The Hemispheric Institute of Performance and Politics is calling for contributions for a “digital book” to focus on historical and contemporary Mayan strategies of resistance and their impact on the work of artists and activists in Mexico and beyond.
The publication will be edited by Diana Taylor and developed using Scalar, an authoring and publishing platform designed to facilitate work that engages visual materials. Scalar enables users to assemble media clips and images from multiple sources and juxtapose them with their own writing in a variety of ways. The digital volume will be published by Duke University Press.
From the call:
“Resistant Strategies will explore how strategies of resistance that date back at least five hundred years in the Americas continue to retain their power to contest, persuade, and energize. Some strategies travel—they extend beyond the time and place of their emergence. They are taken up by others and transformed to address new issues. They form their own genealogy of performance, visual, and discursive practice. The book will unfold like a caracol, the shell of a snail, an icon of resistance in its own right that has been sacred from the time of the ancient Mayas to the contemporary Zapatistas. It will illustrate various resistant acts that have deep historical and artistic roots in Chiapas, the current capital of indigenous resistance in the Americas, and will trace how these acts and traditions expand outwards, operating in other moments and spaces. The innermost layer examines some of the cultural and historical reasons that Chiapas, “tierra de Indios” as Jesusa Rodríguez calls it, proves such a draw for both local Mayan and international artists and activists. The next layer explores the works of Mayan theatre artists, photographers, hip-hop, and graffiti artists who seek social justice through their interventions. The spiral then expands to the work of intellectuals and artists who work in solidarity with these Mayan activist communities and finally extends further to include the work of those who have been inspired by the work of contemporary Mayans—the Zapatistas most specifically. How has the masked figure of Sub Comandante Marcos spread to such prominence in the world? How have Mayan resistant practices become models for activists as diverse as Ricardo Dominguez and Reverend Billy? This book will engage and examine these persuasive, powerful resistant strategies.”
The publishers are asking for essays, photo essays, interviews, video and multimedia presentations that respond to these themes. Proposals should include a brief description of the work (150-250 words) and the author’s approach to it; samples of digital media, and a short author bio (150 words). Contributions may be in Spanish, English or Portuguese.
Proposals should be sent via email to firstname.lastname@example.org no later than Friday, May 18, 2012, and include “Resistant Strategies” in the subject line. Accepted contributors will be notified within 30 days of submission and final contributions will be due Friday, October 12, 2012.