Writing from Below

Writing from Below is an online, open-access, peer-reviewed gender, sexuality and diversity studies journal.

Broadly interdisciplinary in scope, we provide a forum for new and innovative research on gender and sexuality and the array of intersecting issues that shape their social expression. We invite submissions from as broad a range of disciplines as possible, as well as work that cannot be easily placed, in any style, genre, format, or medium. We welcome both traditional academic research as well as less conventional creative forms of research, and all things between. We welcome both academic and creative explorations (theory is art and art, theory, after all), and specifically encourage scholarly experimentation.

The journal provides a particular venue for the work of postgraduate students and early career researchers.

Writing from Below accepts submissions all year round. We publish two issues annually, in March and September. 



DEADLINE EXTENDED TO 31/09/17! Uni SA Gender, Sex, and Sexuality Studies conference: ‘Art(i)culations of Violence’ Special Issue


Presenters from the 2017 South Australian Postgraduate and ECR Gender, Sex, and Sexuality Studies conference: ‘Art(i)culations of Violence’ are invited to submit full papers for a peer-reviewed special issue of Writing From Below. 

New deadline is 31st September 2017.

The theme, Art(i)culations of Violence: Gender, sex, sexuality and the politics of injury and revivification, aims to explore the multitude of ways that violence occurs, be it institutional, personal, epistemic, discursive, cultural, economic, symbolic, and/as physical. We invite presenters to consider ‘articulations’ not only as the acts or act of articulating, pronounciation and enunciation, but also physical formations, motions and movements, including but exceeding intellectual, political and artistic movements. Building on the theme of Dr Katrina Jaworski’s inspiring keynote speech at our 2016 conference, Intersections, we encourage presenters to engage with Stuart Hall’s theory of articulation – a means of living ‘in and with difference’ through strategic alliances that do not ‘substitute difference for its mirror opposite’ but encourage us ‘to rethink both’ (Hall 1985, p. 93) – and the ways this may relate to (or articulate with) concepts of performativity.

Posted: 2017-07-12 More...

Call for Papers: Happiness

Writing from Below seeks papers which engage with the theme of happiness, positive and successful expressions of gender and sexuality in contemporary or historical literature, culture, and society.  
Posted: 2017-03-08 More...
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Vol 3, No 1 (2016): MASC

Blue-Black in Black on Brown  Grace Jones by Jean-Paul Goude, New York City, 1981.

Blue-Black in Black on Brown.

Grace Jones by Jean-Paul Goude, New York City, 1981

Public domain, via flickr