Transgender Studies Quarterly

WE'RE CHANGING GENDER

Over the past two decades, transgender studies has become fertile ground for new approaches to cultural analysis. TSQ: Transgender Studies Quarterly offers a high-profile venue for innovative research and scholarship that contest the objectification, pathologization, and exoticization of transgender lives. It publishes interdisciplinary work that explores the diversity of gender, sex, sexuality, embodiment, and identity in ways that have not been adequately addressed by feminist and queer scholarship. Its mission is to foster a vigorous conversation among scholars, artists, activists, and others that examines how “transgender” comes into play as a category, a process, a social assemblage, an increasingly intelligible gender identity, an identifiable threat to gender normativity, and a rubric for understanding the variability and contingency of gender across time, space, and cultures. Major topics addressed in the first few issues include the cultural production of trans communities, critical analysis of transgender population studies, transgender biopolitics, radical critiques of political economy, and problems of translating gender concepts and practices across linguistic communities.

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Editors: Susan Stryker, Francisco J. Galarte, Grace Lavery, Jules Gill-Peterson, and Abraham B. Weil

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Transgender Studies Quarterly 8.4 - CFP

The Transvestite/Transsexual Issue

Guest Editors: Emmett Harsin Drager and Lucas Platero

Where do we find the transvestite and the transsexual? The ascendance and mainstreaming of “transgender” and its offshoots in its Anglo-American idiom represent more than a shift in nomenclature. While “transsexual” and “transvestite” were central categories that organized trans experience across a wide array of geographies, genders, and racial and class coordinates during the twentieth century, these categories have receded into the background of Anglophone activism and academia. Trans studies, which has been dominated by US and English-based scholarship, has largely moved on from transsexuals in favor of ostensibly more open-ended and proliferating models of gender variance. Transvestites, for their part, have never occupied the center of the field. Rendered anachronistic, both groups are more vulnerable than ever to long-standing stigmas with a new temporal twist. Either tragic figures who could never be their “true” selves, in the case of transvestites, or hyper gender-conforming figures limited by the time in which they lived, in the case of transsexuals, the forward march of transgender has buried the fact that there are many living people who still identify with and live under those signs. Just as importantly, a colonial spatial logic has also exported transsexuality and tranvestism out of the global north, embedding them as racial markers of gender in the global south. This process is taking place in spite of vocal counter-claims from communities that reject a Euro-American telos to trans identity and politics.

This special issue of Transgender Studies Quarterly seeks a critical reevaluation of transsexuals and transvestites, at once temporal, geographical, and political. Where do transsexuals and transvestites reside--historically, temporally, geographically, regionally? How have these categories been rendered untimely, retrograde, or counterrevolutionary? And how do they manifest geographically, regionally, and racially? We seek contributions that challenge the relegation of the transsexual and transvestite to another time and place in a broad sense, not just by or in transgender studies. And we seek to problematize how these categories do and don’t easily convene people across transnational, temporal, and linguistic boundaries. We particularly invite contributions from the global south that challenge the racialization of these categories and people by a Euro-American dominant account of time and geography, as well as contributions from the global north that challenge the invisibilization of transsexuals and transvestites by race and class

This issue welcomes a wide range of formats for contributions, grouped by two sections: scholarly research articles and creative writing for a transsexual/transvestite scrapbook.

In seeking a wide range of contributors, we invite contributions in English and Spanish.

