- San Francisco, California
Portal for Beyond the Binary, 2015
oppositions define their counterpart through difference: Good/Bad, Light/Dark,
New/Old, Nature/Technology, East/West, Sacred/Profane, etc. In an age when
the personal is political, such systems, which function by means of difference
and exclusion, contain potentiality for problematic results. Binary oppositions
have dominated the theoretical landscape for centuries, structuring our language,
thought, actions, research, and expression. Is this an inescapable framework
for structuring reality or is an alternative possible?
interdisciplinary scholars attempt to replace this either/or mentality with
a schema based on spectrums, gradations, multiplicity, and mixture. It is
with this usurpation of the binary mentality that the conference theme was
selected. Reality, peoples, cultures, disciplines, research findings, and
artistic expressions are hardly ever divisible into stable and separate categories.
We invite papers from a variety of disciplines and interdisciplines that push
the boundaries of the binary and instead offer a multifaceted perspective
on humanistic inquiry.
potential oppositions for consideration might include: Good/Evil, Right/Wrong,
Legal/Illegal, Moral/ Immoral, Proper/Improper, Nature/Nurture, True/False,
Sane/Insane, Progressive/Conservative, Red State/Blue State, Objective/Subjective,
Interior/Exterior, Proven/Controversial, Literal/Figurative, Male/Female,
keeping with HERA's mission of promoting the study of the humanities across
a wide range of disciplines and interdisciplines, we invite presentations
for the 2015 conference. The wide range of disciplines and areas of study
for the conference include but are not limited to Aesthetics, Anthropology,
Architecture, Art, Classics, Communication Studies, Composition, Cultural
Studies, Dance, Design, Digital Technology, Disability Studies, Education,
Environmental Issues, Esthetics, Ethics, Ethnic Studies, Family, Film
Studies, Gender Studies, Geography, Geology, Globalization, History, Languages,
Law, Literature, Media, Museum Studies, Music, Performance Studies, Philosophy,
Political Science, Psychology, Religious Studies, Sexuality, Sociology,
Theater and all sciences relevant to the topic.
more information on the conference, click here >2015
may be directed to HERA's executive director, Marcia Green (firstname.lastname@example.org).
for essays, poems, and cover artwork
note: The Humanities Education and Research Association, Interdisciplinary
Humanities’ parent organization, requires that authors become members of HERA
if their essays are accepted for publication. Information on membership may
be found at http://www.h-e-r-a.org/hera_join.htm.
December 1, 2014
2015 - Alfred Hitchcock
Guest Editor: Michael Howarth
This special issue will focus
on Alfred Hitchcock, the "master of suspense" whose career spanned from the
1920s to the 1970s. Hitchcock produced and directed over fifty motion pictures,
in addition to hosting two anthology series on television.
His film craftsmanship is still
relevant today, as his influence is continuously cited by contemporary filmmakers
and he is regularly taught in cinema classes.
For this special issue, we
will be looking for scholarly articles, book reviews, and nonfiction essays
that explore various aspects of Hitchcock's work and personal life, and how
the two often connected: music, television, gender, humor, voyeurism, film
history, or film theory, to name just a few.
All essays should be
interdisciplinary in nature and not exceed 6,000 words. Please send inquiries
and submissions to Dr. Michael Howarth at email@example.com.
Jan 15, 2015
Summer 2015: Conference Issue from 2014 Conference
May 1, 2015
2015 - Environmental Aesthetics
Guest Editor: Tony Lack, Jefferson College of Health Sciences
This special issue will
focus on Environmental Aesthetics, broadly conceived, to include the following
suggested topics: The aesthetic value and/or function of selected works
of environmental literature, art and architecture; re-visioning traditional
aesthetic theories of the beautiful and the sublime in light of environmentalist
critiques; the relationship between environmental aesthetics and environmental
preservation; critiques of the anthropocentric point of view and the aesthetics
of nature; the "enhancement" of nature; the aesthetics of wilderness;
historical, cross-cultural and comparative analyses of environmental aesthetics;
and evolutionary approaches to the aesthetics of nature.
