The Plantationocene Series—Plantation Worlds, Past and Present

deadline for submissions: 
March 29, 2019
full name / name of organization: 
Edge Effects / University of Wisconsin-Madison

Edge Effects is currently accepting submissions to a new series on the Plantationocene. We’re interested in previously unpublished essays (~1500-2000 words), photo essays, and other creative pieces from a diverse array of academic, artistic, and activist perspectives.

First submission window: January 28-March 29, 2019

Over the next year and a half, Edge Effects will run a series of posts exploring the idea of the Plantationocene—an alternative name for the human geological epoch often called the AnthropoceneInspired by the many exciting scholars and artists who will be visiting University of Wisconsin–Madison as part of the 2019-2020 Plantationocene Sawyer Seminar, we hope to create a conversation about multiple forms of past and contemporary plantations.

Because environmental concerns cannot be disentangled from colonialism, capitalism, and racism, this series aims to investigate agricultural plantation spaces as well as the ways that plantation logics organize modern economies and social relations—everything from 17th century sugar cane plantations worked by enslaved peoples in the Caribbean and today’s palm oil plantations across Southeast Asia, Africa, and Latin America to the U.S. prison system, the NFL, and beyond. For an introduction to the term and some of its possible meanings, check out the essay that begins the series: “Plantation Legacies” by Sophie Sapp Moore, Monique Allewaert, Pablo F. Gómez, and Gregg Mitman.

Submission details

  • Anyone is welcome to submit to The Plantationocene Series. As always, we especially hope to highlight the research and writing of graduate students, postdocs, practitioners, and early career scholars.
  • Interested parties should send a short pitch (see submission guidelines) as well as a full draft of their piece to the Edge Effects team at Please note that we publish content geared toward a public audience. We encourage you to browse our recent publications to familiarize yourself with the style and tone of the magazine.
  • Selected submissions will go through our routine editorial process. We will create a personalized editorial schedule that ensures adequate revision time (usually 3 weeks).

We look forward to reading your work!