The 1990s saw the rise of queer theory and politics and this special issue of TEXT Journal reflects and builds on Australia Queer, a pioneering collection of queer writing. This special issue seeks submissions—fiction, scholarly non-fiction, plays and essays—that address the question of what ‘Australia queer’ might mean in the current historical moment. Is ‘queer’ still viable, twenty years after its inception, or has it been superseded? What does it mean, in the early twenty-first century, to be ‘Australian’ and ‘queer’? The deadline for initial submission is 1 March 2015. Download full details.
Annamarie Jagose has described queer ‘as an umbrella term for a coalition of culturally marginal sexual self-identifications and … a nascent theoretical model which has developed out of more traditional lesbian and gay studies’ (1996: 1). In Australia, the arrival of queer was heralded by the work of writers such as Christos Tsiolkas, Dean Kiley and Fiona McGregor; the activism of groups such as the Australian chapter of ActUp; and scholarly work which includes journals such as Critical InQueeries (1995-98) and a 1996 Special Edition of Meanjin, entitled ‘Australia Queer’. Scholarly papers should be no more than six thousand words in length. Creative works will usually be 3,500–5,000 words in length, or poetry or short fiction up to 3,000 words in length, or as agreed by editors. Dowload the CFP for full details or email Dallas.Baker@scu.edu.au or Jay.Thompson@latrobe.edu.au