Call for publications / articles / events
Updated: AUTUMN 2020
Publication opportunities (2020-onwards; rolling publication)
Waste, whether municipal, hazardous, biomedical, or contaminate, is receiving increasing attention both academically and politically. A drive for improved education around waste management is visible at national and community levels, while the media is brimfull of reports that shed light onto the complex global challenges of pollution, toxicity, and ongoing environmental damage. ‘Disposable populations’ also frequent the news, with anti-refugee, anti-immigration, and anti-globalization sentiments increasingly visible across Europe and America. Within academia, meanwhile, there is a growing and nuanced study of what waste can mean. Moving away from waste studies at resource and value level, academia now considers waste in its various representations as engaging with the temporal, moral, geographic, economic, and artistic.
This Special Collection will make visible the untold story of waste by exploring its representations, both material and metaphorical, within contemporary culture. Calling on related discourses from the arts, social sciences, medical humanities and beyond, Waste: Disposability, Decay, and Depletion will bring together a diverse collection of quality articles on a (waste) matter that impacts and implicates us all.
Submission topics for the special collection may include, but are not limited to, the following:
• Literatures of waste (e.g. fiction about waste, recycling, printing)
• Eco-criticism (e.g. exploration of the Anthropocene)
• Pollution and toxicity (e.g. physical / metaphorical, environmental, social)
• Junk, dirt and rubbish (e.g. the abject, hygiene, creation of)
• Decomposition and decay (e.g. illness, corpses, physical ‘wasting’)
• The temporality of waste (e.g. ‘wasting time’, aging and depletion)
• The geography of waste (e.g. LULUs, derelict spaces, wastelands)
• Human waste / Wasted humans (e.g. bodily matter, biopolitics of
• Petrocultures and industrial waste (e.g. extraction, environmental damage of)
• Economies of waste (e.g. commodification, the cost of waste, disposal
Please read the details below regarding how to apply. View the journal here. Queries can be directed to or
Open Library of Humanities
Attached HERE is the official call for articles for the Open Library of Humanities Special Collection. Research articles should be approximately 8000 words in length, including references and a short bibliography. Submissions should comprise of:
• Abstract (250 words)
• Author information (short biographical statement of 200 words)
• Full-length article (8000 words)
The OLH is an Andrew W. Mellon Foundation-funded open-access journal with a strong emphasis on quality peer review and a prestigious academic steering board. Unlike some open-access publications, the OLH has no author-facing charges and is instead financially supported by an international consortium of libraries.
NOTE: This is a rolling publication and submission deadlines etc no longer apply