UnderCurrents: Journal of Critical Environmental Studies: Announcements https://currents.journals.yorku.ca/index.php/currents <p><em><span style="font-weight: 400;">UnderCurrents</span></em><span style="font-weight: 400;"> is a collectively- and student-run academic journal based out of the Faculty of Environmental &amp; Urban Change at York University in Tkaronto / Toronto, Canada. </span><em><span style="font-weight: 400;">UnderCurrents</span></em><span style="font-weight: 400;"> explores relations among environment, culture, and society. We are committed to publishing a variety of scholarly, creative, and activist work that critically engages with conceptions of the environment and seeks to break down traditional interpretations of the world around us.</span></p> <p><em><span style="font-weight: 400;">UnderCurrents</span></em><span style="font-weight: 400;"> is produced by an Editorial Collective, which maintains non-hierarchical principles and a collaborative publishing process.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Follow us on <a href="https://www.facebook.com/ucyork">Facebook</a> and <a href="https://twitter.com/undercurrentsyu">Twitter</a>!</span></p> en-US Call for Submissions: UnderCurrents volume 22 https://currents.journals.yorku.ca/index.php/currents/announcement/view/161 <p><a href="https://currents.journals.yorku.ca/index.php/currents/libraryFiles/downloadPublic/1">View this Call for Submissions as a PDF</a></p> <p>From the depths of Dante’s Inferno to Verne’s Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea, subterranean and subaquatic environments have often been depicted as repositories of primordial forces and abiding secrets in the Western tradition. The much-repeated (if somewhat misleading; e.g. Copley, 2014) claim that humans have “explored” more of outer space than of Earth’s oceans points to the mystique associated with the deepest regions of this planet. Though dramatic environmental changes are becoming increasingly evident all across the face of the Earth, we surface-dwellers can scarcely fathom what has been occurring below the ground and beneath the waves. In these deep places, rising temperatures deplete aquifers and destabilize sea beds; infrastructures (both old and new) wind through vast urban undergrounds; heavy industry delves ever deeper in its search for fossil fuels, rare earth metals, and geothermal energy; and plastics and other toxic contaminants come to settle among the extremophiles inhabiting the most remote reaches of the ocean.</p> <p>In volume 22 of UnderCurrents, we invite you to descend with us into the depths of these lively underworlds, with all their buried curiosities and submerged contexts. We seek to explore what is going on beneath the surface in an effort to confront, expand, and/or interrogate existing understandings of the subterranean and subaquatic. We ask: How does the condition of being subsurface affect understandings of these physical environments and/or perspectives? We particularly encourage submissions that consider moments, places, and processes in which the subterranean and subaquatic interact. Possible areas of focus for submissions include, but are not limited to:</p> <ul> <li>Relationality, agency, cosmology, and personhood below the surface</li> <li>Sites of the buried (e.g., caverns, crypts, catacombs) and sunken (e.g., shipwrecks, urban/coastal flooding, underwater cities, seafloor mining)</li> <li>Indigenous knowledges, philosophies, and lifeways of underground/underwater worlds</li> <li>Black geographies (e.g., McKittrick, 2011) and abolitionist ecologies (e.g., Heynen and Ybarra, 2021) of the subterranean/subaquatic</li> <li>Milieu-specific analysis (Jue, 2020), terrestrial bias, and surface politics and their refractions (following Todd, 2018) through underground/underwater environments</li> <li>Socio-ecological impacts of extraction and discard in subsurface environments (e.g., Montoya, 2016)</li> <li>Bodily relationships, metabolism, and the deep as bowels, entrails, and/or ‘guts’</li> <li>Oceanic, abyssal, and Tehomic agencies (e.g., Keller, 2003; Mentz, 2015)</li> <li>Limit biologies, extreme ecologies, and life in the deep</li> <li>Bodies as water-bodies and mineral-bodies in subterranean and subaquatic pedagogies, ontologies, and epistemologies</li> </ul> <p>Submissions related to the subterranean and/or subaquatic that may reflect or diverge from the suggested thematic areas above are also welcomed. We invite both scholarly and creative work, including essays, poetry, photographs, visual submissions, video, audio, mixed formats, and more. In addition, we invite reviews of relevant books that may fit within the theme of this issue. All are welcome to submit; we especially encourage submissions from applicants who are Indigenous, Black, racialized, women, 2SLGBTQ+, disabled, poor, and/or otherwise on the margins.</p> <p>The deadline for submissions is:</p> <ul> <li>Scholarly and Creative submissions - Oct. 1, 2022, 11:59pm EDT</li> <li>Book Reviews - Jan. 15, 2023, 11:59pm EST</li> </ul> <p>Please follow submission guidelines at <a href="http://currents.journals.yorku.ca/index.php/currents/about/submissions">http://currents.journals.yorku.ca/index.php/currents/about/submissions</a></p> <p>UnderCurrents is a collectively- and student-run academic journal based out of the Faculty of Environmental &amp; Urban Change at York University in Tkaronto / Toronto, Canada. UnderCurrents explores relations among environment, culture, and society. We are committed to publishing a variety of scholarly, creative, and activist work that critically engages with conceptions of the environment and seeks to break down traditional interpretations of the world around us. All back volumes are available, free of charge, on the UnderCurrents website.</p> <p><strong>References</strong><br />Copley, J. (2014, October 9). Just how little do we know about the ocean floor? The Conversation. http://theconversation.com/just-how-little-do-we-know-about-theocean-floor-32751<br />Heynen, N., &amp; Ybarra, M. (2021). On abolition ecologies and making “freedom as a place.” Antipode, 53(1), 21–35. https://doi.org/gk9hnx<br />Jue, M. (2020). Wild blue media: Thinking through seawater. Duke University Press.<br />Keller, C. (2003). The face of the deep: A theology of becoming. Routledge.<br />Magnus, O. (1539). Carta Marina [Map]. Wikimedia Commons. https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:CartaMarina.png<br />McKittrick, K. (2011). On plantations, prisons, and a black sense of place. Social &amp; Cultural Geography, 12(8), 947–963. https://doi.org/ccsr4h<br />Mentz, S. (2015). Shipwreck modernity: Ecologies of globalization, 1550-1719. University of Minnesota Press.<br />Montoya, T. (2016). Violence on the ground, violence below the ground. Hot Spots, Cultural Anthropology. https://culanth.org/fieldsights/1018-violence-on-theground-violence-below-the-ground<br />Todd, Z. (2018). Refracting the state through human-fish relations: Fishing, indigenous legal orders and colonialism in north/western Canada. Decolonization: Indigeneity, Education &amp; Society, 7(1), 60–75.</p> UnderCurrents: Journal of Critical Environmental Studies 2022-08-03 UnderCurrents Volume 20: Environmental Justice is Out Now! https://currents.journals.yorku.ca/index.php/currents/announcement/view/160 <p>Get your copy from our stand in the HNES lounge!<span class="text_exposed_show"><br />Check it out online at <a href="https://l.facebook.com/l.php?u=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.yorku.ca%2Fcurrents&amp;h=ATPHLYcGUxqczwtpjCmUX5FA-Df1zEnRM6Zq3vS0MJAcPtsNFR_m8HfrzcEvMaLvAEsDB8arF-Sg0NhDaB0k-TtEAKTV8bsc5LZSPcevr9p5uSal2xnPEnjlADLlueB8dU4LXZBDImwBp4w3cE2IXco&amp;enc=AZNl_uRCZmoPkZ7aIZfjLhnlmDVyBE4xcdf39zhY2hN_jImX1447thbUD3PivwuE2Pdq4U3VqBhnsAzlRst-GyZMi-yHfrF8ZThq4scl--gQgi10MEQlNfYfZKBp75sQsNBY1NULrY2LTd4CZd-89s-Qnwr0RchrAWVFwuYvi2Xbv4rUGDAKwo3BeUtpt3glXlWS4JEfoHvUrSaFq6ygPtks&amp;s=1" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank">http://www.yorku.ca/currents</a> (this website)<br />And stay tuned for information about our Launch Party for the volume! (Tentatively scheduled for mid-September 2017)</span></p><div class="text_exposed_show"><p>Don't miss Rachel Small's spoken word poem, Lot Eight / Lote Ocho, on our SoundCloud – <a href="https://soundcloud.com/undercurrentsatyork/lot-eight-lote-ocho" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank">https://soundcloud.com/undercurrentsaty…/lot-eight-lote-ocho</a></p><p>The volume includes...</p><p><strong>Scholarly Essays</strong><br />Maya Nye and Reena Shadaan - Solidarity in Struggle: 32 years on... From Bhopal, India to Kanawha Valley, USA - featuring artwork by Kokila Bhattacharya (who also provided the artwork for our covers)<br />Dylan McMahon - A "Feast of Fools": Food Security and the Carnivalesque in Peterborough, Ontario's Food Not Bombs<br />Jan Kucic-Riker - The Treaty 8 First Nations and BC Hydro's Site C Dam</p><p><strong>Poetry</strong><br />Melissa A. Dean - Black PoeTree Saved My Life<br />Tina Garnett - from the dust of their elder's bones<br />Rachell Small - Lot Eight / Lote Ocho</p><p><strong>Visual Art</strong><br />Carmen Umana K. - Cyborg Salmon<br />Peter Hobbs - excerpt from The Tale of the Sarnia Nose (a toxic comic book)<br />Erica A. Gajewski - Mercury, Water, PCB, DDT</p><p>Excerpts from Kathleen Brown's <strong>story</strong> City Disappearing</p><p>And <strong>Book Reviews</strong> of<br /><em>A Canadian Climate of Mind: Passages from Fur to Energy and Beyond</em> by Timothy B. Leduc - Benjamin J. Kapron<br /><em>A Line in the Tar Sands: Struggles for Environmental Justice</em> edited by Toban Black, Stephen D’Arcy, Tony Weiss, and Joshua Kahn Russell – Jacob McLean<br /><em>Beautiful Trouble: A Toolbox for Revolution</em> edited by Andrew Boyd and Dave Oswald Mitchell – Romanda Simpson<br /><em>Languages of the Unheard: Why Militant Protest is Good for Democracy</em> by Stephen D’Arcy – Erika Hennebury<br /><em>Red Skin, White Masks: Rejecting the Colonial Politics of Recognition</em> by Glen Sean Coulthard – Dylan McMahon<br /><em>Safe Space: Gay Neighborhood History and the Politics of Violence</em> by Christina B. Hanhardt – Rio Rodriguez</p><p>THANKS SO MUCH TO EVERYONE WHO HELPED BRING THIS TOGETHER!</p></div> UnderCurrents: Journal of Critical Environmental Studies 2017-06-30 Call for Submissions - Vol. 21: Memories and Futurities - Deadline Extended to April 1, 2017 https://currents.journals.yorku.ca/index.php/currents/announcement/view/159 <p><strong><em>UnderCurrents</em> - Journal of Critical Environmental Studies<br /></strong><strong>Call for Submissions<br /></strong><strong>Volume 21: MEMORIES &amp; FUTURITIES</strong></p><p><strong></strong><strong>DEADLINE EXTENDED UNTIL APRIL 1ST, 2017<br /></strong>Let us know, at currents@yorku.ca, if you are interested in submitting but need additional time to complete your submission.</p><p>See left bar for additional information on this volume's themes.</p><p>(<a href="https://www.facebook.com/events/1846243295604847/">https://www.facebook.com/events/1846243295604847/</a>)</p><p>Memories can be personal, collective, historic, generational, intergenerational, multigenerational, etc. Memories affect, solidify, dissolve, and (de/re)construct identities, and they can provide direction for challenging, dismantling, and uprooting colonial, sexual, racial, environmental, and ecological violence, trauma, oppression, and dominance. Therefore, memories can connect to actions and movements that imagine, prefigure, and celebrate transformative futures, such as Black Lives Matter-Toronto’s tent city and the occupation of Indigenous and Northern Affairs Canada offices by Indigenous activists. Volume 21 of UnderCurrents seeks to explore such interweavings of “Memories and Futurities.”