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 A special issue of Humanities (ISSN 2076-0787). This special issue belongs to the section «Film, Television, and Media Studies in the Humanities«.

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 15 December 2021.

Special Issue Editor

Prof. Dr. Jorge Mari
Guest Editor
Department of Foreign Languages and Literatures, NC State University, Raleigh, NC 27695, USA
Interests: 20th- and 21st-centuries Spanish cultural studies; ecocriticism, ecocinema, environmental humanities; contemporary Spanish cinema and prose fiction; Latin American, U.S. & World Cinemas

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

This Special Issue proposes a conversation on Iberian and Latin American cinemas and TVs as well as on the critical field of Iberian and Latin American film and TV studies in the context of the ongoing socioenvironmental emergency and the global systemic collapse. The purpose is to reflect on whether and how Iberian and Latin American films, filmmakers, critics, and scholars have responded to, reflected on, or represented the socioenvironmental emergency; how they have envisioned the future of their regions, of human civilization, and of the planet; and how they have (or have not) used the medium to teach the public and to promote social–environmental change. A broader discussion is also welcome on the uncertain future of cinema and television themselves as industrial, technological art, and communication forms. Essays on films, TV series, and filmmakers from all nations and languages of the Iberian Peninsula, Latin America, and the Caribbean will be considered, as well as on all film and TV genres, including fiction and non-fiction, from sci-fi to horror, action-adventure, disaster, fantasy, and comedy. Substantial interviews with filmmakers are encouraged as well. Potential topics and key terms for the essays may include but are certainly not limited to:

  • Utopias, dystopias, protopias
  • Solar punk, hope punk, ray punk, and other cyber punk subgenres
  • Speculative fiction films
  • Transitions
  • Post-carbon, post-capitalist futures
  • Pedagogy of futuristic cinema and TV
  • Systemic collapse
  • Visions of the apocalypse and post-apocalyptic worlds
  • Futuristic films and the question of spectatorship
  • Food and agriculture in futuristic films
  • Humor and satire in futuristic films
  • Decolonizing the imagination
  • Futuristic films as agents of subversion, resistance, or change
  • Futuristic films as historical films, the future as a mirror of the present
  • The role of technology in futuristic films
  • Techno-optimism
  • Film adaptations of literary works
  • Futuristic films and social-environmental justice
  • Religion, redemption, salvation
  • Sustainable and regenerative futures

Prof. Dr. Jorge Mari
Guest Editor

Manuscript Submission Information

Manuscripts should be submitted online at by registering and logging in to this website. Once you are registered, click here to go to the submission form. Manuscripts can be submitted until the deadline. All papers will be peer-reviewed. Accepted papers will be published continuously in the journal (as soon as accepted) and will be listed together on the special issue website. Research articles, review articles as well as short communications are invited. For planned papers, a title and short abstract (about 100 words) can be sent to the Editorial Office for announcement on this website.

Submitted manuscripts should not have been published previously, nor be under consideration for publication elsewhere (except conference proceedings papers). All manuscripts are thoroughly refereed through a double-blind peer-review process. A guide for authors and other relevant information for submission of manuscripts is available on the Instructions for Authors page. Humanities is an international peer-reviewed open access quarterly journal published by MDPI.

Please visit the Instructions for Authors page before submitting a manuscript. The Article Processing Charge (APC) for publication in this open access journal is 1400 CHF (Swiss Francs). Submitted papers should be well formatted and use good English. Authors may use MDPI’s English editing service prior to publication or during author revisions.

This special issue is now open for submission.