- Editors’ Note
CR: The New Centennial Review is devoted to comparative studies of the Americas. The journal’s primary emphasis is on the opening up of the possibilities for a future Americas which does not amount to a mere reiteration of its past. We seek interventions, provocations, and indeed, insurgencies that release futures for the Americas. In general, CR welcomes work that is inflected, informed, and driven by theoretical and philosophical concerns at the limits of the potentialities for the Americas.
Such work may be explicitly concerned with the Americas, or it may be broader, global and/or genealogical scholarship with implications for the Americas. CR recognizes that the language of the Americas is translation, and that therefore questions of translation, dialogue, and border crossings (linguistic, cultural, national, and the like) are necessary for rethinking the foundations and limits of the Americas.
For 45 years, CR has been a journal committed to interdisciplinarity, and we continue to encourage work that goes beyond a simple performance of the strategies of various disciplines and interdisciplines, and that therefore interrogates them. [End Page vii]
This special issue is entitled Cultures of Occupation and was co-edited by Jennifer Fay and Salah D. Hassan. Cultures of Occupation covers a wide range of cites, from the U.S. military presence in Puerto Rico to the Israeli occupation of the Palestinian territories. Contributors to the issue address some of the following questions: How do we understand the culture and politics of occupations? How does an occupation put pressure on concepts like democracy, sovereignty, and the legal subject? What does it mean to write from the occupation zone? How can we theorize representations of occupation from the perspective of the occupier and the occupied? How do earlier occupations serve as shadow paradigms for our contemporary moment? And, how might the occupied territory figure as a new formulation of the colonial frontier?
We currently are soliciting work for Special Issues or Special Sections on the following topics, among others:
• The Palestine Issue
• Resisting Literature
• Borges, Kabbalah, and Politics [End Page viii]