Queering the Deep South: Research on Queer Studies and LGBTQ Lives in the U.S. Southeast
Kamden K. Strunk, Ph.D., Auburn University
Information Age Publishing, Charlotte, NC, in the series Research in Queer Studies
About the Book:
The purpose of this text is to highlight research in the U.S. South (the Deep South) that utilizes queer theory and/or focuses on LGBTQ people. Also welcomed are contributions by LGBTQ and/or queer community organizers, activists, and advocates. This region of the U.S. is a fertile ground for examining intersecting identities, various means of marginalization and oppression, and understanding how LGBTQ people navigate hostile environments. This region can be viewed as a locale in conflict. Conservative Christian ideology drives political and policy discourse, while queerness is othered, excluded, and oppressed. White supremacist heteropatriarchy is a dominant force in shaping lived experiences, meaning that intersections of racial, sexual, and gender identities are especially salient and visible. This volume will include work exploring how queer people experience this environment, how they create spaces of safety and affirmation, the ways in which intersecting identities are lived and understood, and how queer studies can advance equity and improve lived experiences in the Deep South.
Work for this text may include qualitative, quantitative, mixed methods, historical, policy, and theoretical research, as well as critical reflections and narratives of on-the-ground work. Sample topics might include: Lived experiences of LGBTQ people; Historical context and documentation; Religion and Christianity; Race and racism; Health and health disparities; Queer resistance and liberation efforts; Queer theory applied to the Deep South; Educational research. The goal is to include a wide scope of research and writing as related to queer studies and LGBTQ people in the Deep South.
Chapter proposals due October 7, 2016
Notification of chapter acceptance October 28, 2016
Completed chapters due January 27, 2017
Feedback from volume editor April 7, 2017
Final revisions due May 19, 2017
Book enters production June 23, 2017
Please submit a 300-500 word extended abstract for your chapter by email to Kamden Strunk at firstname.lastname@example.org before October 7, 2016. The abstract should specify the topic of your piece, the nature of the work (e.g., qualitative, quantitative, theoretical, reflective, etc.), and the objectives of the chapter.
Completed chapters should be between 5,000 and 8,000 words in length, using APA publication style (6th ed.) guidelines. Completed chapter submissions should also include a brief (< 60 words) biography for each chapter author.
For any questions about the book, this call, or proposal requirements, contact Kamden Strunk at email@example.com.