Articles for Environmental History Special Issue of Middle West Review - Deadline: Jan. 10, 2022

Jennifer Stinson Announcement
South Dakota, United States
Subject Fields
African American History / Studies, American History / Studies, Environmental History / Studies, Native American History / Studies, Rural History / Studies

Submission Deadline: January 10, 2022

Middle West Review, a peer-reviewed journal published by the University of Nebraska Press, seeks submissions for a special issue on Midwestern Environmental History. To be considered, please submit an abstract of 300–400 words of your proposed article and a CV to  

The editors of Middle West Review welcome a wide range of submissions. Potential topics for analysis include but are not limited to:

  • environmental impacts of farming, mining, hunting, trading, and industrial economies as they have manifested in regionally specific ways in the Midwest / the role of the environment in shaping these or other economies
  • literary, artistic, and media depictions of midwestern environments  
  • environmental perspectives and experiences of Indigenous, European immigrant, African American and other African Diasporic, Latinx, and Asian American Midwesterners
  • Midwesterners’ leadership within but also contested relationship to North American conservation movements and other aspects of environmental policy
  • environmental racism, class-based, gendered, and queer relationships to space and natural and/or built environments / intersections between these
  • environmental justice efforts
  • intersections of environmental and public health issues

In keeping with Middle West Review’s interdisciplinary mission to explore the contested meanings of regional identity, history, geography, society, culture, and politics, we encourage submissions from a range of fields and that analyze questions such as:

  • how is regional identity created, conceptualized, and expressed by Midwesterners themselves—or by non-Midwesterners—especially in relation to the natural or built landscapes?
  • who counts or belongs as a Midwesterner in relation to environmental or other factors?
  • what geographical features, natural characteristics, and resources or landscapes characterize or define what and where the Midwest is?
  • what makes the Midwest, however the author defines it and whatever environmental matters one analyzes, distinctive?
  • in what ways is the Midwest, with respect to environmental studies, connected to other regions and histories in the U.S. or around the globe?

Please visit the Middle West Review at, or for more information about this journal. Please also see recent issues electronically available via ProjectMUSE.


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Jon K. Lauck, Editor-in-Chief and Jennifer Stinson, Associate Editor

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