Call for Submissions – Parks and Profit

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Parks and Profit

A NiCHE Series

Proposal Deadline: 31 March 2021(Extensions Available Upon Request)

Draft Deadline: 15 May 2021

Series Publication: June and July 2021


Earlier this month, in “‘Parks Are Not for Profit,’ or Park Mythology and White Denial,” I explored some of the connections between parks, profit, and race. Parks and Profit invites historians and other scholars to continue this conversation and further explore the relationship between parks and profit.


We seek proposals for Parks and Profit that:

  • Explore the relationship between parks and profit.
  • Explore the meaning of and forms that profit takes in relation to parks, broadly conceived. Profit, here, can refer to fiscal gain as well as other forms of ‘profit’ such as fame, reputation, and positive feelings.
  • Explore the connections of park profit to issues of race, gender, sexuality, labour, etc.
  • Explore parks at any level of government/management (federal, provincial/state, regional, urban, etc.)
  • Explore examples of parks and profit from the past, present, and imagined futures.
  • Revisit historiography in order to provide updated analyses of parks and profit.

Parks and Profit submissions can take the following forms:

  • Blog Posts (~ 800 – 1200 words)
  • Audio Content
  • Videos
  • Photo Essays
  • Poetry
  • Visual Art
  • Short Stories (~ 500 – 1200 words)
  • Don’t see your idea listed here? Pitch it to me anyways!

Send a 100-300 word proposal describing your proposed submission and a short bio (or one-page CV) to Jessica DeWitt, jessicamariedewitt@gmail.com, by 31 March 2021.

Applicants will be alerted of their submission status by 15 April 2021. Please also email any questions or other inquiries to Dr. DeWitt.


Feature Image: Tourists at Red Rock Canyon, Waterton Lakes National Park, Alberta. [Touristes à Red Rock Canyon, parc national des Lacs-Waterton, Alberta.] 1949. Office National du Film du Canada / Bibliothèque et Archives Canada
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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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