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What Is New in Nordic Queer Studies?

LAMBDA NORDICA – NORDIC JOURNAL FOR LGBTQ STUDIES

Deadline for abstracts: September 1, 2017

lambda nordica- Nordic journal for LGBTQ studies is the oldest journal for interdisciplinary LGBTQ studies in the Nordic region. Since 1995, the journal has been central to the establishment and development of this field of academic research, frequently offering cutting edge issues on topics such as queer theory, queer methodologies, crip theory, transhealth, queer femininities, temporalities and histories, queer postcolonial Europe (forthcoming) and so on. With both English and Scandinavian languages as possible publication languages, lambda nordica is increasingly becoming a crucial way for researchers based in the Nordic region to communicate their research findings beyond the region. For this special issue, for which we expect a fast turn-around, we wish to highlight the diversity of on-going research in the field, and especially welcome submissions that point to new empirical and theoretical directions. We encourage submissions of reworked conference presentations, articles based on on-going and recently completed doctoral research, new research projects, or work that has emerged ‘alongside’ other projects.

Topics can include, but are in no way limited to:

* What has happened to concepts that have long been dear to the field, such as ‘heteronormativity’?

* What does new materialism and the materialist turn do for LGBTQ studies?

*How do scholars in LGBTQ studies deal with questions of critical whiteness, postcoloniality, intersectionality, religion and secularity, globalization, migration, transnationalism and indigeneity?

* What does the rise of a strong, conservative right wing political agenda across all Nordic nations mean for LGBTQ people and their concerns?

* How do LGBTQ scholars theorize (public) space in relation to bodies, movements, safety, comfort, and belonging?

* What is new in art, sport, literature, performance and music?

* How do queer studies scholars engage with gaming cultures, social media and/or reproductive technologies?

* LGBTQ utopias and dystopias

Articles should be between 5,000 and 7,000 words including footnotes and references and should not have been published previously. Submissions can be in English or the Scandinavian languages. For more detailed instructions, see the journal webpage: http://www.lambdanordica.se/

We ask you to send us one-page abstracts for article submissions.

Deadline for abstracts: September 1, 2017

Deadline for articles: December 1, 2017

Publication: 2nd half of 2018

Please send queries and submissions to: jenny.bjorklund@lambdanordica.se and/or ulrika.dahl@lambdanordica.se.

lambda nordica is a Nordic peer-reviewed academic journal for research in the Humanities and Social Sciences with relation to LGBT and Queer Studies. We strive to support the dialogue between established and younger scholars to inspire to more LGBTQ research in the Nordic area and support the initiative to new research areas in the field. The journal also introduces and reviews international LGBTQ literature.

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Queer in the Nordic countryside/Queering the Nordic countryside

LAMBDA NORDICA – NORDIC JOURNAL FOR LGBTQ STUDIES

Deadline for abstracts: September 1, 2017

”Get thee to a Big City” Kath Weston wrote 25 years ago. The imagined necessary move from rural areas to the big city has been a primary feature of LGBTQ coming out narratives. The migration from the rural to the urban completes the movement out of the closet based on the notion that life begins in the big city. The narrative of rural homophobia and urban areas as making (all) queer lives livable has to a great extent been disputed in recent research. Research on LGBTQ lives beyond the metropolitan areas illuminates different strategies, and ways of living, as an LGBTQ person in rural areas. This research focusses mainly on rural areas in the US and Australia, and there is still a lack of knowledge of rural queer lives in the Nordic region.

In Queer in the Nordic countryside/Queering the Nordic countryside the possibilities of queer lives and communities in different parts of the Nordic region are illuminated through a focus on LGBTQ lives beyond the metropolitan areas.

How can the exploration of LGBTQ identities and lives beyond the “big cities” contribute to a more complex understanding of LGBTQ experiences and living conditions and challenge the binary opposition between the progressive big city and the dangerous rural area?

What role does social network sites play in LGBTQ lives in rural areas?

What queer rural voices are yet to be heard, and what do they say?

This special issue of lambda nordica aims to address some of these questions and invites submissions for articles that engage with queer approaches to rural contexts.

Topics can include (but are not limited to):

· Digital queer communities in rural areas

· (Challenging) The narrative of “the escape” from the countryside

· Homecoming

· Intersectional approaches to belonging in rural areas/beyond the metropolitan areas

· LGBTQ communities and organizing beyond the metropolitan areas

· Queer rural identities

· Representations of rural queers/LGBTQ people

Articles should be between 5,000 and 7,000 words including footnotes and references and should not have been published previously. The issue will be in English and the Scandinavian languages. For more detailed instructions, see the journal webpage: www.lambdanordica.se.

We ask you to send us one-page abstracts for article submissions.

Deadline for abstracts: September 1, 2017

Deadline for articles: February 1, 2018

Publication: 2019

Please send queries and submissions to guest editors anna_olovsdotter.loov@genus.lu.se, evelina.liliequist@umu.se

lambda nordica is a Nordic peer-reviewed academic journal for research in the Humanities and Social Sciences with relation to LGBT and Queer Studies. We strive to support the dialogue between established and younger scholars to inspire to more LGBTQ research in the Nordic area and support the initiative to new research areas in the field. The journal also introduces and reviews international LGBTQ literature.

