December 21, 2016
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SX Salon, Issue 23

Dear  sx salon readers,

s x salon 23 is now available online. Please see our table of contents below.

In our latest issue of  sx salon we turn our attention to the question of translating fiction and poetry with four essays in our discussion section "Thinking Translation." Included are essays by translators Carina del Valle Schorske (on translating work by the Puerto Rican poet Marigloria Palma), Aurturo Desimone (on translating work by Frank Martinus Arion of Curacao), and Kaiama L. Glover (on translating Franketienne's novel  Ready to Burst). Also published in this discussion section is a review essay by Alessandra Benedicty-Kokken, which looks at two recent translations of Haitian novels, including Glover's. As a whole, the section raises questions of access and finesse as well as the ever-present power dynamics involved in language more generally and in translation specifically.

In our review section we also think translation with Mary Grace Albanese's review of  The Haitian Declaration of Independence: Creation, Context, and Legacy, edited by Julia Gaffield, which raises the question of "collaborative translation." Other reviews in this issue include Elaine Savory's review of Caryl Phillips's novel  The Lost Child, Alicia Ellis's review of Andrea Levy's collection Six Stories and an Essay, Yomaira Figueroa's review of two young adult novels - Shadowshaper by Daniel José Older and  Show and Prove by Sofia Quintero-and Liana Silva's review of Vanessa Pérez-Rosario's  Becoming Julia de Burgos: The Making of a Puerto Rican Icon.

In Poetry and Prose we provide a selection of poems from Marigloria Palma and Frank Martinus Arion translated by del Valle Schorske and Desimone, respectively. We also publish a new poem by Sassy Ross. Rounding out the issue are our interviews, which include the second half of Hyacinth Simpson's interview with Nicole Brooks about her Obeah Opera and Marika Preziuso's conversation with M. NourbeSe Philip.
We hope you enjoy reading.

Kelly Baker Josephs

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Discussion: Thinking Translation

Black Bodies RCHA Post Doctoral Fellowship 

The Rutgers School of Arts and Sciences and the Rutgers Center for Historical Analysis invite applications from all disciplines for two positions as post-doctoral associates participating in the Center's seminar for academic year 2017-2018 on "Black Bodies," directed by Professors Marisa Fuentes and Bayo Holsey, Rutgers Department of History.

With vital urgency and new technologies of story-telling, we daily witness black bodies in peril. From histories of slavery and discrimination to more present modes of state violence, black bodies have been figured as disposable and resistive, silenced and demanding. This RCHA Seminar, "Black Bodies," seeks to pull together several interdisciplinary frames of inquiry about 'black bodies' in various times, spaces, and geographies. Attentive to the intersections/assemblages of race, gender and sexuality this seminar asks and invites questions concerning the many ways in which black bodies are subject to epistemic, historical, archival, state/non-state, biopolitical, and praxes of violence and erasure in global configurations. We will also consider how we remember, grieve, represent, signify, and reclaim black bodies and lives in a variety of contexts.

Our project pursues several questions to attend to and address black embodiment from interdisciplinary perspectives. These questions include but are not limited to: How do 'black bodies' come into our frames of view? In what historical and geographic contexts are black bodies legible? How does "blackness" travel globally? How do we account for systems of racialization that mark a range of non-white bodies? What are the structures, ideologies, systems, and forms of power that subject black bodies around the world to different practices and forces of violence? How can we assess the negative health outcomes, psychological traumas, and increased mortality rates that accompany racism?

This RCHA project explores how various communities of color have reckoned with the trauma of/on black bodies. It also asks: what alternative visions of black selfhood have they constructed? How do empowering experiences of embodiment involving sexuality, procreation, and physicality challenge the widespread devaluation of black bodies? What strategies, methods, and paradigms are adequate to understanding how conditions of precarity continue to threaten black bodies in public and private-in material, structural, and theoretical ways? We recognize the urgency of these questions given the increased visibility of state and other forms of violence against black bodies around the world, represented in images of gunshot-riddled African American bodies left dying on U.S. streets, victims of police violence, and African migrant bodies that wash up on European shores, the casualties of political crises and neo-liberal economic policies. We also recognize the powerful responses to this violence by activists, artists, and scholars who have reimagined black bodies in creative and meaningful ways.

Postdoctoral associates will receive salary of $48,000 for the year as well as a research allocation of $2,000; they will also receive Rutgers University health benefits. Associates will pursue research, participate in seminars and other activities at the Rutgers Center for Historical Analysis, and will teach one three-credit course during the academic year. Applications consisting of a CV, a project abstract of about 150 words, a three-page description of your research project and its significance to the theme of "Black Bodies," and 3 letters of recommendation should be submitted electronically via Interfolio Applications must be received by February 1, 2017. Applicants must have received the Ph.D. between July 1, 2012, and June 30, 2017.

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