eTropic: electronic journal of studies in the tropics

The journal eTropic disseminates new research from arts, humanities, social sciences and allied fields on the variety and interrelatedness of nature, culture, and society in tropical regions. eTropic publishes two fully refereed issues per year.

eTropic:electronic journal of studies in the tropics

CALL FOR PAPERS: Tropical Liminal: Urban Vampires


Special Issue Volume 16, Issue 1, 2017

Submission deadline: 28 February 2017


(and other blood sucking monstrosities)

 The vampire and other monstrous beings constitute some of the most famous myths and stories that continue to haunt contemporary society. This special issue seeks to examine the presence of these beings within cities of the tropics and sub-tropics – from New Orleans in the deep south of America to Singapore in South East Asia – and further to cities of the Caribbean, Latin America, Africa, the Pacific and tropical Asia.

The special issue examines three aspects of liminality:

  • the liminal qualities of monstrous blood sucking beings such as vampires, zombies, Pontianaks, sea sirens, weretigers, werewolves, shape-shifters and cyborgs
  • the liminal and heterotopic spaces from which they arise, such as cemeteries, bulldozed spaces, shrines, ritual spaces, schools and factories, between buildings, and everyday spaces of taboo
  • and how they manifest through liminal experiences of mass hysteria, trauma, anxiety, menstruation, dreams, and altered states of consciousness.

Also of interest is the way myths and stories arise through various media: material culture, film, literature, social media, visual arts, news reports, and scholarly works.

Instructions for authors

  • Submissions close 28 February 2017
  • Submissions should be approximately 4000-6000 words
  • Include a 200-word abstract of the article
  • Include a separate 100-word biographical note
  • We welcome submissions from established academics, authors, artists, early career researchers and research students
  • Follow APA citation style and formatting. All contributions should be submitted as Microsoft Word file, double-spaced 11pt Helvetica font. All images must be used with permission and referenced.
  • Suitable papers will be double-blind peer reviewed.
  • For enquiries or for pitching your ideas or abstracts, please email