Call for Submissions
Although the journal welcomes submissions
from any area of the Humanities related to Africa, Asia
and the Middle East, three themed issues are planned for
2005-2006. These themes, detailed below, are meant to act
as rough guidelines for anyone wishing to submit a paper,
review, translation or fieldwork commentary to the journal
in the forthcoming months. Your individual interpretation
of the themes and research questions, as well as your interdisciplinary
approach to them, are encouraged.
How is sexuality represented in literature?
How do different literary traditions and social contexts
affect representations of sexuality? For example, what can
the discussion of Asian and African literatures add to the
understanding of sexuality and its representation?
How appropriate is it to use theoretical
approaches to sexuality and gender developed in the Western
academy to discuss non-Western literatures? Is the very
concept of sexual identity too culturally specific to be
applicable to anything other than modern Western cultural
How do representations of sexuality interact
with systems of censorship and expectations of propriety
in different cultures?
How is the literary representation of
sexuality affected by genre? To what extent do non-literary
genres, such as legal, psychiatric, medical or religious
discourses determine the language in which sexuality is
represented in both literature and literary criticism?
The revised deadline for submissions for
this issue is 31 May 2006.
How is the traditional, Western genre
of autobiography being challenged (or affirmed) by recent
developments in life-writing?
Is there a specific genre of postcolonial
life-writing? What are its particular features and how does
it intersect with other genres of life-writing?
What is the relationship between fiction
and life-writing? How is the borderline between the two
negotiated in recent life-writing?How are the relations
and representations of ethnicity and gender evolving in
The deadline for submissions for this
issue is 31 July 2006.
The Modern, the Postmodern and
What are the possible non-Eurocentric
conceptualizations of modernism?
Does modernism's elevation of the aesthetic
necessarily obfuscate the material conditions of cultural
How do non-western modernisms negotiate
the tension between their local contexts and the homogenising
impulses of advanced capitalism?
What is the value (if any) of postmodernism's
insistence on plurality, heterogeneity and difference, for
Is literary postmodernism preoccupied
with textuality and verbal surfaces at the expense of referential
reality? If so, how does postmodern writing from Asia and
Africa manage to engage with history?
Does postcolonial literature resist, or
does it reproduce, the logic and features of the global
The deadline for
submissions 31 October 2006.