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Queer Bodies / Corps queer


Queer Bodies

The body is situated at the intersection of many issues explored in contemporary queer theory and criticism. If a definition of its materiality poses many challenges, the question of its phenomenological subjectivity is most productive in considering the queer body’s frontiers, its capacity to catalyse and transform the biological, and its ability to subvert normative discourses around the material, psychological, social, and political constitution of bodies. The destabilizing effects of queer bodies foreground the anomalies in the normative systems of ideological and hegemonic power (Foucault) — including the categories which underlie this system. Recent interventions in thinking about queerness — borders/frontiers (Anzaldúa), cyborgs (de Lauretis), productive failures (Halberstam), and utopic horizons (Muñoz) — offer up new and politically charged paradigms that link gender, performativity, and embodiment. In what ways do the anomalies produced by the queer body transform the norm, normality, and normalcy? What forms of resistance oppose the normal even while taking part, in one way or another, in the norms of dominant subjectivity? This special issue of SCL on the Queer Body / Corps queer aims to analyze and expose the multiple subjugating effects and normalizing dimensions of embodiment and subjectivity in view of which and against which the queer body is conceived as a territory of exploration, subversion, and liberation. We invite submissions on any topic related to our theme, including, but not limited to, the following:

- the textual, cinematographic, visual, representations of queer bodies
- the queer body in performance, dance, and popular culture
- the lived experience of the queer body: queer subjectivity and subjection
- the queer body and temporality
- the queer body and spatiality
- the exclusion and stigmatization of queer bodies
- the queer body and affect
- the queer body transformed: transgender bodies, non-binary bodies, body modification
- the queer body and vestment
- queer ability / disability; queer crip theory
- bodies and taboos: punishment, injury, pain, torture, death
- the body and imprisonment
- the visibility and invisibility of bodies
- youthful / aging queer bodies
- queerness and fatness studies
- embodied sexual practices (BDSM)
- queerness and the racialized body
- the queer body in historical context
- queer reproduction and kinship
- queer habitus

Submissions should be 6000-8000 words, including Notes and Works Cited. English submissions should conform to the MLA Handbook, 8th edition; French submissions to Le guide du rédacteur (by the Translation Bureau, 1996). Please submit essays electronically via Word attachment to

Deadline for submissions is January 15th, 2020. For more information, visit the journal’s website at


Domenico A. Beneventi, Université de Sherbrooke:

Jorge Calderón, Simon Fraser University: