Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender & Queer Studies
Group HomeGroup Home Blog Home Group Blogs
All methodologies of research studying sexuality and gender, whether by self-identified LGBTQ scholars or allies, are welcome in our interest group. Particularly of interest are measurements, histories, analyses, and critiques of sexual systems, discourses, and representations that impact, inform, and/or constitute LGBTQ lives and identities. These can occur in institutional, community, domestic, and intimate contexts; are closely connected to other social, cultural, and political practices (such as nationalism, education, or popular entertainment); and play a critical role in the formation and communication of individual and group identity. In addition, we welcome research that uses queer theory and queerness for analyzing systems of power. We encourage work from LGBTQ scholars working in collaborative research and/or community projects toward broader efforts in social justice. As LGBTQ people and issues traverse many research sites, we welcome diversity content and approaches.


Search all posts for:   


Top tags: #CommunicationSoWhite pre-conference  ICA 2019  ICA18  ICA2019  LGBTQ Studies 

Join ICA LGBTQ Interest Group leadership team!

Posted By Lukasz Szulc, Friday, June 26, 2020

Dear members,

It’s election time at ICA and our LGBTQ Interest Group is looking for new officers to join our team. This year we have openings for the following positions:
- Co-chair, 4-year post between mid-2021 and mid-2025
- Secretary, 3-year post between mid-2021 and mid-2024
- Award Committee members, 2-year posts between mid-2021 and mid-2023 (two openings)

All officers are elected by our members in the popular vote. To candidate, you will have to send your candidate statement to our current co-chairs, Shinsuke Eguchi (seguchi@unm.edu) and Lukasz Szulc (l.szulc@sheffield.ac.uk) by 24 July 2020. The statement should be one paragraph with 2,000 characters, spaces and punctuation included (about 300 words). 

Your statement for any of the positions should be not so much a bio but a first-person account of your own career, relationship with ICA, and any plan for what you hope to accomplish if elected. Additionally, we ask you to address how you will contribute to diversify the group in terms of representation, participation, and scholarship. In your statement you should talk about how you would contribute to the group's diversity in terms of: 

- the various components of your identity (this does not refer only to gender and sexuality, but could also include things like race, ethnicity, national origin, and other relevant aspects)

- the kinds of research and teaching that you do, and any other relevant activities (e.g. if your scholarship is tied to participation in LGBTQ activism, that's worth mentioning, but it's not a requirement to have that on your resume!)

You can find more information about the positions and eligibility criteria below. You can learn more about our interest group here: https://www.icahdq.org/group/glbtstudies and you are welcome to email Shinsuke and Lukasz with any questions you have. Current officers are not eligible for their current position.

All the best,

Shinsuke Eguchi and Lukasz Szulc
ICA LGBTQ IG Co-chairs

1 position for the term between mid-2021 and mid-2025

Co-chairing ICA LGBTQ Interest Group is a major leadership position, which involves a variety of tasks, shared between the two chairs, including:
- oversighting of all ICA LGBTQ IG functions and officers 
- annual conference programming (sessions, business meetings, receptions, etc.)
- seating on the ICA Board of Directors (BoD) and attending BoD meetings  
- submitting ICA LGBTQ annual reports 

Eligibility criteria:

- you need to be an active member of ICA LGBTQ Interest Group (or join it before 24th July)
- you need to have a PhD 
- you may not run for, or hold, an elected office across multiple ICA divisions and interest groups (candidates who submit themselves for more than one elected position will be disqualified)

1 position for the term between mid-2021 and mid-2024

The tasks of the ICA LGBTQ Secretary include:
- assisting co-chairs in administering business meetings
- preparing and distributing minutes of business meetings to members
- acting as an editor of the ICA LGBTQ IG’s newsletter
- overseeing the ICA LGBTQ IG’s website and social media 

Eligibility criteria:

- you need to be an active member of ICA LGBTQ Interest Group (or join it before 24th July)
- you do not need to have a PhD (students and early career researchers are welcome!) 
- you may not run for, or hold, an elected office across multiple ICA divisions and interest groups (candidates who submit themselves for more than one elected position will be disqualified)

2 positions for the term between mid-2021 and mid-2023

ICA LGBTQ Award Committee members are responsible for:
- deciding about ICA LGBTQ Top Faculty and Top Student Papers 
- deciding about ICA LGBTQ travel grants and conference registration waivers 
- nominating LGBTQ scholarship for ICA-wide awards 

Eligibility criteria:

- you need to be an active member of ICA LGBTQ Interest Group (or join it before 24th July)
- you need to have a PhD and be at a more advanced stage of your career 
- you may not run for, or hold, an elected office across multiple ICA divisions and interest groups (candidates who submit themselves for more than one elected position will be disqualified)


This post has not been tagged.

Share |
PermalinkComments (0)

Call for contributions for the edited volume, 'Queer TV China'

Posted By Lukasz Szulc, Monday, June 1, 2020

Call for Contribution Proposals to be considered for the edited volume, Queer TV China

Editor: Dr. Jamie J. Zhao , Xi’an Jiaotong-Liverpool University


Paper proposal due by July 30, 2020 (500 words with working bibliography and a CV to the editor)
Acceptance notification by August 20, 2020
Final submission due November 30, 2020 (6,000-8,500 words)


For more information, see

This post has not been tagged.

Share |
PermalinkComments (0)

Global Queer/Trans* Studies - Journal of International and Intercultural Communication (Due 09/01/2020)

Posted By Shinsuke Eguchi, Tuesday, May 26, 2020

A Special Issue: A Call for Paper Submissions  

Global Queer and Trans* Studies

A Special Issue Editor, Shinsuke Eguchi 

Journal of International and Intercultural Communication  



Call for Submissions: 


In recent years there has been an increasing visibility of queer and trans* studies in International and Intercultural Communication. For example, Karma R. Chávez (2013) advocated for the field of inquiry called, Queer Intercultural Communication, to examine nuanced connections among queer and trans* identities, cultures, politics, and globalization. With scholars such as C. Riley Snorton, Megan Morrisey, Julia Johnson, and Gust A. Yep, Chávez (2013) called to push the boundaries of international and intercultural communication that maintain the logics of cisheteronormativity working with whiteness, patriarchy, ableism, and capitalism. Since then, Shinsuke Eguchi and Godfried Asante (2016) and Shinsuke Eguchi and Bernadette Marie Calafell (2020) have also expanded the circumference of Queer Intercultural Communication by emphasizing on the intersectional queer and trans* politics of belonging. However, such collection of queer intercultural scholarships yet struggles to fully locate global perspectives on queer and trans* identities, performances, and spaces. 


Thus, this special issue calls to further expand the current state of Queer Intercultural Communication. Accordingly, Global Queer and Trans* Studies welcome submissions that examine, question, and/or critique the following topics including but not limited to: 


Intersections with Asian Studies, Arab/Middle-Eastern Studies, Black/African/Caribbean Studies, Latinix Studies, and Mixed Race and Ethnic Studies

Sexual Desire, Intimacy, and Relationality

Transnationalism, Migration, and Diasporas

Citizenships, Border Crossings, and Borderlands 

Indigenous Genders, Sexualities, and Sexual Practices 

Cultural Politics of Third Gender and Sex

Discourses around Gender Affirmation Processes 

Religion and Sexuality 

Futurism and Temporalities 

Gay Modernity and Empire

Toxic Gay Masculinities and Cosmopolitanism 

Colonialism, Postcolonialism, and Settler Colonialism 

Military, Occupation, and Imperialism

National/Global LGBT organizations and campaigns 

Transnational/Global South Feminism 

Cisgenderism, Ableism, and Healthism 

Transnational Coalitional Politics and Praxis  

Digital Media and Platforms 

Pornography and Cultural Industry 

Sexual Technologies 

Theater, Film, and Performance 


In order to clearly articulate the topical directions mentioned above, Global Queer and Trans* Studies seek submissions that methodologically centralize critical/cultural, interpretive, and/or performative approaches.


To accommodate more contributors, this issue will only accept essays that should be no more than 6,000–7,000 words inclusive of references, figure captions, endnotes. To format your essay, please follow the styling requirement for Journal of International and Intercultural Communication. See the details for https://www.tandfonline.com/toc/rjii20/current


To be considered for publication in this special issue, please submit your completed essay by September 1, 2020 through https://mc.manuscriptcentral.com/rjii When you do so, make sure to choose a special issue “Global Queer and Trans* Studies.” If you have any questions regarding this special issue, please contact Dr. Shinsuke Eguchi (University of New Mexico) at seguchi@unm.edu


Proposed Timeline:


September 1, 2020

Contributors submit their essays 


November 1, 2020

Peer-reviews will be sent back to contributors 


January 1, 2021

Contributors resubmit revised essays


March 1, 2021

If needed, peer-reviewed will be sent back to the contributors.  


May 1, 2021

Contributors will finalize their essays. 


Fall 2021 or Winter 2021 - Publication




Chávez, K. R. (2013). Pushing boundaries: Queer intercultural communication. Journal of

International and Intercultural Communication, 6(2), 83-95. 


Eguchi, S., & Asante, G. (2016). Disidentifications revisited: Queer(y)ing intercultural

communication theory. Communication Theory26(2), 171-189. 


Eguchi, S. & Calafell, B. M. (Eds.). (2020). Queer intercultural communication: The 

intersectional politics of belonging in and across differences. Lanham, MD: Rowman & Littlefield. 


This post has not been tagged.

