Call for Papers

Updated July 3, 2024



Call for Papers

Special Issue

Gender & Climate Justice

Now closed for submissions.

Lori Lee Oates, Memorial University
Sritama Chatterjee, University of Pittsburgh


In late 2019, 11,000 scientists from across the world declared a climate emergency in Bioscience journal. They identified six policy initiatives to address the climate emergency, including the need to “make family planning available to all people, remove barriers to their access and achieve full gender equity, including primary and secondary education as a global norm, for all, especially girls and young women” (Ripple et al. 2020). On International Women’s Day in 2022, the United Nations stated that: “Across the world, women depend more on, yet have less access to, natural resources. In many regions, women bear a disproportionate responsibility for securing food, water, and fuel.” According to the Government of Canada’s own climate plan, Canada is heating at twice the global average and three times as fast in Canada’s North. As a result, Indigenous women are disproportionately impacted by climate change (Native Women’s Association of Canada; Environment and Climate Change Canada). Ourkiya (2022) has made the point through the Network in Canadian History & Environment that: “Climate justice depends on liberation of queer bodies and minoritized groups globally.”

Climate change—and climate change denial—are gendered phenomena (Benegal and Holman 2021). Further, the expanding field of climate justice recognizes that the global south, Indigenous communities, and low-income areas are also disproportionately impacted by climate crises. Humanities scholars now accept that climate change is an outcome of extractive colonial capitalism, which scholars have long agreed is aligned with patriarchy and racial oppression. In her ground-breaking article in Political Geography, Farhana Sultana asks that we recognize “the unbearable heaviness of climate coloniality” (Sultana 2022).

As such, this special issue of Atlantis Journal takes an intersectional approach, recognizing that women, persons of colour, Indigenous, queer and trans persons, and other vulnerable groups are often in grave danger from the increasing climate crisis. We invite work that explores a range of topics, including but not limited to:

• What should climate justice look like for women, trans people, and non-binary people?
• What is the role of masculinity in the climate crisis?
• What is ecofeminism in the contemporary world and what is its role in climate justice? How does ecofeminism relate to queer justice for the environment?
• What do queer and trans ecologies look like at present? How is this limiting for climate justice? What should they look like?
• What does disaster planning for the elderly and disabled look like? What should it look like to achieve true climate justice?
• How do historical colonial patterns of gender and racial inequality persist into the present and what does this mean for the climate crisis? Where are the intersections between race and gender?
• What are the links between climate justice movements and reproductive freedom activists? What should they be?
• What is petroleum patriarchy and where does it exist? How can it be addressed? Will a transition off fossil fuels be sufficient to address it?
• What are the limits of the politics of “the Anthropocene” for climate justice?
• How are gender and climate justice reflected in literature and arts?
• What kind of pedagogies are necessary to address gender and climate justice?

This call invites individuals to submit research articles (up to 7,000 words), literary writing (up to 3,000 words), and book reviews (up to 1,000 words). See submission guidelines for details. The editors are particularly interested in hearing from scholars and writers from the global south, Indigenous communities, queer and trans scholars, and those who engage with feminist or environmental activism. We envision this special issue as a forum both for acknowledging the urgency of the situation and presenting solutions from voices that are often excluded from the conversation.

Submission Process for "Gender and Climate Justice"

The deadline for submitting full papers is May 1, 2024. Papers must adhere to Atlantis’ submission guidelines. All submissions must be made through Atlantis’ OJS platform. Please indicate in your cover letter that your submission is for the “Gender and Climate Justice” issue. For questions about this Call for Submissions or the submission process, please contact Katherine Barrett, Managing Editor:

Works Cited

Bengal, Salil, and Mirya R. Holman. 2021. “Understanding the importance of sexism in shaping climate denialism and policy opposition.” Climate Change 167:48

Native Women’s Association of Canada. Climate Change: Policy Brief. Last accessed September 25, 2023.

Ourkiya, A. 2022. “Ecofeminism and Postgenderism’s Liberatory Effects: On Bodily Autonomy, Gender, and Environmental Justice.” Network in Canadian History & Environment, June 28, found at Last accessed November 15, 2023.

