CFP: Transnational Literatures, Travel Theory and Transnational Narrative Spaces - July 2017 issue of MJCST

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Call for Papers
January 15, 2017
Subject Fields: 
Cultural History / Studies, Humanities, Immigration & Migration History / Studies, Literature, Nationalism History / Studies

The study of transnational literatures has been on a rising tide in the field of academic research ever since postcolonial studies have started to lack in certain protocols regarding the investigation of contemporary literatures that are more specifically transnational rather than strictly postcolonial. While transnational communities and diasporic cultures are far from being a new sociological phenomenon, the rise of transnationalism today is influenced by the “the scale of intensity and simultaneity of current long- distance, cross-border activities” (Steven Vertovec). Moreover, the recent technological advancements in the field of communication (telecomunications, global travel, the Internet) further stimulate contemporary transnational communities. Transnational literatures often surpass the terminological strictures imposed by postcolonial studies. Aspects such as border-crossing, bricolage, cultural syncretism, hybridity or spacial displacements need not necessarily involve the creation of radical new identities that are in a critical position towards the colonial discourse. Furthermore, transnationalism is concerned with a wide range of cultural dimensions that span from social morphology and new iterations in reconstructing “place and locality” (Vertovec) to the ability to create new types of consciousness that envelop multiple identifications to more than one nation. Thus, transnational literatures open up to different social and political fields of engagement that ultimately develop into new rapports between the individual and “local space” (John McLeod).

The next issue of the Metacritic Journal for Comparative Studies and Theory, to be published in July 2017, will be dedicated to transnational literatures, travel theory, locality, and identitarian reconstructions in literary works. Cultural approaches, qualitative and quantitative analyses are all welcome. Articles should include but not be limited to:

  1. Transnational identities
  2. Narrative spaces in the context of transnationalism
  3. Transnational aesthetics
  4. Travel literature and the aesthetics of literary travelogues
  5. Spacial and identitarian reconstructions in transnational literatures
  6. Displacement and emplacement in narratives of relocation
  7. Diasporic communities and cross-border relationships
  8. Transnational literatures vs. translated national literatures
  9. Trends in transnational theory
  10. Transnational networks and the politics of globalization

Please submit a 150-word original proposal that clearly explains how it will contribute to, revise, or depart from existing debates around the questions of  transnational literatures and travel theory. Both proposals and final texts should be in English and should observe our guidelines as they appear on our website:

Final submission should include: 5,000-7,000-word article, including 150-word abstract, 5-7 keywords, list of references (only cited works), 150-word author's bioprofile and the author’s photo-portrait (jpg, separate file). Proposals and final submissions should be formatted as Word documents and sent to or to

Deadline proposals (abstract 150 words, 5-7 keywords, bioprofile 150 words): January 15, 2017. Acceptance notice: January 20, 2017.
Deadline accepted full papers (5,000-7,000 words for articles, 2,000-3,000 words for book reviews): April 1st, 2017. 


Useful references:

  1. Andraş, Carmen Maria (ed.), New Directions in Travel Writing and Travel Studies (2010)
  2. Ascari, Maurizio. Literature of the Global Age: A Critical Study of Transcultural Narratives
  3. (2011)
  4. Bhabha, Homi (ed.). Nation and Narration (1990)
  5. Cornis-Pope, Marcel, Neubauer, John, History of the Literary Cultures of East-Central Europe. Junctures and Disjunctures in the 19th and 20th Centuries, volumes I-IV (2004-2010)
  6.  Dimock, Wai Chee. Through Other Continents. American literature Across Deep Time (2006)
  7. Jay, Paul. Global Matters: The Transnational Turn in Literary Studies (2010)
  8. Kristeva, Julia. Nations without Nationalism (1993)
  9. Leonard, Philip. Literature after Globalization: Textuality, Technology and the Nation-State (2013)
  10. McLeod, John, Beginning Postcolonialism (2000)
  11. Pratt, Mary Louise, Imperial Eyes: Travel Writing and Transculturation (1992)
  12. Ramazani, Jahan. A Transnational Poetics (2009)
  13. Thomsen Rosendahl, Mads, Mapping World Literature: International Canonization and Transnational Literatures (2010)
  14. Vertovec, Steven, Transnationalism (2009) 
Contact Info: 

editor-in-chief: Mihaela Ursa

issue editors: Alex Goldiș, Emanuel Modoc

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