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Diálogo: Call for Articles

Cartographies of Violence in Contemporary Latin American Literature & Film | Cartografías de la violencia en la literatura y cine latinoamericano contemporáneo

Guest Thematic Editors:
Rocío Ferreira (DePaul University), Isabel Quintana (Universidad de Buenos Aires /CONICET)

We seek contributions that theorize and examine violence through multiple lenses in Contemporary Latin-American Literature and Film (including but not limited to political, biopolitical, economic, ethnic, gender associated, etc.) expressed in various manners—research articles, interviews, and/or creative work of textual density, exploring diverse evidences of violence and imaginary state controlling factors. Literature and Film are locations where agency is redefined and asserted; how does art provide avenues for discussion and discovery, and where communities defy biopolitical designs. For this theme, we are interested in how literature and film provide a space where writing and other textualities tackle the theme of violence. How do these works reveal uncertainties and chaos through perceptions of reality and direct or impending threats? How do they address vulnerability and temporal locations? How do imagined communities and precarious communities interact? What barriers, of any type, are evident in diverse displacements of communities, including war, narcotrafficking, human trafficking, state violence, migration, illness, and natural catastrophes?


Este número monográfico invita trabajos que analicen en la literatura y cine latinoamericano la violencia (política, biopolítica, económica, cultural, étnica, de género, etc.) expresada de diversos modos—ensayos, entrevistas y trabajos creativos que exploren diferentes escenificaciones de la violencia que arman densidades textuales complejas en torno a los imaginarios estatales de control poblacional. El cine y la literatura son un lugar donde se rearman agenciamientos, se redefinen políticas de lo viviente y se arman otras comunidades que ponen en puja los diseños biopolíticos. Nos interesa pensar la literatura y el cine como espacios donde la escritura u otras textualidades abordan la violencia. Las condiciones de posibilidad de las artes son los momentos de incertidumbre y caos en los que la percepción de la realidad se encuentra bajo una amenaza. ¿Cómo es que en dichos momentos la temporalidad sufre un resquebrajamiento ante la presencia de algo diferente; cómo el tiempo se desquicia y la relación entre presente y futuro cambia? ¿Ante el fracaso de las comunidades imaginadas, cómo se conforman otras en función de su vulnerabilidad y precariedad? ¿Cuáles son las barreras inmunológicas que colapsan ante los diversos desplazamientos poblacionales (guerra, dictaduras, narcotráfico, trata de personas, violencia estatal, migración, enfermedad, catástrofes naturales)?

Submissions due by or before October 1, 2019, emailed to:

Questions about the theme to Rocío Ferreira ( and Isabel A. Quintana (

Follow submission guidelines on UT Press website.

Wordcount for research articles 6-8,000; for shorter reflection articles 3-4,000; interviews 3,000 words. Book/film/media reviews related to this topic welcome: 1000-1200 words. Short submissions of creative work welcome (poets, submit maximum 4 poems of which 1-2 will be selected; Fiction writers 2,500 limit).

Special Issue on Latinx Detective Fiction
A Browner Shade of Noir: Latinx Detective and Mystery Narratives in Literature and Popular Culture

Diálogo journal invites authors to submit manuscripts for a special issue dedicated to Latinx Detective Fiction. We are looking for essays exploring the ways in which detective, noir, hardboiled, and mystery narratives add to a range of questions about power in relation to Latinx identities and cultures in the 21st century. At the intersections of race, class, gender, sexuality, national identity, and ability, this special issue will feature analyses of works that challenge, rewrite, and sometimes ignore completely the popular scripts of white, heteromasculine anti/heroism in which these genres are often grounded. For many Latinx authors, detective narratives appear to offer an outsider perspective (what Ralph E. Rodriguez refers to as "alienated eyes") from which to imagine and articulate more inclusive forms of belonging and political agency. With this in mind, contributors to this special issue are encouraged (but not required) to consider the following questions:

  • Why do writers and filmmakers continue to produce works in these genres and why do they remain so popular with audiences? How do these genres change (or do they change?) to accommodate Latinx narratives?
  • What is at stake when Latinx narratives of alienation move from focusing on “private eyes/I’s” to imagining “collective we’s”?
  • When and to what extent do Latinx detective narratives offer audiences a glimpse through “collective eyes” (or from “collectivized” perspectives)?
  • Do representations of power and violence in these genres resonate differently in the hands of Latinx characters, authors, directors, etc.? If so, why?
  • What do we gain and what might we lose when we read Latinx authors as disruptive voices within these genres?

We are interested in essays on Latinx authors and Latin American authors who write in and on the boundaries of these genres. We are also interested in essays about detective/noir films, television shows, graphic novels, and/or video games.

Timeline: Please submit a 250-500 word proposal by January 1, 2020. If accepted, final text of the article length piece will be expected in late April 2020, for publication in the Spring 2021 issue. Please submit proposals directly to all editors of the special issue: Jose Navarro (, Michael Cucher (, and William Arce (