CFP: ‘Queer Life-Writing in Russia and Beyond’ Primary Sources and Translations

Deadline: October 31, 2021

A special issue of the journal AvtobiografiЯ, devoted to ‘Queer Life Writing in Russia and Beyond’, will be published in December 2022. The issue will include ten articles on the poetics of queer life-writing in Russian and Russophone literature, and includes new critical approaches to familiar figures such as Durova, Eisenstein, Mogutin, as well as work on lesser-known contemporary writers such as Olga Zhuk and Andrei Dittsel’.

While we are no longer accepting expressions of interest for journal articles, we are keen to receive proposals for the ‘Materials’ [Материалы] section of the journal. This section provides a home for primary sources related to the journal’s theme that are relatively unknown or have not been published before. This section also houses translations of relevant texts (normally translations from Russian into English or Italian, the three working languages of the journal). Such texts can be accompanied by an introductory note.

For this special issue, translations are likely to be previously untranslated queer life-writing in Russian (e.g. poems, short stories, excerpts from novels). Unpublished texts might take the form of archival materials (letters, diaries etc.) that have not been disseminated widely previously, but would be useful to other scholars. There is some flexibility with what is included in this section, so if you have an idea, please feel free to pitch it.

Please note that contributions to the ‘Materials’ section should generally not exceed 3000 words, and that contributors are responsible for securing permissions from the rights holder in cases where this is necessary.

Expressions of interest should be made to Dr Connor Doak, the editor of the special issue, at, by 31 October 2021.

Contributions will be due by 30 June 2022, with publication expected in December 2022.

You can familiarize yourself with the content and scope of AvtobiografiЯ, and read previous editions at