</p><p>UnderCurrents is interested in featuring both creative and scholarly work, including essays, poetry, photographs, visual submissions, video, audio, mixed formats, and more. All are welcome to apply. We especially encourage submissions from applicants who are Indigenous, Black, people of color, women, LGBTQ2+, people with disabilities, poor, and/or otherwise on the margins.</p><p>Possible perspectives, themes, and intersections include, but are by no means limited to:</p><p><span style="text-decoration: underline;">Memory</span>:<br />•Personal, Collective, Historic, Generational, Intergenerational, Multigenerational, etc.<br />•Archives and Records – Production and Institutionalization of Memory<br />•Ecological Memories, Changing Environments in our Lifetime (coastal, wilderness, parks, forests, etc.), and Climate Change<br />•Genetic Memory; Embodied Memory<br />•Hidden, Disappeared, and Marginalized Histories and Memories<br />•Identity (Formation), Representation, and Resilience<br />•Impacts of Colonialism, Imperialism, Displacement, Migration, Diaspora, etc.<br />•Life History<br />•Positionality; Situated Knowledge, Personality (Character, Temperament)<br />•Remembering and Forgetting<br />•Species Memories (animals, plants, local, foreign, etc.)<br />•Trauma: Sexual, Racial, Colonial, Environmental, Ecological, etc.</p><p><span style="text-decoration: underline;">Futurity</span>:<br />•Afrofuturisms and Black Futurities<br />•Denials of Futurity (e.g. Queer and Nihilist Anarchist critiques)<br />•Feminist Futurities<br />•Indigenous Resurgence and Survivance<br />•Oral/Aural Culture and Storytelling<br />•Prefigurative Politics and Movements<br />•Queer Futurities<br />•Transformative Futures: Anti-Colonial/Decolonial, Anti-Capitalist, Anti-State, Anti-Patriarchal, etc.</p><p>•Artistic, Poetic, Literary, Performative, and Fictional Imaginations<br />•Hegemony, Power, and ‘Truth’<br />•Methodologies and Research Practices of Remembering and Imagining<br />•Time and Temporality</p><p>Although we frame “Memories and Futurities” in certain ways in this Call for Submissions, we wholeheartedly welcome submissions that diverge from this framing. Features can address diverse ideas around memories, futurities, presents, or any-and-all interconnections of these themes. If you are unsure about whether your work fits the framework of the volume, or if you are interested in joining the UnderCurrents collective, please e-mail us at <strong>[currents@yorku.ca]</strong> with any questions.</p><p>UnderCurrents is a collectively and student-run journal based out of the Faculty of Environmental Studies at York University in Toronto. UnderCurrents explores the relations of environment, culture, and society, and publishes one thematic issue per year. We are committed to publishing a variety of scholarly, creative, and activist work that critically engages with conceptions of the environment.</p><p>See submission guidelines at: <a href="/index.php/currents/about/submissions">http://currents.journals.yorku.ca/index.php/currents/about/submissions</a></p> UnderCurrents: Journal of Critical Environmental Studies 2017-03-01 Queer Ecologies Roundtable Podcast Teaser: Now on iTunes and Soundcloud! https://currents.journals.yorku.ca/index.php/currents/announcement/view/158 UnderCurrents: Journal of Critical Environmental Studies 2015-11-04 The UnderCurrents Collective is proud to announce the release of Vol. 19: From Queer/Nature to Queer Ecologies: Celebrating 20 Years of Scholarship and Creativity https://currents.journals.yorku.ca/index.php/currents/announcement/view/157 Dear UnderCurrents readers, supporters, and contributors: We are very happy to announce the release of Vol. 19 of the journal, the second since our comeback! The Volume is called "From Queer/Nature to Queer Ecologies: Celebrating 20 Years of Scholarship and Creativity." UnderCurrents: Journal of Critical Environmental Studies 2015-10-13