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Call for Submissions: Transnational Literatures, Gender and State Power


Via Femministas: Deadline: 15 May 2012

Increasing interest in the conceptualization of “Transnational Literatures” calls for a re-appraisal of the role of gender in contesting official discourses of nation and power. As early as 1938, Virginia Woolf claimed that, “in fact, as a woman I have no country. As a woman I want no country. As a woman my country is the whole world.”1 In “Towards a New Consciousness,” Gloria Anzaldúa describes the dialogic nature of living across Borderlands, “Because I, a mestiza,/ continually walk out of one culture/ and into another,/ because I am in all cultures at the same time,/ alma entre dos mundos, tres, cuatro,/ me zumba la cabeza con lo contradictorio./ Estoy norteada por todas las voces que me hablan/ Simultáneamente.”2

In the spirit of this tradition, we seek contributions in the form of scholarly and/or creative work to the field of “Transnational Feminism” to include in a collection of essays entitled, “Transnational Literatures, Gender and State Power.” This collection investigates the ways in which transnational literatures and gender intersect to challenge the power of official narratives and/or state discourses, including those discourses that limit the mobility of subjects across cultural, national, historical, political, racial, theoretical or any kind of boundary.

We invite chapter-length discussions or creative explorations, including black and white photography and visual art, on a variety of aspects without limitations to geographical lines, theoretical approaches, or genres. Topics may include, but are not limited to the following headings:

* Transnational Discourses and Feminist Perspectives * Feminist Transnationality and Global Uprising (From Tunisia and Egypt to Occupy Wall Street) * National and Transnational Discourses of Masculinity * Activism, (Auto)- Ethnography and Transnational Narratives * Post-racial Aesthetics and the Transgression of Borders * Translation, Resistance, and Gender * Migration and the Commodification of the Transnational * State Repression of Gendered Texts

Submission Guidelines

Abstract Deadline: May 15, 2012

Please send a 250-500 word abstract or short excerpt of creative work to: or

Work under consideration must be previously unpublished.

Include with your submission: your name and affiliation, an email address where you can be reached after May 15, and a very brief bio.


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