Research Articles (5,000-7,000 words):

Scholarly articles between might address, but are not limited to:

  • The racialization of transsexuality and transvestism
  • The spatial and geographic histories of “transsexual” and “transvestite”
  • Class dimensions of transsexuality and transvestism
  • The presumed heterosexuality of transsexuality and transvestism
  • Local and regionally specific accounts of transsexual and transvestite life
  • Personal archives, ephemera and intimate histories/memory
  • Contact ads, personals, transsexual directories, and correspondence
  • Ballroom and pageant culture
  • Carnaval and beauty contests
  • Impersonators, drag, cabaret, night life
  • Cross-dressing and its relationship to transness
  • Sex work and street life
  • Travesti cultures, identities, and political movements

Transsexual/Tranvesite Scrapbook Contributions (500-2,000 words)

This special issue will feature a “scrapbook” composed of everyday material cultures of transsexuals and transvestites, with a multimedia companion on TSQ’s upcoming online platform. The hand-made and assembled form holds space in the issue for central non-scholarly trans genres and aims to stage the heterogeneity of “transvestite” and “transsexual” social life. We invite submissions of media and material in any language (photo albums; letters; art; and images of personal effects, ephemera, and other everyday items). We invite contributors to include a short (500-2000 words) written engagement to accompany their scrapbook items. This writing could take any genre, including but not limited to: translations; literary and poetic reflection; letters to the subjects represented in the materials; interviews with the owners/subjects of the material; manifestos and pamphlets; or other creative, speculative, and reflective work. Contributors from outside Anglo-American academia, in particular, are invited to consider the difficulty of translating everyday materials into the dominant categories of “transsexual” and “transvestite.” Please note that contributors will need to secure all required permissions to reproduce images, art, and ephemera

Please send complete submissions by October 1, 2020. To submit a manuscript, please visit http://www.editorialmanager.com/tsq. If this is your first time using Editorial Manager, please register first, then proceed with submitting your manuscript. If you have any difficulties with the process, contact the journal at tsqjournal at gmail.com. All manuscripts must be double-spaced, including quotations and endnotes, and blinded throughout. You must also submit an abstract, keywords, and biographical note at the time of initial submission. Please visit the editorial office's website for a detailed style guide. Questions for the editors of this issue may be addressed to harsindr@usc.edu.

TSQ: Transgender Studies Quarterly is an academic journal edited by Susan Stryker, Francisco J. Galarte, Grace Lavery, Jules Gill-Peterson, and Abraham B. Weil, and published by Duke University Press. TSQ aims to be the journal of record for the interdisciplinary field of transgender studies and to promote the widest possible range of perspectives on transgender phenomena broadly defined. One issue of TSQ each year is a non-themed open call, with the other three issues devoted to special themes; every issue also contains regularly recurring features such as reviews, interviews, and opinion pieces. To learn more about the journal and see calls for papers for other special issues, visit http://lgbt.arizona.edu/transgender-studies-quarterly. For information about subscriptions, visit https://www.dukeupress.edu/tsq-transgender-studies-quarterly.

Transgender Studies Quarterly 8.4 – Convocatoria para recibir contribuciones

La cuestión travesti/transexual

Editores Invitados: Emmett Harsin Drager y Lucas Platero

¿Dónde encontramos al travesti y al transexual? La influencia y la generalización del uso de la expresión “transgénero” (transgender) y todas sus derivaciones en la variante del inglés de EEUU representa algo más que un cambio de nomenclatura. Mientras que "travesti” y “transexual” han sido categorías centrales que han organizado la experiencia trans en una variedad de geografías, géneros, clase y grupos raciales durante el siglo XX, están relegadas a un segundo plano en el activismo y la academia anglófona. Los estudios trans, dominados por el trabajo académico en EEUU y basados en el uso del inglés, han abandonado la categoría médica transexual en favor de modelos ostensiblemente más abiertos sobre la diversidad de género. Por otra parte, la categoría travesti nunca ha ocupado una posición central en ese campo de estudio. Señalados como anacronismos, ambos grupos son más vulnerables que nunca a un estigma atávico que contiene un nuevo giro. Representadas como figuras trágicas que nunca encontraron su “verdadero” yo, en el caso de lxs travestis, o como personas que asumen completamente las normas de género por el momento que les tocó vivir, en el caso de lxs transexuales, el avance del término “transgender” ha invisibilizado el hecho que hay personas que aún viven y se identifican con estas categorías. Igualmente importante es el hecho de que, desde una lógica espacial colonial, se ha extraído al transexual y al travesti del norte global, reubicándoles como marcadores raciales de género provenientes del sur global. Este proceso se produce a pesar de las voces críticas de  comunidades que rechazan un telos euro-americano para  la identidad y la política trans.

