Calls for Manuscripts
Below is a current listing of calls for manuscripts that have been sent to us. If you would like to post a call here, please send relevant information to the ASLE Managing Director. Deadlines are in bold.
Those interested in journal and book publication should also consult the following pages:
July 15, 2014. Disability Studies and the Environmental Humanities, a collection co-edited by Sarah Jaquette Ray and J. C. Sibara. Under contract with the University of Nebraska Press.
We are editing a scholarly volume that brings disability studies in dialogue with the interdisciplinary field of environmental humanities. While scholars in the environmental humanities have been troubling the dichotomy between “wild” and “built” environments, and writing about the “material turn,” trans-corporealities, and “slow violence” for several years now, few focus on the robust and related work being done in the field of disability studies, which takes as a starting point the contingency between environments and bodies. Like environmental justice and new materialist scholar Stacy Alaimo’s theory of “trans-corporeality,” which insists that the body is constituted by its material, historical, and discursive contexts, disability studies challenges dominant perceptions of the body as separate from the contexts in which bodies live, work, and play.
Similarly, key concerns in the environmental humanities--from food justice and migrant farmworkers to climate debt, military legacies, and green imperialism--engage in issues that also occupy disability studies scholars, such as the validity of a mind/body dualism, corporeal and mental health as a new form of privilege in what Ulrick Beck has deemed a “risk society” in Western culture, the impact of nation-building on marginalized populations and places, the myth of American rugged individualism, and parallels between the exploitation of land and abuses of labor. Putting these fields in dialogue means identifying what we learn by recasting these concerns of the environmental humanities in terms that disability studies scholars enlist, such as ableism, access, and the “medical model.”
For example, when we recognize that bodies are “becoming,” or “temporarily abled,” we begin to see how the prevailing use of pesticides disables farmworkers in order to provide fruit and vegetables to (make healthy) those who have access to them. Likewise, the “slow violence” of military legacies, to use postcolonial ecocritic Rob Nixon’s term, manifest most often as physical and mental disabilities, both domestically and abroad. Further, the myth of the rugged individual contributes to the social construction of “disability,” and simultaneously, as many environmental thinkers argue, fosters the exploitation of natural resources. Work in environmental justice, both in the humanities and social sciences, has made some motion in the direction of disability studies by emphasizing toxicity and “body burdens,” but it rarely draws on the insights of disability studies scholars, who assert that disability not be understood as a “burden,” and who increasingly acknowledge that the able-ment of the privileged often relies on the disablement of others.
The lack of exchange between these fields goes both ways. Though disability studies scholars show that built environments privilege some bodies and minds over others, few have focused on the specific ways toxic environments engender chronic illness and disability, especially for marginalized populations, or the ways in which environmental illnesses—often chronic and/or invisible—disrupt dominant paradigms for recognizing and representing “disability.” Indeed, focus on built environments dominates, and connections between the environment and disability, when addressed, are done so in the natural and social sciences, often without the critical lenses of humanistic fields. If, as geographers and anthropologists focusing on disability recognize, environments can be disabling, and if, as new materialist environmental justice scholars argue, our bodies are our first environments—the “geography closest in,” as Adrienne Rich put it—it seems that environmental humanities and disability studies indeed have much to offer each other.
We welcome single-authored and multi-authored papers by contributors including graduate students and independent scholars working in the humanities or closely related fields. Papers that cover non-contemporary periods are also welcome, as are proposals addressing non-US regions or transnational relationships. We welcome broad understandings of “disability,” and strongly encourage submissions that take into consideration intersections not only among “disability” and “environment” but also among other categories of difference that are co-implicated in those first two terms, including race, gender, class, sexuality, immigration/nation, etc.
