CFP: Transgender India (deadline: Oct. 1, 2020)

Chapters are invited for Transgender India, which examines hijras and sadhins from antiquity to the present, drawing on scholarship in the arts, humanities, and social sciences. Contributions providing philosophical perspectives are especially encouraged. Chapters may explore a range of Indian transgender identities and experiences—including but not limited to individuals identifying as third gender, MTF, FTM, and nonbinary. A sampling of confirmed contributors includes:

  • “Reconceptualizing Identities through Transmasculinity in India: A Gender Revisionist Approach,” Rubina Iqbal, PhD, Department of English, Aligarh Muslim University, Aligarh, Uttar Pradesh, India
  • “Contradiction/Concurrence of Castration and the Fertile Phallus: A Transgender Reading of Ancient Indian Literature,” Ruman Sutradhar, PhD, Department of Political Science, Samuktala Sidhu Kanhu College, Alipurduar, West Bengal, India
  • “Understanding the Psychosocial Needs of Hjira Living with HIV in Hyderabad, India,” Sameena Azhar, PhD, LCSW, MPH, Graduate School of Social Service, Fordham University, New York, New York, USA
  • “Queer Futurities in Arundhati Roy’s The Ministry of Utmost Happiness,” Anna Guttman, PhD, Department of English, Lakehead University, Thunder Bay, Ontario, Canada
  • Sikhandi to Manobi: An Exploration of (Trans)Human Emotions through a Critical Study of Selected Transgender Biographies,” Bosudha Bandyopadhyay, PhD, Department of International Languages, Chitkara University, Punjab, India
  • “Victor Turner’s Theory of Liminality: A Tool to Study the Lives of Deirdre N. McCloskey, Paula Grieg, and Living Smile Vidya,” Ramya Sampath, PhD, Department of English and Foreign Languages, SRM University, Tamil Nadu, India
  • “Indian Influences and the Transgender Imagination in a Chinese Literary Classic: Journey to the West (西遊記),” Peter I-min Huang, PhD, Department of English, Tamkang University, New Taipei City, Taiwan

Chapters understanding hijras and sadhins from a wide range of disciplines are encouraged, including but not limited to anthropology, art history, Asian studies, biology, cultural studies, economics, education, ethics, gender studies, geography, history, Indology, journalism, law, literary studies, media studies, medicine, musicology, philosophy, political science, popular culture, psychology, queer studies, religious studies, sociology, transgender studies, and visual arts. Proposals to write the introduction to the book are especially welcome.

Interested authors should send a 300-word abstract, 200-word bionote, and sample of a previously published chapter or article to Dr. Douglas Vakoch at by October 1, 2020. Authors will be notified whether their proposals are accepted by October 30, 2020. First drafts of full chapters are due by February 1, 2021, and final versions are due April 1, 2021. Preference will be given to authors who have completed their doctorates. Only previously unpublished works will be considered. This book will foster a dialogue across academic disciplines, as authors cross-reference each other’s chapters, comparing and contrasting their understandings of transgender experience and identity in India. We seek a broadly international group of scholarly contributors.

Dr. Douglas Vakoch, the editor of Transgender India: Understanding Hijras and Sadhins through the Social Sciences, Arts, and Humanities, has published sixteen earlier books through scholarly presses such as Cambridge University Press. His latest book is Transecology: Transgender Perspectives on Environment and Nature.

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