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*CFP: Queer Nostalgia and Queer Histories*

Special Issue of *Queer Studies in Media and Popular Culture, *vol. 2,
issue 2

Expected Publication Date: June 2017

Editors: Bridget Kies and Thomas J. West III

The recent controversy over director Roland Emmerich’s feature film *Stonewall
*(2015) for its rewriting of LGBT+ history as a history of white, cisgender
men calls attention to the tensions in the contemporary media landscape’s
portrayals of LGBT+ characters and stories.  In addition to the rewriting
of history, the achievement of marriage equality has led to popular
attitudes by some that history has been written and gay rights have been
achieved.  Meanwhile, increased media attention for trans identities, led
in part by Laverne Cox and Caitlyn Jenner, reveals the many ways in which
the struggles for LGBT+ equality remain ongoing.

At the same time, we have observed a significant rise in the costume or
historical drama, a genre that has, traditionally, enabled representations
that eschew the gay/straight binary, and that offers the opportunity to
reflect on our contemporary social context through allegory.  Some
historically situated film and television, like *Stonewall*, looks to the
past with nostalgia that seems to hearken to a “simpler” time in gay male
history when intersectional identities could be neglected or appropriated.
Other films and television series, such as *Mad Men* and *The Tudors*,
attempt to shed light on the neglected and erased histories of LGBT+
people. The scope of this special issue is therefore to examine ways in
which history and nostalgia offer us the opportunity for more diverse or
more complex representations, interpretations, and interrogations of queer

In this issue, we invite papers that explore the tensions produced within
historical fiction or nostalgic media.  We are especially interested in
those papers that explore intersectional identities.  Possible topics may
include but are not limited to:

   - Examinations of films like *Stonewall, A Single Man, Milk, Kill Your
   Darlings, Pride* or television series such as *Spartacus, The Tudors,
   Reign, Downton Abbey, Penny Dreadful, The Borgias, Mad Men*
   - Condemnation of LGBT+ characters in historical fictional media
   - Romanticizing the struggles of the LGBT+ rights movement
   - Representations or significant absences of intersectional identities
   in historically situated media
   - Examinations of the *oeuvres *of particular directors known for their
   attention to historical issues or for nostalgic aesthetics, e.g. Todd
   Haynes and Gus Van Sant
   - Historicizing the gay/straight binary or undoing the gay/straight
   binary in history
   - Reception of historically situated media within LGBT+ groups or the
   New Right

Completed essays of 5,000-7,000 words should be submitted no later than
June 1, 2016.  Essays should follow Intellect’s style guide, including
preferred British spellings and Harvard citation style, which can be found

Submissions and questions about the issue should be addressed to the
editors Bridget Kies and TJ West at [log in to unmask]

Bridget Kies
University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee
Media, Cinema, and Digital Studies
LGBT Studies
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