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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



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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. 

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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.

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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?”

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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




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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

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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

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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

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Call for nominations for ICA LGBTQ co-chair, secretary & awards committee

Posted By Lukasz Szulc, Thursday, July 5, 2018

Nominations for Co-Chair

Eve’s co-chair term will end after the 2019 conference, so we will hold elections for a co-chair during the ICA Fall elections. The new co-chair will serve a four-year term (the first two years with our other current co-chair Lukasz).  

If you are interested, feel free to email Eve and Lukasz to discuss (evecng@hotmail.comL.Szulc@lse.ac.uk). Or go ahead and send us a self-nomination by ** Monday, 15 July **, identifying yourself and including a 2,000-character statement (~300 words, but you should do an actual count, since ICA is switching to the ScholarOne system, which only counts characters). In your candidate statement, please address the following:

“The LGBTQ IG needs diversity of representation, participation, and scholarship. All candidates running for election as Co-chair must describe their prospective contributions to each of these diversity dimensions in their platform statements.”

Nominations for Secretary

We would like to establish a new Secretary position, as follows:

“The Secretary is elected for a two-year term. Their duties include posting on the interest group’s social media accounts (currently Twitter and Facebook) during the annual conference and throughout the year when appropriate (e.g. ICA’s calls for papers; occasional job postings); maintaining the interest group’s records (such as business meeting minutes); and assisting the Co-chairs in other ways as necessary.”

We are seeking self-nominations for a two-year term beginning after the 2019 annual conference. Again, if you are interested, you can contact us with questions, or just send us a self-nomination by ** Monday, 15 July **, identifying yourself and including a 2,000-character statement (characters, not words!).  

Awards and Nominations Committee

We are also establishing an Awards and Nominations Committee, primarily to deliberate on awards, but also responsible, together with the co-chairs, for any nominations that LGBTQ Studies may decide to pursue for our members (e.g. for a ICA Fellows nomination; Best Book nomination).  If you’re interested in this committee, please let us know. The proviso is that if you are deliberating about an award, you would not be eligible for it.

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ICA 2018 - LGBTQ Studies sessions and events

Posted By Eve Ng, Saturday, March 24, 2018
Updated: Monday, May 14, 2018

Here is a list of LGBTQ Studies sessions and events for ICA's 2018 annual conference, May 24-28, in chronological order.  This will be updated as we have additional information.


Thursday, May 24, 2018, 9:00am-5:00pm

Cafe Kampus, Naprstkova 272/10, Prague, Czech Republic

Organizers: Lukasz Szulc, Alexander Dhoest, Lynn Comella

Contact: l.szulc@lse.ac.uk

            Media are gendered and sexualized while gender and sexuality are heavily mediated. At this pre-conference, we will examine the intersections between media, gender and sexuality from a European perspective, particularly from the perspective of underrepresented contexts such as Central, Eastern and Southern Europe. How do European contexts matter for those intersections? How are those intersections manifested in Europe? What are the legacies and the futures of European gender, feminist, sexuality and LGBTQ media studies?

** There are still a few places available for interested attendees.  Please email Lukasz Szulc at l.szulc@lse.ac.uk to receive a link for registering for the preconference.  Registration is USD25 for early registration (by 30 April 2018) and USD35 for late registration (by 4 May 2018).





~ Queer Alternative Media as Counterpublics and Safe Spaces ~

Fri May 25 2018, 9:30-10:45am

Hilton Old Town, M - Mozart I

CO-SPONSOR: Popular Communication


The Impact of Social Media on Non-Monosexuals’ Responses to Discrimination: A Co-Cultural Approach

Michele Meyer, University of North Carolina - Chapel Hill


“An Army of Lovers”: Fag Rag and the Proto-Queer Print Counterpublic

Ryan Tsapatsaris, Annenberg School for Communication / University of Pennsylvania


