Call for Submissions – Swamphen Vol. 10

It is with much pleasure that submissions are invited for Beyond Human Scales ASLEC-ANZ’s conference edition of Swamphen: a Journal of Cultural Ecology. Submissions close 28 March 2022. Creative work and scholarly essays are welcome, and even more so, submissions that set these genres askew.

We seek submissions that relate to the recent ASLEC-ANZ conference, Ngā Tohu o te Huarere: Conversations Beyond Human Scales, which focused on thinking beyond the human, embracing situated and distributed knowledges across and beyond Moana Oceania. Conference participants were asked to think about questions such as: ‘What if the way to understand the world today is to step outside of ourselves for just one minute? How long can that minute last? Isn’t there an arrogance in even thinking we can do such a thing?’ The concept of scale can relate to time, or size, or space, or other interpretations that inspire you. Submissions should engage with any aspect of the conference theme, with a regional focus on the continent currently known as Australia, Aotearoa and other landforms and waters nearby, where the swamphen (Porphyrio) is flourishing. Approaches that foreground Māori, Aboriginal, Indigenous or decolonial (tauiwi) strategies are strongly encouraged.

Swamphen is a peer reviewed journal, previously published as the Australasian Journal of Ecocriticism and Cultural Ecology. This will be the 10th volume of the ASLEC-ANZ journal. The Swamphen editorial collective are Alanna Myers, Christine Howe, Kate Middleton, Robyn Maree Pickens and Sue Hall Pyke.

We look forward to your submissions and encourage short and focused works with 5,000 words being our maximum.

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