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Upcoming Issues

Please note: The Humanities Education and Research Association, Interdisciplinary Humanities’ parent organization, requires that authors become members of HERA if their essays are accepted for publication. Information on membership may be found at

Deadline: Nov. 15, 2017

Spring 2018 - Organic Machines/Engineered Humans: (Re)Defining Humanity
Guest Editor:
Doré Ripley
         From E.T.A Hoffmann's Tales of Hoffmann and Philip K. Dick's Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep? to Isaac Asimov's I, Robot, Vernor Vinge's Rainbows End and Warren Ellis' Transmetropolitan authors have been exploring the human/machine interface since before the computer age. Today we stand on the threshold to the lab as the government contemplates microchipping all U.S. military personnel and Swedish office workers are already implanting themselves for convenience ala M.T. Anderson's Feed.
           A 2014 study conducted by Cisco Systems found approximately one-quarter of the white-collar professionals surveyed "would leap at the chance to get a surgical brain implant that allowed them to instantly link their thoughts to the Internet". We are already experimenting with gene therapy, cybernetics via cochlear implants and many other technical organic enhancements, autonomous self-replicating robots, nanotechnology, mind uploading, and artificial intelligence.
This edition of Interdisciplinary Humanities will consider topics focused on the arrival of the bio-engineered human/machine interface and what it means for the humanities. Should STEM be geared towards STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, Mathematics) in order to incorporate rhetoric and critical thinking into the scientific method in order to encourage the study of consequences, instead of just outcomes. Disciplines of study include art, philosophy and religion, literature, music and dance, play, visual arts, architecture, performing mediums, as well as ethnic and women's studies as we redefine identity and the diversity of our species through the dynamic interplay between humanity and the acceleration of technology.
          Please send inquiries and submissions to: Doré Ripley at (

Deadline: Jan. 15 2018
Summer 2018: 2017 HERA conference issue - Local Voices to Global Visions: Exploring Identity in the Humanities
          The wide-ranging span of the Humanities provides the finest range of approaches and methodologies to explore the multiplicity of voices and visions throughout the world. HERA seeks your contributions concerning the explorations of identity within any aspect of the Humanities. The 2017 HERA Conference theme is intentionally seeking disciplinary, interdisciplinary and multidisciplinary scholarship exploring voice and vision from the local to the global.

Deadline: May 1, 2018
Fall 2018: The Language of music
Guest Editor: Dr. Erin R. McCoy
          Our lives have soundtracks; music has long served as a backdrop to the theater of humanity. Music is also something we can generally all agree on; we might listen to different types of music, but we generally all listen. Also, music often acts as a bridge between languages and cultures. Recording legend Stevie Wonder once remarked: “Music is a world within itself, it is a language we all understand.” So if we all can understand the language of music, what do we think it is saying? What are we singing along to? This issue of Interdisciplinary Humanities aims to act as a broad discussion regarding the role music – lyrics, performances, albums, etc. – plays beyond that of “background noise”; how does music teach us about ourselves?
           Submissions for this issue might examine how music – lyrics, performances, albums, etc. – contribute to a greater interdisciplinary understanding of issues such as culture, history, politics, cultural historiography, social movements, protest movements, cultural identity, national identity, etc. Please send inquiries and submissions to: Guest Editor Dr. Erin R. McCoy,

Deadline: March 15, 2019
Spring 2019: Bridging the Gap? Digital Media in the Literature Classroom

Guest Editors: Kristin Lucas and Cameron McFarlane (Nipissing University)
          Recent critical focus on media and technology maps efforts to create a dynamic classroom that at its best enriches teaching and learning at the university. But the long-standing interest in media as a means to reach students and enhance delivery also points to an absence in current scholarship, which has not been attentive to that same media as content in the humanities classroom.
           To remedy this absence, we seek to bring together a series of essays that merge pedagogical practice with a critical consideration of the question: What is the role of media in the traditionally text-based humanities classroom? When we have students take a virtual tour of ancient Athens, watch a clip from The Tudors, make a vid in response to The Lord of The Rings, listen to a podcast, or blog about a text or historical event, what is the goal? One of the most common analogies, even when it is not used expressly, suggests that such media serve as a kind of bridge that helps students to connect with the subject. But while the bridge analogy is common and compelling, it is also potentially misleading. What is the nature of a bridge (film, video game, television series, digital environment) that turns us, at least temporarily, away from our first destination? To what extent does the bridge not simply enable engagement but delimit and determine the terms of that engagement? Does the bridge cease to be a bridge once we acknowledge its status as content? How do we know the bridge has been successful, and students are engaged?
           Cognizant of the earliest lessons of Media Studies-one can't separate form and content, media and message-this special issue of Interdisciplinary Humanities will provide a practical, critical, and theoretical consideration of the role of media in humanities courses and classrooms.
      We solicit essays of 3000-5000 words that analyze the place of media in the humanities classroom, ranging in subject from the Classical era to the 21st century.
           In addition, we also welcome shorter "How to" pieces of 1000 words that offer a pedagogical strategy for incorporating media into the humanities classroom. These shorter pieces focus on the critical incorporation of media into one aspect of a course: a) a classroom discussion or exercise; b) an assignment; or c) a lecture plan. The aim is to offer other instructors a detailed road-map of the critical and pedagogical goals of a single exercise, assignment, or lesson plan.
           Suggested topics include (but are not limited to):
                  •teaching literary texts through digital media
                  •digital media and language instruction
                  •digital media and teaching history                   •digital media in writing instruction othe pedagogical and creative-intellectual value of virtual environments to teach theatre
                  •digital media, digital environments, art history, and architectural history
                  •digital media, music, and sound archives
                  •digital media and the environment/animal studies/Anthropocene
                  •digital media and the expectations regarding course delivery and program structure
           Please send completed papers of approx. 3000-5000 words, or "How to" pieces of approx. 1000 words, and a brief cv or biographical statement to Cameron McFarlane ( and Kristin Lucas (


