UPDATED: RETHINKING HOSPITALITY THROUGH THE CULTURE, LITERATURE, AND THOUGHT OF CONTEMPORARY US WOMEN OF COLOR

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Type: 
Call for Papers
Date: 
March 22, 2022 to December 15, 2023
Location: 
Spain
Subject Fields: 
American History / Studies, Women's & Gender History / Studies, Ethnic History / Studies, Cultural History / Studies, Humanities

Lectora: Revista de dones i textualitat, 29 (2023)

Lectora is launching the following Call for Papers for the dossier titled
RETHINKING HOSPITALITY THROUGH THE CULTURE, LITERATURE, AND THOUGHT OF
CONTEMPORARY US WOMEN OF COLOR

Editor: Maria Antònia Oliver-Rotger


This dossier will bring together essays that address the transformation of the notion
of hospitality through the thought, culture, and literature of contemporary US
women of color of the last half of the twentieth century and of the beginning of the
twenty-first. The feminism of women of color has thrown into relief the role of
precarious racialized labor in the hospitality industry in a society where civic values
and the welfare state are in decline (Hill Collins, 2000; Kempadoo, 2001; Nilliasca,
2011). On the other hand, feminist theories of hospitality have emphasized the
ethics of care, mutuality, the central role of affects and the body, and the need to
unpack the dynamics of capitalist patriarchy behind the binarism host/guest
(Ahmed, 2006; Hamington, 2010). The current US social and political scenario—
affected by migration and deportation, the sanitary crisis and social inequality, by
the effects of global capitalism on territories, families, and communities, and by
threatened civil rights and liberties—requires rethinking what we understand by
hospitality from an intersectional feminist perspective. Working-class women of
color experience at different levels of intersectionality (of gender, race, origin, social
class, etc.) the contradictions of the binary logic that grounds the discourses of
hospitality: they carry out the role of “hostesses” in the work place, but they rarely
see themselves as such given the precarity imposed by their irregular legal status
and their precarious labor conditions; their affective and emotional labor as
domestic, sexual and service workers has little or no social value, so they cannot see
themselves “guests” in a social environment that fosters latch homes and children.

They are therefore subjects inhabiting the internalized margins of the nation
(Mezzadra and Nelson, 2013), upon whose servitude rests the “conditional
hospitality” that maintains the gender, race, class, and sexual hierarchies of the
alleged “host” nation-sate (Derrida and Dofourmantelle, 2000). Women of color
may, from these very margins, construct networks of care, mutuality, and hospitality
as forms of resilience and subsistence to face vulnerability and helplessness, homes
and mutual-help communities that also contest the opposition host/guest (Hill
Collins, 2000). Through the analysis of several literary manifestations, essays in this
dossier may address theoretical perspectives, writing genres and collective
imaginaries that result from an awareness of these mechanisms in the literary and artistic
representation of experiences such as the irregular yet accepted migration and
deportation, “disposable” bodies and lives in global capitalism, groups of displaced
citizens within the nation state, the practices of care such as motherwork,
othermothering, and community othermothering (Collins, 2000; Caballero, 2019), or
the rethinking of the relationship between the host and the guest outside the laws
of private property, citizenship, and family, among others.


This dossier will be edited by Maria Antònia Oliver-Rotger (Universitat Pompeu
Fabra).


The articles, written in Catalan, Spanish, Galician, Basque, English, French, Italian or
Portuguese, should follow the journal’s style guidelines and be submitted online
before December 15, 2022.


Journal guidelines and information on previous issues are available at:
http://revistes.ub.edu/index.php/lectora/index.

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