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CFP: "Phantom Asian America" (journal special topic)
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Concentric: Literary and Cultural Studies, Department of English, National Taiwan Normal University
Concentric: Literary and Cultural Studies
Since its emergence in the late 1960s, Asian American studies has gained ground in the academy, and yet the term "Asian America" itself remains in doubt. Where is Asian America? Who are Asian Americans? What constitutes Asian American experience and who is qualified to speak for and about Asian Americans? Why does "Asian American" remain an appealing identity category despite its inherent vagueness?
The special topic "Phantom Asian America" invites essays that probe into histories, literatures and other modes of cultural expression to reflect on the making and meaning of Asian America. We invoke the image of the "phantom" to highlight not only the instability and permeability of Asian America but also the haunting power and affecting forces of Asian American experiences. Issues of concern may include: Is Asian America a "phantom" entity? How has the presence of Asian Americans as "spectral" others infiltrated Asia and America and caused changes in social structures and cultural coalitions? Is "Asian American" (as both an identity category and an instituted discipline/discourse) haunted by its own ghostly others? Who are the "phantom figures" occupying the margins of Asian America and what are their stories? With what strategies could we excavate the "phantom histories"-—histories repressed and untold--about Asian America?
"Phantom Asian America" also welcomes articles that meditate on the "phantastic" lure of Asian American identity in transnational contexts. How have Asian American cultures been circulated and received around the globe? How could we re-appraise Asian American histories and cultures in a world of shifting borders and transnational links? What does it mean to teach and undertake Asian American studies outside the United States, especially in Asia? Is "Asian American" a substantive presence in Asia or a phantom of Asia’s desire for globality? This special topic encourages contributors to move beyond a narrowly defined Asian America to explore its "phantomistic" circumferences and permutations, with attention to the networks of power and affect between, as well as beyond, Asia and America.
Each issue of Concentric publishes groups of essays on a special topic as well as papers on more general issues. The focus can be on any historical period and any region. Any critical method may be employed as long as the paper demonstrates a distinctive contribution to scholarship in the field.
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