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CR: The New Centennial Review 3.1 (2003) ix-x

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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 that 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 ix]

The papers collected in this issue of CR remark the problem—the limit or border—of the Americas. In very different ways, each asks how the Americas become possible. Early versions of several of these papers were delivered at the University at Buffalo in Fall 2001 and Spring 2002.

We currently are soliciting work for special issues or special sections on the following topics, among others:

  • Globalicities: Possibilities of the Globe
  • Persistence of Coloniality
  • Phosphorescent Memories: Art in the Americas
  • Arab/American: Impossible Solidarities?




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