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: International Day of the Tropics


Special Issue Vol 15, No 2 (2016)


Submission deadline: 30 October 2016



International Day of the Tropics


This year, the United Nations declared 29June the ‘International Day of the Tropics’ – a day dedicated to celebrating and raising awareness of the tropical regions of the world. The date is the anniversary of the launch of the inaugural State of the Tropics 2014 report by Nobel Laureate Aung San Suu Kyi, the first major output of the State of the Tropics project, which draws on the expertise of leading tropical institutions around the world (


The ‘International Day of the Tropics’ testifies to the growing awareness of the significance of the tropics for the globe. Tropical regions are home to 40% of the world’s population and host about 80% of terrestrial biodiversity. By 2050, more than two-thirds of the world’s children under 15 years of age will be living in the tropics.


This global dynamic calls for new engagements with and within the tropics. In the past, the tropics have been largely defined by the views of outsiders as the region captured the imagination of ancient philosophers and colonial explorers, of artists and scientists. During the inauguration for the ‘International Day of the Tropics’, a ‘tropics lens’ for assessing how knowledge and ideas benefitting the tropical region was proposed. This new lens requires the views of critical and indigenous thinkers, explorers of the imagination, digital and media artists, and social scientists.


eTropic invites papers that engage with the ‘International Day of the Tropics’ and questions what it means for people, societies and places of the tropics.


Instructions for authors

  • Submissions close on 30 October 2016

  • Submissions should be no longer than 6000 words.

  • Include a 200-word abstract of the article and a 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 a Microsoft Word file, double-spaced 12pt font. All images used must be used with permission and referenced.

  • Suitable papers will be double-blind peer reviewed.

  • For enquiries or for pitching your ideas, email