En este número monográfico de Transgender Studies Quarterly buscamos hacer una reevaluación crítica de las categorías transexual y travesti, que tenga un carácter temporal, geográfico y político. ¿Dónde se ubican histórica, temporal, geográfica y regionalmente lxs travestis y transexuales? ¿Cómo han sido relegadas estas categorías y tildadas de inoportunas, retrógradas o contrarrevolucionarias? ¿Cómo se manifiestan en términos geográficos, regionales o raciales? Buscamos contribuciones que desafíen el destierro de las travestis y transexuales a otro tiempo y espacio, en un sentido amplio, no solo por o desde los estudios que usan la categoría “transgender”. Buscamos además problematizar que tales categorías aúnen (o no) a la gente más allá de las fronteras transnacionales, temporales o lingüísticas. Particularmente, invitamos a participar a quienes hagan contribuciones desde el sur global y que desafíen la racialización de esas categorías y de esas personas, así como la narrativa dominante Euro-Norteamericana del tiempo y la geografía. También deseamos recibir contribuciones desde el norte global que desafíen la invisibilización de travestis y transexuales por razón de clase social o raza

En este monográfico deseamos recibir contribuciones en diferentes formatos, dentro de dos secciones posibles: artículos académicos de investigación, y escritura creativa para un álbum de recortes transexual/travesti.

Con el fin de tener una amplia variedad de contribuciones a la revista, invitamos a publicar en inglés y español.

Artículos de investigación (entre 5.000 y 7.000 palabras):

Los artículos académicos pueden abordar los siguientes temas, sin que tengan que limitarse a estos:

  • La racialización de lo travesti y transexual
  • Las historias espaciales y geográficas de las vidas travestis y transexuales
  • Las dimensiones de clase de las vidas de travestis y transexuales.
  • La presuposición de heterosexualidad en travestis y transexuales.
  • Las especificidades de las narraciones locales y regionales de las vidas travestis y transexuales.
  • Archivos personales, materiales efímeros e historias/memorias íntimas.
  • Anuncios de contactos, anuncios personales, directorios de transexuales y correspondencia
  • La cultura del salón de baile y de los desfiles
  • El Carnaval y los concursos de belleza
  • Imitadorxs, drag, cabaret, vida nocturna
  • Cross-dressing, travestismo y su relación con lo trans 
  • Trabajo sexual y vida en la calle
  • Culturas, identidades y movimientos políticos travesti

Contribuciones al álbum de materiales misceláneos (Scrapbook) (entre 500 y 2.000 palabras)

En este número monográfico incluiremos un álbum de recortes (“scrapbook”) compuesto de materiales de la vida cotidiana de travestis y transexuales, que también recibirán difusión en una plataforma multimedia de TSQ, que pronto estará en la red. El formato “hecho a mano” y de bricolage da un espacio central en este número monográfico a estilos trans no académicos, y busca mostrar la heterogeneidad de la vida social  “travesti” y “transexual”.  

Invitamos a enviar contribuciones sobre medios de comunicación y materiales que estén en cualquier idioma (álbumes de fotos, cartas, materiales artísticos, imágenes de objetos personales, materiales efímeros y otras cosas de la vida cotidiana). Invitamos, ademas, a escribir una nota corta a modo de bitácora (entre 500 y 2000 palabras), que acompañe dichos materiales. Esta nota puede tener formas variadas, por ejemplo: traducciones, comentarios literarios y poéticos; cartas a las personas que aparecen en los materiales; entrevistas con las personas a quienes pertenecen/aparecen en los materiales; manifiestos y panfletos; y otras contribuciones creativas, especulativas y reflexivas. Las personas que envíen contribuciones de fuera de la academia Anglo-Americana, en particular, deben tener en cuenta la dificultad de traducir los materiales de la vida cotidiana sobre las categorías “travesti” y “transexual”. Por favor, téngase en cuenta además para hacer una contribución al álbum de recortes se deben tener los permisos para la reproducción de imágenes, así como de los materiales artísticos y efímeros.

