Calls for Papers for the Journals of the University of Nebraska Press

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Middle West Review: An Interdisciplinary Journal about the American Midwest

Call for Proposals: “The Cold War Midwest”

The journal Middle West Review seeks proposals for articles and essays for a special symposium exploring the various dimensions of the Cold War era Midwest. Topics may include, but are not limited to, Midwestern attitudes toward extensive American involvement in foreign affairs during the Cold War decades; the development of military bases and the installation of nuclear weapons in the Midwest; the role of ethnic groups from the captive nations in domestic politics (Poles, Hungarians, Ukrainians, etc); the experience of Midwesterners in the US military who served in Cold War zones; Midwestern heavy industry and the creation of the American arsenal; the influence of Cold War imperatives on the Civil Rights movement (i.e. the Brown decision); the role Midwestern diplomats such as George Kennan; political leaders skeptical of Cold War interventionism such as Robert Taft and John Bricker; the Vietnam war and the Midwest; Midwestern patriotism in a Cold War context; Midwestern conservatism and its role in American anti-Communism; campus protests and the Midwest; the role of Joe McCarthy of Wisconsin and similar anti-Communist political leaders; the role of groups on the progressive left and opposition to Cold War policies; the culture of the Cold War and domesticity; civil defense and bomb shelter construction; anti-Communist churches and religious leaders in the Midwest; the movement of Southeast Asian refugees to Iowa and Wisconsin and other Midwestern places; how the Cold War was experienced differently in the Midwest than other regions; the influence of religion in the Midwest during the Cold War era; films and literature which connect the Cold War and the Midwest.

300-word proposals along with a vita should be sent to Middle West Review at MWR@usd.edu by October 15, 2024. If a proposal is accepted for inclusion in the special symposium, final articles would be due by October 15, 2025.

American Indian Quarterly

Applications are now welcome for Editor (or Co-Editors) of American Indian Quarterly. The term of appointment is for a minimum of four years with possible reappointment thereafter. The current Managing Editor will continue to serve through the end of the 2024-2025 academic year to assure a smooth editorial transition. The new Editor will select a new Book Review Editor. Learn more here.

Resilience Resistance: A Journal of the Radical Environmental Humanities

Resistance: A Journal of Radical Environmental Humanities is truly interdisciplinary. We welcome contributions from any discipline or interdisciplinary blend. Additionally, we are open to non-academic submissions, including creative writing, poetry, activist reports, and other forms of expression. While submissions can vary in length, please note that we will not publish texts exceeding 7,000 words. We encourage you to share proposals for special issues, intervention series, experiments, or any other innovative projects with us at armiero@icrea.cat.

Resistance: A Journal of Radical Environmental Humanities Special Issue Call for Papers:

Resistance is seeking papers for a special issue titled “Garbage, Discarded Governmentalities and the Ecosystem: Tensions and Resistances.” Submissions will be accepted until May 15, 2024. Read more about the special issue and submissions information here. Submissions and queries should be sent to Sayan Dey at sayandey89@yahoo.com.

Resistance: A Journal of Radical Environmental Humanities Call for Review Essays:

Resistance publishes reviews of books, films, TV series, websites, podcasts, event series or panels, and artworks (e.g., music, soundworks, audio and/or visual, dance). We welcome reviews of scholarly and/or creative non-fiction, fiction, poetry, graphic novels, young adult, and genre-radical books and artworks, including visual, audio, and performance-based exhibits or projects. The reviewed works may be in any language; however, at this point, all the reviews will be published in English.

Reviews should be 1500 words or fewer and discuss how a work challenges the dominating status quo, surfaces all-too-resilient and oppressive norms, and/or refuses and rejoinders them, and/or daylight ways that a work fails to do so. The article can reach 2500 words in case it will deal with more than one work.

If you wish to propose a review, please consider that you must declare that no conflict of interest is in place.

Resistance’s review editors are Roberta Biasillo & Carlos Tabernero.

