Writing From Below | Call for Papers: Happiness - Julianne Roemhild
Writing From Below

Call for Papers: Happiness

Julianne Roemhild

Call for Papers: Happiness

 

“The most important thing is to enjoy your life—to be happy—it’s all that matters.”

—Audrey Hepburn

 

“Always prefer life and constantly affirm survival…”

—Jacques Derrida

 

The Theme

Emergent research into happiness is still largely situated in fields such as sociology, psychology, and neuroscience. Traditionally the uncontested domain of the Humanities, the question of “How should we live?” is rarely approached in contemporary literary and cultural studies. Indeed, even in a thriving field such as affect studies, research still largely focusses on negative emotions, ugly feelings (Ngai), shame (Probyn), paranoia (Sedgwick), failure (Halberstam), and the cruelty of optimism (Berlant). But perhaps the critical tide is turning. Scholars are beginning to theorise the end of our well-rehearsed “hermeneutics of suspicion,” and conjecturing what comes after (Felski). They are mapping the potential path for a “eudaimonic criticism” (Pawelski & Moore) and an “ethics of hope” (Braidotti), looking towards a more positive future (Muñoz). Critical and historical studies on empathy (Meghan; Keen), joy (Potkay) and happiness itself (Ahmed) are also emerging.

Inspired by the growing body of scholarship on optimistic representations or gender, sexuality, and queerness, Writing from Below enters the discussion with this invitation to explore and interrogate positive, successful, fulfilling, life-affirming expressions of gender and sexuality in contemporary or historical literature, culture, and society.

Papers could engage with (but are not limited to):

  • Pleasure, joy, jouissance, delight, splendour, enchantment, empathy, and kindness
  • Love, passion, and amour fou
  • Middlebrow pleasure
  • Living the queer life, and queer(ing) happiness
  • Eudaimonia, mindfulness, and wellbeing
  • Eudaimonic reading, and the eudaimonic turn in cultural and literary studies
  • The hermeneutics of suspicion, paranoid and reparative reading, and their aftermath
  • Ethical criticism, the ethics of hope, and hopelessness
  • The body as site of happiness, joy, pleasure, etc.
  • Affect, the theories and/or histories of positive emotions
  • Celebration, and celebration as protest
  • Burlesque, clowning, circus, carnivals, and the carnivalesque
  • Kitsch, camp, and drag
  • Sex and play, sex lives, fun
  • Vitality, verve, vigour, and liveliness
  • Biological life, bios, zoe, survival, sur-vivre [living-on], affirmation
  • The utopian tendencies of gender studies and queer theory
  • The (queer) future, queer futurity, and happy endings

Gender studies and queer theory are located across and between disciplines, and so we welcome submissions from across (and outside of, against and up against) the full cross-/inter/-trans-disciplinary spectrum, and from inside and outside of conventional academia: from literary and cultural studies, to art history and the visual arts, theatre and drama, performance studies, languages and linguistics, philosophy, media studies, journalism, sociology, anthropology, archaeology, history, politics, public policy, economics, law, legal studies, criminology, psychology, public health, the biological sciences, etc.

Do not be limited. Be brave. Play with form, style, and genre. Invent, demolish, reimagine.

 

Submissions

This special issue of Writing from Below is open for submissions until 27 February 2017. Written submissions, whether critical or creative, should be between 3,000 and 8,000 words in length, and should adhere strictly to the 16th edition of the Chicago Manual of Style.

All submissions—critical, creative, and those falling in between; no matter the format or medium—will be subject to a double-blind peer review.

 

Contact

For more information, for any editorial enquiries, or queries about unusual submissions, please contact the issue’s guest editor, Dr Juliane Roemhild: J.Roemhild@latrobe.edu.au



 

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