(Un)natural Disasters: Sites of Resistance (Label Me Latina/o Special Issue Summer 2020)

deadline for submissions: 
February 29, 2020
full name / name of organization: 
Label me Latina
contact email: 

UPDATE: Call extended to 2/29/2020

For many Latinx communities, the contemporary period can best be described as disastrous:  natural disasters like Hurricane Maria in Puerto Rico in 2017, followed by the equally disastrous federal response; the sustained crisis at the US southern border, created through a series of cruel, inhumane, extra-legal, and illegal policies; ICE raids at workplaces that force children to come home from their first day of school to find their parents gone; indefinite separation and detention of children and families; US response to the crisis in Venezuela; detention of US citizens for suspicion of being undocumented; mass deportation with no promise of due process. All of these (and more) suggest that this moment is marked by disaster, as Latinx communities are under siege in ways unprecedented in contemporary America.

This special issue of Label Me Latina/o invites submissions that consider these moments of disaster and crisis, as well as the ways that communities, writers, scholars, and activists resist them. As scholars of Latinx Literature, we know that the current moments of disaster are part of a larger cultural failure to understand the history and role of Latinxs in the United States. While we have long called attention to legacies of state violence, including conquest, colonization, and imperialism, we nonetheless live in a moment in which such legacies are obscured by nationalist fantasies which erase historic Latinx presence in the US, in favor of a rhetoric of invasion and othering.

In response to this, we invite critical and creative manuscripts that consider this moment of (Un)natural Disaster and our resistance to it in light of the following (though this is certainly not limited to these):

  • Border representations
  • Ecological/Environmental disasters
  • Environmental critiques 
  • Colonial legacies and their accompanying disasters
  • Imperialism and its disasters
  • Migration and immigration as response to disaster
  • Representations of deportation
  • Representations of detention
  • Civil unrest and protest movements 
  • Mourning and memory work 
  • Historical novels and re-imaginings
  • Historical repetitions (the use of sites of Indigenous subjugation and of Japanese internment (such as Fort Sill) as current detention centers)
  • Representations of slavery 
  • Representations of genocide 

While we welcome scholarly and creative work that responds to literary texts, we also understand representation broadly, and encourage work that also looks at representations in popular culture, and media, as well as work that reflects on or contextualizes creative work and performances that are sites of resistance (such as poetry readings, performance art, protest art).  Of particular interest is intersectional work that seeks to contextualize this current moment in light of larger histories of disaster and resistance. In short, while this moment is one in which our communities are under siege on various fronts, Latinx communities have a long history of confronting, resisting and reshaping moments of disaster, and this special edition seeks to highlight that history, as well as provide a space to respond to this particular moment.

Label Me Latina/o is an online, refereed international e-journal that focuses on Latino Literary Production in the twentieth and twenty-first centuries. The journal invites scholarly essays focusing on these writers for its biannual publication. Label Me Latina/o also publishes creative literary pieces whose authors self-define as Latina, Latino or Latinx regardless of thematic content. Interviews of Latino, Latina or Latinx authors will also be considered. The Co-Directors will publish creative works and interviews in English, Spanish or Spanglish whereas analytical essays should be written in English or Spanish.

Scholarly submissions should be between 12-30 pages, double-spaced, 12 point font and should follow the MLA Style Manual. Please use End Notes rather than Footnotes and place page numbers in the upper right hand corner. Original, unpublished submissions in Microsoft Word (PC compatible format) should be sent electronically to Visiting Editor Lorna Pérez at perezll@buffalostate.edu as well as to both the co-directors: Kathryn Quinn-Sánchez ksanchez@georgian.edu and Michele Shaul shaulm@queens.edu (please put the phrase “Label Me Latina/a submission Special Issue Summer 2020” in the subject line.)

We do accept simultaneous submissions of creative works. Scholarly articles under consideration should not be submitted elsewhere.

Creative poetry, essays and short fiction should not exceed 30 pages, 12 point font, double-spaced.

Deadline for the Summer 2020 special issue: February 29, 2020.

Please include the following information in the body of the email:

  • Full name
  • Institutional Affiliation
  • Telephone number
  • Email address
  • Regular mail address
  • Title of the submission
  • A brief biography to be included with publication should your submission be selected.


Please make sure that the actual manuscript bears no reference to the author’s name or institution.

Label Me Latina/o is an academic journal and as such follows the parameters of definitions set by the academic community. In that community when we refer to Latina/o/x Literature, we are referring to writers of Latin American heritage that live and write in the United States. These can be first generation Latino or fifth but they live and work here in the U.S. Some of these writers write in Spanish, others write in Spanglish like the Nuyorican poets and many of them write in English with a little Spanish thrown in (or not). Scholarly essays should address the work of these writers. The authors of these scholarly essays may be of any ethnicity or nationality. Creative works should be authored by writers who self-define as Latina/o/x and live and write in the United States.


Label Me Latina/o is indexed by the MLA International Bibliography, is listed in the MLA Directory of Periodicals and is a member of Latinoamericana: Asociación de revistas académicas en Humanidades y Ciencias Sociales. Our articles are discoverable on EBSCOhost research databases. ISSN 2333-4584