Callaloo is currently putting together material for a special issue in celebration of its 30th anniversary, to be published in January 2007. The issue focuses on the cultural, social, and political meaning of callaloo and its significance for and relationship to the journal. In its exploration of the food (calalu, dasheen, spinach, etc.) and the dish, this issue of the journal is not limited to callaloo but considers its other manifestations—for example, carurú in Brazil, pepperpot in Antigua, and gumbo in the U.S., dishes that boast a similar mélange of historical, material, and cultural ingredients. With this issue of Callaloo, we look at the ways in which the dish serves as ritual—as a social and cultural gathering point. The issue is, therefore, thematically centered on interviews about the “making” of this dish in order to explore the real and figurative ground of black diaspora cultural production and consumption. With its representation of the dish through interviews and recipes, this special issue of Callaloo is not only a meditation on the relationship of the vernacular to the literary; it is also an examination of the journal’s role as metatext and the significance of the oral for physical and metaphysical survival.
We seek submissions in the following areas:
Creative—literary and artist—explorations of the theme
Critical explorations of Black diaspora food—history and politics
Reflections on reading and eating callaloo
Callaloo’s approach to representing black cultural production
Shona N. Jackson (Texas A & M University) at firstname.lastname@example.org or Karina L. Cespedes (UC Berkeley) at email@example.com.
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