CfP: Queer Technologies in Communication (special issue)

Editors are very interested in including work that addresses games in addition to other media/technologies. Full papers will be peer-reviewed prior to publication.


Critical Studies in Media Communication

Special Issue: Queer Technologies in Communication


Katherine Sender, University of Auckland,

Adrienne Shaw, Temple University,

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

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 entail?

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 forces?

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 exciting directions.

Submission Details

Abstracts must be no longer than 500 words, and can be submitted as a
Word document via email to 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.


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