Identity Broodings and Inter-Referential Pathways in Chicana/o Culture

deadline for submissions: 
October 20, 2018
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Ex-Centric Narratives: Journal of Anglophone Literature, Culture and Media
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Identity Broodings and Inter-Referential Pathways in Chicana/o Culture


The Chicano Movement (El Movimiento) in the late 1960s signaled the flow of multiple Chicana/o cultural expressions notably associated with an intricate matrix of socio-political claims for self-empowerment. Pledging to enhance the inter-referential connection(s) between the community’s subversive tactics and the vast cosmos of dispossessed groupings across the globe, Chicana/o writers, artists and thinkers have undertaken to decipher the enigmas of being-in-the-world by making visible numerous enveloping discourses of appropriation. For instance, the Mexican American literary canon unyieldingly resonates what Chela Sandoval schematic proposes a “differential consciousness” against the backdrop of supremacy, capitalism, internal colonialism and personal/communal encroachment. This special volume of Ex-centric Narratives: Journal of Literature, Culture and Media (Ex-Na)aims to explore the complex ways in which Chicanas/os untangle the conundrums of self-identity, illuminate the transnational viability of the borderlands metaphor and seek the dialogic potential in the rite to oppositional praxis. Papers are welcomed focusing on Chicano/o culture and the topics highlighted below:


  • Interculturalism and transculturalism
  • The poetics and politics of cultural identity
  • Chicana/o self-consciousness (consciencia)
  • The political unconscious in Mexican American culture
  • Landscapes, cityscape and identity formation
  • The spatio-temporal dialectic
  • Hierarchies, confrontations and dispositions
  • Individuation vis-à-vis collectivization
  • The re-invention of Chicana/o literature
  • Transnationalism and the inter-reference potential
  • Differential and/or oppositional consciousness
  • Borderlands, liminalities and transgressions


All abstracts must be received by the extended deadline of Saturday October 20th, 2018.

The length of the abstract should be between 150-180 words.

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Please send your emails to the Issue Guest Editors:

Francisco A. Lomelí

Juan Ignacio Oliva

Sophia Emmanouilidou


Expected date for publication of Ex-Centric Narratives, Issue no.3, December 2019.