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:

List of Ecocritical Journals
List of Ecocritical Presses
Book-Publishing Wisdom (from C. L. Rawlins)


 

Posted July 24, 2014. Hurricane Katrina-related blogging Anthology. University of New Orleans Press is currently seeking submissions for an anthology of Hurricane Katrina-related blogging, to be published in 2015. The focus will be on entries that were written between August 2005-August 2007 and revealed a layer of post-Katrina life that wasn't typically picked up by traditional news outlets. A collection of writing never before published in print – and in some cases no longer accessible online -- the anthology will highlight the unprecedented role blogging played post-Katrina, both as a critical news source in the days and weeks immediately following the storm, and as a catalyst for the region’s recovery in the months and years that followed. Please send submissions via email (please include the live link if possible, and use "Katrina blogs" in your subject line) to: Cynthia Joyce, Editor, cjoyce@olemiss.edu.


 

Posted August 8, 2014.  Studies in Animals and Literature, new book series from Palgrave.

ABOUT THIS SERIES:
At present, various academic disciplines can be found in the process of undergoing an ‘animal turn’. This series will publish work that looks, specifically, at the implications of this ‘animal turn’ for the field of Literary Studies. It will publish studies of the representation of animals in literary texts across the chronological range of Literary Studies from the Middle Ages to the present and with reference to the discipline’s key thematic concerns, genres and critical methods.

This will be the first series to explore animal studies within the context of literary studies; together, the volumes (comprising monographs, edited collections of essays and some shorter studies in the Palgrave Pivot format) will constitute a uniquely rich and thorough scholarly resource on the involvement of animals in literature. The series will focus on literary prose and poetry, while also accommodating related discussion of the full range of materials and texts and contexts (from theatre and film to fine art, journalism, the law, popular writing, etc) with which Literary Studies now engages.

If you are interested in finding out more about Palgrave Studies in Animals and Literature, or in proposing a volume for the series, please contact the series editors or Palgrave editors below:

SERIES EDITORS:
Susan McHugh, Professor and Chair of English at the University of New England, USA (smchugh@une.edu)
Robert McKay, Senior Lecturer at the University of Sheffield, UK (R.McKay@sheffield.ac.uk)
John Miller, Lecturer in Nineteenth-Century Literature at the University of Sheffield, UK (John.Miller@sheffield.ac.uk)

PALGRAVE MACMILLAN EDITORS:
Ben Doyle, Commissioning Editor, Literature (b.doyle@palgrave.com)
Ryan Jenkins, Editorial Assistant, Literature (Ryan.Jenkins@palgrave-usa.com)
www.palgrave.com


 

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
•    Wastelands
•    Waste and power

Direct any questions to the Special Issue co-editors: David Banash (d-banash@wiu.edu) and John DeGregorio (ja-degregorio@wiu.edu). 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 (scott.hicks@uncp.edu), Associate Professor, Department of English, Theatre, & Foreign Languages, University of North Carolina at Pembroke, P.O. Box 1510, Pembroke, NC  28352; and Jane Haladay (haladayj@uncp.edu), Associate Professor, Department of American Indian Studies, University of North Carolina at Pembroke, P.O. Box 1510, Pembroke, NC  28352.


 

October 31, 2014. Romantic Ecocriticism: Origins and Legacies.  Dewey W. Hall (California State Polytechnic University, Pomona), Editor. To be part of the book series "Ecocriticism: Theory and Practice" from Lexington Books.

Romantic Ecocriticism invites article length papers that examine the influence of cultural factors on seminal writers from the late eighteenth and early nineteenth centuries.  For example, William Wordsworth read Gilbert White’s The Natural History of Selborne; Samuel Taylor Coleridge derived metaphors from the lectures by Humphrey Davy; Mary Shelley derived the basis for Frankenstein from the vitalism debate initiated by John Abernathy and William Lawrence.

