Calls for Papers 

Spring 2017 - Conference

Local Voices to Global Visions:
Exploring Identity in the Humanities

March 1 to 4, 2017

The wide-ranging span of the Humanities provides the finest range of approaches and methodologies to explore the multiplicity of voices and visions throughout the world. HERA seeks your contributions concerning the explorations of identity within any aspect of the Humanities. The 2017 HERA Conference theme is intentionally seeking disciplinary, interdisciplinary and multidisciplinary scholarship exploring voice and vision from the local to the global.

Conference Paper Deadline: January 10, 2017
Submit all paper proposals to the conference portal when open.

Questions may be directed to HERA's executive director, Marcia Green (mgreen@sfsu.edu).
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INTERDISCIPLINARY HUMANITIES

Ongoing call for essays, poems, and cover artwork

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 http://www.h-e-r-a.org/hera_join.htm.

Deadline: Nov. 15, 2015 (CLOSED)
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 dore.ripley@gmail.com.

Deadline: Jan. 15, 2016 (CLOSED)
Summer 2016 - 2015 Conference Issue: Beyond the Binary

Deadline: May 1, 2016 (CLOSED)
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 cuevae@uhd.edu and William Nowak at nowakw@uhd.edu.

Deadline: Dec. 1, 2016
Spring 2017 - Humanities and Religion
Guest Editor: Ann Horak
          Our 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 abhorak@utep.edu.

Deadline: Jan. 15, 2017
Summer 2017 - 2016 Conference Issue - The Nature of Our Humanity
          
The 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.
          
To 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.
          
HERA invites papers from attendees for consideration in the conference edition.

 

 

 

Deadline: May 1, 2017
Fall 2017 - Innovative, Practical, and Proven Approaches to Enhancing Humanities Teaching Approaches to Enhancing Humanities Teaching
Guest Editor: Shawn Tucker
          This special issue of Interdisciplinary Humanities brings together innovative, practical, and proven approaches, tips, and methods for enhancing Humanities teaching.
          The issue 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 stucker@elon.edu

Deadline: Nov. 15, 2017
Spring 2018 - Organic Machines/Engineered Humans: (Re)Defining Humanity
Guest Editor:
Doré Ripley
         From 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 System 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.
          
This 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.
          Please send inquiries and submissions to: Doré Ripley at (dore.ripley@gmail.com).

Deadline: Jan. 15 2018
Summer 2018 - 2017 Conference Issue
Local Voices to Global Visions: Exploring Identity in the Humanities

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 (cuevae@uhd.edu).

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

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

Send book reviews to Ed Cueva at cuevae@uhd.edu.

Contact Ed Cueva (cuevae@uhd.edu) for a copy of the book.

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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 shusarik@uafortsmith.edu and Lee Ann Westman at lewestman@utep.edu. 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 http://www.h-e-r-a.org/hera_join.htm.