Transatlantic Dialogues

deadline for submissions: 
December 15, 2018
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Journal of the Midwest Modern Languages Association
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This special issue of the Journal of the MMLA aims to interrogate how transatlantic encounters, itineraries, and movements have shaped literary and cultural expressions, influencing the formation of both individual and collective knowledge. In particular, it aspires to foster a dialogue to address political, ethical, sexual, and aesthetic questions related to transatlantic interactions among people, practices, and ideas, expanding from traditional Eurocentric perspectives and canonized narratives to encompass a global perspective. This dialogue becomes even more relevant in the present days, considering the political and cultural implications of such motilities. Transatlantic travels have played a significant and even determining role in mobilizing subjects and groups and in generating intercultural collaboration and specialized knowledge. While exposing tensions involving race, class, gender, and religion, the transatlantic experience also provides an opportunity to challenge traditional notions of belonging such as nation and nationality, fixed categories of identity, and accepted gender norms. Of particular interest are the themes of authority, movement, and identity emerging from the transatlantic world from any time period as well as topics related to the social and cultural resonance of mobilized subjects and groups. Especially welcome are essays that offer new perspectives and sources that cross traditional disciplinary borders and theoretical divides.

Submissions are due December 15, 2018 to guest editor Michelle Medeiros at, should follow MLA guidelines, should be between 7000 and 10000 words (including notes), and may be interested in any of (but are not limited to) the following topics:


Circulation and exchange of ideas, objects, people, texts

Identity and subjectivity


Cultural geographies

Space and time

Literary transatlantic perspectives

Middle Passage/Triangular Slave Trade

Place and displacement

Ecology and ecosystems

Cross national boundaries

Cultural formations

Converging discourses

Travel writing

Intercultural artistic manifestations

Transatlantic exiles

Transatlantic diasporas

Feminisms and transfeminisms

Transatlantic masculinities

Cultural studies

Environmental and cultural sustainability of the transatlantic

Indigenous cultures in the transatlantic world

Postcolonial approaches to the transatlantic

Race, gender, and subalternity

Theoretical and critical production

Transatlantic studies: The Caribbean/Europe/Africa

Comparative studies of transatlantic and transoceanic experiences