>Call for papers for PORTAL Journal of Multidisciplinary International Studies
>Vol. 2, No. 1, Jan 2005. Special issue on Exile and Social Transformation.
>This special issue of PORTAL Journal of Multidisciplinary International
>Studies focuses on the nexus between exilic conditions and social
>the contemporary, late capitalist world, a fractured, multifarious space now
>regarded by U.S. state power as a vast but always already subjectable sphere
>of influence. In this embattled context, it seems fitting that contemporary
>discussions on exile take place in the late Edward Said's shadow, not only
>opening with but also deviating from and questioning his reading of
>exile made from
>one particular historical perspective, that of a displaced Palestinian
>intellectual. If, as Said posits, exile is "a condition legislated
>to deny dignity-to
>deny identity to people," or more correctly in his case, to "a" people, when
>does a people become exiled? More fundamentally, for whom is a people "a"
>people, and when is this status achieved? Might Said's notion of exile, which
>presumes collective identificatory commonality and indissolubility,
>be premised on
>an essentializing, exclusionary and ultimately fictive claim to a home, a
>land, a bounded, finite territory?
>These questions, in turn, generate others. What exactly is the time and place
>of exile? Who claims that condition, when and why? Is exile possible within a
>homeland, or within a geopolitical state? To what extent does the state
>(over)determine exile conditions? Do external and internal exiles
>patterns of estrangement and against-the-odds possibility? How do gendered,
>sexualized, racialized and classed hierarchies impact on the exilic body? What
>happens to the imagined national community if a significant portion of the
>national population resides elsewhere? What resistances are possible for exile
>communities split and splintered in more than one geopolity? To what
>exile engender and invigorate active resistance? What tactics are available in
>exile to counter the forces that gave rise to displacement in the first place?
>Does exile status inevitably generate the nostalgic romanticization, if not
>fantasy recreation, of an age before exile? Why is exile so often
>presented as a
>site of memorialization? How do we theorize exilic memory? What happens to the
>exile, and to activism done beyond the homeland, when return is permitted?
>Conversely, what happens to the activist-in-exile impulse when there is no
>prospect of a return, or no homeland (geopolity) left to accept the
>do we regard the exile community that gradually transmutes into one mere
>migrant community among many, comprising generations whose claims to place and
>selfhood may reflect the host society's identity discourses and not those of a
>former homeland they may have never seen? And finally, turning from the lived
>experience to the exile trope, if exile has functioned as a master
>western culture since the advent of modernity as Said claims, what
>epistemological leverage, if any, is enabled by the use of exile as
>a governing metaphor
>for the (post)modern psyche? Does this metaphor hold outside the West, and
>outside the pages written by the exiled intellectual? Has exile lost semantic,
>locational and historical specificity and use value by becoming
>simply one of many
>synonyms for displacement and estrangement under late capitalism?
>These are some of the motivating questions behind this special issue of
>PORTAL. We particularly welcome papers that seek to problematize the notion of
>exile when understood as a physical and identificatory space for
>and transformation. We also encourage contributors to reflect on
>such issues as
>language use(s), and the tensions between geographical and metaphorical
>understandings of exile, and between exile and such related terms as exodus,
>asylum, migration, and diaspora. Finally, we would like to consider artistic,
>literary and multimedia responses to exile or to the questions posed above.
>Please consult the PORTAL website <
>http://epress.lib.uts.edu.au/journals/portal/> for submission
>procedures and author guidelines.
>Date for completed submissions: July 31, 2004.
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