Call for papers"Perspectives on the Oceans” from The Dovetail Journal: Intersections in Literature, Creative Arts & Media

Successful submissions that pass the blind peer review process could be published in the fourth issue of the journal online in winter 2020 pending approval.

Abstracts will be accepted from now and should be emailed to the General Editor no later than March 31st 2020..

The ocean is a contested space that serves both human and animal interests; it is a hub for industry; a wealth making resource; a home to marine animals; a food basket; a dumping ground; and a site of concern regarding climate change and global warming. Never before has there been so much debate from the public realm to the political arena over such topical issues as curbing CO2 emissions, the threat of mass extinction and the loss of ocean habitats.

Creative and critical practice scholars, including PhD students across literature, creative arts and media are invited to submit work that focuses on the ocean and certain resonant perspectives and discourses. Submissions are invited from academic scholars or PhD candidates whose work centres in either of the following forms: A discourse on the ocean and resonant perspectives that combines critical and creative practice across either literature, the creative arts or media, or else a discourse across all three fields.


Creative practice work in the form of an original piece of prose, poetry, new media, a screenplay, stage play, music, opera or an area within visual arts practice.

In addition, submissions of interest should concern any one of the following areas:

Post-romantic representations of the ocean and technology.

The ocean as a contested boundary, past, present and future.

Marine traffic, marine animals and the silk road: new perspectives.

Defining new perspectives on the ocean from theoretical or artistic underpinnings.

Defining a language for the ocean as space.

Narrative representation of any defined sea or ocean in fiction and non-fiction.

The ocean and questions of aesthetic representation.

The sea as a liminal space between reality and fiction.

Marine animals, identity and representation.

The ocean and genre in film, animation and/or screenwriting practice.

The Anthropocene, the ocean and pollution.

The ocean as repository.

The ocean, ecology and war.

The ocean, energy and extinction.

The ocean as site of trauma versus opportunity

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