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Endangered Citizenship: Crime, End of the World and Biopolitics in Postcolonial Literatures and Cinema – until April 17, 2019

Editor: Gaia Giuliani

Deadline for submission: 17 April 2019

Keywords: postcolonial condition, biopolitics, end of the world, science fiction, crime fiction and crime film

In recent years, academic research on popular fictional genres has intensified, embracing different critical approaches which include literary, structural, and theoretical approaches (Pearson, Singer [2009], Christian [ed.], 2001, Langer, 2011; Hoagland, Sarwal [eds.], 2011), in a concerted effort to redefine the cultural contents that these genres have the ability to express. In literary, visual and cinematographic typologies, postcolonial issues - whether regarding gender, genre or racism - introduce new forms and potentialities in the expression of the tensions of postcolonial contemporaneity and in the restructuring/deconstruction of historical experience.

Considering the importance that studies on genres such as crime fiction, science fiction and fantasy are achieving in the academic field, this thematic issue intends to explore popular narratives (crime fiction, post-apocalyptic, fantasy and science fiction) which were produced in the South, more precisely in the Atlantic area. The texts should examine how these narratives represent the social, namely how they address concerns and fears in various social contexts: citizenships in crisis, endangered citizenships, crime and contemporary perceptions of the end-of-the-world. From a comparative and pluri-disciplinary perspective, the volume is intended to explore how many of these narratives convey and articulate their cultural specificities in a transnational space. The originality of this call lies not only in the type of narratives under analysis, but also in the way of reading and interpreting them, namely through comparative lens and informed by sociology, philosophy and philology.

Regarding the theoretical approach, the reference studies cover a structural perspective on the above-mentioned genres (Altman 2000; Giardinelli, 1996), as well as a cultural perspective. The latter is based on theories about biopolitics (Agamben, 1996; Esposito, 2004) and social conspiracies, whether as a threat of the state against the population (Piglia 2006, Besarón 2009, Braham, 2004) or as fear of racial or social otherness. From this point of view, it is also possible to examine the postcolonial contributions of these literary forms to academic critique (Giuliani, 2015). They are crucial to focus the problem of the representation of the Other, especially through the reactivation of the concept of monstrosity (cannibals, zombies or aliens) in national and international popular culture.

Therefore, this thematic issue aims to establish a dialogue between researchers who are interested in the above-mentioned literary, visual and cinematographic typologies. Regarding the relation between the presence of otherness and its fictional and fantastic representation in terms of popular cultural production, this issue aims to reflect on the discrepancies in the representation of the relation between nature and technology and its impact on the structuring of the citizenship (with its modes of inclusion and exclusion), on the one hand, and, on the other, the relationship between society, power and institutions, on both sides of the Atlantic. These spaces should be understood not only as geographical sites, but also as forms of representation of difference (racial, political), biopolitics and violence.

Finally, we expect that this thematic issue will promote the development of a research network on these topics among the authors of the selected texts.

e-cadernos CES is a peer-reviewed, online and entirely open access journal, published by the Centre for Social Studies of the University of Coimbra (Portugal). The journal is currently indexed in CAPES, DOAJ, EBSCO, ERIH Plus and Latindex. For more information about this publication see

Texts should be presented in final version, in Portuguese, English, Spanish, or French. Manuscripts must be originals and not exceed 60,000 characters (with spaces), including notes and references. For the final section @cetera, other manuscripts may be submitted (up to 35,000 characters), such as interviews and discussions (up to 25,000 characters) or book reviews (up to 5,000 characters).

Detailed guidelines for submitting texts are available at Manuscripts should be sent by email to and authors should clearly identify the thematic issue in question – “Endangered Citizenship: Crime, End of the World and Biopolitics in Postcolonial Literatures and Cinema”.

All manuscripts will go through a blind peer review process.

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