Guest Editor: Luiz Felipe de Alencastro (Université Paris Sorbonne)
This volume will focus on the historical, geopolitical and cultural aspects of the South Atlantic, past and present.
From 1550 to 1850 most of Brazil and Angola formed a system sustained by the slave trade and intercolonial traffic that complemented, albeit often contradictorily, exchanges between these regions and Portugal. Merchants, militiamen, royal servants and missionaries fostered relations between the Portuguese enclaves on either side of the ocean. This system also included Buenos Aires and the Tucuman route to Potosi (Upper Peru), the Amazon maritime captaincies, the Senegambia and the Gulf of Guinea regions and peoples and, in the first half of the 19th Century, Mozambique. The end of the Brazilian slave trade (1850) interrupted these exchanges. After the independence of the Lusophone nations in Africa, direct communications and relationships were reestablished between the two sides of the ocean. In the meantime, Brazil became the nation with the largest population of people of African descent outside of Africa. Again today, an economic, linguistic and cultural network connects different countries and peoples within the South Atlantic. New geopolitical extensions have appeared with the creation in 2003 of IBSA (India, Brazil and South Africa Forum), defined as “a coordinating mechanism amongst three emerging countries, three multiethnic and multicultural democracies, which are determined to contribute to the construction of a new international architecture.” Underlining the new reality of the South Atlantic, the United States re-established in 2008 the Fourth Fleet in the region (originally established in 1942 and disbanded in 1950).
The deadline for submission is 1 October 2012. Portuguese Literary & Cultural Studies (PLCS) welcomes submission of original and unpublished manuscripts appropriate to the goals of the journal. We encourage authors to submit articles in English.
Themes to be addressed in this issue include:
The South Atlantic and the concepts of World-economy (Braudel) and World-system (Wallerstein)
South Atlantic Geohistory and Historiography
Languages and cultural exchanges in the South Atlantic
Literary dimensions of the South Atlantic
Lusofonia, religion and missionaries in past and present South Atlantic
The teaching of South Atlantic history
Forced and free migrations in the South Atlantic
The South Atlantic, Hispanic America and the Caribbean
The United States and the South Atlantic
Mercosur and the South Atlantic
Please send submissions to the Guest Editor:
Luiz Felipe de Alencastro: email@example.com
In addition to its thematic focus, PLCS will continue to publish permanent sections for which we also solicit contributions. We welcome submissions for the following sections: Essays, Reviews and Fiction.
Please send submissions for these sections to the Editor-in-Chief:
João Cezar de Castro Rocha (UERJ): firstname.lastname@example.org
Portuguese Literary & Cultural Studies is published by Tagus Press at the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth, in partnership with the University Press of New England.
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