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CFP: Queerness in 18th- and 19th-Century European Art

A special issue of the international, peer-reviewed, open-access journal Arts dedicated to “Queerness in 18th- and 19th-Century European Art” and edited by Andrew Carrington Shelton (Department of History of Art, The Ohio State University) seeks essays on a wide variety of topics that subvert or disrupt heteronormative interpretations of the art and visual culture of this period. Topics to be addressed include, but are not limited to: works of art produced by or under the auspices of personages who can plausibly be identified as attracted to members of the same sex; works or creative situations that can be construed as expressing or eliciting same-sex sexual desire or attraction; works or creative situations in which the heteronormative polarity of the processes of identification and desire can be perceived as having been collapsed or scrambled; works or creative situations that involve gender-bending or gender fluidity; works or creative situations that either deepen or complicate our understanding of sexuality and/or sexual identity; and works that eroticize individuals or situations that are normally regarded as lying outside the realm of the erotic.

Interested scholars should send an abstract (maximum 250 words) and CV via email to, cc’ing, by August 15th, 2023. Final manuscripts must be submitted for blind peer-review no later than 30 November 2023. Due to journal restrictions, all articles must be submitted in English.

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Relevant research areas: 18th Century, 19th Century

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