Call for Papers: Art and Activism in the Anthropocene, Capitalocene, Chthulucene


Dear all
Please see below a call for papers and artistic interventions.The issue will have a print edition and it accept not Artistic Interventions as well. Deadline for the Submission of Proposals is December 31st.
Warm regards

Call for Papers: Art and Activism in the Anthropocene, Capitalocene, Chthulucene


With an outstanding public intervention in recent years, the idea of the Anthropocene has been moving quickly from a proposal on the geological periodization of the planet to a multidisciplinary conversation of wide range generating new research projects, books, academic journals, seminars, cultural programs and all kinds of artistic initiatives. The term has captured the imaginations in the fields of Science and the Arts, and today the Anthropocene is a mega concept whose hegemony is difficult to escape. It is a shock in the words of the historians Christophe Bonneuill and Jean-Baptiste Fressoz, where what matters is not the announcement of the disaster but the meaning we give it and, as Isabelle Stengers, Eduardo Viveiros de Castro and Deborah Danowski point out, the new rebel sensitivities that before this present-catastrophic future may emerge. Because the Anthropocene is also a totalizing narrative that treats the human species as an undifferentiated whole, avoids naming the system and invisibilizes responsibilities and situated fights. As pointed out by Marco Armiero and Massimo De Angelis, it is necessary to clarify not only who the narrators and victims of the Anthropocene are, but also their revolutionaries.
In this sense, the confluences of artistic and activist practices are fundamental not only as ways to recalibrate our senses and build situated knowledge, but as material actions of resistance that can cause interruptions in the here and now of ecological devastation. Taking as a theoretical framework the interdisciplinary discussion of Anthropocene and alternative onto-epistemologies from the contemporary Marxist critique – the Capitalocene by Jason W. Moore – and the multispecies feminism – the Chthulucene by Donna Haraway -, this issue of the journal calls for proposals that address the intersections between art and activism in the conflictual and challenging scenario of the ongoing environmental crisis.

Sustainability, artivism, climate change, counter-visuality, direct action, eco-activism, environmental empathy, eco-criticism, eco-poetics, cultural ecology, ecosophy, political ecology, ecofeminism.

Lines of Research
Some of the lines of research that the Journal Art and Politics of Identity suggests are:
-Encounters between epistemologies, aesthetics and politics. New ways of producing meaning in the Anthropocene. Experimental artistic projects and art-activism confluences as forms of knowledge in the face of ongoing environmental transformations.
– Critical inquiries to the Anthropocene. Non-Western visions and experiences from the global South. Intersections between art, activism and biology beyond human exceptionalism. The multispecies escape route and the cosmopolitic proposal of Chthulucene.
– Up here and no more! Direct action and sabotage as one of the fine arts in the Capitaloceno. Successful forms of radical artivism, social network warfare and sabotage against the extractivist machine. Examples: Ende Gelende, ZAD, Blockadia,
– Against the Anthropocene: resistances from the confluence between visual culture and activism in front of the technofixes and the Anthropocene as a neoliberal concept. Future fabled and imagined rebellious speculations.
– Artistic and activist responses to recent environmental mega-disasters: Fukushima, Rio Doce in Brazil, others.

Publication Guidelines
– Articles must be original and of high academic quality. Manuscripts must follow the guidelines of this journal. See also the instructions for authors.
– Artistic Interventions must be connected with the topics of the Special Issue and they must be adapted to the template of the journal (request it to )
– Authors need to register with the journal prior to shipping or if already registered, they can simply log inand begin the 5 step process. – Additionally, they must send a copy ofthe article to the email addresses of each issue’s coordinators.


Author: Owain Jones

I work at Bath Spa University as a Professor of Environmental Humanities, and I am Director of the University's Environmental Humanities Research Centre

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