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Open Access Publications from the University of California

Aim and Scope

Among topics of interest are the following: Orientalism in the Luso-Hispanic world; post-colonial cultural production by and/or about minorities in the Lusophone and Hispanophone world, including people of Asian, Arab, Jewish, black, indigenous and Romani (gypsy) descent; Arab cultural production in any of the languages in the Iberian Peninsula; Spanish-language cultural production in Israel, Equatorial Guinea, the Philippines, the United States, and Canada; Lusophone cultural production in Portugal’s former colonies; and any Hispanophone and Lusophone cultural production from Latin American and the Iberian Peninsula that addresses Transmodernity, understood as a South-to-South intercultural dialogue from the perspective of the so-called Third World and beyond the dependence on the metropolis. Essays that cross disciplinary boundaries and from different disciplines (including literary and film studies, urban and cultural studies, popular and mass culture, subcultures, performing and visual arts, and Luso-Hispanic thought) will be considered.

Rather than a celebration of ethnic or cultural identity, the Journal is more concerned with processes of racialization, hybridization, transculturation, liminality, creolization, syncretism, and mestizaje. It is equally interested in studies dealing with exile, migration, transnationalism, citizenship, social and cultural memory, glocalization and assimilation, as well as with strategic (self-)orientalization and the orientalization of both Eastern and non-Eastern cultures and peoples in the Luso-Hispanic world. TRANSMODERNITY focuses, therefore, on new transmodern, intercultural and inter-(semi)peripheral paradigms that claim their own place beyond the traditional Western modernity that had excluded previously them. It addresses decentering interplays among “peripheral” areas of the Third World, “semiperipheral” areas (Spain and Portugal since the second part of the seventeenth century), and marginalized social groups of the globe (Chicanas/os, African Americans, and Filipino Americans). This approach responds to the objective of “provincializing” the metropolis and disrupting the traditional center-periphery dichotomy, thus bringing about multiple and interchangeable centers and peripheries, whose cultures interact with one another without the mediation of the European and North American metropolitan centers.