e-misférica welcomes submissions of essays, artist presentations, and reviews. Please consult the guidelines below for more information. Submissions are understood to be original, unpublished, and should not be under consideration for publication elsewhere.
The journal issues calls for papers two times per year (below) that outline themes and deadlines.
e-misférica invites scholarly essays, artist/activist presenations, and reviews for its Summer 2013 issue focused on the discourses and extraordinary movements in a newly configured local, national, and global commons—including uprisings in North Africa and the indignados in Greece and Spain, to a revitalized Zapatista presence in southern Mexico, and groundbreaking student protests in Chile—that have revitalized the strategies and tactics of dissidence against State regimes and economic orders. Alongside these, we find an insistent dissidence in Cuba that—as Coco Fusco’s recent work La plaza vacía (2012) illustrates—has left streets and plazas empty of protest, but overfills the small apertures of unregulated speech such as twitter and blogs. Mindful of both the literal meaning of dissidence as “standing apart” and of the density of its Cold War significations, we query the current mise-en-scèneof resistance, political articulation, and mobilization. How does present-day Cuba complicate the geopolitical imaginary that once heralded the Cuban revolution as exemplar of radical left projects in Latin America? Across the Americas, dissidence now seems both a continuation and a critique of revolutions past: Chile’s students demand a final dismantling of the neoliberal constitution created under Pinochet, activating a complex memory of the Popular Unity and the social movements that brought it to power. Mexican students (#yosoy132) demand an end to elite corruption and media monopolies that have long kept the PRI and the PAN in power and in the process create an opening for a reinterpretation of the Mexican revolution from the margins of power. In the US, the Occupy Movement has forced the issue of inequality back into the public sphere, and has also prompted debate about the debts the movement may owe to prior social struggles, including the civil rights struggle, ACT UP, and the antiglobalization movement. In Cuba, a new generation of artists, writers, and activists have refused the cold war frames of embargo, exile, and exceptionalism and now insist on freedom of expression, rule of law, and an active civil society. The successes and failures of Cold War geopolitics still haunt or shape dissidence today, and may help to explain the ideological crosshairs that separate—for one striking example—Chile’s communist student leader Camila Vallejo from Cuba’s notorious free-speech blogger Yoani Sánchez. For this issue, we invite participation from artists, scholars, and activists to reflect on these questions, and to consider other related vectors and sites of dissident practice—from sexual dissidence to ecological-environmental dissidence and beyond.
The deadline for essays is March 15, 2013; please submit advance queries and abstracts for essays, dossier pieces, multimedios, and reviews as soon as possible. Final contributions must be submitted by April 1.