2016 - Conference
Nature of Our Humanity
an effort to accommodate our members nationwide, who have written to us
at HERA asking whether they could submit abstracts after the deadline
because they have been affected by the major snowstorm that hit the East
Coast recently, and a variety of nationwide bouts of unexpected weather
events, the 150-200 word submission proposal portal for the 2016 HERA
conference will remain open until full.
HERA will aim to publish the program online around Feb. 21.
groundhog predicts an early Spring, and we want to accommodate all qualified
applicants to the 2016 New Orleans HERA conference!
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 across a wide range of humanities on the interaction between:
humanity and nature; loss and recovery; human resiliency; faith; religion,
and nature; ecosystems and eco-biological research and their implications
for humanity; humanity and essence; human achievement and destruction; the
representation and reality of nature in all art forms; nature and nurture-as
well as any and all other areas that clarify what it means to be human and
how nature plays a role in that elucidation.
keeping with HERA's mission of promoting the study of the humanities across
a wide range of disciplines and interdisciplines, we invite presentations
in disciplines and areas of study that 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.
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.
May 1, 2015 (CLOSED)
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: email@example.com
The editor also
requests reviews of the following books:
Ecologies, Environments, and Energy Systems in Art of the 1960’s and 1970’s,
M.I.T. Press, 2014.
Art and Ecology Now, London: Thames and Hudson, 2014.
Weik von Mossier,
Moving Environments: Affect, Emotion, Ecology, and Film, Wilfrid Laurier
University Press, 2014.
and Quesnet, Eve, The Biosphere and the Bioregion: Essential Writings of
Peter Berg, Routledge, 2014
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
Jan. 15, 2016
2016 - 2015 Conference Issue: Beyond the Binary
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 email@example.com and
William Nowak at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Nov. 15, 2016
Spring 2017: Humanities and Religion
Editor: Ann Horak
Jan. 15, 2017
2017: 2016 Conference Issue - The Nature of Our Humanity
May 1, 2017
2017: Pedagogy in the Humanities
Guest Editor: Shawn Tucker
Nov. 15, 2017
Spring 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 M.T. Anderson's
Feed authors have been exploring the human/machine interface since
automatons first excited our imagination.
Today, we stand
on the threshold to the lab with the government contemplating microchipping
all U.S. military personnel and office workers implanting themselves for convenience.
A 2014 study conducted by Cisco System found that approximately one-quarter
of white-collar professionals surveyed "would leap at the chance to get surgical
brain implants that allowed them to instantly link their thoughts to the Internet".
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
Please send inquiries
and submissions to: Doré Ripley 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 email@example.com.
Ed Cueva (firstname.lastname@example.org) 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 email@example.com
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.