Journal of Florida Studies

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Call for Papers
September 30, 2020
Florida, United States
Subject Fields: 
American History / Studies, Geography, Environmental History / Studies, African American History / Studies, Local History

The Journal of Florida Studies, an interdisciplinary open-access online journal, announces a call for its special issue on the Florida Trail, to be published December 2020. Stretching for over a thousand miles, the Florida National Scenic Trail connects the state from Big Cypress National Preserve to Pensacola. Yet the Florida Trail offers much more than a pretty walk in the woods. It may be understood as a long ribbon of stories, unfolding from a series of iconic landscapes -- starting from the Everglades, through Seminole lands and around Lake Okeechobee; splitting at Orlando, where the route divides in two; across Florida's most scenic landscapes in Ocala, Osceola and Apalachicola National Forests; and over the Panhandle to Pensacola. Unlike more famous hiking paths in the United States, such as the Appalachian, the Florida Trail breaks up and fragments. Its route invites a fuller reflection on the state of Florida, in all its complexity and diversity.

This special issue of JFS, edited by Casey Blanton, with guest editors Thomas Hallock and Christopher Meindl (Florida Studies Program, University of South Florida St. Petersburg), welcomes all kinds of academic and creative work. Using the Florida Trail as a point of departure, we seek to recover the many voices and perspectives one may find along or near its path. We publish academic articles from a wide range of disciplines. Possible themes include:

  • Florida travel and ecology
  • Walking as historical recovery
  • Narratives of racial violence and resistance
  • Water, fire and floods
  • Politics and place-making
  • Climate change
  • Gendering the outdoors
  • Trails and mapping
  • Eco-tourism and sustainability
  • Walking as a literary genre
  • Blisters and backaches
  • The journey motif in art and literature
  • Travel Writing

Please see Journal of Florida Studies Manuscript Guidelines - Email manuscripts to Casey Blanton, Editor in Chief: by September 30 for a Deceber 2020 publication. Initial queries welcome. 


Contact Info: 

Professor Casey Blanton, Editor in Chief, Journal of Florida Studies