Calls for Papers

See below for our current calls for papers. All of our journals accept ongoing submissions; use the drop down menu to navigate to the submission guidelines for the journal of your choosing.

Journal of Animal Ethics

Fourth Annual Oxford Animal Ethics Summer School: The Ethics of Fur
July 23rd-26th, 2017, at St Stephen’s House, Oxford
in partnership with Respect for Animals

Every year more than 60 million animals are killed and sold by the international fur industry. It represents one of the largest uses of animals today. This Summer School will examine the ethics of the treatment of animals killed for their fur worldwide, including trapping, hunting, killing, and “farming” of animals. We shall also consider the use of animal fur products in fashion worldwide.

Papers are invited from academics worldwide on any aspect relating to the ethics of fur, including philosophical and religious ethics, historical, anthropological, legal, psychological, scientific, and sociological perspectives. Potential topics include: the nature of animal suffering in fur production, the international trade in animal fur, methods of killing, the environmental consequences of the international fur industry, the use of fur in fashion, the role of international business, the media promotion of fur, changing legislation, especially in the European Union, and strategies for change.

Abstracts of proposed contributions (no more than 300 words) should be sent to Clair Linzey via email: The deadline for abstracts is January 1st, 2017. Accepted papers will be considered for publication in a subsequent book volume or in the Journal of Animal Ethics.

Journal of American Folklore

CFP--Special Issue on the Trickster

Subversive, deceptive, wily, and comical, the trickster spans national traditions, genres, and historical periods. Often represented as a deity, animal, or human, between upper and lower worlds, the trickster functions as the creator and destroyer of worlds, embodies the sacred and the profane, and brings together the scatological and the spiritual. In other tales, the trickster is a lowly and seemingly unpromising hero or a fool whose antics disrupt the social order only temporarily. A complex figure, the trickster has been deployed in the cause of decolonial and postcolonial resistance in Native American, African, Caribbean, Oceanic, and African American lore, among others. Although the trickster is often imagined to be male, female trickster figures (Scheherazade, the wife of Djuha, Coyote Girl) often challenge the gender norms of their societies.

This issue of Marvels & Tales seeks to explore the various dimensions of the trickster from a wide selection of national traditions, genres, and historical periods, as well as to encourage multidisciplinary approaches to fairy tales and conversations about traditional narrative genres across disciplines. We invite papers of 5,000-7,500 words, relevant translations, and new texts. Please send your submission to Cristina Bacchilega at or Anne Duggan at

Deadline: January 31st, 2017
Issue: 32.1 Spring 2018

Music and the Moving Image

Music and the Moving Image XII Conference at NYU Steinhardt, May 26th-28th, 2017

The annual conference, Music and the Moving Image, encourages submissions from scholars and practitioners that explore the relationship between the entire universe of moving images (film, television, video games, iPhone, computer, and live performances) and that of music and sound through paper presentations. This year we will have a sound designer (TBD) deliver the keynote, and we invite abstracts that focus on the role and function of sound design as well as all other topics. Abstracts or synopses of papers (250 words) should be submitted to: by no later than December 15th, 2016.

The program committee includes James Deaville of Carleton University (Editor of Music in Television: Channels of Listening), Eric Dienstfrey of University of Wisconsin-Madison ("The Myth of the Speakers: A Critical Reexamination of Dolby History" in Film History), and Vasco Hexel of Royal College of Music/Cambridge University (Hans Zimmer and James Newton Howard's The Dark Knight: A Film Score Guide), and coeditors of Music and the Moving Image, Gillian B. Anderson (Haexan; Pandora's Box; Composing for the Cinema, Music for Silent Film 1892-1929: A Guide); and NYU faculty, Ron Sadoff (The Moon and the Son: An Imagined Conversation; Chuck Jones: Memories of Childhood). The conference will run prior to the NYU/ASCAP Film Scoring Workshop in Memory of Buddy Baker
(May 30th-June 9th, 2017).

MMI Conference website:

E-mail for more information.

Polish American Studies

The Polish Institute of Arts & Sciences of America is pleased to invite proposals for its 75th Annual Conference, to be held in conjunction with the Polska Akademia Umiejętności (Polish Academy of Learning) in Kraków, Poland, June 16th-18th, 2017

Proposals are solicited for complete sessions or individual papers in any of the disciplines in the liberal arts, sciences, or business/economics. Since the Institute values comparative sessions, individual papers need not focus on Poland or the Polish diaspora, but it is hoped that at least one paper in each session will do so. Sessions including presenters from more than one nation are encouraged. Each session is scheduled for 90 minutes to accommodate three papers or about 20 minutes per paper. The conference language is English and all conference rooms will be equipped with AV for the use of PowerPoints and CD/DVD presentations.

It is expected that acceptable conference papers will be submitted for possible publication in The Polish Review subsequent to the conference.To submit a paper or complete session, please send the name, e-mail address, institutional affiliation, a tentative paper title and brief abstract (3-5 sentences will suffice) for all presenters to the chair of the program committee at

The deadline for proposals is April 15th, 2017. All participants are expected to pay the conference registration fee.

Public Affairs Quarterly

Public Affairs Quarterly special issue on Philosophical Reflections on Policing, Police Violence, and Anti-Racist Social Movements

In the United States, police violence is currently serving as a focal point for social reflection on racism and race relations, the militarization of the police force, the proper role of guns in society, and the changing nature of activist movements, particularly anti-racist movements. This special issue will feature articles that use philosophical tools to examine policing, conflicts between police and citizens, and the social movements that have sprung up in response to these conflicts. Relevant topics include but are not restricted to:

- What sort of police reform do we need? Is it possible to reduce or eliminate the need for a police force?
- What are the relationships among policing, incarceration, and systemic racism?
- How should our justice system respond to police violence?
- How are contemporary anti-racist social movements distinctive? How has the Internet, including tools it offers such as hashtags and online organizing, changed the face of social activism?
- How do philosphical considerations bear on the problem of striking a proper balance between public order and personal security?
- What are the pragmatic and political functions of slogans such as BlackLivesMatter, and counter-slogans such as AllLivesMatter?

Submissions on any philosophical topics concerning policing, police-civilian conflict, and activist movements inspired directly or indirectly by this conflict will be considered.Submissions should be 6000-8000 words, prepared for anonymous review, formatted in keeping with the instructions on the Public Affairs Quarterly website, and submitted to Rebecca Kukla (Editor), by April 30th, 2017