Share |

Apply for travel grants and conference fee waivers for #ICA20 in Gold Coast

Posted By Lukasz Szulc, Wednesday, February 19, 2020

Dear members,


We invite those of you whose papers or posters were accepted for the #ica20 conference in Gold Coast to consider applying for a travel grant or conference registration waiver if you meet the criteria.


(1) Larry Gross travel grant ($1000 – exact amount depends on number of successful applications). Any presenter who has demonstrated scholarly merit and who is *not* receiving travel funding from their department or any other sources of outside funding is eligible. Preference will be given to presenters resident in areas of the world that are under-represented at ICA, but this does not preclude self-nominations from presenters in Tier A countries (see https://www.icahdq.org/page/tiers).


(2) LGBTQ Studies travel grant (2 X $500).  This grant is open to LGBTQ Studies session presenters who have demonstrated financial need, with preference for student presenters and/or scholars resident in non-Tier A countries (i.e. Tier B or Tier C – see https://www.icahdq.org/page/tiers).


(3) Conference registration waiver – student.  This award provides a waiver of the conference registration fee for a presenter who is a student.  See here for the monetary value of the award: https://www.icahdq.org/page/2020ConfPrices


(4) Conference registration waiver – non-Tier A scholar.  This award provides a waiver of the conference registration fee for a presenter who is a scholar resident in a non-Tier A country (see https://www.icahdq.org/page/tiers).  See here for the monetary value of the award:https://www.icahdq.org/page/2020ConfPrices


To apply, please write a short statement (400 words or less) explaining (i) which award(s) you are applying for (you may apply for all that you are eligible for); (ii) how you are eligible; and (iii) how travel support would help you in your academic pursuits. Email your statement to the organizer of the LGBTQ Studies Awards and Nominations Committee:

Shinsuke Eguchi - seguchi@unm.edu.


To be eligible for consideration, you must be an active member of the LGBTQ Studies interest group. The deadline for your application to us is ** Sunday, February 23, 9pm U.S. Pacific Standard Time **. 


Also, (i) ICA presenters from developing/transitional countries and (ii) student presenters from any country can apply for the ICA-wide travel grants at http://www.icahdq.org/page/TravelGrant. The ICA travel grants require you to be a member of ICA. These applications are due Friday, March 1.


All the best!

Shinsuke Eguchi and Lukasz Szulc

LGBTQ Studies interest group co-chairs



This post has not been tagged.

Share |
PermalinkComments (0)

ELECTIONS 2019: Join the team of ICA LGBTQ Studies Interest Group!

Posted By Lukasz Szulc, Wednesday, July 3, 2019

ICA LGBTQ Studies Interest Group is dedicated to diversifying leadership and this year we hold elections for two positions:

  • Student and Early Career Representative
  • International Liaison

Joining our team will allow you to gain experience in leadership in the world’s biggest association of media and communications scholars, the International Communication Association (ICA).



For the term: end of ICA Australia conference 2020 – end of ICA Paris conference 2022


Job description:

  • represent student and early career scholars at the level of both our interest group and the ICA-wide Student and Early Career Advisory Committee (SECAC)
  • exchange information between SECAC and our interest group
  • organize ICA LGBTQ Studies Interest group meet-ups between senior and junior scholars at the ICA annual conference
  • participate in the organization of events dedicated to students and early career scholars during the conference
  • participate in the annual SECAC reception fundraising
  • contribute to ICA newsletter


  • be a member of ICA LGBTQ Studies Interest Group
  • be a student OR early career researcher who has obtained their diploma within the past five years



For the term: end of ICA Australia conference 2020 – end of ICA Paris conference 2022


Job description:

  • gather opinions and feedback from members of our interest group, especially new members from less represented cultures, for example, at times of the annual conference, and convey them to ICA LGBTQ co-chairs, or other relevant bodies at ICA, in order for them to receive more social support and feel more welcomed at the Association
  • liaise across the divisions and interest groups on general issues that go beyond any given unit of ICA
  • assist in the planning of ICA annual conferences, helping the co-chairs to pay attention to participants from ethnic-minority communities and the developing world who may need extra help
  • identify the needs of young scholars, especially those from non-English-speaking countries, who may need the training of particular skills (e.g., writing, data analysis), relay them to ICA Membership and Internationalization Committee or other relevant bodies, who will design ways to meet such needs
  • participate in and facilitate other ICA internationalization activities such as regional conferences, mentorship programs
  • take initiatives to suggest new ideas for improving ICA’s overall internationalization endeavors


  • be a member of ICA LGBTQ Studies Interest Group



For both positions, please send a max. 2000-character statement (about 300 words) to ICA LGBTQ Studies Interest Group co-chairs, Lukasz Szulc (l.szulc@sheffield.ac.uk) and Shinsuke Eguchi (seguchi@unm.edu) by 21 July 2019. In the candidate statement, you should explain how you would like to contribute to the role of your choice and what you would like to achieve during your term in office. We also recommend to address your prospective contributions to the diversity of our interest group in terms of representation, participation, and scholarship.


