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:
February 28, 2014. The Language of Plants: Science, Philosophy, Literature and Cinema (Edited Collection, forthcoming, 2015). Edited by Patricia Vieira, Monica Gagliano and John Ryan.
Ecocriticism's rise to prominence in the fields of literature and cultural studies has been paralleled by the investigations of plant intelligence in botany and by novel philosophical approaches to the ontology of plants. However, attempts to integrate these bodies of knowledge have been scarce. The Language of Plants will commence a dialogue between philosophy, science, literature and cinema dealing with plants. The aim of the edited collection is to develop a better understanding of plant life through critical awareness, conceptual rigor, and interdisciplinary thinking.
Envisioned as a ground-breaking work that will bridge a number of fields, The Language of Plants will (1) allot to literature, cinema and the arts a special role in the integration of the scientific and philosophical research on plants at the experiential level, (2) promote the freedom of imagination necessary for the rethinking of vegetal life and, thereby, (3) inspire further philosophical and scientific investigations. The book will not only seek to consolidate the nascent paradigm shift in the human conceptualization of vegetation, but it will also join ongoing discussions of plant ethics.
The overarching focus of The Language of Plants is language itself, broadly conceived. We ask contributors to relate their discussions of plants, philosophy, science, literature or cinema to the theme of language. In one sense, language represents, mediates or expresses something about the plant world in all disciplines-across the humanities and sciences-leading to discourses of the plant world. Innovative philosophical thinking and groundbreaking scientific research similarly call into question the limits of language in describing the botanical world and human-plant dynamics. In another sense, plants exhibit varieties of communicative modes that constitute the language they use to make sense of and navigate their worlds. Understanding the language of plants ultimately has implications for environmental ethics.
We encourage the submission of papers on topics such as:
* the philosophy of plant life, including applications of biosemiotic, phenomenological, poetic and ontological frameworks
* literature and plants
* cinema and plants
* plants in popular culture
* the history of human/plant interactions
* plants in colonialism/post-colonialism
* emerging interdisciplinary fields of critical plant studies, human-plant studies, human-plant interactions, vegetal ecocriticism and others
* plant behavioural ecology, including all aspects of communication, learning, memory and intelligence;
* plant ethics and wild law
Chapter contributions of 6,000-7,000 words (including footnotes) are welcome. Please submit a 250-300 word abstract of your proposed chapter contribution and a short bio-blurb by e-mail to Patricia Vieira (email@example.com), Monica Gagliano (firstname.lastname@example.org) and John Ryan (email@example.com) by February 28, 2014. Also include the working title of your chapter, 3-5 keywords, and the names and contact details for all authors. The final chapters will be due September 30, 2014.
March 20, 2014. Testimonies of Environmental Injustice in the Global South: Special Issue of Studies in Twentieth and Twenty-First Century Literature
http://www.k-state.edu/sttcl/. Contact: Dr. Erin S. Finzer, Guest Editor; firstname.lastname@example.org.
Studies in Twentieth and Twenty-First Century Literature seeks scholarly articles for a special issue examining testimonial literatures that document environmental injustice from throughout the Spanish-speaking and Francophone Global South.
Scholars have disputed testimony—or a text that gives voice to subaltern subjects bearing witness to violent events—since Cuba’s Casa de las Américas first awarded a prize in testimonio in 1970. Although initially conceptualized as a separate literary genre in Latin America, testimonial literature can be found throughout the world as subaltern texts that often contest official versions of oppression, atrocities and abuse. Initially viewing testimonies as “true,” non-fiction narratives of witness, critics now accept a broader genre of testimonial literature that includes creative work in narrative, poetry, theatre, and the visual and performing arts. These diverse texts share in common both their urgent accounts of violence and a collective, cultural critique of hegemonic power structures that reinforce and reproduce political, economic and social violence in myriad forms.
After a particularly bloody twentieth century of human warfare, genocide, and repression, the new millennium faces different challenges to human rights in the guise of environmental violence, especially in the forms of environmental hazards (e.g., pollution, GMOs), the abuse and depletion of natural resources, and climate change. Also caused and exacerbated by human actions, environmental violence impacts disproportionately the poor communities of the developing nations of Asia, Africa, and the Americas, collectively known as the Global South. Particularly vulnerable due to tropical locations, precarious living conditions, and neoliberal economic practices, the peoples of the Global South increasingly find themselves victims of environmental injustices that accompany environmental degradation and climate-driven natural disasters, such as hurricanes, extreme flooding, drought, mudslides, and changes in ocean temperature and sea level.