With these parameters in mind, we invite 500-word abstracts for scholarly essays that grapple with the intersections of these fields, and/or address the following topics:
- ableism and the environment
- toxicity and disablement
- slow violence as disablement / military legacies of environmental degradation and disablement
- US imperialism as dispossession and disablement
- environments as disabling in literature and media
- the eco-ability movement
- critical medical/epidemiological anthropology
- the body in environmental philosophy
- corporeality and environmental justice
- cross-species identifications and / or the status of non-human animals in disability studies
- shared / common concerns of disability and environmental movements
- politics of “prevention” versus “access” as goals of environmental justice versus disability activism
Deadline for submission: July 15, 2014. Please e-mail abstracts as PDF or Word attachments, including your name, affiliation, and contact information, to:
We will send invitations for full essay submissions by the end of summer. Full essays of no more than 8,000 words (inclusive of notes and bibliography) will be due January 2, 2015, for editors’ review and subsequent peer review facilitated by University of Nebraska Press. We reserve the right to exclude any final manuscripts that do not meet the expectations of the editors and/or the Press.
End of July, 2014. Ecozon@ Issue 6.1 Spring 2015: European New Nature Writing. Guest Editors: Anna Stenning (University of Worcester) and Terry Gifford (Bath Spa University and Universidad de Alicante.
We have recently edited a special issue of Green Letters: Studies in Ecocriticism (17.1, Feb 2013), the ASLE UKI journal, on the New Nature Writing in the UK and Ireland, where nature writing in non-fiction prose has been flourishing over the last decade. We would like to explore in ecocritical essays what has been happening in wider Europe in relation to new forms and modes of representations of nature in the arts, including non-fiction travel, memoir, landscape and nature writing, but also including fiction, ecopoetry, painting and land art.
- What innovative forms of writing or arts are now replacing sentimental, racist or simplistic nationalist representations of nature?
- What would a comparison of ‘old’ and ‘new’ modes reveal about their strengths and weaknesses?
- How is nature being represented in writing, including documents that are concerned with planning, heritage or tourism?
- What terms are being used to categorise what in Britain and America is called ‘nature writing’?
- How do such modes of writing relate to national traditions and conventions, or to the European tradition of pastoral?
- Is there an urban nature writing?
- What new journals might be springing up to re-enagage with nature and what are the characteristics of their contents?
- What electronic modes of writing might be challenging conventional print modes of consumption of nature?
- Is the concept of nature itself being stretched to include forms of marginal ground, domesticated landscapes, or edgelands?
- What are the best theoretical frames for analysing new modes of nature writing?
- How is nature being contextualised now in the light of an economic/environmental crisis? Is there a gendered, class or postcolonial dimension to this writing?
- Is there a postmodern nature writing, for example, in the avant-garde modes of ecopoetry?
- If you are a writer of nature writing you might like to reflect upon your process and choices, perhaps using a case study.
- You might want to interview an innovative nature writer about their process, choices and reception through an edited email exchange.
Articles should be typed double spaced, with references in the MLA style and footnotes (see Author Guidelines on the Ecozon@ platform). Manuscript length should be between 4000 and 6000 words. Eventual submissions should be made via the journal platform with a MS Word attachment of the document. Please note also that articles should have a broad ecocritical flavour and be informed, to some degree, by ecological theory. Although it is not essential, we would encourage potential authors to make prior contact with the editors through the submission of an abstract (approximately 500 words) in English sent as an attachment in Word document format along with a covering email giving your name, address and institutional affiliation and an indication of which of the five languages you intend to use. Articles can be submitted at any time up to end of July 2014 when the review process will begin.
To discuss possible contributions contact Terry Gifford: email@example.com.
EASLCE & GIECO - Instituto Franklin - Universidad de Alcalá
September 1, 2014. Proposals for MLA Volume: Foreign Language Teaching and the Environment: Theory, Curricula, Institutional Structures. Essay proposals are invited for a volume in the MLA’s series Teaching Languages, Literatures, and Cultures, under the title Foreign Language Teaching and the Environment: Theory, Curricula, Institutional Structures, to be edited by Charlotte Melin (University of Minnesota). The goal of this volume is to provide an introduction to teaching sustainability and environmental humanities topics in language, literature, and culture courses. For a full description and call, see http://www.mla.org/tllc_fl_teaching_and_environment
Abstracts of 250-300 words and CVs should be sent to the volume editor by 1 September 2014. Please send inquiries and e-mail submissions to Charlotte Melin (firstname.lastname@example.org) using the subject line “FL Teaching & Environment.” Surface-mail submissions can be sent to Professor Melin, Department of German, Scandinavian and Dutch, 320 Folwell Hall, University of Minnesota, 9 Pleasant St. SE, Minneapolis, MN 55455.
