Call for Papers: Ethos Journal 3.2 “Cultural Artifacts in the Anthropocene”

Ethos: A Digital Review of the Arts, Humanities, and Public Ethics—a peer-reviewed, interdisciplinary online journal and digital forum—invites submissions for its April 2017 special issue on the Anthropocene. (Image by Rashid Akrim.)

"The New Era of Hip Hop Gospel: Kanye West’s The Life of Pablo and Chance the Rapper’s Coloring Book" by Kevin Pyon

"Throughout The Life of Pablo, West is St. Paul the Apostle, sharing God’s Word to the world, Pablo Escobar the notorious drug lord, wantonly seeking pleasures with no limits, and Pablo Picasso the artist, creating an ingenious musical synthesis of the sacred and profane." (Image by Adam Matan.)

"President Obama’s Mere Liberalism, Part 2: A Changing Social Fabric" by Bert Clere

"In spite of pursuing color-blind economic uplift in Appalachia and the South, Obama has faced almost total opposition from white voters in these areas. A cynic might argue that this is proof Obama’s conciliatory stances just don’t work. But Obama has always played the long game ... ." (Image by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Kevin S. O'Brien.)

"3D Printers: The Next Disruptive Technology" by Jerry Mooney

"Before we all panic and get our torches and pitchforks out to skewer Frankenstein’s monster, let’s remember that all of the great innovations in history have been disruptive at first. Democracy disrupted monarchy. The car disrupted horse breeders. Email disrupted the postal service and the envelope manufacturers." (Image by Jonathan Juursema.)

"President Obama’s Mere Liberalism, Part 1: A New Economy and Foreign Policy" by Bert Clere

"Yet Obama’s presidency, in spite of his critics, has actually been a powerful case for the efficacy of liberal governance in the US. On the economy, on foreign policy, and on social issues, Obama has doggedly held to pragmatic liberal principles and has achieved a surprising number of successes while doing so." (Image by Gage Skidmore.)
Forum: Cultural Interventions

Forum: Cultural Interventions

“Cultural Interventions” is interested in the ways in which culture (pop or otherwise) informs our economics, politics, and our daily judgments.
Forum: Intellectual Spaces

Forum: Intellectual Spaces

“Intellectual Spaces” explores those institutional centers in which social conventions condense and become organized structures.
<em>Ethos</em> Journal

Ethos Journal

Our journal serves as a venue for public intellectuals to consider the arts and humanities as powerful forces that help to configure our economics, politics, and everyday existence.
Ethos is a collective of critics, scholars, and public intellectuals at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. This digital project provides a space for debating—and indeed producing—powerful cultural ideas through our weekly forums and a semiannual, peer-reviewed journal.

Interested in writing for Ethos? We're seeking contributions from authors interested in topics about the arts, humanities, or public ethics. Many of our contributors are faculty members at universities, graduate students, artists, teachers, or regular bloggers. We welcome interesting topics and posts for consideration. Our weekly forum posts typically run from 300-700 words. If you would like to submit a post, please email Katie Walker ( with an idea or post.