Reportage about Craigslist Sex Forums in Mainstream Newspapers and LGBTQ and Feminist Magazines

Chelsea Reynolds, Cal State University Fullerton



Fan Voices Together in Resistance to the Misrepresentation of Queer Women on TV: Online Protest Campaigns against the Dead Lesbian Syndrome

Rafael Ventura, Universitat Pompeu Fabra

Mar Guerrero, Universitat Pompeu Fabra

María-José Establés, Universitat Pompeu Fabra



~ Suppression and Empowerment: Media, LGBTQ Rights, and Activism ~

Fri May 25 2018, 11:00am-12:15pm

Hilton Old Town, M - Mozart I

CO-SPONSOR: Activism, Communication and Social Justice


Underlying Tensions Between Utopian Ideals: Human Rights Agendas Stifled in a Neoliberal World

Kelsey Husnick, Wayne State University


“They just need to empower themselves”: Reproducing Queer Liberalism in Discourses of Representatives of Human Rights NGOs in Ghana

Godfried Asante, Drake University



The Indian LGBT Activist on Social Media

Paromita Pain, University of Texas at Austin


From Pride to Passion to Enervation: Affective Labor in the Seoul Pride Parade

Woori Han, University of Massachusetts, Amherst


Mobilizing Social Capital to Legalize the Same-Sex Marriage as a Social Movement in Taiwan: A Case Study Approach

Kenneth Yang, National University of Singapore

Yowei Kang, Kainan University



~ Homophobia, Homonationalism, and Geopolitics ~

Fri May 25 2018, 2:00-3:15pm

Hilton Old Town, M - Mozart I

CO-SPONSOR: Activism, Communication and Social Justice


Nationalism and Queerness in the UK and US: A Comparative Analysis of Homonationalism in Brexit and Trump

Nathian Rodriguez, San Diego State University

Lindsey Blumell, City University London


The Anti-Ecstasy of Human Rights: A Foray into Queer Cinema on “Homophobic Africa”

John Erni, Hong Kong Baptist University


Queering the Refugee: Discourse, Policy, and Deviant Sexuality in a Danish Migration Event

Morten Stinus Kristensen, Institute of Communications Research, University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign


Hillary's Hellcats and the Dykes Taking over the White House

Cynthia Cooper, Towson University



~ LGBTQ History Walking Tour ~

Fri May 25 2018, 4:30pm

Meeting point: the red heart-shaped monument of Václav Havel at the Václav Havel Square, beside the National Theatre (see https://www.prague.eu/en/object/places/1631/vaclav-havel-square-national-theatre-piazzetta). The tour has been organized for us by a historian, Jan Seidl, in cooperation with the local Society for Queer Memory, and will take about 2 hours. You’re encouraged (but not required) to make a voluntary donation at the end of the walk. 


~ EXTENDED SESSION (3 fast sessions): (A) Reception of LGBTQ Representations, (B) Social Media Use, (C) Sexual Health ~

Sat May 26 2018, 11:00am-1:45pm

Hilton Prague, L - Amsterdam

CO-SPONSOR: Health Communication

CO-SPONSOR: Mobile Communication


Fast Session A. Reception of LGBTQ Representations in Mainstream Media and Beyond



Mediating LGBT in Vietnam

Jason Zingsheim, Governors State University

Dustin Goltz, DePaul University

Alexandra Murphy, DePaul University

Teresa Mastin, DePaul University

Chris Green, cgreen1@depaul.edu DePaul University


The Character Attributes Influencing Heterosexual Audiences’ Liking of Gay Television Characters

Bradley Bond, University of San Diego



Homophobia and Morality in Lesbian’s Narratives Reception

Adriana Ibiti, Universitat Autonoma de Barcelona

María T. Soto-Sanfiel, Universitat Autonoma de Barcelona


The Influence of Pornography Viewing on Attitudes toward Transgender People among Men Who Are Attracted to Transgender Women

