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Figuring Futures/Figurando Futuros
Call for Papers - Inaugural Issue for Intervesar: An Interdisciplinary Journal of Latin American Studies. Interversar is a graduate-student journal housed in the Latin American Studies Center at the University of California, Irvine.
“Hay un único lugar donde ayer y hoy se encuentran y se reconocen y se abrazan. Ese lugar es mañana.” Eduardo Galeano, El libro de los abrazos (2010)
The idea expressed by Uruguayan author and journalist Eduardo Galeano is mirrored in many of today’s conversations regarding the future of Latin America and the wellbeing of the world. Galeano conceives of the future as an intersection between past and present, highlighting how different temporalities are intertwined rather than separated as segments of on a linear timeline. To think of the future as a “place” where past and present recognize and embrace each other demands that we confront a constellation of causalities and correlations that arise from the past, continue through the present, and into the future. These temporal intersections, continuities, and discontinuities provide a productive space to imagine and theorize possible futures.
For the first issue of Interversar, “Figuring Futures,'' we invite article submissions that engage conceptualizations, experiences, and possibilities of futurity from a Latin American perspective. By proposing the “future” as a topic of inquiry and frame of reference we seek to encourage a transdisciplinary exploration of how the Latin America region is understanding and/or challenging present and past power dynamics in order to create, ensure and re-imagine future possibilities. What futures and speculative horizons emerge when thinking from the variety of perspectives present in Latin America? Examining Latin American positions in conversations of futurity intends to re-think the region’s local, hemispheric, and global positionality in a rapidly changing world. How will Latin America confront competing projects and manifestations of capitalism? What spaces of agency and imagination emerge in relation to future social, political, economic, and environmental configurations? Approaching the future as a lens through which to examine contemporary times and the legacies of pervasive practices of violence and destruction, Interversar strives to depart from simplistic binaries, and linear and short-term timeframes. Instead, we advocate for new insights into the different and varied dimensions, limitations, and possibilities of thinking and imagining the future.
Possible themes for submissions include:
● Other Temporalities: non-linear experiences and/or understandings of time, time lags, temporal difference, chronopolitics, temporal breaks, incompleteness, loss of futuricity and issues of spatial and temporal scales.
● Futurities of Abya Yala: Afro-Indigenous futurities, Afro-Latina/o/x futurities, Anticolonial futurities, Indigenous futurities, Latina/o/x Feminisms, Queer-Indigenous futurities.
● Speculative futures: How can we approach the future beyond common binaries? utopia/dystopia, catastrophism/radical hope, apocalypse/community projects. What is the role of technology in speculative futures when defining posthumanism, transhumanism, techno-optimism, or techno-dystopianism?
● Historical continuity and hemispheric re/visions: latent colonialism, imperial duress, decoloniality, cosmopolitics and indigenous perspectives, industrialism, permanence and breaks in/of metanarratives.
● Ecological imaginaries: the Anthropocene, climate change, extractivisms, extinctions, living on a damaged planet, and other environmental concerns. How are these concepts and issues intersecting? How is activism in Latin America in conversation with ecological issues and the notion of futuricity when thinking of the various parties involved in competing futures?
● Declining futures: fragmentation of infrastructures, social structures, and social institutions. How does this deterioration shape social and subjective imaginaries? How can we rethink sustainability in/for a damaged planet? What does this mean for the body and biopolitics? How sustainability negotiates or is in conflict with declining futures?
● Urbanization, movement, (dis)placement, and new cartographies: globalization, migrant communities, disaster tourism, and cartographies of affect.
Submission Deadline: All manuscripts should be submitted directly to Interversar through the eScholarship platform https://escholarship.org/uc/lasc_interversar/cfp by August 22, 2021. For further details regarding our submissions guidelines and reviewing process, please visit Interversar webpage: https://escholarship.org/uc/lasc_interversar