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Theorizing Special Territorial Status and Extraterritoriality

Call for Publications

Theme: Theorizing Special Territorial Status and Extraterritoriality
Publication: Culture, Theory and Critique
Date: Special Issue
Deadline: 25.10.2019

We are seeking article proposals for a planned special issue of the
journal Culture, Theory and Critique. We aim to explore
“extraterritoriality” beyond its traditional juridico-legal domain by
focusing on special territorial designations in ways that reconsider
normative ideas about state spaces, economics, and social practices.
Conventionally, extraterritoriality refers either to the status of
being exempt from the laws of the territory in which one is
physically present, as in the cases of certain military or diplomatic
installations and personnel, or to a government extending the reach
of its laws beyond its own borders, as in the cases of cybercrime,
terrorism, and drug trafficking (Colangelo 2013; Gann 1987). This is
consistent with the premise that territorially-based sovereign states
are the basic, fundamental units of the international political world
system. Yet, while they are powerful, even dominant, forces in global
institutions of governance, the world is also replete with cases that
defy the presumed logic of territorial state sovereignty. Such
exceptional forms of political, legal, and existential status
frequently index colonial, postcolonial, and neocolonial relations,
in addition to military, economic, and geopolitical interests
(Agamben 1998; Brown 2018; Ferguson 1994; Fessel 2012; Hecht 2011;
Kopack 2019; Painter 2010; Vogel and Raeymaekers 2016; Watts and
Peluso 2001). 

The articles collected in this volume will ask how these conventional
understanding of extraterritoriality can be expanded to account for
the range of protectorates, realms, dominions, and overseas
territories; self-governing autonomies, reservations, reserves, and
lands held in trust; free-trade zones, export processing zones, and
exclusive economic zones; parks, monuments, memorials, and heritage
sites; military installations, no-fly zones, and occupied or
otherwise contested areas. We invite theoretically innovative
contributions based on original research that push our understanding
of the relationships between territory, autonomy, and governance
during the era of late capitalist neoliberalism by expanding the
traditional concept of extraterritoriality to address special
territorial designations. We encourage submissions that challenge
conventional understandings of state power through progressive and
unorthodox approaches that are grounded in original research and
richly informed by theoretical sophistication. Proposals addressing
any region of the world as well as innovative perspectives that
highlight the complex intersections of state and non-state actors
with multiple peoples, places, and polities, are welcome. Submissions
from members of historically excluded or underrepresented groups are
especially encouraged. 

Please submit an abstract of 150 words by Friday October 25, 2019 to:

Abstracts will be reviewed by the special issue editors and
notifications will be sent by November 15, 2019. 

Full manuscripts (7000 words) will be due to the special issue
editors by February 28, 2020 for preliminary review. Manuscripts will
be submitted to Culture, Theory and Critique for double-blind peer
review on June 1, 2020, with final revisions due by September 1, 2020
and publication scheduled for early 2021. 

All manuscripts will be subject to the journal’s ordinary review
process, so acceptance by the special issue editors does not
guarantee eventual acceptance by Culture, Theory and Critique.
Potential authors are strongly encouraged to familiarize themselves
with information about the journal available here:

For any questions, please contact one of the special issue editors:

Zachary T. Androus, Florence Ethnographic Field School

Magdalena Stawkowski, Department of Anthropology, University of South

Robert Kopack, Department of Geography and Planning, University of