This special issue of Studies in Twentieth and Twenty-First Century Literature will explore testimonial literatures written in Spanish or French from across the Global South as cultural responses to violations of environmental human rights. Bringing diverse critical theories into conversation with ecocriticism, authors will examine how the environmental injustice can be remembered, challenged, and transformed through testimonial literature.
Abstracts [ due March 20, 2014] should be no more than 200 words and must be written in English. Articles [due by August 20, 2014] typically range from 15-25 pages (4,500-7,500 words) and should be prepared in accordance with The MLA Style Manual (2008). Essays must be written in English; quotations should normally be in the original language followed by the English translation. Please submit abstracts as emailed attachments (.doc or .docx) to Dr. Erin Finzer, email@example.com.
March 31, 2014. CFP for a Special Section of the 2014 Goethe Yearbook: Goethe and Environmentalism. Guest Editors: Dalia Nassar and Luke Fischer
Over the past few decades, new movements have emerged in literary studies and philosophy (ecocriticism, ecopoetics, environmental philosophy etc.) that are concerned with the relationship between humanity and the natural environment, and the cultural dimension of the environmental crisis. While much attention has been given to the environmental legacy of romanticism, only a small amount of scholarship has focused on Goethe. In light of the central significance of nature in Goethe’s literary, theoretical and scientific texts, it could be argued that Goethe was a major forerunner of the environmental movement and that his ideas continue to be relevant in the present context. The aim of this special section of the Goethe Yearbook is to bring together various perspectives on Goethe’s relevance for environmental thought and, more specifically, to shed light on the environmental significance of Goethe’s legacy and on the potential of his ideas to contribute to contemporary debates in the environmental humanities. We welcome the submission of articles on Goethe’s significance for the following topics:
Goethe’s legacy in the environmental movement
April 30, 2014. Mississippi River Poetry Anthology. Editors Jack Bedell and Philip Kolin seek poems for a special anthology of poems about the Mississippi River to be published by Louisiana Literature Press in 2015. Please submit 1-5 new, unpublished poems as a single digital file (formatted as .doc, .docx, or .rtf). All poems should feature the river in some explicit way. Beyond that, we are open to all forms and styles. DEADLINE: April 30, 2014. Writers can submit online via www.louisianaliterature.org.
May 30, 2014. Approaches to Teaching Emerson¹s Essays and Other Works, a new volume on being considered by the MLA. We seek articles that address a range of pedagogical strategies for teaching this canonical figure in American literature with broader significance in world literature and the study of the essay. These strategies might include: specific approaches to individual essays both familiar and forgotten; explorations of the uses of Emerson¹s other works in the classroom, including poetry, sermons, journals, and lectures, both in relation to the essays, and for their own sake; discussions of biographical, critical, and theoretical materials, as well as local and global cultural contexts effective in teaching Emerson¹s works; innovative methods and media for presenting the challenging but engaging provocations of Emerson¹s writing, its fluid style, its range of thinking across traditional disciplines, and its inheritance of transhistorical and transnational ideas.
To participate in the MLA's survey of Emerson scholars in support of this project, please complete the survey available at the following website: https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/mlasurvey_emerson
If you would like to propose an original essay for this volume, please submit an abstract of approximately 500 words in which you describe your approach or topic and explain its potential benefit for students and instructors alike. Please also submit a brief curriculum vitae. The focus of the proposed essay should be pedagogical. Note that if you plan to quote from student writing in your essay, you must obtain written permission from your students to do so. Proposed essays should be approximately 2,000-5,000 words and should not be previously published. Abstracts and CVs should be sent to the volume editors by e-mail no later than May 30 2014. Please use "Approaches to Emerson" in the subject line and send to both Mark Long (firstname.lastname@example.org) and Sean Meehan (email@example.com). We welcome queries, comments, or supplemental materials such as course descriptions, syllabi, assignments, and bibliographies as attachments. Thank you for helping in the development of this project.
