New Editors for GLQ: A Journal of Lesbian and Gay Studies

The publication of GLQ 12.1 in
December 2005 marks the moment
when we officially take over from
Carolyn Dinshaw and David Halperin as
the new co-editors of the journal.
Although it’s a transition that has been
some years in the making (Annamarie
first came on board as Associate Editor
for Volume 9 and has been a co-editor
for Volumes 10 and 11, and Ann was
associate editor for Volume 11), Volume
12 represents the beginning of a
genuine partnership between the two
of us. When considering taking on this
job together, we asked ourselves what it
would mean to see GLQ into its second
decade. Given that from its inception
GLQ has had an editorial commitment
to both recording and critiquing
developments in the quasi-disciplinary
formation of queer studies, what shape
might our editorial aspirations take? The
journal was founded in the early 1990s
(with the first issue appearing in 1993)
during a period of political and institutional
transformation in the U.S. that
gave it an important, even revolutionary,
mission – to provide a place for
and make visible queer scholarship and
to forge connections between social
change and intellectual work.
Although the political and critical
circumstances we are working into a
decade later are very different, we also
find ourselves facing political crises –
war in Iraq and a second term with
Bush, the domestic impact of which
might be the least of its devastations;
the inequitable distribution of global
resources; increasingly privatized
understandings of political recognition
and entitlement. We live in a
complicated state of uneven
development where it’s important not
to take for granted an American or even
metropolitan context. To work transnationally
is to reckon with multiple fronts
for scholarship and activism. Now more
than ever we need intellectual
interventions capable of thinking
broadly about social injustice, which
means both maintaining the multiple
categories that have been the promise
of queer thinking and insisting on queer
scholarship’s capacities for intervention.
We’d like to view the second
decade of GLQ in the optimistic context
of work on utopia by many queer
scholars who see queer culture as the
production of new worlds of possibility,
including affective ones. An academic
journal is an important form of public
culture, all the more so when media is
increasingly corporatized, when forms
of distribution such as independent
bookstores are disappearing, and when
queer media such as television shows
and magazines may be commercially
successful but inadequate to the task of
providing alternative or critical
In practical terms, we are planning
a series of special issues that will enable
a concentrated focus on the many kinds
of queer inquiry that matter. These
special issues will highlight significant
clusters of interest emergent across
disciplines and national boundaries and
will work to give prominence to
particular fields rather than define one
as a center. The next two issues of the
journal, 12.2 and 12.3, will be a Queer
Arts specials issue, guest edited by
Richard Meyer and David Roman;
Elizabeth Freeman is currently editing a
special issue on Queer Temporalities,
slated for our next volume; and Eithne
Luibheid is working toward a Queer
Borderlands special issue that critically
examines the interface between queer
and migration theories. We are also
thinking about possible subjects for
future special issues – activism,
indigenous sexualities, queers of color,
and religion – and welcome other
proposals from the field. We maintain a
commitment to diverse categories of work – including the Archive and Gallery sections, which publicize forms of
intellectual production beyond the academic essay. In order to keep up with the
sheer mass of important work regularly published in the field, we’ve incorporated,
under the editorship of Jody Greene, the short book reviews formerly published in
the Lesbian and Gay Studies Newsletter. We have a new Social Science Review Editor,
Martin Manalansan, who joins Laura Doan, GLQ ’s Humanities Review Editor. Under
the direction of Chris Straayer and Tom Waugh, the recently renamed Moving Image
Review is regularly incorporating interviews and roundtable formats, bringing
together diverse scholars and practitioners in order to think broadly about contemporary
moving image cultures. And we welcome and look forward to working with
an entirely new editorial board, whose members represent a wide range of
disciplinary specializations inside LGBTQ studies.
To some extent the success of GLQ ’s first decade is one of the things that makes
planning its second decade challenging – there are many more venues for queer
scholarship, including ones that are not designated as such; there have been
significant institutional and political changes, some of which have neutralized the
non-normative charge of queer critique. Committed to a flexibility that is alive to the
possibilities of continued change, we want to publish work that newly expands the
recognizable limits of what has come to be known as LGBTQ studies. u
Note: This article is adapted from the Editor’s Statement published in GLQ 12.1. GLQ is published
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