La fecha límite para enviar las contribuciones ya terminadas es el 1 de octubre de 2020. Para enviar un manuscrito, visite http://www.editorialmanager.com/tsq. Si es la primera vez que usa la plataforma Editorial Manager, por favor, regístrese primero y luego envíe su manuscrito. Si encuentra dificultades en el proceso, por favor, escriba a tsqjournal @ gmail.com.Todos los manuscritos han de estar escritos a doble espacio, incluidas las citas y notas a pie, y estar completamente anonimizadas. En ese mismo envío, incluya también un resumen/abstract, palabras clave, una breve nota biográfica. Por favor, visite la web de la revista para una guía de estilo detallada. Las preguntas sobre este número especial se pueden enviar a harsindr@usc.edu y lucas.platero@uab.cat

TSQ: Transgender Studies Quarterly es una revista académica editada por Susan Stryker, Francisco J. Galarte, Grace Lavery, Jules Gill-Peterson, y Abraham B. Weil, publicada por Duke University Press. TSQ aspira a ser la revista que recoja el ámbito interdisciplinar de los estudios transgénero así como promover la mayor amplitud de perspectivas sobre el fenómeno transgénero ampliamente definido. Cada año, hay un número de TSQ que no es monográfico sobre un tema, así los otros tres números se dedican a temas especiales; cada número también contiene una serie de secciones como son las reseñas, entrevistas y artículos de opinión. Para saber más de la revista y ver las convocatorias para enviar contribuciones de otros números monográficos, por favor visite

http://lgbt.arizona.edu/transgender-studies-quarterly. Para más información sobre subscripciones, visite https://www.dukeupress.edu/tsq-transgender-studies-quarterly.

CFP: The Europa Issue

TSQ: Transgender Studies Quarterly 8.2
Summer, 2020
Editors: Yv E. Nay and Eliza Steinbock

At the heart of European modernity lies the inscription of the transsexual body. 

For The Europa Issue of TSQ, we invite your response to this provocation through research articles of 4000-6000 words as well as reports from the field (e.g. legal and medical case studies, social policy documents, historical vignettes, philosophical texts, conference reports, works of art, cultural and media production, life writing, ethnography, and so on) that engage with a range of methods, lineages and practices, from 1000 to 4000 words in length.

Since the mid-nineteenth century, European empiricism has organized knowledge production according to strictures of observing material ‘truths’ in Nature, birthing manifold practices for studying human beings. The modern Western European worldview remains inextricably linked to this rise in the stature of the Human Sciences and its preoccupation with registering the difference between bodies and developing representational practices for their social classification, moral hierarchization, and ranking as human, subhuman, and non-human. The regulation of “social monstrosity” provided the ground for “regimes of normalization” to sprout and spread across all of society (Foucault, Les Abnormaux, 1974-1975; Stoler, Race and the Education of Desire, 1995). The legitimation of formal and informal forms of governance of these regimes seeded the development of sciencia sexualis, psychiatry, endocrinology, surgery and other medical fields engaged in not only the social regulation of newly identified populations but also the “better breeding” programs of Nation-States furthered by the academic discipline of eugenics. It was in this milieu that the elaboration of the sexological sciences, studying what we would now call “transgender phenomena” (Stryker, “(De)subjugated Knowledges,” 2006), was lead by European figures such as Richard von Krafft-Ebbing with his taxonomy of social deviance, Karl von Westphal and his concept of contrary sexual sentiments, Magnus Hirschfeld and his terminology of transsexualismus, or Havelock Ellis’s notion of eonism. In the wake of the twentieth century’s fascism occurring in and across various parts of Europe and its colonies, sex scientists like Harry Benjamin, together with their concepts for cross-sex and -gender identification, found refuge mainly in the United States. As a consequence, the official terms of medical pathologization -- transexualism, gender identity disorder, and gender dysphoria -- took root in North American private clinics and university programs. This special issue departs from this historical background while at the same time challenging the hold of “European” knowledge production and its traditions in two interrelated clusters of approaches.

