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ISSN: 1991-2773 (Print) ISSN: 1991-2773 (Online) DOI: https://doi.org/10.31261/RIAS.x.xxxx.xx

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Review of International American Studies (RIAS) is the peer-reviewed, electronic / print-on-demand, Open Access journal of the International American Studies Association, a worldwide, independent, non-governmental association of American Studies. RIAS serves as agora for the global network of international scholars, teachers, and students of America as a hemispheric and global phenomenon. RIAS is published twice a year (Fall-Winter and Spring-Summer). The journal is funded from Association’s annual dues as specified in the "Membership" section of the Association’s website. All topical manuscripts should be directed to the RIAS Editors through this website.

Review of International American Studies is listed in the European Reference Index for the Humanities and Social Sciences (ERIH+) as well as in the Index Copernicus Journal Master List with the Index Copernicus Value (ICV) for 2020 of 120.51. As of 2018, the Review of International American Studies is also listed in the Elsevier Scopus database. In 2021, the RIAS has been granted 70 points in the parametric evaluation of the Polish Ministry of Science and Education. Review of International American Studies has also been granted the A-Class category by the Italian National Agency for the Evaluation of Universitues and Research Institutes.

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RIAS Editorial Team

Prof. Giorgio Mariani, The "Sapienza" University of Rome, Italy

Managing Editor
Prof. Paweł Krzysztof Jędrzejko, University of Silesia in Katowice, Poland

Associate Editors
—Dr. Nathaniel R. Racine, Texas A&M International University, USA
—Dr. Lucie Kýrová, Charles University, Prague, Czech Republic
—Dr. Justin M. Battin, RMIT University, Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam

Book Review Editor
—Dr. Manlio Della Marca, Amerika-Institut, LMU München, Germany

Senior Copyeditor
—Mark Olival-Bartley, Amerika-Institut, LMU München, Germany    

Founding Editors
—Dr. Michael Boyden, English Department, Uppsala University, Sweden
—Prof. Paweł Krzysztof Jędrzejko, University of Silesia in Katowice, Poland

Past Editors-in-Chief
2010–2016: Prof. Cyraina Johnson-Roullier, University of Notre Dame, USA
2006–2010: Dr. Michael Boyden, English Department Uppsala University, Sweden

Past Associate Editors
2017–2020: Prof. John E. Dean, Texas A&M International University, USA
2013–2020: Dr. György Tóth, University of Stirling, United Kingdom
2011–2012: Dr. Nancy Earle, Memorial University of Newfoundland, St.John's, Canada

Past Senior Copyeditor
—Marta Cafiso, University of Rome ‘Sapienza’ Italy
—Meghan McKinney Jones, Department of English, University of Notre Dame, United States
—Dr. Emily Metzner, Department of Anthropology University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, United States

RIAS International Academic Board

Zilà Bernd (University of Rio Grande do Sul, Brazil)
Manuel Broncano (Texas A&M University at Laredo, USA)
Theo D’Haen (Catholic University of Leuven, Belgium)
Carlos Garrido Castellano (Lisbon University, Portugal)
Thomas Claviez (University of Berne, Switzerland)
Jane Desmond (University of Illinois at Urbana – Champaign)
Virginia Dominguez (University of Illinois at Urbana – Champaign)
Maria del Mar Gallego Durán (University of Huelva, Spain)
Paul Giles (University of Sidney)
José Antonio Gurpegui (Universidad de Alcalá, Spain)
Manpreet Kang (Guru Gobind Singh Indraprastha University, India)
Liam Kennedy (University College Dublin, Ireland)
Elisabetta Marino (Università di Roma "Tor Vergata", Italy)
Carlo Martinez (Università “Gabriele D'Annunzio,” Italy)
Samantha Viz Quadrat (The Fluminense Federal University, Brazil)
Roshan Lal Sharma (Central University of Himachal Pradesh, India)
Regina Schober (University of Mannheim, Germany)
Ian Tyrrell (University of New South Wales, Australia)
Lea Williams (Norwich University, USA)
Sun Youzhong (Beijing Foreign Studies University, China)

