Edited by Stephanie Foote, Dana Luciano, and Anthony Lioi


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Resilience is a digital, peer-reviewed journal that provides a forum for scholars from across humanities disciplines to speak to one another about their shared interest in environmental issues and to plot out an evolving conversation about what the humanities contribute to living and thinking sustainably in a world of dwindling resources. The focus on narrative skill, critical thinking, historicity, culture, aesthetics and ethics central to the humanities and to humanistic social sciences provides a crucial research complement to the endeavors of scientists in addressing current planetary crises, and the mission of Reslience is to share that perspective with a broad academic audience. 

Table Of Contents

Volume 8, No. 1 (Winter 2020)

Roots of the Future
Edited by Andrea Knutson, Anthony Lioi, and Stephen Siperstein

Climate Pedagogies: A Roundtable Discussion about Teaching and Affect in the Anthropocene
Edited by Sarah Jaquette Ray

Sarah Jaquette Ray

Climate Justice Pedagogy: Interdisciplinary Approaches to Proximity and Empathy in Contexts of Privilege
Jill Gatlin

Climate Justice Pedagogies: Affect, Empathy, and Scale in the Anthropocene
Jennifer Ladino

Reimagining Communities as Sustainable Means to a More Environmentally and Socially Just World
Carlrey Arroyo

Teaching the Anthropocene: Technology and Environmental Justice
Melissa Sexton

Performative Pedagogy: Modeling Affect and Action in Climate Change Courses
Matthew Schneider-Mayerson

Reconfiguring Temporality in the Anthropocene: Coloniality and the Political Ecocrisis
Adam Wickberg

“Master Metaphor”: Environmental Apocalypse and the Settler States of Emergency
April Anson

How Does It Feel to Be an Oil Spill?
Sara Mameni

Ecotopian Narratives as Social Change Strategy: From Lord Byron to Rob Hopkins
Andrew Hubbell

Competing Ecourban Futures in Taipei
Jason Parry

On Dismantling: A Report from Michigan
Jeffrey Insko 

Submissions & Book Reviews

Resilience appears three times a year.  Each issue of the journal features essays of approximately 5,000 words, as well as book reviews, interviews, photographic and other visual essays. We also are interested in translations of significant, published works in the environmental humanities which have yet to appear in English.  We will review submissions of 500 to 5,000 words.

We welcome essays on any aspect of environmental research, politics, and culture. Each essay will be double-blind reviewed.  The house style of the journal, and its interdisciplinary mission, requires that submissions be written in jargon-free prose. If specialized language is required, include a short glossary.  A good rule of thumb: Clearly articulate the stakes of your argument for an audience that you assume will be interested but not expert in the subject and method of your work.  You can assume a general familiarity with the shape of debates in environmental studies but not with the shape of those debates in your specific field.  The journal seeks to make discussions in environmental humanities scholarship accessible to readers in multiple disciplines, so we seek clear, elegant writing, concise argument, and an ability to describe the contribution of your work to an evolving conversation in the humanities broadly conceived.

Submissions to the journal should follow the guidelines in the most recent edition of the Chicago Manual of Style. All artwork should be saved separately in TIFF or JPEG format.

Please use our submission form to submit your essay along with a 300-word abstract and the other required information. Also, please be sure to delete your name and all identifying references in your manuscript.

Editorial Board


Stephanie Foote (Jackson and Nichols Professor of English, West Virginia University)

Anthony Lioi (The Juilliard School)

Dana Luciano (Rutgers University)

Founding Editors

Stephanie Foote (West Virginia University)

Stephanie LeMenager (University of Oregon)

Public Humanities Editor

Janet Fiskio (Oberlin College)

Managing Editor

Bryan Alukonis (West Virginia University)

Advisory Board

Lloyd Alter, Senior writer of architecture and design,

Lawrence Buell, Powell M. Cabot Research Professor of American Literature, Harvard University

Donna Haraway, Distinguished professor emerita, University of California at Santa Cruz