•    Scientific culture: natural history (e.g. botany, meteorology, chemistry, geology) or natural philosophy (e.g. materialism, vitalism, electricity, etc.)
•    Aesthetic culture: the picturesque, topography, and cartography, especially William Gilpin, Adam Sedgwick, and William Mudge
•    Religious culture: natural theology (e.g. divinity and nature), especially William Paley and William Whewell
•    Environmental culture: Romantic naturalism, anti-industrialism, and the open space movement leading to the National Trust (e.g. John Ruskin, Charles Dickens, Hardwicke Rawnsley, and Octavia Hill)
•    Transatlantic American culture: From Romantic naturalism to American early and modern environmentalists such as Ralph W. Emerson, Henry D. Thoreau, John Muir, Mary Austin, Aldo Leopold, and Rachel Carson
•    Ecological culture: Romantic influence upon Arne Naess’s deep ecology movement (e.g. ecosophy, biocentrism, biodiversity, sustainability, etc.)
Submissions must include the title, abstract (200 word limit), c.v. and bio and, if possible, a draft of a paper (15-25 pages) sent to dwhall@csupomona.edu by 10.31.14 for consideration.


 

Submission Period December 1, 2014 to February 1, 2015. Queering Nature: Online Themed Issue at The Fourth River (Fall 2015). Heteronormative/queer. Natural/unnatural. Human/animal. Urban/wild. These binaries reveal heteronormative privilege, along with its assumption of dominance over nature and its definition of what's natural. But what if the world in which we live has always been naturally queer, and language has yet to reveal it?
Guest-edited by Dakota Garilli and Michael Walsh, The Fourth River's second online issue, to launch in Fall of 2015, will focus on Queering Nature, and we're looking for your best, most innovative nature and place-based writing in any genre or style. Hybrid forms, lyric essays, prose poems, and work that blends research with creative language are all welcome. Surprise us.

We want to see work that delves into the mess and nuance of our natural world. As Alex Johnson writes in his essay "How to Queer Ecology," "What queer can offer is the identity of I am also. I am also human. I am also natural. I am also alive and dynamic and full of contradiction, paradox, irony."

Submissions will open for this special issue on December 1, 2014, and close on February 1, 2015. Check The Fourth River website for more submission details at http://fourthriver.chatham.edu/index.php/submit


 

December 15, 2014. Conrad and Nature: Ecology, Environment and Animals in Joseph Conrad’s Writings. The editors seek contributions to a new volume examining the ways that Joseph Conrad imagines earth, environment, nature, ecology, and nonhuman animals in his writings. From sea to jungle, from rivers to parks, from animals to weather, Joseph Conrad’s writings constantly engage the natural world. Conrad and Nature will gather fresh critical thinking about Conrad and the natural world to open new perspectives on Conrad and to broaden the archive of environmental criticism.

All theoretical frames and perspectives from the field of environmental criticism are welcome, including, but not limited to, theoretical and comparative perspectives informed by postcolonial ecologies; animal studies and nonhuman alterities; environmental and animal ethics; new materialism; material eco-criticism; ecofeminism; queer ecology; climate change; Romantic, modernist, and postmodernist conceptions of ‘nature.’ These and other investigations of the natural world as they appear in Conrad's work offer a timely intervention for modernist studies and promise to consolidate the advances Conradian scholars have already made toward a full environmental understanding of this influential writer.

Timeline and directions for submissions of proposals and completed articles:

  • We request 500-1000 word proposals by December 15, 2014. Reprints of previously published materials will be considered
  • The editors will acknowledge all submissions, and make final decisions by February 15, 2015
  • Those whose proposals are accepted should expect to submit completed 
  • Email all proposals to Lissa Schneider at Elizabeth.schneider-rebozo@uwrf.edu

EDITORS:

John G. Peters, University Distinguished Research Professor of English, General Editor for Conradiana, and Associate Chair of English, University of North Texas
John.Peters@unt.edu

Lissa Schneider-Rebozo, Director of Undergraduate Research and Associate Professor of English, University of Wisconsin-River Falls,
Elizabeth.schneider-rebozo@uwrf.edu

Jeffrey M. McCarthy, Director of the Environmental Humanities Graduate Program and Professor, Honors, University of Utah
j.mccarthy@utah.edu


 

