• Tropical Imaginaries & Climate Crisis


    CFP Special Issue Theme: Tropical Imaginaries & Climate Crisis - deadline 31 May 2021

    About Special Issue Theme: Tropical Imaginaries & Climate Crisis

    Heat waves and wave-inundated islands, prolonged droughts and rainforest fires, tropical storms and monsoon deluges, melting tropical glaciers and flooded rivers – although climate change is global, it is not experienced everywhere the same. Climate change has pronounced effects in the Tropics.

    Global sea level rise is predicted to be higher in the tropics, especially the equatorial Pacific Ocean. Global warming increases intensities in El Niño and La Niña oceanic-atmospheric events which cause droughts, hurricanes, typhoons and cyclones across vast areas of the tropics and subtropics. While rainforests, tropical peat swamps and oceans are carbon dioxide sinks, global warming means sinks reach saturation. Rainforests and coral reefs are Earth’s most biodiverse ecosystems developed over thousands of years; deforestation and fires add greenhouse gases to the atmosphere, while the phenomena of ocean warming, sea level rise and acidification bleach and kill coral reefs.[i] The tropics has become a critical zone of cascading tipping points, the site where the full scale and scope of climate change and its associated challenges and deathly consequences are becoming materially manifest.  

    This year marks the long-awaited United Nations Climate Change conference. The agenda includes the 26th Conference of the Parties (COP26) to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC). Following the Paris Agreement and the Kyoto Protocol, the conference aims to commit nations to a revitalized effort to urgently reduce anthropogenic carbon dioxide emissions in order to limit global warming at 1.5˚  C.

    While acknowledging the importance of the UN Climate Change global agenda, this Special Issue draws attention to the tropical regions of the world: regions that are undergoing rapid development, yet suffer serious poverty; are rich in biodiversity, and threatened by environmental destruction; are home to many of the world’s rainforest and maritime Indigenous peoples, but endure legacies of colonialism. We advocate that climate science requires climate imagination to bring science systems into relation with the human, cultural and social. In short, this Special Issue contributes to calls to humanise climate change.

    To perceive the vast intricacies involved in climate change phenomena requires imagination; a poetics of thought. Tropical imagination invites papers informed by Indigenous knowing, ethnography, phenomenology, symbiosis and co-emergence, more-than-human worlds, worlding, patchy Anthropocene, Plantationocene, feral ecologies,[ii] rhizomatics, material poetics, biological poetics, archipelagic imaginaries, queer ecologies, ecogothic, ecocriticism, ecopoetry, ecofeminism, ecosophy, and tropical climate change storying.

    CFP Tropical Imaginaries & Climate Crisis

    Reflecting ecological biodiversity, this CFP is open to interdisciplinary and transdisciplinary intertwinings, as well as new perspectives on established disciplinary approaches. It invites papers that consider the ecological interface between, for example: nature and culture, humans and animals, indigeneity and colonialism, science and literature, technology and poetics, histories and futures, reality and fiction, mythologies and mathematical models, climate science and climate imagination, spirits and humans, natural sciences and social sciences, the mundane and sacred, global and local, extinctions and emerging viral species.

    The Special Issue invites a wide range of articles and creative works from researchers who engage with the tropical regions of the world. These include: tropical Africa, the Caribbean, Latin America, the Indian Ocean Islands, South Asia, East Asia, Southeast Asia, the tropical north of Australia, Papua and the Pacific Ocean Islands, Hawai’i and the American South.

    Special Issue Editors: Anita Lundberg, James Cook University, Australia; André Vasques Vital, Centro Universitário de Anápolis, Brazil; Shruti Das, Berhampur University, India & Ogaga Okuyade, Niger Delta University, Nigeria.

    eTropic: electronic journal of studies in the tropics publishes new research from Arts, Humanities, Social Sciences and allied fields on the variety and interrelatedness of nature, culture, and society in the Tropics. ISSN:1448-2940, free open access; indexed in Scopus, Google Scholar, Ulrich's, DOAJ; archived in Pandora, Sherpa/Romeo; uses DOIs and Crossref, ranked Scimago Q2. 


    • Submissions (full paper) close 31 May 2021
    • Research article submissions should be about 6000-8000 words
    • Literary, creative works and photographic essays about 4000 words
    • Include a 200-word Abstract + 5 Keywords
    • Provide a 100-word biographical note for each author (on separate sheet)
    • Follow APA (edition 7) for in-text citations and reference list
    • Contributions should be submitted as a Microsoft Word file (.doc .docx)
    • Submissions must conform to the eTropic Style Sheet & Layout (see StyleSheet)
    • All images must be used with permission and referenced
    • Submissions should be uploaded to eTropic online journal portal
    • Suitable papers will be double-blind peer reviewed
    • Authors should browse eTropic articles to ensure they are familiar with the journal’s multidisciplinary scope and style
    • For enquiries, or for pitching your ideas or abstracts, email
    • Publication date: September 2021



    [i] Lundberg, A. (2020). Balinese Dancer wearing a Gas Mask: Climate Change and the Tropical Imaginary. [COP26 Perspectives]. Scottish Geographical Journal RSGJ. 136 (1-4).

    [ii] Tsing, A., Deger, J., Saxena, A.K. & Zhou, F. (2021). Feral Atlas: The More-Than-Human Anthropocene  Stanford University Press

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  • Sustainable Tropical Urbanism [PUBLISHED]


    Vol. 19 No. 2 (2020): Sustainable Tropical Urbanism

    ‘Sustainable Tropical Urbanism’ recognises a region experiencing rapid urban growth while also facing issues of sustainability which involve Places, Pasts and People. These issues include climate change and environmental challenges, as well as cultural histories of colonialism and their continuing postcolonial effects on peoples of the Tropics and their future prospects.  This Special Issue narrows its focus to 'Monsoonal Asia-Pacific' with case studies from the tropical cities of Khulna and Chittagong in Bangladesh, South Asia; Singapore, and the Indonesian city of Semarang, Southeast Asia; and the regional city of Cairns in the tropical north of Australia.

