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Call for Papers – Special issue: Neocolonial Politics of Sustainability

The journal darkmatter is currently accepting articles that explore how racial politics born of colonial and neocolonial relations of production influence current debates about sustainability, food security, and efforts to address global climate change.  Academic and governmental discussions about these pressing international problems often focus rather narrowly on diagnoses and solutions drawn from the natural sciences — new strategies for rooftop agriculture, carbon capture technologies or genetically modified fish stocks, for example.  However, twenty-first century barriers to sustainability cannot be fully addressed without also grappling with patterns of land use, economic development, racism and social inequality rooted in the colonial past.  For example, many Caribbean islands are now facing serious food security problems influenced both by changing weather patterns and their status as former plantation colonies.  Islands were deforested to make way for plantation monoculture economies that paid little attention to soil and water conservation.  Then, in many cases, these plantation lands were converted to tourism and real estate developments that continued to deplete natural resources while also excluding a majority of the population from the economic profits generated by these developments — profits that usually go to international investors rather than the local community.

This issue of darkmatter seeks to highlight the racialized economic structures and cultural politics shaping debates about sustainability and global climate change, with a special focus on past and ongoing forms of colonialism and their exploitative approach to land and people. Possible topics might include:

– race and real estate in former colonies

– cultural politics of land use and abuse in past and current plantation economies

– sustainability and its discontents

– social inequality, racism and tourism

– indigenous peoples and their place in current debates about sustainability

– media representations vs. the lived experience of island life

– colonialism and climate change

– ways that the logic of capital is at odds with ecological preservation in (neo)colonial settings

– food security and global inequality

– narratives of sustainability in literature and film

– limitations of fair-trade movements and ecotourism

– the politics of habitat restoration in former colonies

– endangered species, biodiversity and global poverty

Articles between 3000 – 8000 words are welcome (peer and non-peer-reviewed), as are alternative format submissions such as commentaries, reviews, audio, visual and digital contributions. Please submit a 300 – 500 word abstract if you are interested.

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For inquiries about the ‘Neocolonial Politics of Sustainability” special issue,
email Andrew Opitz (Guest Editor):

Deadline for Abstracts: 15 August 2014
Deadline for Articles: 15 December 2014
Publication date: Summer 2015


Archived CfP


CfP – NOW CLOSED: Post-racial Imaginaries

Increasing reference to the notion of ‘post-race’ is suggestive of an emergent discursive framework in critical approaches to race and racism. ‘Post-race’, ‘post-racial’, ‘post-black’, and associated ideas, are being mobilized in various theoretical, cultural and political discourses to describe new racial formations. Post-race requires us to question in new ways the precepts of race thinking, positing the end of race as a point with which to think racial futures. The imprecise nature of much ‘post-’ talk means there has yet to be a rigorous assessment of the significance of post-race and its cognate terms, beyond simple endorsement or dismissal.

This special issue of darkmatter Journal is interested in delineating the contours of the ‘post-racial’ turn by asking: what is the post-racial? What are the conditions of its emergence? What assumptions and claims does it make about the logics of racism? What critical and political work is the term doing? What does the ‘post’ in post-race mean? How is racism theorized in post-race? What is the relationship between colonial history and the post-racial? When and where is the post-racial? Who claims post-raciality?

Given the multiple registers of post-race talk, these fundamental questions might be addressed in relation to:

  • The shifts from race to ethnicity, cultural difference and multiculturalism;
  • The ontology and epistemology of race;
  • Obama and the politics of anti-racism;
  • Utopia and the end of racism;
  • Modernity, history, nation and racial memory;
  • After whiteness;
  • Feminism, sexual politics and multiraciality;
  • Neoliberalism, Marxism and class politics;
  • Globalism, Orientalism, anti/post/de-colonialism;
  • Post-black aesthetics, popular culture and politics;
  • Digitalization, bio-technologies, genetic engineering and racial mutations

Submissions: between 1,500 – 8,000 words are welcome, as are alternative formats such as commentaries, reviews, audio, visual and digital contributions. Please email a 400 – 500 word abstract to

Please note: submissions to darkmatter are now subject to external peer review. If your contribution is intended for the less formal (and non-peer reviewed) ‘commons’ section, indicate this on your submission.

Deadline for Abstracts: 1st Feb 2011
Deadline for Articles: 1st Sept 2011
Publication date: Dec 2011

For further inquiries about the ‘Post-racial Imaginaries’ special issue, email:

Previous CFP: Pirates and Piracy – published Dec 2009