Sargasso CFP—“Placing the Archipelago: Interconnections and Extensions”

Sargasso: a Journal of  Caribbean Literature, Language, and Culture published by the University of Puerto Rico-Río Piedras, is accepting submissions for an upcoming issue entitled “Placing the  Archipelago: Interconnections and Extensions.” The editors seek interdisciplinary scholarship, fiction and poetry that (re)considers, (re)addresses and/or (re)maps the roles of place in the archipelago through intra and/or extended comparative focus. The deadline for submissions is August 30, 2010.

Description:  How is an interconnected and extended Caribbean informed by place? Across varied disciplines and area studies, the work of scholars such as David Harvey, Arjun Appadurai, Peter Hulme, and Michaeline Crichlow has framed place both as spatial/temporal location and as social construct influenced by modernity and the interplay of local and global forces. In dialogue with these varied approaches, this volume of Sargasso seeks to examine the ways through which place is situated, imagined, constructed and/or defined through inter-relation and extension with sites beyond the traditionally delineated Caribbean archipelago. The editors encourage scholarly and creative work that examines comparative internal Caribbean dynamics and/or those of the extended Caribbean region, including the US South, Central and South America, West Africa, and other sites within the wider Atlantic region, or beyond. In counterpoint to island, nation-state, or locations distinguished by politicized boundaries, this issue seeks to im/explode regional delineations and read how “placing” the archipelago through intra-Caribbean and extended Caribbean focus may expose tensions, amalgamations, discords, and/or alliances. Socio-cultural, geographic, historical and contemporary perspectives are strongly encouraged. 

Possible themes may include, but are not limited to: identity performance across borders, frontiers, and margins; challenges to migration, movement and relocation; processes of creolization; constructions of gender, desire and  sexuality; urban and /or rural, city and /or country aesthetics; (re)enactments of traditional, religious and  consumer practices; alternative solutions to trauma and  violence; linguistic affirmations and  protests; popular culture and  media; responses to environmental degradation, tourism and /or “green” living; and landscape as symbol and /or signifier.

Essays (using MLA style guide) should be 10-20 pages and double-spaced, in English, Spanish, French or any Caribbean language. Abstracts of 120 words or less should accompany essays. Black and white photos, illustrations, and other graphics may be included. Book reviews of 1,000 words in length are also welcome. Submissions must be digital in Word or Rich Text Format.

Sargasso is a peer-reviewed journal edited at the University of Puerto Rico, Río Piedras for more than 25 years. The journal features work on the languages, literatures, and cultures of the Caribbean and its multiple diasporas.

Manuscripts, due by August 30, 2010, should be sent to sargassoplace@ gmail.com  and/or sargasso@uprrp.edu. Please indicate “Sargasso Submission” in the subject line.

For more information on Sargasso, see
http://humanidades. uprrp.edu/ ingles/pubs/ sargasso. htm

Photo: Christophe Harbour, St. Kitts, from http://www.nevisblog.com/2010/01/18

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