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Title: Editorial [Antae, Vol.5(1)]
Authors: Sacco, Kayleigh
Sammut, Geraldine
Theuma, Maria
Keywords: Editorials
Symposium (Classical literature)
Literary discourse
Language. Writing
Issue Date: 2018-02
Publisher: University of Malta. Department of English
Citation: Sacco, K., Sammut, G., & Theuma, M. (2018). Editorial. Antae Journal, 5(1), 1-5.
Abstract: Our time is one where terms such as “territories”, “immigration”, and “sovereignty” are being discussed with a new sense of urgency. Recent global events such as Brexit and Trump’s election have (understatedly) coloured the state of international politics. As a reference, in recent news the President of the United States of America thought it suitable to refer to African nations—and, in addition, countries such as Haiti and El Salvador—as ‘shitholes’, suggesting that immigrants would be more favourably accepted if they originated from countries like Norway.1 In such a distressful setting, it is inevitable that one ruminates the notions of place and space while also questioning the role of art and literature in such an epoch, this in order to fruitfully engage with our time and counter such waves of populist thought. As Edward Said comments, ‘our age—with its modern warfare, imperialism, and the quasitheological ambitions of totalitarian rulers—is indeed the age of the refugee, the displaced person, mass immigration’.2 In addition, the displacement of peoples is predicted to be further exacerbated in as little as 20 years’ time. As reported by The Guardian, climate change will ‘[create] the biggest refugee crisis the world has ever seen’.3 Thus, with rising strains of nationalism and misplaced patriotism taking hold of the global landscape, as well as the surging of mass displacement, one cannot escape the pressing concerns of the now.
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