‘To date, no monograph-length text has been produced that looks at beards from both an academic and critically engaged, community-based perspective. This book seeks to carve out a space in which to discuss the social cues and meanings of facial hair, specifically beards and other bulk masses of visible hair, on queer(ed) bodies.
We seek submissions that unpack, address and consider: the historical figure of the bearded lady and facial hair on people who are assigned female at birth and/or identify as women, the pathologizing of facial hair, hair and hair use among gender transgressive folks, racial and class-based implications of hair, facial hair among multiple trans and intersex communities, the use of beards in gay male spaces (including cis and trans men) and the use and fashioning of beards to index particular sexual practices (leather, kink, etc) and so forth.
We imagine this book as an intersectional project that will bring together a range of perspectives and disciplines, including academic pieces and personal stories as well as artwork and performance pieces.
Submit works to firstname.lastname@example.org by June 30th, 2011.’