Special Issue on Queer Utopia of Utopian Studies

Deadline: May 15, 2024

Still Cruising Utopia:

A Utopian Studies Special Issue on Queer Utopia

UTOPIAN STUDIES: The Journal of The Society for Utopian Studies

Deadline for all manuscripts: MAY 15, 2024.

To acknowledge and celebrate the 15th Anniversary of the publication of Cruising Utopia: The Then and There of Queer Futurity (2009) by José Esteban Muñoz (1967-2013), Utopian Studies seeks contributions for a special issue on Queer Utopia to be published in Winter 2024 (volume 35.3). Scholarly writing on queer utopias and/or queer utopianism has exploded since the publication of Muñoz’s text in 2009. For this issue of Utopian Studies we are particularly interested in contributions that assess the role that Cruising Utopia and other work by Muñoz have played in the theorizationof queer possibilities. How has his work–and those who have followed him–shaped the field that is, or could be, called queer utopianism? How has this work been reshaping the very field we call “utopian studies”? We encourage contributions from queer, BIPOC, Latinx, Indigenous, and social and gender minorities, as well as contributions from the Global South.

Types of contributions

               *Full-length academic articles (7,500 words max): For this issue we seek essays on any aspect of queer utopianism. All essays should be informed by contemporary theoretical debates in both utopian and queer studies. For inquiries, please contact Jennifer Wagner-Lawlor (Editor) at jaw55@psu.edu.

               *Critical Forum: A set of essays that comprise a “dialogue” around a particular theoretical question or issue. The Forum is typically organized as a discrete set of contributions. This cluster of essays can run from 20,000 to 25,000 words total, comprising 4-6 contributions. For inquiries, please contact Christian Haines (Associate Editor) at chaines@psu.edu.

               *Desire Lines (2,500 words max): This section features academic writing in a more personal mode. Contributions might address “What would a queer utopia look like”?, for example. For inquiries, please contact Stephanie Peebles Tavera (Assistant Editor) at stephanie.tavera@tamuk.edu. 

               *Book Reviews: We invite book reviews of recent and forthcoming publications related to the special issue topic. Single-book reviews have 1,500 to 2,500 words; review essays (reviewing 2 or more books) up to 5,000 words. For inquiries, please contact Elisabeth Reichel (Book Review Editor) at elisabeth.reichel@uni-osnabrueck.de.

*Conference Briefings: If you have attended a conference or workshop in the last year that pertains to the special issue topic, we accept submissions of 1,500- to 2,500-word critical reflections on the event. For inquiries, please contact Manuel Oliveira (Editorial Assistant) at msoliveira@letras.up.pt.

ALL CONTRIBUTIONS MUST BE RECEIVED NO LATER THAN MAY 15, 2024, AND SUBMITTED THROUGH OUR EDITORIAL MANAGER SYSTEM. To submit visit http://www.editorialmanager.com/uts/ and create an author profile. The online system will guide you through the steps to upload your manuscript. Submissions must follow The Chicago Manual of Style, 17th ed.Please see the complete submission guidelines here.