To find out more about our interest group, see: https://www.icahdq.org/group/glbtstudies. If you have any questions, feel free to contact our co-chairs for more information. 

This post has not been tagged.

Share |
PermalinkComments (0)

Call for Papers: Special issue of TSQ on 'Trans Pornography'

Posted By Lukasz Szulc, Tuesday, June 4, 2019

Call for Papers: Trans Pornography
TSQ: Transgender Studies Quarterly 7.2

Spring 2020

Editors: Sophie Pezzutto, Susan Stryker and Lynn Comella

For many people, trans and cis alike, pornography is the first point of contact with trans identities, communities, and subcultures. And yet, trans studies has not effectively engaged with the topic of trans porn. Conversely, pornography scholarship tends to marginalize trans porn as a genre of significance, even though on pornhub.com, the largest pornography website on the internet, there are more trans porn titles than titles in other popular categories as “Asian” or “bondage.” The prominence of trans pornography has only increased in recent years as trans visibility has increased in society at large. 
For this special issue of TSQ, we solicit work on all aspects of trans pornography, whether written or visual, historical or contemporary, actual or fictional; commercial or community-based, including studies of production, distribution, consumption, and reception; textual and visual analysis; and social-scientific work on people who make or consume porn. In addition to full-length scholarly articles we will consider for publication first-person accounts, shorter essays, opinion pieces, poetry, artwork, and other forms creative expression that fit the theme of trans pornography. We encourage contributions from a wide range of contributors including academics, independent researchers, activists, and, importantly, former and current sex workers.
Proposals might address, but are not limited to:
-       The popularity of trans pornography in light of the concurrent marginalization of trans people
-       The history of trans pornography as a genre, including both written and visual works
-       Aesthetic and political dimension of trans pornography
-       The changing economic, spatial, and social structure of the pornography industry in the age of the internet
-       social media and trans pornography
-       the relationship of pornography to other kinds of sex work.
-       Issues of race, disability, and bodily diversity in representation of trans people in pornography
-       The relative absence of trans men and trans masculinities in trans pornography
-       The shifting classification of trans pornography in relation to other pornographic ‘categories’ such as straight, gay, and fetish pornography
-       The legal status of trans pornography and its relationship to various obscenity laws and morality crusades
-       The sociocultural significance of and issues related to trans pornography in countries outside the U.S. and Europe (Global South, Asia, Latin America, Africa, etc)
-       The relationship of trans pornography to feminist and trans scholarship past and present
-       The relationship between the mainstream trans pornography industry and alternative, independent pornography movements
-       Past and present trans performer’s lived experiences, including physical, mental and emotional health, suicidality, and working conditions such as pay, safety, HIV prevention, and violence
The expected length for scholarly articles is 5000 to 7000 words and 1000 to 2000 words for shorter works. All manuscripts should be prepared for anonymous peer review with scholarly citations in Chicago author-date citation style. Final revisions for provisionally accepted articles will be due September 5, 2019. TSQ accepts submissions without regard to academic affiliation or rank; artists, activists, and graduate students are also welcome to submit materials for consideration. To submit a manuscript, please visit http://www.editorialmanager.com/tsq. If this is your first time using Editorial Manager, please register first, then proceed with submitting your manuscript. Please note that TSQ does not accept simultaneous submissions (i.e., you may not submit the article for consideration elsewhere while it is under consideration at TSQ, and please do not send us manuscripts that are under consideration elsewhere. Manuscripts proposed for this issue cannot be submitted elsewhere until editorial decisions are sent out in July 2019. You may address any technical or formatting queries to tsqjournal@gmail.com. All manuscripts should be double-spaced, including quotations and endnotes, and blinded throughout. Please include an abstract (150 words or less), keywords (3-5 for indexing), and a brief author’s biographical note (50 words or less) at the time of initial submission. See: http://www.dukeupress.edu/Assets/Downloads/TSQ_sg.pdf for a detailed style guide. If you have questions specific to this special issue, please contact the guest editors at tsqamericas@gmail.com.

TSQ: Transgender Studies Quarterly is a peer review journal co-edited by Francisco Galarte and Susan Stryker and published by Duke University Press, with editorial offices at the University of Arizona’s Institute for LGBT Studies. TSQ aims to be the journal of record for the interdisciplinary field of transgender studies and to promote the widest possible range of perspectives on transgender phenomena broadly defined. Three issues of TSQ in each volume year are specially themed issues that also contains regularly recurring features such as reviews, interviews, and opinion pieces; one issue each year is an open call, non-themed issue. To learn more about the journal and see calls for papers for other issues, visit: http://lgbt.arizona.edu/tsq-main. For information about subscriptions, visit: http://www.dukeupress.edu/Catalog/ViewProduct.php?productid=45648.