Deadline: Jan. 15, 2019
Summer 2019: 2018 HERA Conference Issue

The program committee’s theme is designed to incorporate any and all possible connotations: the history and development of the humanities, the changes in the humanities over time, the triumphs of and threats to the humanities, the importance of the humanities, the challenges to the humanities.
           Also included within the theme is the idea of humanities and humanities education being enriched and enlivened by commitment and dedication from all age levels, spanning the lives of individuals as well as history.
            The wide-ranging span of the Humanities provides the finest range of approaches and methodologies to explore the vast array of concepts and themes within the humanities throughout the world. HERA seeks your contributions concerning the explorations of identity, image, and voice within any aspect of the Humanities.
           The 2018 HERA Conference theme is intentionally seeking disciplinary, interdisciplinary and multidisciplinary scholarship exploring voice and vision from the local to the global.

Deadline: August 1, 2019
Fall 2019: Art, Activism, and the Pursuit of a Better Life
Guest Editor: Wendy Chase

           Recently there has been a surge in art of dissent as creators and performers respond to the uptick of injustice, inequality, and authoritarianism around the world. In the wake of the Gezi Taksim protests, public performance and graffiti art exploded throughout Instanbul; Syrian artists have been documenting their pain and satirizing Assad’s brutal regime through digital art, posters, and graffiti since 2011; in Russia, Pussy Riot staged unsanctioned guerrilla concerts against the authoritarian practices of the Vladimir Putin; in China, Ai Weiwei and Jacob Applebaum stuffed panda bears with shredded NSA documents and embedded micro chips containing sensitive information, distributing some to institutions where they could be safely guarded as art objects. Adding urgency to this trend, the Trump administration’s recent travel ban prompted MOMA to rehang part of its permanent collection with work by artists from the seven targeted nations. Following a fractious election year and in the face of an uncertain political/social future, it seems protest has again been mobilized, and with it the art of activism, as gestures of aesthetic resistance are endowed with a renewed sense of energy and purpose.
           This edition of Interdisciplinary Humanities will explore the complex terrain of artistic dissent and activism as both a contemporary practice and a tradition. How is artistic dissent visualized, enacted, performed, disseminated? In what ways have artists responded--in various cultural contexts and from various subject positions--to authoritarianism, income inequality, environmental, racial and sexual injustice? How do artists, curators, and academics situate themselves within broader movements of dissent, activism and culture at large? How do modern strategies of dissent replicate, or diverge from, earlier approaches to artistic resistance? And ultimately, how effective is artistic dissent? We invite scholars, artists and activists to contribute papers that relate to these or related questions in the areas of art, activism and dissent. Inquiries and submissions should be sent to Wendy Chase at and Elijah Pritchett at

Calling all Book Reviewers!

 IH editors are looking for well written book reviews of new publications that educators might use in interdisciplinary classrooms or scholarship. These can be scholarly works as well as textbooks that examine themes and ideas across disciplines. This is an excellent opportunity for young scholars and graduate students to publish! Please submit your reviews to Ed Cueva (

Click here for a complete list of >Books Available for Review

For a copy of the book or to send book reviews, contact Ed Cueva at

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Deadline: Ongoing
General essays:
We ask that all essays be interdisciplinary in nature and that they do not exceed 6,000 words. Moreover, essays should be in Microsoft Word format. Submit your essays for consideration to Stephen Husarik at and Lee Ann Westman at Detailed submissions guidelines can be found on the >Journal webpage.

Interdisciplinary Humanities defines "interdisciplinary humanities education" as any learning activities with content that draws upon the human cultural heritage, methods that derive from the humanistic disciplines, and a purpose that is concerned with human values. Academic courses don't have to be labeled "humanities" to be interdisciplinary. Integrated courses and units are often disguised under such names as World History, Freshman English, Music Appreciation, Beginning Spanish, Introduction to Religion, Senior Honors, etc. Integration can range from the use of a novel in a history course to team teaching to comprehensive thematic extravaganzas that combine the arts, literature, philosophy, and social sciences.
          HERA welcomes manuscripts from university colleagues, but also ones that examine interdisciplinary scholarship and education in elementary grades, teacher education, adult public programs, graduate seminars, educational radio and television, museums, and historic parks.
        Artists wishing to have their works published on the cover of IH should submit works that are representative of the theme(s) of a particular issue.

         *Please note: The Humanities Education and Research Association, Interdisciplinary Humanities’ parent organization, requires that authors become members of HERA if their essays are accepted for publication. Information on membership may be found at