Call for Papers, Poetry and Prose
WSQ Special Issue Spring 2016: Survival
Guest Editors: Frances Bartowski, Elena Glasberg, and Taylor Black
To survive is messy, elaborate, layered. The metaphysics of deferral are entwined in the root and the prefix sur (over) vive (life): to live beyond. . . . Posing “Survival” invites the question: What didn’t survive? As life (or living) is a strategic, representable mode of survival over time, the biopolitics of control and management have made both politics and representation always already invested in surviving and in survival. . . . What happens when survival is no longer suppressed or assumed, taken as inevitable or as the condition of possibility of both temporality and disciplinary knowledge, or periodization?
Much of survival’s force and promise stems from its unpredictable attachments across the biological and social sciences, where it long ago escaped the box of mechanism to become a metaphor. Orphaned traditions are survivals of bygone cultures. Legal regimes sometimes remain in force beyond the period of their initiating circumstances; the Antarctic Treaty, for example, is a Cold War survival. Survival signifies as actuarial differential in Ruth Wilson-Gilmore’s work on racialized survival within the US prison system (2007), or what Lauren Berlant has named “slow death” (2007); it is revived in controversy around medical practices, most obviously with organ transplants, but also on the level of the cellular, as in The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks (2010), about the exploitation of a North Carolina woman’s cellular property after her death from cancer. Jodi Byrd in Transit of Empire (2011) offers “Survivance” as a counter to the notion of a serviceable Native disappearance as it continues to limit Native sovereignty under various regimes of settler occupation. . . .
Scholarly articles and inquiries should be sent to guest issue editors Frances Bartowski, Elena Glasberg, and Taylor Black at WSQsurvivalissue@gmail.com. We will give priority consideration to submissions received by March 1, 2015. Please send complete articles, not abstracts. Submissions should not exceed 6,000 words (including un-embedded notes and works cited) and should comply with the formatting guidelines athttp://www.feministpress.org/wsq/submission-guidelines.
Poetry submissions should be sent to WSQ’s poetry editor, Kathleen Ossip, at WSQpoetry@gmail.com by March 1, 2015. Please review previous issues of WSQ to see what type of submissions we prefer before submitting poems. Please note that poetry submissions may be held for six months or longer. Simultaneous submissions are acceptable if the poetry editor is notified immediately of acceptance elsewhere. We do not accept work that has been previously published. Please paste poetry submissions into the body of the e-mail along with all contact information.
Fiction, essay, and memoir submissions should be sent to WSQ’s fiction/nonfiction editor, Asali Solomon, at WSQCreativeProse@gmail.com by March 1, 2015. Please review previous issues of WSQ to see what type of submissions we prefer before submitting prose. Please note that prose submissions may be held for six months or longer. Simultaneous submissions are acceptable if the prose editor is notified immediately of acceptance elsewhere. We do not accept work that has been previously published. Please provide all contact information in the body of the e-mail.