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[Commlist] CFP: Imagining the unseen: 20 pictures of debt’s empire, then and now
Mon Jul 08 05:05:50 GMT 2019
Call for proposals
Imagining the unseen: 20 pictures of debt’s empire, then and now
Edited by Clea Bourne
Gilbert <http://www.sussex.ac.uk/profiles/275733>, Max Haiven
<https://maxhaiven.com/>and Johnna Montgomerie
We are seeking pitches (200w) for short chaptersthat tell a story of
the way today’s forms of debt, finance and/or moneyare entangled
with the histories of race, empire and/or colonialism
Chapters of roughly2,500 wordswill focus on a single demonstrative
image(eg. artwork, map, artifact, advertisement) as a means to
illuminate these entanglements
The collection will be geared towards a general audienceand oriented
towards use in classrooms. Talks are underway with several presses
to ensure the best fit.
To submit a pitch, please use this short online form:
Please submit pitches by July 19, 2019
Drafts of selected chapters due by September 2019
For more information, contact: Max Haiven - (mhaiven /at/ lakeheadu.ca)
<mailto:(mhaiven /at/ lakeheadu.ca)>
The proposed edited collection, imagined as both a thoughtful
introduction and a meaningful contribution to ongoing conversations,
addresses the entanglements of debt, finance, empire race and
colonialism through a series of short, accessible and image-driven
essays. Made up of contributions by artists, activists, scholars,
journalists and other thinkers, each chapter “unpacks” a significant and
illuminating image: for instance, an artwork, a map, an advertisement,
an artifact or a picture of a building.
This book project follows the success of a 2017 gathering at Goldsmiths
(“Colonial Debts, Imperial Insolvencies, Extractive Nostalgias
a recent 2019 gathering at Sussex (“Finance Capital and the Ghosts of
Empire <http://rival.lakeheadu.ca/ghostsofempire>”), and a 2018 special
focus section of Discover Society
of which brought together artists, activists and scholars. It is the
companion project to the production of a special issue of a scholarly
journal special issue <http://rival.lakeheadu.ca/ghostsofempire>.
The goal of this collection is to offer diverse readers a venue to think
through the complex tangle of forces at work in the creation of the
economy, historically and today. The collection will maintain a special
focus on the way the legacies of empire, race and colonialism persist in
the present: from the transatlantic slave trade to today’s racialized
global working class, from the early days of settler colonialism to
contemporary extractive industries, from direct colonial rule to our
worldwide empire of debt. Equally, we envisage contributions which
emphasize the traces that financial exploits deposit in wider social and
cultural landscapes, from architectural forms to communications
Since the 2008 financial crisis plenty of accessible books on finance
and the broader trend of financialization have appeared. There has also
recently been a renewed attention to the economic legacies and
present-day manifestations of the racial hierarchies of empire and
colonialism. This will be among the first collections to bring these
Uniquely, this collection seeks to bring together not only scholarly
experts but also artists, activists, journalists and others to offer a
multifaceted approach. It is written for newcomers to this conversation,
providing an entry point into debates about finance for those who might
feel ‘uninitiated’, but doing so with rigour and nuance. It will
mobilize images as a means to tell a complex and interwoven story about
how our current financial and (post)colonial moment came about.
Overview for contributors
Towards an exploration of these themes, the editors invite contributions
along the following dimensions
All chapters will open with an image, selected by the author. In the
case of artists, this might be a single image of/from their work; in
the case of academics and others this might be a particularly
striking, demonstrative or iconic image related to their research.
The chapters are structured around explaining the image and its
contexts and significance to a broad, thoughtful but diverse
audience. We encourage authors to imagine first- or second-year
undergraduate students. Don’t feel the need to develop a close
reading of the image itself: we’re interested in how the image
presents a jumping-off point for discussing the bigger issues at play.
Chapter should be about 2,500 words in length and might be guided by
the following questions
What is this image and what are its origins? What does it
How does this image or what it pictures help us think about the
intersections of finance/financialization and the histories,
legacies and presents of colonialism, imperialism and/or racism?
What are the stakes and the important dimensions of the problems
the image reveals?
We encourage approaching these chapters as storytelling.
While we can offer some limited assistance, it is unfortunately the
responsibility of authors to secure the reproduction rights to images.
We prefer authors keep citations to a minimum. While details of
preferred citation style will be distributed later in the process,
please include a short “further reading” section with some of the
texts you found most illuminating.
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