Proposed themes for this year’s upcoming issues
Vol. 35 No. 1 – Early April, 2022
Theme: Out of the ashes
Submission due date: February 15, 2022
OUT OF THE ASHES
“O brave new world, that has such people in it!”
Shiva dances, turning the universe to ashes. From ashes, the phoenix rises. The concept of a new world emerging from a twilight period is a recurrent idea that’s made many returns in the forms of earnestness, irony, skepticism, or some hybrid of the three.
Seeing as we’re faced with a myriad of the heaviest global challenges—COVID, war, injustice of all forms, poverty and inequality, racism and hate, corporate crime, environmental collapse and so much more—is it hopelessly naïve or beautifully hopeful to envision Next Emergent Paradigms as possible, as realizable still? What about space for individual transformation?
To borrow the shopworn phrase of the last several years: “in these troubled times,” who is making real change towards new futures? What, where, and how? Whether personal, societal, or in between: what do you want to say about renewal and rebirth?
Montréal Serai is calling on writers, artists, poets and activists for our “Out of the Ashes” issue. We invite you to submit your unpublished work to mailto:email@example.com by midnight, February 15, 2022. See our https://montrealserai.com/submissions/#Guidelines for details.
Is there reason for optimism after “all this”? Is a better world possible, socially, politically, ethically, spiritually? And what does it look like to you?
Vol. 35 No. 2 – Early July, 2022
Theme: Popular Culture and Vigilantism
Submission due date: May 15th, 2022Theme description
Popular Culture and Vigilantism
From the first appearance of Robin Hood in medieval ballads to the newest Batman movie or the Punisher now, the concept of vigilantism has always been prevalent in popular culture. In some it has inspired a sense of justice. But what happens when the notion of taking the law into your own hands inspires something different? What happens when a warped sense of morality and fragility seizes your life values?
That’s what happened when 17-year-old assault-rifle-wielding Kyle Rittenhouse crossed state lines and killed two Black Lives Matter protesters. It’s also what happened when Alexandre Bissonnette walked into a Québec mosque and killed six Muslims in prayer.
US Fox-News-driven hysterical vigilantism led one to plot an ethnonationalist Islamophobic attack, and the other to hunt down those defending Black people’s rights. In both cases, their stances were rooted in white supremacy.
Coulton Boushie was a 22-year-old Cree man from the Red Pheasant First Nation, fatally shot on a rural Saskatchewan farm by its owner, Gerald Stanley. Stanley stood trial for second-degree murder and for a lesser charge of manslaughter, but was ultimately acquitted by an all-white jury in February 2018.
While these examples may be recent, other similar examples can be found throughout history. Spectacular weaponry, sweating muscular bodies, voluptuous heroines combine together in video games and drive the hormones for vigilantism.
When people’s own sense of morality becomes warped, they see themselves as heroes even when committing heinous acts. How are tragedies such as these connected to popular culture?
Montréal Serai is calling on writers, artists, poets and activists to speak your truth for our “Popular Culture and Vigilantism” issue. We invite you to submit your unpublished work to firstname.lastname@example.org by midnight, May 15, 2022. See our submissions guidelines for details.
Vol. 35 No. 3 – Early October, 2022
Submission due date: August 15th, 2022Theme description
The concept of nationhood can take different shapes in different contexts. What does
nationhood mean today for the First Nations and other Indigenous peoples, who strive to
navigate forward in a world hell-bent on leaving them behind? What does nationhood mean for
Haiti and other former colonies, which are still paying the price of past and present imperialism?
How does this face off against Western concepts since Napoleonic times (or before), of nations
being defined by their borders, their languages, their sense of security, food chains, access to
ports, railways, mountains, etc., which then have to be defended or secured, leading to wars,
invasions or other actions?
In many so-called first-world nations, the interests of the “nation” and those of its people
continue to diverge as inequalities reach new heights. When the promises, ideas and rhetoric
behind a flag are no longer reflected in a population’s lived realities, what does nationhood
Montréal Serai is calling on writers, artists, poets and activists to speak your truth for our
Vol. 35 No. 4 – Early January 2023
Submission due date: November 15th, 2022Theme description
The concept of personhood covers a lot of ground, and struggles over recognition of personhood are as heated today as they have been historically, as vast swaths of the population and the planet were subjected to the dictates of colonialist expansion and exploitation.
Indigenous worldviews of the land and waters, the sky, sun, moon and stars, the trees, plants and rocks, the birds, fish, insects and animals (humans included) – and all that lies beneath the earth and the waters – as part of “Our Relations” and “personhood” are going toe-to-toe with corporate “moral persons” in a protracted fight to protect the environment and prevent ecocide. In 2021, the Magpie River in Québec’s Côte Nord became the first in Canada to be granted legal personhood status, as a collaborative initiative of the Innu Council of Ekuanitshit and the regional county municipality of Minganie.
At the other end of the political spectrum, anti-abortion groups in Canada and the US are mobilizing to win legal personhood for fetuses. From reproductive rights to guardianship of the land and waters, personhood is a highly-charged topic.
Montréal Serai is calling on writers, artists, poets and activists to share your vision, insights and stories for our “Personhood” issue.
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