The Antipode Book Series explores what it means to think radical geography, broadly considered, “antipodally” as in opposition and from various margins, limits or borderlands.
An Antipode book provides insight “from elsewhere”, across boundaries rarely transgressed, with internationalist ambition and located insight. We want manuscripts willing to step outside the comfort of regional, national and disciplinary boundaries to think across comparative and connected insights from elsewhere.
An Antipode book confronts and sharpens the stakes in a set of issues. This does not amount to polemics, or clear lines between enemy and friend. Rather, an Antipode book diagnoses the ways in which grounded critique emerges from particular instantiations of contradictory social relations in order to change them. We seek manuscripts driven by this practical socio-spatial imperative, rather than a purely ideological commitment to “radical geography”.
An Antipode book might look to revise larger and interdisciplinary scholarly debates by pushing at their boundaries, or by showing what happens to a problematic as it moves or changes. Equally, an Antipode book might think with binaries we instinctively dismiss, to think in complex ways about the ways in which such binaries are mobilized and boundaries maintained.
An Antipode book investigates the specific density of power and struggle in one or more sites, but with lessons that might travel internationally, to provide surprising echoes elsewhere. Indeed, we seek books written with this deliberative communicative intent, theoretically bold and empirically rich but also intended for critical renovation and re-use in other sites of critique.
Finally, an Antipode book will be written in lively, accessible prose that does not sacrifice clarity at the altar of sophistication. We seek books that are not necessarily from the discipline of geography, but which push the boundaries of geographical critique to understand our fractured world in order to change it. Authors or editors with ideas for Antipode books should contact the Book Series editors with an idea or full proposal which will be subject to review by the editors and two anonymous referees.
A proposal should consist of: an introduction that lays out the book’s theoretical and empirical stakes, in engagement with the foregoing manifesto for the series; an annotated chapter outline; a schedule to completion; and a clear sense of how the proposed book aligns with complementary titles.
Nik Theodore, Department of Urban Planning and Policy, University of Illinois at Chicago; firstname.lastname@example.org
David Featherstone, School of Geographical and Earth Sciences, University of Glasgow; David.Featherstone@glasgow.ac.uk