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.
Nov. 15, 2015 (CLOSED)
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.
Please send inquiries
and submissions to Doré Ripley at email@example.com.
Jan. 15, 2016 (CLOSED)
2016 - 2015 Conference Issue: Beyond the Binary
May 1, 2016 (CLOSED)
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.
Dec. 1, 2016
Spring 2017 - Humanities and Religion
Editor: Ann Horak
newspapers, televisions, and social media feeds are filled daily with
stories that involve some aspect of religion and religious belief. Religious
literacy, however, seems sorely lacking at a time when informed dialog
is critical. This issue of Interdisciplinary Humanities invites
papers that consider the role of religion and religious belief within
the Humanities and the public sphere. Submissions
might look at the role of religion and religious beliefs in constructing
identities of gender and sexuality, in shaping public discourse around
political issues, or in informing the creation of new mythologies in the
gaming industry. Examinations of specific religions and their relationships
to topics within the Humanities are also welcome. Submission and questions
should be directed to Dr. Ann Horak
Jan. 15, 2017
2017 - 2016 Conference Issue - The Nature of Our Humanity
humanities have always grappled with life's most important questions and
challenges: not only those posed by death, destruction, and loss, but
also with the hope and regeneration found in human resiliency and recovery.
cite one example based on our 2016 Conference venue, New Orleans, in order
to make sense of the tragedy caused by Hurricane Katrina, the humanistic
disciplines especially were called upon to respond to that terrible act
of nature. Such qualities, events, and cataclysms existing in nature-as
well as nature's beauty, behavior, and its human and non-human inhabitants
and their drives and inclinations-provide a task for which the humanities
are profoundly suited. Indeed, the nature of our humanity illuminates
our discipline's multiple forms and complex capabilities.
invites papers from attendees for consideration in the conference edition.
May 1, 2017
2017 - Innovative, Practical,
and Proven Approaches to Enhancing Humanities Teaching Approaches to Enhancing
Guest Editor: Shawn Tucker
issue of Interdisciplinary Humanities brings together innovative, practical,
and proven approaches, tips, and methods for enhancing Humanities teaching.
invites teachers from across the Humanities disciplines to contribute
their nuts-and-bolts activities, assignments, teaching tools, and methods.
Special emphasis will be given to projects that include self-assessment
and other analysis methods to provide evidence for the efficacy of the
approach. Please send inquiries and submissions to: Guest Editor: Dr.
Shawn Tucker firstname.lastname@example.org
Nov. 15, 2017
2018 - Organic Machines/Engineered Humans: (Re)Defining Humanity
Guest Editor: Doré
E.T.A Hoffmann's Tales of Hoffmann and Philip K. Dick's Do Androids
Dream of Electric Sheep to Isaac Asimov's I, Robot and Vernor
Vinge's Rainbows End authors have been exploring the human/machine
interface since before the computer age. Today we stand on the threshold
to the lab as the government contemplates microchipping all U.S. military
personnel and Swedish office workers are already implanting themselves
for convenience ala M.T. Anderson's Feed.
A 2014 study
conducted by Cisco Systems found approximately one-quarter of the white-collar
professionals surveyed "would leap at the chance to get a surgical brain
implant that allowed them to instantly link their thoughts to the Internet".
We are already experimenting with gene therapy, cybernetics via cochlear
implants and many other technical organic enhancements, autonomous self-replicating
robots, nanotechnology, mind uploading, and artificial intelligence.
edition of Interdisciplinary Humanities will consider topics focused
on the arrival of the bio-engineered human/machine interface and what
it means for the humanities. Disciplines of study include art, philosophy
and religion, literature, music and dance, play, visual arts, architecture,
performing mediums, as well as ethnic and women's studies as we redefine
identity and the diversity of our species through the dynamic interplay
between humanity and the acceleration of technology.
inquiries and submissions to: Doré Ripley at (email@example.com).
Jan. 15 2018
2018 - 2017 Conference Issue
Local Voices to Global Visions: Exploring Identity in the Humanities
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:
Richard. Rome's Revolution: Death of the Republic and Birth of the
Sean. The Gettysburg Address: Perspectives on Lincoln's Greatest Speech.
here for a complete list of >Books
Available for Review
book reviews to Ed Cueva at email@example.com.
Ed Cueva (firstname.lastname@example.org) for a copy of
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and that they do not exceed 6,000 words. Moreover, essays should be in Microsoft
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and Lee Ann Westman at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.