Call for Papers – Journal of Florida Studies, Vol 1, Issue #3
SAVING FLORIDA: The Humanities Speak for a Sustainable World
The Journal of Florida Studies, an open-access online journal, announces a new themed issue that will offer thoughtful and provocative analyses of global/local environmental and social issues by questioning the way environment and culture are represented in humanities and non-humanities disciplines alike. Nature is not merely outside us, out there; we are nature, but we habitually define and construct nature through texts and language, a nature that suits our needs to distance ourselves from her.
While we gladly accept essays and studies about ecological conditions of our planet and our state, we are also asking our contributors from the humanities to expose and analyze our habits of thinking and the often dualistic assumptions we make about ourselves, our communities, and the world we live in. The sciences offer us the hard data we need to understand our world, and the humanities teach us that acknowledging how we think about a problem is the first step in solving it.
Humanities methods include (but certainly are not limited to) the deep reading of texts and signs, the construction of meaning through interpretation, the exploration of material and visual culture and human practices, quantitative analysis, and the study of knowledge construction itself. This analytical perspective is a vital part of any on-going work in creating a sustainable future for Florida and for the planet.
We welcome papers from all fields:
- languages and literatures
- creative writing – fiction, poetry, non-fiction
- religion, environmental theology
- Rhetoric, ecocomposition
- fine arts—video, photography, music
- gender and sexuality studies, ecofeminism
- the theory, criticism, and history of the arts
- social and economic theory
- environmental science
Please see Journal of Florida Studies Manuscript/Art Guidelines: www.journaloffloridastudies.org
Email manuscripts/art work to Casey Blanton, Editor in Chief: firstname.lastname@example.org by January 10, 2014 for a Summer 2014 publication.