"Shadows of Empire: Decline and Transformations of a Global Vision"

deadline for submissions: 
April 30, 2021
full name / name of organization: 
Franco Laguna Correa / University of Pittsburgh
contact email: 

Recent political transatlantic events, from the culmination of the Brexit to the attempt of coup in Washington D.C. in January, demand new interpretations of the declining role of populist political formations of the 21st century. On the one hand, Trump's America aspired to the establishment of a totalitarian regime that would counterbalance the emergence of China as a global political leader; on the other, the negotiations leading to the Brexit revealed a kind of British exceptionalism that is not at all new in relation to continental Europe. Political critics have hinted at the possibility that the U.K., under the command of Boris Johnson, will face a similar political crisis to that afflicting American political institutions, leaving a vacuum in terms of governance and biolegitimacy in those nations. Which social groups, either racialized or gendered, will emerge as cohesive political blocks depend on various biopolitical factors that in 2021 include the preparedness to the future waves of Covid-19, the reorganization of both official and unofficial political communities, and the enactment of programs (even if these are only provisional) to provide children direct access to healthcare and education, only to name a few. This edited volume aims at collecting short essays (or critical responses) focusing on political phenomena triggered or caused by the action/inaction of Imperial superpowers of our time. We welcome short essays/critical responses addressing issues at both regional and global level, including works on the military and environmental role of China and India in Asia, the political influence of Turkey and Iran in the Middle East and the Mediterranean region, the national and regional responses, if any, to Covid and external debt in Latin America, the biopolitical wars under the umbrella of Covid between Russia, the U.S., the U.K., Europe and China, to name only a few topics related to Imperialistic world-order rationales.

We prefer short essays/critical responses that do not exceed 1800 words. Since the aim of the collection is to shed critical light over Postmodern Imperialism, we do not adhere to any specific formatting style. For any inquiries contact the main editor, Franco Laguna Correa, PhD, at frl10@pitt.edu.