Precarious Subjects: Human Rights, Humanitarianism, and Refugee Narratives_DEADLINE EXTENDED TO 01/15/2017

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January 15, 2017
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_LIT: Literature Interpretation Theory_
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Precarious Subjects: Human Rights, Humanitarianism, and Refugee Narratives


Defined by the 1951 Convention relating to the Status of Refugees as individuals who, “owing to a well-founded fear of being persecuted for reasons of race, religion, nationality, membership of a particular social group or political opinion, is outside the country of his nationality, and is unable to, or owing to such fear, is unwilling to avail himself of the protection of that country,” refugees are de facto “precarious subjects.” Such precarity, predicated on profound human rights violation, indicative of humanitarian crisis, and rooted in disastrous aftermaths, foregrounds the focus of this special issue, which takes seriously the ways which refugee subjectivity is recollected, circulated, and comprehended. In particular, this issue seeks to re-evaluate and re-imagine displaced personhood through individual testimonials, first-person accounts, and refugee-oriented cultural productions which at times conform to and at other times challenge state-authorized frames of asylum and rights recognition. Integral to this special issue’s focus is a simultaneous consideration of the possibilities and limitations of human rights vis-à-vis refugee subjectivity and refugee-ness.


LIT: Literature Interpretation Theory publishes critical essays that employ engaging, coherent theoretical perspectives and provide original, close readings of texts. Submissions must use MLA citation style and should range in length from 5,000-10,000 words in length. Please email your essay, along with a 100-200 word abstract, to LIT: Literature Interpretation Theory also welcomes submissions for general issues.

Guest Editor: Cathy J. Schlund-Vials, University of Connecticut (Storrs)

Editors: Dwight Codr and Tara Harney-Mahajan

Deadline for submissions extended to: January 15, 2017.