September 22, 2014. NANO: New American Notes Online: Special Issue: The Aesthetics of Trash.
This is why the properly aesthetic attitude of the radical ecologist is not that of admiring or longing for a pristine nature of virgin forests and clear sky, but rather of accepting waste as such, of discovering the aesthetic potential of waste, of decay, of the inertia of rotten material that serves no purpose.
— Slavoj Žižek, Living in the End Times
This special issue of NANO begins with a question: in what new ways can trash and waste be acknowledged or conceptualized today?
Contemporary critics are eager to laud sustainability and to celebrate modern and postmodern arts and practices that make inventive use of the wastes of industrial production and the trash of consumer capitalism. These possibilities provide compelling ways to grasp late capitalist culture because it seems to offer a potential answer to an almost unimaginable problem: the ceaseless, ubiquitous, and disastrous production of waste. Some practices of collection and creative reuse in collage, collections, and found-object arts create stunning acknowledgements of the sheer and generally unacknowledged scale of waste (think, for instance, of work of artist Vic Munoz so well documented in the film Waste Land). However, endlessly celebratory emphases on isolated examples of re-use and recycling risk becoming profound disavowals, as if such reuse solved the problem and absolved us of responsibility. Put simply, is this celebration of arts or practices that incorporate or recycle waste simply making us feel better about waste problems that we cannot adequately solve by making some waste useful? Are there ways—through art—to acknowledge or conceptualize waste that would do more than celebrate such recuperations?
How can artists, philosophers, theorists, activists, and others produce new ways to acknowledge or envision events and phenomena like the Great Pacific Garbage Patch, radioactive wastelands like Fukushima or Bikini Atoll, the animal wastes of feedlots, the water wastes of fracking, or the mountains of trash produced by consumer culture? How can such new conceptualizations address biopower, in which whole populations are controlled by the industrial production of waste or by the dumping of waste? How can new ideas address the ways in which some populations are themselves figured as potential waste or treated as waste, living out what Giorgio Agamben names “bare life.”
In this special issue, we seek critical reports or multimodal notes (up to 3,500 words) that sketch new strategies, modes, or practices of acknowledging waste.
Potential topics can include, but are not limited to:
• Representations of waste
• New trash aesthetics
• Trash beyond the dialectic of recycling
• Trash and populations
• Mapping waste
• Collections of trash and waste
• Waste and the sublime
• Populations and waste
• Waste and abjection
• Waste and power
Direct any questions to the Special Issue co-editors: David Banash (email@example.com) and John DeGregorio (firstname.lastname@example.org). Keywords: Each author is asked to submit 5 keywords to accompany their submission.
Schedule: Deadlines concerning the special issue to be published in NANO:
• 22 Sept. 2014: notes due
• Nov. 2014: Comments and peer review complete
• Dec. 2014: Pre-production begins
NANO SUBMISSIONS STYLE: NANO uses MLA (Modern Language Association) formatting and style. Visit: http://www.nanocrit.com/submissions-information/style-guide-nano/, or www.nanocrit.com
We look forward to receiving your contributions.
October 1, 2014. Honoring the Altar of the Earth: Essays Exploring the Intersection of Jungian Thought and Ecology. C.G. Jung Society of St. Louis are sponsoring an essay contest that may be of interest to ASLE members. This is a contest involving creative non-fiction, on the topic of the intersection between Jungian thought and Ecology. All the specifics (deadline, entry fee, prize money) are located on the Society website, where we also have a downloadable flyer: http://cgjungstl.org/contest/.
October 15, 2014. Educating for Sustainability in Unsustainable Environments: An Edited Collection. Submissions are invited for an edited collection of essays discussing the teaching of environmental literature, sustainability, and resilience in academic, institutional, or ecological contexts that hinder, complicate, or undermine ecoliteracy, environmental belonging, and sustainability.
We welcome pedagogical narratives, literary analyses, reflective essays, or combinations thereof that consider the professional and intellectual tensions of designing, enacting, and revising curricula and pedagogy in environmental literatures and/or sustainability within unsustainable environments, broadly conceived. We welcome submissions that explore how academic “climate changes” may be eroding, redirecting, or reconstituting the work we do as educators concerned about effective environmental and sustainability education.