Thomas Billard, University of Southern California


(De)Centering Heteronormativity in the U.S. Military: How Military Service Members Reinforce and/or Destabilize Dominant Discourses in Talk

Bobbi Van Gilder, Northeastern University


Fast Session B. Social Media Use by LGBTQs: Twitter, Instagram, and Dating Sites



Myself in Different Places: Needs, Uses, and Self-Perception Changes in the Homosexual Dating App Ecology

Lei Vincent Huang, Hong Kong Baptist University

Runze Ding, University of Leeds


Public Homoeroticism and Mimetic Desire on Instagram

Tyler Quick, University of Southern California


Grinding their Gears? Effects of 'Grindr Tourism' in Tel Aviv on LGBT+ Spatial Practices

Rachel Katz, University of Manchester, U.K.


Transgressing Boundaries in Trans Discourse: Analyzing First-Person Transgender Perspectives on Twitter

Kelsey Whipple, The University of Texas at Austin



Fast Session C. Sexual Health, HIV/AIDS, and PrEP



Sexperts Online: Affective Pedagogies of Gay Men’s Digital Sexual Health Outreach

Kath Albury, Swinburne University of Technology



Locating Communication in a Metasynthesis of Research on Transgender Women, Sex Work, and HIV

Nivethitha Ketheeswran, University of South Florida

Ambar Basu, University of South Florida


PrEP Online: Advice and Knowledge-Sharing on Queer Social Media

Greg Niedt, Drexel University



** LGBTQ Studies Business Meeting **

Sun, May 27, 11:00am-12:15pm

Hilton Prague, L, Amsterdam

On the agenda: Reports about relevant business from the ICA board meeting, LGBTQ Studies-specific items, and an invitation to consider serving as one of the group’s co-chairs (Eve’s term ends after the 2019 conference).




Sun May 27 2018, 12:30-1:45pm

Hilton Prague, LL - Congress Hall II - Exhibit Hall/Posters


A Content Analytic Study of Media Indexing in the Context of Transgender Rights

Anna Loup, University of Southern California - Annenberg School for Communication

Thomas Billard, University of Southern California


‘Girls Don’t Play with Boys’: Online Homosexuality Advocacy in India

Somrita Ganchoudhuri, National University of Singapore


Together on the Construction of LGBTQ Identity Online Using Memes

Bradley Wiggins, Webster University Vienna

Jerrica Rowlett, Florida State University

Michael Tristano, Arizona State University


“Tranny Surprise” vs. “Tranny Chaser”: How TV Trans Characters Remain a Joke

Traci Abbott, Bentley University


LGBTQ Studies reception

Sun, May 27, 6:30pm

Location: Q Café (Prague 1, Nové Město, Opatovická 166/12, Post Code 110 00), see: https://www.facebook.com/pg/qcafe.cz/about/ ). We invite LGBTQ members to come network with scholars working on gender, sexuality and media in a venue conducive to conversation! The Q Café has drinks and light food options (e.g. soups, snacks, munchies, dessert), and we will purchase some of these for attendees to share for free. 


~ Love, Sex, Friendship: LGBTQ Relationships and Intimacies ~

Mon May 28 2018, 3:30-4:45pm

Hilton Old Town, M - Liszt

CO-SPONSOR: Interpersonal Communication


Lover(s), Partner(s), and Friends: Exploring Privacy Management Tactics of Consensual Non-Monogamists in Online Spaces

Jade Metzger, Wayne State University


Does Gender Matter? Exploring Friendship Patterns of LGBTQ Youth in a Gender-Neutral Environment

Traci Gillig, University of Southern California - Annenberg School for Communication

Leila Bighash, University of Southern California - Annenberg School for Communication


