CFP: [Postcolonial] Ex Plus Ultra: Post Graduate Journal of Colonial and Imperial History and Post Colonial Theory

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Jemima Mowbray
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Call for Papers - Ex Plus Ultra

Ex Plus Ultra is a new international postgraduate journal of colonial and
imperial history and post colonial theory. We are seeking articles,
review essays and book reviews for our forthcoming first issue.

The name Ex Plus Ultra is a play on the old Roman warning non plus ultra
meaning ‘nothing further beyond’ found by sailors and navigators at the
borders of empire. The warning defines the geographical limits of empire
and marks the ‘beyond’ as nothingness. It labels that which empire does
not know and that where empire does not go as a non-place and non-time.
There is nothing further beyond.

Here is fiction announcing itself as fact; temptation packaged as
prohibition; polemic written as edict. Ex Plus Ultra meaning ‘out from
further beyond’, although nonsense Latin, is a response and rejoinder to
non plus ultra.

Ex Plus Ultra is a journal that encourages work that goes beyond merely
unearthing ‘colonial’ and ‘postcolonial’ worlds and which seeks to
contest those very categories. There was no cataclysmic rupture heralding
the arrival of the ‘post-colonial’ nor was the advent of colonialism
defined, uncontested or in some cases even as significant for the
colonised as has previously been assumed. The very categories
of ‘colonial’ and ‘postcolonial,’ insofar as they subscribe to linear,
progressive time, are themselves imperial legacies. This is a journal
committed to thinking of new ways to configure the broad, contradictory
and diffuse processes of imperialism. Imperialism should not just refer
to British imperialism or its privileged epistemic schemes. Imperialism
is less to do with temporality (post or not post) as it is to do with
relationships between empires, within empires and the constitution of
colonised and colonising subjects.

For the first edition of Ex Plus Ultra we are casting a wide net,
inviting creative, scholarly papers of up to 6000 words that are
generally concerned with colonial and imperial history and postcolonial

Topics of interest include, but are not limited to:

 imperial intimacies: exploring the role of emotions, sex and
desire in colonial and imperial power.
 law's empire: exploring the role of law and regulation, both
informal and formal, in the imperial project
 sensing the Other: exploring the imperial reconfiguration of
social sensory orders - how was smell, sight, touch, sound etc implicated
in and reordered by imperialism?
 beyond transnationalism: what are the problems with transnational
histories? Is there an implicit masculinisation of the global and
feminisation of the local? Does a transnational approach simply reinstate
the national? Does it forget about the minutiae or the nationless? Is it
really new? Are the terms global, supranational or cosmopolitan more

All submissions must conform to Ex Plus Ultra submission guidelines
available on request. Please attach any images or photos to be published
along with your paper.

The deadline for submissions is October 31 2008, please email all
submissions to: The Editors at

Ex Plus Ultra is a peer reviewed interdisciplinary journal. The first
edition of Ex Plus Ultra will be published April 2009. To contact the
current editorial collective please email:

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