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Edi­to­r­i­al Intro­duc­tion Brent Bel­lamy

Editorial Introduction

Brent Bel­lamy

Ten years ago, Sheena Wil­son and Andrew Pen­dakis edit­ed vol­ume 3 num­ber 2 “Sight­ing Oil,” the fourth full issue of Imag­i­na­tions. Andriko Lozowy’s cov­er image of a mas­sive dig­ger wheel still arrests me. The issue includes stand out pieces by Ursu­la Bie­mann, War­ren Car­i­ou, Tra­cy Las­siter, the late Jonathan Gor­don, and many oth­ers. This was the issue led me to the journal.

I joined the team at Imag­i­na­tions in Fall 2014. I began work­ing with Sheena Wil­son as the Edi­tor-in-Chief. That Fall, the jour­nal won an Aid to Schol­ar­ly Jour­nals Grant and began the ongo­ing work of mak­ing Imag­i­na­tions acces­si­ble, dig­i­tal­ly up to date, and prop­er­ly cat­a­logued. At the same time, we pub­lished “http://​imag​i​na​tions​.glen​don​.yorku​.ca/​?​p​=​9​947,” “North by West,” and “Crit­i­cal Rela­tion­al­i­ty: Beyond Set­tler Sex & Nature” among others.

Since 2017, the jour­nal has moved from Edmon­ton to Toron­to. We now oper­ate under the direc­tion of Markus Reisen­leit­ner and have wel­comed some fan­tas­tic col­leagues to our team. Sheena Wil­son, Car­rie Smith, and Tara Mil­brandt have since stepped away from the edi­to­r­i­al team, and we at the jour­nal want to thank them whole­heart­ed­ly for mak­ing Imag­i­na­tions what is it today: a leader in gold stan­dard open-access pub­lish­ing and staunch sup­port­er of crit­i­cal voic­es, emerg­ing and glob­al, on visu­al cul­tur­al studies.

Dur­ing the ongo­ing COVID-19 pan­dem­ic, we pub­lished two health relat­ed issues: one edit­ed by Mary Eliz­a­beth Luka, Annette M. Markham, and Dan Har­ris titled, Mas­sive Micro Sense­mak­ing and the oth­er by Natal­ie Love­less titled, Immune Nations: Research Cre­ation at the Inter­sec­tion of Vac­cine Sci­ence and Glob­al Health Pol­i­cy.

We have sev­er­al excit­ing issues in process: we’ll soon be read­ing three upcom­ing issues:

  • Pho­tographs of Migra­tion and Migra­tion of Photographs
  • Vibrant Mat­ters: Mate­ri­al­i­ty across Media, Lit­er­a­ture, and Theory
  • Con­tem­po­rary Crit­i­cal The­o­ry and Decolo­nial Visu­al Prax­is: Explor­ing Resis­tance Nar­ra­tives and Colo­nial Hege­monies in the Pandemic

But, now to the mat­ter at hand! We now proud­ly present vol­ume 13 num­ber 1, “Crit­i­cal and Cre­ative Engage­ments with Petro­me­dia” edit­ed by Rachel Webb Jekanows­ki and Emi­ly Roehl. It marks a mile­stone for the jour­nal as we now have an archive of 25 issues and the ten-year anniver­sary of “Sight­ing Oil.” With the lat­est Intragov­ern­men­tal Pan­el on Cli­mate Change recent­ly con­clud­ing and the remark­able call for pol­i­cy change by the 278 authors in the Sixth Assess­ment report, we believe this issue is nei­ther ear­ly nor late. We hope it serve to devel­op your under­stand­ing of the fos­sil regime in a moment when that knowl­edge might serve us best. Read on, dear read­ers, read on!