Call for Papers for TSQ: Transgender Studies Quarterly

TSQ: Transgender Studies Quarterly is now accepting submissions for a future special issue entitled, "Making Transgender Count," volume 2 and issue 1 (2015). 

TSQ_LogoAbout “Making Transgender Count,” volume 2 and issue 1 (2015):

As a relatively new
social ca
tegory, the very notion of a “transgender population” poses numerous
intellectual, political, and technical challenges. Who gets to define what
transgender is, or who is transgender? 
How are trans people counted—and by whom and for whom are they
enumerated? Why is counting transgender members of a population seen as making
that population’s government accountable to those individuals? What is at stake
in “making transgender count”—and how might this process vary in different
national, linguistic, or cultural contexts?

This issue of TSQ
seeks to present a range of approaches to these challenges—everything from
analyses that generate more effective and inclusive ways to measure and count
gender identity and/or transgender persons, to critical perspectives on
quantitative methodologies and the politics of what Ian Hacking has called
“making up people.”

In many countries,
large-scale national health surveys provide data that policy-makers rely on to
monitor the health of the populations they oversee, and to make decisions about
the allocation of resources to particular groups and regions—yet transgender
people remain invisible in most such data collection projects. When
administrative gender is conceived as a male/female binary determined by the
sex assigned at birth, the structure, and very existence, of trans sub
populations can be invisibilized by government data collection efforts. Without
the routine and standardized collection of information about transgender
populations, some advocates contend, transgender people will not “count” when
government agencies make decisions about the health, safety and public welfare
of the population. But even as more agencies become more open to surveying
transgender populations, experts and professionals are not yet of one mind as
to what constitutes “best practices” for sampling methods that will accurately
capture respondents’ gender identity/expression, and the diversity of
transgender communities. In still other quarters, debates rage about the ethics
of counting trans people in the first place.

We invite proposals
for scholarly essays that tackle transgender inclusion and/or gender
identity/expression measurement and sampling methods in population studies,
demography, epidemiology, and other social sciences. We also invite submissions
that critically engage with the project of categorizing and counting “trans” populations.

Potential topics
might include:

  • best practices and
    strategies for transgender inclusion and sampling in quantitative research;
  • critical
    reflections on past, current, and future data collection efforts;
  • the potential
    effects of epidemiological research on health and other disparities in trans
  • who counts/gets
    counted and who does not: occlusions of disability, race, ethnicity, class,
    gender in  quantitative research on trans
  • the tension between
    the contextually specific meaning of transgender identities and the generality
    and fixity that data collection requires of its constructs and social
  • implications of
    linguistic, geographical, and cultural diversity in definitions of transgender
    and the limits of its applicability;
  • critical
    engagements with of the biopolitics of enumerating the population.

Please send full
length article submissions by December 31, 2013 to along with a brief bio
including name, postal address, and any institutional affiliation.
Illustrations, figures and tables should be included with the submission.

The guest editors
for this issue are Jody Herman (Williams Institute, UCLA School of Law), Emilia
Lombardi (Baldwin Wallace University), Sari L. Reisner (Harvard School of
Public Health), Ben Singer (Vanderbilt University), and Hale Thompson
(University of Illinois at Chicago). Any questions should be sent to the guest
editors at

To learn more about the journal and see calls for papers for future special issues, visit For information about subscriptions, visit

To learn more about this new journal, watch an interview with the editors, Paisley Currah and Susan Stryker, here:


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