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“Queering Anarchism” Book Call for Submissions

20 February 2010
“Queering Anarchism” Book Call for Submissions
Radical queer politics and anarchism have much in common. Queer theory argues against traditional identity politics, recognizing the social construction of “sexuality” and identity categories. Anarchism argues against any structured hierarchical arrangement of humanity that allows some members of society to systematically exploit and oppress others. Thus, both projects argue for a need to move beyond hierarchical and naturalized arrangements of socially constructed identities–though, at times, articulating those arguments in different ways. Nevertheless, despite these commonalities, little has been written about the deep connections between anarchism and radical queer politics. This edited volume is an attempt to fill that gap.

With this book, the authors wish to assemble writings that are useful to activists (i.e. not written in obscure academic jargon and relatable to social movement contexts) working in the intersections of queer and anarchist politics. Many anarchists use the term “queer” as shorthand for the LGBT community and have little understanding of what queer theory can provide for a contemporary radical praxis and how it differs from traditional LGBT politics—even some radical strands. Likewise, there are many among the queer community who know little to nothing about anarchism—relying mostly on the sensationalist news medias’ construction of anarchists as terrorists, anti-organizationalists, etc. This volume, then, will attempt to address some of those misunderstandings, while drawing connections between queer and anarchist politics.

Interested authors should send a small abstract (just a paragraph explaining exactly what it is you wish to do) along with your name and brief bio (100 words or less, please) by March 1st, 2010 to queeringanarchism@gmail.com, first drafts to be due April 15th, 2010. Finished pieces will range from 2000 to 4000 words.

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