To Boldly Go: Gender, Sexuality and Difference in the Star Trek Universe

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Simon Bacon
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To Boldly Go: Gender, Sexuality and Difference in the Star Trek Universe

Since its premiere on September 8, 1966, Gene Roddenberry's Star Trek has become one of the icons of science fiction. With the 50th anniversary coming up this collection will focus on gender representations within the Star Trek universe throughout these five decades. From the very beginnings of Nichelle Nichols (as the first African American actress in a science fiction series) as Uhura to such powerful female such as Jadzia Dax (who lives in symbiosis with a wise and long-lived creature), The Borg Queen (the focal point within the Borg collective consciousness and a unique drone within the collective), Seven of Nine (a rehumanized ex Borg), T'Pau (the only person ever to turn down a seat on the Federation Council), Captain Janeway (the only female captain with her own series) or B'Elanna Torres (the half human half Klingon ex-Maquie) to name but a few of the iridescent female characters the Star Trek universe has to offer. In addition, the male characters are equally as tantalizing. From the enigmatic James T. Kirk (who not only survived but helped others to survive at a young age at Tarsus IV) and his loyal 1st Officer Mr. Spock (the only human Vulcan hybrid in existence), Worf (the first Klingon to serve in the Federation), Q (an almighty being able to bend time and space to his wishes) to Miles O'Brien (a formerly no name character who later become a
fan favorite) or Odo (a character who can shapeshift but does not shift into a human form). The sheer multitude of individuals, races, and universes this franchise has to offer calls for a deep and focused scrutiny of actual and possible constructions of gender, sexuality and human/non-human identity.

Invited are papers concerning all Star Trek TV shows, movies, graphic novels, novels, audio plays, web series, fan productions (such as Star Trek Renegade), fanfiction (remember that Kirk and Spock are the original slash pairing), electronic games, board games, fan gatherings, spinoffs, parodies, revivals, paratexts, fan cultures, etc. that discuss the constructions and/or intersections of sexuality, gender, race, identity and otherness within the Star Trek universe, or its relationship with contemporary identity politics or its place within, or outside, the sci-fi genre.

We are looking for interesting, unexpected and entertaining chapters that are written in a way to attract and engage laymen as well as long term fans and academics. The collection should be a celebration of this wonderful franchise

Abstracts of 300 words or proposals of interest are welcome and need to be sent to both editors by March 31st, 2016. Final articles of 5,000-8,000 words should be formatted using MLA style and will be due August 2016, with anticipated publication in Star Trek's 50th anniversary year.

Questions and submissions should be directed to the editors, Nadine Farghaly (Nadine.Farghaly@gmx.net) and Simon Bacon (baconetti@googlemail.com)