Unsettling Sexuality: Eighteenth-Century Queer Horizons

deadline for submissions: 
July 1, 2021
full name / name of organization: 
Jeremy Chow (Bucknell) & Shelby Johnson (FAU)
contact email: 

Unsettling Sexuality: Eighteenth-Century Queer Horizons invites proposals for chapters that trace, explore, and imagine new interdisciplinary horizons in eighteenth-century queer studies. This collection of essays primarily seeks to revisit archives of gender, sex, and sexuality in order to visualize the ruptures and fissures of previous queer studies scholarship and trends that are just emerging--some of which are described below. We are especially interested in essays that imagine other queer worlds, outside of a British or continental home, to better flesh out global explorations and conceptions of queerness that are not beholden to colonial parameters and definitions. Unsettling Sexuality thus endeavors to resist notions of colonialism’s sexual hegemony--as Joseph Massad, Valerie Traub, Qwo-Li Driskill, and Jasbir Puar teach us--in favor of interrogating how other geographies, peoples, and cultures may further develop our grasp of eighteenth-century queer studies. All essays will likewise incorporate a reflection on teaching eighteenth-century queer studies. Junior scholars, advanced graduate students, and scholars from historically underrepresented communities are especially welcome. 


Topics may include but are not limited to how gender, sex, and sexuality are informed by: 

  • (re)defining the archive

  • Genre

  • Performance

  • Transing, trans embodiments, non-binary performances, and trans theories

  • Blackness, Indigeneity, and formations of race

  • Decoloniality and anti-coloniality 

  • Disability, “deformity,” ability

  • Art, music, and material culture

  • Religion and ethics

  • Environment, animality, vegetable, mineral

  • The nonhuman and monstrous 

  • Medicine and health

  • Labor, work, class 

The University of Delaware Press has expressed great interest in bringing this project to fruition. Abstracts of no more than 250-words and a short 2-page CV are due July 1, 2021. Chapters invited to inclusion will be no more than 7000 words inclusive of notes and are due January 1, 2022. 


Please contact Jeremy Chow (j.chow@bucknell.edu) or Shelby Johnson (shelbyjohnson@fau.edu) with questions, comments, or to express interest. Questions or comments for University of Delaware Press can be directed to Julia Oestreich (joestrei@udel.edu).