Call for papers - special issue on 'Critical Climate' (proposals by August 15th, 2011)

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'Critical Climate' special issue of symplokē

Welcome are contributions that critically explore the discursive shape and texture of what we call climate change. Specifically, we begin with the premise that climate change asks of cultural theorists nothing more or less than a re-evaluation of ourselves, even while it challenges us to put to use the critical tools we have to hand. We ask: How do critical concepts like power, ideology, mediation, capital, colonialism, gender, oppression, society, and construction help us to understand the challenges presented by climate change? Does the current crisis wrought by anthropogenic climate change defy or affirm the assumptions that underpin cultural critical theory--and to what extent? Can we respond--and, if so, how--through now established critical modes, such as those signalled by deconstruction, post-structuralism, genre theory, psychoanalysis, Marxism, and science studies, or those practised under the rubrics of, among others, Agamben, Badiou, Butler, Deleuze, Derrida, Foucault, Habermas, Latour and Žižek? Or does climate change demand a new kind of theory?

symplokē is a comparative literature and theory journal. Its aim is to provide an arena for critical exchange between established and emerging voices in the field. It supports new and developing notions of comparative literature and theory, and is committed to interdisciplinary studies, intellectual pluralism, and open discussion. Editor-in-chief: Jeffrey R. Di Leo.

We invite, in the first instance, proposals for contributions. Proposals should be up to 400 words long, and submitted by August 15th, 2011. We will then invite, on the basis of proposals, manuscripts of between 4,000 and 6,500 words for submission by December 31st, 2011. The issue will be edited by Adeline Johns-Putra, Adam Trexler and Ian Buchanan.

Please submit your proposal to Dr. Adeline Johns-Putra, Department of English, University of Exeter, Cornwall Campus, Penryn, UK TR10 9EZ; email: Email is preferred.