This issue brings together work situated at the intersection of the three terms of the title: How are queer Muslims represented in media? How does media allow an alternative space for queer Muslims? Is Muslim belief and practice influenced by media production? How might a religious tradition such as Islam reconfigure what we mean by queer, especially as queer studies have often ignored the place of religion (except when arguing against it)? What are some of the key media resources that people working directly with Muslim youth might access for their work in care and counseling? We seek work that is transnational and intersectional.
We are looking for essays (4-7000 words) that are engaged in research based reflections and most importantly present topics in clear language for public understanding. We are also interested in shorter “reviews” (500-1000 words) of cultural productions (television series, musical genres, films, social media sites) that bring the terms of the title together. Finally, we are interested in photo essays and poetry on the topic, especially analysis of instagram, TikTok and Snapchat.
This exciting edition of CrossCurrents hopes to find works that break with conventional academic protocol and offer new ways of seeing the relations between the categories of “queer,” “Muslim,” and “media.”
First drafts due: 30 May, 2023
Final drafts due: 30 September, 2023
Proofs sent back to authors: November 2023
Publication: December 2023