Call for Submissions: Special Issue on Intersecting indigenous and animal studies: decolonizing humanimal relations

Indigenous people have long recognized the consciousness of the natural order, in fact, since the beginning of our time. The fundamental premise of Niitsitapi ways of knowing is that all forms of creation possess consciousness. The non-separation of nature and humans is one of the demarcations between Eurocentred and Indigenous philosophy (Betty Bastien, Blackfoot Ways of Knowing).

Humanimalia is planning a special issue to explore current work at the intersection of Critical Indigenous Studies and Human-Animal Studies. Reiterating Kim TallBear’s call to decolonize HAS by moving outside the mainstream of both Anglo-American and continental contributions, we wish to include approaches informed by Native American, First Nations, and Indigenous traditions. We are interested in works that address the lingering existence of settler logics even within the critical Western traditions: nature/culture binaries, subtle essentialisms that continue to prioritize modern liberal values, visions of history that conceal civilizational projects, even the notion of the anthropocene itself. We encourage essays that investigate the many ways non-human life forms have exercised subtle and subterranean forms of power and even control. Indigenousapproaches have never lost the awareness of this truth and the sense of reverence and respect that comes with it.  From so-called creation stories to contemporary accounts of interspecies communication, transformation and erotics, our aim is to make Humanimalia a rich and generative forum for a decolonizing discussion.

Possible topics include:

  • Indigenous feminisms and human/animal studies

  • animality and Indigenous futurism

  • Indigeneity and materiality

  • Settler colonialism and humanimal rebellion

  • Land, location, local knowledge and practice versus extremophile neoliberalism

  • Indigenous interventions: pro-animal politics beyond liberal rights discourse

  • (Con)figuring the humanimal: Indigenous arts

  • Animals and the (so-called) end of nature

  • Rez dogs: animal life in/on Indian land (or: interspecies sovereignties)

 Send abstracts (500-1000 words) and queries by October 1, 2017 to: Robert Geroux (rgeroux@iu.edu) or Istvan Csicsery-Ronay (icronay@depauw.edu).

Complete essays should be received by December 15, 2017 and should conform to the requirements for publication in Humanimalia:
1. PC-compatible files only (MS Word or WordPerfect preferred);
2. required length: 5,000-15,000 words;
3. on a separate page/post, include your name and your postal and e-mail addresses, the title of your essay, and a brief abstract of its contents (3-5 sentences);
3. for the text itself: margins at 1", double spaced, font size 12 pt.;
4. use MLA Style for all documentation;
5. include Notes and Works Cited at the end as regular text. In other words, please do NOT use the "automatic" footnote/endnote function on your word processor to generate these. They sometimes tend to disappear when traveling through cyberspace or when the document is converted. 
Final acceptance will be via the 3-stage peer review and editing process required by the journal.

Please note: Any contribution that is accepted for publication in Humanimalia is done so with the understanding and under the author's warranty (1) that it has not been previously published in English, and will not be published elsewhere until after it has been published in Humanimalia ; (2) that the author will be financially responsible for any legal action taken against Humanimalia by cause of his/her contribution; (3) that Humanimalia retains the right to republish the contribution in any issue or reissue of Humanimalia in any form, including the Humanimalia website, and to reprint it in any anthology sponsored by Humanimalia ; (4) that in any subsequent republication of the contribution, the author will acknowledge its first publication in Humanimalia.