Writing From Below

New Academic Journal for Gender, Sexuality and Diversity Studies


On Monday 3 June, La Trobe University launched its first issue of the new academic journal, Writing from Below.

Brainchild of La Trobe University student Karina Quinn, Writing from Below will be the only journal in Australia that specifically provides a space for creative and academic explorations of gender, sexuality and diversity. Unlike many academic journals, it will also be free and open-access.

Quinn, who lives in Coburg and is undertaking a PhD in the English Department, and her fellow PhD student, Nicholas Cowley, are the Managing Editors of the journal. Dr Stephen Abblitt, who recently received his PhD from La Trobe, is the Reviews and Layout Editor.

‘In the face of a decline in gender studies across the Australian university sector, I felt it was really important that there be a vibrant and open space for writers of all disciplines to talk about issues of gender, sexuality and diversity – from a range of perspectives,’ says Ms Quinn.

Professor Dennis Altman, author of the forthcoming book The End of the Homosexual? (due for release by UQP in August) is a strong supporter of Writing From Below.

‘The terrain of gender and sexuality is rapidly changing, as tensions between challenging long-held assumptions collide with the push to integrate into conventional structures such as marriage,’ says Professor Altman.

That a new generation of students are entering this debate with a journal that addresses social exclusions is exciting as it promises to acknowledge that the personal is political, and recognises that the persecution of people because of their gender or sexuality is linked to larger issues of social justice.

The journal will invite submissions from a broad array of disciplines, including work that is difficult to place in subject-specific journals. In particular, it is designed to provide further opportunities for postgraduate students and early career researchers to publish their work.

For more info on this journal, visit http://www.lib.latrobe.edu.au/ojs/index.php/wfb/index

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