Calls for Contributions

Resilience Media Reviews: Ecocritical and Green Cultural Studies Approaches to Japanese Animation

The Media Review section of Resilience: A Journal of the Environmental Humanities calls for reviews that apply ecocritical and Green cultural studies approaches to the field of Japanese animation.

2014 was a watershed year for Studio Ghibli, arguably the leading anime studio, because it marked the retirement of the founding directors Hayao Miyazaki and Isao Takahata. who issued their swan-songs The Wind Rises and Princess Kaguya. To honor this moment and attract more critical attention to anime, we are soliciting reviews of the following:

Miyazaki’s ...

New Terrain Award on Trust

Whole Terrain, the nationally renowned literary journal of Antioch University New England, has established an annual award for outstanding undergraduate writers. We’re seeking environmental writing from current undergraduates for this year’s volume. The writer of the winning work will receive the New Terrain Award of $500 and have his or her work published in the upcoming issue.

To qualify for the award, you must be an undergraduate student in good academic standing, and your submission must be original work. This information will be verified ...

Teaching Single Texts for Multiple Purposes (Special Issue of The CEA Critic Spring/Summer 2015)

In the muse of the MLA’s “Approaches to Teaching” series, The CEA Critic announces a Special Issue that will center on approaches for teaching single texts. We have no restriction on what texts, exactly: they may be selected from across the sweep of British, American, and World literatures and may be traditional or little-known. We also understand the term “text” broadly to include modes and media other than print (film, for example). Our emphasis will be on pedagogical methods and critical angles for ...

Sustainability and the City: Urban Poetics and Politics

Conventional deployments of the term “sustainability” emphasize “avoiding the long-term depletion of natural resources,” as the Oxford English Dictionary defines this word. However, the emergent idea of “comprehensive sustainability” considers the so-called natural environment and human politics in equal measure and means not only reconciling preservation and development but also achieving social justice and equality. Does this altered definition of sustainability mark or require a profound shift in perceptions of cities? Or might we trace concepts of sustainability in past ideas about cities? ...

North American Literature and the Environment, 1600-1900

Announcing a new Ashgate book series: North American Literature and the Environment, 1600-1900. Series Editor: Matthew Wynn Sivils, Iowa State University

Building upon the growing interest in the environmental humanities, this series focuses on pre-1900 American literary culture — the themes, figures, and issues that emerged during this vital period. Proposals are welcome for monographs and edited collections on nature writing, animal studies, environmental fiction, natural history, print culture, natural theology, ecocritical theory, gender studies, Native American culture, life writing, captivity narratives, slave narratives, ...

Journal of Florida Studies Special Issue: Travel and Travels

The Journal of Florida Studies announces a call for its special issue, ‘Travel and Travels,’ to be published December 2015 (Vol 1, Issue 4). Winter 2015-16 marks the 250th anniversary of naturalists John and William Bartram’s famed exploration of the St. Johns River. John’s report of ‘East Florida’ was eagerly read in London, while his son William glowingly described the same in his classic book Travels (1791). This special issue of JFS, guest edited by Thomas Hallock, welcomes academic and creative work of ...

Ecocriticism in Japan, Call for Chapter Proposals

Chapter proposals are being considered for a book, entitled Ecocriticism in Japan, to appear in the Ecocritical Theory and Practice series, published by Lexington Books, an imprint of the Rowman and Littlefield Publishing Group. The editors Keijirō Suga (president, ASLE-J), Masami Yuki (vice-president, ASLE-J), and I plan to include chapters on the recent surge of ecocritical concerns in Japanese art and literature. We especially hope to have papers on the Japan-specific aspects of ecocriticism and/or the danger of translation in circulating ecocritical texts ...

Thinking Continental: Surveying, Exploring, and Inhabiting Macro Space

Editors: Susan Naramore Maher, Tom Lynch, Drucilla Mims Wall, and O. Alan Weltzien

Indigenous cultures have, for millennia, produced a rich oral and written literature of place, one that often implies intimate connections across particular landscapes. Globally, rich traditions of environmental writing illuminate particular places. In these works, the local and the global intersect in illuminating, often poetic ways. Much ecological writing celebrates the localized place, often negotiated subjectively in what Lawrence Buell has called “the Thoreauvian pilgrimage.” On the other hand, concepts like ...

Call for Book Chapters: Ecofeminist Intersections

When d’Eaubonne coined the word “ecofeminism” in 1974, related ideas were already being discussed in a range of social sciences and humanities. Within anthropology Ortner (1974) argued that the universal devaluation of women relative to men could be explained by assuming that women are seen as being closer to nature than men, while men are seen as being more intimately connected with the “higher” realm of culture. Other disciplines seriously engaged the connections between feminism and ecology only later. It was not until ...

Call for Chapter Proposals: English Romantic Ecologies

Deadline: March 30, 2015 Contact: L Fitzsimmons, Assoc Prof, Humanities, California State University Dominguez Hills Email: lfitzsimmons@csudh.edu

Chapter proposals are currently being considered for a book, entitled English Romantic Ecologies, on ecological themes in English Romantic writing. Proposals are 600 w plus a bibliography, due by March 30 2015. Chapters will be 6000w, due by November 30 2015. Please email lfitzsimmons@csudh.edu with initial statement of interest.

Lorna Fitzsimmons is Associate Professor and Coordinator of the Humanities Program at California State University Dominguez Hills in Los Angeles. She ...