Upcoming Special Issues

Call for Participation: Social Media in The Anthropocene

The multiple and expanding uses of social media coincide with a major shift in the academy. Readership and the role of the scholar are being reformulated across the Post-, Digital, and Environmental Humanities. This shift in modes of knowledge dissemination, authorship, and reception impacts both the material footprint and the content of scholarly engagement with climate change, environmental degradation, and the problematic term that attempts to sum up our current crisis, the ‘Anthropocene’. In response to emerging areas of study in the Humanities and changes in modes of academic expression, a special issue on social media is planned for the journal Resilience: A Journal of the Environmental Humanities. The special issue’s focus is Social Media in The Anthropocene.

You are invited to participate in the special issue using several experimental activities to generate an academic paper. Together with other scholars you will test social media platforms and improve understanding of audiences of social media in relation to digital media, research in the Humanities, and resilience narratives. Reflections on the Humanities will explore social media in three ways, first as a process for generating intellectual work and ideas, secondly as a tool for writing about social media and its meaning for scholarship in the Humanities, and thirdly for reviewing using a combination of peer- and open review for crowd-sourcing commentaries and feedback on your contribution to the special issue. As scholarship increasingly ventures into popular venues for communication, complications of address, reception, and ethics ensue.

Contributors are invited to explore these processes of social media by adding to, or selecting from, a host of tools and platforms for generating content. The suggested social media tools include blogs and concept sketches (e.g. WordPress, Medium, Blogger, Tumblr), videos and podcasts (e.g. Youtube, Vimeo, SoundCloud) and forums (e.g. Facebook, Twitter).

Begin by sending an abstract (50-150 words) on ideas and social media to be used. Feel free to change ideas and tools when relevant. From this using and thinking with social media, you will develop and submit a paper by 1st of May 2015. When writing up the paper it is encouraged to link and sample how social media has been used generating ideas and text.

When writing up the paper for the special issue, the contributors are encouraged to use linkages and samples of social media since it elucidates evolution of ideas through generating, sharing and commenting work in progress as well as the importance of formats and time dimensions for narratives. Each submission will be subjected to an open peer review process, where contributors’ work is made available for a limited time for public review at an assigned website. Every contributor will be asked to participate in the open peer review process and to offer comments on a minimum of 5 other submissions. After peer review and revisions, you will submit a final paper by 1st of October, 2015. The special issue is planned for publishing April 2016.

For more information, visit Social Media in the Anthropocene at http://intheanthropocene.org/

Contact information and inquiries: gardebo@kth.se

CFP: Ecocritical Approaches to Studio Ghibli

The Media Review section of Resiliencecalls for reviews that apply ecocritical and Green cultural studies approaches to the field of Japanese animation.

2014 was a watershed year for Studio Ghibli, arguably the leading anime studio, because it marked the retirement of the founding directors Hayao Miyazaki and Isao Takahata. who issued their swan-…songs The Wind Rises and Princess Kaguya. To honor this moment and attract more critical attention to anime, we are soliciting reviews of the following:

Miyazaki’s films, especially Nausicaa of the Valley of the Wind, My Neighbor Totoro, Princess Mononoke, Spirited Away, and Ponyo.

Takahata’s Ken the Wolf Boy, Heidi: Girl of the Alps, Pom Poko aka “Tanuki Wars,” Grave of the Fireflies, and Princess Kaguya.

We are also interested in work inspired by or intertextually related to Studio Ghibli, such as Disney’s Lilo and Stitch; Irish director Tomm Moore’s The Secret of Kells and Song of the Sea; and the animated version of Avatar: The Last Airbender (including its sequel, The Legend of Korra, which is a gold mine for feminist, post-colonial, eco-cosmopolitan, and queer ecocriticism, just sayin’).

Reviews of other anime films, TV series, and manga unrelated to Ghibli will also be considered.

Reviews should be 500 to 2,000 words long. Final drafts are due April 16, 2015.

Please send inquiries or brief proposals to Anthony Lioi at alioi@juilliard.edu