CFP: Revolutionary Papers: Counter-Institutions, -Politics and -Cultures of Anticolonial Periodicals in the Global South

Revolutionary Papers: Counter-Institutions, Politics and Cultures of Anticolonial Periodicals in the Global South
Issue number 150 (October 2024)
Abstract Deadline: August 15, 2022
Co-Edited by Mahvish Ahmad, Chana Morgenstern, Koni Benson, and Alex Lichtenstein

Radical History Review seeks contribution for a special issue entitled Revolutionary Papers. This issue will examine periodicals and other print ephemera—including newspapers, cultural and literary journals, magazines, and pamphlets—as sites of Left, anti-imperial, and anti-colonial critical production across the Global South. During struggles against colonialism, Apartheid, and postcolonial violence, revolutionary papers generated oppositional networks, critical politics, left mobilizations, literary scenes, and alternative artistic practices. Often produced in exile, forced underground, or excluded from traditional sites of intellectual production such as the university, they served as conduits and catalysts of collective critique and literature, discussion, and political or cultural self-definition. Political and cultural dissenters relied on the periodical’s flexibility, circulatory power, and capacity to foster intellectual and literary scenes to fashion new fields of thought. Editors and contributors developed analyses, critiques, and alternative visions through records of debates, clubs and gatherings, essays, letters to the editor, translations, news, local and international literature, photography, and visual art. With left periodicals as their communicative tools, they developed unique political vocabularies that addressed local concerns while linking them to global revolutionary praxis. The left periodical manifested in vastly different forms—from guerilla newsletters to internationalist literary magazines. Contributors are invited to select and present from any genre they regard as relevant, to consider its creation, form, content, readership, “oral infrastructure,” and circulation and to interrogate the nature of the periodical’s radicalism. In line with our commitments to anti-colonial and anti-authoritarian praxis today we also invite reflections on the political significance of revisiting revolutionary papers in our current moment of renewed protest against the continuities and legacies of colonialism.

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