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[ecrea] Call for proposals: (Book) Why Are We All Gagging? The Cultural Impact of RuPaul’s Drag Race

Thu Sep 20 16:31:18 GMT 2018

** Upcoming chapter abstract deadline

(Book) Why Are We All Gagging? The Cultural Impact of RuPaul’s Drag Race
Editor: Cameron Crookston
Publisher: Intellect Ltd.

Aims & Scope

Since its premier in 2009, RuPaul’s Drag Race has grown in both its
popularity and its influence. In recent years the show has displayed
signs of increasing mainstream attention, including a move to a major
network, VH1, twenty Emmy nominations and four wins, and two
incarnations of DragCon, an annual convention held in New York and Los
Angeles drawing upwards of 40,000. In addition to its individual
successes, Drag Race has had a significant impact on drag as a queer
cultural art form. Drag Race has transmitted what was once a niche,
subcultural performance into millions of living rooms across the
globe, drastically amplifying drag audiences. As a result, the popular
reality show has become the yardstick against which these new
audiences measure drag in all its forms. Similarly, the show’s
popularity has lead to what season 8 winner Bob the DragQueen
(Christopher Caldwell) refers to as ‘the drag race baby boom’, in
which the numbers of aspiring queens around the world has skyrocketed
since Drag Race hit the airwaves.

In addition to more covert influences on local drag culture, RuPaul’s
Drag Race has become a visible spectre in bars and villages around the
world. From private viewing parties to ‘live’ screenings hosted by
local queens in neighbourhood bars, communal viewing of drag race has
become a shared cultural practice, from Toronto to Berlin, akin to
Super Bowl parties or World Cup gathering at local pubs.

This CFP invites scholars to contribute book chapters that analyze the
relationship between RuPaul’s Drag Race and local and global drag
culture, both with respect to audience and performers. While several
publications have emerged in recent years that analyze Drag Race in
and of itself, we seek to pay particular critical attention to the
cultural impact that RuPaul’s Drag Race has had, and continues to
have, on the world of drag.

Topics may include but are not limited to:

The fan culture of RuPaul’s Drag Race
The ‘Drag Baby Boom’
The impact on drag race on local/regional drag communities
Interaction between fans and queens on social media
Drag Race’s engagement with and performance of LGBT+ history and politics
Mainstream popularity and the growing fanbase of straight, female teens
Live viewing parties of Drag Race at local drag bars
Drag Race as a platform for public debate (particularly racism and transphobia)
‘Drag Voice’: circulation of queer subcultural language and vocabulary
on Drag Race

To Apply

Please submit the following to (Cameron.crookston /at/ by
September 30 2018.

An abstract of up to 500 words
A brief bio of up to 200 words. Please include contact information:
name(s), institutional affiliation(s), email
3-5 keywords/phrases

Please submit using MS Word and save your file as .doc file for compatibility.


Final papers should be approximately 6000-9000 words, including references.

Contributors will be sent chapter format and guidelines upon
acceptance. Full manuscripts will be sent out for blind peer review.

Production Schedule (subject to change)

September 30, 2018 - Chapter Abstracts Due
October 21, 2018- Acceptance emails sent out to successful applicants
March 21, 2019: Chapter Submissions Due
August 21, 2019: Revised Papers Due
September 21, 2019: Manuscript submitted to publisher (Intellect Ltd.)

Please address any questions to:

(Cameron.crookston /at/
Cameron Crookston, PhD Candidate, The Centre for Drama, Theatre, and
Performance Studies, The University of Toronto

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