Special Issue: Tropical Gothic

Special Issue: Tropical Gothic

Call For Papers: Special issue: Tropical Gothic

Submission deadline: 30 December 2018

The Gothic is undergoing a pronounced resurgence in academic and popular cultures. Propelled by fears associated with massive social transformations produced by globalization, the neoliberal order, networked technologies, post-truth and environmental uncertainty – tropes of ‘the gothic’ resonate. The gothic allows us to delve into the unknown, the liminal, the unseen; into hidden histories and feelings. It calls up unspoken truths and secret desires.

In the tropics, the gothic manifests in specific ways according to spaces and places, and in relation to cultures and their encounters, crossings and interminglings. We invite papers engaging with the tropics of South, Southeast and East Asia, northern Australia, Latin America, the Caribbean, tropical Africa, Indian Ocean Islands, the Pacific, and the deep south of America.

Gothic studies that provide particularly interesting arenas of analysis include: culture, ritual, mythology, film, architecture, literature, fashion, art, landscapes, places, nature, spaces, histories and spectral cities. Within the fraught geographies and histories of colonialism, ‘tropical gothic’ may include subgenres such as: imperial gothic, orientalism in gothic literature, colonial and postcolonial gothic. In contemporary society neoliberal connections with the tropics and gothic may be investigated. While in popular culture, tropical aspects of gothic film, cybergoth, gothic-steampunk, gothic sci-fi, goth graphic novels, and gothic music may be explored.

The eTropic ‘Tropical Gothic’ special issue will be published in two parts: one on arts and social sciences; the other on literature and creative works. Publication is in 2019.

About eTropic:
eTropic disseminates new research from Arts, Humanities, Social Sciences and allied fields on the variety and interrelatedness of nature, culture, and society in the tropics. The journal is indexed in Scopus, Ulrich’s and DOAJ. It is archived in Pandora and Sherpa/Romeo. ISSN:1448-2940

Visit eTropic for submission instructions: https://journals.jcu.edu.au/etropic
For enquiries or pitching ideas email: [email protected]

‘Tropical Gothic’ Special Issue editors:

Associate Professor Anita Lundberg, James Cook University, Singapore
Dr Agnieszka Stasiewicz-Bieńkowska, Jagellonian University, Poland
Dr Katarzyna Ancuta, Chulalongkorn University, Bangkok, Thailand
Dr Roger Osborne, James Cook University, Australia