[URBANTH-L] Re: CFP: Journal of Historical Sociology: Imperial Plantations

Pensri Ho pensri at hawaii.edu
Tue Oct 23 13:50:16 EDT 2007

> <http://www.blackwellpublishing.com/journal.asp?ref=0952-
> 1909>JOURNAL 
> Imperial Plantations Past and Present
> Editors:  Piya Chatterjee, Women's Studies, University of 
> California-Riverside,  Monisha Das Gupta, Ethnic Studies and 
> Women's 
> Studies, University of Hawai'i at M noa, Richard Cullen Rath, 
> History, University of Hawai'i at M noa
> In this special issue, we seek to stage an interdisciplinary 
> conversation between the past and the present in order to engage 
> the 
> enduring logics of plantation systems.  While keeping in mind that 
> historical plantations have conditioned those of today, attention 
> to 
> contemporary plantation systems shows that the plantation is no 
> artifact of old empires.  We are looking for essays that engage 
> plantations' global reach, even when the object of study is as 
> local 
> as a particular plantation.  We welcome submissions from all 
> regions 
> that have been profoundly changed by plantations including but not 
> limited to eastern Africa, southern and southeastern Asia, the 
> Americas, or plantation islands (whether in the Caribbean, the West 
> African coast, the Indian Ocean, or the Pacific).
> We invite essays that think beyond area studies and nationalist 
> frameworks.   In this issue, we conceive of plantation economies 
> and 
> societies as bringing together multiple diasporas and staging 
> encounters between indigenous people and immigrants.  Of particular 
> interest to us are papers that consider conquest from indigenous 
> perspectives while marking land appropriation as necessary to the 
> development of the plantation complex. Submissions might 
> investigate 
> the connections, disjunctures, and interplay among various 
> racialized/ethnic groups as well as consumers and producers; 
> multi-disciplinary approaches linking cultural processes such as 
> diaspora and creolization;  or the effects of supra-national 
> structures like the World Bank and programs for structural 
> adjustment 
> on labor and commodity circuits.  We would like to see the papers 
> track shifts in labor regimes and consumption patterns over time 
> rather than considering them in isolation.
> Millions of workers continue to labor within racialized, gendered, 
> and sexual economies of the plantation from which the past is 
> difficult to extricate.  Essays might consider colonial, 
> neo-colonial, and post-colonial plantations as carceral economies 
> geared toward rendering labor predictable through everyday and 
> extraordinary violence.  We would like to foreground analyses that 
> treat race and gender as intersecting systems of violence.  We also 
> seek papers that investigate how plantations carry ideologies such 
> as 
> race, caste, patriarchal gender roles, heteronormativity, or 
> religion 
> around the globe.  What relations of power do plantations carry 
> with 
> them and how are they transformed in the process?
> We are looking for the ways that consumption simultaneously 
> fetishizes and erases the laboring bodies who produce plantation 
> commodities.  What fantasies of consumerism erase the corporeality 
> of 
> the product consumed?  How does capitalism both connect and isolate 
> labor, plantation infrastructures, and consumers?  By connecting 
> cultures of mass consumerism to cultures of production, we seek to 
> bridge the artificial divides of metropole and periphery, global 
> and 
> local.  How do memory and memorialization -- for example in 
> nostalgic 
> recreations of plantations as tourist sites -- erase or minimize 
> the 
> realities of historic and present-day plantations?  In sum, we want 
> this special issue to trace how historical and contemporary 
> plantations manifest the global circuits of labor, commodities, and 
> consumption.
> Please send an abstract of 250 words by January 10, 2008 to 
> <mailto:jhscfp at way.net>jhscfp at way.net.  If you already have a 
> paper, 
> please send it to the same address along with the abstract. The 
> final 
> articles should be 7,500-10,000 words.  See author guidelines for 
> the 
> journal at 
> <http://www.blackwellpublishing.com/submit.asp?ref=0952-
> 1909&site=1>http://www.blackwellpublishing.com/submit.asp?ref=0952-1909&site=1. 
> While we encourage authors to use images for their articles, they 
> have to high resolution jpg, tiff or pdf files.  The issue is 
> slated 
> for publication in January or February 2009 (volume 21, issue 
> 4).  Direct any questions about the special issue to the above 
> address.
> Monisha Das Gupta
> Associate Professor
> Ethnic Studies and Women's Studies
> University of Hawai'i
> 2560 Campus Road
> George Hall 306, Ethnic Studies Department,
> Honolulu, HI 96822
> 808-956-2914 (phone)
> 808-956-9494 (fax)

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