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Calls for Paper

Posted By Administration, Thursday, September 5, 2019
Updated: Tuesday, September 3, 2019

CFP: "Composing Climate Change," Departures in Critical Qualitative Research, Extended Deadline

Departures in Critical Qualitative Research


Composing Climate Change: Atmosphere, Affect, Attention 

Guest Editor: Joshua Trey Barnett (barnettj@d.umn.edu)

How to write of that which escapes linguistic capture? How to form into words and images precisely what slips the shackles of representational thought? How to describe what cannot, strictly speaking, be perceived? How to change climates in and through the activity of composition? How to compose climate change?

In some significant sense, such questions have become perennial. Of climate change, writers routinely ask and are asked, What can we do? Will it be enough? Such inquiries are all too often launched in the shadow of an unannounced instrumentalism aimed at somehow overcoming the challenges of composing climate change—its quality as both actual and virtual; the speculative and incomplete understandings of the phenomenon offered by modern science; the massive temporal and spatial scales on which climatic changes play out; and the feelings of guilt, indifference, and apathy that often infuse any mention of the anthropogenic causes of climate change and their parallel proposals for a technological “fix.” It is presumed that the task of writing is not simply to tell us of climate change, but to do so in ways that move us—to feel and think differently, perhaps, but primarily to act otherwise.

This special issue of Departures in Critical Qualitative Research seeks to hit the pause button to create a delay within which we might dwell on the ways that writing as both practice and product engenders heterogenous modes of feeling and thinking with and in and of and through climate change. How might halting the jump to evaluation, judgement, and representation help us to focus on atmospheres, affects, and modes of attention? How might experimental, aesthetic, creative, innovative, situated, grounded, poetic, formally rigorous, and reflexive writing generate and shift atmospheres and their attendant moods; stoke and stimulate affective sensibilities; and hone habits of attention that enable us to apprehend changes in and to the climate?

When we hit the pause button, when we refuse to reduce writing to its instrumentality, interesting projects pull into focus. Contributions to this special issue might, for instance, 

- Describe rigorously the affective and atmospheric “feel” of climate change in high-definition prose that attends to the acute

- Grapple with the representational and writerly challenges of composing climate change

- Explore modes of writing as so many ways of cultivating forms of attention and awareness (in)appropriate to the Anthropocene 

- Evoke and consider the feelings of indifference, carelessness, pleasure, and apathy that are pervasive in everyday lived experience, but are all too frequently deleted or derided in scholarly accounts of climate change 

- Investigate how shifts in climate, often registered as shifts in the weather, portend shifts in attention 

- Articulate the interrelationships among weather, atmosphere, and mood through close and careful consideration of diverse bodily experiences of climatic shifts 

- Reflect on the limits of conventional climate change discourse while contemplating the risks and promises of other ways of composing climate change 

- Speak to and from the margins, from positions of induced precarity, to bring into focus the dangerously unequal distribution of the impacts of climate change and a warming planet

These are just a few ideas, though they suggest the general thrust of this special issue.

Part of what is at stake in the assembling of this issue is the open question of which genres, which modes and styles of scholarly discourse, might pull climate change and its attendant atmospheres, affects, and attentions into focus in novel, innovative, interesting, thought- and feeling-provoking, formally rigorous and reflexive ways. Thus, following the journal’s aims and scope, “performative writing, performance texts, fictocriticism, creative nonfiction, photo essays, short stories, poetry, personal narrative, autoethnography, and other arts-based critical research” are welcomed.

Submission Deadline and Guidelines 

Deadline: 15 December 2019

Manuscripts must be submitted electronically through the ScholarOne Manuscripts site for Departures in Critical Qualitative Research: https://mc.manuscriptcentral.com/ucpress-departures

In the Cover Letter section, please indicate that the submission is intended for this special issue. Manuscripts should be prepared in Microsoft Word using a 12-point common font, double-spaced, and between 4,000 to 5,000 words (including endnotes). If you wish to submit a manuscript that is significantly shorter or longer, please contact the Guest Editor in advance. Please refer to and follow the journal’s manuscript preparation instructions for authors: http://dcqr.ucpress.edu/content/submit

Review Process

In keeping with the journal’s current practice, submissions will undergo rigorous peer review, including screening by the guest editor and review by at least two anonymous referees.

