Special Journal Issue: "Afro-Asian Feminist and Queer Formations" (Abstract Submission Deadline: September 15, 2015)
Over the last decade, the vibrant subfield of Afro-Asian Studies has played an integral role in advancing comparative racial analysis, highlighting the deep and under-recognized history of political cross-fertilizations that have taken shape among Africa's and Asia's diasporic communities and, in particular, between these continents' anti-colonial nationalist leaders, such as Chairman Mao, Martin Luther King Jr., Mahatma Gandhi, Malcolm X, and Ho Chi Minh. But despite the widespread impact of Afro-Asian Studies on transnational approaches to studies of race and ethnicity, this burgeoning body of scholarship remains overwhelmingly male and heterocentric, focusing almost exclusively on (and often romanticizing) cross-racial alliances among male intellectuals, artists and community leaders, or between straight political couples like Grace Lee and James Boggs. This special issue of The Scholar & Feminist Online [http://sfonline.barnard.edu] strives to expand the way we envision and understand cross-racial solidarity. We thereby invite queer and feminist interventions into Afro-Asian political and social formations, to both reevaluate Afro-Asian Studies for its gender and queer blind spots and to initiate a richer analysis of the co-constitutive relationship among race, gender and sexuality.
We seek innovative research from scholars in the U.S. and abroad who explore the marginalization of queer and feminist perspectives and methodologies within Afro-Asian scholarship, or who analyze Afro-Asian histories, ethnographies, and cultural forms in their work. We welcome critical essays from across the humanities and social sciences, as well as visual art that offers new ways of imagining Afro-Asian queer and feminist solidarities.
Some of the questions that critical and creative submissions might consider include:
• Given that Afro-Asian monographs and anthologies rely heavily on recuperating documented evidence of cross-racial alliance through archival research, how can queer and feminist perspectives rethink the nature of the archive through a focus on affect, embodiment, and aesthetics when theorizing cross-racial alliances? How do these perspectives illuminate forms of belonging not captured in archives?
• How do feminist and queer performance, dance, and photography mobilize the senses, emotions, and feelings as motivating and structuring forces for cross-racial solidarities?
• In what ways do queer and feminist approaches to Afro-Asian political formations call for a broader political critique of the way that race and racism link to forms of heteropatriarchal domination and oppression that, ultimately, enable or are enabled by the expansion of global capitalism?
• How can a queer feminist analytics of Afro-Asian political relationality inspire us to rethink the very terrain of the political, or, to quote Asian American scholar Kandice Chuh, to "imagine [politics] otherwise"?
• To what extent can feminist engagements with non-secular forms, such as religious affiliations and identities, produce conditions of possibility for transnational alliances between African and Asian populations that bypass the requisite critique of the nation that is so central to Afro-Asian scholarship?
• How might queer and feminist Afro-Asian scholarship open onto new geographical sites of transnational analysis, expanding on Black Atlantic and Black Pacific paradigms to the Indian Ocean linkages charted by the creative and critical work of poets and scholars such as Shailja Patel, Yvette Christianse and Gayatri Gopinath?
Please send abstracts of 300-500 words OR full articles of 4,000-5,000 words by September 15, 2015 to one of the special issue guest editors: Vanita Reddy at email@example.com or Anantha Sudhakar at firstname.lastname@example.org. Articles selected for peer-review must be submitted by February 1, 2016. This special issue is slated for publication in Fall 2017.