They’re Singing Our Song

Two awesome calls for papers (CFPs) came my way this week, and I wanted to kick them out there to you, dear reader, in hopes that you’ll consider diving into the increasingly fascinating discussions of sex, kink, and female desire that are knocking around now in academia.

But Catchclaw! (you might say). I’m not an “academic.” Thus, this crap is irrelevant to me.

Hey: trust me, still, and read on.

1.  BDSM/Kink/Fetish Studies Area
@ the National Popular Culture Association/American Culture Association Conference
April 16-19, 2014 in Chicago, IL
Submission Deadline: end of November-ish

We are interested in any and all topics about or related to the study of BDSM, sexual kink, or sexual fetishes in all genres, all media, all countries, all kinds, and all eras. All representations of BDSM, Kink, and fetishes in popular culture (fiction, stage, screen—large or small, commercial, advertising, music, song, dance, online, real life, etc.), from anywhere and any-when, are welcome topics of discussion. We also welcome any academic discussion of the real-life practice of BDSM, sexual kink, or sexual fetishes, as well as the lived experiences of people identifying as kinky.

Come on, slash people. They’re singing our song.

The national PCA/ACA is one of my favorite conferences: lots of interesting people from many different fields talking about things I didn’t even know I was interested in. I always walk away from this conference, both as a presenter and an attendee, with something unexpected and useful–which is as good as it gets at an academic confab, I think.

But you don’t have to be an “academic” to submit a proposal; independent scholars are very much welcome. Trust me: nobody looks at your freaking badge to measure your intellectual worth here. The quality of your work is what matters.

And, and, the BDSM/Kink/Fetish Studies area is brand-new; 2014 will mark its second appearance at PCA/ACA. I’ve met a few folks involved in this area, and they’re smart, interesting, and happily smutty scholars. Hard to beat that combination.

If you’re interested in submitting a 200-300 word proposal for a paper or a panel (a collection of four papers linked by a theme or key concept), or if you have questions, contact:

Michelle Martinez
Sam Houston State University

2.  Feminist Un/Pleasure: Reflections on Perversity, BDSM, and Desire
Feral Feminisms
Submission Deadline: November 15, 2013

Feral Feminisms, a new independent, inter-media, peer reviewed, open access online journal, invites submissions from artists, activists, scholars and graduate students for a special issue entitled, “Feminist Un/Pleasure: Reflections on Perversity, BDSM, and Desire,” guest edited by Toby Wiggins. Submitted contributions may include full-length academic essays (about 5000 – 7000 words), shorter creative pieces, cultural commentaries, or personal narratives (about 500 – 2500 words), poetry, photo-essays, short films/video (uploaded to Vimeo), visual and sound art (jpeg Max 1MB), or a combination of these. […]

This special issue of Feral Feminisms aims to complicate, untame, queer and radicalize tumultuous legacies of pleasure and unpleasure by reflecting upon the current intersections of feminist desire and BDSM sexuality.

Go read the full description. It’s amazing. And it looks like fun.

If you’d like submit a piece, or if you have questions, contact

Toby Wiggins