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Sargasso journal, University of Puerto Rico
“Anti/Slavery, Colonialism, and Aesthetics.” Essays on Caribbean early-colonial period (15th -19th centuries) or postcolonial revistations of it, in literature, linguistics, or cultural studies. We also welcome work that is interdisciplinary in nature. Manuscripts are due by September 30, 2009, and may be sent to email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org. Contributors will be notified by November 15, 2009.
Sargasso, a peer-reviewed journal edited at the University of Puerto Rico, Río Piedras for more than 20 years, features work on the languages, literatures, and cultures of the Caribbean and its multiple diasporas. For more information visit: http://humanidades.uprrp.edu/ingles/pubs/sargasso.htm.
This issue of Sargasso seeks to focus on the way that new world slavery, and all the forms of antislavery which it engendered, was constitutive of colonial, imperial, and Caribbean aesthetics. Research on the early-colonial period in the new world informed by postcolonial studies often within a Atlantic studies framework, has begun to reveal the ways in which the culture of masters, slaves, indigenous people, maroons, and others were imbricated from the very beginning of contact. Scholars such as Peter Hulme, Mary Louise Pratt, Sybille Fischer, Patrick Brantlinger, Chris Bongie, and José Buscaglia-Salgado, among others, have illuminated the adhesions and fissures of (anti)colonial and imperial writing through various waves of conquest, genocide, slavery, and revolution in the region, emphasizing how racialized social relations --however disavowed, denied or silenced-- deeply inform the development of modern aesthetic categories. We are looking for papers that extend or build upon this work, particularly those that analyze art forms or cultural expressions that have received less attention, such as performance/drama, visual arts, oral/aural, or music, in terms of its overt or covert links to the culture of enslaved, native, and other Caribbean people. Work that takes into consideration the history of racial ideologies and their dissemination through cultural production is strongly encouraged. Themes that might be addressed include, but are not limited to:
– Postcolonial revisitations of histories of (anti)slavery and/or (anti)colonialism
– Genre, (anti)slavery, genocide, and colonialism
– Aesthetics of revolution
– Haitian Revolution and Caribbean aesthetics
– Colonial violence and imperial aesthetics
– Slave revolt and liberatory aesthetics
– Visual representation, (anti)slavery, and colonialism
– Performance of race
– “Imperial gothic”
– Romanticism, (anti)slavery, revolution, and race
– Nationalism and (anti)slavery
Essays should be 10-20 pages and double-spaced, in English, Spanish, French, or Papiamento. Abstracts of 120 words or less should accompany essays. B & W photos, illustrations, and other graphics can be included. 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.