CFP – Succession: Queering the Environment

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Succession: Queering the Environment

A NiCHE Series

Proposal Deadline: February 15, 2020

Draft Deadline: May 15, 2020

Series Publication: June 2020


In ecology, succession is a series of progressive changes made in a community over time. These changes often lead to higher diversity in an environment.

Succession: Queering the Environment will explore the changes that occur within environmental history and related environmental studies when queer people, non-humans, systems, and ideas are centred.


We seek proposals for Succession that:

  • Feature LGBTQIA2S+ folks interacting with and thinking about the environment and non-human animals in the past and present.
  • Reimagine environmental topics using queer theory or a related queer lens.

Succession will:

  • Feature environmental history, but we also welcome environmental humanities, queer ecology, and related interdisciplinary pitches.
  • Feature traditional blog articles, but we also welcome pitches for relevant poetry, art, photo essays, audio projects, video projects, etc.

We also seek:

  • An individual willing to write a literature review to begin the series.

Send a 100-300 word proposal describing your proposed submission and how it relates to the field of environmental history/studies more broadly and a short bio to Jessica DeWitt, jessicamariedewitt@gmail.com, by February 15, 2020.

Applicants will be alerted of their submission status by the end of February. Please also email any questions or other inquiries to Dr. DeWitt.


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is an environmental historian of Canada and the United States, editor, and digital communications strategist. She earned her PhD in History from the University of Saskatchewan in 2019. She is an executive member, editor, and social media editor for the Network in Canadian History and Environment (NiCHE). She is also a working board member of the Saskatchewan History and Folklore Society and Girls Rock Saskatoon. A passionate social justice advocate, she focuses on developing digital techniques and communications that bridge the divide between academia and the general public in order to democratize knowledge access. You can find out more about her and her freelance services at jessicamdewitt.com.

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