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Special Issue: The Global South and/in the Plantationocene

The Call for Papers page is open to all CFPs in modernist studies. We encourage all members (and potential members) to use this site for announcing CFPs for the Annual MSA Conference. If you have any questions, please contact the MSA Webmaster.

This CFP IS NOT for a MSA Conference

This special issue of The Global South examines the productive tensions created by the operative phrase "and/in" when thinking, writing, and living through climate change from the perspective of the global south and/in the plantationocene. Possible topics include:

• Theoretical and hermeneutical discussions of the plantation and/or the plantationocene;
• Examinations of the effects and the rise of natural disasters in the global south through the lens of the plantationocene;
• Feminist-, queer-, decolonial-, and critical race studies-based resistances to the legacies, structures, hierarchies, and effects of the plantationocene;
• Afro-, Arab, Asian, and Latinx futurisms in film, literature, and visual art which intersect with or document the (potential) effects of the plantationocene;
• Analyses of the plantationocene, its legacies, its imaginaries, and its contemporary neo-isms (such as border factories, globalized trade, non-government organization assistance programs, privatized detention and incarceration, and plantation tourism) as these relate to the global south;
• Empire-, refugee-, and military-studies discussions of plantationocene construction or deconstruction/resistance;
• The global south plantationocene and/in the global north;
• Interdisciplinary and comparative analyses of the plantationocene;
• Architectural legacies of monoculture crops and their profits;
• Ecological, animal studies, disability, medical studies, and women’s, gender, and sexuality studies approaches to this topic; and
• Investigations of the erasures of indigenous peoples through the plantationocene.

This issue is slated for publication in Spring 2023, so contributors will have a calendar year to draft their complete 7,000-10,000-word essays. Please send abstracts of up to 500 words (in MLA style) and a 100-word biographical statement to guest editors Isadora Wagner and Natalie Aikens, at and, by August 21, 2020.

Conference Location: Oxford, United States
Conference Starts: August 21, 2020
Conference Ends: August 21, 2020

CFP Submission Deadline: August 21, 2020

For more information, contact: Isadora Wagner