Marion Werner (University at Buffalo SUNY, USA) left the Editorial Collective at the end of April 2022. Marion joined the team in May 2017 after meeting then Editor-in-Chief Nik Theodore and current Managing Editor Andy Kent earlier that year at the AAG annual meeting in Boston. Nik had long been convinced that Marion was the person for the job; Marion had entered Antipode’s orbit at the inaugural Institute for the Geographies of Justice (IGJ) in 2007 (alongside previous Editor Katherine McKittrick and current Editors Laura Barraclough and Diana Ojeda), and had gained a reputation as a stellar scholar (and all-around lovely person) in the subsequent years.
When Nik’s tenure came to an end towards the end of 2019, Marion took the reins as the journal’s Editor-in-Chief. The Editorial Collective met in Barcelona, plans were sketched out to make the journal more focussed, inclusive and international than ever, then Covid-19 reared its ugly head. Marion took the lead, determined that the Editorial Collective remain mindful of the needs of our authors, referees and publishers while being committed to keeping the journal open and focused on publishing the very best radical geographical research. As we said at the time, while “now is the time for understanding and accommodation—the time to practice care (of the self as well as others) and mutual aid, slowing down the production process as we focus our energies on social reproduction”, “[m]uddling through, keeping the good ship Antipode afloat, is more important now than ever. We’re mindful of the pressures exerted on early-career researchers and those precariously employed, and we’re acutely aware of the need for uncompromising critical thought amidst the unfolding conjunctural crisis, so we struggle on.”
The journal didn’t just survive recent years—it flourished under Marion’s exemplary, effective but always humane, leadership. The Editorial Collective’s inclusivity and internationalisation efforts continued apace, some brilliant, vital work was published, we worked hard to ensure that authors’ and referees’ experiences were as constructive as possible, and Marion kept us all sane and smiling with monthly Zoom meetings (and more than one late-night call!). We cannot begin to thank her enough for everything she has done. Marion is taking a well-earned break this year, and will return in 2023 to join the Antipode Foundation’s board of trustees.
Alex Loftus hit the ground running as Editor-in-Chief in May 2022, and he, Kiran Asher, Laura Barraclough, Dave Featherstone and Stefan Ouma were delighted to welcome Diana Ojeda (Universidad de los Andes, Colombia) to the team. Marion leaves the Editorial Collective ship-shape, ready to take on the uncharted waters ahead. Future members of Antipode’s Editorial Collective will be appointed by the trustees of the Antipode Foundation. If you are interested in becoming more involved with Antipode please let us know: [email protected]
Andy Kent, July 2022
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