PhD students and faculty are invited to submit their ideas to The Conversation”.  They ask authors to please sign up and then pitch an article idea, rather than email a fully written article to the editors. Here are some of the topics they are looking for.

Business/Economy: 

  • Keystone XL is dead — again. What does this mean for Canada’s oil and gas industry, and why is anyone surprised? Deadline: ASAP. Editor: Lee-Anne Goodman, lee-anne.goodman@theconversation.com

Culture + Society:

  • We’re looking for stories about the different ways the ongoing pandemic is affecting childhood — what has been revealed or confirmed? What are the fundamental ways in which childhood is changing through the pandemic? Deadline: ASAP. Editor: Nehal El-Hadi, nehal@theconversation.com
  • We are looking for stories on Indigenous land defence from a range of perspectives. For example: the history of treaties, current disputes, resource extraction. Deadline: ASAP. Editor: Ibrahim Daair, ibrahim.daair@theconversation.com | Hannah Hoag, hannah.hoag@theconversation.com

Energy + Environment: 

  • The popularity of houseplants has boomed during the pandemic. But pothos, monstera and the Instagrammable fiddle-leaf fig didn’t originate in North America or Europe. I’m looking for someone to write about the ecological impact of houseplant popularity. The article might cover the history of plant hunters during Victorian times or concerns arising from the current houseplant craze. Deadline: Jan. 30. Editor: Hannah Hoag, hannah.hoag@theconversation.com
  • Looking for stories on ocean technology and innovation that overlap with SDG themes and/or address threatened species/protection, climate change, pollution, hazards and/or fisheries. These stories should appeal to a global audience, as they will be part of our global ocean series. Deadline: End of February. Editor: Hannah Hoag, hannah.hoag@theconversation.com

Science & Technology:

  • Citizen justice: How is the internet facilitating or enabling new civic actions? For example, people solicited help from others on social media to identify those who were at the Capitol and turning the information over to their employers. Deadline: ASAP. Editor: Nehal El-Hadi, nehal@theconversation.com

Energy + Environment: 

  • The popularity of houseplants has boomed during the pandemic. But pothos, monstera and the Instagrammable fiddle-leaf fig didn’t originate in North America or Europe. I’m looking for someone to write about the ecological impact of houseplant popularity. The article might cover the history of plant hunters during Victorian times or concerns arising from the current houseplant craze. Deadline: Jan. 30. Editor: Hannah Hoag, hannah.hoag@theconversation.com
  • Looking for stories on ocean technology and innovation that overlap with SDG themes and/or address threatened species/protection, climate change, pollution, hazards and/or fisheries. These stories should appeal to a global audience, as they will be part of our global ocean seriesDeadline: End of February. Editor: Hannah Hoag, hannah.hoag@theconversation.com

Health/Medicine: 

  • Flu season update: Looking for someone to write about how this flu season is different from other years (number of cases, vaccine uptake, international spread, whether cases have followed similar patterns to COVID-19), how the COVID-19 precautions may have influenced flu patterns, and if there are any lessons that might be useful in future years. Deadline: end of January. Editor: Patricia Nicholson, patricia.nicholson@theconversation.com

Arts:  

  • Group of Seven in dialogue with Indigenous artists:  Are western galleries beginning to change the way they curate the Group of Seven as arts practitioners increasingly interrogate the problem with European modernist traditions of envisioning so-called “empty” landscapes? Seeking scholars who have looked at this to analyze recent and upcoming exhibits.  Deadline:  end of January. Editor: Susannah Schmidt, susannah.schmidt@theconversation.com
  • Germany examines decolonizing in Canada through art:  Germans’ fascination with Indigeneity in the Americas has been well-documented in documentaries like Drew Hayden Taylor’s Searching for Winnetou. An upcoming exhibit of Canadian painting in Frankfurt has prompted some German press about Indigenous critiques of colonialism. Seeking commentary from German-fluent scholars in related fields. Deadline before March. Editor: Susannah Schmidt, susannah.schmidt@theconversation.com
  • Falsetto voice: Some prominent male singers with stunning falsetto voices are up for awards or are performing at high-profile events this winter (The Weeknd at the Super Bowl, and Thundercat at the Grammys). Seeking an explainer on the history of the falsetto voice:  How do singers technically achieve this sound, or what are the watershed moments in falsetto vocals?  Deadline: Jan. 28. Editor: Susannah Schmidt, susannah.schmidt@theconversation.com

Education

  • CBC reports Canada has spent $3.2 million fighting St. Anne’s residential school survivors in court since 2013. A B.C. court order allows the federal government to begin destroying reports that detail abuse allegations. Seeking a legal expert or historian to explain why the government can destroy key documents and how to understand the St. Anne’s case in the context of the larger TRC. Deadline: ongoing. Editor: Susannah Schmidt, susannah.schmidt@theconversation.com
  • Eros, teaching and empowerment: Plato’s Symposium discusses Eros, including how Socrates mesmerized his students. Particularly in the #MeToo age, Eros and teaching is a dangerous pairing, but ancient portrayals suggest the pursuit of insight isn’t divorced from desire. Seeking an explainer on Socrates and his students or (feminist, religious or other) explorations of eros in learning relationships that are both ethical and potentially transformative. Deadline: Feb. 5 (for publication before Valentine’s Day). Editor: Susannah Schmidt, susannah.schmidt@theconversation.com

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