Latin American borderlands: new perspectives on history and culture

deadline for submissions: 
September 30, 2022
full name / name of organization: 
Missouri State

Latin American frontiers have been approached from multiple perspectives but the canonical all-encompassing studies, Hennessy’s The Frontier in Latin American History and David Weber’s and Jane Rausch’s edited collection on the same topic, were published decades ago. They could and should be reviewed in light of new developments, both in academia and in the real world (or say politics, culture and the economy). This collective effort will offer a fresh take on Latin American frontiers, understood mainly but not only historically and in the sense of undetermined borderlands, be it between nation-states or within the political boundaries of a single nation-state. We are looking for new approaches to the question of borderlands in Latin America, for example using previously overlooked research materials such as music and film, recently published essays or little-known archival documents, and we welcome original takes on classic tests on frontiers in the Americas - Domingo Sarmiento’s Facundo, Frederick Turner’s Frontier... The question of whether or not, or the extent to which, the Turner thesis has ever been applicable to Latin America remains open. Another question is how recent changes in the political economy of Latin America’s frontiers, for instance the rise of soy plantations, have shaped our understanding of more distant times. Yet another question is the meaning of frontier, and indeed place, in times of intense deterritorialization. New paradigms in the study of landscapes and the environment, e.g. the Anthropocene, have put pressure on scholars to revise every concept, including the concept of borderland. Finally, the experience of Spanish-speaking countries could still be compared to the Brazilian experience or to that of the West Indies. We will accept proposals from scholars working on any historical period from colonial times to the early 21st century, and we are open to consider all relevant essays on pre-Columbian frontiers. This is also a call for anthropological and geographical studies, so long as they are historical in the main. All contributors will be asked to reflect on the concept of “borderlands,” or “frontier,” but case studies are of course welcome.

Send your proposal and short biography (no more than 400 words in total) by September 30 2022, to Jaime Moreno Please do not send attachments: paste your text directly into the body of the email.