Organization: Qui Parle: Critical Social Sciences and Humanities
We know we must breathe to be alive. Each breath, however, potentially exposes us to danger. The novel coronavirus is primarily transmitted through respiratory droplets. The face mask has become a political statement. Throughout the world, air quality indexes report “very unhealthy” or “hazardous” conditions during increasingly severe fire seasons. Suffocation—by tear gas, by chokehold—endures as a tactic of anti-Black state violence. Who breathes easy? Who breathes at all?
This is a call for very short (500 words max.) interventions in the politics of pulmonary life for publication in our upcoming issue: breath as network, as work and labor, as belabored, short, relieving, vital, fatal. We encourage writers to think small: we don’t expect or want you to attempt to cover an entire field or fully explain breath in a single page. Rather, we intend to publish relatively self-contained meditations that focus on one—perhaps two—concepts or texts.
Authors are also encouraged to work creatively outside academic writing conventions, to think through crisis and care with their own lungs. We welcome submissions from artists, thinkers, and cultural workers—and especially those outside the USA—speaking to and from this twenty-first-century pandemic.
Please upload your submission through the following link: https://tinyurl.com/quiparle-breath.
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Visit our websites at quiparle.berkeley.edu and https://www.dukeupress.edu/qui-parle
Londiwe Gamedze & Kyra Sutton, Editors-in-Chief