Special Issue of the Journal of Lesbian Studies: Lesbian Organizations and Organizing

Proposals Due August 15, 2014

The Journal of Lesbian Studies , a peer-reviewed academic journal published by Taylor and Francis, invites proposals for a special issue on Lesbian Organizations and Organizing, guest-edited by Elizabeth Currans.
For this volume, the Journal of Lesbian Studies seeks articles documenting and analyzing the work of lesbian organizations, especially those that engage the following questions:

What makes an organization a lesbian organization? Is the focus on membership, target community, or the kind of work an organization does? In organizational contexts, how does the term lesbian interact with related terms such as dyke, queer, feminist, bisexual, and transgender? How do race, class, disability, and national location affect how lesbians organize? How do lesbian organizers resist oppression? How are they complicit with racist, classist, and ablest ideologies? How organized do groups need to be to be understood as organizations? How do longstanding lesbian organizations interact with newer ways of understanding lesbian, feminist, queer, bisexual, and transgender organizing? How do lesbian organizations work with other organizations with similar and divergent agendas? How successful are coalitional campaigns? What role do the arts play in lesbian organizing?

Interdisciplinary contributions are particularly encouraged.

Please submit a one-page proposal of your proposed contribution along with a one-page CV to Elizabeth Currans ( ecurrans@emich.edu ) by August 15, 2014. Complete manuscripts of approximately 5,000-7,500 words will be due December 20, 2014.

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