Kairos: A Journal of Critical Symposium, Open Issue Vol 3 No 1 (2018)

deadline for submissions: 
August 15, 2018
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Call for Submissions

Kairos: A Journal of Critical Symposium (Open Access) is the flagship publication of the Postcolonial Studies Association of the Global South (PSAGS). Drawing inspiration from its Greek origins, meaning ‘opportunity’ or ‘supreme movement’, Kairos aims to carve out a singular niche by turning attention to issue and problem based themes that concern both humanities and social sciences, but cannot be addressed within the conventional disciplinary frames. In particular, it seizes upon the emerging modes of cultural and political resistance in the domains of literature, theory and the discourses of social justice in the Global South. In so doing, it positions itself in the intersections of Postcolonial Literatures, Global South Studies, Development Theory and Social Movement Studies. Its primary areas of focus are: 

  • decolonization and re-colonization (e.g. Palestine, Iraq and Afghanistan);
  • internal colonialism(s); tribal, indigenous and minority resistance;
  • insurgency, political violence and discourses of terrorism;
  • new technologies of warfare (drones, autonomous weapons and espionage);
  • the rise of the popular right, social-media propaganda and internet activism (e.g. Wikileaks, ‘whistle-blowing’);
  • environmental movements and resource-based struggles;
  • gender and queer movements in the Global South;
  • diaspora, exile, ethnic displacement and forced migration;
  • existing and emerging tropes of peripherality (e.g. affective labour, stateless subjects); and
  • alternative voices within the literary-cultural canon

In addition, Kairos engages with new areas of concern in the Global South; the arrival of Chinese capitalism in Africa; South-South solidarity between Africa, Asia and Latin America; the marginalization of Southern Europe within the European Union; the struggles of Indigenous peoples for collective rights and autonomy, and all other subjugated voices, even those within the ‘First World’ – the subalternised global world.

Kairos welcomes unpublished submissions of regular essays (up to 7,500 words), review essays (up to 5,500 words) and interviews with prominent academics as well as literary figures. Please send your submissions to editorskairos@gmail.com by August 15, 2018. Please check the For Authors section on the Kairos website (kairostext.in) for submission guidelines.