CFP: Routledge Companion to Cultural Texts and the Nation

deadline for submissions: 
February 15, 2022
full name / name of organization: 
Sheera Talpaz / Oberlin College
contact email: 

We invite prospective contributions for the forthcoming Routledge Companion to Cultural Texts and the Nation, an exciting new addition to the growing, dynamic book series


Despite robust discourse on globalization and a perhaps momentary preoccupation with post-nationalism toward the end of the 20th century, nation and nationalism continue their tenacious hold on our imaginations—a hold that, given the state of global politics, surely deserves further and renewed explanation, unpacking, and critique. 


This project thus seeks to trace historical discussions on nation and nationhood, recovering canonical debates and critiques from the 18th-20th c. that establish the significance of the category and its interplay with cultural production. It will then turn to the nation's continued significance and future possibilities—as figuration and reality; as source of empowerment and exclusion; as object critique and as utopian horizon, etc.—within relevant subject areas and fields. These include but are not limited to the following:


-World literature

-Poetry and poetics

-Visual and performing arts

-Archives and material culture

-Media studies

-LGBTQ+ and gender studies

-Digital humanities

-Ecopoetics and ecocriticism

-Translation studies


-Trauma and memory studies

-Affect theory

-Disability studies


We hope to collaborate with a wide range of scholars whose work concerns a variety of mediums and forms of aesthetic and cultural production. If this project interests you, we ask that you submit an abstract of 250-400 words with a provisional title via email to by January 31st, 2022. 


Please don’t hesitate to reach out with questions or comments. 


Sheera Talpaz

Assistant Professor of Comparative Literature and Jewish Studies

Oberlin College


Anuradha Needham 

Donald R. Longman Professor of English, Cinema Studies, and Comparative Literature

Oberlin College