This year’s theme for the 22nd volume of the Ethnic and Third World Literatures Review of Books, “Iterative Intimacies: Refusing Legacies of the Changing Same,” is an invitation to engage with emerging scholarship that reshapes how we conceive of intimacy. Taking our cues from the work of Lisa Lowe, we ask reviewers to consider how “what we might identify as residual within the histories of settler or colonial capitalism does not disappear. To the contrary, it persists and endures, even if less legible within the obfuscations of a new dominant.’” In the wake of a pandemic that blurred the lines between the public and the private, as intimate spaces became sites of labor and surveillance, investigations into the ways structures regularly come to bear on the quotidian are increasingly relevant. We ask reviewers and readers to discard the borders that circumscribe polity and personal into distinct spheres and instead, challenge the disciplinarity that mirrors the ways we as colonized subjects are consistently, thoroughly, and intimately disciplined. Potential reviewers are encouraged to read this year’s texts as transdisciplinary commentaries on the nuanced, iterative, and intimate nature of past, present, and future social phenomena, from chattel slavery to popular culture to prison abolition.
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