Call for Papers: Under the Shade of an Olive Tree: Conversations on Greek Diaspora
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Call for Papers
Under the Shade of an Olive Tree: Conversations on Greek Diaspora
Edited by Litsa Chatzivasileiou and Anna Carastathis
Deadline for full papers: January 31, 2013
What do contemporary Greek diasporic experiences contribute to the broader study of diasporas, migration, and to feminist, cultural and postcolonial studies? How do they challenge nationalistic discourses and ideologies of "home," citizenship, belonging, common history, roots and homogeneous cultural identity? What theoretical models, methodologies, and approaches may productively be used to study Greek diasporas in their complex gendered, racialized and class dimensions in the 20th and 21st centuries? What geographic, geopolitical, and generational differences matter? What experiences of inclusion and exclusion condition cultural and communal belonging in the national/diasporic imaginary? Considering the sparsity of book-length treatments of the contemporary Greek diaspora we invite contributions to an edited volume, which explores diverse Greek migratory experiences in an interdisciplinary manner.
While the current crisis may be triggering a new wave of Greek emigration, Greece itself has become "home" to recent immigrants and refugees. Historical diasporas (Jewish--Sephardic and Roumaniote--Roma, Armenian, Muslim, Turkish) have been constructed as the silenced Other within the modern Greek nation-state and its ideology of cultural homogeneity. Greece's postcolonial history of population exchange and "repatriation" of ethnic Greeks from Asia Minor and northern Africa reaffirms Edward Said's argument that unitary nations are contingent on the constant wandering of diverse peoples, and the entangling of cultural roots/routes. Our edited collection will examine the cross-pollination of emigrant and immigrant communities in the crossing of national, geographic and cultural borders, and the inhabiting of in-between spaces.
We are especially interested in contributions that explore issues of diaspora and immigration through the prisms of gender, sexuality, racialization, religion, nation, region, age, generation, among others. We invite diachronic, historically-grounded contributions which examine the connections of political and economic crises to diasporas. Hopeful that our volume will reflect the diversity and complexity of migratory routes, we encourage submissions from/about smaller as well as larger centres of diaspora. We are also interested in approaches that expand our view beyond the modern Greek nation-state as single "origin" of diaspora.
Taking an interdisciplinary approach, we invite academic articles, creative non-fiction, poetry, literary works, and social movement texts. We welcome contributions from people of all genders and any ethnicity, but which are relevant to Greek diaspora from a feminist perspective. We hope to elicit works from marginalized voices within Greek communities, including those of women; lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people; people with disabilities; youth and elders; mixed roots people; people of non-Orthodox or minoritized faiths and spiritualities, as well as atheists.
Relevant topics include (but are not limited to):
- intersectional perspectives on Greek diasporic cultures, communities, literary and creative works, political activism, etc.;
- theoretical pieces which situate Greek diaspora(s) in the context of feminist, cultural and postcolonial studies;
- accounts of reverse, circular, and multiple migrations and diasporic routes/roots;
- historical accounts of diasporas in Greece (Jewish, Roma, Armenian, Turkish, Balkan, African, Asian, etc.) in relation to contemporary Greek emigration;
- theorizations of the relationship between nationalism, population exchange, and diasporas;
- explorations of gendered tropes and rhetorics of nationalist discourse;
- discussions of homophobia and its effects on gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender Greeks in the diaspora;
- discussions of projects and politics of belonging and deconstructions of essentialist notions of Greek culture;
- critical perspectives on "community" (κοινότητα), "culture" (κουλτούρα), "family" (οικογένεια), "sameness despite dispersion" (ομογένεια);
- analyses of racialization, ethnic and religious identities in "host" societies and diasporic communities;
- explorations of intergenerational conflicts and inheritances;
- literary, creative non-fiction, autobiographical and testimonial works about Greek diasporic experiences, hybrid cultures and hyphenated identities (e.g., Afro-Hellenic);
- accounts of refugee populations and their displacement from the modern Greek state;
- auto-ethnographies and creative performances of exilic, nostalgic, split, and other subjectivities; longings and belongings;
- takes on popular representations and stereotypes of Greek culture in media, film, advertising, television and music;
- discussions of the impact of Greek diasporic people on cultures of relocation, indigenous societies, and multicultural and multiethnic communities;
- analyses of interconnected phenomena of diaspora and neoliberal globalization;
- critical responses to crisis, xenophobia and nationalist ideologies in Greece in particular and in Europe in general;
- discussions of North/South, core/periphery politics and their relationship to the crisis of the concept of "Europe".
Please submit your full paper (maximum 7,000 words) before January 31, 2013 to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Language of publication will be English. Please follow the Chicago Manual of Style. Please send images as separate .jpg files. For more information, please contact us at the e-mail address above.
About the editors:
Litsa Chatzivasileiou, Ph.D. is Sessional Instructor at the Institute for Gender, Race, Sexuality and Social Justice at University of British Columbia.
Anna Carastathis, Ph.D. is Assistant Professor at California State University, Los Angeles, where she teaches Philosophy and Women's, Gender and Sexuality Studies.
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