Throughout the 20th and 21st century, political and economic disruptions, wars, voluntary or enforced migrations, colonization and post-coloniality experienced by large communities all over the world have aroused feelings of loss and displacement. In face of new places and realities, people have been obliged to continuous translation or redefinition of their cultural identity, and they often had to deal with the aftermath of ideological and ethnic violence. Even when communities have found a new homeland elsewhere, the sense of dislocation, strangeness or restlessness remains. Its artistic expression may enable displaced subjects to overcome the loss of home and language in the new setting and to cope with the emotions triggered by that uprooting. It may in fact organize emotions, feelings and ways of thinking, which are initially distinct from those of the host culture. In recent years, literature and the other arts have focussed on the positive overcoming of displacement and on welcome cross-pollinations and transcultural interactions. The phenomenon of transculturality, understood as the formation of multifaceted, fluid identities resulting from diverse cultural encounters or possible disencounters, must be taken into account.
After a successful conference dedicated to these issues and themes held at the School of Arts and Humanities of the University of Lisbon in November 2019, we are now looking for new article submissions to join a peer-reviewed edited volume. This publication seeks to foster critical reflection on the emotions and memories of migrants, refugees and expatriates, as represented in literature, the arts and cultural practices, considering the political social and cultural contexts within which they take place. We welcome contributions across the domains of migration, cultural, literary, film, art, and memory studies as well as other relevant fields. Please consider the following clusters as broad and non-restrictive guidelines for the writing of your article:
-Emotional Displacements and New Cosmopolitanisms
-Remembering Displacement/ Memory and Narratives of Displacement
-Transculturality and Linguistic Transfers
-Gender and Migration
-Aesthetics and Displacement
Articles are to be written in British English (BE), with a maximum length of 25.000 characters (inc. spaces). Should you want your article to be accompanied by images, you are expected to take care of copy-right costs yourself and send us document proof. However, please refrain from image use when it is not essential to your argument. Furthermore, the articles' formating should follow the MLA seventh edition.
Abstracts (350-500 words) are to be submitted by 31st March 2020 and the full articles by 31st May 2020.
All articles will be subject to double-blind peer review process coordinated by the publishing house we are working with.