Critical Studies in Media Communication*
Special Issue: Queer Technologies in Communication
Katherine Sender, University of Auckland, firstname.lastname@example.org
Adrienne Shaw, Temple University, email@example.com
Abstract deadline: 30 September 2014
Decisions on abstracts: 15 October 2014
First drafts due: 28 February 2015
Second drafts due: 31 July 2015
Final drafts due: 31 October 2015
Publication: April 2016 (Volume 33, issue 2)
Communication and media scholars have productively engaged with the
representation of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer (LGBTQ)
people in popular media. They have also investigated how LGBTQ people and
communities connect via communication technologies. This special issue
invites scholars to engage with a third framework for understanding
intersections among gender, sexuality, and communication technologies: how
can queer theory and queer methodologies complicate our understanding of
communication technologies, their structures and uses, and the cultural and
political implications of these?
Papers might address topics that include:
Historically and contemporarily, how do communication technologies create
the possibilities for queer cultural production and consumption?
In what ways do the design, structure, and underlying architecture of these
technologies presume a gender normative or heterosexual subject?
What would a queer design or queer restructuring of these technologies
What would a queer “hack” of communication technologies involve?
How are queer and trans* lives particularly affected by surveillance
technologies? How do big data organize assumptions about gender and sexual
identities? How might queer and trans* people resist these normalizing
How do queer and trans* people use computer applications and technologies
to navigate a world that is not necessarily built with them in mind?
How are queer mobilities and transnational gender and sexual formations
facilitated and/or hindered by communication technologies?
We are interested in work that addresses a broad range of communication
technologies including, but not limited to: radio, television, music,
games, social networking sites, the internet, mobile phones, film, video,
print media, computers, information systems, and so on. We also encourage
authors to address the intersections of class, race, nationality, religion,
and other structuring formations with gender and sexuality. Should you wish
to discuss possible submissions, please email both special issue editors at
the email addresses above.
*About the Journal*
*Critical Studies in Media Communication (CSMC) *publishes scholarship in
media and mass communication written from a cultural studies and critical
perspective. Research articles selected for publication make a substantial
contribution to existing literature in media studies, provide novel
theoretical insights that have the potential to stimulate further research,
and serve as foundational contributions for debates within and beyond the
field of communication. While each essay is well researched, primary
emphasis is on the theoretical contribution the essay makes through the
development of concepts, terms, and ideas that move the field in new and
Abstracts must be no longer than 500 words, and can be submitted as a Word
document via email to firstname.lastname@example.org with the subject head:
“Abstract for special issue of CSMC.” Please make sure your name and the
paper title is on the abstract itself, not only in the email.
If accepted to be developed into full papers, all manuscripts must conform
to the Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association (6th
edition, 2010). Full papers should not exceed 7,000 words including
references, notes, figures, and tables. Shorter pieces will be considered.
Essays significantly longer than 7,000 words may be returned.