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Call for Papers - Happiness - A special issue of Writing from Below

The deadline for submissions is 29 May 2017


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 too rarely approached in contemporary literary and cultural studies. Indeed, even in a
thriving field such as affect studies, research still largely focuses 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 fray 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.

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

The deadline for submissions is *29 May 2017. 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 fray 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.

Do not be limited. Be brave. Play with form, style, and genre. Invent, demolish, reimagine.
(by Stephen Abblitt)

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