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    Special Issue: Pandemic, Plague, Pestilence and the Tropics
    Vol. 20 No. 1 (2021)

    Special Issue Editors: Anita Lundberg, Kalala Ngalamulume, Jean Segata, Arbaayah Ali Termizi & Chrystopher Spicer

    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, and persisted in colonial imaginaries of the tropics as pestilential latitudes requiring slave labour. The tropical sites of colonialism gave rise to urgent studies of tropical diseases and medicine which lead to (racialised) changes in urban planning. The Tropics as a region of pandemic, plague and pestilence has been challenged during the COVID-19 pandemic. The novel coronavirus did not (simply) originate in the Tropics, nor have peoples of the Tropics been specifically or exclusively infected. This disrupts the imaginary of pandemics, plague and pestilence in association with the Tropics, and calls for critical, nuanced, and situated analyses.

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

    Special Issue Editors: Simona Azzali, Lisa Law & Anita Lundberg

    ‘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.

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

    Special Issue Editors: Estelle Castro-Koshy & Géraldine Le Roux

    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 land, ocean and river ecosystems of the Pacific Islands, Australia, French Guiana, the Caribbean, and Southeast Asia.

  • Tropical Gothic: Literary and Creative Works

    Special Issue: Tropical Gothic Literary and Creative Works
    Vol. 18 No. 2 (2019)

    Special Issue Editors: Anita Lundberg, Roger Osborne, Katarzyna Ancuta & Agnieszka Stasiewicz-Bieńkowska

    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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    Special Issue: Tropical Gothic Arts, Humanities & Social Sciences
    Vol. 18 No. 1 (2019)

    Special Issue Editors: Anita Lundberg, Katarzyna Ancuta & Agnieszka Stasiewicz-Bieńkowska   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 Deep South.
  • Special Issue: Tropical Imaginaries & Living Cities
    Vol. 17 No. 2 (2018)

    Special Issue Editor: Anita Lundberg

    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.

  • Special Issue: Living Cities, Tropical Imaginaries
    Vol. 17 No. 1 (2018)

    Special Issue Editor: Anita Lundberg

    ‘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.

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

    Special Issue Editors: Victoria Kuttainen & Ariella Van Luyn

    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.

  • Special Issue: Tropical Liminal: Urban Vampires and Other Blood-Sucking Monstrosities
    Vol. 16 No. 1 (2017)

    Special Issue Editors: Anita Lundberg & Lennie Geerlings

    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.

     

  • Special Issue: International Day of the Tropics
    Vol. 15 No. 2 (2016)

    This issue is under the new eTropic editorship of Anita Lundberg

    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.

  • Special Issue: Refereed Proceedings of the Tropics of the Imagination Conference, 17 Sep 2015, The Cairns Institute
    Vol. 15 No. 1 (2016)

    This issue is the final issue of eTropic under the Editorship of Founding Editor Stephen Torre

  • Special Issue: Behind the Scenes: Transversality of Invisible Lines and Knowledges
    Vol. 14 No. 2 (2015)

    Guest Editors: Anita Lundberg & Barbara Glowczewski

  • Special Issue: Proceedings of the James Cook University Education Graduate Student Symposium, 30 October 2014
    Vol. 14 No. 1 (2015)

    Guest Editors: Brian Lewthwaite, Margaret Carter & Lai Kuan Lim

  • Special Issue: Value, Transvaluation and Globalization
    Vol. 13 No. 2 (2014)

    Guest Editors: Steffen Dalsgaard and Ton Otto

  • Special Issue: TransOceanik: Academic Research & Public Domains
    Vol. 12 No. 1 (2013)

    Guest Editor: Anita Lundberg

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