“Sovereignty, Transnationalism, (Im)Mobility, and Desire”
Call for Papers Date:
The response of some nation-states to transnational constructions of danger (e.g. “terrorism,” “illegal” immigration, environmental crisis, social media) has been to perform seemingly anachronistic scenes of sovereign power, such as nation-state walling, militarized borders, indefinite detention, assassination, expanded surveillance, torture, water cannons, tear gas, attempts to regulate or shut down the internet. What are the forms of critique and/or invention that lead scholars and artists to respond philosophically, theoretically, practically, productively, and creatively to this state of affairs? Some argue persuasively that militarized borders have themselves precipitated more sophisticated forms of organized crime that make use of the same technologies to smuggle drugs, people, and arms across borders with greater efficacy and intensified violence. Others have foretold the end of the nation-state and its consequent fragmentation, or at least its declining importance in an increasingly transnational world. Still others point out that many who seek to transcend borders today continue to encounter the territorial desires, the aggressions, and the fears of sovereign power and to bear the material consequences of those encounters on their bodies and on their quality of life—or death. Those who cross borders “without papers” pay a high price for the economic gains of advanced capitalism and neoliberal economics. However, it is also clear that the contemporary scene has produced novel and creative forms of resistance (e.g., the emergence of “Dreamers” in the U.S., the virtual explosion of humour, protest music, and art on social media produced by antigovernment protestors in Turkey, the emergence of iconic images like the Guy Fawkes mask to, perhaps, signal solidarity across lines of difference at anti-government protests across the world).
The Brock Review is seeking scholarly essays and creative pieces to enter into dialogue on this topic across disciplines, across theoretical positions, and across borders in its upcoming issue on the theme of "Sovereignty, Transnationalism, (Im)Mobility, and Desire." This issue will explore the excesses, assemblages, resistances, and desires that circulate, coagulate, and shatter in the current global climate in which sovereign power (re)emerges in the fields of the biopolitical (Butler). Submissions that explore, develop, and/or challenge and resist the positions implied above are welcome.
Possible perspectives for this issue might include:
• Rhetorical approaches to sovereignty, transnationalism, (im)mobility, and desire;
• The psychoanalytic dialectic of powerlessness/power within contemporary sovereignty;
• Transnational Feminist Critique, including the “politics of complicity” (Mohanty);
• The neoliberal economy and Marxist critique;
• New forms of (hegemonic?) territorialism;
• The ever-rising number of immigrants dying on increasingly securitized borders;
• Humour and/or artistic representation in contemporary forms of popular protest;
• State power and indigenous national sovereignties
• Geographies of place and out-of-places-ness;
• Sovereign power and biopolitics;
• (In)compatibilities of historical materialism and biopolitics;
• Social media and the struggle to control the name and/or the frame;
• Pop culture and its forms of resistance and/or complicity;
• Discourses and/or rhetorics of racism, sexism, classism, heterosexism, homophobia, speciesism, ablism, ageism, etc. in the juxtaposition of sovereignty and transnationalism.
The Brock Review is a peer-reviewed, interdisciplinary journal published by the
Humanities Research Institute at Brock University. Scholarly essays submitted to The Brock Review should not exceed 25 double-spaced pages in length. Essays should adhere to the latest edition of MLA Style and include endnotes (where necessary) and works cited.
Manuscripts should be original works and should not be published (or under consideration for publication) in another venue. Manuscripts should be submitted via the journal website (www.brocku.ca/brockreview) by the 20th of October, 2013. Each submission must be accompanied by a 100-word abstract and a brief biography of the author. It is the sole responsibility of the author to obtain any necessary copyright permissions for images accompanying an essay. If your essay is accepted for publication, you must provide copies of these permissions before your essay can be published.
Creative work (i.e.: paintings, photographs, poetry, short fiction, or other types of work suitable to the online format of the journal) will also be considered for publication and should be submitted in an electronic format by the 20th of October, 2013. In the event that your submission is too large of a file to submit online, CDs or DVDs may be sent to the address below. Creative work must be accompanied by a statement indicating the creator(s) of the piece have given consent to have it included in The Brock Review.
Queries are welcome.
Dr. Gale P. Coskan-Johnson
Editor, The Brock Review
c/o Department of English Language and Literature
500 Glenridge Ave.
St. Catharines, ON L2N 4C2
(905) 688-5550 ext. 5001
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