CfP The Transatlantic Embrace: Spanish Civil War in America’s Intimate Distance

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Call for Publications
December 31, 2016
Subject Fields: 
Cultural History / Studies, Humanities, Intellectual History, Latin American and Caribbean History / Studies, Literature

Since the 4th of April of 2016, we have opened a new Call for Papers for the fourteenth issue of “FORMA. Revista d’Estudis Comparatius d’Art, Literatura i Pensament”. This CFP is specifically addressed to scholars, PhD students or any researchers holding an academic title and who broach the following subject: 

Spanish Civil War in America’s Intimate Distance

 Spanish Civil War has been studied under its multiple angles. This can also be said about the literature concerning this topic: novels, poems, and all literary forms generated by this armed conflict (both by Spanish and foreign intellectuals) have been commented by academic criticism from both sides of the Atlantic Ocean. However, fewer approaches have set the axis of their critical focus on the importance of the Spanish conflict in America and its decisive relevance as a part of a phenomenon that is also American.

Despite being separated by an ocean, the distant land of America endured the Spanish civil war as a domestic issue. The Spanish dispute was followed with such passion and fervor that it is possible to consider that, in a way, one of the battlefronts was located in the American land. Indeed, the crushing presence of war in the newspapers and magazines of the continent (true trenches from which intellectuals hurl articles to one another, throw enraged verbal attacks and execute strategic retreats, praise and denigrate different Spanish personalities, summarize military operations, predict victories and defeats, suggest agreements, intone eulogies and write poems) gives an account of the way in which the Spanish conflict intimately convoked American nations. Similar things can be said when examining the overwhelming bibliographic production that American printing houses produced between 1936 and 1939 (as well as during subsequent years); or when considering the number of intellectuals that travelled to a Spanish land in flames in order to get to know the war’s avatars first handedly, in order to write chronicles whilst interrupted by fires from bombarded cities, or in order to get to the trenches and exchange their pens for weapons as a sign of a final romantic gesture.

Herbert Matthews, from the New York Times, summarizes this experience quite well when he points out that “all of those who experienced the Spanish Civil War got sentimentally involved with it”.

On the other hand, one must consider the convenience of tackling this phenomenon from a multidisciplinary perspective which unites the tools of history, literature or journalism in order to satisfy the different sides of a necessarily polyhedral event. For all of these reasons, and to commemorate the eighth anniversary of the outburst of the war, this special number of the FORMA journal sets out to give a voice to all types of contributions able to shed a new light on this fundamental aspect of the war, whose causes and consequences are clearly rooted in Spain, but whose horizon overflows the peninsular and continental borders and requires an inevitably transatlantic point of view.

Therefore, the core ideas that will vertebrate this new number will be:

  • The participation of American intellectuals in the Spanish Civil War: testimonies, tales and stories

  • The impact of the Spanish Civil War in Pan-American literature (from Alaska to Tierra del Fuego)

  • The Spanish Civil War in the American cultural, social, and political debates

  • The republican exile in America

  • Franco’s dictatorship and his relationship with the Americas

Submission guidelines

We welcome submissions of book reviews or academic articles in English, Spanish, Catalan, French, Portuguese and Italian. Regarding reviews, all contributions on the specific subject of this number will be accepted. Book reviews concerning other aspects will be given a space in a separate section, as long as the reviewed texts are publications dating from 2015 and 2016. You can find all of the information as well as the required editorial guidelines on

FORMA privileges the dialogue between disciplines and critical traditions. All the texts, as specified in the System of Arbitration section on our webpage (, have to comply with the guidelines established by the entities in charge of indexing scientific journals, with regard to the plurality of the editorial and scientific committees as well as the selection process and revision of published texts. All articles will undergo a double-blind peer review process.

Each number includes articles, an interview with a person of importance in the intellectual field and academic reviews that refer to books published two years prior the date of the number.

Submissions may be sent to our mail: The subject of the email should refer to the number of the journal (14th) and state whether it is an article or a review. The message should provide the basic information about the author: Name, Title of the article/review and Affiliation.

Deadline for submissions: December 31th, 2016

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