Queer TV in the 21st Century (Abstracts due September 5, 2014)

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Kylo-Patrick R. Hart, Ph.D.
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Recently, I guest-edited a special issue of New Cinemas: Journal of Contemporary Film on the theme of queer cinema in the 21st century. Based on the success of the project, it has been suggested that I edit a conceptually related academic anthology on the theme of queer television in the 21st century, and I am very enthusiastic about doing so.

Accordingly, this call for papers invites chapter proposals pertaining to any aspect(s) of queerness in contemporary television during the period from 2000 to the present. Topics pertaining to cultural and/or television studies at the intersection of gender/sexuality studies and/or queer theory are invited from scholars, educators, and students of various levels and disciplines. Contributors are encouraged to interpret and explore this topic broadly and innovatively.

Questions of relevance to the contents of this planned anthology include: (1) How has queerness been incorporated within television programs of the early 21st century? (2) What cultural status does queerness possess in such televisual offerings? (3) What sorts of representational patterns are evident in queer televisual artifacts of the new millennium, and whose interests do they ultimately serve (and how)? (4) In what noteworthy ways do queer television texts created in the 21st century represent an extension of, and/or a significant deviation from, queer televisual texts of the past? (5) What does the (near) future of queer TV look like, and what are the cultural, social, political, and/or entertainment-based implications of this likely state of affairs?

Of particular interest are insightful, theoretically informed chapters pertaining to especially unique, noteworthy, and/or culturally influential representations of gay men, lesbians, bisexuals, trans* individuals, and same-sex marriage in television programs of all kinds from the year 2000 to the present. Also of interest are chapters pertaining to other topics of relevance to queer theory (e.g., fetishism, gender bending, homoeroticism, homosociality, masochism, sadism, sex work, etc.) as they are explored in televisual offerings all kinds (comedy, drama, documentary, news, talk show, etc.) and/or from any country around the globe.

If you are interested in contributing to this planned collection, please submit a 200- to 300-word abstract (including working title) of your proposed essay, along with a copy of your CV, to Dr. Kylo-Patrick R. Hart (k.hart@tcu.edu) by September 5, 2014. If accepted for inclusion, completed essays (containing approximately 5,000 words) will be due in January 2015.