RIAS Editorial Board

Marta Ancarani (Universidad Nacional de Villa María, Argentina)
Rogers Asempasah (University of Cape Town, Ghana)
Antonio Barrenechea (University of Mary Washington, USA)
Claudia Ioana Doroholschi (The West University of Timișoara, Romania)
Beata Gontarz (University of Silesia in Katowice, Poland)
Martin Halliwell (University of Leicester, UK)
Patrick Imbert (University of Ottawa) 
Manju Jaidka (Panjab University)
Djelal Kadir (Pennsylvania State University, USA)
Eui Young Kim (Inha University, South Korea)
Rui Kohiyana (Tokyo Woman's Christian University, Japan)
Kryštof Kozák (Charles University, Czech Republic)
Elizabeth A. Kuebler-Wolf (University of Saint Francis, USA)
Márcio Prado (Universidade Estadual de Maringá)
Regina Schober (University of Mannheim, Germany)
Lea Williams (Norwich University, USA)
Yanyu Zeng (Hunan University of Science and Technology, China)

RIAS Peer-Referees

Zuzanna Buchowska (Adam Mickiewicz University, Poznań, Poland)
Hal Crimmel (Weber State University, USA)
Virginia Dantonio (University of North Alabama, USA)
German Duarte (Free University of Bozen-Bolzano, Italy)
Alexander Gates (Canadian Automotive Museum, Oshawa, Canada)
Marcos Gerhardt (University of Passo Fundo, Brazil)
Patrick Imbert (University of Ottawa, Canada)
Djelal Kadir (Pennsylvania State University, USA)
Sebastian Konefał (University of Gdańsk, Poland)
Marzena Kubisz (University of Silesia in Katowice, Poland)
Mario Maffi (Universita' degli Studi di Milano, Italy)
Marcin Mazurek (University of Silesia in Katowice, Poland)
Emily Metzner (University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, USA)
Simon Sadler (University of California, Davis, USA)
Vladimir Sanchez Calderon (Universidad Industrial de Santander, Colombia)
Eugenia Sojka (University of Silesia in Katowice, Poland)
Barry Stiefel (College of Charleston, USA)

Debarati Bandyopadhyay (Visva Bharati University, India)
Antonio Barrenechea (University of Mary Washington, Fredericksburg, VA., USA)
Włodzimierz Batóg (Jan Kochanowski University, Kielce, Poland)
Justin Battin (RMIT International University, Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam)
Zuzanna Buchowska (Adam Mickiewicz University, Poznań, Poland)
Riccardo Capoferro (The "Sapienza" University of Rome, Italy)
Trevor Carolan (University of the Fraser Valley, Abbotsford, BC., Canada)
Valerio Massimo De Angelis (University of Macerata, Italy)
William Glass (University of Warsaw, Poland)
Djelal Kadir (Pennsylvania State University, University Park, PA., USA)
Penelope Kelsey (University of Colorado Boulder, Co., USA)
Zofia Kolbuszewska (University of Wrocław, Poland)
Lisa Marchi (University of Trento, Italy)
Pilar Martínez Benedí (Università degli Studi dell'Aquila, Italy)
Marcin Mazurek (University of Silesia in Katowice, Poland)
Virginia Pignagnoli (Ca' Foscari University of Venice, Italy)
Luis Ramírez Carrillo (University of Torino, Italy)
Elżbieta Rokosz-Piejko (University of Rzeszów, Poland)
Sabina Sen-Podstawska (University of Silesia in Katowice, Poland)
Eugenia Sojka (University of Silesia in Katowice, Poland)
Bohdan Szklarski (University of Warsaw, Poland)
Justyna Włodarczyk (University of Warsaw, Poland)

