Deadline: 30 December 2018

The Gothic is undergoing a pronounced resurgence in academic and popular cultures.

Propelled by fears associated with social transformations produced by globalization, the neoliberal order, networked technologies, post-truth and environmental uncertainty – tropes of ‘the gothic’ resonate. The gothic allows us to delve into the unknown, the liminal, the unseen; into hidden histories and feelings. It calls up unspoken truths and secret desires.

In the tropics, the gothic manifests in specific ways according to spaces and places, and in relation to cultures and their encounters and interminglings. We invite papers engaging with the tropics of South, Southeast and East Asia, northern Australia, Latin America, the Caribbean, tropical Africa, Indian Ocean Islands, the Pacific, and the deep south of America.

Gothic studies that provide particularly interesting arenas of analysis include: culture, ritual, mythology, film, architecture, literature, fashion, art, landscapes, places,nature, spaces, histories and spectral cities. Within the fraught geographies and histories of colonialism, ‘tropical gothic’ may include subgenres such as: imperial gothic, orientalism in gothic literature, colonial and postcolonial gothic. In contemporary society neoliberal connections with the tropics and gothic may be investigated. While in popular culture, tropical aspects of gothic film, cybergoth, gothic-steampunk, gothic sci-fi, goth graphic novels, and gothic music may be explored.

The eTropic ‘Tropical Gothic’ special issue will be published in two parts: one on arts and social sciences; the other on literature and creative works. Publication is in 2019.


  • Submissions close 30 December 2018
  • Academic articles
    • Approximately 6000 words long
    • Photographic critical essays 4000 words
    • Include a 200-word abstract of the article
    • Provide a separate 100-word biography for each author
  • Creative works (short story, poetry, creative nonfiction, visual works)
    • Written creative works up to 6000 words
    • Art/photographic works up to 4000 words
    • Include a 200-word abstract or research statement (if possible)
    • Include a separate 100-word biographical note

Submission process

  • We welcome submissions from academics, authors, artists, and postgraduate research students
  • Follow APA style for: in-text citations, Reference list, and Figures/Images
  • Submitted as Microsoft Word file, double-spaced 12pt Arial font
  • Submissions must be uploaded to eTropic online journal portal
  • Any images must be used with permission and referenced
  • Suitable papers will be double-blind peer reviewed
  • Journal ISSN:1448-2940
  • Indexed in: Scopus, Ulrichs, DOAJ

 For enquiries or for pitching your ideas or abstracts, email:

 ‘Tropical Gothic’ Special Issue editors:

  • Associate Professor Anita Lundberg, James Cook University, Singapore
  • Dr Agnieszka Stasiewicz-Bieńkowska, Jagellonian University, Poland
  • Dr Katarzyna Ancuta, Chulalongkorn University, Bangkok, Thailand
  • Dr Roger Osborne, James Cook University, Australia

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