The Journal of Popular Romance Studies is calling for papers to be published in a special issue on Sexting, Romance, and Intimacy.
Editors Eftihia Mihelakis, Assistant Professor of French, and Jonathan A. Allan, Canada Research Chair in Queer Theory and Professor of English and Creative Writing, both at Brandon University describe their intentions:
“It is a truth universally acknowledged that a person in possession of a cell phone will sext. One study notes that, “of 870 U.S. adults aged 18-72 … 88% had sexted in their lifetime.” This call seeks papers to explore the ways that sexting has affected ideas of romance and intimacy. How has sexting influenced the popular romance novel, the chick flick, or the soap opera? How has sexting changed how we think about romance and love? We welcome papers that engage with these topics, and encourage interdisciplinary approaches.
Sexting for purposes of this issue is understood quite broadly, ranging from the flirtatious email sent to a partner at home through to the unsolicited dick pic sent over Tinder. For the special issue, the editors welcome proposals for original research articles (5000-10,000 words) that explore sexting, romance, and intimacy. Topics may include:
- Sexting and gender
- Sexting and courtship, dating, marriage, etc.
- Sexting and virginity or “sexual inexperience”
- Sexting and scandal
- Technology, sexting, and romance media (movies, films, TV, music videos, memes, etc.)
- Pornification and romance
- Romance and the virtual landscape
Read the original call here.
Together, Dr. Mihelakis and Dr. Allan are lead investigators on “The Joy of Texting: Mapping the Significance of Sexting in the Digital World,” funded by Research Manitoba.