SEXTURES provides a forum for open intellectual debate across the arts, humanities and social sciences about all aspects affecting the intricate connections between politics, culture and sexuality primarily, but not exclusively, in the Balkans, Eastern and Central Europe. It aims to offer new and challenging debates on sexualities to academic and non-academic audiences in these regions and globally.

All articles submitted to the e-journal will be refereed by members of the editorial board and/or relevant external referees.  All contributions submitted for publication in a thematic strand will be reviewed by the editor of that thematic strand, a member of the editorial board or an external referee. Articles in thematic strands can be published at any time of the year, while the e-journal will initially publish bi-annually, with the intention to publishing 3 issues a year in the near future.

We are seeking articles, essays, reviews, visual and audio material, or artwork in a wide range of disciplines across the arts, humanities and social sciences. Reading our concept will help you get a sense of the kinds of work and approaches we intend to publish. If in doubt read other articles already published on the website or email us.

We are particularly interested in the following topics:

  • Sexual or intimate citizenship
  • Intersections of ethnicity, religion, nationality, class, gender, sexuality and geopolitical locations
  • Critiques of Western epistemic hegemony in queer theory, gay and lesbian studies, queer studies, LGBTIQ studies, women;s studies and sexuality studies
  • Emotions, intimacies, and sexualities
  • Sport, gender and sexuality
  • Human rights and sexual identities
  • Reproductive rights of women
  • Geographies of sexualities
  • The interface between ethnicity, class, religion, age, gender and sexuality
  • Sexual identities/sexual communities
  • Sex tourism
  • Representations of sexualities in the Balkans, Eastern and Central Europe, including pornography and mass media communications of sexualities
  • All aspects of sex work (health, criminal, social, etc.)
  • Globalization of sexualities
  • Postsocialist transition and the diversification of sexualities
  • Social aspects of health and sexuality (including the links between drug/alcohol use and sex work, drugs and sex, HIV, HEP C)
  • Cultural representations of HIV/AIDS in the Balkans, Eastern and Central Europe
  • Commercialization of sex and sexualities
  • Digital media, converged communications, the internet and sex/sexualities
  • Methodologies for sex research
  • Sexual politics
  • Nationalism and sex/sexuality
  • Love and intimacy
  • Key thinkers and theories of sexuality
  • Queer ethics
  • Queer theories
  • Gendering of sexualities
  • Transgressive sexualities
  • Sex at work
  • Sexual harassment and sexual violence
  • Feminism and sexualities
  • Traditional/unconventional masculinities and sexualities
  • Narrative of sexualities
  • Youth pregnancy and adolescent sexualities
  • Gender blending/transitioning
  • Constructions of deviant sexualities as national threats in discourses of national security
  • Sex in schools and sex education
  • Bodies and sexualities
  • Moral panics and the regulations of sex and sexual identities
  • Politicization of sex and sexualization of politics
  • Stigma, shame, sex and love

SEXTURES also welcomes book reviews; interviews; reviews of films and film festivals; reviews of video clips; panel discussions and debates; photographs and accompanying material; audio and video clips; information about undergraduate and postgraduate courses in sexualities in the Balkans, Central and Eastern Europe; relevant calls for grant or research proposals, information about donors supporting research in the area of sexualities in the above mentioned regions; information about activist projects in the area of lesbian, gay, transgender and women's rights; anti-gay violence projects, anti-trafficking projects; HIV/HEP C prevention projects; bibliographies of sex research in the Balkans, Central and Eastern Europe; conference announcements and reports; etc.

Submission of manuscripts

SEXTURES does accept unsolicited manuscripts, book reviews, bibliographic essays or any other material. Please use the submission form at www.sextures.net/authors. If we wish to consider publishing your proposed work, we will ask you to submit the full text, which will be then reviewed either by the editorial board or an external referee. Based on a successful review of your work, we will contact you with an offer to publish your work. Manuscripts or other types of publication input are accepted only on the understanding that the proposed work is not being considered for publication anywhere else. The editorial board and/or external referees will provide constructive feedback.

