Crises and Death in the Hispanic World (article)

deadline for submissions: 
March 4, 2018
full name / name of organization: 
Esther M. Alarcon-Arana (Salve Regina University)
contact email: 

We have been enduring a long period of crises that are changing the way individuals see themselves and their relationship to others. For instance, the effects of the 2008 economic crisis in Spain have incentivized a reflection on both the bad direction of the country’s politics and on the faulty transition to democracy after Franco’s death in 1975; climate change is not only posing environmental challenges, but also political ones, as the current Puerto Rican crisis demonstrates. Crises change paradigms, and, like in the recent cases of Spain and Puerto Rico, the outcomes are highly unfavorable, leaving victims to suffer their improper management.


How do crises affect the way we perceive others and ourselves? How do they trigger both historic reexaminations and new takes on the present? How does their length mold the management of both the everyday and the socio-political system? Can crises—according to their etymology—ever fuel a positive inquiry into new modes of existence? If so, what are the necessary premises? This project aims at an interdisciplinary approach to these and other questions pertaining cultural representations of crises and their relationship to death in the Hispanic world. Studies of about cultural artifacts from both sides of the Atlantic and from any period are welcome.

 Topics include, but are not restricted to:

-       religion

-       gender

-       family

-       politics of care

-       economy and class

-       migrations

-       racism

-       nationalisms

-       activism and resistance

-       social issues

-       food

-       natural disasters

-       wars

Those interested may send up to 500 words abstracts (including working title) for proposed articles in English or Spanish (one language will be ultimately selected if both are not allowed in the publication). Abstracts should include a working title and a short CV to Esther Alarcón Arana ( by March 4, 2018. Proposals will be reviewed anonymously; therefore, please, do not include the author’s name in your abstract (only in the email).