Call for Submissions
Special issue of the journal American Studies in Scandinavia: Latino/a USA: Contesting Communities.
The Journal American Studies in Scandinavia is looking for articles that reflect on and engages with the economic, social and political life of the Latino/a population in the United States. Research predicated on material from the last 30 years is preferred, but we welcome papers based on the study of any geographical area within the United States.
Immigration from Latin America is a hot political issue in the US, not least because it falls between a need for labor on the one hand, and strong nationalist sentiments from a seemingly growing part of the US population on the other. Hardly a day goes by without newspaper articles about raids on work places for undocumented immigrants, English-only movements, and the Latino cultural impact on Hollywood.
The focus on the population of Latin American descent living in the United States is not surprising, as Latino/as now constitute about 45-50 millions. Latino/as have been part of the United States since the foundation of the country, but the last 30 years have witnessed an extraordinary rise in immigration, creating generations of Latino/as with very different characteristics, and new communities across different national origins.
Transnational identities of this kind characterize US society, questioning the idea that immigrants gradually become part of the dominant culture in the receiving country while distancing themselves from their original culture and values. Many immigrants continually move across national and cultural borders, maintaining strong ties to their home country or town while at the same time becoming part of new, often non-dominant, communities in the US.
With this special issue of American Studies in Scandinavia we wish to bring together original research from different fields including anthropology, cultural and literary studies, history, and social studies among others to contribute to understanding Latino/a transnational identities in their economic, social, political, and cultural contexts within the United States
Subjects might include but are not limited to:
• The dynamics and outcomes of laws and policies to regulate (Latino/a) immigration to the US. We would like to receive papers that analyze the outcomes of policies on federal, state, as well as on local (county and municipal) levels.
• Transnational relationships (economic, social and cultural) between Latino/a communities in the US and immigrant sending communities in Latin America, and between Latino communities within the US.
• The impact of Latino/a immigration on citizenship, national identity, and ethnic relations in the US. The Social, political, and cultural interactions of Latinos with Anglo-Americans.
• Social, political, and cultural interactions of Latinos/as with other ethnic and racial groups in the US.
• Political mobilization of Latinos/as in the US
• Cultural and artistic representations of Latino/a experiences
All papers are subjected to a double-blind system of peer review. For general information about format and stylesheet, contact Anders Olsson, Anders.Olsson@miun.se, editor of American Studies in Scandinavia
Please send abstracts and papers to: Ken Henriksen, University of Aarhus, e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
500-word abstracts due: 29th of October 2010
Submissions due: 15th of January 2011.
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