Journal of New Brunswick Studies

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Call for Papers
July 31, 2020
New Brunswick, Canada
Subject Fields: 
Local History, Canadian History / Studies, Cultural History / Studies, Digital Humanities, Humanities

Rainbows of New Brunswick Hope in the Face of COVID-19:

Creativity, Safety, and Resilience

The Journal for New Brunswick Studies ( invites contributions that address the impact of the novel coronavirus on the people, communities, and economy of New Brunswick for a thematic issue on this topical and important subject, to be published in 2022. Its specific objectives are to assess the response of the Government of New Brunswick to this public health crisis and its economic reverberations, to stimulate discussion on community trauma and mental wellbeing, to discuss the social impact of this pandemic, and to shed light on creative expression inspired by a virus that has drastically altered our lives and the fabric of our province. To anchor a collective reflection on a complex subject, we use a powerful metaphor introduced by the global rainbow movement, which intertwines hope, resilience, and creativity. Contributors are thus expected to provide informed and engaging assessments of this global pandemic that consider the present situation within New Brunswick in relation to a new, post-coronavirus reality, concluding with insights and lessons learnt.

We call for contributions from a broad array of disciplines and fields of research (including communication studies, digital humanities, education, environmental science, history, the health sciences, Indigenous studies, media studies, politics, sociology, and visual and material culture studies) and particularly welcome multi- or interdisciplinary approaches.


Potential areas of focus include the following, but submissions on other related topics are also of interest:

  • the response of the New Brunswick government to COVID-19 and/or the impact of federal emergency regulations and policies on the province;
  • the portrayal of COVID-19 in the mainstream and alternative media;
  • COVID-19, community trauma, and mental health;
  • the verbal and visual insertion of COVID-19 into photojournalism, social media, and popular culture (e.g. the Facebook movement called “Ça va bien aller NB / We will be ok NB”);
  • the impact of COVID-19 on the provincial arts and culture sector and reactions from cultural institutions to the pandemic;
  • the effects of COVID-19 on educators, students, educational institutions, and instructional modes of delivery;
  • the influence of COVID-19 on marginalized communities (the homeless, people with disabilities, seniors, etc.);
  • comparisons of COVID-19 to past pandemics and other health crises that have impacted New Brunswick;
  • creative engagement with COVID-19 (painting, photography, poetry, theatre, graffiti, etc.) from the perspective of cultural studies;
  • the materiality of COVID-19 (community banners, public display signs, etc.);
  • community-based initiatives inspired by COVID-19;
  • responses to COVID-19 in the Mi’kmaq, Wolastoqey, and Peskotomuhtaki communities.


The Journal of New Brunswick Studies publishes articles in English and French. Contributions must be based on original research and are peer-reviewed by experts in the field.


Interested contributors are encouraged to submit an abstract (500 words) and brief bio (50 words) by July 31, 2020 to Dr. Christina Ionescu (, copying Dr. Michael Boudreau, the JNBS editor ( Notifications of conditional acceptance will be sent before August 17, 2020. The deadline for submitting completed articles (5,000-7,500 words in length) is May 31, 2021. Illustrations may accompany articles; high-resolution digital files (JPEGs or TIFFs preferred) must be provided upon article acceptance.