Call for papers: "Representing Humanity in an Age of Terror": This thematic issue of CLCWeb: Comparative Literature and Culture http://clcwebjournal.lib.purdue.edu/ (ISSN 1481-4374), guest edited by Sophia A. McClennen (Pennstate) and Henry James Morello (Pennstate) aims at exploring the complexity and difficulty inherent in efforts to represent humanity during moments of social terror.
The editors seek papers that analyze how the politics of panic and terror associated with war, authoritarianism, fascism, empire, and globalization require the construction of an inhuman other. To what extent do torture, genocide, and other forms of violence depend on an impoverished notion of humanity? How do these forms of violent othering relate to social practices of racial profiling, patriarchy, compulsory heterosexuality, criminalizing of communities, classism, xenophobia, and other ideological structures dependent on divisive notions of social identity? And what role has cultural production played in challenging these notions? How have cultural products attempted to mediate the trauma of terror, record alternative versions of official history, and suggest alternative, egalitarian worldviews? What role does culture play in the struggle for Human Rights? And how can the scholarly methods of Comparative Cultural Studies enable interdisciplinary investigations into the relationship between politics, aesthetics, psychology, and historical crisis? The editors invite papers that take a global view of the ways that these issues have shaped the cultural landscape of the twentieth century.
The volume will include the viewpoints of scholars, activists, and artists. All articles accepted for the journal will also appear in a hard-copy volume of the Purdue University Press series of Books in Comparative Cultural Studies http://clcwebjournal.lib.purdue.edu/ccs-purdue.html . Manuscript specifics: Articles should not exceed 6000 words and they should use no end notes or footnotes. Citations follow the MLA guide for parenthetical citations and include a list of works cited. For more on CLCWeb's style guide see: http://clcwebjournal.lib.purdue.edu/proced2.html . About CLCWeb: Published by Purdue University Press and indexed in the MLA International Bibliography, etc., CLCWeb is the only open-access, full-text, and peer-reviewed journal dedicated to the comparative study of culture and literature published online. CLCWeb publishes scholarship in the widest definition of the discipline of comparative literature and culture and it combines comparative literature with cultural studies (see the journal's Aims and Objectives at http://clcwebjournal.lib.purdue.edu/aims.html and Procedures of Submission at http://clcwebjournal.lib.purdue.edu/proced2.html ).
The deadline of complete manuscripts (in an attachment via e-mail only) is 15 March 2006 to Henry James Morello at: email@example.com
Henry J. Morello, Department of Comparative Literature, The Pennsylvania State University, University Park, Pennsylvania 16802-6204 USA
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