Call for Submissions

Call for Submissions Remembrance: A Journal of Queer Culture, Information, and Preservation

Remembrance is seeking submissions for publication in its inaugural issue.

Remembrance is a peer-reviewed, electronic journal that highlights strategies of memory in documenting queer lives. In response to questions of how to memorialize the queer lives that often have been erased, overlooked, or marginalized, scholars have usefully turned to studies of the archive as well trauma and memory studies. For example, Anne Cvetkovich argues that “gay and lesbian archives […] address particular versions of the determination to ‘never forget’ that gives archives of traumatic history their urgency” (110) and Christopher Castiglia and Christopher Reed spot an “amnesia” regarding AIDS history: “the AIDS crisis became an occasion for a powerful concentration of cultural forces that made (and continue to make) the syndrome an agent of amnesia, wiping out memories not only of everything that came before but of the remarkable vibrant and imaginative ways that gay communities responses to the catastrophe of illness and death and sought to memorialize our losses” (3).

This journal’s aim is to make a new contribution to such thinking about lives and histories through a focus on strategies of documenting, remembering, and collecting. We seek essays from a variety of disciplinary approaches, including but not limited to: literary studies, critical theory, library and archival studies, memoir and personal essay, education, history, and philosophy.

We publish the following article types:

  • Scholarly Research
  • Case Studies
  • Memoir and Personal Essay
  • Review Essays (creative or fictional works)

Submissions should be formatted according to the most recent issue of the Chicago Manual of Style. Articles are published immediately on final acceptance. Length specifications are:

  • Scholarly Research: 4000-8000 words
  • Case Studies: 2000-5000 words
  • Memoir and Personal Essay: 1000-3000 words
  • Review Essays: 1000-2000 words

    We are particularly interested in submissions related to the following areas, but the list is not exhaustive:

  • Queer representation across any medium (e.g., literature, film, television, graphic novels, etc.)
  • Queer collective/individual memory
  • Queer public history
  • Queer archives, with possible subtopics including digital archives and libraries, archival practice, archives and power, archives and absence, and theories of the archive
  • Role of digital technology and cultural collections in memorializing/preserving queer subjectivities and events
  • Personal archiving of queer-connected records, objects, and/or histories
  • Queer lived experience in which queerness intersects, in some way, with the practices of documenting, remembering, and collecting
  • Queer identities and library practice
  • Queer temporalities
  • Queer spaces
  • Note: All contributions will be double-blind peer reviewed. Submitted essays/reviews should be original and not under consideration or published elsewhere.

    Submission Procedures:

    See "Submit Article" link for specifics on how to submit.

    Works Cited

    Cvetkovich, Anne. “In the Archive of Lesbian Feelings.” Camera Obscura 49 volume 17 number 1, 2002. Duke UP.

    Castiglia, Christopher and Christopher Reed. If Memory Serves: Gay Men, AIDS, and the Promise of the Queer Past. U of Minnesota Press, 2011.