To date, no monograph-length text has been produced that is critically engaged with beards from an artistic, academic and community-based perspective. This book brings together a range of perspectives, including purely academic pieces to personal narratives, as well as artwork and performance art pieces. This book seeks to carve out a space to discuss the social cues and meanings of facial hair – specifically beards and other bulk masses of visible hair – on queer(ed) bodies.
Specifically, we seek submissions that unpack, address and consider, among other similar topics: the historical figure of the bearded lady and facial hair on people who are assigned or identify as female; hair and hair use among gender transgressive folks; meanings of facial hair among multiple trans communities; the use of beards in gay male spaces (including cis and trans men) such as the fashioning of beards to index particularly sexual practices (leather, kink, etc).
Submit works to firstname.lastname@example.org by June 30th, 2011