Cultural Representations of Central American Migration in the 21st Century (Edited Volume)

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Call for Papers
March 31, 2020
United States
Subject Fields: 
Borderlands, Immigration & Migration History / Studies, Latin American and Caribbean History / Studies, Spanish and Portuguese History / Studies, Languages

The Never-Ending Journey: Cultural Representations of Central American Migration in the 21st Century (Edited Volume)

We are currently seeking proposals for an edited volume entitled The Never-Ending Journey: Cultural Representations of Central American Migration in the 21st Century. This book project is part of the plan of the CLACSO Working-Group “El istmo centroamericano: repensando los centros”, and seeks to document and provide innovative analyses of the multiple and creative ways in which Central American migration (outside and inside the region) has been narrated and portrayed during the twenty-first century —a period characterized by the expansion and consolidation of neoliberalism and responses to it. We view migration and displacement as both a consequence and a mirror of the permanent crisis in the isthmus, meaning they cannot be explained without keeping in mind their connections with recent social, political, economic, environmental, and cultural developments and with the dynamics of the last century. For this volume, we welcome articles that focus on migration and displacement in the region, but that also dialogue with historical developments (wars, revolutions, agricultural and environmental crises, drug trafficking, previous migration routes and diasporic communities, etc.) to which they are intimately connected.

This project will bring together humanities and social sciences scholars/practitioners who engage with the various ways in which the stories and the realities of migrants are told and represented. Here we define text, narrative, and representation in a broad sense, as understood in the field of cultural studies. Consequently, chapters in this book will explore a wide range of texts/cultural products, which put together will paint a more comprehensive and interdisciplinary picture of the migration experience inside and outside the region. They include (but are not limited to) fiction, poetry, chronicles, journalistic accounts, film (and other audiovisual representations), photography, social media, digital storytelling platforms, graphic narrative, video games, performance, music, testimonies and art by migrants, material culture related to migration and migrants, judicial and other case studies, as well as all other relevant textual/visual/material expressions (graffiti, architecture, protest signs, marches, tattoos, clothing, maps, roadside altars, etc.).

We believe this volume will help advance Central American migration and cultural production studies, while also making important contributions to both Latin American and U.S. migration and diaspora studies. It will fill a gap in the critical examination of contemporary Central American narratives and other representations of migration, bringing together experts from a variety of disciplines and expanding beyond the usual emphasis on literary texts to include a wide range of texts and cultural practices by migrants and non-migrants alike.

Proposal Guidelines:

To be considered for this volume, prospective authors must submit 1) an abstract of no more than 500 words that clearly identifies the topic, primary sources or materials to be analyzed, and theoretical/methodological approach (following the abstract, authors must include a basic, preliminary bibliography with relevant sources); and 2) a brief bio-bibliography (200 words maximum) including the most relevant publications related to the book’s topic, as well as institutional affiliation and contact information. Proposals may be submitted in English or Spanish, but all selected articles must be submitted in English. Please follow the latest MLA citation style. The deadline for submitting proposals is March 31, 2020.

Proposals must be sent by email to all three editors:
Mauricio Espinoza:
Miroslava Rosales:
Ignacio Sarmiento:

Accepted Chapter Guidelines:
Accepted chapters must represent original research, and must be written in English or translated into English.
Chapters will be 6,000-8,000 words long, including notes and bibliography.

Important Dates and Timeline:

Call for proposal: January 15, 2020
Deadline for proposals: March 31, 2020
Notification of accepted proposals: April 30, 2020
Deadline for chapters submission: October 15, 2020

The complete CFP can be found here:

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Ignacio Sarmiento

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