Call for Abstracts

Bringing together diverse perspectives from artists, scholars, activists, curators, theorists, and makers, Making (Eco)Logical will locate artistic practice within the Environmental Humanities and explore the ways in which cultural production informs perceptions, communications, and knowledge of environmental distress in a Canadian context. The book will address what the arts can do; what making can make, and perhaps what it cannot, in the context of current environmental conversations.

In the larger framework of the Environmental Humanities, scholars across disciplines have directed their attention to complex ecological issues traditionally advanced by scientific research; the aim of this proposed anthology is to highlight artistic practices and examine how they may widen perspectives and knowledge of human-caused environmental crises. We are interested in exploring questions such as: How do the arts participate in emerging environmentally-focused interdisciplinary fields? How does artistic production contribute to, or perhaps challenge, the work of the Environmental Humanities? What do material and visual language and knowledge lend differently to these topics? How are artistic practitioners sharing environmental knowledge, and further to this, what does it mean to do so from a Canadian lens in particular? While the urgency environmental issues are global in scope, this anthology is additionally motivated by the way in which Canadian cultural and political issues and identities intersect around environmental realities, such as: land and decolonization, fossil fuels, pipelines, wilderness imaginaries, waste, conservation and development.

As this topic is interdisciplinary by nature, we are seeking proposals in a variety of forms: text or image-based essays, interviews, artist projects, portfolios, and critical analysis to name a few. We are particularly interested in contributions from artists, artists-scholars, curators, activists, and art historians with a focus on Canadian content/context/production.

We welcome image or text-based artistic submissions, as well as traditional scholarly essays of 5000-10000 words. Proposals may address the following topics:

-climate change and environmental crises in Canada

-Canadian environmental politics and policy

-embodied/material knowledge

-decolonial perspectives

-research-creation /creation as method / practice-led-research

-social and ecological justice, art as activism, socially engaged and participatory art

-environmental ethics, empathy, affect, attunement, and resilience

-multispecies relations (human and more-than-human agency), and extinction

-contemporary and art historical perspectives exploring the human impact on the environment

This list does not limit other contributions, we welcome relevant topics not outlined here.

Please submit an abstract  (500 words) outlining your contribution and its format. Additionally, provide a short biographical statement (150 words).

Revised deadline: April 8, 2019. Submit your proposal to:

PDF – CFP Making Ecological