Call for Local Stories

deadline for submissions: 
July 10, 2017
full name / name of organization: 
Yoo-Hyeok Lee/Pusan National University
contact email: 


Call for Local Stories for the 7th Issue of Localities




Localities, an international peer-reviewed journal of Center for Locality and Humanities at Korean Studies Institute (Pusan National University, Korea), seeks to publish articles undertaking interdisciplinary studies, giving particular attention to diverse ways of reactions explored and pursued on a local level at this age of globalization and transnationalism, and also to their possibilities of generating locality not only as a location of resistance against globality but also as a location of alternatives, including alternative theories, alternative communities, and alternative spaces, etc. The special attention will be given to research articles dealing with the topic of ‘global ecological/environmental challenges and local responses,’ although we still welcome research articles dealing with theoretical and practical issues on locality or translocality in general. Detailed information about the special topic is provided below.




Special Topic: ‘Global Ecological/Environmental Challenges and Local Responses’


We live in a world where environmental and ecological challenges have been greatly threatening our lives in this planet.All participants, including human and non-human beings, in this life of the earth cannot escape from the effects of environmental degradation and ecological crisis largely caused by global warming, nuclear disaster (e.g., Fukushima nuclear accident in 2011), etc. A sense of urgency on this situation demands us to take drastic measures. In response to this calling, scholars and activists around the globe have been making strenuous efforts to come up with better ideas and practices that can be applied to the level of the governmental policymaking process and in our daily lives as well. We are interested in research papers dealing with global environmental and ecological challenges and local responses not only from a scholarly perspective in the humanities but also from an activist perspective. We thus welcome research papers engaging not only with a theoretical and critical studies but also with an empirical studies, applying the inter- or multi-disciplinary methodology from diverse perspectives such as social, political, cultural (including literary and filmic representations), and economic ones.




In relation to the special topic of the journal, we seek local stories. Local stories need to address local issues, events, ideas, activist movements, etc. that cover topics relevant to either the special or the general topic of Localities. In order to make the writings in this section of the journal distinct from the ones in the section of formal research articles, we seek to include essay-style stories based on authors’ individual experiences. Special attention will be given to the following topics, such as 1) nuclear meltdown in Japan and relevant stories; 2) stories dealing with environmental and ecological issues in Europe; 3) relevant local stories in North America, particularly in relation to Indigenous peoples’ lives, etc.




Local stories must not exceed 2,000 words and can include 5 or less photos and figures. A published local story will be guaranteed 200,000 KRW as an honorarium. There are no specific rules for authors to follow in writing a local story.


Anyone interested in writing a local story can send an email of intention to In your email of intention, please include 1) a brief summary of your local story (minimum 500 words) and 2) your cv. The due date is July 10. For the details on the journal, please refer to the journal’s website at **The due date of the 7th issue of Localities is extended until September 30.