May 31, 2014. “Performing Animals.” This essay collection invites papers on pre-modern (loosely interpreted as pre-twentieth century) performing animals and animal performance in a broad variety of venues and contexts, and from multiple disciplinary perspectives.
Recent scholarship on human-animal relationships has begun to explore and theorize the performative ‘intra-actions’ (Barad) and shared theatricality of animals and humans. This scholarly shift in the humanities and social sciences illuminates the necessity for a radical reevaluation of our current conceptualizations of ‘performance’ and ‘performativity’ as solely human, the impact of animal-human relationships on performance, and the worlding such relationships engender. What happens if we take nonhuman and multi-species performance and performativity seriously? Raising the associated issues of agency, subjectivity, objectivity and gender alongside the power of discourse and matter, animal performance and performativity not only necessitate inter, multi and transdiciplinary approaches. The discursive-materiality of human-animal studies also mandates the interrogation and decentering of the very terminology associated with studies of performance (‘staging’, ‘theatre’, ‘theatrical’, ‘performance’ or ‘acting’, ‘performativity’, and so on). Possible topics and questions include, but are not limited to the following:
- embodiments, expressions and definitions of animal agency
- human-animal and animal performativity
- animal ability to act or ‘pretend to pretend’ (Lacan).
- the ability of current theories of animal performance and agency to account for early-modern experiences
- performance and animals as object and/or subject
- animals in theatre, circuses, experiments, demonstrations, tableaux, banquets, battlefields, menageries, markets, etc.
- performing animal gender
- human vs. animal performance
- performing animality or the animal; performing humanity or the human
- performing species, breed or race
- epistemologies of animal performance
- performativity and animal identity
- animal experience and representation
Send abstracts (500-1000 words) or completed papers by May 31, 2014, to:
Karen Raber (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Professor, Department of English
University of Mississippi, Box 1848
University, MS 38677
or Dr. Monica Mattfeld (M.Mattfeld@kent.ac.uk)
Assistant Lecturer, School of English
University of Kent, Canterbury
July 1, 2014. Call for Contributors to The Eighteenth-Century Bird in Literature (1660-1830) Edited Book.
A great deal of scholarly effort has been made over the years to gather together, analyze, and anthologize eighteenth-century bird poetry, paintings, and other material cultures that describe and represent birds in this period. Very few publications, however, have attempted to bring together the wide range of different approaches that scholars have adopted. This new project, The Eighteenth-Century Bird in Literature (1660-1830), accordingly aims to further extend the discussion of the eighteenth-century bird and bring incisive, new critical approaches to the topic of birds and the representations of birds in eighteenth-century literature and cultural life. The editors are particularly interested in ways in which a deeper understanding of the bird in eighteenth-century cultural life shapes our twenty-first century notions of birds, our behaviors towards birds, and towards the environments that birds inhabit.
Chapters may include (but are not limited to) engagement with additional perspectives on eighteenth-century birds. These are just a few suggested topics:
* The eighteenth-century bird in the visual arts of the period
* Natural Histories and the eighteenth-century bird
* Print cultures and the eighteenth-century bird
* Animal Welfare and Animal Rights discourses around eighteenth-century birds
* Figurative Birds
* The Languages of eighteenth-century birds
* The Exotic, the Local and the eighteenth-century bird
* The eighteenth-century bird as Pet
* Ecocriticism and the eighteenth-century bird
* Science, culture, and the eighteenth-century bird
* Animal Studies and the eighteenth-century bird
* Co-evolutions: The eighteenth-century bird and other animals (human and non-human)
* Eighteenth-century bird habitats, land-use transformations, and cultures
* Migrations, diasporas and the eighteenth-century bird
We ask that anyone interested in contributing to this volume submit a one page CV (including previous publications) and an abstract of no more than 500 words by July 1, 2014 in docx or pdf format. Please send abstracts and direct any questions to the volume editors: Anne Milne (email@example.com), Brycchan Carey (firstname.lastname@example.org) and Sayre Greenfield (email@example.com).
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: firstname.lastname@example.org.
EASLCE & GIECO - Instituto Franklin - Universidad de Alcalá
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 <email@example.com>.