Call for Submission: Constructing and Representing Ecuadorian Identity

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    Francesco Masala

    <p class=”p1″><span class=”s1″><b>“YOU Think Therefore I Am”: Constructing and (Re)presenting Identity In and Outside </b></span><span class=”s1″><b>Ecuador</b></span></p>
    <p class=”p1″><span class=”s1″>This Call for Papers seeks scholarly contributions for an edited volume focusing upon the Ecuadorian’s individual experience while abroad. In particular, the ways in which movement </span><span class=”s1″>between different spaces has influenced and/or impacted the construction and subsequent </span><span class=”s1″>representation of Ecuadorian identity.</span></p>
    <p class=”p1″><span class=”s1″>Despite being one of the smallest countries in Latin America, Ecuador’s population is extremely </span><span class=”s1″>diverse and multicultural. There are currently five major ethnic groups: <i>Mestizo</i>—constituting </span><span class=”s1″>more than 70% of the population—White, Afro-Ecuadorian, Amerindian, and <i>Montubio</i>. </span><span class=”s1″>Members of all ethnic groups have contributed to Ecuador’s strong tradition of movement in and </span><span class=”s1″>outside the country. This movement was increased particularly during Ecuador’s economic crisis </span><span class=”s1″>in the 1990s. This led to hundreds of thousands of Ecuadorians relocating abroad, both </span><span class=”s1″>temporarily and permanently. While economic factors contributed significantly to this migration, </span><span class=”s1″>the motivations behind this tradition of movement between national and international spaces </span><span class=”s1″>varies. Little has been published on the topic of motivations for Ecuadorian migration and the </span><span class=”s1″>authors seek to better understand both economic and non-economic factors.</span></p>
    <p class=”p1″><span class=”s1″>Ecuadorian migration has impacted the social and economic landscapes of many countries. In </span><span class=”s1″>some cases, Ecuadorians have been welcomed in their new environments; yet in others, they are </span><span class=”s1″>discriminated against and considered a threat both professionally and socially. To date, </span><span class=”s1″>investigations have focused primarily upon the process of traveling: how many Ecuadorians live </span><span class=”s1″>abroad; where they are located; how many return to Ecuador; etc. As a result, few studies have </span><span class=”s1″>focused specifically upon the Ecuadorian’s individual experience. This edited volume thus seeks </span><span class=”s1″>to contribute to previous scholarship on Ecuadorian immigration both in and outside Ecuador by </span><span class=”s1″>exploring how this movement between spaces ultimately influences the construction and </span><span class=”s1″>representation of the Ecuadorian.</span></p>
    <p class=”p1″><span class=”s1″>Some possible points of discussion include, but are not limited to:</span></p>
    <p class=”p1″><span class=”s1″>• How are Ecuadorian immigrants represented in and outside Ecuador?</span></p>
    <p class=”p1″><span class=”s1″>• Are Ecuadorian immigrants assimilated or rejected within their new environments?</span></p>
    <p class=”p1″><span class=”s1″>• How do Ecuadorian immigrants represent their culture, traditions, habits, and identity?</span></p>
    <p class=”p1″><span class=”s1″>• What is the individual experience of the Ecuadorian displaced by the economic crisis?</span></p>
    <p class=”p1″><span class=”s1″>• How has the movement between spaces influenced Ecuadorian identity both in and </span><span class=”s1″>outside Ecuador?</span></p>
    <p class=”p1″><span class=”s1″>We invite contributions in English from scholars working on this subject.</span></p>
    <p class=”p1″><span class=”s1″>Kindly submit your abstracts (of no more than 250 words) to the editors Mr. Francesco Masala </span><span class=”s1″>(<span class=”s2″></span>) and Dr. Megan O’Neil (<span class=”s2″></span>) no later than March 31, 2017.</span></p>

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