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NEW: CALL for academic writing – Moral sentiments under a new U.S. president.

Consider the incendiary public statements our new president and his ilk have made regarding sexual, gender, racial, immigration, economic, and environmental issues. How is his ideology going to affect individual and group morality? What are the ethical implications of this president’s agenda in terms of free speech, civil rights, and the right to protest? Guidelines

ASEBL Journal [pronounced, az-a-bell] issues are housed on the St. Francis College (Brooklyn Heights, NY) website. This is an online journal, so issues appear as PDFs. Each issue is relatively small and is therefore published as a single document. Currently the journal is published once a year, around January (though supplements appear on the blog as guest-posts and notes, some of which might be published in the journal itself). We can release a special issue if needed.

The journal is peer-reviewed and indexed in Humanities Source, a major database of EBSCO Host, and the MLA International Bibliography. This means that if your work is accepted, it will be available to a world-wide audience through a major academic (electronic) publisher and included in a prominent language and literature bibliography. ASEBL Journal is also a member of the Council of Editors of Learned Journals.

If you are interested in submitting, please review carefully the information below and contact the editor, Professor Gregory F. Tague: publisher@ebibliotekos.com  

The overall scope of the journal can be classified as evolutionary cultural studies, where culture is understood (via Edward Tylor, 1871) as “that complex whole which includes knowledge, beliefs, art, law, morals, custom, and any other capabilities and habits acquired . . . as a member of society.”

So while ASEBL is interested in, primarily:

1. How moral (social) behavior is depicted in literary texts, how readers might respond to such depictions, and whether or not there is an evolutionary or adaptive function to the production of such moral representations.

Nevertheless, ASEBL can include:

2. The other dimensions of culture Tylor notes. There is no reason one cannot cover personal responsibility, moral identity, social emotions, human nature, consciousness, and conscience from an evolutionary perspective in other cultural manifestations. Scholars working in cognitive cultural studies (e.g., neuroaesthetics or the neurobiology of aesthetic experience) are welcome to query about a submission. The editors are therefore open to analyses (evolutionary or cognitive) of other cultural creations, such as visual arts, dance, music, film, or sculpture.

In great part the evolution of our social emotions is connected to many of our behavioral codes and cultural productions. How can we re-vitalize the humanities by reading literature (or the other arts) with an understanding of evolutionary (or cognitive) studies? To borrow from the title of Robert Wright’s book, what makes a human being a moral animal? We are looking for answers, then, to this question: Why does a moral animal make art?

Please query before submitting, and make sure that any correspondence includes ASEBL in the subject line. Submissions are to be in MLA or APA format: brief in-text citations with a works-cited page; minimal endnotes (no footnotes). Important: endnotes need to be set up without using embedded noting programs. If you use some type of automatically-enumerating noting software (such as Endnote), all of the enumerations become askew when we create the master journal. Simply type notes (if you have any), numbered consecutively, as text, after your paper just before the bibliography. (See recent issues for models, but again, notes should be kept to a minimum.) Documents should not have any headers or footers. We try to keep each issue relatively brief and therefore create one master document which becomes a PDF, so any special codes (such as automatic end-noting) gets transferred to the master and causes formatting problems.

If, after a query, the editor asks you to submit a paper for consideration, please send two Word attachments in one email: one that is a cover sheet with your name and contact information; and a second attachment that is the paper itself (though your name should not appear anywhere in the body of your paper). Papers should be approximately 4,000-5,000 words (more or less). Please submit finished, proofread work only.

We prefer papers that do not use extensive block quoting or an inordinate amount of notes. In the case of lengthy quoting (discouraged, anyway), the author of any paper is responsible for obtaining written permission from the original writer or the writer’s estate. As a humanities-based journal, we prefer papers that do not have tables, graphs, or charts.

We want to use this site as a forum for guests to blog about the connections (consilience / congruence) among philosophy, science, and literature. While blog entries need not be scholarly, there should be some commitment to academic discourse. We are also open to book reviews, although for these we would prefer works only in the realm of evolutionary studies. Please query first about a blog post or (blog) book review – do not send any unsolicited material. When querying, please include ASEBL in the subject line.

Cite as: ASEBL Journal

Although this is an open-access journal and blog where papers and articles are freely disseminated across the internet for personal or academic use, the rights of individual authors as well as those of the journal and its editors are nonetheless asserted: no part of the journal can be used for commercial purposes whatsoever without the express written consent of the editor.

[September 2015 update]