CFP: Slavery (4/30/04; e-journal issue)

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Joe Lockard
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> Call for Essays
> In 1853, concerning liberal politics that protested foreign slavery but
> ignored its own oppressions, Karl Marx connected the struggle against
> wage slavery directly with the struggle against race slavery in the US
> southern states. "The enemy of British Wage-Slavery has a right to
> condemn Negro-Slavery...a Manchester Cotton-lord -- never!" That same
> parallel convinced early19th-century trade unionists and readers of
> Connolly's 1913 manifesto, "To the Linen Slaves of Belfast". Slavery has
> functioned throughout the modern era as a connective metaphor in
> political rhetoric.
> The slaveries of everyday life continue no less today than under classic
> slave systems. Economic globalization drives wages continually downward
> in order to provide dominant economies with cheaper goods, at the
> expense of workers in Asia, Latin America and Africa. Impoverished
> neo-slavery, absence of labor rights, and subordination to capital
> represent the terms of existence neo-liberalism has established for
> uncountable hundreds of millions of workers. Large segments of the sex
> industry function through violence against women and sex slavery.
> Contemporary fiction and film remain profoundly engaged with imagining
> lives lived within historical and neo-slaveries, as well as futurist
> slave societies of science fiction.
> Slavery remains one of the most relevant descriptions of contemporary
> life, yet gets treated as either history or rare exoticism. Bad Subjects
> issue 69 will re-explore the metaphor and reality of slavery. Worklife,
> economic, gender/sex, national, religion, social discipline and prisons,
> or other forms of slavery: we are looking for non-fiction prose essays
> of 2500-4000 words that expand the paradigm. We will be especially
> interested also in witness essays addressing the forms of neo-slavery
> described in Bales' Disposable People. The essays we are looking for
> might remember the original words of the Internationale: "Esclaves,
> debout, debout / Le monde va changer de base / Nous ne sommes rien,
> soyons tout."
> The submission deadline is April 30, 2004; issue publication date is
> June 1, 2004.
> Contact issue co-editors Cynthia Hoffman [] and Joe Lockard
> [] with essays or essay proposals. See Bad Subjects
> at <>.

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