Manuscript preparation

Please follow our guide for preparing manuscripts carefully before you send us anything. Original papers should not normally exceed 10000 words, although we are very happy to consider much longer papers that are well-structured, argued and written. Reviews should be between 3000 and 5000 words. Papers must use MS Word, or Apple Pages,  UK or US English spellings, be 1.5 line spaced, with each new paragraph being indented (use first line indents, not tabs, to do this in MS Word go to Format>Paragraph>Indentation>Special, choose "First line">OK). We do not accept submissions sent as PDF files. Font preferably should be Minion Pro (or Arial), 12 point, 1.5 line spaced, left and right aligned. Margins should be 3 cm top, bottom, left and right (to do this in MS Word go to File>Page>Setup>Margins). Ensure that your paper includes:

1. title page with title and author followed by a page break;

2. abstract page: the abstract should be about 150 words, plus 5 key words followed by a page break;

3. the body of the paper;

4. endnotes where absolutely needed (please use endnotes very sparingly);

5. fully checked reference section following the Harvard author-date referencing style with authors and dates bracketed in the text (author surname, year of publication: page number, for example Massumi, 2002:7) followed by a page break (please check our examples of prescribed referencing or the latest published issue of the journal for more detailed guidance on how to prepare your in-text referencing and list of bibliography) ; and

6. a separate page with the full details of the author/s, their current affiliation, email details, plus a short biographical note (no longer than 100 words).

Please note that the author must not be identifiable except for the title page and the separate page with the author's full details, affiliation and short biography.

Please use non-discriminatory language. We prefer the use of plurals rather than he/she. Please respect the democratic right to self-expression, self-representation and self-determination when you are describing a particular sexual, gender, ethnic, national, religious or any other group.

SEXTURES editors are accessible only via email or internet communication. You can incorporate short documents, like abstracts for articles or reviews, in the body of an email message. Larger documents should be emailed as attachments in Microsoft Word (.doc), or RTF (.rtf) format. Please do not send us PDF or HTML documents. Headings should be in bold on a separate line, but otherwise the same as the main text. Long quotes (over 30 words) should be left and right indented  by 10 mm and should be 11 pt font. Pages should be numbered in the bottom right corner, starting on the page after the title page and using the characters 1, 2, 3, etc. It helps us immensely if you keep the formatting in your manuscript to a minimum.

Please submit images or audio/video clips as separate files, indicating where they should appear in your text.

Authors are responsible for obtaining permission from copyright holders to publish material in any media already published somewhere else.

Use double quotation marks with single quotes inside double quotes. Dates should be presented in the form 3 April 2008. Do not use points in abbreviations, contractions or acronyms (e.g. AD, USSR, PR China, Dr, PhD, MA).

Authors of original papers to be published in SEXTURES e-journal will be requested to assign copyright to SEXTURES. However, they will retain their right to reuse the material in other publications written or edited by themselves and due to be published preferably at least one year after the initial publication in SEXTURES.


We welcome proposals for special issues of the e-journal and thematic strands of the virtual forum. We are hoping to develop a great deal of content using independent editors and editorial teams, who will be given all the freedom to pursue their proposals and ideas.

Please send us a preliminary email briefly outlining the subject or topic you would like to cover in a special issue or thematic strand, rationale, editorship and potential contributors. We may ask you to provide a full proposal. Once your proposal is accepted the publisher will make an agreement with you over the content, size and management of the special issue or thematic strand.

Editors of special issues or thematic strands will be usually responsible for soliciting material and for reviewing and editing of the accepted material, in accordance with the editorial policy of SEXTURES. SEXTURES will web-publish the issue or the thematic strand, and seek limited discretion over content relating to issues of legal liability, fair comment and length.

A Central and Eastern European Space for Sexualities in the Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences

Copyright 2008-2015, Sextures: An Academic Journal for Sexualities and Cultures
ISSN 2071-6834
Published by Sextures Institute
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