I am seeking contributors for a reference work on Rocky Mountain regional culture. The Rocky Mountain volume is part of a Greenwood Reference Series on American regional cultures; the series also includes volumes on New England, the Mid-Atlantic Region, the Midwest, the South, the Southwest, the Great Plains, and the Pacific Region. For the purposes of the Greenwood series, the Rocky Mountain region is made up of the states of Colorado, Utah, Wyoming, Montana, and Idaho. The core audience for the series will be high school and university students as well as public library patrons.
Topical chapters in each volume include Architecture, Art, Ecology/Environment, Ethnicity, Fashion, Film, Folklore, Food, Language, Literature, Music, Religion, and Sports/Recreation. Each chapter will identify and examine a particular aspect of regional culture as it has evolved over time, through the beginning of the 21st century, always taking into account the rich diversity of cultural expressions within each region. For example, in the Rocky Mountain volume, the “Ecology/Environment” chapter might focus on Native American attitudes toward the natural world, the state of the Rocky Mountain environment when first encountered by Euro-Americans, the near eradication of the American bison and other species, air and water pollution, Yellowstone as the world’s first national park, wilderness and wild rivers, reintroduction of the wolf, the contested role of fire, and the challenges of population growth.
The chapters will be approximately 15,000 words. Contributors will receive an honorarium and one copy.
Please note that I am NOT calling for the submission of articles but am seeking inquiries from scholars who wish to contribute topical overview chapters to this volume on Rocky Mountain regional culture. If you are interested in being a part of this exciting opportunity to help articulate a sense of place for the Rocky Mountains, please submit your curriculum vitae for consideration to Rick Newby via email, indicating the chapter you are interested in writing.
Rocky Mountain Volume Editor:
710 Harrison Ave.
Helena, MT 59601
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