The turn to affect in the humanities and social sciences has stressed the central role that bodily intensities play in the composition of collective socio-natural worlds. As Nietzsche remarks, under every thought there is an affect. Affects are not sentiments nor thoughts-in-themselves, but the thinking-feeling by which we sense our angle of participation in processes, such as life, that are larger than ourselves. Affects put together the overall condition of the contemporary. They are relational and follow an event-logic. But they are also "sticky" and preserve connections between ideas, values, and objects across time and place. While accounts on affect might involve subjective qualities as directly as the objects provoking them, an affect makes itself present in the in-between-ness: that is, in the capacities to act and be acted upon. Thus, an affect can be better expressed as that embodied experience of being-in-the-world. Committed to speculation, curiosity, and the concrete, Brújula’s Volume 13 will provoke attention to the forces that compose, through habit or impact, the affective textures of contemporary Latin America. We are interested in writing experiments that consider the "structures of feeling" that animate the hemispheric scenery, while connecting it to the region's colonial legacies, the emergence of extremist political projects, neoliberalism, and environmental and Human Rights struggles. How would an affective cartography contribute to the understanding of cultural and artistic production in Latin America? Can Affect Theory be mobilized to address pressing issues in the existing bodies of literature? How does affect emerge in societal scales, and how does power work through affect? How can affect (re)produce power relations? In what ways does a foregrounding of affect provoke us to think differently about the region's political experience? and by what means do colonial and modernist affects stick to the historical present?
For this volume of Brújula, we seek contributions that address these and other questions in the fields of Literature, Visual Arts, Cultural Studies, History, Anthropology, Sociology, Ethnography, Ecology, Gender Studies, and any field committed to the messiness of the experiential, to the ways in which bodies are moved by what they are near to, and to the unfolding of worlds as events.
Topics may include but are not limited to:
Affect as politics and the politics of affect
Histories and politics of emotions
Mass culture and popular aesthetics
The affective legacies of colonialism
Affect in late capitalism
Artistic practices as affective interventions
Racial affects and embodiment
Affect and gender
Brújula welcomes the submission of the following scholarly genres:
Academic articles (15-20 pages)
Historiographical analysis (15-20 pages)
Interviews (6-10 pages)
Reflections on performance practices (4-5 pages)
Book Reviews (3-4 pages)
Please submit your manuscript with a cover letter that includes a brief (50-75 words) professional statement (with your name, academic affiliation and title [graduate student, doctoral candidate, assistant professor, professor, etc.], institution, research interests, and/or a few relevant publications), the title of your paper, and a 100-word abstract.
Brújula is a peer-reviewed journal that favors anonymity in the selection process. Therefore, manuscripts should be submitted without names. Names and email addresses should appear only on the cover letter.
Manuscripts must be written in Spanish, English, or Portuguese and must be double-spaced, including endnotes and bibliography.
Format manuscripts following the conventions of the latest MLA Style Manual and Guide to Scholarly Publishing.
Tables, diagrams, maps, photos, and artwork may be included by arrangement with editors.
Permissions to reproduce such materials will be the author’s responsibility.
Brújula only accepts original contributions. Translation of articles or articles already published will not be accepted.