Contemporary views on climate change are sharply polarized. Although its study largely belongs in the sciences, it has been, in recent times, addressed in specific kinds of cinema, television, visual images and importantly, science fiction. When it comes to climate crisis, our creative imagination has only touched the surface what is considered as literature. There is deferment in discursive as well as writing practices just as any responsibility towards the earth is deferred to the next person. Postponement, abdication and denial mark our collective attitude to the climate crisis. In this scenario, can writers, artistes and the creative community remain insulated and nonchalant in their solitary aesthetic bubbles? How do we deal with our own collective denial and blindness to our own precarity? Are we part of that which we destroy systematically every day, or, are we ourselves, as some say, the plague that ails the earth? The ordinariness of unprecedented climatic phenomena in recent times, Amitav Ghosh astutely notes, escapes the parameters of conventional language. Scale and proportion, appropriateness and transgression, are integral to discussions about nature and climate change. Does nostalgia, the ever-faithful companion to writing about ‘pristine’ nature, limit the scope of reference to its fury in literary and artistic imaginations? And do we need alternative lenses and other forms of utterances to creatively, even fiercely, address climate crisis?
The winter issue of Yendai, 2019, invites submissions on the above concerns and more in the form of poetry, short fiction, essay, graphic art, soundscape, photographs, etc.
Winter Issue Editor is Trina Nileena Banerjee. She is with Centre for Studies in Social Sciences, Kolkata. Her area of interest includes Gender, Performance, Political Theatre, Theories of the Body, Post colonial Theatre and South Asian History.
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The word limit for essays and short fiction is 1500 words
The last date of sending entries is 15 January, 2020
We accept complete works and not abstract. Notification of acceptance will be communicated on 20 January 2020