[Blackstudies-l] CfP: American Networks: Radicals Under the Radar (1868-1968)

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Comparative American Studies Deadline: Wednesday, May 31, 2017 Networks are
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Our thanks to Peter Jordens for bringing this item to our attention.
American Networks: Radicals Under the Radar (1868-1968)
Comparative American Studies
Deadline: Wednesday, May 31, 2017

Networks are the life-blood of many collaborative artistic and political
movements. The aim of this special issue is to explore the confluence of
American art and radicalism transnationally in the hundred-year lead up to
1968, a high-point in radical artistic and political expression. In
focusing on the precursors to this watershed, its editors seek essays that
investigate American networks and challenge conventional scholarship about
the makeup, shape and associations of such artistic and political

Affiliations between American artists and radical thinkers have led to
paradigm shifts that have changed world history. Communists, Wobblies,
revolutionaries, socialists, Fabianists, Pan-Africanists, Pan-Americanists,
revolutionaries, anarchists, political exiles and Garveyites all played
their role in shaping American literature, art and politics. Whether such
networks existed in tangible social enclaves—homes, bars, cafés, offices
and neighbourhoods—or virtually in an edited book, they inevitably drew
together collaborators from different cultural, national and linguistic
backgrounds. In American studies, scholarship on some of the most
significant artistic movements of the late nineteenth and early
twentieth century have been dominated by North Atlantic paradigms which
accent US and northern European frameworks.

More often than not, New York is defined as a key site of artistic exchange
in relation to Paris and London, imperial metropolises bearing significant
cultural as well as economic capital. As a result, the United States’s
relationship with its southern neighbours in Latin America and the
Caribbean, and with the Global South more broadly, is often neglected
or marginalized. Furthermore, significant movements which emerged across
the American continent (modernismo, indigenismo, négritude and the New
Negro movement) are on occasions positioned as local or peripheral in
relation to an apparently global, high-Modernist canon that includes the
Imagists, the Bloomsbury Group and various Left Bank Parisian avant-garde
circles. In twentieth-century studies, the two World Wars can also serve
to reinforce a North Atlantic frame of reference, as action in Europe with
US involvement and its significance can obscure other seminal episodes in
world history. The Mexican and Russian revolutions or the construction of
the Panama Canal, for example, accent different historical moments,
complicating dominant narratives about the Americas and its relations.

The guest editors welcome essays on transnational and hemispheric American
networks which draw on artistic and radical connections. Submissions are
encouraged which challenge received wisdom about the role, function and
importance of artistic-radical American exchanges and which explore the
connectivity between groups and individuals often seen as discrete.

*Deadline for abstracts*: 31st May 2017

*Submission deadline for final (accepted) essays*: 27th September 2017

*Publication date*: autumn/winter 2017

Please send abstracts of no more than 300 words to the guest editors:

Dr Jak Peake (University of Essex): jrpeak at essex.ac.uk;

Dr Wendy McMahon (University of East Anglia): w.mcmahon at uea.ac.uk.
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