Miloš Calda (Charles University, Prague, Czech Republic)
Marie Černá (The Czech Academy of Sciences, Czech Republic)
Marina de Chiara (University of Naples "L'Orientale," Italy)
Marketa Devata (The Czech Academy of Sciences, Czech Republic)
Jan Géryk (Masaryk University, Brno, Czech Republic)
Penelope Kelsey (University of Colorado Boulder USA)
Katariina Kyrola (Åbo Akademi University, Finland)
Lucie Kýrová (Charles University, Prague, Czech Republic)
Stefanie Lemke (Coventry University, UK)
Taima Moeke-Pickering (Laurentian University, Canada)
Ladislav Nagy (Jihočeská Univerzita v Českých Budějovicích, Czech Republic)
Nicola Paladin (Università degli Studi "G. d'Annunzio," Chieti–Pescara, Italy)
Agnieszka Rzepa (Adam Mickiewicz University, Poznań, Poland)
Pavel Szobi (European University Institute, Firenze, Italy)
Lisa Tatonetti (Kansas State University, USA)
György Tóth (Stirling University, Scotland, UK)

Donatella Izzo (Università L'Orientale, Naples, Italy)
Vincenzo Bavaro (Università L'Orientale, Naples, Italy)
Gianna Fusco (Università degli Studi dell'Aquila, Italy)
Fiorenzo Iuliano (Università degli Studi di Cagliari, Italy)
Lisa Tatonetti (Kansas State University, USA)
Fabrizio Tonello (Università di Padova, Italy)
Marco Morini (Università Saoienza di Roma, Italy)
Paolo Barcella (Università degli Studi di Bergamo, Italy)

Justin Battin (University of Silesia in Katowice, Poland)
Sonia Caputa (University of Silesia in Katowice, Poland)
Joanna Mstowska (KPSW Bydgoszcz, Poland)
Tomasz Sikora (Pedagogical University, Kraków, Poland)

Susana Susana Araújo (University of Lisbon, Portugal)
Gustavo Adolfo Luque (Universidad Nacional de Villa María, Argentina)
Ana Mauad (Universidade Federal Fluminense, Brasil)
Sun Youzhong (Beijing Foreign Studies University, China)


CALL FOR PAPERS: "Latin America and the Event of Photography"


Next issue: Latin America and the Event of PhotographyRIAS Vol. 16, Fall–Winter (2/2022)
Edited by: Justin Michael Battin & German A. Duarte (guest editor)

Across Latin America and the Caribbean, photographs have been used as referential points to formulate a country’s national identity, as intimate and commemorative artifacts for Day of the Dead celebrations, as anthropological documentations of indigenous peoples, mixed races, and criminals, categories which have been used as mechanisms for exclusion. The practice of photography, more broadly, has also been used as a means to document violence, which is typically presented ethnographically through both realist and sensationalist lenses. Discourses of photography have, since the medium’s emergence, typically embarked with a Cartesian character, in which links between thinking and seeing, and visual perception and certainty, are forged. This perspective has imbued in photography a certain objectivity, wherein an author utilizes a technical instrument to produce a representation of a thing. Through this Cartesian understanding, the author is rendered not as a subjective framer, an entity who deliberately constructs the world, but rather as a detached observer who creates a notation of reality afforded by his or her technical device. Although this notion has persistently endured, it has been challenged, perhaps most prominently by Susan Sontag who argued that a photographer intrinsically possesses a certain bias, which presences in framing strategies and chosen subject matter. These interpretations of the medium, still pervasive today, have significantly influenced how Latin America and the Caribbean are perceived across social imaginaries. (Read the full CFP here)

CALL FOR PAPERS: Sacred Spaces in the Americas


Next issue: Sacred Spaces in the Americas—RIAS Vol. 17, Spring–Summer (1/2023)
Edited by Lucie Kýrová and Nathaniel R. Racine

“Human societies come and go on this earth and any prolonged occupation of a geographical region will produce shrines and sacred sites discerned by the occupying people, but there will always be a few sites at which the highest spirits dwell.”
Vine Deloria, Jr., God Is Red: A Native View of Religion, 279.

The connections between the spiritual and natural world and the temporality and permanence of sacred places, as articulated by Vine Deloria, Jr., have found constant expression throughout the colonial history of the Americas. As European settlement advanced, many sites sacred to the Indigenous peoples were abandoned, destroyed, forcibly transformed, or left in obscurity for their own protection, only to gain new meanings within the conquering or enslaved cultures taking root. (Read the full CFP here).

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