*Call for Papers for a Special Issue of Women & Performance*

Lingering in Latinidad: Theory, Aesthetics, and Performance in Latina/o Studies

Issue Guest Editors: 
Joshua J. Guzmán (Doctoral Candidate of Performance Studies, New York University)
Christina A. León (Assistant Professor of English, Oregon State University)

Submission Deadline: January 15, 2015

Feliz Gonzalez-Torres, "Untitled (North)" 1993.

Feliz Gonzalez-Torres, “Untitled (North)” 1993.

“The temporality of Latino unfolds according to first an anticipation of knowledge about the ethnic-racialized subject and then a retroactive determination, posthailing, which insists on already having known that knowledge about the subject. ”
–Antonio Viego (Dead Subjects: Towards a Politics of Loss in Latino Studies)

“The theory of the subject of consciousness as a unitary
and synthesizing agent of knowledge is always already a posture of domination.”
—Norma Alarcón (“The Theoretical Subjects of This Bridge Called My Back and Anglo-American Feminism”)

Women & Performance invites submissions for a special issue, “Lingering in Latinidad : Theory, Aesthetics, and Performance in Latina/o Studies.” This issue will investigate how the emerging field of Latina/o studies is indebted, enabled, and pushed forward by questions of theory and aesthetics. We bear in mind that these questions find much of their roots and resonances with women of color feminism and Chicana feminism of the 1980s. By seeking emerging and original work in Latina/o studies, this proposal follows the journal’s tradition of revealing how certain area studies always already have a theoretical foundation in feminist theory and aesthetics; whereby, this interanimation also reveals how feminist theory is always entangled with questions of race and ethnicity. Therefore, this issue begins at the intersection between Latina/o studies and women of color feminism by proposing a deeper study into the ways this relationship is structured by the aesthetic and its implicit and nuanced theorization.

We take, as our starting point, that latinidad is a marker that proposes a set of questions for both the mobilization of a demographic and that demographic’s supposed politics. Instead of moving past these questions or resolving these differences, we propose that we encounter latinidad as a discursive and performative space that demands pause. If we suspend the rush to answer interpellative hails of both the marketing of demographics and the politics of equivalency, what pleasures might be afforded as we dwell in the problems, questions, and dissonances raised through the complex sign of latinidad. How could we read the question of latinidad as a question without deciding to reconcile differences into an answer? Our contention is that between theory and aesthetics, we find space to linger in the terrain that marks the relation between identity and politics. Rather than cede to epistemological anxieties that often rush to “know” a people, we turn to aesthetics and theory to consider the complexities and disjunctions that come along with affiliation. In these areas, we see a slowing down of politics and a desirous impulse to stay suspended in the frayed ends of what we might call latinidad.

As a result, we seek submissions that explore the troubling presence of Latina/o bodies and their aesthetic productions in U.S. contemporary culture. If latinidad is to enact a problem for gender, sexuality, the nation-state, and so on, then lingering becomes a critical practice of meditating on the possibilities of a problem or impasse. Thus, we ask: how does latinidad function as a problem within the aesthetic field; what forms are activated by the identitarian that inturn “trouble” the aesthetic realm; are minoritarian performances potential vexations to the dominant culture; how might aesthetics account for these disturbances? Bringing together analysis from critical race theory, performance studies, feminist and aesthetic theories, we seek new and emerging scholarship in the field of Latina/o studies that complicate and extend the notion of latinidad beyond the identitarian and into meditations on race and ethnicity as performative practices. Drawing from several genres including—but not limited to—photography, film, performance and conceptual art, we seek articles that look at aesthetic practices of latinidad as alternative modes of cultural production imbued with an ambivalence that more often than not interrogates the limits of the nation-state, the flow of capital, and the force-field known as identity.

Potential topics/possible intersections include:

  • Pedagogies of latinidad
  • Latina/o avant-gardes
  • Latina/o poetics
  • Latina/o Vocalities
  • Latinidad and Psychoanalysis
  • Latinidad and ontology
  • Latina/o Affects/Sense
  • Latina/o Genealogies and Women of Color Feminisms
  • Latina/o Aesthetic Theory/Philosophy/Ethics
  • Queer Latina/o Studies
  • Afro-Latina/o Studies
  • Critiques of Neo-liberalism
  • Discourses of HIV/AIDS
  • Hemispheric Studies
  • Transnational Feminism
  • Performance/Performativity
  • Borderlands/Border Studies
  • Queer of Color Critique
  • Critical Race/Ethnic Studies
  • Racial and Sexual Technologies
  • Politics and Geographies of Sex
  • Migratory desires and passages
  • Music and Media Studies
  • Brownness

Submission Guidelines: Article submissions should be 6-8,000 words in length and adhere to the current Chicago Manual of Style (CMS), author-date format. Performative texts should be 2-3,000 words and in any style the author chooses (same CMS style as above if using citations). Photo essays are welcome. Questions and abstracts for review are welcome before the final deadline. For consideration, please send articles as a Microsoft Word document to lingeringlatinidad@gmail.com by January 15, 2015 by 11:59pm EST.



General Submission Guidelines

The Editorial Collective of Women & Performance invites submissions of scholarly essays on performance, visual and sound art, theater, dance, ritual, political manifestations, film, new media, and the performance of everyday life from interdisciplinary feminist perspectives. We also welcome performative texts; interviews; book, performance and film reviews; and photo essays and images that advance critical dialogues on gender and performance. Women & Performance accepts proposals for themed issues from guest editors. We publish scholarship that is interdisciplinary and provocative in method and form.

Please submit manuscripts electronically, as Microsoft Word attachments, to Managing Editor, Summer Kim Lee at managingeditor@womenandperformance.org

  1. 1. All work should be double spaced, with 1-inch margins, in 12-point Times font.

  2. 2. Scholarly essays should not exceed 10,000 words; reviews should be approximately 1,000 words.

  3. 3. Writers should follow the Chicago Manual of Style, 15th edition.

  4. 4. All manuscripts must be submitted with a cover document – including author’s name, address, email, phone number; a brief bio, indicating affiliation, recent publications; a 200 word abstract; and a word count of the manuscript.  To protect the anonymity of the submission process, please avoid listing your name anywhere in the body of the manuscript.

  5. 5. Please title your attachment with your last name, for example: title the manuscript as YourLastName.doc, and any images as YourLastNameImage1.pdf and YourLastNameImage2.pfd and so on.

  6. 6. You are welcome to submit images along with your manuscript; however, please ensure that you have (or will) secure copyright protection for all images.  Women and Performance cannot aid in, or financially contribute to, the procuring of copyright.

We will send you an acknowledgment of receipt once your submission is processed.  The Editorial Collective vets all submissions before they are sent out for external, anonymous peer review.  We provide reader comments, and may ask you to revise and resubmit your work.  The journal makes very effort to respond to submissions within three to six months.

Book reviews of no more than 1,500 words may be sent to bookreviews@womenandperformance.org

Performance reviews of current exhibitions, films, parades, performance art, dance and theatre may be sent to performancereviews@womenandperformance.org

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