This post has not been tagged.

Share |
PermalinkComments (0)

ICA 2019 LGBTQ Studies sessions and events

Posted By Eve Ng, Saturday, March 23, 2019


FRIDAY, MAY 24, 2019

8:45 AM-5:00 PM, Georgetown University



We’re happy to announce the #CommunicationSoWhite ICA pre-conference, for which LGBTQ Studies is a major sponsor and organizer, taking place in Washington on Friday, May 24, at Georgetown University! 

Registration materials can be picked up 8:20-8:40 AM, the program begins at 8:45 AM, and ends at 5:00 PM (see https://cdn.ymaws.com/www.icahdq.org/resource/resmgr/conference/2019/prepostconference/PC19-SoWhite.pdf for schedule and location info).  Roopali Mukherjee, from Queen’s College, City University of New York, will present a keynote at 9:00 AM, and other sessions begin at 10:15 AM.  There will also be a mentoring workshop for students and early career scholars in the afternoon, with mentors Aymar Christian, Isabel Molina-Guzmán, Charlton McIlwain, and Radhika Parameswaran.

Non-presenters are warmly welcomed to register and attend. Registration deadline is May 3 (ICA does not allow us to do on-site registration), and $US60 includes lunch (see https://www.icahdq.org/event/CommunicationSoWhite_Preconf2019). 




SATURDAY, MAY 25, 2019


9:30 AM-10:45 AM, Fairchild (Washington Hilton, Terrace Level)

Queer Citizenship: National, Transnational, and Homonational Discourses of Queer Belonging

Chair: Eser Selen

Co-Sponsors: Ethnicity and Race in Communication, Global Communication and Social Change, Political Communication

Eser Selen, “‘Public Immoralist’: A Critical Discourse Analysis of Queer Subjectification in Contemporary Turkey”

Benjamin Mann, “Trans Tepresentation in Political Campaigns Beyond Boundaries: The Manning Race”

Alexander Dhoest, “Queers In, Muslims Out: Homonationalism in the Flemish Press”

Yowei Kang and Kenneth C. Yang, “Framing Gay Marriage Legalization in Taiwan: A Cross-National Comparative Framing Analysis using a Text Mining Technique”



12:30 PM-1:45 PM, International Terrace (Washington Hilton, Terrace Level)

LGBTQ Studies Poster Session

George Maier, “‘Gay Capital’ and the Neoliberal Commodification of Gay Male Personhood”

Zhenchao Hu, Xuan Tang, JianJun Chen, Keshu Guo, Yihong Xie, Yifu Hou, Chengxiang Zhong, and Ruikai Yu, “(Work in Progress) Knowledge of the Other: The Representations of LGB People in Films and Internet Dramas of China”

Traci Gillig and Leila Bighash, “Effects of an Emerging Network on Self-Esteem and Depressive Symptoms among LGBTQ Youth”



3:30 PM-4:45 PM, Fairchild (Washington Hilton, Terrace Level)

Rethinking (and Retheorizing) Transgender Media Representation

Chair: TJ Billard

Co-Sponsors: Feminist Scholarship, Popular Communication

Traci Abbott, “Trans Necropolitics in U.S. Television Crime Dramas”

TJ Billard, “Networked Visibility: The Emerging Logic of Mediated Representation in the US Transgender Movement”

Oliver Haimson, “Challenging ‘Getting Better’ Media Narratives with Intersectional Transgender Lived Experiences”

Kelsey Whipple, “Age and Experience: How News Media Frame the Agency and Credibility of Trans Youth and Adults”

Stephenson B. Whitestone and Daniel Linz, “Trans Porn Realness: Transgender Porn as a Provider of Both Sex Education and Identity Affirmation Among Transgender Adults”



5:00 PM-6:15 PM, Fairchild (Washington Hilton, Terrace Level)

LGBTQ Studies Business Meeting



SUNDAY, MAY 26, 2019


9:30 AM-12:15 PM, Columbia 12 (Washington Hilton, Terrace Level)

EXTENDED SESSION: Queer Digital Cultures: Identities, Communities, and Counter-Conducts

Co-Sponsors: Activism, Communication and Social Justice, Communication and Technology, Feminist Scholarship

9:30-10:20 AM: Fast Session (1) – Queer Identity-Building in Digital Culture

Chair: Greg Niedt

Respondent: Shinsuke Eguchi

Sharif Mowlabocus, “A Kindr Grindr? The Work of Moderating Identity on a Hook-Up App”

Jade Metzger, “Unicorns, Hunters, and Anarchy: Reddit's Consensual Non-Monogamous Communities”

Paromita Pain, “Social Media as Tactical Media in the Fight for LGBT Rights in India”

Travers Scott, “Automos: The Digitized Car as Queer Space”


