Calls for Papers

 2015 Annual Conference - San Francisco, California

April 8-11, 2015

Beyond the Binary

Submission Portal for Beyond the Binary, 2015

Binary 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?

Many 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.

Other 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, etc.

In 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.

For more information on the conference, click here >2015 Conference

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Upcoming Issues

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

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Spring 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

Deadline: Jan 15, 2015
Summer 2015: Conference Issue from 2014 Conference

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Fall 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: or

Deadline: Nov. 15, 2015
Spring 2016 - Out of the Past and Into the Night: The Noir Vision in American Culture
Guest Editor: Doré Ripley, California State University, East Bay
           When American 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.
          Classic noir 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

Deadline: May 1, 2016
Fall 2016: Expanding the Scope of Horror
Guest Editors: Edmund Cueva and William Novak
           The proposed 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.
           The proposed 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 and William Nowak at

Calling all Book Reviewers!

 IH 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 (

Here's a short sampling:
         Aberth, John. Plagues in World History. Rowman & Littlefield, 2011. 978-0-7425-5705-5. (
lexander, Jeffrey C. The Dark Side of Modernity. Polity Press, 2013. 978-0-7456-4822-4. ( ref=9780745648224)

Click here for a complete list of >Books Available for Review

Send book reviews to Ed Cueva at

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Deadline: Ongoing
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 and Lee Ann Westman at Detailed submissions guidelines can be found on the >Journal webpage.

Interdisciplinary 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 social sciences.
          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 parks.
        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