EOI: Book Proposals for Thinking Politics Series

deadline for submissions: 
April 16, 2021
full name / name of organization: 
Geoff Boucher (Deakin University); Matthew Sharpe (Deakin University)

The editors of the Edinburgh University Press series, Thinking Politics, are calling for expressions of interest from authors proposing books on a range of theoreticians and philosophers whose work:

  • affects how we think about politics and the political
  • responds to or challenges hegemonic intellectual formations 

The editors would like to commission titles on theoreticians and philophers whose positioning and thinking clearly reflects this subaltern or resistant stance.

Titles in the series provide clear and accessible introductions to the major ideas in contemporary political thinking, through a focus on key political thinkers. Each thinker's work is introduced and critiqued in the context of the new politics of the present century. Rather than a roll-call of the "usual suspects," however, the series focuses on new thinkers who offer provocative new directions and some neglected older thinkers whose relevance is becoming clear as a result of the changing situation. Titles aim at two levels of audience: undergraduate and postgraduate students; and, research professionals. Titles should therefore examine and reconstruct the core claims about politics, theory, and society in their authors' key works, as well as engage critically with different interpretations and applications of their thought. Typically, titles are 70,000 words long. Books in this series are written for its purposes: dissertations are not suitable and will not be considered. 

Broadly speaking, the theoreticians and philosophers dealt with by the series are in the tradition of continental philosophy, but the series also intends to embrace other subaltern traditions. With existing titles in print or commissioned on Agamben, Arendt, Foucault, Irigaray, Habermas, Nussbaum, Taylor and Zizek, the editors are especially interested in expressions of interest relating to proposals on the authors such as:

  • Amy Allen
  • Alain Badiou
  • Seyla Benhabib
  • Wendy Brown
  • Judith Butler
  • Franz Fanon
  • Nancy Fraser
  • Axel Honneth
  • Julia Kristeva
  • Ernesto Laclau
  • Chantal Mouffe
  • V.Y. Mudimbe
  • Jacques Ranciere
  • Edward Said
  • Gayatri Chakravorty Spivak
  • Ngugi Wa Thiong’o
  • Cornell West

Other proposals are welcome, especially for titles concerning female authors and authors of colour.

At this stage, the editors are calling for expressions of interest. We will work with successful expressions of interest to develop proposals for the series that can then be considered by Edinburgh University Press. Please email both general editors, using your university or research institute address.

Your expression of interest should contain:

  • A title, in the form, [Author] and Politics 
  • A rationale of 500 words, explaining the significance of the thinker
  • A 300 word abstract, outlining the approach that will be taken in this title
  • A list of prospective chapter titles, with a one line description of their potential contents
  • A very brief CV, indicating the prospective author's credentials for undertaking and completing a work of this scope
  • Contact details

Once expressions of interest are in, we will contact prospective authors to let you know the staus of your expression of interest. Then the editors will work with selected authors to develop their proposal with a view to having the work commissioned by Edinburgh University Press.