Cluster on vegan studies

deadline for submissions: 
August 15, 2016
full name / name of organization: 
Interdisciplinary Studies in Literature and the Environment
contact email: 

Call for papers for a cluster of essays on vegan studies in the fall 2017 issue of Interdisciplinary Studies in Literature and the Environment (ISLE). 

With the October 2015 publication of my book The Vegan Studies Project: Food, Animals, and Gender in the Age of Terror (U of Georgia P: http://www.ugapress.org/index.php/books/the_vegan_studies_project) and the Towards a Vegan Theory interdisciplinary humanities conference at Oxford University in March of 2016 (http://torch.ox.ac.uk/towards-vegan-theory), veganism as a theoretical lens for the analysis of texts has entered into – and seems to have substantial appeal within – the realm of scholarly inquiry.  As a cultural studies approach, vegan studies constitutes a framework at once informed by ecocriticism, animal studies, and literary studies, but it is also unique from them. 

From The Vegan Studies Project: “This book is my attempt to take a culturally loaded term – ‘vegan’ – and to read and deconstruct that identity as it appears in literary texts, film, television shows, advertising, and in mainstream print and online media in order to envision, define, and theorize an area that I am calling vegan studies. I am, therefore, proposing such a field . . . to indicate that veganism and vegan identity, as well as the popular and academic discourse that constructs those categories, needs to be explored, understood, and challenged.” A vegan studies approach allows for readings that are informed by the critic’s own vegan identity and experience, that examine veganism/vegetarianism as depicted within texts, and that address the intersectional nature of oppressions – of animals, of the environment, of women, of colonized individuals, etc.

This essay cluster seeks to provide vegan readings and interpretations of literary texts and to further imagine what the field of vegan studies/vegan theory can mean for scholars and teachers in the humanities, for activists, for animals, and for the planet.  Essays might focus on (but are not limited to)

 Vegan/vegetarian characters in works of fiction and/or film

Explorations into how vegan studies can further ecocritical studies

The connections between vegan studies and postcolonialism, feminism, Marxism (or any other extant theoretical framework)

The influence of the “animal turn” on vegan studies and vegan readings of texts

Challenges posed by vegan readings to mainstream understandings of canonical texts and authors

 

Please submit abstracts of 500 words to Laura Wright (lwright@email.wcu.edu) by August 15, 2016.  Completed essays will be expected by December.