Calls for Papers 

March 7-10, 2018 - 10th Annual Conference

Humanities through the Ages

The program committee’s theme is designed to incorporate any and all possible connotations: the history and development of the humanities, the changes in the humanities over time, the triumphs of and threats to the humanities, the importance of the humanities, the challenges to the humanities. Also included within the theme is the idea of humanities and humanities education being enriched and enlivened by commitment and dedication from all age levels, spanning the lives of individuals as well as history.

The wide-ranging span of the Humanities provides the finest range of approaches and methodologies to explore the vast array of concepts and themes within the humanities throughout the world. HERA seeks your contributions concerning the explorations of identity, image, and voice within any aspect of the Humanities. The 2018 HERA Conference theme is intentionally seeking disciplinary, interdisciplinary and multidisciplinary scholarship exploring voice and vision from the local to the global.

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: Jan. 1, 2017
CLOSED

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
CLOSED
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
CLOSED
Fall 2017 - Pedagogy in Humanities
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, Vernor Vinge's Rainbows End and Warren Ellis' Transmetropolitan 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.
          
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. Should STEM be geared towards STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, Mathematics) in order to incorporate rhetoric and critical thinking into the scientific method in order to encourage the study of consequences, instead of just outcomes. 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 HERA conference issue - Local Voices to Global Visions: Exploring Identity in the Humanities
          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.

Deadline: May 1, 2018
Fall 2018: The Language of music
Guest Editor: Dr. Erin R. McCoy
          Our lives have soundtracks; music has long served as a backdrop to the theater of humanity. Music is also something we can generally all agree on; we might listen to different types of music, but we generally all listen. Also, music often acts as a bridge between languages and cultures. Recording legend Stevie Wonder once remarked: “Music is a world within itself, it is a language we all understand.” So if we all can understand the language of music, what do we think it is saying? What are we singing along to? This issue of Interdisciplinary Humanities aims to act as a broad discussion regarding the role music – lyrics, performances, albums, etc. – plays beyond that of “background noise”; how does music teach us about ourselves?
           Submissions for this issue might examine how music – lyrics, performances, albums, etc. – contribute to a greater interdisciplinary understanding of issues such as culture, history, politics, cultural historiography, social movements, protest movements, cultural identity, national identity, etc. Please send inquiries and submissions to: Guest Editor Dr. Erin R. McCoy, McCoy5@uscb.edu.

Deadline: Jan. 1, 2019
Spring 2019: Bridging the Gap? Digital Media in the Literature Classroom

Guest Editors: Kristin Lucas and Cameron McFarlane (Nipissing University)
           Much has been written about pedagogy in the wired classroom, and recent studies suggest that the humanities are revitalized when media is incorporated into undergraduate teaching (e.g. Allen, Brackman, Kirwin, Kunze, Laflen, Wanko). This work is often anchored in the belief that “digital natives” learn differently from the previous generation of students (e.g. Gaston; Levin and Arafeh; Oblinger, Oblinger and Lippincott; Prensky), and tends to follow one of two divergent narratives about student dis/engagement. On one hand, 21st-century students are self-motivated multi-taskers used to knowledge communities in which learning is actively produced rather than passively consumed; on the other hand, 21st-century students are passive consumers trained by the prevailing digital culture to seek instant gratification and turn off when it is not forthcoming. The conclusion to both of these narratives is the same: get media into your class if you want to engage students. The scholarly focus on media and technology maps efforts to create a dynamic classroom that at its best enriches university teaching and learning. But the long-standing interest in media as a means to reach students and enhance delivery also points to an absence in current scholarship, which has not been attentive to that same media as content in the literature classroom.
           To remedy this absence, we seek to bring together a series of essays that merge pedagogical practice with a critical consideration of the question: What is the role of media other than the printed text in the humanities classroom? When we have students take a virtual tour of The Globe Theatre, watch a clip from The Tudors, or Dangerous Liaisons, make a fan vid based, listen to a podcast, or blog, what is the goal? One of the most common analogies, even when it is not used expressly, suggests that such media serves as a kind of bridge that helps students to connect with a text, idea, or historical period. It is a compelling analogy, to be sure, and one that speaks to the topic we are proposing. For if the bridge analogy is common and compelling, it is also potentially misleading. What is the nature of a bridge (film, video game, television series, digital environment) that turns us, at least temporarily, away from our first destination, the topic of study? To what extent does the bridge not simply enable engagement but delimit and determine the terms of that engagement? Does the bridge cease to be a bridge once we acknowledge its status as content?
           Cognizant of the earliest lessons of Media Studies, which insisted that form is neither neutral nor secondorder in the creation of meaning, this special issue will provide a practical and critical consideration of the role of media in humanities courses and classrooms. The chosen essays will consider not only address how media is incorporated but also assess why it is included and what is achieved by doing so. We aim to include essays that address the role of media in teaching a wide range of humanities disciplines, including (but not limited to) literature, history, art, music and classical studies.

Deadline: Jan. 15, 2019
Summer 2019: 2018 HERA Conference Issue

Deadline: May 1, 2017
Fall 2019: Art, Activism, and the Pursuit of a Better Life
Guest Editor: Wendy Chase

           Recently there has been a surge in art of dissent as creators and performers respond to the uptick of injustice, inequality, and authoritarianism around the world. In the wake of the Gezi Taksim protests, public performance and graffiti art exploded throughout Instanbul; Syrian artists have been documenting their pain and satirizing Assad’s brutal regime through digital art, posters, and graffiti since 2011; in Russia, Pussy Riot staged unsanctioned guerrilla concerts against the authoritarian practices of the Vladimir Putin; in China, Ai Weiwei and Jacob Applebaum stuffed panda bears with shredded NSA documents and embedded micro chips containing sensitive information, distributing some to institutions where they could be safely guarded as art objects. Adding urgency to this trend, the Trump administration’s recent travel ban prompted MOMA to rehang part of its permanent collection with work by artists from the seven targeted nations. Following a fractious election year and in the face of an uncertain political/social future, it seems protest has again been mobilized, and with it the art of activism, as gestures of aesthetic resistance are endowed with a renewed sense of energy and purpose.
           This edition of Interdisciplinary Humanities will explore the complex terrain of artistic dissent and activism as both a contemporary practice and a tradition. How is artistic dissent visualized, enacted, performed, disseminated? In what ways have artists responded--in various cultural contexts and from various subject positions--to authoritarianism, income inequality, environmental, racial and sexual injustice? How do artists, curators, and academics situate themselves within broader movements of dissent, activism and culture at large? How do modern strategies of dissent replicate, or diverge from, earlier approaches to artistic resistance? And ultimately, how effective is artistic dissent? We invite scholars, artists and activists to contribute papers that relate to these or related questions in the areas of art, activism and dissent. Inquiries and submissions should be sent to Wendy Chase at wendy.chase@fsw.edu and Elijah Pritchett at elijah.pritchett@fsw.edu.

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).

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

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

Here's a sampling of of selected books for review:

Splendide Mendax: Rethinking Fakes and Forgeries in Classical, Late Antique, and Early Christian Literature http://www.barkhuis.nl/product_info.php? products_id=211

Lessons in Mythology: A Comparative Approach http://www.cambridgescholars.com/ lessons-in-mythology

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.