memory & postcoloniality

The Journal of Social Transformation


The transdisciplinary field of memory studies has been at the forefront of reflexive attempts to interrogate the relationship between the politics of the present and discourses about the past. Memory, as Zygmunt Bauman notes, is the “after-life of history” – a constellation of living traditions, narratives, and practices that structure contemporary life. The colonial encounter is intimately tied with collective memory. The postcolony is the site of narratives refracted through recollections and constructions of past violences.

Colonization, moreover, reconfigures group psychologies, producing ambivalent economies of desire and disavowal. This issue of the Journal of Social Transformation aims to grapple with the contradictory, provisional, and contested subject-positions that emerge in postcoloniality. We are particularly interested in inter- and transdisciplinary works that analyze historically specific processes that inform collective mnemonic practices. Submissions for this issue may include, but are not limited to, topics such as:

- colonial history and nationalist discourses
- subaltern and countercultural histories
- decolonization and national history
- transitional justice and postcoloniality
- colonization and national psychologies and subjectivities
- specters, hauntings, and postcolonial archives
- postcolonial architecture and places of memory
- nostalgia and affect in the postcolony
- alternative modernities and temporalities

Guest Editor: Lisandro Claudio
Deadline: October 30, 2011

Submission Instructions: Manuscripts should be sent to as an electronic attachment in Microsoft Word or Rich Text Format. Articles should not exceed 10,000 words in length. All lines should be double-spaced. Author names, affiliations, contact information, and an abstract of 150-200 words should be provided in a separate title page.References to an author's own works must be made in a manner that does not compromise anonymity.

Style: JST uses the Chicago Manual of Style, 15th edition. Authors should prepare manuscripts using endnotes, without a bibliography. The first citation to a work should be a full citation. Subsequent citations of the same work should be shortened (last name, short title, page number).

About JST: The Journal of Social Transformation (JST) is a new, peer-reviewed, interdisciplinary journal published twice a year by the School of Social Sciences of the Ateneo de Manila University. JST seeks articles that examine current and emerging political, cultural, and economic formations, particularly those that involve postcolonial and Asian contexts. Grounded in a concern for justice, broadly conceived, JST is committed to publishing work that addresses the production of new inequalities, forms of violence, and modes of struggle and resistance. We are especially interested in research that investigates transformations brought on by new technologies, media forms and institutional arrangements; contemporary migrations and mobilities; local and global geographies; alternative conceptions of the body and the environment; and class, racial, gender, and sexual orders. JST welcomes both theoretical and empirical contributions from all fields in the social and cultural sciences.


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