CFP - Shattered: Pivot 6.1 (Articles Due 6 September 2016)

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Call for Papers
September 6, 2016
Subject Fields: 
Literature, Colonial and Post-Colonial History / Studies, Cultural History / Studies, Race Studies, Women's & Gender History / Studies

Theme: Shattered
Pivot: A Journal of Interdisciplinary Studies and Thought

“When you are in the middle of a story it isn’t a story at all, but only a confusion; a dark roaring, a blindness, a wreckage of shattered glass and splintered wood; like a house in a whirlwind, or else a boat crushed by the icebergs or swept over the rapids, and all aboard powerless to stop it.” – Margaret Atwood

“Here am I and there is my body dancing on glass” – Sarah Kane

The word “shattered” often evokes images of destruction and radical change, the collapse of ideas and epistemologies, apocalypse, ruined worlds and words, madness, trauma, and fragmented selves. But shattering, too, opens up spaces of possibility for innovation and transformation, instantiating new identities and modes of being. Past and current rebellions – both large and small – have disrupted norms and smashed taboos, engaging in a thoroughgoing and transhistorical process of breaking down and reconstituting the terms with which we understand our world.

For its sixth issue, Pivot is calling for critical papers that consider the concept of shattering in a variety of interdisciplinary contexts and media. We invite submissions from across disciplinary borders that engage any aspect of the field of inquiry in a wide range of historical periods and subject areas – literature, fine arts, politics, religion/spirituality, science, and technology – in order to examine the productive possibilities that emerge from processes of fragmentation and reconstruction.

Potential topics include (but are not limited to):
• breaking conventions of narrative and genre
• rebellions and social upheaval
• revolutions and restorations
• decoloniality, imperialism, and resistance
• diaspora and migration
• social disrepair and alienation
• (post-)apocalyptic visions
• destruction and devastation
• reinvention, renewal, and rebuilding
• discovery and innovation
• trauma narratives
• taboos and transgression
• fractured selves and identities
• avant-garde movements

The deadline for submissions is September 6, 2016. Authors are requested to submit full articles of 6000–8000 words by registering online at Any questions about submission or online registration can be address to the editorial team at

Contact Info: 

Alex Ferrone and Geoffrey MacDonald
Co-Editors, Pivot: A Journal of Interdisciplinary Studies and Thought
c/o Department of English
York University
Toronto, Canada

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