Call for Papers:
“The Humanities As Activism”
A Special Issue of The St. John’s University Humanities Review
“The arts [humanities], it has been said, cannot change the world, but they may change human beings who might change the world.”
Focusing on the Humanities as activism, The St. John’s University Humanities Review (http://stjenglish.com/st-johns-humanities-review) is accepting submissions for its special issue, “The Humanities As Activism,” which will be published in the spring of 2017. The editors are seeking short personal narratives, reviews, interviews, and essays that address the Humanities as activism (short personal narratives of 200-500 words that discuss how you use, teach, or think about the Humanities as activism; reviews and interviews should be no more than 2000 words; essays should be no more than 5000 words).
The summer of 2016 proved the value of the Humanities. With the vigils for the victims of the massacre at the LGBTQ nightclub, Pulse, on “Latin Night,” in Orlando, Florida, in June, and the “Black Lives Matter” protests for two more Black men—Philando Castile and Alton Sterling—who were killed by the police, in July, the Humanities was immediately used as activism, responding to the social and political events and tragedies. Therefore, for this special issue, the editors are also seeking short personal narratives, reviews, interviews, and essays of/about the events of the summer of 2016: Orlando or Black Lives Matter.
Submissions might address but are certainly not limited to the following topics:
- Category #1: The Humanities As Activism throughout History:
- The various disciplines of the arts and humanities that are/were used as activism
- Digital activism and the digital humanities
- Activist pedagogies
- Category #2: The Humanities Used for Orlando or Black Lives Matter:
- Poetry was used at the vigils and protests
- LGBTQ and Black aesthetics, philosophies, and histories were used
- Artists, historians, intellectuals, philosophers, writers, journalists, politicians, and the general public responded to the events and tragedies; photographs, videos, etc. documented the events
The deadline for submissions is February 15, 2017, with a publication date of spring 2017. Submissions must be sent as Microsoft Word documents (.doc or .docx only) attached via email only to: firstname.lastname@example.org. Submissions must be single-spaced, using Times New Roman 12 point font, with one-inch standard margins, with footnotes instead of endnotes, and must adhere to a citation system that is suitable to the pertinent discipline. Personal narratives should be 200-500 words; reviews and interviews should be no more than 2000 words; essays should be no more than 5000 words.