About the event

As a partner of Women Studies Quarterly (WSQ), the Center for the Humanities is excited to share this call for papers for a special WSQ issue Nonbinary which will be co-edited by JV Fuqua, (Queens College, CUNY), Marquis Bey, (Northwestern University), Red Washburn (Kingsborough Community College, CUNY), and Brianne Waychoff (Borough of Manhattan Community College, CUNY), in collaboration with WSQ's publisher The Feminist Press and fellow partner The Center for the Study of Women and Society at The Graduate Center CUNY,.

Submission Deadline: October 31, 2022

This special issue of WSQ reflects upon the work that the word “nonbinary” does in terms of unsettling the codes of gender, sexuality, race, and other categories of being and knowing. For this issue, we understand “nonbinary” to serve as a direct challenge to the tenacity of binary logics, ethics, and orientations. Not only located in, but perhaps most recognizably found in discussions of gender and sexuality, nonbinary must be thought in relation to deep conceptions of identity and belonging across the spectrum of power and difference. Feminist theory has long focused upon the problematic aspects of binary thinking whether in relation to the dyads of nature/culture, sex/ gender, biology/culture, human/nonhuman, or the individual/collective. Currently, in the midst of the Covid-19 pandemic, we see the consequences of nonbinary thinking as it relates to fact/fiction and the schisms in public discourse and everyday life. Nonbinary directs attention to the power and the sometimes precarious status of ways of being, knowing, and doing that fall outside such normatively derived epistemological, structuring pairs.

In 2008, WSQ published Trans-, its first issue devoted to the subject of “transing” (Styker, Currah, Jones) gender, the human/nonhuman divide, region, power, and racialized identities. During the following twelve years, the popular media landscape has had a veritable explosion of images and narratives of nonbinary ways of being. From performer Billy Porter, to writer, artist, and activist Alok Vaid-Menon, to Billions actor Asia Kate Dillon, nonbinariness now circulates through popular culture and podcasts with a speed that can be surprising. However, in feminist, critical race, postcolonial, and queer theory, the nonbinary continues to receive, in the best cases, an inclusive nod in discussions of trans- or, in the worst cases, disregard. This is not to say that in all trans- work, nonbinary must be parsed. It is, rather, to acknowledge that nonbinary needs to be considered for its relationality to trans- as well as for its differences from, and challenges to, that concept, along with intersecting identities of race, class, sexuality, ethnicity, ability, age, and religion, etc. We, as guest editors, ask how it is the case that nonbinary representations and narratives circulate through culture, why it is the case that nonbinariness and its intersections with other identities continues to be overlooked in relation to LGBTQIA+, feminist theory, critical race, postcolonial, and, specifically, trans studies, and how we can resist binary ideologies and practices to reposition nonbinary as the intentional practice of freedom. Nonbinary, in short, might be a way to enact, finally, feminist life—life unbeholden to normative, circumscriptive impositions that stem, in no small part, from heteropatriarchy.


Submissions Guidelines

Submission Deadline: October 31, 2022

Since 1972, WSQ has been an interdisciplinary forum for the exchange of emerging perspectives on women, gender, and sexuality. Its peer-reviewed interdisciplinary thematic issues focus on such topics as Asian Diasporas, Protest, Beauty, Precarious Work, At Sea, Solidarity, Queer Methods, Activisms, The Global and the Intimate, Trans-, The Sexual Body, and Mother, combining legal, queer, cultural, technological, and historical work to present the most exciting new scholarship, fiction, creative nonfiction, poetry, book reviews, and visual arts on ideas that engage popular and academic readers alike. WSQ is edited by Brianne Waychoff (Borough of Manhattan Community College, CUNY) and Red Washburn (Kingsborough Community College, CUNY) and published by the Feminist Press at the City University of New York. Visit http://www.feministpress.org/w... .