Here’s a name for papers from Sargasso, a Journal of Caribbean Literature, Language, and Tradition in collaboration with the Institute of Cooperativism on the College of Puerto Rico-Río Piedras. Sargasso invitations submissions for an upcoming concern titled “Cooperation, Solidarity, & Mutuality.” The deadline for submissions is April 1, 2021.
Broadly conceptualized, cooperation proposes that collective well-being and mutual efforts accomplish greater than particular person efforts via human endeavor that’s primarily based on the values of mutual help, duty, democracy, solidarity, and equality. Whereas cooperatives and cooperativism have a protracted, although marginalized, historical past within the Caribbean, cooperation is occasionally centered as a framework in Caribbean Research. Each theoretical approaches and particular manifestations of cooperation could also be activated to supply essential alternate options to hegemonic epistemological, cultural, social, political, and financial fashions and discourses, and now is a vital time to heart them.
The COVID-19 pandemic and worldwide antiracist actions activated by the homicide of George Floyd within the US are unprecedented international occasions that supply the chance to (re)analyze the function and apply of cooperation in our societies. The present international well being disaster has uncovered a devastating lack of coordinated efforts inside and between nations, laid naked treacherous inequities in entry to fundamental providers, and accelerated violations of human and environmental rights. Within the Caribbean, legacies of colonial oppression and modern political struggles alike exacerbate these tendencies. But, the racist constructions that perpetuate egregious inequities are being challenged in important and highly effective methods. Within the midst of present political, social, and financial reckonings, how can numerous types of cooperation be leveraged to border paradigm shifts and provide concrete alternate options to dominant discourse and practices?
Myriad types of cooperative group and considering are embedded in Caribbean histories, societies, and cultures. Credit score unions and casual neighborhood banks are maybe probably the most seen cooperative constructions within the area – from Puerto Rico’s strong cooperative infrastructure to the extra casual elevate or field in Antigua and Barbuda, examples of those practices abound. Cooperatives and cooperativism throughout the area have been studied and documented in works reminiscent of Antulio Parrilla Bonilla’s Cooperativismo en Puerto Rico: una crítica (1974) and An introduction to Co-operation within the Caribbean (1994) revealed by Jamaica’s Nationwide Union of Cooperative Societies. For the humanities, cooperation additionally performs a essential⎯if much less apparent⎯function within the historical past of democracies, information constructing and sharing, creative manufacturing, cultural endeavors, and initiatives of regional cooperation. Collectives such because the state-sponsored Unión de Escritores y Artistas Cubanos (UNEAC) in Cuba and the Calabash Worldwide Literary Competition Belief with roots in Jamaica are primarily based on foundations of cooperation to critically help artists’ work whereas providing public entry to and participation in numerous types of creative expression. Analysis on the function of cooperation as resistance can present a essential platform to problem hegemonic practices and insurance policies, as urged by Naomi Klein in her showcasing of cooperative efforts after Hurricane María in The Battle for Paradise: Puerto Rico Takes on the Catastrophe Capitalists (2018).
The editors of this quantity search to spotlight how consideration of cooperation and cooperativism bolsters insights and information related to the humanities and methods during which it assists in conceptualizing essential alternate options to dominant fashions and discourses which might be short-sighted or don’t adequately handle urgent social, financial, and political issues. Whereas information related to the examine of tradition, literature, and language is replete with helpful ideas, instruments, and assets, we’re focused on efforts that may strengthen and make this information extra related by specializing in fairness, sustainability, transformative dialogue, and broad dissemination. We search narratives of cooperation from a broad vary of voices, together with lecturers, activists, arts practitioners, researchers, and cooperativists or entrepreneurs of social and solidarity economies. We invite contributors to share information and experiences at a spread of ranges: scholarly examine, the showcasing of particular approaches to cooperation and solidarity, and the dissemination of details about profitable neighborhood or regional practices. How can our collective examination of cooperation and cooperative modes of being provide concrete alternate options and illuminate our paths ahead?
Attainable subjects to discover embody, however usually are not restricted to:
- Caribbean cultural traditions & cooperative practices
- Cooperation, cooperativism, & the humanities
- Different economies, cooperativism, social economies, & economies of solidarity
- Antiracism, cooperation, & solidarity
- Medical humanities & the COVID-19 public well being emergency
- Cooperation for conservation, environmental sustainability, & meals safety
- Cooperation as resistance to neoliberalism & catastrophe capitalism
- Intersections of linguistics, language planning, & cooperative practices
- Faith & spirituality from cooperative views
- Cooperative tourism & journey
- Migration, cooperation, & diasporic populations
We search essays that look at cooperation from distinct views, together with these which might be multi-, inter- or transdisciplinary in orientation. Quick fiction, interviews, poetry, and visible artwork that discover, theorize, or embody cooperative modes of being or critically reply to cooperative actions are additionally inspired. Submissions are welcome in English, Spanish, French, Haitian Creole, and Papiamentu. Essays ought to include between 4,000-6,000 phrases and be ready in accordance with the rules of the most recent MLA handbook. Abstracts of 120 phrases or much less that embody 4-5 key phrases must be submitted in English and Spanish. Photographs, illustrations, and different graphics are inspired. Submissions are due by April 1, 2021 and must be despatched to email@example.com. Contributors can be notified of the standing of their submissions in Could 2021.
Sargasso is a peer-reviewed journal that has been edited on the College of Puerto Rico, Río Piedras for greater than 30 years. Based mostly within the Division of English within the Faculty of Humanities, the journal options work on the languages, literatures, and cultures of the Caribbean and its a number of diasporas.