How have Asian/Asian-American societies treated and examined sex and sexuality? How has race, economy, or international relations played a part in the construction of sexualities in Asia or among Asians? How do we compare Asian notions and practices of sexuality to Orientalist constructions of Asian sexualities?

Notches: (re)marks on the history of sexuality is seeking short essays (1000 – 1500 words) exploring historical issues on sexualities of Asians or sexualities in Asia. We welcome blog posts; interviews with scholars, archivists, and activists; as well as submissions to our “Archives of Desire” series in which historians reflect on specific primary sources and their value in researching or teaching histories of sexuality.

We especially welcome essays that decenter Western histories and constructions of “Oriental” sexualities. We encourage submissions from outside North America as well as those that examine Asian sexualities in the Asia-Pacific region, the Middle East, Europe, Latin America, or elsewhere in the world.

Possible topics for exploration include:

  • Sexual identities and sexual communities, local or diasporic
  • Normative and non-normative sexualities
  • Inter- and intra-racial sexual relations
  • Sexualities in popular culture and literature
  • Sex work, intimate labor and migration
  • Knowledge on sex and sex education
  • Sexual and reproductive health
  • Issues of sex in connection to imperialism, colonialism and post-colonialism

Style and image guidelines:

  • Submissions should be written for a non-specialist and international audience. Therefore, avoid jargon and use hyperlinks wherever possible to clarify terms or concepts that may be unfamiliar to a general readership.
  • Include at least one relevant image for which you have obtained permission and caption your image with clear attribution information. We welcome your use of a range of sources such as movies or sound files.
  • Include a short author bio including hyperlinks with your submission.

Proposals and queries are most welcome. Send submissions to Aiko Takeuchi-Demirci ( by September 15, 2015. All submissions to Notches will go through an internal peer review process prior to publication.

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