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Call for Papers: Themed Issue on Displacement (Essence & Critique: Journal of Literature and Drama Studies)

Organization: Essence & Critique: Journal of Literature and Drama Studies
Categories: Postcolonial, Digital Humanities, American, Hispanic & Latino, Comparative, Interdisciplinary, French, British, German, Genre & Form, Popular Culture, Gender & Sexuality, Literary Theory, Women's Studies, World Literatures, African-American, Colonial, Revolution & Early National, Transcendentalists, 1865-1914, 20th & 21st Century, Medieval, Early Modern & Renaissance, Long 18th Century, Romantics, Victorian, 20th & 21st Century, Adventure & Travel Writing, Children's Literature, Comics & Graphic Novels, Drama, Narratology, Poetry, Aesthetics, Anthropology/Sociology, Classical Studies, Cultural Studies, Environmental Studies, Film, TV, & Media, Food Studies, History, Philosophy, African & African Diasporas, Asian & Asian Diasporas, Australian Literature, Canadian Literature, Caribbean & Caribbean Diasporas, Indian Subcontinent, Eastern European, Mediterranean, Middle East, Native American, Scandinavian, Pacific Literature, Miscellaneous
Event Date: 2023-04-28 Abstract Due: 2023-04-28


Issue editor: Dr Rebecca Blanchard, University of Tours 

Essence & Critique: Journal of Literature and Drama Studies (ISSN 2791- 6553) invites submissions for its upcoming issue on the theme of displacement in literature, theatre and culture studies. 

Displacement, in its various manifestations, serves as one of the defining  characteristics of the 20th and 21st centuries and remains a salient concern in diverse  cultural and political contexts. 

Displacement encompasses a multi-faceted array of experiences, both physical and  psychological in nature. For example, it can refer to physical displacement, as in the  case of migration, exile or forced dislocation, arising from a variety of causes  including war, persecution, economic privation, political upheaval, and even natural  disasters or climate insecurity. Displacement also manifests itself on a psychological  level, as evidenced in Frantz Fanon’s seminal work Black Skin, White Masks, where  he posits that the colonized subject must navigate feelings of alienation and a loss of  identity resulting from displacement. Whether considering displacement within the  postcolonial or diasporic context or as it relates to the post-national state, the current  realities of displacement continue to resonate with the experiences of marginalized  groups in the present day, thus highlighting the need for a nuanced understanding  of this phenomenon in contemporary cultural productions. 

Displacement can also be understood from a linguistic perspective, specifically  through the processes of translation or code-switching. As Walter Benjamin astutely  observed, translation is not simply a matter of transferring meaning, but is instead  a complex process that involves the displacement of meaning from one language to  another. 

Technology has also had a significant impact on the way in which displacement is  perceived and experienced. For instance, the advent of virtual communication has  enabled individuals to maintain connections with their home countries, while digital  platforms have provided a means for documenting and disseminating experiences of  displacement on a global scale. The full impact of this shift on literary and cultural  productions remains to be seen.  

For this themed issue, we welcome submissions that explore displacement in 20th and 21st century literature from a variety of perspectives, including, but not limited  to: 

• The impact of displacement on individual and collective identities

• Processes of “othering” that lead to displacement 

• Reflections on how different forms of literature allow for unique ways of  exploring displacement 

• Generic hybridity and/or innovations that act as a response to displacement  • Humor, satire, and comedy in the representation of displacement • Diasporic experiences on cultural displacement, belonging and post-memory • Displacement and the digital world 

• Displacement in contemporary YA and children’s literature, particularly  within the context of the “own voices” movement 

• The role of literature and theatre in shaping public discourse on  displacement 

Essence & Critique: Journal of Literature and Drama Studies is an open access  peer-reviewed academic journal that serves as a forum for multi- and  interdisciplinary discussions across literature, theatre and culture studies, providing  academicians, scholars, professionals and students with the opportunity to  disseminate their research to a diverse audience of peers and professionals. 

Currently indexed by MLA. 

Essence & Critique: Journal of Literature and Drama Studies welcomes papers  and book reviews addressing general studies on literature, theatre and culture  studies. As a multi- and interdisciplinary journal, we particularly welcome research  with an interdisciplinary approach. Papers may be theoretical, empirical, or  interpretative in nature. 

Please send a digital copy of the complete manuscript using the template provided  by Essence & Critique: Journal of Literature and Drama Studies to rebecca.blanchard@univ-tours.fr by Friday April 28th 2023. Submission length is 5000- 8000 words for original articles, and 1500-2000 words for book reviews. Please omit  references to the author in manuscripts to facilitate the anonymous peer review  process. The journal does not accept manuscripts previously published by or simultaneously submitted to other publication venues.  

Please contact essencecritiquejournal@gmail.com with any questions. 

Editor-In-Chief: Önder Çak?rta? (Bingöl University) 

Associate Editors 

Gloria Lee McMillan (University of Arizona) 

Paul Innes (United Arab Emirates University) 

Rebecca Blanchard (University of Tours) 

Katrine K. Wong (University of Macau) 

Book Review Editors 

Valerie L. Guyant (Montana State University) 

James Jarret (Colchester Institute and UCC) 

International Advisory Board 

Bill Ashcroft (New South Wales University Sydney) 

Editorial Assistants 

Marietta Kosma (University of Oxford) 

Muhammed Ikbal Candan (Van Yüzüncü Yil University) 

Jo Lapleau-Girard (University of Tours) 

Editorial Review Board

Brian Boyd The University of Auckland 

Kathleen Starck University of Koblenz-Landau 

Lorraine Kerslake Alicante University 

Mary V. Seeman University of Toronto 

Nikoleta Zampaki National and Kapodistrian University of Athens 

Philip Zapkin Pennsylvania State University 

Anemona Alb University of Oradea 

Theodora Tsimpouki National and Kapodistrian University of Athens

Mary Cappelli University of Southern California 

Aubrey Tang Chapman University 

Joanne Emmens Auckland University of Technology 

Marisa Kerbizi Aleksander Moisiu University 

Manal Al Natour West Virginia University 

Ingrida Egle Žindžiuvien Vytautas Magnus University 

Heather Thaxter University Centre Doncaster 

Pawel Jedrzejko University of Silesia in Katowice 

Jillian Curr University of Western Australia 

Dana Radler The Bucharest University of Economic Studies 

Margaret Lundberg University of Washington 

Bujar Hoxha South East European University 

Maria Luisa Di Martino Ca' Foscari University of Venice 

Pelin Dogan Munzur University 

Antolin C. Trinidad Yale University 

Ankit Raj PCLS Government College 

Jeanne Mathilda Mathieu Université de Toulouse 

Deena El Shazly Arab Academy for Science, Technology & Maritime Transport 

Fouad Mami University of Adrar 

Ayusman Chakraborty Taki Government College 

Journal web: https://www.journalofcritique.com


Rebecca Blanchard