10:25-11:15 AM: Fast Session (2) – Digital Media Use for Queer Empowerment, Advocacy, and Community Building

Chair: Eve Ng

Runze Ding, “Networked Individual? Ð Examining the Concept of ÒGay CommunityÓ in a Digital Age in China”
Woori Han, “Networked Affect, Queer Sociality, and Cultural Production in the Korea Queer Culture Festival (Work in Progress)”

Jakob Svensson, “ICTs and Opportunities of Empowerment in a Context of State-Sanctioned Homophobia. the Case of the LGBTQI Community in Kampala”

Billy Table and Anastazja Harris, “Online Communities and Beyond: Communicating the Asexual Identity - Work in Progress”

Yvonne Prinzellner and Irmgard Wetzstein, “Gay-Parenting on YouTube”


11:20 AM-12:15 PM Fast Session (3) – Digital Frontstage and Backstage for Queer Self-Presentation

Chair: Vincent Doyle

Fan Yang and Xinyu Huang, “Hollow in My Tree: Social Media Use Between LGBTQs in China and the Us”

Andre Cavalcante, “The Queer Digital Backstage: Expressing Queer Realness on Social Media Platforms”

Jessa Lingel, “Dazzle Camouflage as Queer Counter Conduct”

Yidong Wang, “The Guy Next Door, Who Also Does Porn: Self-Representation of Gay Porn Performers on Social Media”

Nathian S. Rodriguez and Sadia E. Cheema, “Pride Month and Organizational Corporate Social Responsibility in the U.S.”



MONDAY, MAY 27, 2019


8:00 AM-9:15 AM, Georgetown West (Washington Hilton, Concourse Level)

Queer Film Studies: Production, Representations, and Cultural Circuits

Chair: Katherine Sender

Co-Sponsors: Global Communication and Social Change, Mass Communication, Popular Communication

Kathleen Battles and Alfred L. Martin, “The Straight Labor of Playing Gay (Work in Progress)”

Jessica S. Rauchberg and Ryan A. D'Souza, “Queer Disabled Existence in Margarita with a Straw”

Ruepert Jiel D. Cao, “Historicizing the Development of Gay Films in the Philippines”

Katherine Sender, “Queer Eye Goes Global: The Transnational Distribution of Gay Television Content, 2003-2018”

1:30-3:00 PM, meet in Washington Hilton lobby

LGBTQ History Walking Tour

Kindly led by LGBTQ Studies member Greg Niedt, who will take us on a walk through some key landmarks and locations for Washington DC’s LGBTQ history.



TUESDAY, MAY 28, 2019


3:30 PM-4:45 PM, Columbia 12 (Washington Hilton, Terrace Level)

Queer Support Networks: From Supportive Listening to Communicating Support Online and Offline

Chair: Travers Scott

Adrienne Hancock and David Azul, “Analysing Speech-Language Pathology Discourses through Social Sciences Lenses: Development of a Transdisciplinary Conceptual Model for Clinical Practice in the Nexus of Voice, Gender, and Other Aspects of Socio-Cultural Belonging”

Evan Brody, Travers Scott, and Katrina Pariera, “‘I Knew My Teammates Loved Me; I Just Wanted to Know My Coaches Loved Me’: Communicating Support to ‘Out’ LGBTQ Varsity College Athletes”

Jeremy Sng, “Don’t Rock the Boat: Social Support Acquisition Among Sexual Minorities in Singapore”

Christine Hiu Ying Choy and Randolph Chun Ho Chan, “Embodied, Embedded, and Everyday: How and Why Do Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, and Queer (LGBTQ) Individuals Connect on or/and Off Social Media?”

Tags:  #CommunicationSoWhite pre-conference  ICA2019 

Share |
PermalinkComments (0)

LGBTQ IG mentoring meet-ups and Events for Student and Early Career Members

Posted By Lukasz Szulc, Thursday, March 7, 2019

Dear ICA LGBTQ IG members,


Since 2017, the LGBTQ Interest Group has been organizing informal mentoring meet-ups between junior scholars and senior scholars at the ICA annual conference. Our mentoring meet-ups are coming again this May in Washington, DC! 

Mentoring meet-ups are informal meetings between a senior scholar (mentor) and a junior scholar (mentee). Matched mentor and mentee, based on their scholarly interests, will arrange a meeting during the conference. We will provide the pair the contact information of each other.

This year, mentees will email their mentors issues/concerns/questions they have before their meet-ups. Some mentors may prefer their mentees to provide specific questions. We understand time during the conference is very precious, so we hope both the mentees and mentors are prepared to make the best use of the meet-ups!

A successful mentoring meet-ups scheme requires a large pool of mentors and mentees, so please consider this opportunity to share, network, and get to know other members of our LGBTQ interest group!

