CALL FOR CHAPTERS- Ecocultural Identity

CALL FOR CHAPTERS- Ecocultural Identity
Co-Editors: Tema Milstein (University of New Mexico) & José Castro-Sotomayor (University of New Mexico)
Submissions due 27 August 2017

This edited book will bring transdisciplinary cultural, discursive, spatial, political, and ecological lenses to a much overlooked yet profoundly important issue of our time: ecocultural identity. We understand ecocultural identity as comprising the materially and discursively constructed positionality, subjectivity, perception, and practice that inform one’s emotional, embodied, ethical, and political sensibilities regarding the more than human world. The book and its chapters will identify, examine, and reflect upon the cultivations, constraints, and force of these symbolically and materially emergent identities in our everyday and extraordinary lives.

We intend this book to foster a radical epistemology focused on ways ecocultural identities are being, and can be, thought, felt, performed, and experienced in ways directly relevant to regenerative Earth futures. This examination entails reflecting upon a type of politics that engages with the plurality of ecological subjectivities and environmental identities in flux and formation in the Anthropocene/Capitalocene/Chthulucene. Chapters in this book will trouble the tendency to conceive of the ecological as a subsidiary of the economic, political, historical, and cultural and will examine the ecological as mutually constituted with identity, meaning, and experience.

This book has an individual-local-global focus, and beyond an interest in grounded theoretical essays, we are interested in a broad range of case studies including but not limited to such lived spheres as traditional and nontraditional ecocultural identities in networks of actions for ecological and cultural protection, radical environmental discourses emerging from global South identity-based resistance movements, and Western-infused identity struggles to target and dismantle passivity and dissociation normalized by market-driven logics. (The complete call for chapters is available online here).

Questions could include, but are not limited to:

    – In what ways are ecocultural identities produced, performed, and negotiated?
    – How do varied ecocultural identities inform different ecological relations?
    – What are the cultural boundaries of ecological identities and how are those borders patrolled and transgressed?
    – What are some mutually constitutive relationships between specific political ecologies and interrelated ecocultural identities?
    – How does an ecological perspective on identity transfer into the realm of politics?
    – How do different bodies experience and perform ecocultural identity?
    – How might diverse or intersecting ecocultural identities contribute to antagonistic sociopolitical, economic, cultural, and public spheres?
    – How do embodied, sensory, spiritual, and/or emotional understandings illuminate the formation of ecocultural identities?
    – How do the material conditions of places in environmental distress or generativity influence ecocultural identity?
    – How do modes of thought and practice such as post-humanisms, rewilding, novel ecosystems, or re-indigenizing emerge from and/or inform ecocultural identities?

The book will have an international and transdisciplinary focus to represent the range of approaches and perspectives on issues of ecocultural identity. Scholars, educators, practitioners, and graduate students across disciplines are invited to submit full papers or abstracts for consideration. Chapter proposal submissions should be in the form of: (1) a 200-word author bio AND (2) a complete paper (5,000-7,000 words including references) OR extended abstract (400-500 words) (in either form, use APA 6th edition for citations/references).

For consideration, email submissions (author bio and paper/abstract) by August 27, 2017, to José Castro-Sotomayor.

TIMELINE NOTE: We have verbal interest from a top academic press and plan a quick turnaround for formal consideration. As such, with chapter submissions due on August 27, we plan on contacting chapter submitters with decisions on revise/resubmit or acceptance by August 31 and delivering the book proposal to publishing houses as early as September 1. Those receiving revise/resubmit decisions on chapter submissions and those submitting abstracts that receive further consideration as complete papers will submit revisions and/or complete papers to the editors by Nov. 1, 2017.