Call for Papers: ‘Tagore and the Environment’. Gitanjali & Beyond is soliciting articles (5,000-7,000 words), essays (3,000-5,000 words), creative writing/photographs and/or images of artwork for our next issue, which will focus on “Rabindranath Tagore and the Environment”. Although chiefly known as a writer, composer, artist and educator, Rabindranath Tagore (henceforth Rabindranath) had a deep interest in nature and the environment. In his work as an educator and rural reconstructionist, he believed in ‘thinking globally and acting locally’. As such, this issue of Gitanjali and Beyond seeks new perspectives on the environment in its local, global and transnational contexts. In Santiniketan and Sriniketan, in West Bengal, Rabindranath initiated many projects in rural reconstruction. He invited environmentalists and agriculturalists to collaborate with villagers to improve not only their social and economic situation but also the ecological conditions of their environment. In Tagore’s understanding of the interdependence of many aspects of the environment, there was a confluence of thinking between himself and the internationally renowned physicist and biologist J. C. Bose. We are interested in continuing their critical understanding of the modern world in which notions of traditionalism sit alongside modern technologies. For the purposes of this issue we take ‘environment’ to refer to ‘people and place’, an idea which can usefully be extended to the ideas of ‘Place, Work, Folk’ adopted by Tagore’s close friend and fellow educator and environmentalist, Patrick Geddes, who shared Tagore’s mission of bringing back ‘life in its completeness’ to India and the world’s villages and cities. We can say that Tagore and Geddes believed in acting locally, to reconnect with place and community, nature and culture, craft and creativity. We invite articles exploring the subject of ‘Tagore and the Environment’. Possible topics include, but are not limited to, the following:  Relationships between educational institutions and the surrounding community. Discussions of anthropocentrism and aestheticism in ecology. Spiritual ecology in the 21st century. The importance of nature in education. Ecological awareness. Eastern and Western discourses on the concept of nature. Discussions on the influence of nature on wellbeing. Tagore and the Anthropocene J. C. Bose and the environment. Patrick and Arthur Geddes and the environment. The role of nature in Tagore’s art, literature and songs Tagore believed that while Europe was a sea-faring civilization, India was a culture founded in the forest. How much does his view still hold of the respective roles of East and West in the modern world? Tagore’s friend Leonard Elmhirst helped Tagore establish Sriniketan,  a centre for rural reconstruction, and in a similar spirit and with Rabindranath’s blessing, he established the Dartington Hall Trust in Devon. Both ventures were ambitious, pragmatic and successful. What lessons can we learn from the ongoing debate about whether or not there is an enduring legacy to this work? Please address all enquires to Kate Simpson, The abstract of 300-400 words along with a short biographical note may be submitted to and You may also or submit your work through our website at abstract and article need to be in written as a Word document, in Times New Roman or Arial, font size 12. Please follow the MHRA Style Guide for your footnotes/ references/bibliography.The abstract and short biographical note are due by 27 February 2018.Successful submissions will be notified by 15 March 2018. Full articles are due by 30 April 2018, for publication in August 2018.