Sign up by Apr 19 using this link (https://goo.gl/forms/Gt7AWnyjMdzMaA5k2) for our human brain-driven matching algorithm to work.

For any questions about the meet-ups, please contact Sam Chan, our group Student and Early Career Representative at sam.chan@asc.upenn.edu.


Also, there are three events at the ICA conference specifically for Student and Early Career Members. They are all on May 25:

9:30am – 10:45am: ICA Annual Member Meeting and New Member/Student and Early Career Orientation; Columbia 6 (Washington Hilton, Terrace Level)

11:00am – 12:15pm: Student and Early Career Advisory Committee (SECAC) Business Meeting; Columbia 6 (Washington Hilton, Terrace Level)

8:00pm – 10:00pm: Student and Early Career Reception; OFFSITE: Exiles Bar




- - - - - -

Lik Sam CHAN, Ph.D.

George Gerbner Postdoctoral Fellow, Annenberg School for Communication, University of Pennsylvania

International Communication Association LGBTQ Studies Student and Early Career Representative

Pronouns: he/him/his

liksamchan.com | @liksamchan | upenn.academia.edu/LikSamChan

This post has not been tagged.

Share |
PermalinkComments (0)

CFP: ICA2019 Pre-conference #CommunicationSoWhite, Washington DC

Posted By Eve Ng, Monday, November 26, 2018

Call for Submissions:

International Communication Association 2019 Pre-conference

 #CommunicationSoWhite: Discipline, Scholarship, and the Media


Friday, May 24, 2019

Georgetown University

Washington D.C., USA



As part of an ongoing movement to decenter white masculinity as the normative core of scholarly inquiry, the recent article, “#CommunicationSoWhite” by Chakravartty et al. (2018) in the Journal of Communication examined racial disparities within citational practices to make a broader intervention on ways current Communication scholarship reproduces institutional racism and sexism. The underrepresentation of scholars of color within the field in regards to citations, editorial positions, and publications and ongoing exclusion of nonwhite, feminist, queer, post-colonial, and Indigenous voices is a persistent and systemic problem in the production of disciplinary knowledge. ICA President Paula Gardner echoed similar sentiments in her 2018 presidential address, calling for steps for inclusion and diversity within the International Communication Association as well as the larger field.

This pre-conference aims to highlight, consider, and intervene in these issues. We seek submissions that address areas such as:

·       The marginalization of communication scholarship in which race, ethnicity, gender, sexuality, and other axes of exclusion are central;

·       Communication scholarship in the context of the global rise of white supremacy and right-wing ethno-nationalism movements;

·       Communication scholarship from postcolonial and decolonial perspectives;

·       Who tends to be hired and who serves as leaders/gatekeepers in the field;

·       The politics of citation and publication;

·       How #CommunicationSoWhite can function as an intervention within communication studies organizations, departments, and scholarship. 

We anticipate many submissions will center on the U.S. and other Western contexts; we also hope the pre-conference will provide a discussion that spans both global North and South, and we encourage participation by submitters from outside North America and the U.K.

Please submit either an EXTENDED ABSTRACT or a PANEL PROPOSAL. 

Extended abstracts should be 1,500-3,000 words, including notes and references.  We encourage different types of submissions including position papers, case studies, and more conventional research papers that tackle any issue relating to the preconference themes.

Panel proposals should include a minimum of four participants.  We will accept panels following a traditional format where presenters each speak for 10-15 minutes before a Q-and-A period.  We also encourage panel proposals that do not follow such a format; e.g. consider high-density panels, which have six or more participants who each speak for 6 minutes or less, or panels where panelists circulate their papers to each other ahead of time to generate a more engaged discussion during the presentation session.  Provide a 400-word rationale describing the panel overall, a 200-word abstract for each participant’s contribution, and a list of participants’ names, affiliations, and contact information. 

Travel grants: Depending on funding availability, we may have the ability to offer one or two modest travel grants (maximum $400).  If you are a graduate student and/or a scholar resident in a non-Tier A country (see https://www.icahdq.org/page/tiers for a list), please note this status in your submission and indicate that you would like to be considered for a travel grant.

Exclusions: Submissions should not consist primarily of previously published or in-press scholarship. 

Deadline: Please submit by Thursday, February 7, 2019, 16:00 UTC, by emailing BOTH Eve Ng at nge@ohio.edu and Khadijah Costley White at klw147@comminfo.rutgers.edu

Attendance by non-presenters: Those who are not presenting are also welcome to register for attendance.

If you have questions, please contact both of the following pre-conference organizers:

Eve Ng: nge@ohio.edu

Khadijah Costley White: klw147@comminfo.rutgers.edu


~ Keynote speaker ~

Roopali Mukherjee

Associate Professor of Media Studies

Queen's College, CUNY

~ Mentoring workshop ~

Students and early career scholars are invited to participate with faculty mentors to discuss navigating race and difference in the academy.


