Proposed themes for this year’s issues
Vol. 30 No. 1 – March 30, 2017
Submission due date: March 1 and April 15
Sustenance implies minimum nou
Vol. 30 No. 2 – June 30, 2017
Submission due date: June 1 and July 15
A substantial number of Montréal Serai’s friends and subscribers find themselves in a precarious state. Once they were full-time employed artists, teachers, translators, trainers, blue and white collar workers. Now they have part-time jobs or contract work. No social coverage, no bargaining rights. Every month and year, they have to hustle for contracts, grants, and limited time assignments. The government announced that last month there were 240,000 jobs created in Canada. What they did not announce was that the majority of the jobs were part-time, temporary jobs. We are living in precarious times. Ever since the advent of globalization, there is a new definition of “jobs.” It is called doing a “gig.” A lot of people buy into this false predicament as an inevitable state of evolution of the market place and technology.
The precariat is a social class formed by people suffering from precarity. The word itself has only recently crept into dictionaries. It is a portmanteau of proletariat and precarious. It is an unpredictable state, defined by insecurity and lack of continuity. It is a monstrous state of demoralizing the working artists and the poorer sections of the middle class as well as the “deskilled” working class. Neo-liberalism is not just about the export of skilled jobs overseas, it is also about destroying arts and the dissemination of scientific cognizance. It leaves us all in a precarious state. There are so many categories of people affected by the casualization of work, and women, immigrant workers and unskilled workers have been particularly hard hit, historically. And disgruntled white male newer recruits to the precariat seem to be driving a lot of the neo-fascist, anti-immigrant, racist and misogynist movements now, although that may be a whole other discussion. A post on Wikipedia amplifies the meanings associated with the precariat. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Precariat
We are inviting articles, essays, reviews (films and books) on this new state of the economy and its cultural impact on writers, artists, filmmakers, poets and performers and all those who once had permanent jobs and must now eke out a living.
Vol. 30 No. 3 – September 30, 2017
Theme: To come shortly
Submission due date: September 1 and October 15
Vol. 30 No. 4 – December 15, 2017
Theme: The Literature Issue: To come shortly
Submission due date: November 15 and January 1
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