January 2, 2015.  PLANT HORROR / THE MONSTROUS VEGETAL. The recent critical “nonhuman” turn asks, as Elizabeth Grosz has eloquently put it, about all those “animal, plant, and material forces that surround and overtake the human.” Of all those “forces,” it is perhaps the plant that has been most neglected, although that neglect is being redressed in such recent publications as Matthew Hall’s Plants as Persons: A Philosophical Botany (2011), Michael Marder’s Plant-Thinking: A Philosophy of Vegetal Life (2013), and Randy Laist’s Plants and Literature: Essays in Critical Plant Studies (2013). Theorists are recognizing the inherent importance of grappling with the ontological strangeness of plants, which have long inhabited what Michael Marder calls the “zone of absolute obscurity.” And vegetal life also plays a vital role in the project of re-thinking the past, present, and future of both human subjectivity and human survival.

Perhaps because of their irreducible difference from us, their intractable unfamiliarity, plants have often entered popular narratives as terrifying and terrorizing forces. They seem monstrous in their implacability and impersonality, their rooted unfreedom, their unintentionality, and their prolific and non-teleological “wild” growth. They also, as Marder has pointed out, take aim at our metaphysics, deconstructing structuring binaries such as body-soul, self-other, depth-surface, life-death, and the one and the many.

With the goal of exploring how and why plants have figured as terrifying in so many of our cultural narratives, we invite proposals for the first collection of essays on “plant horror”—that is, on how plants and all forms of vegetal life have figured as the monstrous in literature, film, television, and other media (video games, comics).

Three broad questions will guide the collection:
--What are the properties of plants that make them “monstrous”? How and why have they been represented as threatening to both human populations and the boundaries of the “human”?

--How has the plant been conceived in relation to the human?  Is vegetal life utterly “other”? Or does vegetal life become monstrous because we have disavowed its connection to us? Are there other ways (than irreducible difference) to think about the plant in relation to the human? Are the “monstrous” ways of plants able to be re-thought as possible futures for the human?

--How has “plant horror” served to critique human environmental abuses? What “real life” horror stories are there surrounding such recent human endeavors as the patenting of plants and genetically modified crops?

We are interested in essays that address what might be called the “canon” of plant horror: John Wyndham’s groundbreaking The Day of the Triffids (1951), as well as its numerous film and TV incarnations, The Thing from Another World (1951), Invasion of the Body Snatchers (1956), The Little Shop of Horrors (1960), Attack of the Killer Tomatoes (1978), Swamp Thing (1982), “The Lonesome Death of Jordy Verrill,” in Creepshow (1982), The Ruins (2008), and The Happening (2008). Almost all of these texts have appeared in more than one medium and have generated sometimes multiple re-makes, suggesting that they exert a persistent fascination. Essays that serve to expand this “canon” are very welcome.

We are also eager to receive abstracts that address how vegetal life features in unexpected ways and on the margins of narratives not explicitly about the depredations of plants—e.g., Doctor Who: The Seeds of Doom (1976), Batman and Robin (1997), Minority Report (2002), Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets (2002), and AMC’s The Walking Dead (2010-present). We also welcome essays that discuss how plants feature in narratives produced outside the US and UK.

The editors of the collection are Dawn Keetley and Rita Kurtz. Dawn Keetley is an Associate Professor of English at Lehigh University and has recently published on horror TV and film in Gothic Studies and Americana, as well as editing “We’re All Infected”: Essays on AMC’s The Walking Dead and The Fate of the Human (McFarland, 2014). Rita Kurtz has a PhD in English from Lehigh University and teaches writing, popular culture, and American literature.

Please send abstracts of between 500 – 1,000 words to Dawn Keetley (dek7@lehigh.edu) and Rita Kurtz (rjk8@lehigh.edu) by January 2, 2015. Questions before the deadline are very welcome. 

We have several publishers in mind for this collection and will be sending inquiries shortly, preparing to send off a complete proposal soon after the January 2 deadline. (The editor of the Ecocritical Theory and Practice series, published by Lexington Books, an imprint of the Rowman and Littlefield Publishing Group, has expressed strong interest, for instance.) We anticipate that full essays will need to be completed by the summer of 2015.


 

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 (greg.garrard@ubc.ca) 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 <dvakoch@ciis.edu>.