ANTHROPOCENES – HUMAN, INHUMAN, POSTHUMAN
Anthropocenes engages our contemporary epoch of the Anthropocene on the basis that its importance goes far beyond the popular and scientific concerns of global warming and climate change. As well as new problems, the Anthropocene offers new opportunities: questioning and disrupting established disciplinary silos and assumptions, calling for innovative, experimental and new interdisciplinary approaches. The choice of title reflects our understanding of the Anthropocene as a plural concept that is radically transformed when seen from different disciplines, different geographical and social positions, and different ontological categories (human, inhuman, posthuman).
Anthropocenes welcomes submissions not so much on the basis of the ‘what’ of the topic covered but rather the ‘how’. Our core readership fields are the social sciences, arts and humanities (broadly construed), although often social and political thought will also be applied to aspects of the natural or ‘hard’ sciences. We are interested in the creative, disruptive and transformative potentials of thought and practices in the Anthropocene.
Types of submission
Different categories of submission are encouraged in addition to peer reviewed research articles (usually 6,000-8,000 words) such as: commentaries (overviews) or interventions (more polemic) on current issues or events or aspects of specialist topics (1,500-3,000 words); insights (pedagogically orientated pieces or practitioner focused); interviews (1,000-1,500 words) as well as book or other reviews (1,000-1,500 words). We also accept pieces on/as art practices and other creative pieces (short stories, visual essays, poems and so on), as well as submissions that might require some form of digital support. However, we would not be looking at anything multimedia longer than 10 minutes.
Anthropocenes (published by the University of Westminster Press) is a peer review, open access journal, which makes no charge for publication. We engage and work with leading and upcoming international academics and practitioners looking for an interdisciplinary outlet and keen to develop and initiate debate through traditional and non-traditional forms of publication including visual and audio links.
David Chandler (Professor of International Relations, School of Social Sciences, University of Westminster);
Jane Lewis (Professor of Marine Phycology, Life Sciences, University of Westminster);
Andreas Philippopoulos-Mihalopoulos (Professor of Law and Theory and Director of the Westminster Law & Theory Lab, University of Westminster).