JALA: North African Literatures Beyond the Francophone Maghreb

Deadline: February 1, 2019

Call for Papers

The North Africa Caucus of the African Literature Association is seeking papers for a Special Issue of the Journal of the African Literature Association devoted to North Africa.

North African Literatures Beyond the Francophone Maghreb
The study of North African literatures has been firmly rooted in francophone frameworks since the 1960s, an approach that perpetuates colonial categories of both space and language. We propose a special issue of JALA that will approach North African literature beyond the geographic and linguistic limitations of the so-called Francophone Maghreb. The work presented in this special issue will address a series of under-studied questions in the field of North African literary studies. How do other languages in the region, such as Arabic, Tamazight (Berber), and Spanish intersect with French? How do individual North African works, writers, artists, or filmmakers problematize monolithic definitions of nationalism and regional identities? How do authors in the diaspora experience their North African identities in new languages and new contexts? How do the literatures and cultural productions of the Maghreb relate to the rest of Africa, and to other spaces such as the Middle East, the Mediterranean?

In order to begin answering these questions, we seek submissions that address the diversity of North African literatures, particularly their ties to various linguistic traditions, genres, regions, and spaces.

Submission of Papers
Essays should be between 5,000 and 8,000 words; should be Word documents, using MLA format for layout and citation.
Essays are to be submitted in two forms: a full version with author’s details, and a completely anonymized version.
Please send your essays electronically to zbentahar@towson.edu by February 1st, 2019, using the subject heading “JALA SI Maghreb.”

Preparing Your Paper
You can access the journal’s advice to authors on preparing a manuscript here: https://tandfonline.com/action/authorSubmission?journalCode=rala20&page=instructions
All submissions will undergo a double-blind peer-review process.

Articles that have been published previously, or that are currently being considered for publication elsewhere, will not be considered for this Special Issue.