Proposed themes for this year’s upcoming issues

Vol. 33 No. 1 Early April, 2020

Theme: Climate Change and the Commons
Submission due date: February 15, 2020

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Despite the enormous knowledge and publicity related to global warming and extinction rebellion, etc., the political and economic philosophy at the roots of this ecological carnage is not being addressed adequately. We are vocal about fossil fuels, clear-cutting, emissions and single-use plastics. We’re conscious about recycling and composting. We’re going vegetarian and vegan, invoking carbon tax and earnestly planting trees. Will that rectify the situation?
At the possible root of this situation is a fundamental political philosophy of dismantling the Commons — displacing the public interest, the public engagement in decision-making; undermining the concept of open and public spaces, the relevance of government oversight and public rule; and chasing the false gods of “growth and development.” The “hidden hand” of market forces has evolved into a monstrous, predatory system that speculates that wealth would trickle down. Statistics clearly show that this “god” did not deliver. Wealth is concentrated at the top and inequality has only increased. Climate change is not simply a result of bad habits and poor science, but a systemic overpowering of peoples’ choices by eroding the strength of the Commons and the right to assemble freely and converge together for a more cooperative and sharing society.


Vol. 33 No. 2 – Early July, 2020

Theme: Mental health in anxious times
Submission due date: May 15, 2020

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Mass media flood the homes of isolated individuals with loops of death tolls and recommendations to prevent infections from COVID-19. Washing one’s hands is essential as a means of prevention, yet close to one third of the world’s population doesn’t have access to safe drinking water, not to mention access to housing, citizenship or appropriate health care.
Is keeping calm even a possibility?
In various languages including French, a “state of emergency” – the unlimited powers of the State over societies overcome by fear – can be translated as état d’exception. As we have seen, under situations d’exception, madness becomes the norm: some surrender their hard-fought freedoms and human rights by choice, others turn to harassing a new alien scapegoat, while those who are on the frontlines (i.e., healthcare providers) end up suffering from PTSD, given all they have to go through.
In these anxious times, we are using our wits to face countless challenges on the spectrum of mental health. Creatively teetering, sometimes falling and picking ourselves back up. Montréal Serai invites writers, poets and artists to share with us what only they can express.


Vol. 33 No. 3 – Early October, 2020

Theme: Is COVID-19 capsizing globalization? What’s next?
Submission due date: August 15, 2020

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COVID-19 has laid bare the past forty years of globalization spawned by the Thatcher-Reagan years of de-regulation, union busting, dismantling of the welfare state and assault on traditional liberal capitalism.

Cutting to the chase, can this phase of capitalism kill itself and then reinvent itself? Or can it come up looking good, with another brand name? What would that post-COVID society look like?

What would socialization, cultural interaction and global collaboration look like? How would diversity, our gains in the fight against racism and marginalization, and all the achievements of the past decades of resistance be preserved? And can that resistance achieve some institutional and systemic relevance and authority? Can access to the Internet and entitlement to encryption and de-surveillance as fundamental rights become possible?

What role would sustainability play in determining the course of any new mutations of capitalism? Would building wealth into a public surplus that is distributable become a national goal, rather than allowing concentrated wealth to be stashed away in tax havens or the coffers of the very few, untaxable and un-distributable? Are we going to turn this thing on its head when we beat the virus?

Tell us about your projections in stories, essays, poems, artworks, interviews, reviews and installations.



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