Forthcoming Issue : THE ANTHROPOCENE


Popularised by Nobel laureate Paul J. Crutzen in 2002, the term Anthropocene proposes “that humankind has become a global geological force in its own right” (“The Anthropocene” by Steffen et al) and has become the name given to the current geological epoch. Thus far our species with its exponentially increasing population has wiped out many ecosystems “likely driving the sixth major extinction event in the Earth’s history” (Steffen et al). We have destroyed landscapes by deforestation and intercepted river flows, thus irreversibly altering weather systems and biogeochemical cycles. With continued dependence on fossil fuels that sustain the greenhouse effect we have also warmed the planet. The Anthropocene has been shaped by human decisions most of which have been focused on an advantageous ownership of natural resources. This in essence sums up histories of farming, Colonialism, Industrial Revolution, the Atomic Age, all of which have been proposed as the beginnings of Anthropocene. The geo-politics of the present day have made the discourse of Anthropocene indispensable as much to humanities and the social sciences as for the natural sciences. Approaches to this discourse cutting across disciplinary boundaries has become necessary for a holistic understanding of the Anthropocene and to devise strategies to mitigate the harm done to the ecosystems of the world.

SAMUDRA invites original articles and book reviews on various aspects related to Anthropocene for its premier issue (Jan 2019). Submissions should follow the guidelines given in Instructions to Authors.

Areas for submission may include but need not be restricted to the following:

  • Space and nature in Anthropocene narratives
  • Anthropocene apocalyptic narratives
  • Postcolonial literatures, diaspora and the Anthropocene
  • Literature, science studies and the Anthropocene
  • Genre, form and the Anthropocene
  • Representation of race, class and gender in narratives of the Anthropocene
  • Writing travel in the Anthropocene
  • Fantasy and myth in the Anthropocene
  • Economic paradigms for the Anthropocene
  • Economics of resource allocation in the Anthropocene
  • Economic ethics in the Anthropocene
  • Sustainable development in the Anthropocene
  • Environmental sociology and the Anthropocene
  • Approaching the anthropocene: sociological perspectives
  • Religion in the Anthropocene
  • Environmental justice in the Anthropocene
  • The Anthropocene as a social narrative
  • Implementation of Green Social Work
  • Integrating Anthropocene and environmental change in social work practice
  • History of the Anthropocene
  • Historical approaches to Anthropocene and climate change
  • History for the Anthropocene
  • Politics for the anthropocene
  • Geopolitics in the Anthropocene
  • International environmental justice
  • Rethinking international relations in the Anthropocene
  • Environment, aesthetics and politics in Anthropocene
  • Art and ecology