(I need two book reviews for this issue--if you contact me and supply me with your qualifications, I can hook you up with a review copy and set up a deadline for the review--anyone interested?)
Reconstruction 7.2: Eco-Cultures: Cultural Studies and the Environment
Call for Papers: Special theme issue of Reconstruction
Alexandra Ganser, M.A ., University of Erlangen-Nuremberg, Germany
Dr. Vibha Arora, Indian Institute of Technology, New Delhi, India
Reconstruction: Studies in Contemporary Culture is an open access, electronic, peer-reviewed journal devoted to publishing essays in cultural studies from emerging and established scholars worldwide.
Alexandra Ganser and Vibha Arora invite additional original essays as well as book reviews for a themed issue on "Eco-Cultures: Cultural Studies and the Environment" of Reconstruction (April 2007, Issue 7.2 ) exploring the significance and representation of the "natural" environment cross-culturally and from a variety of scholarly approaches and perspectives. With this special issue of Reconstruction we aim to explain the articulation of the environment as an integral part of cultural articulation and discourse systems, which complements class, race, and gender. Whereas the latter three have been established as the triadic focus of examination in Cultural Studies, for instance, an ecological perspective is often ignored in the analysis of cultural expression within this field. Thus, essays with a Cultural Studies approach are strongly encouraged.
Contributors to this special issue include Brian Black, Chris Drinkwater, C. Richard King, Lori Martindale, Mary Newell, and Catherine Roach. We are now seeking 2-3 additional essays with a focus on nature and nature perception in cultural representation (literary, filmic , architectural, etc.); nature/culture/ecology in critical and cultural theory (Raymond Williams, for instance); ecofeminisms; indigenous ecologies, cosmologies, and narratives; travel, tourism, and the environment; historical perspectives on nature politics and representation; landscape aesthetics; etc.
In addition, we are looking for book and other (music, exhibitions, photographic, etc.) reviews and review essays with a similar focus.