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Call for Papers: Environmental Artistic Practices and Indigeneity: In(ter)ventions, Recycling, Sovereignty

 

Submission deadline: 30 July 2019

Analysing creative practices by Indigenous artists, or artists working closely with Indigenous communities, this pluridisciplinary issue aims to determine how Indigenous societies perceive and interact with pollution and toxic substances that affect their environment and territories. The issue examines how conceptions of waste and its recycling enlightens discourses on Indigenous sovereignty, and in turn, explores how the notion of sovereignty – as understood, lived, and defined by Indigenous peoples – informs and influences artistic practices that respond to contemporary environmental challenges.

This issue invites contributions addressing all forms of artistic practices in the tropics of the Pacific, Northern Australia, Indian Ocean Islands, tropical Africa, the Caribbean, Latin America, South and Southeast Asia, or the deep south of the USA. Contributions on the ways the global North of Europe or America intersects with Indigenous peoples/practices in the tropics are also welcome.

Treatment, perception, recycling, and transformation of materials

We are interested in the artistic approaches deployed in or around spaces faced with different kinds of pollution and waste. How do artists speak about the journey of waste – for example due to marine currents, rivers or human actions? Is waste perceived as a negative effect of consumerism in society or taken as potentially interesting material that can be valued like any local natural resource? Proposals are invited to highlight the symbolic dimensions of these new materials, and – through the analysis of the negotiations or conflicts that surround their extraction or circulation – to unveil the values given to a territory.

Decolonisation and sovereignty as artistic and environmental actions   

This issue looks at Indigenous concepts used by artists to express their vision of what ‘sustainable development’, or a respectful relationship with the environment, would be. We are particularly interested in contributions that enter into dialogue with, or expand works, conducted by Indigenous academics, researchers, and artists. We also welcome contributions on the responses given by Indigenous artists to situations in which the concerns and actions of environmentalists go against the expression and claims of Indigenous sovereignty.

Arts and knowledges of the ocean, sea, rivers, and coastline

Authors are invited to analyse how artistic practices that deal with pollution mobilise Indigenous concepts relating to land(scapes), water(scapes), and sea(scapes). Looking at the articulation between the arts, environment, recycling, and sovereignty will also lead us to question the very notion of borders between land and sea commonly used in non-Indigenous contexts. 

This issue invites contributions addressing all forms of artistic practices articulated through academic or creative works.

ABOUT eTropic

eTropic disseminates new research from Arts, Humanities, Social Sciences and allied fields on the variety and interrelatedness of nature, culture, and society in the tropics. The journal is indexed in Scopus, Ulrich's and DOAJ, it is archived in Pandora and Sherpa/Romeo, and DOIs are used.

INSTRUCTIONS FOR AUTHORS

  • Submissions close 30 July 2019
  • 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 creative works up to 4000 words
    • Include a 200-word abstract or research statement (if possible)
    • Provide a separate 100-word biographical note

Submission process

  • We welcome submissions from academics, authors, artists, and postgraduate research students
  • English or French submissions are accepted (Abstract must be in English)
  • Follow APA style for: in-text citations, Reference list, and Figures/Images
  • Submitted as Microsoft Word file, double-spaced 13pt Arial font
  • Submissions should 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
  • Publication date: May 2020
  • https://journals.jcu.edu.au/etropic/announcement

 For enquiries or pitching ideas email the special issue editors:

Dr Estelle Castro-Koshy, Senior Researcher, James Cook University, Australia estelle.castrokoshy@jcu.edu.au

Dr Géraldine Le Roux, Senior Lecturer, Université de Bretagne Occidentale, France geraldine.leroux@univ-brest.fr

For general enquiries email eTropic: etropic@jcu.edu.au

 
Posted: 2019-01-11
 

Call for Papers: 'TROPICAL GOTHIC' [closing 30 January 2019]

 

CALL FOR PAPERS special issue ‘TROPICAL GOTHIC’

Deadline: extended to 30 January 2019

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.

INSTRUCTIONS FOR AUTHORS

  • Submissions extended to 30 January 2019
  • 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: etropic@jcu.edu.au

 ‘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


 
Posted: 2018-07-02 More...
 

Special Issue: Living Cities: Tropical Imaginaries (Issues 1 & 2) [PUBLISHED]

 

‘Living Cities: Tropical Imaginaries’ reminds us that metropolises are both created and creative spaces. This special issue is concerned with the peopled and lived experiences of cities and how these interact with cultural, material and natural environments. Issues 1 & 2 address this theme.

 
Posted: 2018-04-25
 

Special Issue: Bold Women Write Back [PUBLISHED]

 

‘Bold Women Write Back’ in this special issue of eTropic! This issue follows in the wake of International Women’s Marches across many parts of the globe, and the 2017 International Women’s Day theme ‘Be Bold for Change’. The issue asks, in a world where women are still excluded from citizen participation, is there a new role for resistance through art and literature? For women of the tropics in particular, in what ways can writing, art, and academic work be bold in helping make needed changes? For women more broadly, what does it mean to be bold right now as oppression intersects race, sex, class, and religion in a world that is repealing rights and advances?

 
Posted: 2018-02-23
 

Conference: Tropics of the Imagination [CLOSED]

 

Tropics of the Imagination is a multidisciplinary conference on imaginative and creative approaches to culture and nature in the tropics. The 2017 theme was Living Cities: Tropical Imaginaries. It was held in Singapore 6-9 September 2017. 

View the conference at: https://www.tropicalimaginary.com/

 
Posted: 2017-07-21
 

Special Issue: Tropical Liminal: Urban Vampires & other Bloodsucking Monstrosities [PUBLISHED]

 

Vampires and other monstrous beings constitute some of the most famous myths that continue to haunt contemporary societies. This special issue examines the presence of these beings within cities and surrounding urban areas of the tropics and sub-tropics.

 
Posted: 2017-05-21
 

Special Issue: International Day of the Tropics [PUBLISHED]

 

The United Nations declared 29 June 'The International Day of the Tropics' - a day dedicated to celebrating and raising awareness of the tropical regions of the world. This issue contributes to this tropical lens with research from the humanities, arts and social sciences disciplines. It celebrates the inaugural International Day of the Tropics.

 
Posted: 2016-12-20
 
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