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Deadline: 1 September 2020

Editorial Information

Special Issue Editor:
Shinsuke Eguchi

Journal Editor (2021-2023):
Bernadette Calafell, Gonzaga University


Journal of International and Intercultural Communication

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Global Queer and Trans* Studies

In recent years there has been an increasing visibility of queer and trans* studies in International and Intercultural Communication. For example, Karma R. Chávez (2013) advocated for the field of inquiry called, Queer Intercultural Communication, to examine nuanced connections among queer and trans* identities, cultures, politics, and globalization. With scholars such as C. Riley Snorton, Megan Morrisey, Julia Johnson, and Gust A. Yep, Chávez (2013) called to push the boundaries of international and intercultural communication that maintain the logics of cisheteronormativity working with whiteness, patriarchy, ableism, and capitalism. Since then, Shinsuke Eguchi and Godfried Asante (2016) and Shinsuke Eguchi and Bernadette Marie Calafell (2020) have also expanded the circumference of Queer Intercultural Communication by emphasizing on the intersectional queer and trans* politics of belonging. However, such collection of queer intercultural scholarships yet struggles to fully locate global perspectives on queer and trans* identities, performances, and spaces.

Thus, this special issue calls to further expand the current state of Queer Intercultural Communication. Accordingly, Global Queer and Trans* Studies welcome submissions that examine, question, and/or critique the following topics including but not limited to:

  • Intersections with Asian Studies Arab/Middle-Eastern Studies, Black/African/Caribbean Studies, Latinix Studies, and Mixed Race and Ethnic Studies
  • Sexual Desire, Intimacy, and Relationality
  • Transnationalism, Migration, and Diasporas
  • Citizenships, Border Crossings, and Borderlands
  • Indigenous Genders, Sexualities, and Sexual Practices
  • Cultural Politics of Third Gender and Sex
  • Discourses around Gender Affirmation Processes
  • Religion and Sexuality
  • Futurism and Temporalities
  • Gay Modernity and Empire
  • Toxic Gay Masculinities and Cosmopolitanism
  • Colonialism, Postcolonialism, and Settler Colonialism
  • Military, Occupation, and Imperialism
  • National/Global LGBT organizations and campaigns
  • Transnational/Global South Feminism
  • Cisgenderism, Ableism, and Healthism
  • Transnational Coalitional Politics and Praxis 
  • Digital Media and Platforms
  • Pornography and Cultural Industry
  • Sexual Technologies
  • Theater, Film, and Performance

In order to clearly articulate the topical directions mentioned above, Global Queer and Trans* Studies seek submissions that methodologically centralize critical/cultural, interpretive, and/or performative approaches.

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Submission Instructions

To accommodate more contributors, this issue will only accept essays that should be no more than 6,000–7,000 words inclusive of references, figure captions, endnotes. To format your essay, please follow the styling requirement for Journal of International and Intercultural Communication. See the details for https://www.tandfonline.com/toc/rjii20/current

To be considered for publication in this special issue, please submit your completed essay by September 1, 2020 through https://mc.manuscriptcentral.com/rjii When you do so, make sure to choose a special issue Global Queer and Trans* Studies. If you have any questions regarding this special issue, please contact Dr. Shinsuke Eguchi (University of New Mexico) at [email protected].

Proposed Timeline:

  • September 1, 2020: Contributors submit their essays
  • November 1, 2020: Peer-reviews will be sent back to contributors
  • January 1, 2021: Contributors resubmit revised essays
  • March 1, 2021: If needed, peer-reviewed will be sent back to the contributors. 
  • May 1, 2021: Contributors will finalize their essays.
  • Fall 2021 or Winter 2021: Publication


Chávez, K. R. (2013). Pushing boundaries: Queer intercultural communication. Journal of International and Intercultural Communication, 6(2), 83-95.

Eguchi, S., & Asante, G. (2016). Disidentifications revisited: Queer(y)ing intercultural communication theory. Communication Theory, 26(2), 171-189.

Eguchi, S. & Calafell, B. M. (Eds.). (2020). Queer intercultural communication: The intersectional politics of belonging in and across differences. Lanham, MD: Rowman & Littlefield.