Possible topics and questions may include but are not limited to the following:
• How do we talk about sustainability and practice education for sustainability in regions where natural environments may be compromised or depleted, and in some cases are becoming more so?
• How do we practice and talk about sustainability education in campus climates where administrative policies and practices do not foster professionally sustainable conditions?
• How do we practice and talk about sustainability education in states whose political “climates” willfully exploit and deplete material and human resources in higher education?
• How might we take into account the contemporary reality of academia, in which faculty may not work in the places they’re from, may be non-tenure-track or part-time faculty working across multiple campuses, might teach online or through distance education, and may regularly be on the market?
• In what ways do the specific literatures we teach or the pedagogical approaches we take provide opportunities for engaging with many of the issues outlined above?
• How might we honor environmental literatures and traditional ecological knowledges despite the cultural, political, and/or socioeconomic forces that resist environmental and ecological understanding and praxis?
• In what ways are we able, and in what ways are we challenged, to sustain our own personal and professional “resources” as creative educators, collaborators, and people in places?
Please send abstracts (500 words) or completed papers by October 15, 2014, to Scott Hicks (email@example.com), Associate Professor, Department of English, Theatre, & Foreign Languages, University of North Carolina at Pembroke, P.O. Box 1510, Pembroke, NC 28352; and Jane Haladay (firstname.lastname@example.org), Associate Professor, Department of American Indian Studies, University of North Carolina at Pembroke, P.O. Box 1510, Pembroke, NC 28352.
Ongoing. "Environmental Cultures" Book Series, publisher Bloomsbury Academic.
Environmental Cultures is a new series from Bloomsbury Academic (formerly Continuum) aiming to publish innovative work in ecocriticism and the environmental humanities. Environmental crisis is simultaneously and inseparably material and cultural, destructive and revolutionary. Besides complicating and endangering relationships between humans and other beings, it transforms human identities, communities and nations in unpredictable ways. Old distinctions between nature and culture are being eroded; new values, genres and media are emerging that respond to the crisis with mourning, scepticism, dismay, resourcefulness or ironic resignation. Environmental Cultures reflects the belief that cultural criticism can help avert, resolve, mitigate or at least comprehend ecological problems. It will publish ambitious, innovative literary ecocriticism and interdisciplinary, transnational and pedagogical scholarship on both traditional and digital media. The series will encourage reflexive theoretical critique and searching exploration of anti-environmentalist cultural forms as well as sophisticated literary analysis. Cultures are unavoidably environmental, for good and ill. Environmental Cultures will show how.
We seek book proposals on any topic in this field. We are especially looking for monographs that take the environmental humanities in new directions or widen its geographical scope, such as: digital ecocriticism; world/comparative literatures; anti-environmentalist cultures; new modes of nature writing; literary responses to ecological science. We are also commissioning ecocritical studies of national or regional literatures. We will commission monographs and collaboratively written books, but not edited collections or conference proceedings.
Titles in the Environmental Cultures series will be published as Bloomsbury Open Content. This successful publishing model ensures that the full text of each book is freely available online (under a Creative Commons licence) for browsing and searching at the same time as being available for sale as print or ebooks.
Series editors: Richard Kerridge (Bath Spa University) and Greg Garrard (UBC).
To have a proposal considered for the series, please email Dr. Greg Garrard (email@example.com) for the form.
Ongoing. Ecocritical Theory and Practice Book Series, Lexington Books, Rowman & Littlefield Publishing Group. Series Editor: Douglas Vakoch, California Institute of Integral Studies, USA.
Ecocritical Theory and Practice 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 monographs and edited volumes. Proposals are invited in the range of topics covered by ecocriticism, including but not limited to works informed by cross-cultural and transnational approaches; postcolonial studies; ecofeminism; ecospirituality, ecotheology, and religious studies; film/media and visual cultural studies; environmental aesthetics and arts; ecopoetics; and animal studies. Please send proposals to the series editor, Douglas Vakoch, at <firstname.lastname@example.org>.