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Langscape Magazine Volume 6, Issue 2,  Winter 2017
Theme: "Resilience and Resistance: Why the World Needs Biocultural Diversity"
Abstract Submission Now Closed


We are living in troubled times. Signs of social turmoil and ecological disruption are all around us. Climate change. Air, land, and water pollution. Degradation of our oceans, forests, freshwater, and agricultural land. Loss of species and their habitats. On top of that, add rampant social injustice and inequality, the trampling of human rights, intolerance for cultural and linguistic diversity, and the unrelenting pressures of a profit-driven global economy that pursues its goals regardless of the damage it inflicts to people and the biosphere. 

It can be tempting to look away from this unsettling and daunting picture and “get on with our lives.” Yet, around the world today, there is a widespread malaise, a sense that “things are not well.” Where do we look, then, for a source of ecological and social resilience, for tools of resistance against the forces that are fraying the web of life and causing societal distress? 

The answer, of course, is complex. But we at Terralingua believe that one important place to look for inspiration and strength is our world’s biocultural diversity: the interconnected and interdependent diversity of life in nature and culture. We see biocultural diversity—arising from our diverse adaptations to the natural world and reflected in the diversity of our cultural values, beliefs, behaviors, and languages—as both an expression and a wellspring of life’s evolutionary potential. Our diverse cultural traditions hold an invaluable wealth of human knowledge and adaptive capacity, from which we have much to learn. Respecting and supporting our biocultural diversity bolsters our capacity to address the current challenges and to bring about a profound shift in human values: one that will make sustaining the life systems that sustain us a primary societal goal.

  • Why does the world need biocultural diversity, and why does it need it now?
  • What does biocultural diversity teach us about the past that is relevant to the present and can help us build a better, more sustainable and just future?
  • What can we learn from places where diversity in nature and culture is still thriving today about other ways of thinking and being in the world?
  • If biocultural diversity continues to decline, what do we lose that is crucially relevant to our lives today—including the lives of the over half of humanity that now dwells in cities?
  • What do we say to those who feel that “we” are so much better off now—in a bioculturally impoverished world, maybe, but with so many more options and opportunities made available to us by technological and economic “progress”?
  • How do we effectively bring the message home to the unaware, the skeptic, and the billions—particularly in the younger generations—for whom “being connected” has more to do with being tethered to smartphones and social media than with being immersed in the natural world?
  • What are some telling examples, locally, regionally, or globally, of how we can build or rebuild biocultural resilience and resistance by drawing inspiration from Indigenous wisdom and other worldviews that remind us that we are part of and interdependent with the natural world?
If you feel you have something to say (or something visual to show) on any or all of these points, hurry up, we want to hear from you! Write up an abstract and send it our way.

Contributions to Langscape Magazine may take different forms, either text-driven or artwork-driven (such as photo essays, video essays, or other visual art):

  • Thought pieces for our "Ideas" section
  • Personal accounts, dialogues, stories, or poetry for "Reflections"
  • Reports from the field for "Dispatches"
  • Discussions of policy interventions or practical solutions for "Action"
  • Or surprise us with something different, and we'll have to create a new section for you!
Our extended deadline of August 16 is approaching fast, so send your abstract soon! See below for instructions on how to submit.


Luisa Maffi
Co-founder and Director, Terralingua
Editor, Langscape Magazine

Unity in Biocultural Diversity - Together We Can!


SUBMISSIONS NOW CLOSED! The following information no longer applies.

Please submit a single document in Word .doc or .docx formats only (no PDFs, please), including the following: 

  1. Abstract – your idea for a contribution to the theme above – in 1-2 paragraphs maximum
  2. Bionote – a 50-word-maximum statement about yourself and your work

After reviewing all abstracts received, we will let you know by August 20 whether we would like to invite you to submit a full contribution.

PLEASE NOTE:  An invitation to submit a full contribution does not mean that your contribution is already accepted for publication. It means that we are interested in your idea and would like to see your full submission.

IMPORTANT: Be aware that Langscape Magazine does not publish formal scientific or technical papers. We seek contributions that, while based on solid scholarship, express concepts in accessible language and in a literary rather than an academic style. Tell a story with words and/or images!


BEFORE YOU SUBMIT, you may want to look at the most recent issue released in July 2017, Vol 6.1, released in Summer 2017. Read the EditorialTable of Contents, and the sample articles. (Copies of the full issue are available through our Market, or you may purchase a subscription.) 

If you are still unsure whether your contribution would fit with Terralingua’s perspectives and the approach of Langscape Magazine, we suggest that you review the following Resources: