International Journal of Literature and Arts

Special Issue

Discourses of Militarization and Identity: Literature of Conflict

  • Submission Deadline: 30 December 2014
  • Status: Submission Closed
  • Lead Guest Editor: Cristina-Georgiana Voicu
About This Special Issue
For a special issue entitled Discourses of Militarization and Identity: Literature of Conflict, we invite essays on the intersection of the cultural studies tradition in literature, art, cinema, television, as well as in visual and digital media, with the representation of war and the military in its various manifestations. Historical reference points range from civil wars to national, colonial, and post-colonial conflicts, the Cold War and post-Cold War global conflicts.

Submissions might address literary and artistic responses to conflict framed within cultural studies traditions, but also the use of these traditions in the discourse of war itself, i.e. in non-literary texts like historiography, non-fiction, military manuals, geopolitical handbooks etc.

Equally important in understanding the complexities of the militarization of the border as a social phenomenon is the way in which unauthorized migrants to make sense of border policing.

This special issue attempts to examine how border scholars interpret and (re)present the lives of those living in a militarized border and attempt to answer the following questions: What does it mean to argue for the inclusion of narratives of unauthorized migrants whose voices are hardly present in the discourse of border militarization? Can subaltern undocumented immigrants speak in a way that contests and challenges prevailing views of them merely as victims running away from their usually ‘Third World’ countries for political or economic reasons?

Strongly encouraged are submissions, especially in the areas of literature, geopolitics, military sciences, visual media, which move beyond representational analysis to address the overlap of and complicity between war/conflict discourse and the realm of military experience, i.e. the development and exchange of technologies, of financial, organizational, institutional, and logistical structures.

Topics ranging across the wide historical aim of the border studies in different national traditions might include, yet are not limited to:

1. military mobilization: imagining the enemy
2. war propaganda: heart and minds
3. the discourse of militarism and militarization
4. the experience of combat
5. the space of the battle field
6. the home front: shelters, homes, hospitals
7. the veteran: medicine, trauma, biopolitics
8. gender discourse: warriors, soldiers, cannon fodder
9. military technology: destruction and reconstruction
10. high-tech/low-tech war: from swords to drones
11. remembering war: memoirs and monuments
12. borders and borderlines
Lead Guest Editor
  • Cristina-Georgiana Voicu

    Romanian Academy, Iasi, Romania

Guest Editors
  • Aman Vats

    Associate Professor, Amity School of Communication, Amity University,, NOIDA,, India

  • Laura-Violeta Duţă

    Institut für Anglistik und Amerikanistik, University of Vienna, Austria, Austria

  • Ingrida Zindziuviene

    Department of English Philology, Faculty of Humanities, Vytautas Magnus University, Kaunas, Lithuania

  • Andreea-Raluca Topor-Constantin

    Department of Foreign Languages, Romanian-American University, Bucharest, Romania

  • Amalia-Florentina Drăgulănescu

    History of Literature Department, Romanian Academy, A. Philippide Institute of Romanian Philology, Iasi, Romania

Published Articles
  • States of Conflict and the Idea of Pacifism in the Novel Fratricides

    Amalia-Florentina Drăgulănescu

    Issue: Volume 2, Issue 6-1, December 2014
    Pages: 30-34
    Received: 31 December 2014
    Accepted: 8 January 2015
    Published: 14 January 2015
    DOI: 10.11648/j.ijla.s.2014020601.15
    Abstract: Father Ianaros, the main character of Nikos Kazantzakis’ Fratricides is leading a two-way battle, a real conflict with himself as well as the struggle between body and soul, torn between fascists and communists. The confusion between red and black, between life and death (bodily and spiritual) and its source that rests in the peace without peace t... Show More
  • Disease as Enemy: Journalistic Discourse Analysis about Dengue Fever

    Luiz Marcelo Robalinho Ferraz , Isaltina Maria de Azevedo Mello Gomes

    Issue: Volume 2, Issue 6-1, December 2014
    Pages: 23-29
    Received: 20 September 2014
    Accepted: 29 November 2014
    Published: 8 January 2015
    DOI: 10.11648/j.ijla.s.2014020601.14
    Abstract: Dengue fever is one of the current concerns of Brazilian public health. It emerged and became well known in Brazil in the 1980s, when successive outbreaks were registered in several cities. The purpose of this article is to evaluate the media treatment given to dengue fever, a disease that is increasingly affecting Brazilian people. Starting from t... Show More
  • Living in Perpetual War but Dreaming at Perpetual Peace

    Michael Orzeaţă

    Issue: Volume 2, Issue 6-1, December 2014
    Pages: 8-14
    Received: 28 October 2014
    Accepted: 2 November 2014
    Published: 5 November 2014
    DOI: 10.11648/j.ijla.s.2014020601.12
    Abstract: The world is the arena of permanent confrontation among individuals and communities. They are pushed toward confrontation by the human beings inner nature and by their contradictory interests. Permanent struggle for money, social position, influence, resources, and territories has different forms of manifestation, from a banal quarrel to fight for ... Show More
  • English for Specific Academic Purposes: The Need for ICT and Reconstruction

    Yahya Dkhissi

    Issue: Volume 2, Issue 6-1, December 2014
    Pages: 1-7
    Received: 14 July 2014
    Accepted: 2 September 2014
    Published: 7 October 2014
    DOI: 10.11648/j.ijla.s.2014020601.11
    Abstract: In most non-English speaking countries, the language is basically seen as an academic endeavor for some general or specific purposes. Teachers, academicians, syllabus designers, but not learners, are often involved in structuring, designing or promoting the curricula and teaching activities. The rationale of this paper is to integrate other contrib... Show More