Bruce E. Drushel
Kylo-Patrick R. Hart
Texas Christian University
Associate Editor and Reviews Editor
University of Central Florida
Queer Studies in Media & Popular Culture is a double-blind peer-reviewed academic journal devoted to the study of representations and expressions of queerness in its various forms. It aims to publish cutting-edge scholarship on noteworthy topics at the intersection of media/popular culture and queerness in gender/sexuality. Its contents are international in scope and represent a wide variety of disciplines, with a particular emphasis on perspectives and approaches from the humanities, social sciences, and the arts.
The broad nature of queerness in relation to media and popular culture allows for a wide variety of article subject matter; the only absolute requirements are that submissions focus on both (1) cultural practices and texts that are not the exclusive province of elites and (2) queerness as a significant feature of their production, reception position, or period-specific use by self-identified queers. Beyond those absolutes, the criteria for publication as a research article include the soundness of the work’s theoretical grounding and methodological execution; novelty of topic, treatment, or application; and significance of the contribution to knowledge concerning queerness in media and/or popular culture.
Each issue of Queer Studies in Media & Popular Culture includes articles pertaining to queerness in media offerings of various kinds and/or in other forms of popular culture, as well as reviews pertaining to recently released queer media artefacts.
With regard to the journal’s media-based research articles more specifically, any topic pertaining to media studies at the intersection of gender/sexuality studies and queer theory is of relevance to the contents of this journal. Many of these articles inherently pertain to noteworthy media representations of gay men, lesbians, bisexuals, and/or trans individuals in films, television programs, and/or emerging media forms. However, any topic of relevance to the field of queer theory (e.g., fetishism, gender performance, homoeroticism, homosociality, sex work, sexual politics and activism, etc.), as well as any relevant representation that appears in any media form (e.g., comic books, magazines, musical recordings, newspapers, novels, video games, etc.), is appropriate for submission and strongly encouraged.
With regard to the journal’s popular culture research articles more specifically, a similarly wide variety of subject matter and approaches is encouraged. Relevant article topics may include, but are certainly not limited to, significant trends in consumerism, domestic life, fashion, homonationalism, leisure, marriage equality debates, metronormativity, politics, spirituality, and other noteworthy elements of culture and their connections to minority sexualities and/or nontraditional gender performance.
With regard to the reviews featured in each issue, the journal welcomes reviews of a wide range of queer media and cultural artefacts. Like other academic journals, Queer Studies in Media & Popular Culture certainly publishes reviews of recently released books on queer subject matter. Consistent with the journal’s overall focus, however, we also strongly encourage the submission and publication of reviews pertaining to significant films, musical recordings, plays, television series, video games, exhibitions, and related cultural artefacts that are of relevance to queerness in its various forms.
Abstracting and Indexing
Modern Language Association (MLA)