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Call for Submissions: Maya Magazine of JGLS’ Queer Community [Issue 5; No Fee]: Submit by Nov 30

‘Maya’, a magazine by the queer community of Jindal Global Law School (JGLS) is inviting submissions on topics around gender and sexuality.

About Maya

Maya is an initiative of the queer community of Jindal Global University. They seek to provide an avenue for discussions on issues of gender and sexuality. Maya hopes to be a platform for creativity and critique, a place within the academe that rejects the claustrophobia of academic form and style.

They have already published their fourth issue. Click here to know more about the same.

Call for Submissions

Maya seeks new and original writing (fiction or nonfiction), articles, poetry, book/film reviews, opinion pieces, campus reports, research studies, art, memes, and photography.

Themes

Your submissions must broadly revolve around the following themes:

  1. Compulsory/obligatory heterosexuality within the queer community
  2. Trans exclusion within the community (and the pitfalls of a biologically essentialist feminism)
  3. Queerness inherently as rebellion (against capitalism, heteronormativity, patriarchy, the family, etc).
  4. You can also explore how queerness is continually mainstreamed by defanging it of its radical potential against capitalism, nationalism, casteism, racism, and so on
  5. Pinkwashing (of capitalism, imperialism, and other related oppressive forces)
  6. Standpoint epistemology and writing of and about queerness (do queer people speak more objectively about queerness? The problems of ‘epistemic deference’)
  7. Language and queerness (think: performative speech acts, pronouns, free/hate speech, how we can queer language, and so on)
  8. Queerness and representation – who represents the queer community, can one or a set of individuals even purport to represent the community, and so on. You can also explore the politics of representation (the caste/class/gender/regional dynamics)  
  9. Queerness and literature (the depiction (and sterilization) of queerness in mainstream literature)
  10. The possibilities (and limitations) of a queer politics

Please interpret these themes as creatively as possible and express them in original, diverse, and interesting forms. Instead of merely explaining these concepts, look at how they play out in the real world. This can be through personal narratives, essays, poetry, art, and much more.

For instance, rather than solely describing what pinkwashing is, you can explore how the Israeli government employs queer-friendly rhetoric to mask its oppression of Palestinians.

Who can Submit?

Students, academics, research scholars, and activists are welcome to contribute to the magazine. Submissions by DBA people, both within and without the queer community, are especially encouraged.

The deadline for submission is November 30, 2021.

Submission Guidelines and Procedure

  • Maya prefers submissions that do not exceed 1,500 words in length. However, the Magazine is flexible on the word count depending on the quality of the submission.
  • All submissions to the Magazine should be original and should not be simultaneously considered by any other publication.
  • Each submission will be reviewed by one or more editors of the Magazine who retain their absolute discretion in determining whether to accept a submission and, if accepted, whether the submission requires revisions.
  • Show the love. No sexist/racist/queerphobic/casteist/ableist content.
  • Submissions must be uploaded on this Dropbox link. Authors must include a brief biographical snippet (in no more than two lines). This information should include their institutional affiliation and corresponding email address. 
  • TheMagazine accepts anonymous submissions. However, please indicate your pen name and affiliation (e.g., law student at Jindal Global Law School). You need not include any additional biographical information if you choose to make an anonymous submission.

Contact

If any contributor has any queries or would like to discuss a proposal, please feel free to email at maya.queer.jgu@gmail.com

You can also follow Maya on Facebook and Instagram

Click here for the official website of Maya.

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