Calls for Papers 

Spring 2016 - Conference

The Nature of Our Humanity

****ALERT!****In 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.

However, HERA will aim to publish the program online around Feb. 21.

The groundhog predicts an early Spring, and we want to accommodate all qualified applicants to the 2016 New Orleans HERA conference!

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 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.

In 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.

Questions may be directed to HERA's executive director, Marcia Green (








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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

Deadline: May 1, 2015 (CLOSED)!shadows-exhibition/c1933
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
          The editor also requests reviews of the following books:
           Nisbet, James, Ecologies, Environments, and Energy Systems in Art of the 1960’s and 1970’s, M.I.T. Press, 2014.
           Brown, Andrew, Art and Ecology Now, London: Thames and Hudson, 2014.
           Weik von Mossier, Moving Environments: Affect, Emotion, Ecology, and Film, Wilfrid Laurier University Press, 2014.
           Glotlelty, Cheryll and Quesnet, Eve, The Biosphere and the Bioregion: Essential Writings of Peter Berg, Routledge, 2014

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

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

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


Deadline: Nov. 15, 2016
Spring 2017: Humanities and Religion
Guest Editor: Ann Horak

Deadline: Jan. 15, 2017
Summer 2017: 2016 Conference Issue - The Nature of Our Humanity

Deadline: May 1, 2017
Fall 2017: Pedagogy in the Humanities
Guest Editor: Shawn Tucker

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 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".
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 (

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

Contact Ed Cueva ( 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 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