Call for Papers: Edited Book on Southeast Asian Ecomedia

07 May Call for Papers: Edited Book on Southeast Asian Ecomedia

Call for Papers

Edited Collection, Ecologies in Southeast Asian Media and Popular Culture

Co-edited by Jason Paolo Telles, University of the Philippines Baguio, and John Charles Ryan, University of New England, Australia

Environmental images and representations have proliferated in recent years in media and pop cultural texts due to the widespread recognition of their powerful role in informing audiences about urgent ecological issues. Stephen Rust, Salma Monani, and Sean Cubitt, for instance, acknowledge “that popular cultural artifacts are at least as significant mediators of the human-environmental relationship and its attendant anxieties and joys as are literature and the fine arts” (Rust et al. 2016, 4).

Ecomedia scholars have emphasised the importance of reading various forms of mass media and popular culture from the perspectives of ecology, sustainability, climate change and the Anthropocene. Notable works in this subfield of ecocriticism include Rust, Monani, and Cubitt’s Ecocinema Theory and Practice (2013) and Ecomedia: Key Issues (2016) as well as Rayson K. Alex, S. Susan Deborah and Sachindev P.S.’s Culture and Media: Ecocritical Explorations (2014), and Alex and Deborah’s Ecodocumentaries: Critical Essays (2016). Meanwhile, the limited literature of Southeast Asian ecomedia studies is scattered in various journals such as Utopian Studies and Environmental Communication, and books such as Southeast Asian Ecocriticism: Theories, Practices, Prospects (2018). There is yet to be published a scholarly book dedicated specifically to ecocritical readings of Southeast Asian mass media and popular cultural artifacts.

This edited collection aims to fill this gap. Scholars of Southeast Asian mass media and popular culture, therefore, are invited to contribute proposals for book chapters that develop ecocritical readings of various forms of mass media and popular culture texts produced in Southeast Asia (Brunei, Cambodia, Timor Leste, Indonesia, Laos, Malaysia, Myanmar, Philippines, Singapore, Thailand, and Vietnam). The editors invite you to propose a chapter on a relevant subject within Southeast Asian ecomedia studies including, but not limited to:

  • Broadcast media (radio and TV) and the environment
  • Green cinema and ecodocumentaries
  • Ecodigital art, digital environmental literature, ecopoetics and ecopoetry
  • Critical animal, plant and media studies
  • Cultural botany, literary ethnobotany and human-plant relations
  • Musical recordings and the natural world
  • Environmental ethics, values, climate change, sustainability and media
  • Feminist and Queer ecocritical readings of media texts
  • Postcolonial ecocritical readings of media texts
  • Southeast Asian religions, spiritualities, worldviews and belief systems
  • Environmentalism and activism in and through social media
  • Indigenous media, popular culture and nature
  • Images and representations of littoral, marine, estuarine, wetland and riverine environments in Southeast Asian media and popular culture

Please submit a 250-300 word abstract and a 50-word bio-note to Dr. John Ryan ( and Prof. Jason Paolo Telles ( by 15 July 2019. Authors will be notified by 1 August 2019. Complete chapters of 6,000-8,000 words will be due on 15 December 2019 with a view to publishing the book with a reputable international press in 2020.


Rust, Stephen, Salma Monani, and Sean Cubitt. 2016. “Introduction: Ecologies of Media.” In Ecomedia: Key Issues (London and New York: Routledge)

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