Hunting from the Ivory Tower (12/10/13)

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David Bruzina and Douglas Higbee, University of South Carolina, Aiken
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Most academics associate hunting with a reductive stereotype. Their understanding of hunting derives from a few glances at one of the proliferating TV shows on deer or turkey hunting, or from reading freshman essays by students modeling pink and camo fashion lines, or from absorbing the rhetorical stylings of self-identified hunter politicians. Outside of wildlife biology departments, academics who hunt have contributed relatively little to their colleagues' acquaintance with the topic. Excluding lyric treatments in popular hunting magazines or regional literary journals, serious publications on contemporary hunting are scarce. Jose Ortega y Gasset's venerable Meditations on Hunting remains the definitive philosophical text on hunting.

In an effort to promote a more nuanced understanding of contemporary hunters and the significance of hunting, the editors seek proposals for chapter-length essays for a collection that seeks to complicate the conventional 'redneck' hunter/'ivory tower' intellectual dichotomy. Essays can address the first person experiences of academics who hunt and/or apply academic frameworks to issues related to hunting. Possible topics to consider include
• What is hunting? Why I/we hunt?
• Hunting in the 20th/21st centuries
• Hunting and academic culture
• Hunting and class/race/gender/place/identity
• Hunting and food/nutrition
• Hunting and ecology/environment
• Hunting and ethics/religion/spirituality
• Hunting and guns/violence
• Hunting and literature—fiction, poetry, non-fiction, film, TV
• Hunting and popular culture
• Hunting and teaching/pedagogy
• Hunting and philosophy

The collection is intended for an audience of academics, intellectuals, writers and serious readers. Authors should be academics in any discipline, with some firsthand hunting experience. Scholarly, informal, interdisciplinary and diverse perspectives are encouraged.

To submit a chapter proposal, please send to or a 1-2 page abstract for an eventual essay of approximately 3000-5000 words along with a CV and a brief description of your hunting experience. The deadline for proposals is 12/10/13. Feel free to email us with questions; we're happy to respond to inquiries about potential topics.