Of particular interest are
scholarly articles, book reviews, and nonfiction essays. Submissions should
not exceed 6,000 words. Please send inquiries and submissions to Dr. Tony
Lack at: firstname.lastname@example.org
Nov. 15, 2015
2016 - Out of the Past and Into the Night: The Noir Vision in American
Guest Editor: Doré Ripley, California State University, East Bay
movies made their way across the Atlantic after World War II, the French
film critics couldn't help but notice their dark and brooding quality,
dubbing them noir. Classic noir texts by authors like Dashiell
Hammett and Raymond Chandler featured characters that take on the big
dark city as alienated, angst-ridden antiheroes.
faded in the late 1950s, but during the 1970s, we find a resurgence of
noir with the emergence of a new form dubbed neo-noir, a
form set in the near future where a gloomy dystopia with an environmentally
corrupt aesthetic reflects the characters' personalities as they question
the essence of human nature. When set in the past, such as Polanski's
neo-noir, Chinatown, the concerns are contemporary, most decidedly.
Neo-noir, in turn, has spawned cyberpunk, retro noir, and
steam punk as aficionados still squabble over whether noir is a
genre, style, or movement.
From classic to
neo-noir, this issue of Interdisciplinary Humanities will
examine from a diversity of perspectives, themes, and approaches, the
history, issues, and theories of the noir vision in American culture
as exemplified by literary and mass cultural fiction (films, texts, art,
pulps, comics) and explore a wide variety of interactions with historical,
social, political, psychological and literary-cinematic contexts.
inquiries and submissions to Doré Ripley at email@example.com.
May 1, 2016
Fall 2016: Expanding the Scope of Horror
Guest Editors: Edmund Cueva and William Novak
set of essays and book reviews would have as its main objective to offer a
new practical model for research and analysis as an alternative to the rigid
and dichotomous methodologies often used in investigations on horror. Currently,
most of the scholarship either tends to situate horror on the fringe of academic
research and therefore not worthy of attention. Or, research isolates and
defines horror as being strictly the intellectual property of those who are
experts in literature or film.
paradigm would seek to create a multidisciplinary investigatory paradigm that
will bring together into productive discussion such varied disciplines as
classics, art history, philosophy, architecture, psychology, religious studies,
history, gender studies, music, and the traditionally associated areas of
literature and film.
The special issue would
serve as a starting point for future discussion and research on horror in
all of its multiple and complex forms. Please send inquiries and submissions
to: Edmund Cueva at firstname.lastname@example.org and
William Nowak at email@example.com.
editors are looking for well written book reviews of new publications
that educators might use in interdisciplinary classrooms or scholarship.
These can be scholarly works as well as textbooks that examine themes
and ideas across disciplines. This is an excellent opportunity for young
scholars and graduate students to publish! Please submit your reviews
to Ed Cueva (firstname.lastname@example.org).
a short sampling:
John. Plagues in World History. Rowman & Littlefield, 2011. 978-0-7425-5705-5.
Jeffrey C. The Dark Side of Modernity. Polity Press, 2013. 978-0-7456-4822-4.
here for a complete list of >Books
Available for Review
book reviews to Ed Cueva at
Ed Cueva (email@example.com) for a copy of
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General essays: We ask that all essays be interdisciplinary in nature
and that they do not exceed 6,000 words. Moreover, essays should be in Microsoft
Word format. Submit your essays for consideration to Stephen
Husarik at firstname.lastname@example.org
and Lee Ann Westman at email@example.com.
Detailed submissions guidelines can be found on the >Journal
Humanities defines "interdisciplinary humanities education" as any
learning activities with content that draws upon the human cultural heritage,
methods that derive from the humanistic disciplines, and a purpose that is
concerned with human values. Academic courses don't have to be labeled "humanities"
to be interdisciplinary. Integrated courses and units are often disguised
under such names as World History, Freshman English, Music Appreciation, Beginning
Spanish, Introduction to Religion, Senior Honors, etc. Integration can range
from the use of a novel in a history course to team teaching to comprehensive
thematic extravaganzas that combine the arts, literature, philosophy, and
HERA welcomes manuscripts
from university colleagues, but also ones that examine interdisciplinary scholarship
and education in elementary grades, teacher education, adult public programs,
graduate seminars, educational radio and television, museums, and historic
Artists wishing to have their
works published on the cover of IH should submit works that are representative
of the theme(s) of a particular issue.
*Please note: The Humanities
Education and Research Association, Interdisciplinary Humanities’ parent
organization, requires that authors become members of HERA if their essays
are accepted for publication. Information on membership may be found at http://www.h-e-r-a.org/hera_join.htm.