Call for Papers
- Identity constructions and representations
- Language and Education
- Integration Vs Protectionism
- Equality of rights/ Cultural differences
- Land/Landlessness and Displacement
- Bonded labour
- The impact of globalization and liberalization
- Census and the reservation policy
- Genealogies of rebellion
- The politics of development
- What kind of subalternity?
- Adivasi life/ Anglophone writing and translating
Editors: Tiziana Terranova (tterranova at unior.it) and Iain Chambers (ichambers at unior.it)
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.
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.