Ethos Review

In addition to our weekly forums that make interventions into public life and culture, Ethos also publishes a peer-reviewed, open-access journal that is released in April and October of each year.  Our journal serves as a venue for scholars, artists, and other intellectuals to practice the discipline of cultural studies for a wider audience and to sustain an ongoing conversation about the social institutions and inequities that characterize our contemporary moment.  We are looking for essays that make interventions in public life through scholarly reflection on any discipline in the humanities, although we also seek interdisciplinary work concerned with culture and ethical thought.

Our journal is devoted to bridging the gap between public and scholarly discourse. To that end, Ethos hopes to inspire intellectual debate through essays written in lucid, jargon-free prose. Essays submitted for publication should be between 4,000 and 7,000 words. Extensive endnotes are discouraged.  Manuscripts should not include authors’ names; instead, please include a cover letter with the name of the author(s) , a brief bio, abstract (no more than 350 words), and contact information.

Manuscripts, prepared according to the MLA Manual and Guide to Scholarly Publishing, should be submitted in either document (.doc, .docx) or .rtf format.  Please send all submissions to  

Readers may republish material according to standard U.S. fair use legislation.  Applications for further use and permissions should be made to the author(s) of the article.



Call for Submissions


Ethos: A Digital Review of the Arts, Humanities, and Public Ethics 3.1 (April 2016)

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 2016 issue. For this issue of the Ethos journal, we invite submissions of original scholarly work that consider topics relevant to the project’s intellectual interests in the arts, humanities, and public ethics. Articles may explore literary texts, film, music, trends in cultural criticism and “theory,” or issues of wider social and political concern. Interested contributors are encouraged to browse through our digital archive of forum posts and journal issues to learn more about the range of topics featured on the project. 

Essays should be between 4000 and 7000 words in length and should be submitted in a format adhering to the most recent MLA guidelines. Ethos publishes articles written for a wider intellectual audience, so authors are encouraged to avoid—or, in the least, explain—technical jargon whenever possible. Submissions received before January 15, 2016 will be considered for the April 2016 issue. Submissions well before the due date are especially welcome. 

Ethos is a digital project maintained by a collective of academics and public intellectuals based at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.  In addition to our referred journal, the project also features weekly review posts on cultural criticism and public life. To learn more, visit the project at

Please upload article submissions to our online submission system at For questions, please contact editors Katherine Walker ( and Elisa Faison (


Posted: 2015-10-19
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Vol 2, No 2

Table of Contents


Does the Subaltern Speak?: Reimagining Hurricane Katrina in Beasts of the Southern Wild (2012)
Stephanie Rountree
Building a Bridge of Merit: Documentary and Reality TV
Aaron Duplantier
The Cinematic Topos of Disability and the Example of Avatar: A Rhetorical Critique
Ben Wetherbee
Big (Bad) Data: Information as Antagonist in Zodiac and Zero Dark Thirty
Adam Stier

Book Reviews

Review: Paul Macneill's Ethics and the Arts
Mani Saravanan