming/Anorexia/Bullimia/Dyslexia)
21. Masculinity: Construction & Deconstruction
22. Sexism, Shaming, Hashtag Movements: Dysfunctions, Pathologies & Contrapuntal Readings
23. Witch Aesthetic/Witch hunting/Witchcraft/Postcolonial Feminisms/Negofeminism/Islamic Feminism/Subaltern Life-Writing/Gender & Ethnicity
spirit/Allosexual/Bicurious/Aromantic/Androsexual/Androphylic/Gynephilic and other categories: Issues
25. Gay/Lesbian/Homosexual: Conventional Critical Gender Screening & Resistances
Last Date of Abstract Submission (with bio & keywords): December 20, 2020
Last Date of Abstract Confirmation: December 25, 2020
Last Date of Paper Submission: February 7, 2021
Expected Publication: End of First Quarter, 2021
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About the Editors
Dr. Subhadeep Paul is currently Assistant Professor at the Department of English, School of Literature, Language and Cultural Studies, Bankura University. He had formerly taught at the P.G. Department of English, Maulana Azad College, Kolkata and was a Guest faculty at the P.G. Department of English, Lady Brabourne College, Kolkata. He was a UGC Senior Research Fellow at Jadavpur University. His M. Phil was on a re-evaluation of South Asian diasporic sensibility in Indian Expatriate Literature and his Ph. D was a critique of East-West cultural polarizations in Indian English Fiction. He has co-edited Anxieties, Influences & After: A Collection of Critical Essays on Postcolonialism & Neocolonialism (Worldview Publishers, in association with Wimbledon Press, UK, 2009). Finite Sketches, Infinite Reaches (2009), his first book of poems, from Writers Workshop, Kolkata, received critical acclaim. He was Co-Director of a Two-Year Major Research Project (2016-18) entitled “Discoursing the Homeless Elderly: Tropes, Desires, Containment” (funded by the I.C.S.S.R, in collaboration with The University of Swansea, UK). His fictional and non-fictional writings have featured in Narrow Road Journal, Blue Minaret Literary Journal, Earthen Lamp Journal, The Four Quarters Magazine, Northeast Review, The Sunday Statesman, The Telegraph, Hindustan Times and Luath Press, Edinburgh.
Goutam Majhi is currently Assistant Professor at the Department of English, Sadhan Chandra Mahavidyalaya (affiliated to Calcutta University). He has translated a Bangla novel, namely Abhijit Choudhury’s Manthra into English. He is the recipient of the National Teaching Excellence Award conferred by International Benevolent Research Foundation.