Call for Papers: Protest: Civilization and Its Discontents
DEADLINE September 30, 2013
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The 2013 edition of the Utah Foreign Language Review seeks original creative works and scholarly essays that address the cultural productions that emerge from social movements, especially protest, past or present. Ideal essays and creative works will discuss the cultural products resulting from the movements (rather than the movements themselves): from literature and poetry to music, visual or performance art.
Since the opening of the Twenty-First Century, rifts in ideology and the lacunae of cultural change have prompted large-scale protests, riots, and even civil wars witnessed across the globe. The Arab Spring is beginning third year, with the upheaval of many governments in Arab states. Fiscal austerity in the face of a global economic crisis has given rise to protests throughout Europe. Territorial disputes over tiny specs of land have ignited demonstrations and naval posturing between China and Japan. And the United States, as a decade of war abroad closes, has occupied itself at home with protests over the entire cycle of life: from reproduction, to health care, to gun rights.
Artists in every culture have taken up positions responding to these massive social movements, and faced personal consequence as they came under scrutiny by opponents and their governments: Pussy Riot in Russia, Ai Weiwei in China, and the Tea Party or Occupy movements in the US.
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