Ireland’s long war for independence from 1912 to 1922 reverberated internationally and echoed down through the years in Irish relations with the Global South. In particular, it spoke to a tradition of political and cultural radicalism that moved beneath the surface of Latin American republics. Links and reciprocities between Ireland and Latin America are multiple and diverse. With the recent surge of work on Irish-Latin American connections and several significant literary interventions, the extent of these links is ever clearer. In this commemorative year, it is time to venture further into those contact zones and hidden recesses of cultural exchange.
This special issue of Irish Migration Studies in Latin America focuses on the revolutionary decade between 1912 and 1922. We seek to explore connections, collaborations, and intellectual and cultural synergies fusing Irish, South American and Caribbean contexts and temporalities during these turbulent years – between the signing of the Home Rule Bill and the end of the Irish Civil War. We also wish to examine the subsequent legacy of commemoration and remembrance in official events, anti-state activism, and in fiction and non-fiction.
We welcome essays from a variety of disciplines that will deepen understanding of the experience of Irish-Latin American relations and throw interdisciplinary light on both the practical and imaginative connections between Ireland and South America. We also welcome articles or reviews of events and interventions that take place during this commemorative year.
In addition to essays on historical themes, literary texts or cultural artefacts, contributions on any of the following would be welcome:
The Green and Black Atlantic; nationalist and unionist cultures; republicanism; internationalism; migration and diaspora; labour rights; feminisms; anti-slavery activism; religion and faith missionary work; travel writing; commemoration within both contexts; interlinking mythologies and systems of knowledge; material and visual culture; loyalism; trade links and resource wars; representations in fiction and non-fiction; print culture; theatre; gender and sexuality; intellectual networks and coteries.
It is hoped that the edition will have contributions from different media platforms. Essays should be in the region of 5,000 words although longer essays that consider specific controversies and issues are welcome. Consideration will also be given to publication of digitised documents and archival material that address the theme and might provide valuable source material for future research.
All articles will be subject to peer review and must conform to the Contributors’ Guidelines of the journal: http://www.irlandeses.org/journal/contributors-guidelines/
For consideration, please submit articles (as an attached Word document) via email with the subject line “IMSLA Special Issue” by 30 September 2016 to Angus Mitchell or Caoilfhionn Ní Bheacháin:
Angus Mitchell: Angus.Mitchell@ul.ie
Caoilfhionn Ní Bheacháin: C.NiBheachain@ul.ie