London's East End: A Short Encyclopedia

deadline for submissions: 
January 31, 2021
full name / name of organization: 
Kevin A. Morrison
contact email: 

Owing to a variety of reasons, a number of entries in London's East End: A Short Encyclopedia (under contract, McFarland) that were initially assigned have now become available. I am currently look for writers in a number of different categories, including people, film and literature, architecture, periodicals, major events, television, music, and art. Entries range from 50-2000 words with most following on the lower end of the spectrum. Interested individuals are urged to contact the editor for a contents list and style guide. A description of the encyclopedia appears below. Established scholars, early career researchers, and advanced graduate students—those who, in a US context, have passed their qualifying exams—are welcome.

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From the transient street art of Banksy and Pablo Delgado to the exhibitions of Doreen Fletcher and Gilbert and George; from the novels of Charles Dickens and Monica Ali to televisual series produced by the BBC and ITV; and from early eighteenth-century churches designed by Nicholas Hawksmoor to twenty-first century skyscrapers conceived by Norman Foster, the East End is an iconic area of London.

In the span of four hundred years, the region to the east of the Tower of London, and north of the River Thames, has undergone a series of transformations. In the sixteenth century, it was arable land with a few dispersed villages. By the nineteenth century, it was one of Europe’s worst urban slums and an object of investigation for literary writers, social scientists, philanthropists, Salvationists, and journalists with a bent for the sensational. Today, owing to gentrification, the area includes neighborhoods of great affluence—chic restaurants, exclusive retail shops, and some of London’s most expensive real estate—alongside boroughs of extraordinarily straitened circumstances, where life expectancy is some fifteen years lower. As it has evolved, London’s East End has served as the birthplace of radical political and social movements and as the principal site for a variety of diasporic communities: French Huguenots, fleeing religious persecution; Jews, escaping the pogroms in Eastern Europe and Russia; and Bengali Muslims, driven from their homeland by conflict and famine.

Although the East End has attracted significant scholarly interest from a wide array of disciplines, there is no comprehensive guide to its social and cultural history. Through alphabetically organized, short but incisive and insightful cross-referenced entries, London’s East End: A Short Encyclopedia will serve as a foundational reference work with sections on the area’s art, architecture, politics, significant personages and places, literature, music, and film. The volume is under contract with McFarland, a leading independent publisher of academic books. Contact: Kevin A. Morrison (kmorr2016@gmail.com).