Call for Papers


Volume 8 (2020) // SILENCED VOICES 


What is a “voice” in both the literary and linguistic sense? It might be audible, meaning-bearing speech or song, a narratorial tone or perspective, and also a grammatical relationship to action, among many other interpretations. We might also understand “voice” as a character, as a mediator of knowledge, or as a tool for communication and the dissemination of ideas or information. Taking these possible definitions or understandings of “voice” into account, how might we understand the meaning of "silenced voices"?

Current events lead us to thinking about the meaning attributed to the concept of silenced voices: these range from political movements concerned with helping sexual assault survivors to fund their voice and to share their stories, to bringing back into focus authors and works that for reasons extraneous to the artistic endeavour have been stifled, and also environmental activists advocating on behalf of ecosystems and populations affected by global warming.

In conjunction with these movements, academic disciplines have also taken up relevant scopes of analysis such as ecocriticism, gender  studies, indigenous studies and chicano/a studies. Scholars employing these frames of study search for ways to give narrative and discursive space to perspectives, lived experiences and ways of knowing that may be discredited within mainstream cultural and academic production in the Hispanic and Lusophone contexts and beyond.  

“Silenced voices” broadly understood as a repression of dialogue, a censuring or a failure of communication, might be applied in a range of disciplines: Portuguese and Spanish Linguistics and Literature, language or literary pedagogy, Film Studies, Cultural Studies and beyond. Articles in any field are welcome, and those dealing with the following topics will be especially welcomed:

  • Gender and Sexuality Studies

  • Queer Studies

  • Ecocriticism and Animal Studies

  • Indigenous Languages and Cultures

  • Vocality and Accent Suppression

  • Second Language Acquisition and Bilingualism

  • Ethnic Studies

  • Censorship and Dictatorship

  • Literary Canons

  • Cultural and Political Activism, and Performance

  • Colonialism and Postcolonialism

  • Biopolitics

  • Neuroaesthetics

All manuscripts must be submitted electronically to the Tinta Journal at Please send your manuscript as a Word document. All manuscripts must be between 7,000 and 9,000 words and cannot be under consideration by other journals or publishers. A manuscript found to have been simultaneously submitted elsewhere will not be published. Before submitting your paper, please refer to our checklist (see attached Manuscript Preparation) for formatting requirements. Submissions that do not conform to these requirements will not be considered for publication.

Deadline for submissions: January 1, 2020