CFP: IMSLA Special Issue

Travel Writing: Encounters within and through Irish and Latin American spaces

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Deadline for articles: September 30th, 2014

Contributions are now invited for the 2014/15 Special Issue of the Journal of Irish Migration Studies in Latin America, an international, refereed online journal, edited by Sinéad Wall and Laura Izarra.

Ireland and Latin America share experiences of colonisation which were to some extent aided by travel accounts from the early 1600s through to the 1900s, many of which were concerned with either military fortifications or commercial matters. Just as the ‘New World’ had become a zone to be exploited for its natural wealth, by the mid nineteenth century travel writing about Ireland had become a means of expressing British anxiety about the island. After the famine period of 1845 to 1852 Ireland became a place to be exploited by potential property investors as well as by writers hoping to make money out of the sometimes harrowing descriptions of poverty and hunger.

This Special Issue of the IMSLA seeks to engage with writings about Ireland and/or Latin America which offer different interdisciplinary perspectives from which to reconsider colonial encounters as well as texts which address the various effects, including psychic effects, provoked by the changing cultural formations of the late twentieth/early twenty-first centuries. These encounters might be framed within or going beyond what Mary Louise Pratt denotes as ‘contact zones’ –i.e. ‘social spaces where disparate cultures meet, clash, and grapple with each other’, or what Avtar Brah defines as ‘diaspora space’, that which ‘marks the intersectionality of contemporary conditions of transmigrancy of people, capital, commodities and culture’– including not only Latin American spaces but Irish spaces also. Therefore, the present issue on Travel Writing aims to consider narratives which could be read against various theoretical frameworks from various fields of knowledge such as history, sociology, anthropology, literature, linguistics among others, in order to highlight different experiences of power relations and cultural practices. We invite papers which interrogate travel between Ireland and Latin America and which examine alternative discourses of travel, whether in an Imperial or contemporary context. All articles will be subject to peer review and must conform to the Contributors Guidelines of the journal.

Articles should not be longer than 5,000 words, including references and notes. Suggested articles include, but are not limited to:

  • Historical or fictional accounts, diaries and reports (official or private) by missionaries, soldiers, diplomats, entrepreneurs among others
  • Encounters between Ireland and Latin America
  • Irish Migration, exile or diasporic writing about Latin America and vice versa
  • Irish/Latin American Interpretation and reinterpretation of travel writing
  • Writing at the margins
  • Women writing and gendered spaces
  • Postmodern and virtual travels
  • Transnational writings

For consideration, please submit articles (as an attached Word document) via email with the subject line “IMSLA Special Issue” by 30 September 2014 to Laura Izarra:

Convocatoria para Contribuciones, IMSLA Volumen 8, Número 3

IMSLA, Volumen 8, Número 3

Problemas y riquezas en los Archivos: Escribiendo las historias y anécdotas de los irlandeses en, y en conexión con Latinoamérica, La Norteamérica Hispana, el Caribe y la Península Ibérica.

Los editores de la revista Estudios de Migraciones Irlandesas en Latinoamérica (Irish Migration Studies in Latin America) abren su convocatoria de participación en un número especial que puede incluir artículos que discutan las dificultades encontradas al escribir en este campo de investigación, las fuentes originales disponibles y los problemas para acceder a ellas, las complicaciones políticas, académicas y geográficas en la construcción de narrativas y análisis, así como otros temas relacionados. La publicación se centrará en los desafíos y las fuentes disponibles para el crecimiento del campo de los Estudios de Irlanda y América Latina (incluyendo La Norteamérica Hispana, la península Ibérica y el Caribe). Se espera que los artículos discutan fuentes disponibles de archivo, literarias, y de otra índole, que ayuden a los académicos en diversas categorías geográficas e históricas de esta disciplina. El término archivo es definido ampliamente e incluye una variedad de fuentes en general (archivos existentes, periódicos, literatura, colecciones privadas, fuentes en línea, colecciones de los gobiernos nacionales, historias transmitidas oralmente, el archivo en línea de SILAS…) La editora Clíona Murphy y la editora invitada Margaret Brehony, están particularmente interesadas en escuchar a los autores que ya han trabajado extensamente en archivos tradicionales que tienen contenido irlandés y latinoamericano. También estamos interesadas en artículos que recurren a la literatura y a fuentes que no son de archivo, y que mejoran nuestra comprensión de la materia. De igual manera se espera, que aparte de artículos de archivos y fuentes originales, la publicación contará con artículos que discutan los parámetros, teorías y el alcance de este campo de investigación (incluyendo el género), como también listas y enlaces que lleven a colecciones en varias ubicaciones diferentes. También puede haber un análisis y un catálogo de lo que está disponible en los archivos de SILAS, dependiendo de la disponibilidad de la persona con el conocimiento requerido para componerlo. Todos los artículos estarán sujetos a revisión. Fecha límite: 31 de julio de 2013. Enviar manuscritos a y

