CFP: Pivot, A Multidisciplinary Journal

Pivot – CFP Muddied Waters

Pivot: A Journal of Interdisciplinary Studies & Thought


Pivot is a multidisciplinary journal founded by members of the Graduate Program in English with the generous intellectual and financial support of the Department of English at York University. York University has a reputation both in and outside of Canada as an institution built on an interdisciplinary approach to learning. Pivot represents and contributes to this integrative spirit by showcasing and bringing into conversation a vast array of critical approaches to analyzing literature and culture.

“Muddied Waters: Decomposing the Anthropocene”
“Progress means: humanity emerges from its spellbound state no longer under the spell of progress as well, itself
nature, by becoming aware of its own indigenousness to nature and by halting the mastery over nature through
which nature continues its mastery.” — Theodor Adorno, “Progress” (p. 62)
“This future is unthinkable. Yet here we are, thinking it.” — Timothy Morton, Dark Ecology (p. 1)

Over the past decade, the term “Anthropocene” – which identifies a geological age marked by global capitalism,
nuclear development, rapid industrialization, urban sprawl and the digital revolution – has gained considerable
traction in scientific and philosophical communities as a viable and arguably necessary framework for thinking
through the imperatives of global economics and the long-lasting effects of our current anthropocentric
worldview. Likewise, it has brought these often diffuse academic communities together in order to address a wide
range of prescient social, political, and ecological issues.
For its seventh issue, Pivot is calling for papers that not only critically address the Anthropocene as our current
geological epoch but, in doing so, attend to pertinent questions concerning the social, political, theoretical, and
ecological efficacy of ecocriticism as a framework counter-to the imperatives of both anthropocentrism and global
capitalism. Contributors may also wish to consider, more specifically, the myriad ways in which the Anthropocene
corresponds to transhistories of indigeneity, imperialism, colonialism, and systemic inequality.
We invite submissions from across disciplinary borders that engage any aspect of the field of inquiry in a wide
range of historical periods and subject areas – literature, fine arts, politics, religion/spirituality, science, and
technology – in order to address the significance of our current geological epoch and, if possible, its

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