Special Issue for Meridians: Feminism, Race, Transnationalism
Kimberly Juanita Brown and Jyoti Puri
This special issue on feminist articulations of mourning for Meridians: Feminism, Race, Transnationalism is our way of highlighting the oft-neglected work of feminism within mourning, where the process of collective imagining is part of the product of the work of grief. Our purpose, then, is twofold. First, we reimagine mourning from its sway as a process of individualized grief work, something to be worked through or overcome, to a collective condition. From this angle, mourning begins with acknowledging the spaces and temporalities in which the various manifestations of death abound—from racialized death and gendered death to social and slow death, from biopolitics and Necropolitics to national and transnational topographies. As a feminist analytic, mourning contends with the social and political conditions that exacerbate death, modulating which lives can be socially grieved and when grieving becomes a concerted state of being. In this sense mourning is a location that is as much about the lineages of loss and grief as it is about their possibilities. In this special issue, we are committed to theorizing mourning as an orientation to the world where the past, present, and imminent futures are not dead or destined, but contain the potentialities for lives that were or are yet to be.
Expanding theories of mourning through a feminist analytic also requires critical engagements with feminist conventions on mourning, giving this special issue its second purpose. We seek to offer feminist genealogies of mourning that are anchored in the normalized conditions of slavery, settler occupation, colonialism, migration, and the violences of modern national states. Our aim in this special issue is to theorize mournings from the vantage point of quotidian life, the ones that exist in plain sight, and that animate the artistic and scholarly productions of a range of feminists, queer, and trans people of color.
We envision this special issue as a layering of feminism and mourning, in the multi-faceted application of this analytic. As such, we are interested in the many iterations of this convergence as are possible when one brings gender, sex, sexuality, race, nation and more into the framing of what Christina Sharpe calls “wake work”.
Topics for the volume may include, but are not limited to:
∙ Ecologies of grief
∙ Geo-politics of mourning
∙ Indigenous Dispossessions
∙ Sounds and textures
∙ Queer/Trans* memorials
- Diasporic returns
- Global pandemic(s)
∙ Environmental losses
∙ Testimonies and biographies
∙ Spiritual and religious reinterpretation
∙ Digital/cinematic and popular practices
∙ The visuality of grief
∙ Geographies of loss
∙ Temporality and mourning
Submissions may include critical essays, creative works (poetry, short stories, visual images, etc.), and interviews inviting different feminist methodologies. Please upload your submissions by April 30, 2021 to Meridians’ editorial manager: https://www.editorialmanager.com/meridians/default.aspx. Select “Feminist Mournings” from the drop-down list. After the deadline the guest editors will review manuscripts and select those for a full peer-review.