Need two additional essays for the Vegan Studies Reader (immediately)

deadline for submissions: 
October 15, 2016
full name / name of organization: 
Laura Wright, Professor of English, Western Carolina University
contact email: 

I am currently working on an edited scholarly collection tentatively titled "The Vegan Studies Reader." The proposal has been solicieted by the series editors for “Cultural Ecologies of Food in the 21st Century” published by the University of Nevada Press. I have a great set of contributors and essays, but I am lacking work on two approaches that I feel are particularly important: an essay on veganism and race, and an essay that provides a queer reading of veganism or a vegan text. 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 collection 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. 

If you would like to provide an abstract for consideration on one of the two topics above, please submit abstracts of 500 words to Laura Wright (lwright@email.wcu.edu) by October 15.  Completed essays will be expected at the end of January.