The submissions period has closed for our first issue. Thanks to all who sent their work in! We will be in touch in mid-2023 with updates.
The Institute for Art and Olfaction is pleased to announce its new journal, Alabastron, co-edited by Nuri McBride and Saskia Wilson-Brown. As a community-centered publication, Alabastron seeks to bridge the gap between academia and the public to create an inclusive and accessible learning environment where aromatic history, culture, and practice can be shared freely. To that end, we invite community members, industry professionals, independent and early career researchers, as well as seasoned academics to submit abstracts for our inaugural issue.
The first issue's theme is The Scent of Identity: Olfaction's Role in Culture, Community, and the Formation of Self.
Papers may address, but are not limited to, the following topics: scent and identity formation, aromatic cultural practises, scent in religious practices, scent and queerness, scent and material cultures, scent heritage, scent history, preserving aromatic traditions, aromatics as a form of resistance, unionisation efforts in the fragrance trade, the fragrance industry’s role in shaping aromatic culture, olfaction and class, olfaction and racism, scent and biopower.
Research Articles (Word Limit: 5,000)
These contributions should be original research in fields relating to scent and identity. In some instances, we may choose to reissue a previously published article provided the researcher holds the copyright, and the piece is significant to community education.
Embodied Narratives (Word Limit: 2,000)
These contributions should be nonfiction prose focusing on biographical and community narratives surrounding scent, culture, society and/or the self. It is an opportunity to help others experience the world through your nose. A particular focus will be given to underrepresented communities in fragrance media.
Poetry & Flash Fiction (Word Limit: 500)
Poems, flash fiction and other forms of short fiction focused on the issue's theme should be submitted ready to publish by February 1st. Poetry and flash fiction submissions do not need to send an abstract.
Abstracts for Research Articles and Embodied Narratives must be no more than 300 words.
Submissions in all three categories should be sent by 11:59 PM, February 1st , 2023, to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Submitters will be notified, via email, by the editors regarding the status of their abstract no later than February 1st, 2023. All submissions must be in English. However, abstracts will be considered solely on the quality of the content and not the submitter's English proficiency.
Please be sure to have the following information in your email submission.
Abstracts embedded in the body of the email or whose document is not formatted as noted above will not be considered for further review.
In recognizing our contributor’s expertise and labour, we will offer an honorarium for accepted submissions in all three categories. Further details will be provided upon submission acceptance.
Submissions should be sent by 11:59 PM, February 1st , 2023, to email@example.com.