Call for papers

N. 52, 2021.

Dossier “Postcolonial Literatures and the shapes of the contemporary”

According to Stuart Hall (2013, p.118), the term postcolonial draws our attention “to the fact that colonization was never something external to the societies of imperial metropoles. It was always deeply inscribed in them – the same way it has ineradicably become inscribed in the culture of the colonized”. In this sense, the concept brings out multiple inscriptions of historical processes in which binarism gives room to a rewriting decentralized from the great narratives, refusing a perspective of a “before”, a “now”, a “here” and a “there” in favor of, as in the words of Homi K. Bhabha (1998, p. 46), “the historical and cultural hybridism […] as a paradigmatic starting point”. Furthermore, as Gayatri Chakravorty Spivak (2010) famously highlights, postcolonial studies are always in the search for interrogating the limits of categories such as subject, agency, and voice to think of diverse social sectors that are permanently anchored in the great historical, political and economic narratives of modernity and their diverse peripheries.

Thus, far from being restrained to a fixed historical periodization – or to that that Ella Shohat (1992) calls “problematic temporality” – post-colonial studies attempt to reorganize historical periods, hegemonic geographies, and power devices in order to question the supremacy of certain epistemological paradigms. In this way, just like every critic thinking about the times, spaces, and imaginaries which we co-inhabit, the shapes of the contemporary are also part of the material which the postcolonial look tries to revise and theorize about. This is what, in fact, proposes Dipesh Chakrabarty (2012, p. 1) to the debate about the Anthropocene when he says that “the current globalization conjuncture and the global warming present us the challenge of having to think about the human agency simultaneously according to multiple and unmeasurable scales”.

The 52nd issue of Itinerários - Revista de Literatura welcomes papers that address the relations between literature and postcolonial thought, considering its ways of transculturation, heterogeneity, cultural translations, and displacements, always trying to elaborate new ways of theorizing our temporalities, preferably from that which constitutes the differences of race, class, gender, and sexual orientation. 

Submissions deadline: February 26th, 2021

Organizers of this issue:
Mónica González García (Pontificia Universidad Católica de Valparaíso, Chile)
Natali Fabiana da Costa e Silva (Universidade Federal do Amapá – UNIFAP, Brazil)
Paulo César Andrade da Silva (Universidade Estadual Paulista – UNESP, Brazil)


BHABHA, Homi K. O local da cultura. Tradução de Myriam Ávilla, Eliana Lourenço de Lima Reis, Gláucia Renate Gonçalves. Belo Horizonte: Editora UFMG, 1998.

CHAKRABARTY, Dipesh. Postcolonial Studies and the Challenge of Climate Change. New Literary Historyv. 43, n. 1, p. 1-18, 2012.

HALL, Stuart. Quando foi o pós-colonial?: pensando no limite. In: HALL, Stuart. Da diáspora: identidades e mediações culturais. Identidades e mediações culturais. Tradução de Cláudia Álvares, Sayonaram Amaral, Ana Carolina Escosteguy, Adelaine La Guardia Resende, Francisco Rudiger. Belo Horizonte: UFMG, 2013. p. 110-140.

SHOHAT, Ella. Notes on the "Post-Colonial". Social Text, v. 31/32, p. 98-113, 1992.

SPIVAK, Gayatri Chakravorty. Pode o subalterno falar? Tradução de Sandra Regina Almeida, Marcos Pereira Feitosa, André Pereira Feitosa. Belo Horizonte: Editora UFMG, 2010.