Need one additional essay for Doing Vegan Studies (immediately)

deadline for submissions: 
January 31, 2018
full name / name of organization: 
Laura Wright, Professor of English, Western Carolina University
contact email: 

I am editing the collection "Doing Vegan Studies," which is under contract for publication in the “Cultural Ecologies of Food in the 21st Century” series published by the University of Nevada Press and slated for publication in 2018. I have a great set of contributors and essays, but due to a contributor being unable to complete an essay, I’ve lost a valuable contribution on veganism and race. I am hoping to solicit an essay that addresses this topic in a compelling and original way. Potential topics include – but are not limited to:

Veganism as perceived white identity category

Problematic comparisons between human slavery and the enslavement of animals

Veganism and Black Lives Matter

Veganism as postcolonial strategy

Discourse analyses of prominent vegans of color

With the October 2015 publication of 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. 

This collection seeks to provide vegan readings and interpretations of literary texts and to further imagine and 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. 

Please submit works of 5000-7000 words to Laura Wright (lwright@email.wcu.edu) by January 31, 2018 for consideration.