Ripple, William J., et al. 2020. “World Scientists’ Warning of a Climate Emergency.” BioScience 70(1): 8-12.
Sultana, Farhana. 2022. “The Unbearable Heaviness of Climate Coloniality.” Political Geography 99.

United Nations Women. 2022. “Explainer: How gender inequality and climate change are interconnected.” Last accessed October 11, 2023.




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Call for Papers

Special Issue

Liveable Futures:

Radical Imagination as Method
Radical Imagination as Survival

Now closed for submissions.

Erin Fredericks, Associate Professor, Sociology, St. Thomas University
Alex Khasnabish, Professor, Sociology & Anthropology, Mount Saint Vincent University
Ardath Whynacht, Associate Professor, Sociology, Mount Allison University

How can we find the footing to imagine an alternate world when the one we are standing in is on fire? How can we envision futures that are safe when many of us are under attack by transphobic, homophobic, racist, and misogynistic political movements in Canada?

As a flailing neoliberal status quo is challenged by a resurgent populist right, how can we engage in research that helps us find the footing we need to envision liveable futures?

How are our imaginations enclosed, suppressed, and conscripted? By whom? In whose interests and with what consequences? And what is the role of research and scholarship in co-imagining liveable futures? These are some of the questions we invite prospective contributors to consider.

This thematic issue aims to facilitate a dialogue about the radical imagination as conceptual territory and method both within and beyond Gender and Sexuality studies. As issue editors, we recognize the necessity of a social science and community praxis that engages the imagination—an approach that requires us to reach beyond the boundaries of our disciplines, academic institutions, and methodological traditions. Psychologists narrowly debate the nature of time by describing foreshortened futures as a post-trauma ‘symptom,’ while mental health researchers such as Jeffrey Ansloos (2018) and Vicki Reynolds (2016) point to a need to consider social justice and the impacts of settler colonialism in our efforts for suicide prevention. We seek to engage in interdisciplinary dialogue about the oppressive structures that shape our desire to reach towards a future, to become in a world not built for us. What makes us want to survive?

In the social sciences, we talk about participatory action research or arts-based methods. Artists participate in what funding agencies call research-creation. What kinds of relations do we build when we co-imagine worlds beyond our current one and what kind of vulnerability or intimacy is forged in this imagining? How does all of this work creatively engage with what Haiven and Khasnabish (2014) call the “radical imagination” as a call to a liveable future in times that are increasingly filled with doom. Indebted to decolonial theory, Afrofuturism, queer theory, trans studies, militant ethnography, abolition feminism, crip and critical disability studies, critical suicidology, affect theory, and diverse legacies of scholar-activism, we invite contributors to consider how scholars across the social sciences and humanities engage the radical imagination as a vital act in our survival and step in the direction of a liveable future.

We especially welcome research papers (up to 7000 words), interviews (up to 3000 words), and creative submissions (please contact Editors before submitting)that explore:

• The role of arts-based or research-creation approaches in transformative social research
• Research projects and practices grounded in an ethics of care and vulnerability, particularly with respect to children, young people, and other marginalized populations
• Social movements as spaces for imagining and living alternatives to the status quo
• The radical imagination as a lived, material, and collective activity that can survive on the boundaries of academic research and teaching

Submission Process for "Liveable Futures"

The deadline for submitting full papers is April 4, 2024. Papers must adhere to Atlantis’ submissions guidelines. All submissions must be made through Atlantis’ OJS platform. Please indicate in your cover letter that your submission is for the “Liveable Futures” issue.

For questions about the substantive content of this CFP and/or submissions, please contact Erin Fredericks at

For questions about the submission process, please contact Katherine Barrett, Managing Editor:


Forthcoming Issues (submissions now closed)

Co-editors: Claire Carter, Krystal MacLeod, Corinne Mason, and Daniella Robinson

Co-Editors: Iqra Shagufta Cheema, Jennifer Jill Fellows, Lisa Smith

Co-Editors: Dr. Christiana Abraham (Concordia University), Dr. Rohini Bannerjee (St. Mary’s University)