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CR: The New Centennial Review 3.2 (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 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 forty-five 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 examine what we are calling "Globalicities: Possibilities of the Globe." A large number of these papers were first presented at the "Globalicities" conference, held at Michigan State University in October , and organized by Michigan State University's director of the Program in Comparative Literature, Kenneth W. Harrow, aided by CR's associate editor, Salah D. Hassan. This volume of papers could not have been put together without all of their thoughtful work.

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

  • Persistence of Coloniality
  • Phosphorescent Memories: Visual Cultures in Latin America
  • Theory of the Partisan