We would like to invite you to propose chapters for the edited volume: The Eastern Gaze. Eastern European Conceptualizations of the Non-European World
The Eastern Gaze aims to fill the lacuna of knowledge about the Eastern European perception of the non-European world. The volume will gather scholars working in the fields of history, Jewish Studies, literary studies, cultural studies and neighboring disciplines and will explore the formation of cultural hierarchies that allowed Eastern Europeans to exoticize the peoples and territories of Africa and the Middle East, Asia, Latin America and Oceania. To what extent and in what ways did Eastern European travelers and migrants adopt a “Western” persona when they arrived in non-European territories? What exactly was the Eastern European perception of “exotic” lands? Who were the actors shaping the Eastern European understanding of the non-European world, and what strategies and reference points did they use? How was the “exotic lands” motif used in Eastern European popular and avant-garde cultures? As a whole, the volume intends to critically examine how the non-European world was discussed in Eastern Europe, explore the evolution of public discourses concerning Asia, Africa and Latin America, and locate the mechanisms and strategies that diverse Eastern European actors adopted when talking about the non-European world.
The temporal framework of the volume starts in the second half of the 19th century and extends into the contemporary era. We are seeking fully-documented scholarly chapters with a maximum of 10,000 words. We invite contributions that include but are not limited to the following subjects:
- Eastern Europe and constructing popular images of the non-European world
- Eastern European (Jewish and non-Jewish) travel writing and the construction of “selfhood”
- East European identifications of “Otherness”
- Eastern European migrants’ and immigrants’ perception of their new “exotic” places of residence
- the Eastern European Jewish gaze on the Mizrahi Jews
- Gender aspects of the Eastern European perception of the non-European world
- Race and Eastern European visions of the non-European world
The volume is edited by Magdalena Kozłowska (Institute of History, University of Warsaw) and Mariusz Kałczewiak (Slavic Studies Department, University of Potsdam).
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Please send to the editors Magdalena Kozłowska (firstname.lastname@example.org) and Mariusz Kałczewiak (email@example.com) a 300-word abstract of your proposed papers by June 23, 2019. Decisions will be made by July 7, 2019. Selected authors will be invited to send their papers by December 31, 2019. We are negotiating a book publication with Academic Studies Press and Brill, and the volume is scheduled to appear at the end of 2020.