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The editing team of the biannual journal “Porównania” would like to invite you to submit papers for the 2(30)/2021 volume entitled:

In the world of species. Environmental humanities towards human-non-human relations.

We have been observing a shift of the human subject towards the natural and cultural entity in the recent decades in the humanities. Owing to that a multidimensionality of the natural world and a complex relation between its elements have emerged, a relation of which humans can but do not have to be a part. As a consequence, the attention of researchers is drawn not only towards the global dimension of feedback between different ecosystems but also micro-relations and connections between subjects. That is why the place of the human in the world and drawing up borders of human agency have yet again become important problems in contemporary humanities.

The political debate on the global consequences of the human presence on earth mainly in the context of climate change has been ongoing since the 1960s. The ever growing ecological awareness, the debate surrounding the anthropocene or the global pandemic we are currently witnessing have contributed to an increase in the interest in relations within the environment. This is not likely to change. To the contrary, the awareness of the interconnectedness of the human and non-human worlds is still provoking new questions.

This volume is devoted to analyses of literary, visual, musical and performative representations of the natural world and relations between humans and the rest of the animal and plant worlds in diverse cultural texts. What are the borders of agency of different subjects functioning in the social and natural environment? How has the conceptualisation of the world of nature changed? How have the actual relations between different environmental subjects (including people) changed throughout the history? And finally: how has the questioning of the culture/nature division impacted the development of the humanities and how has it contributed to the understanding of the world around us?

The deadline for contributions including a topic and a short abstract is 31st August 2020. The deadline for full text submission is 15th February 2021. We accept texts in Polish, English and German. Information for authors regarding text requirements is available here:

Please send your contributions to one of the email addresses below:

prof. UAM dr hab. Małgorzata Praczyk (editor of the thematic volume): This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

dr Emilia Kledzik (editor-in-chief of “Porównania”): This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it


Porównania” are indexed in SCOPUS and ERIH+. It has been awarded 70 points by the Polish Ministry of Science and Higher Education.