deadline for submissions: 
July 30, 2019
full name / name of organization: 
Estelle Castro-Koshy / JCU / eTropic

CALL FOR PAPERS special issue on: 'Environmental Artistic Practices and Indigeneity: In(ter)ventions, Recycling, Sovereignty'


Submission deadline: 30 July 2019


Analysing creative practices by Indigenous artists, or artists working closely with Indigenous communities, this pluridisciplinary issue aims to determine how Indigenous societies perceive and interact with pollution and toxic substances that affect their environment and territories. The issue examines how conceptions of waste and its recycling enlightens discourses on Indigenous sovereignty, and in turn, explores how the notion of sovereignty – as understood, lived, and defined by Indigenous peoples – informs and influences artistic practices that respond to contemporary environmental challenges.

This issue invites contributions addressing all forms of artistic practices in the tropics of the Pacific, Northern Australia, Indian Ocean Islands, tropical Africa, the Caribbean, Latin America, South and Southeast Asia, or the deep south of the USA. Contributions on the ways the global North of Europe or America intersects with Indigenous peoples/practices in the tropics are also welcome.

Treatment, perception, recycling, and transformation of materials

We are interested in the artistic approaches deployed in or around spaces faced with different kinds of pollution and waste. How do artists speak about the journey of waste – for example due to marine currents, rivers or human actions? Is waste perceived as a negative effect of consumerism in society or taken as potentially interesting material that can be valued like any local natural resource? Proposals are invited to highlight the symbolic dimensions of these new materials, and – through the analysis of the negotiations or conflicts that surround their extraction or circulation – to unveil the values given to a territory.

Decolonisation and sovereignty as artistic and environmental actions   

This issue looks at Indigenous concepts used by artists to express their vision of what ‘sustainable development’, or a respectful relationship with the environment, would be. We are particularly interested in contributions that enter into dialogue with, or expand works, conducted by Indigenous academics, researchers, and artists. We also welcome contributions on the responses given by Indigenous artists to situations in which the concerns and actions of environmentalists go against the expression and claims of Indigenous sovereignty.

Arts and knowledges of the ocean, sea, rivers, and coastline

Authors are invited to analyse how artistic practices that deal with pollution mobilise Indigenous concepts relating to land(scapes), water(scapes), and sea(scapes). Looking at the articulation between the arts, environment, recycling, and sovereignty will also lead us to question the very notion of borders between land and sea commonly used in non-Indigenous contexts. 

This issue invites contributions addressing all forms of artistic practices articulated through academic or creative works.

ABOUT eTropic

eTropic disseminates new research from Arts, Humanities, Social Sciences and allied fields on the variety and interrelatedness of nature, culture, and society in the tropics. The journal is indexed in Scopus, Ulrich's and DOAJ, it is archived in Pandora and Sherpa/Romeo, and DOIs are used.



·      For submission instructions see:  https://journals.jcu.edu.au/etropic/announcement



For enquiries or pitching ideas email the special issue editors:

Dr Estelle Castro-Koshy, Senior Researcher, James Cook University, Australia



Dr Géraldine Le Roux, Senior Lecturer, Université de Bretagne Occidentale, France



For general enquiries email eTropic: etropic@jcu.edu.au