Monday, May 17, 2010

Cfp: "Immigration against the Empire." Inaugural Issue of PRO/VISIONS (forthcoming).

About pro/visions pro/visions is a new magazine/journal (double blind peer-reviewed) that seeks to push critical theory beyond the academy and into the streets. Therefore the content will reflect rigorous (and playful) thought but using language that is accessible to anyone. We seek to create a space for theory to meet praxis (and the ivory tower the people/s). Think Gramsci's "organic intellectual" meets Chuck D and they get into a fist fight--with the world. "immigration against the Empire" This issue situates immigration (and other forms of nomadism) as a disruptive event against Michael Hardt and Antonio Negri's concept of Empire. Between Arizona's new immigration law in the United States and the French government's response to immigration, it would seem that as the "Third World" pops up in the "First World" neo-liberal policing comes into view of the Global North. In light of the various reactions to these events, responses from the radical Left, in and outside of academia, need to be formulated in order to map resistances and the role of the immigrant and the exile within the Empire. Articles should be connected to the following suggested topics: •Specific case scenarios of immigration in and between geopolitical regions around the globe. •Legal, ethical and political controvery/ies concerning immigration policy. •The political role of the undocumented worker within U.S. and global paradigms •Underground immigrant support networks and their clashes with the "minutemen" •Conceptions of identity in relation to immigration •Spanglish (or other creoles) as political act •Strategies for immigrant solidarity, locally and globally •Immigration as a response to neo-liberal forces •Illegal immigration as a form of resistance to politics and ideology •Systems of race, gender and other social norms within nomadism submission guidelines: Submissions are welcome in all languages, with a preference toward English, Spanish and Spanglish. Articles must be between 2,000 and 3,000 words in length with endnotes and a bibliography. Citations should follow the latest version of MLA. Abstracts must be between 150 and 300 words. A short biographical description of 3-5 lines should be included. contact: If you are interested in submitting to pro/visions, please send an abstract by email to no later than July 1, 2010. Final versions of articles will be due August 1, 2010.

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