Call for Submissions: Sargasso Issue—”Agency and Intervention in Caribbean Contexts”

SARGASSO, a peer-reviewed journal of Caribbean literature, language, and culture, published at the University of Puerto Rico-Río Piedras, seeks submissions for the upcoming issue: “Agency and Intervention in Caribbean Contexts.” The deadline for submissions is September 15, 2012.

Description: The Sargasso team is looking for scholarship that addresses the varied ways that agency and/or intervention has been engaged, configured, and/or problematized within Caribbean societies, traditions, and cultures. Of special interest is scholarship that dialogues with ideas in the fields of literature, linguistics, performance/drama, ethnomusicology, anthropology, social sciences, and postcolonial studies; they strongly encourage work that is interdisciplinary in nature.

This issue of Sargasso will feature contributions that either rethink or creatively explore the issues of agency and/or intervention in Caribbean contexts. Current postcolonial theorists and scholars frequently foreground the interventionist possibilities of their work on contemporary inequities and material needs by demonstrating how subaltern or subjugated communities attain and exercise agency. The editors of this issue seek essays that engage these progressive notions of agency and intervention in Caribbean communities, as well as essays that explore problematic descriptions of agency or intervention. Also welcome are essays on Caribbean performance/drama, visual arts, oral/aural, or music, in particular those that consider the formulation of modes of agency or cultural/political intervention.

Themes that might be addressed include, but are not limited to: innovative approaches to agency and intervention; technology and agency and humanistic inquiry; political agency and social movements in Caribbean cultures; postcolonial interventions in Caribbean Studies; problematizing, interrogating or questioning postcolonial interventions; literary agency and/or voice in Caribbean cultures; subaltern agency and development, corruption, or democracy; language and agency/discursive approaches to agency; drama/performance/activism as cultural intervention; gender/sexuality and agency; humanitarian or military intervention; police intervention/criminalization; and violence and agency/intervention.

Essays should be 4,000-6,000 words and double-spaced, in English, Spanish, French, or Papiamentu. Abstracts of 120 words or less should be sent with essays along with biographies of 50 words or less. B & W photos, illustrations, and graphics that accompany essays are encouraged. Interviews, short fiction, and poetry related to the topic will also be considered for publication. Book reviews and review essays of recent scholarship on the Caribbean are also welcome; they should be approximately 1,000 and 2,000 words in length, respectively. For style guidelines visit the Sargasso website.

Manuscripts are due by September 15, 2012, and should be sent to and Contributors will be contacted about the status of their contribution by October 31, 2012.

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