Verge: Studies in Global Asias - Global CFP (Updated)

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November 10, 2020
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CFP: Verge: Studies in Global Asias

Issue 8.1: Indian Ocean Studies, Afro-Asian Affinities

Edited by Emmanuel Bruno Jean-Francois (Penn State) & Neelima Jeychandran (Penn State)

Deadline: November 1, 2020*

Email: verge@psu.edu

While the longue durée history of the Indian Ocean involves the constant movement of peoples, tracing such migration has often undervalued the dynamic commercial, cultural, and religious exchanges between Asia and Africa over extended historical periods. Indeed, many sites of the Indian Ocean World (including coastal belts and their hinterlands and myriad islands) evidence the cross-pollination and transformation of cultural performances, modes of being, and ways of knowing—many of which have traditionally been assigned to specific “source” cultures or geographies. Expressions of transoceanic consciousness—visible through hybrid architectural structures, material cultures, cuisines, sacred geographies, literatures, music, and linguistic traditions—point to the prevalence, within the oceanic scape, of fluid localities and practices. These localities are constantly redefined by unscripted processes and transversal ontologies that transfigure subjects, spaces, cultures, and ecosystems by disrupting the fixity of established cartographies and ascribed identities. In Indian Ocean studies, while much attention has been devoted to studying mobilities, commercial and kinship networks, and religious exchanges, artistic transactions, shared affinities, and transcultural expressions remain under-researched.

This issue of Verge thus invites original essays that pay special attention to alternative narratives, uncharted networks, and invisible cartographies of the Indian Ocean World that call for a re-assessment of localities, idioms, and scapes. Building on new scholarly frameworks—such as Indian Ocean Studies, Afro-Asian Studies, and theories of the Global South—that have expanded the perspectives through which we define and theorize relations beyond the inherent tension of postcolonial studies, we solicit work that maps the dissemination of indigenous knowledge and related practices between Afro-Asian geographies to understand how older frameworks of knowing generate eclectic projections and renderings about Africa in Asia and vice versa.

We are particularly interested in considering how vernacular or so-called local expressions and ontological narratives of mobilities foreground complex histories of exchange that construct and disseminate the idea of transcultural consciousness differently. Engaging with the arts, literatures, performances, popular cultures, diasporic narratives, new media, and cinema from both Asia and Africa via the transoceanic circuit of the Indian Ocean, we ask: How do communities construct and reinvent the Indian Ocean as a space of transcultural assemblage? How do creative and expressive cultures reactivate or present occluded (his)stories of shared affinities, ontologies, and knowledge? Topics of interest may include (but are not restricted to): littoral imaginings, navigating languages, performative historiographies, and artistic and bodily practices. 

Essays (between 6,000-10,000 words) and abstracts (125 words) should be submitted electronically to verge@psu.edu and prepared according to the author-date + bibliography format of the Chicago Manual of Style. See section 2.38 of the University of Minnesota Press style guide or chapter 15 of the Chicago Manual of Style Online for additional formatting information. *If extensions are needed beyond this deadline, we will allow late submissions up until December 1. However, we request that an abstract and a statement of intent to submit be sent to us by the 1 November 2020 deadline.

Authors' names should not appear on manuscripts; instead, please include a separate document with the author's name, address, institutional affiliations, and the title of the article with your electronic submission. Authors should not refer to themselves in the first person in the submitted text or notes if such references would identify them; any necessary references to the author's previous work, for example, should be in the third person.


CFP: Verge: Studies in Global Asias

Issue 8.2: Visualizing Asias: Interventions in Asian and Asian Diasporic Art

Edited by Laura Kina (DePaul University) and Chang Tan (Penn State)

Deadline: May 1, 2021

Email: verge@psu.edu

How does Asian and Asian diasporic art position itself in global, local, and transnational contexts in a post-identity-politics age when the concept of “Asian-ness” has been thoroughly deconstructed? How are these newly carved positions reflected in Asian and Asian diasporic art exhibitions, archives, and collecting? How do art practices, and the academic discipline of art history, allow us to visualize “Asias” anew as a multitude brought together by what individuals choose to do, instead of by what they are? How might shifting attention from identity to enactment underscore what Asian and Asian diasporic art stands for and intervene in how this art has been understood and/or conceptualized?

This special issue invites artists, curators, and scholars to envision and examine the flows, convergences, alliances, borders, and resistances of Asian and Asian diasporic art in terms of intervention. We interpret intervention in two ways. Drawing on an outward-facing definition of the term, we ask: what is the agency of artworks and projects in the world beyond art institutions? How does art tackle the entropic and the quotidian of its specific locality? How do artists, as individuals as well as collectives, create bonds and negotiate confrontations with communities? Concomitantly, we are also interested in the inward possibilities of intervention, asking contributors to consider how Asian and Asian diasporic art intervenes in the discipline of art history as well as contemporary art practices, instead of merely adding a new territory to the existing map of world art. 

 We invite articles, artworks and curatorial projects addressing issues that are at the front edge of the arts and humanities—such as transnational feminisms and queer practices, transpacific studies, ecocriticism, and digital humanities—through the means of the visual and the performative. Theoretical explorations on the shifting grounds of the discipline are also welcome.

 

 Essays (between 6,000-10,000 words) and abstracts (125 words) should be submitted electronically to verge@psu.edu and prepared according to the author-date + bibliography format of the Chicago Manual of Style. See section 2.38 of the University of Minnesota Press style guide or chapter 15 of the Chicago Manual of Style Online for additional formatting information.

Authors' names should not appear on manuscripts; instead, please include a separate document with the author's name, address, institutional affiliations, and the title of the article with your electronic submission. Authors should not refer to themselves in the first person in the submitted text or notes if such references would identify them; any necessary references to the author's previous work, for example, should be in the third person.

Submission Deadline: May 1, 2021

All submissions and queries should be sent to verge@psu.edu

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CFP: Verge: Studies in Global Asias

Issue 9.1: Open Issue

Deadline: November 1, 2021

Email: verge@psu.edu

This open issue invites essays related to the broader project of Verge: Studies in Global Asias, which showcases scholarship on “Asian” topics from across the humanities and humanistic social sciences, while recognizing that the changing scope of “Asia” as a concept and method is today an object of vital critical concern. Deeply transnational and transhistorical in scope, Verge emphasizes thematic and conceptual links among the disciplines and regional/area studies formations that address Asia in a variety of particularist (national, subnational, individual) and generalist (national, regional, global) modes. Responding to the ways in which large-scale social, cultural, and economic concepts like the world, the globe, or the universal (not to mention East Asian cousins like tianxia or datong) are reshaping the ways we think about the present, the past and the future, the journal publishes scholarship that occupies and enlarges the proximities among disciplinary and historical fields, from the ancient to the modern periods. The journal emphasizes multidisciplinary engagement—a crossing and dialogue of the disciplines that does not erase disciplinary differences, but uses them to make possible new conversations and new models of critical thought.

Essays (between 6,000-10,000 words) and abstracts (125 words) should be submitted electronically to verge@psu.edu and prepared according to the author-date + bibliography format of the Chicago Manual of Style. See section 2.38 of the University of Minnesota Press style guide or chapter 15 of the Chicago Manual of Style Online for additional formatting information.

Authors' names should not appear on manuscripts; instead, please include a separate document with the author's name, address, institutional affiliations, and the title of the article with your electronic submission. Authors should not refer to themselves in the first person in the submitted text or notes if such references would identify them; any necessary references to the author's previous work, for example, should be in the third person.