Calls for Contributions

Edited Collection: Experiencing Nonhuman Spaces: Between Description and Narration

Experiencing Nonhuman Spaces: Between Description and Narration

“We felt enlarge itself round us the huge blackness of what is outside us, of what we are not,” declares Bernard in Virginia Woolf’s The Waves (1931/2000, 213). “What we are not”—the nonhuman—has emerged as one of the most thought-provoking concepts in contemporary literary scholarship. As Mark McGurl puts it, “the obdurate rock, the dead-cold stone [has taken] center stage as an image of the non-human thing, the thing that simply does not care, and has been ...

Special Edition of the Animal Studies Journal: Animal Sanctuaries

Special Edition of the Animal Studies Journal: ‘Animal Sanctuaries’

Guest Editor: Elan Abrell

We seek articles that consider animal sanctuaries as unique sites of human-animal interaction that both influence and are influenced by the way animals are treated and understood in larger contexts. How do animal sanctuaries contribute to the broader animal protection movement, what limits and challenges do they face, and what sorts of new models for living with and caring for captive animals might they provide?

Papers might consider:

What constitutes a sanctuary? What do concepts ...

“Imagining Alternatives” – A CFP for a Special Issue of Resilience: A Journal of the Environmental Humanities

From Afrofuturism to dystopian, apocalyptic fiction to alternate history to ecofeminism and cli-fi, authors of speculative fictions have been interrogating alternative worlds in literature, film, television, comic books, and video games. These visions give us access to alien planets as well as alternative perspectives on our own pasts, presents, and possible futures. They reflect our hopes and fears; they offer new narratives of race, class, gender, sexuality, and nationality; they suggest the magic and the horror embedded in our own realities.

This special issue ...

Animals in Detective Fiction

Animals in Detective Fiction Since its origins in the mid nineteenth century, detective fiction has been populated by a huge array of beasts. If the genre begins, as is widely supposed (though not without some debate), with Edgar Allen Poe’s ‘Murders in the Rue Morgue’ (1841), then detective fiction’s very first culprit is an animal. Such beastly instances of criminal violence are among the genre’s most recurrent figurings of the non-human. Accordingly, like Poe’s frenzied ourang-outang on the spree in Paris, Arthur Conan Doyle’s ...

Seafaring America: Call for Book Proposals


The University Press of New England in coordination with Williams College-Mystic Seaport seek new books on the diverse American experience with the oceans, coasts, and major waterways. See full description here:

Edited Book: Loanwords to Live With: An Ecotopian Lexicon Against the Anthropocene

Call for Submissions for Edited Book Loanwords to Live With: An Ecotopian Lexicon Against the Anthropocene Edited by Brent Ryan Bellamy, Chantal Bilodeau and Matthew Schneider-Mayerson Deadline for Abstracts: November 15

With the recent Paris agreement, an emerging global climate justice movement, and the vast transformations of climate change becoming more and more evident, it is clear that the world has entered an unprecedented period of intentional social and ecological transition. Whether this transition is framed and enacted as a simple replacement of fossil-fuel extraction with centralized ...

Gender & Environment in Science Fiction (edited collection)

There are many important studies of gender in science fiction and a growing number of studies of environmental science fiction, but more work is needed to bring these fields together. We wish to fill this gap and invite contributions exploring the intersections of gender and environment in science fiction.

The central question of this project is as follows: How do gender and environment intersect and/or influence each other in or across science fiction texts and media? Projects might also address the following questions: How ...

C21 Special Issue: The Literature of the Anthropocene

The concept of the Anthropocene, deemed by Bruno Latour “the best alternative we have to usher us out of the notion of modernization”, blurs the distinction between human and geological history (Dipesh Chakrabarty). It speaks, too, to contemporary fiction’s concern with the place of humans on the planet, the ways in which they shape – and are shaped by – the natural and technological environments through which they move, and the broader relation between the early twenty-first century moment and ‘deep’ time.

Although the ...

Animals in American Television (Journal Special Issue)

This is a call for contributions to a special issue of the European Journal of American Studies on animals in American television (vol. 13, no. 1, 2018), edited by Michael Fuchs & Stefan L. Brandt.

Nonhuman characters have been a staple of American television since its inception. From main characters such as Lassie (Lassie, CBS, 1954–1973) and Flipper (Flipper, NBC, 1964–1967) to secondary and tertiary characters such as the cat Lucky in ALF (NBC, 1986–1990), the Rottweiler Arnold in Entourage (HBO, 2004–2011), and the ...

About Time: call for submissions for Whole Terrain Journal

Whole Terrain, an annual print journal of reflective environmental practice published by Antioch University New England, seeks contributions for its next volume on the theme “About Time.”

See the Call for Submissions for further information about the theme:

We accept essays, fiction, creative nonfiction, poetry, and visual art.

Prose: 2,000 words Poetry: up to 3 poems Visual art: up to 10 images, sized for email

Please submit your work to by December 31, 2016.