Call for Papers:
Articles, books for review, images should be sent to the editors and cc to firstname.lastname@example.org. Articles for our general issues or Miscellanies may also be submitted for consideration. Articles, books for review, images should be sent to the editors and cc to email@example.com. All material submitted for consideration must comply with the Anglistica guidelines available in pdf below.
Title: “Writing Exile: Women, the Arts, and Technologies"
Editors: Wanda Balzano (balzanow at wfu.edu) and Silvana Carotenuto (silcarot at tiscali.it).
The issue will explore ‘exile’ as experienced by contemporary female artists working in different media. The critical focus of this special issue is placed on the practices of creative writing, photography, video art, and on the recent web 2-0 platforms on the internet. Its critical assumption is that exiled women find a privileged space for the re-articulation of their condition of displacement, dislocation and diaspora in narration, in the visual mingling of tradition and experimentation, in the fluxes of information that constitute the emergence of new imagined ‘communities’ through the internet. Here, writing becomes a medium for new representations; photography and music provide ways in which women can share a sense of belonging and displacement; video-art allows for re-connecting and transforming; the web establishes new communication and communities.
The issue, which welcomes contributions including words, sounds and images, alongside interviews, theory and criticism, will be constructed around the following sections: 1) The Magic of Narration 2) Photography: History in Her/stories; 3) Visions and Sounds of Women, Resistance and Survival; 4) Digital Diaspora.
Specific topics might include, but are not limited to:
-Women as nomads, refugees, clandestine workers in public/private spaces, women without a home
-Women in war zones as migrant rape survivors
-Women as transnational survivors of sex trafficking
-Feminist theorizing of the intersections between technology and constructions of exile, identity and selves
-Performance, new media and other creative expressions: engaging/enacting/destabilizing conventions of exile/home and technology
-Technological narrations of queer exile: gendered lives, their pasts/futures
-Internet production and representation of classed, racialized, aged and gendered bodies
-Personal/creative narratives and oral history of theorizing on women and/as exiles
-The languages of exile; blogging and vlogging as female writing (also in politically sensitive areas)
-Artistic activism and issues of technological citizenship, transnationalism, and exile
Deadline for abstracts: 30 January 2012.
Deadline for completed articles: 30 April 2012.
Title: "Post-colonial Creativity: Language, Politics and Aesthetics"
Editors: Bill Ashcroft (b.ashcroft at unsw.edu.au) and Katherine E. Russo (kerusso at unior.it)
The aim of the issue is to explore creativity, as it opens the linguistic and aesthetic space of post-colonial cultural production. If we accept the definition that creativity is the result of the combination of previously unrelated areas of knowledge” what Arthur Koestler calls ‘bisociation,’ then conditions of conflict and disruption engendered by colonization have the potential to enhance creative work. Creativity may be the constitutive process of post-colonial language variation, for instance in the coining of novel lexical items and the creativity inherent in word formation, or the phonetic variation in creatively-coined words. On the other hand, post-colonial aesthetics may be envisaged as a transcultural space of meaning. The issue welcomes papers that bridge the divide between aesthetics and ideology in postcolonial creative production. Although creative modes and media do not have the power of policies, the issue hopes to demonstrate that they have contributed to the recording, spreading, codification and stabilization of vernacular codes and aesthetics, since as Azade Seyhan notes creative arts “as social documents resist the erasure of geographical, historical, and cultural differences”. Specific topics may include, but are not limited to:
- Creativity vs systematisation, creativity vs canonization
- Politics of post-colonial standardisation, regularisation
- Creativity and lexicography etc.
- Post-colonial aesthetics
- Post-colonial texts and transcultural communication
- The contribution of creative arts to the creation of small and large language corpora
- Post-colonial creativity in advertising, the daily press, electronic communication, literature, spoken interaction, cartoons
Deadline for abstracts: 15 March 2013
Deadline for completed articles: 18 September 2013