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(CFP) Edited Collection on LGBTQ Identity in Non Western Worlds

Edited by Christopher Pullen

Proposals are invited for essays forming part of a new reader focusing on LGBT and queer identity in the developing and non western world, apparent within varying documentary forms, such as film, television and new media.

A central concern is to explore the social agency of media producers and performers, who offer new narratives of potential and progression, challenging Western orientated and traditional worlds. At the same time some chapters may explore the significance of Western constructions of LGBT and queer identity, which have offered archetypes of political engagement for world wide audiences. As a consequence this reader intends to foreground tensions between Western ideals, dominant identifications and ‘other’ possibilities, counter pointing issues such as tradition, modernity, globalisation, hybridity, and the imagined community.

Essays are invited discussing this new diversity, examining not only landmark documentary texts funded and produced in the West such as ‘Coming Out in The Developing World’ (John Scagliotti, 2003), ‘Jihad for Love’ (Parvez Sharma, 2007) and ‘Be Like Others’ (Tanaz Eshaghian, 2008), but encourages those produced within the non Western and developing world, in varying documentary forms.

Please send abstracts (of 200 words length) and a biography by the 31st of October 2008 to Chris (email below). Essays need to be original texts, and cannot have been published elsewhere – unless you own the copyright, and are free to publish. If you have any questions, please feel free to enquire.


Chris Pullen – Senior Lecturer in Media Studies – Bournemouth University


Dr. Christopher Pullen is Senior Lecturer in Media Studies at Bournemouth University. He main published work focuses on gay identity and social agency within the media. He is the author of Documenting Gay Men: Identity and Performance in Reality Television and Documentary Film (McFarland, 2006) which explores how gay people as; inspirational individuals, political teens, devoted couples, caring parents, and influential media producers have contributed to the progression of gay identity within domestic arenas. His second book is titled of Gay Identity, New Storytelling and the Media (forthcoming, Palgrave). Also he is the co-editor of the new edited collection on LGBT Identity and Online New Media (forthcoming, Routledge).


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