Dick Hebdige, Professor of film and media studies and professor of art, University of California at Santa Barbara

Ursula K. Heise, Professor of English, University of California at Los Angeles

Gordon Hutner, Professor of English, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Stephanie LeMenager, University of Oregon

Michael V. McGinnis, Associate professor, Graduate School of International Policy and Management, Monterey Institute of International Studies; and Researcher, Center for the Blue Economy

Bill McKibben, American environmentalist and writer

Rob Nixon, Rachel Carson Professor of English, University of Wisconsin-Madison

Richard Powers, Novelist

Jenny Price, Independent scholar, creative non-fiction writer, and environmental performance artist

Catriona Sandilands, Professor of environmental studies, York University.

Imre Szeman, Canada Research Chair in Cultural Studies, professor of English, film studies, and sociology, University of Alberta

Donald Worster, Hall Distinguished Professor of American History, University of Kansas

Graeme Wynn, Professor of Geography, the University of British Columbia

Editorial Board

Joni Adamson, Professor of English and environmental humanities, Arizona State University

Peter Alagona, Assistant professor of history and environmental studies, University of California, Santa Barbara

Stacy Alaimo, Professor of English, Distinguished Teaching Professor, University of Texas at Arlington

Samer Alatout, Associate professor of community and environmental sociology, Nelson Institute for Environmental Studies at the University of Wisconsin-Madison

Monique Allewaert, Assistant professor of English, University of Wisconsin-Madison

Cecilia Åsberg, Associate professor, Posthumanities Hub and Tema Genus, Unit for Interdisciplinary Gender Studies, Linköping University

Amanda Boetzkes, Assistant professor of modern and contemporary art history, University of Guelph

Robert Boschman, Associate professor of English, Mt. Royal University, Calgary

Antoinette Burton, Professor of history and gender and women's studies, University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign

John Clarborn, Lecturer, University of Illinois, Urbana Champaign

David Cleveland, Professor of environmental studies and geography, University of California, Santa Barbara

Matthew Dennis, Professor of history and environmental studies, University of Oregon

Lowell Duckert, Associate professor of English, University of Delaware

Lara Farina, Associate professor of English, West Virginia University

Bishnupriya Ghosh, Professor of English, University of California, Santa Barbara

Cheryll Glotfelty, Professor of literature and environment, University of Nevada, Reno

Lesley Green, Professor of social anthropology, University of Cape Town

Gay Hawkins, Deputy director, professorial research fellow, Centre for Critical and Cultural Studies, University of Queensland

Jennifer C. James, Associate professor of English, director of Africana Studies, George Washington University

Uwe Küchler, Junior professor of English as a Foreign Language, Rheinische Friedrich-Wilhelms-Universität Bonn

ann-elise lewallen, Assistant professor of East Asian Languages and cultural studies, University of California, Santa Barbara

Elizabeth Mazzolini, Visiting Assistant Professor of English, Virginia Technical University

Gregg Mitman, William Coleman Professor of the History of Science, Medical History, and Bioethics, professor of science and technology studies, University of Wisconsin-Madison

Susie O’Brien, Associate professor of cultural studies and associate director of the Institute on Globalization and the Human Condition, McMaster University, Hamilton, Ontario

David W. Orr, Paul Sears Distinguished Professor of Environmental Studies and Politics, Oberlin College; James Marsh Professor, University of Vermont

Paul Outka, Associate professor of English, University of Kansas

Ken Rogers, Assistant professor of film studies, York University, Toronto

Paula Salvio, Professor of education, University of New Hampshire

Matthew Schneider-Mayerson, assistant professor of social sciences, Yale– NUS College

Siobhan Senier, Associate professor of English, University of New Hampshire

Teresa Shewry, Assistant professor of English, University of California, Santa Barbara

Nicole Starosielski, Assistant professor of media, culture, and communication, New York University

David J. Vázquez, Associate Professor of English, University of Oregon

Gillen Wood, Professor of English, director of the Sustainability Initiative, the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign


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