Calls for Contributions

Call for Creative Work on Climate Change

The Fourth River, Chatham University’s literary journal of nature and place-based writing, will be open for regular submissions from July 1-September 1, 2015. In addition to regular submissions, we are also looking for work that engages with the issue of Climate Change.

“Scientific evidence for warming of the climate system is unequivocal.” – Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change

Sea levels are rising and glaciers are retreating. We’re suffering heat waves and treacherous flooding, droughts and wildfires. Declining water supplies lead to devastated crops and a ...

Eco Culture: Disaster, Narrative, Discourse

The edited collection, Eco Culture: Disaster, Narrative, Discourse, seeks to open a conversation about the mediated relationship between culture and ecology. The dynamic between these two great forces comes into stark relief when a disaster—in its myriad forms and narratives—reveals the fragility of our ecological and cultural landscapes. Disasters are the clashing of culture and ecology in violent and tragic ways, and the results of each clash create profound effects to both. So much so, in fact, that the terms ecology and culture ...

Indian Popular Culture

Call for Manuscripts on Indian Popular Culture

Concept note: Popular culture is political. It is at the same time a highly contested realm of social life where meanings are determined and debated. Cultural production is always intertextual and polysemic, and their multiple meanings can be activated in different ways by different kinds of audiences inhabiting different social locations or ‘positionalities.’ The reception of popular culture can thus also be hegemonic, counter-hegemonic, or sometimes a combination of both. Popular culture helps to explore the fundamental ...

Exiled, removed and uprooted

Exiled, removed and uprooted

In its next issue (December 2015), the journal Elohi – Indigenous Peoples and the Environment welcomes contributions that propose studies of the links between territory and identity constructs and discourses of Indigenous peoples, notably taking into consideration the issue of population removal. In a (post)colonial context, Indigenous peoples have become foreigners on the territories of their ancestors, and have sometimes experienced removals, exiles, uprootedness and resettlements. Contributions including Brazilian issues are particularly welcome, notably studies of the notion of ...

Animal Languages: Interspecies Communication in the Middle Ages

Until relatively recently, medieval scholars have tended to focus on the symbolic valence of nonhuman animals, to read their behavior and characteristics as representative of explicitly human interests and concerns. With the advent of critical animal studies new work has begun to critique traditional humanist scholarship by challenging any absolute distinction between the categories of “human” and “animal,” leading to new readings of animals in the medieval world as living creatures rather than merely figurative representations of human experience and values.

Language provides a ...

Book Proposals for Ecocritical Theory and Practice Series

Book proposals are invited for the Ecocritical Theory and Practice series, published by Lexington Books, an imprint of the Rowman & Littlefield Publishing Group. This series highlights innovative scholarship at the interface of literary/cultural studies and the environment, seeking to foster an ongoing dialogue between academics and environmental activists. Works that explore environmental issues through literatures, oral traditions, and cultural/media practices around the world are welcome. The series features books by established ecocritics that examine the intersection of theory and practice, including both ...

Ecozon@: Iberian, Latin American, and Lusophone African Ecocriticism

Spring 2017 Special Issue of Ecozon@ on Iberian, Latin American, and Lusophone African Ecocriticism

Guest editors: Luis I. Prádanos (Miami University) and Mark Anderson (University of Georgia). Over the last few years, a body of transatlantic ecocriticism has emerged, engaging with cultural production from both sides of the Atlantic Ocean to study literary and other discourses on ecological issues in a comparative context. The circulation of animal and plant species, capital, commodities, development and land management practices, forms of activism and resistance, and other phenomena ...

Overpopulation

Oxford Literary Review 38.1 (2016): Overpopulation

Global “overpopulation”, considered the central environmental issue in the 1970s, became an almost taboo topic in the twenty-first century, often dismissed as drawing attention away from international capitalism as the primary cause of poverty and environmental destruction and at worst catering to forms of bigotry or oppression. Yet the environmental concerns still associated with question of populations–habitat destruction, mass extinction, global warming– resist being translated without remainder into the more morally and politically familiar issue of overconsumption.

Virginia Woolf’s ...

Journal of American Rootwork

The Journal of American Rootwork is calling for academic proposals Vol 1 Sec 2.  The Journal of American Rootwork examines Folk Traditions of African-American Slave Religions; Folk Healers and Granny Medicine; Healing and Ritual Traditions of Indigenous Peoples in the Americas (Post-European Colonization); Esoteric Religious Traditions and Practices of the Americas; Folk Traditions and the Folk Healing Practices of the antebellum American South.  Abstract proposals are accepted in the academic fields of the Social Sciences, Folklore, Humanities and the Fine Arts. ...

Ecogothic in Nineteenth-Century American Literature

CALL FOR ABSTRACTS: Ecogothic in Nineteenth-Century American Literature

We invite proposals for the first collection of essays to consider the “ecogothic” in nineteenth-century American literature.

The ecogothic is an emerging area of ecocriticism, materializing as a provocative category of analysis in EcoGothic, edited by Andrew Smith and William Hughes (Manchester University Press, 2013), as well as in a special issue of Gothic Studies, “The EcoGothic in the Long Nineteenth Century,” edited by David Del Principe and devoted to British, Irish, and Italian literature (May 2014). ...