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CfC: Special Issue “Narrative, Environment, Social Justice”


We are calling for contributions to the special issue “Narrative, Environment, Social Justice” guest-edited by Joshua Parker and Robert Winkler.

The re-politicization of the US public sphere and dominant discourses often revolves around two inherently intertwined dimensions: the environment and social justice, with environmental justice movements like Fridays for Future or Extinction Rebellion and more pronounced foci around race and gender (such as the Black Lives Matter and #MeToo movements), and on the other hand economic justice movements like ATTAC or Occupy Wall Street, asking whether any possible alternative to neoliberal capitalism is imaginable at all. A similar pattern of polarization is at work with right-wing populist movements questioning the legitimacy of calls for social justice, instead telling their own stories of neglect and apparent marginalization. These battles over hearts and minds (and ballots) are carried out on the battlefield of language in general and narrative in particular.

The Journal of the Austrian Association for American Studies’s peer-reviewed special issue, with expected publication in autumn of 2023, seeks essays of 6,000-9,000 words.

Possible topics for essays may be related but are not limited to:

  • narratology and narrative theory/studies
  • environmental studies and environmental justice
  • queer narratives of resilience, and LGBTQ counternarratives and counterpublics
  • the local or the global, and glocalization
  • ecocriticism and climate fiction
  • area studies, diaspora studies, diaspora politics, and climate emigration
  • Indigenous studies

To express your interest in inclusion in the special issue, please send a 300-500-word abstract, along with a short biographical note, to and
by December 15, 2022.