Guest Editors: Dr. Reisa Klein, Dr. Gabrielle M. Siegers, Dr. Dorothy Woodman


Erotic. Maternal. Cultural. Symbolic. Medical.

What are breasts? How are they imagined? And who gets to decide?

Let’s open up the discussion.

This special open access journal issue on Reimaging Breasts, focuses on visual representations in order to unsettle conventional ideas about breasts, which are often conceived in medicalized, objectified, sexualized, maternal, colonial and heteronormative terms. It will explore resistant and subversive voices and images where breasts are not just biological body parts, but where their presence or absence can disrupt medical, social, cultural, political and/or economic norms and practices.

We offer an open platform to discuss visual imagings of breasts and invite submissions from medical sciences and the humanities, as well as artistic and creative communities. Those working in cultural studies, media and communication studies, digital humanities, feminist and queer theories, decolonizing methodologies, intersectionality, gynecology, oncology, plastic surgery, medical humanities and more are welcome to generate robust and surprising relationships and imaginings. We anticipate that these interdisciplinary exchanges will be as fluid, leaky, nurturing, erotic and libidinal as the breast itself.

This edition welcomes scholarly essays, reviews (books, art, etc.), poetry, conversational pieces, interviews, short fiction, visual art, photography, videos, mapping, body art, medical imaging, and media representations. Submissions are invited in English, French, and Indigenous languages (specific to Canada), from academic and community constituencies, including the artistic and medical. Graduate and undergraduate students are also encouraged to submit their work.

Topics can include, but are not limited to:

  • Aging breasts: adolescent, pubescent, reproductive, post-menopausal
  • Breast milk, breastfeeding, mothers
  • Men’s breasts and/or lack thereof
  • Pornography, selfies, advertising, mass media, comics
  • Sexualized, racialized, and colonized breasts
  • Pornocracy, rape culture and breasts
  • Breasts and beauty ideals, fashion
  • Breast art and modifications
  • Digital breasts
  • Medical imaging: mammograms, ultrasounds, etc.
  • Breast diseases and medical treatments
  • Medical surgeries — including mastectomy as prevention (e.g. BRCA1 carriers) and breast reconstruction
  • Cosmetic surgeries and treatments
  • The breast, sovereignty and the state
  • Topographies of the breast
  • The political breast
  • LGBTQ2S breasts

These categories may shift, based on the submissions.

Submission Guidelines:

  1. Research articles in English, French, or Indigenous languages from Canada (3000-4000 words)
  2. Artist/medical imaging contributions:
  3. High resolution 300-dpi file
  4. Videos (no more than 20 minutes in length)
  5. Reviews of art shows, performance pieces, installations, political events, and scholarly books (500 words)
  6. Fiction:
  7. Poetry (up to 50 lines)
  8. Short fiction (2500-4000 words)

Please send a 250-word abstract by September 15, 2017. Full submissions including 100 word bios must be submitted by January 30, 2018. Submit text files in Word docs and visual images in Tiff formats (300 dpi).

In keeping with Imaginations’ mandate, all written submissions must include visual content that is dealt with as part of the construction of the paper, rather than as a decorative supplement. (This is also important for publication under fair dealing agreements). On the journal website, you can read more about Imaginations’ mandate as an international, SSHRC funded, peer-reviewed journal that adheres to the highest standards in open access publication—free to submit to and free to read:

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