By BTL Staff
If all goes well with fundraising, in 2014 Duke University will begin publishing the first nonmedical journal dedicated to transgender studies in the country. Headed up by Editor Susan Stryker, associate professor of gender and women’s studies at the University of Arizona, and Editor Paisley Currah, professor of political science at the Brooklyn College of the City University of New York, TSQ: Transgender Studies Quarterly will “explore the diversity of gender, sex, sexuality, embodiment and identity. The journal will focus on publishing interdisciplinary work from fields including cultural studies, political economy, art, health and sexuality studies.”
The project is being funded through Kickstarter, and with just about two weeks remaining they are close to their $20,000 goal.
“This project began in 2008, when we were invited to co-edit a special transgender studies edition of Women’s Studies Quarterly. We received more than two hundred submissions for publication, yet we could only publish twelve of them. We knew then that it was time for transgender studies to have its own high-profile publications venue. Five years later, there is still no place to accommodate the kind of conversation we want to foster on transgender issues,” explains the Kickstarter page description.
A total of five issues are slated to be printed, each highlighting a different aspect of the transgender community. Topics of the first issues will include the cultural production of trans communities, transgender population studies, transgender biopolitics and problems of translating gender concepts and practices across linguistic communities.
To learn more about funding the journal visit http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/tsq/tsq-transgender-studies-quarterly.