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Nytt nummer 1/2017 Öppet nummer

The first issue of 2017 is an open issue with a Nordic focus; the authors come from Finland, Denmark, Norway and Sweden, and they explore queer themes and issues in the Nordic region. While the authors deal with the Nordic region, they remain careful not to reproduce geopolitical categories in the telling of queer stories. The articles reflect some of the diversity of Nordic queer studies by addressing a wide range of themes: gender dysphoria in autobiographical texts by Finnish trans people, queer automobility in interwar Sweden, and homoerotic poetry by Norwegian writer Åsmund Sveen. In the We’re Here section Kaisa Ilmonen, Mathias Danbolt and Elisabeth Lund Engebretsen take issue with the status of queer studies in the Nordic region.

Tryckta exemplar av 1/2017 Öppet nummer är redo för leverans i början/mitten av v. 20.

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Ny styrelsemedlem

Lambda Nordica har glädjen att meddela att Anna Lundberg valts in i föreningens styrelse som efterträdare till Jenny Björklund. Själv fortsätter Jenny som tidskriftens chefredaktör jämte Ulrika Dahl. Anna Lundberg är docent och arbetar som lektor vid Tema Genus inom Linköpings universitet. Med fyra år bakom sig som redaktör för Tidskrift för Genusvetenskap tar Anna med sig värdefull erfarenhet till vår förening.

 

 

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Nytt nummer 3-4/2016 Queering histories and temporalities

Queers in history and queer history are hardly new topics to those of us concerned with LGBTQ studies. As we come to terms with, or research, what it means to live in bodies and movements that are outside what is considered ”normal”, many of us find comfort in realizing we are not alone, nor are we the first. The articles in this special issue demonstrate the continued importance of approaching histories and temporalities in a critical way. The contributors come from the Nordic countries as well as other parts of the world, and they represent a diversity of perspectives on histories and temporalities. They bring out with clarity that viewing history from queer perspectives means being critical of stories of success, since the usually hide the marginalization of people who are excluded from the success. They also highlight the importance of remembering and documenting the past; several contributions deal with questions of queering the archive and the very idea of queer archives.

Tryckta exemplar av 3-4/2016 Queering histories and temporalities är redo för leverans i början av 2017. 

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Nytt nummer 1-2/2016 Queering Femininity

THE TIME HAS COME for lambda nordica to both queer and query femininity and to make a contribution to Nordic Critical Femininity Studies. While (queer) femininity continues to have a bit of bad reputation, it is gaining growing interest internationally. Offering articles and essays in both Swedish and English, this issue features new work by leading and emerging scholars and offer a range of new and creative approaches to (queer) femininity. How can the notion of an inevitable glitch offer us a theory of femininity as broken technology? What can make up and the made up contours and surfaces of Russian femininities teach us about ”natural whiteness”? What does the pariah from feminine fame manifested in a 19th century theater divas reveal about ideal forms? And what might a focus on trans*feminine experience of femi-negativity and transmisogyny bring to a broader field of femininity studies? Along with creative writings on new gurlesque literary figures and a juicy reconsideration of what statistics on bisexuality bring to reconsidering femininity, this collection shows that femininity is far from a superficial topic.

Tryckta exemplar av 1-2/2016 Queering Femininity  är redo för leverans den 15 november 2016.

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Nytt nummer 4/2015 – Queer Aging

In a culture fixated on youth and health there is something inherently queer about aging. But what does it mean to age queerly and how do queers experience aging? In this special issue, a growing research field and urgent matter for many queer researchers, we present articles and essays, which take these questions as their point of departure. Authors address a range of themes; the article section includes a theoretical contribution on the issue of positive aging and an article on how older lesbians feminists experience close relationships and community. In the essay and We’re Here section the contributors offer autobiographical and moving accounts of the timely subjects of queer widowhood and the aging queer body. Put together we hope that this special issue will spark new thoughts, raise additional research questions, and contribute to continues discussions on age among queer researchers and activist.

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Rapport från årsmötet 7 mars

Efter nyval består styrelsen 2016 av Lena Nilsson Schönnesson (ordförande), Karin Lindeqvist (sekreterare), Anders Hansson (kassör), Jenny Björklund, Janne Bromseth, Ulla Manns och Göran Söderström. Redaktörerna Jenny Björklund och Ulrika Dahl har ett år kvar av sin mandatperiod.

På mötet presenterades även föreningens verksamhet och ekonomi under det gångna året. Sedan LN:s övergång till open access 2012 har antalet onlineläsare stadigt ökat, men 2015 var det första år sedan dess som föreningen även kunde notera något stigande lösnummerförsäljning och medlemsantal. Under 2016 kommer föreningen att aktivt bredda och förbättra LN:s elektroniska synlighet, bl a via indexering i databaser och bibliometriska nyckeltal.

Medlemmar kan beställa fullständigt protokoll, verksamhets- och ekonomisk berättelse genom ett e-brev till info@lambdanordica.se.

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Årsmöte 2016

Alla medlemmar hälsas välkomna till Föreningen Lambda Nordicas årsmöte måndagen den 7 mars kl. 18.30 på RFSL-Huset. För mer information, kontakta styrelsen på info@lambdanordica.se.

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Nytt nummer 2-3/2015 – Gender Trouble 25 år

Judith Butler’s Gender Trouble (1990) has been called the single most important work in shaping the development of queer and feminist theory in recent decades. Celebrating the 25th anniversary of Gender Trouble, this special issue of lambda nordica specifically takes stock of some of the impact it has had in Nordic queer and feminist studies. We present work by scholars from different fields and academic generations and with different takes on the significance of Judith Butler’s interventions and contributions. With four articles and three essays, this double issue thus offers both theoretical insights and personal reflections. Some shed new light on themes from Gender Trouble such as performativity and the question of ontology, while others show the impact and uses of Butler’s ideas and concepts on both academic and activist practices.

 

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