announcing passages--a new journal

Wed, 30 Apr 1997 14:00:22 -0400 (EDT)

First issue, Spring 1997

>From the editor, Mohammed A. Bamyeh, New York University

Essays in Cultural Globalization

Globalization of Economic Surveillance: The International Monetary Fund
As a Modern Priest, Teivo Teivainen (University of Helsinki)
Native Daughtors and Native Seeds: Nostalgia for Natural Origins in an Era
of Hybridity, Charles Zerner (The Rainforest Alliance)
Being Transient: An Essay on Vagabonds, Tourists and Nomads, Martin
O'Brien (University of Surrey)
The Pan-American Zone: Emerson, Melville, and the Transcendental
Colonization of the Pacific, Richard Hardack (Bryn Mawr College)
Icon, Conquest, Globalization: The Politics of Reconstructing Difference
in the Americas, Henry Geddes Gonzales (University of

The Multicultural Dimension

Multicultural Consumption in the Ultramodern Epoch, Steven Farough (Boston
The Multi-, the Pluri-, the Trans- and the Comparative: A Few Thoughts on
Relational Literacy, Mary Layoun (University of Wisconsin-Madison)
Broken English: Deviant Language and the Para-Poetic, Clark Lunberry
(University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee)
Boder Crossing, Cultural Negotiations, and the Dialogic in Asian American
Literature, Qun Wang (California State University-Monterey Bay)

Book Reviews

Inderpal Grewal, Home and harem: Netion, Gender, Empire, and the Cultures
of Travel, reviewed by Barbara Harlow (University of Texas at Austin)

Richard Falk, On Humane Governance: Toward a New Global Politics, reviewed
by Dietmar Herz (University of Munich)

R. Radhakrishnan, Diasporic Meditations: Between Home and Location,
reviewed by Bruce Robbins (Rutgers University)

Jonathan D. Hill, ed., History, Power, and Identity: Ethnogenesis in the
Americas, 1492-1992, reviewed by Mary Leonard (University of Puerto Rico)

Iain Chambers and Lidia Curti, eds., The Post-Colonial Question: Common
Skies, Divided Horizons, reviewed by Janet Sorensen (Indiana University)

Martin J. Evans, Milton's Imperial Epic: Paradise Lost and the Discourse
of Colonialism, reviewed by John Dixon (Boston University)

Robert John Ackermann, Heterogeneities: Race, Gender, Class, Nation, and
State, reviewed by Paul Kamolnick (East Tennessee State University)

Avery F. Gordon and Christopher Newfield, eds., Mapping Multiculturalism,
reviewed by Melani McAlister (George Washington University)

J. M. Blaut, The Colonizer's Model of the World: Geographical Diffusionism
and Eurocentric History, reviewed by James Delle (New York University)

Journal of Transnational and Transcultural Studies

Passages is redolent of metamorphosis, flux, novelty, destination, of the
temporality of experience. For the security of the present order it
substitutes the enigma of forks and pathways. Passages are what the
"world," as a concept and as an experience, is made of.

Recent years have witnessed a considerable growth of contributions to the
field of transnational and transcultural studies. At present these remain
fragmented and often only appear in parochial, specific disciplinary
languages. The aim of this new journal is to provide an interdisciplinary
and international focal point for such work.

A journal of transnational and transcultural studies, Passages regards
both terms not as doctrines, principles or namesakes of identifiable
schools of thought, but rather as terms that act as place-holders for
interconnected dynamics. It regards these social, textual, political,
cultural, and economic dynamics as the grounds from which the world of the
twenty first century is emerging. At the same time, it is also attentive
to their historical genesis, parallels and trajectories. Thus the
combination of the two terms orients attention to a variety of sources of
contestation of the nation-state--the organizing principle of the world as
we have inherited it since modernity. In this respect, transnationalism
can be regarded as a modern incarnation of an old story, angles of which
can be seen in the history of travels, discoveries, cross-cultural
contacts, communications, cultural and literary hybridization, and so on.

Passages seeks to examine all facets of the contested terrains of
transnational and transcultural experiences, movements, ideologies,
histories, economies. It is not committed to any program or school of
thought. It does, however, prioritize interdisciplinary investigation. The
journal seeks to connect economic analysis to cultural awareness,
political commentary to historical depth, literary analysis to
socio-historical contexts, and so on. This interdisciplinarity is premised
on the belief that the interconnectedness and fragmentations of today's
world also call for fresh modes on inquiry into trasnational and
transcultural dynamics.

Passages thus seeks to contribute to moving transnational studies beyond
the confines of policy recommendations, narrow economism or grand cultural
totalizations. Similarly, it seeks to contribute to moving
multiculturalism beyond its current status as a "slogan" with few
historical or theoretical frames of presentation. In sum, Passages seeks
to further both transnationalism and the examination of cross-cultural
knowledge systems not as political or ideological programs. Rather, it
seeks to examine the role of such broadly defined experiences in producing
social knowledge, memory, facts, histories, and dynamics of coexistence
and conflict.

Advisory Board

Houston Baker, Jr., University of Pennsylvania
Homi Bhabha, University of Chicago
Pierre Bourdieu, Collge de France
Craig Calhoun, New York University
Johannes Fabian, University of Amsterdam
Richard Falk, Princeton University
Andre Gunder Frank, University of Amsterdam
Henry Louis Gates, Jr., Harvard University
Henry Giroux, Pennsylvania State University
Jrgen Habermas, University of Frankfurt
Anthony D. King, Binghamton University
Dominick LaCapra, Cornell University
Mary Layoun, University of Wisconsin-Madison
Ashis Nandy, Center for the Study of Developing Societies, Delhi
Seyyed Hossein Nasr, George Washington University
Mark Poster, University of California-Irvine
Saskia Sassen, Columbia University
Amartya Sen, Harvard University
Wolfgang Streeck, Max Planck Institute for the Study of Societies, Cologne
Charles Taylor, McGill University
Immanuel Wallerstein, Binghamton University



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To contributors

Passages highlights interdisciplinary investigation within each article it
publishes. It welcomes submissions of scholarly articles, as well as of
writings in other formats, such as essays, interviews, survey articles and
summaries of material available in foreign languages. Original
contributions in this spirit are solicited from specialists in such
diverse fields as anthropology, art, economics, education, geography,
history, law, musicology, philosophy, politics, psychology, religion,
sciences, sociology, and other pertinent fields.

Submissions are refereed anonymously. Please submit three copies of
proposed article to Professor Mohammed A. Bamyeh, Editor; New York
University; The Gallatin School of Individualized Study; 715 Broadway, New
York, NY 10003-6806; U.S.A.

Inquiries can be sent to the editor at the address above, or by telephone
(212) 998-7457, fax (212) 995-4509, e-mail:
Please do not send papers by fax or e-mail.

Book reviewers: Passages does not accept unsolicited book reviews.
Prospective book reviewers must first contact Professor Randall Halle;
Book Review Editor; Department of Modern Languages and Cultures;
University of Rochester, Rochester, NY 14627; U.S.A. E-mail: