The summer special issue of e.g. will focus broadly on questions and issues related to the environment. This special issue, much like the interdisciplinary field of environmental studies, seeks to explore the relationship between human beings and the natural world from a wide range of scholarly perspectives. Projects should employ a distinct disciplinary lens (or clearly articulated interdisciplinary perspective) to engage and/or critique any issue related to the environment. For this issue, e.g. invites contributions that push the boundaries of how we think about our relationship to the environment in the precarious present: a moment when debates about the Paris Climate Agreement, rising sea levels, Standing Rock and Flint, MI, and the rise of GMOs to feed the world dominate the global media news. This special issue is especially interested in projects related to questions of new environmentalism, protecting or preserving nature, ecofeminism, and environmental justice.

Though a broad range of work addressing the environment will be considered for the special issue, contributors might begin by considering the following topics:

  • How rhetorics of sustainability come into conflict with global economic development
  • How philosophy and literature can help contextualize and theorize climate change
  • The racial, cultural, and ethical dimensions of environmental catastrophe
  • The ecological impact of large-scale human or animal migration
  • How the legacy of Transcendentalism gave rise to environmentalist movements

The focus of this summer’s special issue is the environment, but we welcome submissions on any topic. Be aware that general submissions, if accepted, will not be published until a future issue at the discretion of the editorial board.

We accept two general types of submissions: critical essays and non-traditional (or multimodal) compositions, such as poems, short stories, or digital artifacts. All traditional essay submissions should be 2500-5000 words, be in .doc or .docx format, follow MLA guidelines, and include a 250-word abstract outlining project goals and how the contribution meaningfully engages ongoing scholarly conversations. For non-traditional submissions, please expand your abstract to 500 words and include an explanation of the author’s design choices and how these choices engage the theme of the environment. All submissions should also include the contributor’s full name, academic affiliation and email address.

Direct all submissions and questions to: