Sexual Cultures

Now celebrating its 20th anniversary, the Sexual Cultures series has always sought to expand the potential of queer theory by unfixing the subjects of LGBTQ studies. Taking our cue from women of color feminisms and queer of color critique, the series seeks projects that offer alternative mappings of queer life in which questions of race, class, gender, temporality, religion, and region are as central as sexuality. Such multi-focused and open-ended explorations are even more vital today, when the mainstreaming of lesbian and gay lives and cultures risks foreclosing other possible ways of being in, and relating to, the world.

The series invites work from a variety of scholarly disciplines on a wide range of academic and nonacademic topics. With a scope that moves from the properly historical to queer futurity, the series seeks manuscripts that make interventions into the genealogy of queer studies, broaden its archive, and imagine its horizons anew. Projects that deploy the legacies of Marxist, psychoanalytic, and poststructuralist thought are welcome, as are those engaging new optics for framing social difference. We also invite submissions that creatively recast the juncture of aesthetics and politics, both in form and content. Books in this series often have critical perspectives large enough to take into account the current transformations of knowledges, identities, and capital on a shifting world stage. The goal of the series is to continue to expand what queer studies, queer theories, and queer publics can become.


Ann Pellegrini
Tavia Nyong’o
Joshua Chambers-Letson


José Esteban Muñoz
Ann Pellegrini


Submissions should take the form of a 3-5 page proposal outlining the intent and scope of the project, its merits in comparison to existing texts, and the audience it is designed to reach. You should also include a detailed Table of Contents, 2-3 sample chapters, and a current copy of your curriculum vitae. Please refer to NYU Press’s submission guidelines.

Please contact Eric Zinner, Editor-in-Chief at NYU Press if you are interested in submitting a proposal.

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