Call for Papers for Issue 17 (March 2022)

Submission Deadline December 15, 2021

Guest Editors:

Sheng-Mei Ma (Michigan State University),

Wen-Hui Chang (Chung Yuan Christian University)


Ecocriticism and Pandemics


As the Covid-19 pandemic has disrupted the 21st century by totally changing people’s lives, it has also become one of the factors that is bringing forward new ways of thinking about the environment. Ecocriticism has therefore become a new trend in cross-disciplinary research, necessitated by the state of emergency due to  the pandemic. In The Ecocriticism Reader, Cheryll Glotfelty notes that “ecocriticism is the study of the relationship between literature and the physical environment”, in other words, it is a combination of literature and the natural environment as an implicit criticism between human/non-human, and objects/non-objects. In this issue, we are attempting to explore the new possibilities between ecology and pandemics. With the spread of the pandemic, has it changed people's ecological concept? Is there any new interpretation of the pandemics underway within eco-criticism?


interface Journal of European Languages and Literatures  is inviting original unpublished papers written in English, French, German, Spanish, Russian, or Italian for interface Issue 17, to be published in March 2022. Topics may include (but are not limited to):


  • Rethinking the literary concepts of ecocriticism
  • The ways pandemics and plagues have been interpreted or “constructed”
  • The ways in which societies have reacted to and coped with the threat posed by pandemics and plagues
  • The role that past views of pandemics and plagues play in more recent ecological crises
  • The role of education in dealing with health crises and climate changes
  • Questions of ecology and pandemics
  • Questions of power across medical, environmental, and political ideologies.

Papers should be submitted online at no later than December 15, 2021.

Starting from this issue interface also invites papers not related to the Special Topic which will be published in a dedicated General Topic Section.

All potential authors should consult our website for Author Guidelines