Since the violent colonization of American territories more than five centuries ago, to the most recent protests and state repression in various countries of the region, art of all forms has served to represent, remember, and process the conflict and violence that have scarred the history of Latin America. It is art —Cynthia Milton suggests— that “can help provide a fuller expression and better understanding of the difficult and controversial past.” For some, literature, film, photography, music, or theater can even help shape and make sense of traumatic experiences. What is certain is that all of these artistic expressions make up key elements in the evolving political struggle for memory surrounding such experiences.

The 15th volume of Brújula, “Representing violence: violence and trauma in literature, film, and art”, encourages reflection and discussion on the various ways in which experiences of violence and trauma in Latin America have been approached throughout the region. We are interested in building bridges between distinct artistic perspectives, theories, and critiques: Anthropology, History, Cultural Studies, Trauma and Memory Studies, Gender Studies, and Human Rights, among other fields. Additionally, we wish to establish analytic connections that invite us to think about violence and trauma as experiences anchored in historical and geographical contexts.

A few of the proposed topics for article submission are as follows:

  • Gender Violence
  • Political Violence
  • State Violence
  • Colonization and Racism
  • Protests and Repression
  • Testimonio and Trauma
  • Memory Politics
  • Politics of Representation
  • Art and Memory
  • Art and Peacebuilding
  • Subaltern Memory
  • Underground Memory
  • Places of Memory, Museums, and Pedagogy
  • Environmental violence and representation

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 200-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.
  • Manuscripts will not be returned. 


Please submit materials to
by July 31st, 2022.