QUEER ECOLOGIES IN CONTEMPORARY LATIN AMERICAN CULTURES

Deadline: February 10, 2022
Contact: Fernando Varela
Email: [email protected]

CALL FOR PAPERS
SPECIAL JOURNAL ISSUE
QUEER ECOLOGIES IN CONTEMPORARY LATIN AMERICAN CULTURES
Guest-edited by Fernando Varela, Texas Lutheran University

This special issue for a journal examines queer ecologies in contemporary Latin American
cultural production. In its broadest sense, queer ecologies challenges heteronormative
understandings of sexuality and the environment. The term dislodges human/nonhuman binaries
and exposes their material entanglements, generating forms of intimacy and desire in the process.
Stacy Alaimo, Robert Azzarello, Timothy Morton, Catriona Sandilands, and Nicole Seymour,
among others, published influential works that have given queer ecological scholarship distinct
visibility in literary and cultural studies. Other scholars such as Zakiyyah Iman Jackson, Jorge
Marcone, José Esteban Muñoz, and Tavia Nyong’o have further advanced discussions related to
queer ecologies through critical race and ethnic studies.

Yet, discussions about queer ecologies have been largely limited to English-speaking countries,
especially the United States. This special issue seeks to create a dialogue between queer
ecologies and contemporary Latin American cultural production. It asks one major question: how
may recent artistic works on critical race and ethnic studies, environmental humanities, and
queer studies from Latin America invigorate and redirect theoretical discussions about queer
ecologies?

This special issue welcomes submissions on topics including but not limited to:
• Black and Indigenous epistemologies and ontologies in relation to queer ecologies
• Speculative fiction and queer ecologies
• Decolonial and queer forms of resistance against environmental degradation
• Apocalyptic and Postapocalyptic queer ecologies
• Ecopoetics and queer ecologies
• Media studies and queer ecologies
• Environmentalism and queer ecologies
• Anthropocene and queer ecologies

Please submit the following for consideration by February 10, 2022 to Fernando Varela at
[email protected]: tentative article title; article abstract in English (300-word maximum);
name and institutional affiliation.

Posted on December 6, 2021