Ecology is an ineluctable dimension of contemporary humanism, but the variety of problems and approaches related to it speak to the tensions between nature and culture, the doctrine of progress and the human-induced imbalance that resulted in global climate change. Ecological activism and politics, global and local economics, corporate social responsibility and profit all contribute to (or aggravate) what seems to be an increasingly intractable problem. Scientists, scholars, writers and artists, activists and politicians have expressed concerns and have suggested many, often contradictory, solutions. Countries meet and sign agreements, but notwithstanding these efforts, the problem of climate change remains. Admittedly, coordinating global solutions is an arduous task, but there is still scepticism about mankind’s role in this process and a mental inertia visible in official and unofficial social media statements. Has humanity exhausted its creative and conceptual capacity to solve this problem? What role, if any, could humanistic disciplines play in a more ecologically sustainable present and future?

Voyages: Journal of Contemporary Humanism seeks to become a forum for debate on these questions, asking how humanism, past and present, can serve as a vehicle for resolving the problems facing today.

Voyages uses double-blind review for evaluating manuscript submissions.  Every contribution is reviewed by three readers who express their opinion and make editing suggestions, without knowing the name of the author.  Authors are requested to submit a Title Page containing relevant contact details and the submitted Manuscript with no author details as 2 separate files. Essays, reviews, creative writing or translations should be no longer than 10,000 words, formatted in APA or MLA styles (double-spaced), with endnotes and a bio-note on the author, including contact information. Essays should be introduced by a brief abstract and keywords to facilitate editing.

This is a process that requires time, so potential contributors typically receive an answer to their cover letter within 3-6 months. Once the contribution is accepted, the author will be contact when the publication of the forthcoming issue is imminent.

Contributions can be in English or in Italian. Material that has already been published will not be accepted. However, translations of a published essay, poem, short story etc. from the original language into English or Italian will be considered. Publication subventions are available for two translations per issue. Authors may also submit their own translations, but only high-level translations are accepted.

Voyages does not retain any copyright, so it remains with the authors.

Images of works of art: Images of works of art should be submitted as separate TIFF or JPEG files at a resolution of at least 150dpi. Individual image size should not exceed 4MB. Audio and video submissions are also encouraged.

Please submit all materials to the following email address:

florence.voyages@nyu.edu