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  • Pandemic, Plague, Pestilence and the Tropics [CLOSED]

    CFP for SPECIAL ISSUE THEME: Pandemic, Plague, Pestilence and the Tropics - Deadline 1 December 2020

    The Tropics has long been associated with exotic diseases and epidemics. This historical imaginary arose with Aristotle’s notion of the tropics as the ‘torrid zone’, a geographical region virtually uninhabitable to non-indigenous peoples due to the hostility of its climate; it persisted in colonial imaginaries of the tropics as pestilential latitudes requiring slave labour; and further into wars staged in tropical arenas where illness and death from diseases reduced the availability of healthy soldiers to die on the battle field. The tropical sites of colonialism and war gave rise to urgent (western) studies of tropical diseases which lead to changes in architecture and urban planning, to biopiracy of tropical plants and indigenous knowledges, and to the creation of institutes of tropical medicine. The tropics as a region of pandemic, plague and pestilence has been challenged during the global pandemic of the novel coronavirus disease COVID-19. The new virus neither originated in the tropics, nor were the tropical countries of the world specifically or exclusively affected. Tropical countries have been impacted by, and responded to, the novel coronavirus in diverse ways. This disrupts the imaginary of pandemics, plagues, pestilence in association with the tropics, and calls for critical, nuanced, and situated analyses.

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  • Environmental Artistic Practices and Indigeneity: In(ter)ventions, Recycling, Sovereignty [PUBLISHED]

    Vol 19, No 1 (2020): Special Issue: Environmental Artistic Practices and Indigeneity: In(ter)ventions, Recycling, Sovereignty

    This special issue on Environmental Artistic Practices and Indigeneity: In(ter)ventions, Recycling, Sovereignty brings together creative works, poetic essays, and academic articles which address numerous forms of Indigenous artistic practices. This collection speaks literally and metaphorically of the ocean and river ecosystems of the Pacific Islands, Australia, French Guiana, the Caribbean, and Southeast Asia.

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  • Tropical Gothic: Literary and Creative Works [PUBLISHED]

    Vol 18, No 2 (2019): Tropical Gothic: Literary and Creative Works

    This is the second published collection of the two-part special issue on the theme Tropical Gothic. While the first issue provided a space for reflection upon the unique social, historical, political, cultural and environmental conditions of the tropics; this second issue demonstrates how creative writers and artists have a particular role to play in such reflections, through producing the cultural artefacts for the contemplation of others, or by contributing to such debates as creative practitioners and critics. The papers concentrate on Tropical Gothic literary and creative works from South and Southeast Asia and Tropical Australia.   

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  • Tropical Gothic: Arts, Humanities & Social Sciences [PUBLISHED]

    Vol 18, No 1 (2019): Tropical Gothic: arts, humanities and social sciences

    Gothic is resurging in academic and popular cultures. In the tropics, the gothic addresses fraught geographies and histories of colonialism and violence; threats to biodiversity and environments; and the stresses of globalisation and neoliberalism (‘vampire’ capitalism) which impinge upon the livelihoods, traditions and the very survival of peoples of the tropics. Papers engage with Tropical Gothic in West Africa, the Caribbean, Latin America, Southeast Asia, northern Australia, and the American 'southern Gothic'. 

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


    Vol 17, No 2 (2018): Tropical Imaginaries & Living Cities

    In this special issue on cities, tropical imaginary comes to the fore while the metropolis provides the space for imagination. Many tropical cities have physical presence - Darwin, Singapore, Hong Kong, Havana - others morph into haunted spaces or spaceships; or dissolve into a haze as memory and imagination take the stage. Yet these spaces are always alive, their virtual presence becomes the matrix that holds the imagination. Papers engage martial arts, short stories, novels, poetry, and speculative fiction, transition into visual art through sci fi magazine covers, graffiti and heritage arts spaces, and close with film.


    Vol 17, No 1 (2018): Living Cities: Tropical Imaginaries

    ‘Living Cities: Tropical Imaginaries' reminds us that urban environments are both created and creative spaces concerned with peopled and lived experiences and their interaction with material, cultural and natural environments. The issue explores architecture, design, creative industries and economies, heritage, urban myths, narratives, everyday life and flânerie.

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  • Bold Women Write Back [PUBLISHED]

    Vol 16, No 2 (2017): Special Issue: Bold Women Write Back

    Following in the wake of  international Women’s Marches with their pink pussy hats across many parts of the globe and the International Women’s Day theme ‘Be Bold for Change’, this issue explores anew role for resistance through art, literature and writing - for women of the tropics especially - and asks what it means to be bold right now as oppression intersects race, sex, class, and religion in a world that is repealing rights and advances.

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

    Vol 16, No 1 (2017): Tropical Liminal: Urban Vampires and Other Blood-Sucking Monstrosities

    Vampires and other blood sucking monstrosities constitute some of the most famous myths that continue to haunt contemporary society. The papers in this issue examine the presence of these beings within the cities and urban surrounds of the tropics and sub-tropics.

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  • International Day of the Tropics [PUBLISHED]

    Vol 15, No 2 (2016): Special Issue: 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. It calls for a ‘tropics lens’ for assessing knowledge and ideas benefitting the tropics. In this issue papers explore notions of the tropics from critical thinkers, explorers of the imagination, and social scientists.

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