Call for Papers: Special Issue “Negotiating Gender and Sexualities in Asian language communities” to be edited by Professor Julie Abbou, Aix Marseille University, France. Deadline for proposals: November 10, 2019.
Decades of interdisciplinary work have indicated how language, gender and sexualities are co-constructed. This intersection constitutes a highly interdisciplinary field, thus drawing on a variety of pertinent fields, such as Sociolinguistics, Cultural and Political Anthropology, Discourse Analysis, Feminism, Critical Theory, and Media studies, to name a few. Currently, research on language, gender and sexualities acknowledges the junctures among these fields, focusing on the complexities and hybridities that may emerge from their interactions. This dynamic has influenced academic work, and more broadly larger society, the professional sector, and politics.
However, diverse linguistic and discursive practices of gender and sexualities have been under unequal scrutiny, with most work concerning English or Romance languages. It is therefore necessary to bring analysis on the co-construction of gender, sexualities and language to a larger variety of social contexts. Focusing on Asian language communities allows scholarship not only to enrich the knowledge of gender and sexualities, but also to discuss how systems, assignations and identities intertwine in various political, historical, social and cultural contexts. Asian linguistic and discursive landscapes offer a unique vantage point from which to view this intertwinement, and to develop new models of gender and sexuality which lie beyond our current knowledge.