Call for Contributions (Young Scholars) to Edited Volume, E-Connections: The Humanities in a Time of Climate Change (deadline extension to July 15)

Call for Contributions (Young Scholars) to Edited Volume, E-Connections: The Humanities in a Time of Climate Change (deadline extension to July 15)

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The volume, (E-co)nnections: The Humanities in a Time of Climate Change, seeks to bring together Young Scholars and Early-Career Researchers from different Associations of American Studies in Europe, and provide a platform for their research on the pressing issue of climate change. The Editor, Dr. Thomas Mantzaris (HELAAS Young Scholar Representative) invites contributions that will expand the workings of the 4th HELAAS YS Symposium (March 2, 2024) and shape an interdisciplinary and insightful scholarly volume on American Studies and climate change.

(E-co)nnections: The Humanities in a Time of Climate Change

Edited by Dr. Thomas Mantzaris

HELAAS Digital Publications, National Documentation Centre


Call for Papers

(E-co)nnections: The Humanities in a Time of Climate Change expands the workings of the 4th HELAAS Young Scholar Symposium (March 2024) and seeks to bring together scholarly work by early-career researchers on the pressing issue of climate change.

The climate crisis has dominated the public discourse of the early twenty-first century, driving political agendas, mobilizing citizens, and inspiring social action, calling for nothing less than a paradigm shift in our connection to the environment. Quite recently, the 2016 Paris Agreement put a spotlight on the pressing issue of climate change, binding 196 countries to science-based actions for social reformation. In light of the 2023 UN Climate Change Conference (COP 28) in Dubai, UAE, and the long tradition of the humanities in offering the checks and balances to scientific progress, the volume (E-co)nnections: The Humanities in a World of Climate Change aims to bring together scholars of American Studies and adjacent fields, and invite them to engage with the issue of climate change from fresh, cross-disciplinary perspectives.

As the world stands in awe of the recent images from NASA’s James Webb Space Telescope that celebrate the beauty of nature and spark scientific curiosity, we ask ourselves: how are these images reconciled with the fake news surrounding climate change as well as with the emergence of climate refugees? What is the role of the humanities in providing a more nuanced understanding of climate change and its implications?

Almost 200 years after two landmarks of American literary writing, Ralph Waldo Emerson’s “Nature” (1836) and Henry David Thoreau’s Walden (1854), a rekindled interest in environmental geographies is registered. The growth of climate fiction texts such as Alexandra Kleeman’s Something New Under the Sun (2021) and Kim Stanley Robinson’s The Ministry of the Future (2020), runs parallel to a trend blooming in contemporary cinema, as evidenced in Interstellar (2014) or the apocalyptic Don’t Look Up (2021). Within this broader framework of literary and cultural production characterized by a climate crisis, the volume seeks to explore the ways in which climate change is understood, represented, and communicated in current sociopolitical and cultural contexts. In this regard, the humanities hold a pivotal role in making the urgency of climate change less abstract in addition to fostering approaches to the global discussion on the environment that are based on ethics and inclusivity.

The volume, tentatively titled (E-co)nnections: The Humanities in a Time of Climate Change, invites chapter proposals from early-career researchers in the fields of literature, art, media, culture, education, and technology that address areas including, but not limited to, the following:

  • Ecocriticism, ecohumanism, and the environmental humanities;
  • Representations of nature and climate change in literature and artistic manifestations;
  • The rise of artificial intelligence, digital humanities, and contemporary media transformations;
  • Climate activism and civic engagement;
  • The environmental footprint of digital technologies;
  • Migration and displacement due to climate change;
  • Climate justice and social inequality;
  • Health, climate emotions (eco-anxiety), and affect theory;
  • Eco-fiction and utopian/dystopian narratives in print and digital media;
  • Environmental education/literacy and communication;
  • Climate change, information (mis)management and dissemination of ‘alternative facts’ in contemporary digital media;
  • Posthumanism and visions of an ecological future;
  • Postcolonial approaches to the non-human world;
  • Ecofeminism in the Anthropocene;
  • Travel, road narratives and landscapes;
  • Documentary forms and ecological concerns (fast fashion, veganism etc.);
  • Tourism, economy, and the environmental impact.

Submission guidelines:

Deadline for submission of abstracts: July 15, 2024

Abstracts of 150-200 words should be accompanied by a tentative title, 4-5 keywords, and a brief bio (100-150 words).

All information should be sent to the Editor (


Notifications: August 2024

Deadline for submission of full chapter: December 31, 2024

Length of chapter: 4,000-5,000 words

Formatting guidelines: Calibri, size 12, spacing 1,15 (footnotes size 10, spacing 1.0)

Referencing: MLA 9


For further information, you may contact Dr. Thomas Mantzaris (