Please direct inquiries about this special issue to:

Joshua Trey Barnett, PhD 

Department of Communication

University of Minnesota Duluth



Deadline Extended—Call for Submissions, Of Culture Wars, #MeToo, and Frat Boy Culture: The Nomination and Confirmation of Brett Kavanaugh to the U.S. Supreme Court

The nomination and confirmation of Brett Kavanaugh to the United States Supreme Court was a social inflection point for contemporary American legal and political culture. From issues of judicial temperament to questions of judicial confirmations, from concerns about sexual misconduct and harassment to issues of contemporary movements aimed at eradicating sexual violence—the Kavanaugh confirmation process brought many pressing concerns to the forefront of political rhetoric and public consciousness. 

Brett Kavanaugh now sits on the U.S. Supreme Court, ruling on an array of pressing legal matters and deciding the future of American case law; as he does so, it is necessary to look back on the process that put him on the Court, to explore how, why, and with what discourse Kavanaugh secured his semi-permanent place in the trajectory of American jurisprudence, and to examine the rhetorical swirls and movements that accompanied and addressed his nomination and confirmation to the Court.

A number of critical questions emerge from the Kavanaugh confirmation experience. How did the Trump administration justify and propel the nomination of Brett Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court? How did the Trump administration’s pro-Kavanaugh rhetoric function to reshape and rearticulate the Supreme Court confirmation process? What was the influence of the history, both recent and more long-term, on the conduct and outcome of the Kavanaugh confirmation? Specifically, how did the echoes of the Anita Hill/Clarence Thomas spectacle resonate in the Kavanaugh confirmation? What was the influence of the Merrick Garland failed nomination on the process and discourse of the Kavanaugh confirmation?

As these questions are posed, even more arise. How did the Kavanaugh confirmation process give rise to renewed concerns about sexual harassment and sexual misconduct? How did the process’s rhetoric give rise to new attention to issues of masculinity, sexual norms and roles, victimage and villainy in the time of #MeToo? What was the larger social influence of Christine Blasey Ford’s accusations against Kavanaugh? How were the rhetorics surrounding the Kavanaugh confirmation (re)circulated and (re)altered throughout the political culture? What was the role of the news media, popular culture, comedy, satire/parody, and social media on public understandings of the rhetorics defining and shaping the Kavanaugh confirmation process?

Of Culture Wars, #MeToo, and Frat Boy Culture: The Nomination and Confirmation of Brett Kavanaugh to the U.S. Supreme Court seeks to address these questions and the many more that may emerge. Recognizing that the Supreme Court confirmation process is a decidedly rhetorical/political/cultural process, Of Culture Wars, #MeToo, and Frat Boy Culture: The Nomination and Confirmation of Brett Kavanaugh to the U.S. Supreme Court asks of its authors and its readers that they accept and critically challenge the powerful discourses that shaped larger public understandings of the Kavanaugh confirmation process and the public characters involved in that process. 

Submissions deadline: 15 October, 2019. Chapters should be approximately 8,000-10,000 words in length. 

Please send questions to Trevor Parry-Giles, tpg@umd.edu. This volume will be submitted to the University of Alabama Press’s “Rhetoric, Law, and the Humanities,” series.


Call for Chapters: The Arab Diaspora: Interdisciplinary Perspectives

This is a call for papers for an edited volume on the Arab diaspora will include an interdisciplinary approach to allow for linguistic, cultural, historical, political, anthropological and socioeconomic perspectives. This call is to request contributions about the Arab diaspora in Southeast Asia, Latin America, the United States, Eastern Europe, Western Europe, Eastern Africa, and Australia among other locations. We welcome contributions that include a variety of methods employed in the social sciences and humanities, to examine various aspects of the Arab diaspora. We also welcome would contributions on the Arab diaspora from various parts of the Arab world: the Levant, the Maghreb, and the Arabian Peninsula. The edited volume will be published by Lexington Books. 

We encourage scholars to explore the following in a call for papers (the list is not restricted to these topics, however):

- The role of religion in communities of the Arab diaspora 

- The international relations influence between host and home countries 

- The role of media in the acculturation process for Arab immigrants

- The negotiation of gender roles among Arab immigrants

- The importance of the Arab identity in political affiliations in their host societies

- Examinations of the Arab reaction to political leaders 

- Regional comparison of the histories of Arab diaspora and how it relates to public attitudes in these countries regarding specific topics

- Big data analyses of expressions of Arab Diaspora identities on social media

- Arab Diaspora in Persia and other non-Western contexts

- Factors that distinguish between rituals that are perpetuated among the Arab diaspora

- Arab diaspora and LGBTQI 

Double-spaced proposals and abstracts (250-500-words limit) should be sent to mideastmedia@vcu.edu by 14 October, 2019 at 5 p.m. You should also include a title page with name, institutional affiliation, and bio of no more than 150 words. First draft of accepted chapters should be received by 9 March, 2020 at 5p.m. and should not exceed 6,500 words including references and tables.


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