Special Journal Issue, The Global South (Spring 2013)
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In light of the ensuing centennial of the U.S. construction of the Panama Canal (1903–1914), this special issue of The Global South reconsiders the interoceanic waterway as a lived space whose academic correspondence exceeds U.S.–Latin American relations and brings in Caribbean, African American, Latino and Latina, and Afro-Latino perspectives. As a topography of flows, the Panama Canal gives rise to stories that transcend the locality of this referent for American skill and greatness. The formation, development, and promulgation of the meanings of Panama and Panamanianness, coupled with the volatile cultural and racial mixtures imparted by capitalism and expansion, necessitate a reinterpretation of the U.S. Canal Zone’s standard story about its unique geographic location and imperial endeavors. The Panamanian waterway submits another way of “worlding” the isthmus, one that is profoundly characterized by boundary crossings, interactions, adjustments, transnational linkages, and the dissemination of peoples, subjects, and cultural practices.
Potential paper topics may include, but are not limited to the following areas of inquiry: The Panama Canal as a site of story-making and story-telling (e.g., Harry A. Franck’s Zone Policeman 88; Carlos Guillermo Wilson’s Chombo; Cristina Henríquez’s The World in Half; Juan Gabriel Vásquez’s The Secret History of Costaguana); Personal memories/self-knowledge and communities of memory; Visual representations, popular culture forms, and other artistic treatments; Immigration, citizenship/unproven citizenship (“nacionalidad no comprobada”) and denationalization; Mobility and identity formations in Panama, Central America, the Caribbean, and the United States; Labor mobilization, state power, and political activism; The Panama Canal and the global south as a conceptual framework.
This Special Issue of The Global South is scheduled for publication in Spring 2013.
Please send a working title, abstract of 300–500 words, and a brief biographical note by 30 November 2011 to: email@example.com.
Completed submissions are due on 1 May 2012. Essays should be 25–35 double-spaced pages long and follow the MLA style.
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