Storyworlds: A Journal of Narrative Studies

Call for Papers for Special Issue “Meat Narratives

This special issue focuses on narratives created and constructed around meat. Meat is a peculiar item of food. The fact that meat products were once living beings has always activated connections to surprising fields. Meat may be considered as sacrality, corpse, blood, a precious source of energy, sin, sacrifice, dirt, cleanness, animal death (not in its cultivated version) or human life; as such, it has engaged in relationships with religion, nation-building, revolution, urban planning, robotics (see the robotized farms), sci-fi, political communication, philosophy (the relationships Nature/Culture), gender divide, dictatorship, psychology, education and many others.

The working language is English. Please send queries or an abstract of up to 300 words plus a short biography to Professor Francesco Buscemi at francesco.buscemi@unicatt.it by 30th of September 2024. After the abstracts’ final selection and approval/acceptance, the Editors will notify the author(s) to submit their full in articles (6.000-8.000 words) to their e-mails by the end of February 2025. Learn more here.

Call for Papers for Special Issue “Colors in Econarratives about the Human and More-than-Human World

In this special issue, econarratives of colors explore the complexities of pairing material environments with their representations with narrative forms of environmental understanding and ‘propose’ a change in how we interact with the environment today. This endeavor could be effectively executed while exploring storytelling of coloring imaginaries and sustainable futures as ‘narrative rehabilitation’ to draw attention to values and responsibilities and envision strategies to avoid possible ‘disastrous narrative endings’. Econarratives of colors could also be a new approach to overcoming the traditional dichotomies of how we see the world around us, including ourselves, laying the ground to think beyond colors in a more-than-human world. They might also encourage us to think beyond the classical narratological analysis, and consider new analytical tools suited to the current planetary challenges.

The working language is English. Please send an abstract of up to 300 words and further queries to Professor Karpouzou’s  e-mail at pkarpouzou@phil.uoa.gr and Dr. Zampaki’s e-mail at nikzamp@phil.uoa.gr until the 31st of August 2024. After the abstracts’ final selection and approval/acceptance, the Editors will notify the author(s) to submit their full in articles (6.000-8.000 words) to their e-mails by the end of February 2025. Learn more here.

Call for Papers for Special Issue “Theorizing Short Story Practice in the 21st Century

You are invited to submit a full article for possible inclusion in a special issue of Storyworlds: A Journal of Narrative Studies. The issue theme is “Theorizing Short Story Practice in the 21st Century.”

The guest editor is interested in short story practice and stylistics, and how narrators can be used for what Brian Richardson (2015) terms as “unnatural narratives,” specifically what he calls “oppositional literature” by minority or oppressed groups, such as working-class writers, people of color, LGBTQ+ and other marginalized writers. The editor is especially interested in work where these marginalized positions intersect. How can narrative strategies be employed by writers to build storyworlds that communicate the lived experience of characters? How might these contemporary stories implicate readers in the events of the narrative? Submissions of 6,000-8,000 words should be sent to guest editor Andrew McDonnell (andrew.mcdonnell@ieg.ac.uk) and to Storyworlds’ editors Avril Tynan (avril.tynan@utu.fi) and Benjamin Williams (benjamiw@andrew.cmu.edu) by July 31, 2024. Submissions should follow the journal’s submission guidelines. Read more here.

Call for Guest-edited Special Issues

We are currently accepting proposals for forthcoming guest-edited special issues, each focusing on a particular theme or area of narrative studies and research. We encourage submissions on a broad range of topics but the individual issue itself should be coherent and cohesive. We are committed to promoting a diverse historical, cultural, and socioeconomic discourse and foster critical dialogue in these areas. Previous guest-edited issues include Narrative Hermeneutics, Transmedial Worlds in Convergent Media Culture, Narrative Medicine, and Making Sense of Violence in the Digital Age. A special issue should have 5-8 articles of roughly 6,000-8,000 words and follow the journal’s submission guidelines. Initial deadline for submissions is July 31, 2024, but we will continue to accept submissions for special issues on a rolling basis. Read more here.

Journal of Black Sexuality and Relationships

The next issue of the JBSR will be devoted to relational, mental health, or sex therapy devoted to the experiences of Black folks. The editors are looking for manuscripts that address client/therapist relationship, countertransference, transference, issues around race, relational negotiation/strain, issues of sex therapy, couples’ counseling, etc. Instructions for submissions