Call for Papers
Articles, books for review, images should be sent to the editors and cc to anglistica@unior.it. All material submitted for consideration must comply with the Anglistica guidelines available in pdf below.
 
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Call for Papers

Title: "Out of Hidden India: Adivasi histories, stories, visualities and performances"
 
Editors: Rossella Ciocca (rciocca at unior.it) and Sanjukta Das Gupta (sanjuktadasgupta2007 at gmail.com)
 
Description:
A new visibility and an amplified resonance have recently marked the predicaments of tribal India. The category of indigeneity has begun to elicit an intellectual theorization located at the crossroads of diverse disciplinary fields, spanning social sciences, literary criticism, media and artistic studies. Peoples who define themselves in terms of free access to natural resources, communitarian knowledges and place-based solidarities, are seen in their challenge to the narrations both of the colonial and the postcolonial state. Their presence in modernizing, increasingly anglophone, India is disturbing  the logic of neoliberal globalization no less than that of liberal citizenship.
While for long it had been portrayed as the passive object of ethno-anthropological inquest, Adivasi cultural production is now increasingly taking upon itself the task of self-representation. And this production, however mainly articulated around expressions of moral and political discontent, is at the same time demanding for artistic recognition.
Problematic as it is to bring together under the label ‘Adivasi’ a very heterogeneous corpus of cultural manifestations we are determined to tentatively use this label as a working functional umbrella.Our aim is to add to the critical archive of historical revisions, cultural analyses and study of artistic forms of resistance in order to, however partially, contribute to the mapping of the complex reality of tribal India.
We welcome investigations in the most various directions from cinematic to literary narrations, from historical case studies to performative forms of agency.
Specific topics may address, without being limited to, the following issues:
 

- Identity constructions and representations

- Gender

- Language and Education

- Integration Vs Protectionism

- Equality of rights/ Cultural differences 

- Land/Landlessness and Displacement

- Environmentalism

- Bonded labour

- The impact of globalization and liberalization

- Census and the reservation policy

- Religion

- Genealogies of rebellion

- The politics of development

 - What kind of subalternity?

- Adivasi life/ Anglophone writing and translating

 
Deadline for abstracts30 April 2014
Deadline for completed articles30 October 2014

Publication 15 June 2015

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Forthcoming
 
Title: Postcolonial Digital Media: New Media Ecologies of Gender and Race
Editors:
Tiziana Terranova and Angela McRobbie

Description:
This special issue of Anglistica aims at highlighting the blind spots between digital media properties and the questions posed by post-colonial subjects.

Drawing on fields of inquiry as diverse as television and radio, cinema and cyberspace, new materialism and xenogenesis, the contributions help outline a composite theoretical framework through which to interrogate postcolonial ontologies and economies with regard to processes of inclusion/exclusion, the creation of borders, gendered and racial performance in a globalized world.

The contributors are all doctoral candidates and former doctoral students from the PhD program in Cultural and Postcolonial Studies at L'Orientale, and the Media and Communication department at Goldsmiths College, London, which makes this issue the result of an especially fruitful exchange between the two groups.

Expected date of publication: 15 December 2014

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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)
 
Description:
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

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Title: "Attention, Agency, Affect: In the Flow of Performing Audiences"
Editors: C. Maria Laudando (cmlaudando at unior.it) and Anna Notaro (a.z.notaro at dundee.ac.uk)
 

Description:
Since their controversial beginnings Performance Studies have always vindicated an inter-disciplinary or anti-disciplinary engagement with the liminal, interstitial and translational aspects of any politics of identity and culture, stressing the centrality of the body, the everyday, and affect in all aspects of human activity. At the same time, performance as a central, even if contentious, metaphor for almost any form of contemporary critical discourse “implies not just doing or even re-doing, but a self-consciousness about doing and re-doing on the part of both performers and spectators” (Marvin Carlson 2004), thus marking a major shift from given products to provisional processes, from theoretic abstractions to living practices.

Starting from these premises we welcome contributions that discuss the crucial concept of ‘participation’ from an inter-disciplinary perspective, investigating how a critical focus on performance and performativity can help to reframe and revise existing notions of publics and audiences (both as spectators and as readers). Suggested topics include but are not limited to:

-  the impact of performing arts and relational models of spectatorship upon literary studies with particular attention to digital literature;

- the interstitial interplay – both creative and critical – between authorial textuality and performative event;

- the relations between recently emerging participatory modes of spectatorship and other models of social and communal interaction in the dramatic context of glocalization;

- the importance of orality, physicality and affect in the ongoing debate on participation;

 - the influences of audience reception theory, feminist and queer theory, cultural and postcolonial studies.

 

Deadline for abstracts31 July 2013
Deadline for completed articles30 November 2013
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