Five years after Spain’s 15-M: Narratives of the Economic and Political Crisis

The fifteenth monograph of 452ºF will be published in July 2016, five years after the eruption in Spain of the so-called 15-M (after the initial date, May 15th, of the massive demonstrations in different Spanish cities) or Indignants (Indignados) movement, and more than eight years after the beginning of the financial crisis that shocked the countries of Southern Europe with special virulence. It thus seems a pertinent occasion to enquire, from the theoretical and comparativist standpoints that define the journal, into the political, social and cultural changes produced since that date, the different processes that began then and the narratives that explain or justify them. With this, the journal adds to similar collective initiatives, such as the monographs published in the Hispanic Review (Num. 80, 2012), coordinated by Moreno-Caballud, or the one in the Journal of Spanish Cultural Studies (15, 2014), coordinated by Bryan Cameron, or the incipient research project on "Cultural Narratives of Crisis and Renewal" (whose president of the Directive Committee is Pablo Valdivia and whose coordinators are Patricia Oliart and Jorge Català). The objective is to contribute as much as possible to the mapping and conceptualization of a contemporary, multifaceted reality which nonetheless displays enough distinctive material and common ideological characteristics to warrant undivided critical attention.  [+]

On July 31st 2015, we start the CFP for the fifteenth issue of 452°F. Journal of Literary Theory and Comparative Literature, to be published on July 31st 2016. This CFP is open and addressed to anyone who wishes to contribute and who holds at least a BA degree.

The criteria that follow, which regulate the receipt and publication of any works, are subject to the content of the Peer review System, the Style-sheet and the Legal Notice. All these may be consulted on the Procedures area of the web page (

- Deadline for submissions is January 31st 2016; all articles received after this date will not be considered for this issue.

- To be considered for the peer review process, all articles must follow the regulations described in the style-sheet:

- The number of articles included in the fifteenth issue will range from 8 to 12. The articles will be placed, according to the field of interest, in the corresponding section of the Journal (monographic or miscellaneous).

- The monographic section will be restricted to 4 to 8 articles and, in the fifteenth issue, will bring together a body of texts dealing with “Five years after Spain’s 15-M: Narratives of the Economic and Political Crisis. A non-comprehensive list of possible topics is:


a)    Film, comic books, literature and art in the economical and political crisis.

b)    Crisis and new social literature: the role of the artist and the intellectual.

c)    The Culture of Spain’s Transition and the problematization of historiographic discourse: memory and post-memory.

d)    Urban (re)appropriations and the “right to the city.”

e)    New cultural models serving the collective: Free Culture and the Commons.

f)     The affects’ power to mobilize: pain, outrage, violence.

g)    Generational conflict in criticism and thinking after the 15M movement.

h)   Imaginaries, languages, senses and grammars of citizen the re-politicization of the citizenry. Artivism, oral culture and popular culture.

i)     Spaces and practices of participation, intervention and emancipation.

j)      Comparative cultures in contexts of crisis: the United States, Latin America, Southern Europe and the Arab Springs.

- All other articles will constitute the miscellaneous section and, as long as it stays within the boundaries of Literary Theory and Comparative Literature, the choice of theme and approach is free.

- For online submissions and editorial guidelines, please follow the instructions at:



Call for Reviews

452°F is also accepting book reviews for a section of the journal devoted to newly published books.

- Reviews must be original and unpublished.

- Books reviewed should be of new or recent (last 2 years) publication, and discuss issues in Literary Theory, Literary Criticism and/or Comparative Literature.

- We would also consider reviews of relevant new editions or translations related to the field of study, provided that the date of publication is in accordance with the above stated criteria.

- Format, notes, quotations and references should follow the criteria of the journal's style-sheet.

- Reviews should include a title, the citation of the book reviewed and the number of pages, and will not contain an abstract or key words.

- Reviews should not exceed 1500 words.

- Please send your proposals to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.



Barcelona, July 31st 2015

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