Hissing and Hollering: Performing Radical Queerness at Dinner

Greg Niedt, Drexel University



Music in Queer Intimate Relationships

Marion Wasserbauer, Universiteit Antwerpen




Radio Voices: Cultures, Networks, and Ideologies

Fri, May 25, 11:00am-12:15pm

Hilton Old Town, M, Chopin

Division: Communication History

* This session includes the paper “Our Hearts Were Young and Gay: Gender Repair and the Lavender Tinge of Cold War-era U.S.–French Talk Radio” by Derek W. Vaillant, University of Michigan *


EXTENDED SESSION PART 1: Global Communication and Social Change in African Contexts

Fri, May 25, 2:00-3:15pm

Hilton Prague, M, Chez Louis Salon

Division: Global Communication and Social Change

* This session includes the paper “Enemy Collaborators: Social Imaginaries, Global Frictions, and a Gay Rights Music Video in Kenya” by Brian Ekdale, University of Iowa *


Alternative Media and Counter Narratives

Sat, May 26, 8:00-9:15am

Hilton Prague, LL, Congress Hall I

Division: Activism, Communication and Social Change

* This session includes the paper “Feminism and Queer Counterpublics in China: The Case of Activist Media ‘Queer Lala Times’” by Yang Yu, Temple University *


Sexual Nationalism and (Self-)Representations of LGBTQ Migrants in Europe

Sat, May 26, 8:00-9:15am

Hilton Old Town, M, Mozart I

Division: Ethnicity and Race in Communication


New Approaches to Popular Communication: Methods, Objects, and Questions

Sat, May 26, 11:00am-12:15pm

Hilton Prague, M, Karlin III

Division: Popular Communication

* This session includes the paper “Ir/retrievable voices: Dragging Queer Televisual Archives” by Kai Khiun Liew, Nanyang Technological University, and Natasha Ismail, Nanyang Technological University *


Ethical Dimension of Public Relations

Sat, May 26, 11:00am-12:15pm

Hilton Prague, M, Hercovka

Division: Public Relations

* This session includes the paper “Empowering the Voice of LGBT Research and Ethics in PR: Current Status and Avenues for Future Research” by Katie Place, Quinnipiac University, Shannon Bowen, University of South Carolina, and Lee Edwards, London School of Economics and Political Science *


Whose Voices Matter? Digital Media Spaces and the Formation of New Publics in the Global South

Sun, May 27, 9:30-10:45am

Hilton Prague, M, Palmovka

Division: Global Communication and Social Change

* This session includes the paper “Social Media and Censorship: the Queer Art Exhibition Case in Brazil” by Michel Nicolau Netto, State University of Campinas, and Olívia Bandeira, Federal University of Rio de Janeiro *


HIGH-DENSITY: Media Framing of Controversial Health Issues

Mon, May 28, 11:00am-12:15pm

Hilton Prague, LL, Roma

Division: Health Communication

* This session includes the paper “Public Health Framing of Intimate Partner Violence Media Portrayals in Heterosexual and Homosexual Contexts” by Matthew W Savage, San Diego State University, and Jennifer Ann Scarduzio, University of Kentucky *


Communicating Social Support Online and Offline

Mon, May 28, 2:00-3:15pm

Hilton Prague, LL, Vienna

Division: Health Communication

* This session includes the paper “Communal Coping With Individual Identity? Social Support, LGBTQ Identity, and Depressive Symptoms in Latino/a Teens” by Traci Gillig, University of Southern California - Annenberg, Thomas W. Valente, University of Southern California, and Lourdes Baezconde-Garbanati, University of Southern California *


Mapping Multiple Migrant Experiences: Voices of Solidarity, Support and Opposition in Media

Mon, May 28, 3:30-4:45pm

Hilton Old Town, M, Chopin

Division: Global Communication and Social Change

* This session includes the paper “Queer Hmong Voices Streaming in Diaspora” by Lori Kido Lopez, University of Wisconsin - Madison *

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ICA 2018 Conference Call for Submissions

Posted By Eve Ng, Saturday, September 2, 2017
Updated: Friday, September 1, 2017

ICA 2018 Conference Call for Submissions

Deadline: November 1, 2017, 16:00 UTC

(Note that 16:00 UTC corresponds to a time several hours earlier than 4:00pm in the U.S.)


The Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, and Queer Studies Interest Group welcomes submissions from scholars, activists and communication professionals of any sexual/romantic orientation whose work addresses the lives of LGBTQ persons and/or applies queer theory to various topics. We encourage a diversity of methods and theoretical approaches.

We are particularly interested in the analysis and critique of gender and sexual systems, discourses, and representations, particularly those that animate, inform, and impinge upon the lives and understandings of LGBTQ persons. This is a transdisciplinary perspective because such systems and discourses occur across 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. As mentioned, we are also interested in work that uses queer theory and queerness as a method of analyzing social relations, communication, and systems of power. We encourage work that engages LGBTQ issues as part of collaborative research and/or community projects aimed toward broader efforts in social justice.                                                       


The Interest Group welcomes quality research in these areas, using any methodological approach. We only accept EXTENDED ABSTRACTS and PANEL PROPOSALS - please ** do not submit full papers **, as they will be rejected. (For an example of an extended abstract, please contact group co-chair Eve Ng at evecng@hotmail.com.)

Extended abstracts should be between 1,500-3,000 words, including notes and references. We welcome both completed research and works in progress, but you must clearly indicate if a proposal is a work in progress in the title, and what material you expect to add by the time of the conference. An extended abstract must clearly include Background (information on your topic, plus a discussion of relevant literature), Theory (including theoretical concepts or key theorists), Method (data collection and analysis approaches), and Findings (can be preliminary, expected findings, or potential implications of findings). Submissions will be judged on: Theoretical/Conceptual Framework; Relevance/Adequacy of Literature Review; Methodological Soundness; Development of Overall Argument; Relevance of Topic/Discussion to LGBTQ Studies Interest Group.

Panel proposals should include a minimum of five participants. We also welcome high-density panels, which have six or more participants. Provide a 400-word abstract describing the panel overall, a 200-word abstract for each participant’s contribution, and a 400-word rationale that explains a coherent logic for having these papers presented together. A panel will only be scheduled if, in sum, it presents more a compelling presentation than combining individual submissions in the same amount of available time. Submissions will be judged on the following criteria: Theoretical/Conceptual Framework; Innovativeness of Panel; Cohesiveness of Panel; Relevance of Topic/Discussion to LGBTQ Studies Interest Group. If your panel is of particular relevance to the conference theme (“Interventions”), you may consider submitting it to the theme coordinators as a theme session instead.


We will not consider previously published or in-press submissions, or submissions from or including current LGBTQ Studies Interest Group Co-chairs. No proposal may be submitted simultaneously to any other ICA Division or Interest Group. You can submit no more than two different proposals to the LGBTQ Studies Interest Group.


Based on feedback from the review process, we may confer top paper awards for two papers, typically a top faculty and top student paper. Also, when available, we may offer travel awards based on the criteria of our financial donors. These typically are focused on students and scholars from non-Tier-1 countries. In order to be considered for any award, the recipient must be a member of the Interest Group. We will call for travel award applications in early 2018.


It is highly recommended that persons submitting proposals also offer their service as reviewers, which provides a great opportunity to access cutting-edge research in the field. As additional incentive, ICA will once again have a High Quality Reviewer Award, which comes with a free conference registration!  (The winner will be selected from reviewers nominated by each ICA group/division.)

Whether you are an author or not of a submission for the next ICA conference, you are welcome to review. Graduate students are also eligible to serve as reviewers, as are non-ICA members, although we encourage you to join or renew your membership! We generally assign no more than 2 or 3 submissions to review. To review, register yourself in the ICA submission site at the time of submission or contact the Co-chairs to express interest. Remember to list your specific areas of expertise in subject matter and method.

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