This issue will emphasize the relations between nature and love. Awash in a culture of Disney animation, weather porn, interspecies family albums and eco-tourism, we ask: How is nature produced and consumed with love? How is nature used to produce and consume love? What does it mean to be intimate with nature? Under what conditions and by what means is it possible, desirable, or obligatory to get close to natural worlds? And what happens when we do?
Following Raymond Williams’ premise that “the idea of nature contains an extraordinary amount of human history,” the issue will consider nature’s multiple meanings and uses in modernity. Nature, here, is understood as a collection of artifacts jointly constructed through cultural values, organic life and visual practices.
Topics for papers might include: Nature, sexuality and gender; Nature and nationalism; Nature photography, film and television; Nature display and aesthetics; Nature and discipline; Wild, urban and domestic natures; Representation in the life sciences; Environmentalisms; Anthropomorphisms; Particular species and their representation.
The deadline for submissions is December 1, 2004. Papers should be 2500 to 6000 words in length. Please email inquiries to Peter Hobbs (firstname.lastname@example.org) or Lisa Uddin (email@example.com). Submissions may be made electronically in Microsoft Word as an attachment to either address, or as hard copies to: Invisible Culture, Attn: Peter Hobbs and Lisa Uddin, 424 Morey Hall, University of Rochester, Rochester NY, 14627.
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