Call for Contributions for IMSLA Vol 8, No 3

Call for Contributions

Volume 8, Number 3

Troubles and Riches in the Archives: Writing the histories and stories of the Irish in, and connected to, Latin-America, Spanish-speaking North America, the Caribbean and Iberian Peninsula.

The editors of Irish Migration Studies in Latin America invite submissions for a special issue which may include articles discussing the difficulties encountered in writing in this field, the available sources and the problems accessing them, the political, scholarly, and geographic complications in constructing narratives and analyses as well as other related themes. The issue will focus on the challenges of, and sources for, the growth of the field of Irish Latin American Studies (including Spanish speaking North America, the Iberian peninsula and the Caribbean). It is hoped articles will discuss available archival, literary and other sources, which aid scholars in diverse geographical and historical categories of the discipline. The term archive is defined broadly and includes a variety of sources in general (actual archives, newspapers, literature, private collections, online sources, national government collections, oral histories, the SILAS on line archive…).  The editor Clíona Murphy, and guest editor, Margaret Brehony, are particularly interested in hearing from authors who have already worked extensively in traditional archives that have Irish Latin-American content.  We are also interested in submissions which draw on literature and other non-archival sources, and which enhance our understanding of this field. As well as having articles on archives and sources, it is hoped the issue will have articles that discuss the parameters, theories, and scope of this field (including gender), as well as lists of, and links to, collections in a number of different locations.  There may also be an analysis and catalogue of what is available in the SILAS archives, depending upon availability of person with the expertise to do put it together. All articles will be subject to peer review. Please consult Contributors Guidelines of the journal.

Deadline: July 31, 2013
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Call for Contributions: “Gender, Ireland, Latin America and the Caribbean”

Volume 8, Number 2, December, 2012
“Gender, Ireland, Latin America and the Caribbean”

The editors of Irish Migration Studies in Latin America invite submissions for a special
issue on Gender (Volume 8, Number 2, December, 2012). Articles discussing women and
men from a gender perspective, and within an Irish-Latin American/Caribbean context
will be considered. Emigration/Immigration, Feminism, Domestic Violence, Religion,
Education, Activism, Human Rights, Race, Homosexuality, Masculinity, Literature,
Cinema, Theatre, Art, Sports, and Health are possible areas of focus. Articles using a
comparative approach (examining a particular theme in Ireland and Latin
America/Caribbean), and complementary articles by different authors on a similar theme,
one article based in Ireland the other in Latin America/Caribbean, will also be
considered. Articles may be placed in a historical or contemporary setting.
Articles should be submitted to the Editor in Chief by 15 July 2012. Articles related to
the general theme of this journal will also be considered. Scholarly articles should be
between two and five thousand words. The editors also welcome book, film and website
reviews, edited discussions of primary documents, photo essays, and short biographies
related to the topic of the special issue, and to the general theme of the journal. All
contributions must conform to the Contributors’ Guidelines of this journal before they will be considered. All papers will undergo editorial screening and peer review.

Editor-in-Chief, Dr. Clíona Murphy, History Department, California State University,
Bakersfield, CA 93311.