CFP: Energy Use and the Humanities

Posted by on Sep 20, 2015
CFP: Energy Use and the Humanities

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

This Special Issue will include papers that explore the intersection of the various Humanities disciplines, with the production and consumption of energy sources, such as petroleum, natural gas, nuclear energy, solar and wind power, and coal (this is only a partial list and papers that explore other energy sources are encouraged as well). The issue aims to build upon existing environmentally inflected Humanities scholarship, by exploring the ways that creative artists, writers, thinkers, and activists have either critically examined energy production and consumption or utilized these practices as subject matter. A major, though not exclusive, focus will be on papers that consider how the Environmental Humanities can address energy use during a period of anthropogenic climate change. Papers that consider any aspect of the literary, visual, cinematic, historical, and ethical implications of energy practices from any part of the globe are welcomed.

Dr. Adam W. Sweeting
Guest Editor


Manuscripts should be submitted online at by registering and logging in to this website. Once you are registered, click here to go to the submission form. Manuscripts can be submitted until the deadline. Papers will be published continuously (as soon as accepted) and will be listed together on the special issue website. Research articles, review articles as well as communications are invited. For planned papers, a title and short abstract (about 100 words) can be sent to the Editorial Office for announcement on this website.

Submitted manuscripts should not have been published previously, nor be under consideration for publication elsewhere (except conference proceedings papers). All manuscripts are refereed through a peer-review process. A guide for authors and other relevant information for submission of manuscripts is available on the Instructions for Authors page. Humanities is an international peer-reviewed Open Access quarterly journal published by MDPI.

Please visit the Instructions for Authors page before submitting a manuscript. For the first couple of issues the Article Processing Charge (APC) will be waived for well-prepared manuscripts. English correction and/or formatting fees of 250 CHF (Swiss Francs) will be charged in certain cases for those articles accepted for publication that require extensive additional formatting and/or English corrections


Bamberger, Michelle, The Real Cost of Fracking: How America’s Shale Gas Boom is Threatening our Families, Pets, and Food (Boston: Beacon Press, 2014)

Chakrabarty, Dipesh, “The Climate of History: Four Theses.” Critical Inquiry 35:2 (2009), 197-222.

Inman, Mason, “Natural Gas: The Fracking Fallacy.” Nature 516(7529), 03 December 2014, 28-30. Journal of American Studies, 46:2 (May 2012), 269-480. Special issue on oil culture

LeMenager, Stephanie, Living Oil: Petroleum Culture in the American Century (London: Oxford UP, 2014).

Martin, Mark, (ed.), I’m with the Bears: Short Stories from a Damaged Planet (London: Verso, 2011)

McKewan, Ian, Solar (New York: Doubleday), 2010

Morton, Timothy, Hyperobjects: Philosophy and Ecology After the End of the World (Minneapolis: University of Minnesota Press), 2013.


  • Ecocriticism
  • Environmental Humanities
  • Climate Change
  • Energy production and use
  • Petroleum
  • Fracking
  • Sustainability