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Call for Chapters: Culture, Transport, Global Warming 28 septembre 2017

Culture, Transport, Global Warming
Editor: Tatiana Prorokova

Call for Chapters: Culture, Transport, Global Warming
Originally posted on ESEH's website

The deadline for abstract submission is November 1st, 2017.


One of humanity’s most serious problems, climate change is clearly a ‘human-made’
catastrophe. Various factors have contributed to global warming now turning into reality. One
of the most significant, along with power generation and industry, is of course CO2 omissions
from transport using fossil fuels. While both technological progress and climate change are
popular themes in literature, film, and the visual arts, the equivalent cultural obsession with
these issues is both scary and paradoxical. Cultural media have celebrated the might of
technology, the necessity of mechanization, and humanity’s inability to exist and progress
without transport by air, water, and land. At the same time many vigorously powerful
narratives draw audiences’ attention worldwide to the problem of climate change caused by
industrialization that transportation immensely intensifies.

This collection aims to trace the enigmatic and tacit relationship between global warming and
transport through the examination of various cultural artifacts (films, TV-series, novels,
graphic novels, photography, etc.) to understand how through extensive depictions, they have
created a cultural understanding of humanity’s addiction to and obsession with transport on
the one hand, and its myopic attitude to the inevitability of the drastic ramifications of
environmental changes and/or a pathological fear of global warming, on the other.
The editor invites interested contributors to send their abstracts of 300 words and short bios to
tatiana.prorokova@gmx.de until November 1, 2017. The file should be titled as follows: Last
Name_Abstract & Bio and should include your email address. Selected authors will have to
submit their chapters of no longer than 7,500 words (Chicago Manual of Style) until March 1, 2018.