The pre-conference will take place on Friday, May 24, 2019, in Washington D.C., USA, at a venue close to the ICA conference hotel.  Exact location will be announced when it is finalized.  The pre-conference will end in time for participants to attend the opening plenary in the evening at the Washington Hilton.



Early registration fee, by March 31: $US40

Regular registration fee, April 1-May 3 (May 3 is the last day for registering online, and onsite registration will not be possible): $60

Lunch will be included for all registered participants.

Follow the registration link at https://www.icahdq.org/event/CommunicationSoWhite_Preconf2019


Eve Ng, Ohio University, USA

Khadijah Costley White, Rutgers University, USA

Alfred L. Martin, Jr., University of Iowa, USA

Anamik Saha, Goldsmiths, University of London, UK


Organizing Groups

Ethnicity and Race in Communication division

LGBTQ Studies interest group



Activism, Communication and Social Justice interest group

Feminist Scholarship division

Global Communication and Social Change division

Mass Communication division

Popular Communication division

Tags:  ICA 2019 

Share |
PermalinkComments (0)

Call for book chapters: Why Are We All Gagging? The Cultural Impact of RuPaul’s Drag Race

Posted By Lukasz Szulc, Wednesday, August 8, 2018



*(Book) Why Are We All Gagging? The Cultural Impact of RuPaul’s Drag Race*

Editor: Cameron Crookston

Publisher: Intellect Ltd.


*Aims & Scope*


Since its premier in 2009, RuPaul’s Drag Race has grown in both its popularity and its influence. In recent years the show has displayed signs of increasing mainstream attention, including a move to a major network, VH1, twenty Emmy nominations and four wins, and two incarnations of DragCon, an annual convention held in New York and Los Angeles drawing upwards of 40,000. In addition to its individual successes, Drag Race has had a significant impact on drag as a queer cultural art form. Drag Race has transmitted what was once a niche, subcultural performance into millions of living rooms across the globe, drastically amplifying drag audiences. As a result, the popular reality show has become the yardstick against which these new audiences measure drag in all its forms. Similarly, the show’s popularity has lead to what season 8 winner Bob the Drag Queen (Christopher Caldwell) refers to as ‘the drag race baby boom’, in which the numbers of aspiring queens around the world has skyrocketed since Drag Race hit the airwaves.


In addition to more covert influences on local drag culture, RuPaul’s Drag Race has become a visible spectre in bars and villages around the world. From private viewing parties to ‘live’ screenings hosted by local queens in neighbourhood bars, communal viewing of drag race has become a shared cultural practice, from Toronto to Berlin, akin to Super Bowl parties or World Cup gathering at local pubs.


This CFP invites scholars to contribute book chapters that analyze the relationship between RuPaul’s Drag Race and local and global drag culture, both with respect to audience and performers. While several publications have emerged in recent years that analyze Drag Race in and of itself, we seek to pay particular critical attention to the cultural impact that RuPaul’s Drag Race has had, and continues to have, on the world of drag.


Topics may include but are not limited to:


   * The fan culture of RuPaul’s Drag Race

   * DragCon

   * The ‘Drag Baby Boom’

   * The impact on drag race on local/regional drag communities

   * Interaction between fans and queens on social media

   * Drag Race’s engagement with and performance of LGBT+ history and


   * Mainstream popularity and the growing fanbase of straight, female teens

   * Live viewing parties of Drag Race at local drag bars

   * Drag Race as a platform for public debate (particularly racism and


   * ‘Drag Voice’: circulation of queer subcultural language and

     vocabulary on Drag Race


*To Apply*


Please submit the following toCameron.crookston@mail.utoronto.ca

<mailto:Cameron.crookston@mail.utoronto.ca>by September 30 2018.


   * Title

   * An abstract of up to 500 words

   * A brief bio of up to 200 words. Please include contact information:

     name(s), institutional affiliation(s), email

   * 3-5 keywords/phrases


Please submit using MS Word and save your file as .doc file for compatibility.




Final papers should be approximately 6000-9000 words, including references.


Contributors will be sent chapter format and guidelines upon acceptance.

Full manuscripts will be sent out for blind peer review.


*Production Schedule (subject to change)*


   * September 30, 2018 - Chapter Abstracts Due

   * October 21, 2018- Acceptance emails sent out to successful applicants

   * March 21, 2019: Chapter Submissions Due

   * August 21, 2019: Revised Papers Due

   * September 21, 2019: Manuscript submitted to publisher (Intellect Ltd.)


Please address any questions to:


   * Cameron.crookston@mail.utoronto.ca


   * Cameron Crookston, PhD Candidate, The Centre for Drama, Theatre, and

     Performance Studies, The University of Toronto

This post has not been tagged.

Share |
PermalinkComments (0)
Page 1 of 2
1  |  2