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31 January 2021
Lesbian Kinship in Asia
Legal recognition of same-sex marriage has made Taiwan the reference point in Asia for sexual orientation and gender identity politics. At the same time, the heteronormative patriarchal family remains strong and the pressure to fulfill gendered obligations has not weakened. In this context, how do lesbians negotiate their partnership – legalized or not – within the family?
We are interested in research focusing on micro-level analysis, such as ethnographic studies of individuals form their lesbian identities in the context of family and kinship, as well as macro-level analysis, such as the impact of the legal environment on how lesbians frame their relationships. We consider it important to connect lesbian identity, partnership relationship, and family and kinship to fully understand the impact of changes in actual or anticipated legalization in the Asian context. We are particularly interested in inter-Asian comparative studies, and also welcome contributions related to Asian queer diaspora. It is hoped that through the special edition, we not only gain empirical knowledge about lesbians in Asia, but also an opportunity to derive theoretical implications for anchoring gender and sexuality studies in Asia and rethink relevant concepts and theories generated in the West.
We hope that you will consider contributing to what promises to be a most exciting issue. At this stage, we only require a one-page proposal. Proposals will be evaluated for quality, especially originality, clarity, and coherence, as well as the balance of theoretical and empirical work and coverage of the Asia region.
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