EXTENDED: Almanac for the Anthropocene: A Compendium of Solarpunk Futures

deadline for submissions: 
December 15, 2019
full name / name of organization: 
Phoebe Wagner & Brontë Wieland

Title: Almanac for the Anthropocene: A Compendium of Solarpunk Futures by Phoebe Wagner & Brontë Wieland

Under contract for Salvaging the Anthropocene series from West Virginia University Press: https://wvupressonline.com/series/salvaging_the_anthropocene

Our goal with this edited collection is to provide an accessible handbook to transform the Anthropocene rather than fear it. Each chapter will have the same basic outline of interdisciplinary theory, solarpunk testimonies, and practical action. The action could take the form of recipes, building plans, how to organize a protest, etc. Each action will emphasize not just resistance to capitalism and climate disaster on its own, but also on how these ideas can be molded to resist capitalism structurally. The four sections will focus on ingenuity, generative, independence, and community.

Ingenuity: From salvaging and transforming old ideas, to imagining entirely new ideas and redefining central industries, this process will constitute a wide reworking of how things currently operate under the auspices of consumerism. In this chapter, we want to provide technical and cultural visions of how we move forward into a sustainable, degrown, and decolonial world.

Generativity: In this chapter, we want to explore the narratives, spaces, and powers that comprise the foundations of imagined solarpunk futures while emphasizing their practicality and their roots in the here and now. We seek starting points, action plans, and proof that even when it feels impossible to gain momentum, there is always a way forward.

Independence: What does independence look like on local and global scales? How is it achieved, and how is it fortified? What does independence mean in areas where settlers occupy indigenous lands? In this chapter, we seek to address questions such as these from social, technological, political, agricultural, artistic, and infrastructural vantages among others.

Community: What do we need to have at the ground level now in order to empower community members to dissent and organize on broad political scales? How will these needs differ between urban and rural communities? In this chapter, we seek to outline the case for radical community-building efforts and to move forward from the community-oriented techniques for activism, solidarity, and mutual aid that have been increasingly utilized across the world.

What is Solarpunk?

A solarpunk imagines new futures in the shadow of and in opposition to environmental collapse, then works to create those futures. A solarpunk doesn’t just have ideas and beliefs; a solarpunk enacts. On paper, being a solarpunk might sound like being a Marxist, a municipalist, or another ideology entirely. Yet, a different kind of necessity turns solarpunk thought into action. Mainly extinction. A solarpunk might approach a problem with the following questions: How do my actions impact my human and nonhuman community? What intentionality fuels this issue? Does the following action dismantle a damaging system like capitalism? Does this action produce radical care of self and others? Does this action overcome the cultural desire to consume?

We invite contributors from all disciplines, and we especially encourage and welcome submissions from diverse voices and under-represented populations, including, but not limited to, people of color, members of the LGBTQ+ community, those with disabilities, and the elderly. Authors of all walks of life should feel encouraged to send us work that engages with solarpunk in some way. We are looking for, but not limited to:

  • Short critical papers (preferably around 3,000 words but if it's longer, we will still consider it)
  • Interviews/Talks
  • Scientific teports
  • Recipes
  • Blueprints
  • Maps
  • Sidebars/Short thoughts (150 words)
  • Illustrative explorations
  • Inventions
  • Designs
  • Though experiments

As solarpunk is a growing area of creation and study, we will be accepting abstracts, queries, proposals, and complete submissions. If you have questions, please e-mail us. We will be accepting on a rolling basis until December 15th, with complete manuscripts requested by January 15th.

E-mail submissions and queries to solarpunk2040@protonmail.com

If applicable, please submit in MLA format.

For more information on solarpunk, please see our previous edited collection: Sunvault: Stories of Solarpunk & Eco-Speculation (http://www.upperrubberboot.com/sunvault/)

About Us: Phoebe Wagner is currently pursuing a PhD in English at University of Nevada, Reno while Brontë Wieland attempts to balance independent scholarship and creative writing. Follow their projects at https://wagnerwieland.com/.