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Postcolonial Interventions: An Interdisciplinary Journal

Call for Publications

Publication: Postcolonial Interventions: An Interdisciplinary Journal
of Postcolonial Studies
Date: Vol. 3, Issue 1 (January 2018)
Deadline: 8.10.2017

In her recently published book, Postcolonialism and Postsocialism in
Fiction and Art: Resistance and Re-existence (Palgrave Macmillan,
2017) Madina Tsoltsanova proposes an intersection between
postcolonialism and postsocialism by foregrounding how the subjects
of the former Soviet Bloc, exposed to the vicissitudes of a
neo-liberal capitalist world order, are experiencing a sense of
pervasive socio-economic deprivation that is accompanied by racial
and ethnic fundamentalisms, growing gender-inequalities and a certain
invisibility in the dominant narratives of the global order where
they continue to be subjected to derogatory stereotyping and systemic
erasure – an experience that resembles that of many subjects in
postcolonial states. She argues that “Tricked into believing that the
only legitimate modernity is the neoliberal capitalist one, we have
doomed ourselves to the next twenty-five years of stagnation,
catching up and forever emerging” (7).

She therefore echoes the thoughts of Romanian social theorist Ovidiu
Tichindeleanu, who claims that “the post-1989 civilizational promise
of Europe and Occidentalism has currently reached a critical point of
saturation in Eastern Europe… Consequently, one is faced today with
the historical task of decolonizing the imaginary and rebuilding
alliances, against the dissemination of cynicism, ethnocentric
nationalism, and postcommunist racism” considering the fact that the
problems of neo-liberal capitalist deprivation, racism and
ethnocentric nationalism continue to be major concerns for
postcolonial studies, especially in the wake of growing xenophobia
and Islamophobia in large parts of the world, a proposed intersection
between postcolonialism and postsocialism certainly seems promising
and may even be tied to Ngugi wa Thiongo’s calls for globalism and
globalist social consciousness.

Such a consciousness is also seen by Ngugi as a critique of
neo-liberal capitalism and religious fundamentalism at once because
he asserts, “Capitalist fundamentalism generates religious
fundamentalisms in alliance with it or in opposition to it. But such
religious fundamentalism, to the extent that it divides labor into
religious camps, objectively works for and in concert with capitalist
fundamentalism in its Financial Robes”. Exposing these networks is
crucial for understanding either the growth of Hindutva in India or
the ISIS in Philippines or the Christian extremists in Russia.

This concerted enterprise, based on the task of “decolonizing the
imaginary and rebuilding alliances” seems particularly significant in
2017 which marks a hundred years of the Bolshevik Revolution is
Russia which of course had a significant influence on anti-colonial
liberation movements around the world. Raja Rao’s Kanthapura offers a
brief glimpse of this appeal as the text glowingly speaks of ‘the
country of hammer and sickle and electricity’. The eventual
disintegration of those ideals and the role of Soviet Russia as an
imperial force in various parts of Asia, most notably Afghanistan, of
constitutes one of the great ironies of history. The conjunction of
postcolonialism and postsocialism might investigate these ironies as
well while being mindful of both resistance and co-existence.

Vol. III, Issue 1 of Postcolonial Interventions invites scholarly
papers that would investigate such possibilities and more in an
effort to expand critical horizons while remaining open to the
nuances of multi-spatial hermeneutics within a pluriversal critique.

Possible topics may include but are not limited to:

- Neo-liberal capitalism and the postcolonial state
- Subaltern resistances and negotiations
- The legacy of 1917 – socialist possibilities in a post-Soviet era
- Ethnocentric nationalism and religious fundamentalism
- Revivalist patriarchies and resistance
- Alternate modernities
- Globalectics and utopian possibilities
- Postcolonial cyberture

Please send your submissions to postcolonialinterventions(at)
within 8 October 2017 in accordance with the following guidelines:

- Articles must be original and unpublished. Submission will imply
 that it is not being considered for publication elsewhere.
- Written in Times New Roman 12, double spaced with 1″ margin on all
 sides, in doc/docx format
- Between 4000-7000 words, inclusive of all citations.
- With in-text citations and a Works Cited list complying with latest
 Chicago Manual of Style specifications.
- A separate cover page should include the author’s name,
 designation, an abstract of 250 words with a maximum of 5 keywords
 and a short bio-note of 50 words.
- The main article should not in any way contain the author’s name.
 Otherwise the article will not be considered.
- The contributors are responsible for obtaining permission to
 reproduce any material, including photographs and illustrations for
 which they do not hold copyright.

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