First, we aim to interrogate the origin story of the study of transgender phenomena in Europe. We call for contributions that address questions such as the following: What does the study of trans-Atlantic exchanges of ideas and concepts on transgender phenomena bring to our understanding of how transgender has been formulated and regulated? How might investigating the ‘early’ study of transgender as phenomena complicate the narratives of pathologization and inform present-day struggles for the project of “depathologization” of trans identities, gender variance and gender non-conforming persons around the world (Cabral, Suess, Ehrt, Seehole, and Wong, “Removal of gender incongruence of childhood diagnostic category: a human rights perspective,” 2016)? Beyond the archive of a seemingly European history of the study of transgender phenomena, we also call for contributions that refer to what Foucault (Foucault, Il faut défendre la société, 1975-1976) has called “subjugated knowledges,” including what Stryker (2006) has instructively referred to as the basis of transgender studies, thus, to local and historical accounts that have been excluded from the systematization of knowledges that aim at producing coherence by disqualifying embodied knowledge as non-scientific or inferior.

Second, this special issue invites contributions that focus on “provincializing” and “de-centring” European inflections of transgender studies (Chakrabarty Provincializing Europe: PostColonial Thought and Historical Difference, 2000; Kulpa and Mizielińska, De-Centring Western Sexualities: Central and Eastern European Perspectives, 2011). The archives of sexology, anthropology, religion, and law attest to the Eurocentric fascination with and genocidal European practices of exterminating “deviant” or “unnatural” forms of embodiment, claims to gender identity, and social structures for them in cultures within and outside Europe in the context of colonization and imperialism. We welcome contributions that critically scrutinize the impacts of the term ‘transgender,’ what its colonial legacies are, how the term is circulating locally and globally, and how race, ethnicity, class, and geo-political location complicate its circulation and “vitalizes” trans studies and activism (Snorton and Haritaworn, “Trans Necropolitics: A Transnational Reflection on Violence, Death, and the Trans of Color Afterlife,” 2013; Haritaworn, Queer Lovers and Hateful Others: Regenerating Violent Times and Places, 2015). In coordination with European postcolonial and decolonizing projects that also question temporalities/timelines of modernity, what particular insights does a trans optics yield? In this cluster we suggest the method of provincializing and de-centring to be applied to an area (where lies Europe, in what does it consist?) and, also in turn to the related epistemological tradition (what is European trans studies, in what does it consist?).

Thus, we invite contributors to query the institutionalization of transgender studies. We place this call at a time in which European citizens and newcomers are faced with a resurgence of fascisms. How is trans studies and theory vested with Eurocentric privilege, and how is it contested by various racialized, ethnicized, colonized and diasporic communities from outside and within Europe? What are the different terms/ways by which we should evaluate “trans studies” in the European context, where both pathologizing and depathologizing activity occurs? What narratives and case studies challenge the assumption that the ‘center’ of Europe initiates progressive historical change, which the ‘margins’ of Europe would follow? What kinds of hegemonies operate in European gender, sexuality and race studies that impact the ways interdisciplinary transgender studies has developed? Here we call for special attention to Post-Soviet and post-socialist nationalisms, the formation of the European Union and its funding schemes, to different mobilities and patterns of migration, and to language use within Nation-States and between them.

