Call for Papers: Trans Pornography

TSQ: Transgender Studies Quarterly 7.2
Spring 2020
Editors: Sophie Pezzutto and Susan Stryker

For many people, trans and cis alike, pornography is the first point of contact with trans identities, communities, and subcultures. And yet, trans studies has not effectively engaged with the topic of trans porn. Conversely, pornography scholarship tends to marginalize trans porn as a genre of significance, even though on pornhub.com, the largest pornography website on the internet, there are more trans porn titles than titles in other popular categories as “Asian” or “bondage.” The prominence of trans pornography has only increased in recent years as trans visibility has increased in society at large.

For this special issue of TSQ, we solicit work on all aspects of trans pornography, whether written or visual, historical or contemporary, actual or fictional; commercial or community-based, including studies of production, distribution, consumption, and reception; textual and visual analysis; and social-scientific work on people who make or consume porn. In addition to full-length scholarly articles we will consider for publication first-person accounts, shorter essays, opinion pieces, poetry, artwork, and other forms creative expression that fit the theme of trans pornography. We encourage contributions from a wide range of contributors including academics, independent researchers, activists, and, importantly, former and current sex workers.

Proposals might address, but are not limited to:

  • The popularity of trans pornography in light of the concurrent marginalization of trans people
  • The history of trans pornography as a genre, including both written and visual works
  • Aesthetic and political dimension of trans pornography
  • The changing economic, spatial, and social structure of the pornography industry in the age of the internet
  • social media and trans pornography
  • the relationship of pornography to other kinds of sex work.
  • Issues of race, disability, and bodily diversity in representation of trans people in pornography
  • The relative absence of trans men and trans masculinities in trans pornography
  • The shifting classification of trans pornography in relation to other pornographic ‘categories’ such as straight, gay, and fetish pornography
  • The legal status of trans pornography and its relationship to various obscenity laws and morality crusades
  • The sociocultural significance of and issues related to trans pornography in countries outside the U.S. and Europe (Global South, Asia, Latin America, Africa, etc)
  • The relationship of trans pornography to feminist and trans scholarship past and present
  • The relationship between the mainstream trans pornography industry and alternative, independent pornography movements
  • Past and present trans performer’s lived experiences, including physical, mental and emotional health, suicidality, and working conditions such as pay, safety, HIV prevention, and violence

The deadline for submissions is May 15, 2019. The expected length for scholarly articles is 5000 to 7000 words and 1000 to 2000 words for shorter works. All manuscripts should be prepared for anonymous peer review with scholarly citations in Chicago author-date citation style. The guest editors will respond to submissions by July 1, 2019.  Final revisions for provisionally accepted articles will be due September 5, 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. If this is your first time using Editorial Manager, please register first, then proceed with submitting your manuscript. Please note that TSQ does not accept simultaneous submissions (i.e., you may not submit the article for consideration elsewhere while it is under consideration at TSQ, and please do not send us manuscripts that are under consideration elsewhere. Manuscripts proposed for this issue cannot be submitted elsewhere until editorial decisions are sent out in July 2019. You may address any technical or formatting queries to tsqjournal@gmail.com. All manuscripts should be double-spaced, including quotations and endnotes, and blinded 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. If you have questions specific to this special issue, please contact the guest editors at tsqamericas@gmail.com.

TSQ: Transgender Studies Quarterly is a peer review journal co-edited by Francisco 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. Three issues of TSQ in each volume year are specially themed issues that also contains regularly recurring features such as reviews, interviews, and opinion pieces; one issue each year is an open call, non-themed issue. To learn more about the journal and see calls for papers for other issues, visit: http://lgbt.arizona.edu/tsq-main.

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