Call for Papers Volume 2 Issue 1

2021-01-13

Call for Submissions for Ecocene’s Volume 2 Issue 1, June 2021

“Making Peace with the Earth. The Diplomatic Turn: A Special Cluster”

“Humanity is waging war on nature. This is suicidal. Nature always strikes back–and it is already doing so with growing force and fury. . . . Making peace with nature is the defining task of the 21st century. It must be the top priority for everyone, everywhere”(António Guterres, UN Secretary General, The State of the Planet, Columbia University lecture, December 2, 2020).

As the UN Secretary-General’s comments at the end of 2020 make clear, there is deep international concern that the impacts of human activities on our planet’s biogeochemical cycles are imperiling human societies and more-than-human environments globally. This is reflected in the latest Human Development Report from UNDP, titled “The Next Frontier: Human Development and the Anthropocene”: “The challenges of planetary and societal imbalance are intertwined: they interact in a vicious circle, each making the other worse” (UNDP, Human Development Report 2020, 15 December 2020). Thus, within the highest levels of international diplomacy we are witnessing recognition that human activities that have defined the Anthropocene represent a state of affairs akin to a global conflict of the human species with the Earth: “For the first time in our history the most serious and immediate, even existential, risks are human made and unfolding at planetary scale” (UNDP, 2020, 21).

It is fair to say that we must now turn to a new form of diplomacy and negotiate the terms of peace with the Earth. This diplomacy will require procedures, statements, protocols, agreements, ceremonies, and rituals that may not yet exist. The leadership of First Nation peoples, the recognition of ancestral knowledge, together with the creativity of the fine arts and the humanities, are essential to our collective design or re-invention of symbiotic ways of connecting with the Earth. How do we, for example, imagine transforming our relationships with more-than-human environments beyond and away from global capitalist exploitation? How can we feasibly reshape our diverse institutions to this end? How possible is it, in the short term, to change our conceptions of science, technology and public policy to enable making peace with the Earth actually achievable?

“Making Peace with the Earth: The Diplomatic Turn” will collect several commissioned essays and contributions from the fine arts, the humanities, the social and natural sciences, and sustainability studies. We challenge our prospective authors to contribute provocative ideas on the questions posed above, as well as others that prioritize peace and the flourishing of life as the most fundamental sustainable goal for our planetary home. We welcome article of 3000-6500 words that range from review essays to research papers and/or philosophical arguments and position pieces. Please submit your papers on the Ecocene portal not later than 15 March 2021. Longer papers may be considered on a case-by-case basis as long as the guest editors are consulted one month before the deadline. Ecocene also welcomes general submissions that are not related to the topic of this special issue. The deadline is the same for all prospective contributions.

Patrick Degeorges (patrickyellow@gmail.com) is the editor of this special cluster. For more information on the journal, our peer-reviewed policies and our guidelines, please go to: ecocene.kapadokya.edu.tr

Keywords: Anthropocene, Capitalocene, Symbiocene, Biodiversity, Extinction, Collapse, Regeneration, Climate and Energy, Humanities, Cosmopolitics, Earth-system, World-Ecologies, Ecological Civilization, Ecomimetics, Gaïa, Native Knowledge, Wild Law, UN Climate Action