Calls for Papers

Re-Indigenizing Romanticism: A Forum (see below)

Editors: Nikki Hessell, Pākehā/settler, Te Herenga Waka—Victoria University of Wellington and Liz Potter, Osage, University of York

Romanticism and Environmental Humanities (see below)

Editor: Noah Heringman, University of Missouri

Palestine: Romanticism’s Contemporary (see below) 

Editor: Lenora Hanson, New York University


Re-Indigenizing Romanticism: A Forum

Editors: Nikki Hessell, Pākehā/settler, Te Herenga Waka—Victoria University of Wellington and Liz Potter, Osage, University of York
Deadline: October 1, 2021
Essay Length: 3,000 words
Review Process: Anonymous peer review
Projected Publication Date: Fall 2022

Despite the essential role of Indigenous peoples and knowledges in Romanticism, there has yet to be a serious reconsideration of British Romanticism from this perspective. The methods and critical practices of Indigenous nations and traditions throughout the Americas, the Pacific, Asia, and Africa, will enhance our broader understanding of Romanticism as a global phenomenon and a field of study.

For this forum, we are seeking short essays from writers inside and beyond the academy on the topic of “Re-Indigenizing Romanticism.” The forum will prioritize approaches to Romanticism that originate in specific Indigenous epistemologies, rather than general readings of Indigenous peoples as subjects within the canon or indigeneity as a homogenous category. The prioritized approaches might include:

  • Methodologies that center nation-specific places and knowledges, genealogy, relations with land, water, and other-than-human beings, kinship, and/or sovereignty
  • Critical readings of material texts (carvings, weaving, beading, etc.)
  • Applications of the work of key Indigenous literary critics (such as Warrior, Allen, Te Punga Somerville, Justice, Womack, and Lyons) or Indigenous scholars in other disciplines to Romantic texts and issues
  • Readings of Indigenous authors as Romantic, proto-Romantic, foundational to Romanticism, or anti-Romantic, in any period of history
  • Reimaginings of what constitutes the “Romantic period”
  • Indigenous-language translations of Romantic texts or translations of Indigenous-language Romantic texts
  • Correspondence between Indigenous peoples and Anglo-Europeans that displays sentimentality or Romantic tropes
  • Indigenous production of goods/souvenirs for European tourists
  • Indigenous-authored creative writing that engages with British Romanticism and its texts as a form of critical practice
  • Collaborative or co-authored scholarship that encompasses Indigenous contributors and voices
  • Treaty-based writing models, in which settler contributors partner with Indigenous contributors with whom they have established relationships
  • Story-based or conversation-based contributions between speakers/writers
  • Reconsiderations of Romanticism’s role in colonization and the dispossession of Indigenous lands and sovereignty.

Please submit essays and brief biographies as Word documents to both Liz ( and Nikki (

Enquiries are welcome and can be directed to either Nikki or Liz.

Romanticism and Environmental Humanities

Abstracts are invited for a new special issue of Studies in Romanticism planned for Spring 2023.

Editor: Noah Heringman, University of Missouri
Deadline: Abstracts due by September 1st, 2021
Essay Length: Essays, 9,000 words; Forum contributions, 3,000 words
Review Process: Anonymous peer review
Projected Publication Date: Spring 2023

“Romanticism and Environmental Humanities,” guest edited by Noah Heringman (University of Missouri). Since the publication in this journal of a special issue on Green Romanticism (1996), edited by Jonathan Bate, scholars working at the intersection of Romanticism and environmental humanities have been increasingly influenced by the global scale of scholarship and activism in the areas of postcolonial studies, climate change, and environmental justice. One particular focus of this issue will be traditional ecological knowledge (TEK). Global “natures,” as Alan Bewell has called them, have become increasingly visible as scholars have rediscovered traditional ecological knowledge from various parts of the world as reported and remediated in publications generated by the voyages of Captain James Cook, Alexander von Humboldt, and others. We particularly welcome essays exploring the transformations that arise from encounters between competing forms of natural knowledge—settler-colonial and indigenous, urban and rural, or scientific and literary, among others. On a different level, TEK intersects with ecocriticism as an embodied practice pursued by scholars working in different situations in different parts of the world today.

We welcome abstracts for full-length scholarly articles tracking literary engagements with traditional ecological knowledge in the Romantic period, and/or the history of ecocriticism in Romantic studies. We also welcome abstracts for shorter pieces (3000 words) that would be part of a forum reflecting on ecocritical practices inside and outside academia during a challenging time for our profession. Abstracts for essays (500 words) and forum contributions (250 words) are due September 1, 2021, and will be reviewed by the special issue guest editor. Those selected will be invited to submit full papers by April 1, 2022. This entire special issue will be anonymously peer reviewed. Please email abstracts and a brief CV to Noah Heringman at Email inquiries are also welcome.

Palestine: Romanticism’s Contemporary

Editor: Lenora Hanson, New York University
Deadline: June 1st, 2022
Essay Length: 3,000-5,000 words
Review Process: Anonymous peer review
Projected Publication Date: Summer 2023

This forum on Palestine and Romanticism situates both historical and present-day Palestine as a contemporary of Romanticism. Rewriting the persistent narrative of Palestine as a land without people, it offers the first English language venue to engage with the place of Palestine and Palestinian identity in the late eighteenth and early nineteenth centuries. Historical Palestine offers necessary insight into the preconditions of Orientalism, as well as the relationship between European colonialisms of past and present, from British to Zionist. Palestine’s Arabic and Bedouin indigenous histories and cultures open up non-sovereign and beyond-statist perspectives that cannot be understood through the Eurocentric constructs of identity, history, and belonging that emerged in the Romantic period. Recognizing Palestine as a place and a people contemporary with the Romantic period will revitalize our understanding of Romanticism and will show present-day Palestinians to be necessary interlocutors for scholars concerned with ongoing struggles against colonial racism and for the commons.

We seek short essays from writers inside and beyond the academy. Essays may engage with the Ottoman Empire more generally, but this should not be their primary focus. Contributions that focus on one or more of topics listed below will be prioritized:

  • Arabic and Bedouin ways of life, cultural and religious practices, written texts, subsistence economies, attitudes toward the natural world, etc.
  • The naming of Palestine (Filastin, the Holy Land, or a vilayet of Damascus and Acre, etc.) before the British Mandate period
  • Indigeneity, non-sovereign identity, nomadic methodologies and approaches to “the historical narratives of nonstate peoples” (Nasser Abufarha)
  • Palestine within Islamic culture
  • Spatial, architectural, and archaeological analysis and practices that undo colonial erasures
  • Comparative analyses of Romantic oral, ballad, and “customs in common” (E.P. Thompson) traditions with oral histories and/or ethnographies that remember Palestine through folk tales, landscape, “social poetics,” cultural practices, and popular historiographies
  • Romantic-era Palestinian literature and culture in relation to the Nakba (Catastrophe) (dispossession, colonialism, ethnic cleansing, the right of return, refugee conditions, etc.)
  • European nationalism and the primitivization of local tradition
  • Early British colonial presence in Palestine as it appears in travel narratives, consul reports, missionary endeavors, economic activities, etc.
  • Collaborations between Romantic scholars and Palestinian activists, students, and/or artists
  • Romanticism as inspiration to contemporary Palestinian poets and novelists (Samih al-Qasim, Mahmoud Darwish, Emile Habibi, etc.)
Please submit essays and brief biographies as Word documents to Lenora Hanson ( Enquiries are welcome and can be directed to Lenora.