In line with the aim of this special issue and given the fact that TSQ is an English-language peer-reviewed academic journal based in the United States, we encourage authors to contact the editors if they wish to write in a non-English language. We will be able to translate at least one submission that following peer-review is accepted into the issue (in the case where an author does not have access to university funding for translation).

The deadline for submissions is April 30, 2020. All manuscripts should be prepared for anonymous peer review with scholarly citations in Chicago author-date citation style. Any questions should be addressed by e-mail to both guest editors for the issue: Yv E. Nay(yvnay@email.arizona.edu) and Eliza Steinbock (e.a.steinbock@hum.leidenuniv.nl). We plan to respond to submissions by August 2019. Final revisions will be due by November 26, 2019. TSQ accepts submissions without regard to academic affiliation or rank; artists, activists, and graduate students are also welcome to submit materials for consideration.

To submit a manuscript, please visit http://www.editorialmanager.com/tsq. Please note that TSQ does not accept simultaneous submissions. Manuscripts proposed for this issue cannot be submitted elsewhere until editorial decisions are sent out. If this is your first time using Editorial Manager, please register first, then proceed with submitting your manuscript. You may address any technical or formatting queries to tsqjournal@gmail.com. All manuscripts should be double-spaced, including quotations and endnotes, and anonymized throughout. Please include an abstract (150 words or less), keywords (3-5 for indexing), and a brief author’s biographical note (50 words or less) at the time of initial submission. See http://www.dukeupress.edu/Assets/Downloads/TSQ_sg.pdf for a detailed style guide.

TSQ: Transgender Studies Quarterly is co-edited by Francisco J. Galarte and Susan Stryker, and published by Duke University Press, with editorial offices at the University of Arizona’s Institute for LGBT Studies. TSQ aims to be the journal of record for the interdisciplinary field of transgender studies and to promote the widest possible range of perspectives on transgender phenomena broadly defined. Most issues of TSQ are themed special issues, with one open call issue each year; all issues contain regularly recurring features such as reviews, interviews, and opinion pieces. https://lgbt.arizona.edu/transgender-studies-quarterly. 

9.1– General Issue

9.2 – Intersex and Trans* Studies

Trans Pornography

Published: May 2020
Volume 7, Number 2
Special Issue Editor(s): Sophie PezzuttoLynn Comella

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General Issue

Volume 7, Issue 1
Editor: Francisco J. Galarte

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Trans Futures

Published: November 2019
Volume 6, Number 4
Special Issue Editor(s): micha cardenasJian Neo Chen

 

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Trans∗⁄Religion

August 2019

Volume: 6 Issue: 3

Special Issue Editor(s): Max Strassfeld, Robyn Henderson-Espinoza

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Trans Studies en las Américas

May 2019

Volume: 6 / Number: 2

Special Issue Editor(s): Cole Rizki, Juana Maria Rodriguez, Claudia Sofia Garriga-López, Denilson Lopes

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TSQ: Transgender Studies Quarterly 6:1

February 2019

Volume: 6 / Number: 1

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Trans∗historicities

November 2018

Volume: 5 / Issue: 4

Editor(s): Leah DeVun, Zeb Tortorici

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Trans-in-Asia

August 2018

Volume: 5 / Issue: 3

Editor(s): Howard Chiang; Todd A. Henry; Helen Hok-Sze Leung

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The Surgery Issue

May 2018

Volume: 5 / Issue: 2

Editor(s): Eric Plemons and Chris Straayer

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General Issue

February 2018

Volume: 5 / Issue: 1

Editor(s): Susan Stryker and Paisley Currah

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Transpsychoanalytics

November 2017

Volume: 4 / Issue: 3-4

Editor(s): Sheila L. Cavanagh

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The Issue of Blackness

Volume: Volume 4 / Issue: Number 2

Editor(s): Treva Ellison, Kai M. Green, Matt Richardson, and C. Riley Snorton

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