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Border Dreamers. Identifying and narrative Latin America’s closed spaces

Imaginaires de la limite. Dire et narrer les espaces fermés latinoaméricains dans un monde global

Imaginarios del límite. Decir y narrar los espacios cerrados de Latinoamérica

Imaginários do limite. Dizer e narrar os espaços fechados latino-americanos num mundo global

« Amerika » numéro 23

Revista «Amerika» numéro 23

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Published on Friday, September 24, 2021


Ce numéro de la revue Amerika va interroger la notion de limites dans les imaginaires latinoaméricains, que ce soit dans l’évocation de limites physiques de l’espace (bornages, frontières) ou dans les séparations implicites, tant d’un point de vue social ou politique qu’artistique.



Borders and limits seemed to have gone out of style at the end of the 20th century. However, though sovereign governments, they have reoccupied the stage and public opinion in the last decade. Despite this, it seems that the current process of building walls and reinforcing borders has been taking place for longer than it seems. The fall of the Berlin Wall, which abolished a symbolic border, slightly preceded the appearance and the densification of other walls and limits, the most mediated being the border between Mexico and the United States. This densification, which began in the 1990s with the Guardian plan, has not stopped increasing since the 9/11 attacks.

This separation, between what is still conceived as the world's leading power and emerging America, has become the most common symbol of the boundary between two territories with apparently very marked identities. However, it is only the materialization of a myriad of territorial and cultural subdivisions, in which it would cover the entirety of the subcontinent: gated communities and private neighborhoods, public spaces adapted only to some sectors of the population, indigenous reserves, narco-cities, communities. religious, etc.

At a time when the fact of creating and disseminating narrative processes, in increasingly transmedia content, it seems provocative to question the narratives that can arise from putting these limits, borders and closed spaces into perspective. What will they tell us about the relationship with space, with identity, with otherness?

After a first day of studies in 2019, we would like to continue addressing the following topics:

  • How to narrate the limit without falling into stereotypes and making the border something more than a mere scenery? What characters or narrative structures to choose? What space do the different types of stories occupy (fantastic, testimonial, historical), in a literary environment increasingly given to hybridization? What objectives are pursued? What place do visible minorities occupy? Will there be specificities for Latin American literature?
  • Is it possible to think of a limit as a type of protection? Beyond a restriction of movement or a factor of spatial segregation, will the border be a protective entity for some national cultures, against globalization directed - if we caricature - by the United States? If we continue, living in closed environments may be contemplated as a means to protect oneself from various forms of violence - real or symbolic - or it may be an intellectual choice. One may wonder what the creative, ideological and narrative purposes of this type of position may be.
  • Inside, outside, who writes? And for whom do they write? Cultural boundaries and communities. The limit can also be used, in this age of globalization, to conquer only one audience, producing and creating only for that audience (books, works of art, ultra-restrictive distribution of texts, delivery by delivery on paid sites, etc.) Will it be possible to aspire to create for defined groups, and if so, what is the interest in the current cultural economy? What space do these writings occupy in Latin America, and what is their audience? Will the large publishing and audiovisual groups seek to conquer specific sectors, and with what type of creations?

Any question that has not been mentioned but that responds to the problems listed above may be contemplated.

Submission guidelines

Abstracts must be sent to anais.fabriol@univ-rennes2.fr and amerika@opendition.org,

before October 20, 2021;

The answers will be given as soon as possible, for a submission of the articles on November 20, 2021.

Article proposals must have a maximum of 1000 characters. They can be in Spanish, French, English, Portuguese. The presentation rules appear in the heading "Calls" of the Journal.

Articles can be submitted in the following languages: Spanish, French, English, Portuguese. They must have a maximum of 40,000 characters (including bibliography and footnotes). They can be accompanied with illustrations, subject to the reservation that the author has the rights of diffusion.


  • Wednesday, October 20, 2021


  • limite, littérature, Amérique latine, frontière


  • Anaïs Fabriol
    courriel : cellam-amerika [at] univ-rennes2 [dot] fr

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  • Anaïs Fabriol
    courriel : cellam-amerika [at] univ-rennes2 [dot] fr


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« Border Dreamers. Identifying and narrative Latin America’s closed spaces », Call for papers, Calenda, Published on Friday, September 24, 2021, https://doi.org/10.58079/178u

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