01/09/2018 – CFP: “Identity navigation: rethinking languages, literatures and cultures between challenges and misinterpretations”

CFP identities sinestesie

The editors of the international series In-Between spaces. Le scritture migranti e la scrittura come migrazione, invite authors to submit papers for possible inclusion in the issue  “Identity navigation: rethinking languages, literatures and cultures between challenges and misinterpretations”.

What, when & where

Identity navigation: rethinking languages, literatures and cultures between challenges and misinterpretations”

Edited by Nino Arrigo, Annalisa Bonomo, Karl Chircop

The editors of the international series In-Between spaces. Le scritture migranti e la scrittura come migrazione, invite authors to submit papers for possible inclusion in the issue  “Identity navigation: rethinking languages, literatures and cultures between challenges and misinterpretations”.

Identity is constantly created and performed. Thus, beyond the unrealistic and idealized role of uniqueness, it embodies multiplicity, intersections and in-between spaces as healthier states of being outside any restrictive categorizations of language, culture, ethnicity, gender, class, and religion.  Such heterogeneity in identity questions the shifting states of a multilingual and multiethnic society through languages and literatures as powerful cross-cultural artifacts. In old and new diaspora settings and from large political contexts to individual conditions, language is given new power, against repression, oppression, misinterpretations and stereotyping. Indeed, all aspects of human experience are mediated, conveyed and translated by predetermined categories and insights which ask to be known, discussed and properly handled. However, language policies and literary representations reconcile historical memories with empirical reality, and distinguish various types of identity formation as well as identity performance and transmission. Consequently, national, social, religious, gender, and language identities embed cultural constructs which navigate the complexity of the global era, providing a new sense of membership and experiencing multiple and multi-layered perceptions of what identity means in language studies and in literary and sociological criticism.

Areas of interest for this special issue include, but are not limited to, the following topics:

–          Dilemmas over self- representation;

–          Identity and gender studies;

–          Children’s literature and building identity: the significance of fiction in forming and maintaining children’s personal and social identity;

–          How language, literature and philology shape people’s perception of the world, of otherness, and of themselves;

–          Identity construal in various online spaces;

–          Online representation of languages and linguistic versatility;

–          Borrowing, code-switching, translanguaging, language shift, language maintenance and their influence  on speakers’ linguistic practices and identity;

–          The interrelations between language, power and identity;

–          Identity and creative writing: literary fiction/non-fiction and memoir;

–          Identity claims and security issues within the multiple dimension of ethnicity, politics, religion, gender, sex, and culture;

–          Multilingualism and  multiple identities;

–          Identity, stereotypes and communication;

–          Identity as a shifting paradigm in literature and/or performing arts;

–          Autobiographical fiction and self-translation;

–          Migration, identity and language: their bearing on past/present literary canon(s);

–          The representation of post-colonial national identity/identities within their young emerging literature(s);

–          Multi-lingual and multi-cultural educational challenges in EU classrooms;

–          Identity and/in cultural studies.

Deadline & how to apply

Deadline for submission of abstracts: 1 September 2018

Authors are requested to submit their abstracts (max 300 words) in English. We accept submissions in languages other than English (Italian and French) but do require that all submissions have an English version of the abstract. Authors are also asked to submit a short bio-note (max 250 words). After abstracts acceptance, authors will be invited to submit their original empirical research articles (5,000 –7,000 words in length). All submitted articles will be double-blind peer-reviewed. Final decisions regarding acceptance/revision/rejection will be based on the reviews and at the sole discretion of the Editors. All manuscripts and/or inquiries must be submitted to the following email addresses:

arrigonino@gmail.com

bonomoan@gmail.com

karl.chircop@um.edu.mt

Notification of acceptance: 15 September 2018

Deadline for submission of completed articles: 15 November 2018

Other info, Links & conditions

Please remember that all the issues of In-between spaces Le scritture migranti e la scrittura come migrazione are published and circulated in the e-book format. Printed copies can only be made available  on-demand.

Further information can be found at the following links:

http://www.edizionisinestesie.it/call-for-papers/[edizionisinestesie.it]

https://www.edizionisinestesie.it/collane/in-between-spaces-le-scritture-migranti-e-la-scrittura-come-migrazione/[edizionisinestesie.it]

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