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Call for Papers Inquire: Journal of Comparative Literature

Inquire 4.1 (Spring 2014)Contemporary Literature, Culture and Cinema of Afghanistan, Iran, Tajikistan and Turkey’

Submission Deadline: December 10, 2013

Inquire: Journal of Comparative Literature invites article submissions on contemporary literature, culture and cinema of Afghanistan, Iran, Tajikistan and Turkey.

One of Comparative Literature’s primary imperatives is to break away from Eurocentrism and Western canons of literature by opening intellectual spaces for conceptualizations and analyses of literatures that are usually ignored by Western Academia. Focussing this issue on Afghanistan, Iran, Tajikistan and Turkey, Inquire seeks to provide a forum for dialogue on the cultures and cultural products of these unique regions.

Possible topics include but are not limited to:

  • Alterity and Othering
  • Censorship, propaganda and the (non-)movement of texts
  • Cultural production in exile and diaspora
  • Fashion and clothing
  • Film, television and visual culture
  • Representations of gender and sexuality
  • Literature and art of Religious and Ethnic Minorities
  • (Post-)Modernity
  • Publishing practices and minor languages
  • Religion, fundamentalism and secularism
  • Representations of war, violence or oppression
  • Resistance, transgressing and complicity
  • Travel writing and the travel of texts
  • Trauma

As always, Inquire encourages comparative analysis, the study of texts in their original language of publication, and critical approaches to textual analysis from inside and outside the text. We ask that all articles be written in English with citations that include both the original language textual quotations and an accompanying English translation.

Inquire accepts article submissions by graduate students relevant to the current call for papers until December 10, 2013. All submissions must meet the following guidelines: original work not submitted elsewhere, complete articles in English, 5,000-7,000 words (including works cited list and endnotes), MLA formatting, 12-pt Times New Roman, double-spaced, justified. Please include a separate cover sheet with name, institutional affiliation, email address, and a short biography (max 60 words). Send inquiries and submissions to Please check our website for updates and information: