CFP: Is That All There Is?: Rethinking Coming Out in Millennial Media
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7/7/2018 at 3:38:08 AM GMT
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CFP: Is That All There Is?: Rethinking Coming Out in Millennial Media

As we approach the second decade of the new millennium, and as global politics (particularly in the United States) shifts increasingly to the right, identity politics has once again taken center stage across both fictional and non-fictional genres and platforms of global media. Indeed, few communities have been both galvanized and haunted by this imperative to the extent that gender and sexual minorities have. Yet given that the mainstream media visibility of coming out in its various iterations has been with us for nearly a half-century, are such stories still socioculturally and/or politically useful? If not, what other kinds of stories might begin to emerge?

This panel thus seeks to reconsider the centrality of the coming out narrative to global LGBTQ+ media and is primarily concerned with the two questions posed above. Possible approaches/topics might include, but are certainly not limited to:

  • Mainstream vs. independent media representations of coming out on film and/or television.
  • Revisionist approaches to coming out on screen (e.g. NBC's revival of Will & Grace).
  • Whether and how digital media platforms (e.g. Twitter, Instagram, Snapchat, etc.) have made coming out more accessible/viable to a wider range of both users and consumers.
  • The evolving intersectional implications of mediated coming out stories, especially regarding race, ethnicity, class, religion, and gender presentation.
  • Are differing LGBTQ+ communities better served by specific media platforms than others?

Is coming out as the "big reveal" across global LGBTQ+ media still all there is and, if not, what could and should emerge in its stead?


 Please email paper proposals, including a title, abstract (200-300 words), 3-5 bibliographic sources, and a short bio to Andrew Owens ( by Friday, August 10. Acceptances/declines will be sent out by Tuesday, August 14.

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