Bloomsbury's Critical Plant Studies Book Series

deadline for submissions: 
September 1, 2024
full name / name of organization: 
Bloomsbury Books
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Critical Plant Studies, a book series published by Lexington Books, an imprint of Bloomsbury Books, an imprint of Rowman & Littlefield, calls us to re-examine in fundamental ways our understanding of and engagement with plants, drawing on diverse disciplinary perspectives. A sampling of topics appropriate for this series includes but is not limited to:

• Representations of plants in literature, art, film, and popular culture
• Relationships between humans and plants
• Boundaries and distinctions between plants and animals
• Plants and the environmental crisis
Phytosemiotics and plant communication
• Plant sensation and consciousness
• Vegetal agency
Agriculture, plant medicine, and other applied uses of plants
• Plant ethics and veganism
Invasive plants
• Plants as objects of allegory, metaphor, or fable
Diversity of plants, including algae, moss, and ferns
• Plants as embedded in larger ecosystems

Please send proposals and queries about Critical Plant Studies to General Editor Douglas Vakoch (dvakoch@meti.org) and Acquisitions Editor Courtney Morales (cmorales@rowman.com).

Proposal Guidelines:
To submit a proposal, please send:

  • a prospectus (see below for details)
  • a detailed table of contents
  • one or two sample chapters
  • your curriculum vitae

If you are proposing a contributed volume, please include titles, affiliations, and brief resumes for each of the contributors. The prospectus should include:

  • description of the book, describing the core themes, arguments, issues, goals, and/or topics of the work, what makes it unique, what questions it seeks to answer, and why you are qualified to write it (2–5 pages).
  • A description of your target audience (undergraduate or graduate students? scholars? professionals?).
  • An analysis of competing or similar books (including publishers and dates), indicating distinctive and original elements of your project that set it apart from these other works.
  • A list of courses in which your book might be used as a text or supplementary text, indicating the course level at which this book may be used.
  • An indication of whether any part of your manuscript has been published previously, and if it is a doctoral dissertation, what changes you are proposing to prepare it for publication.
  • The length of the manuscript either as a word count. Will there be figures, tables, or other non-text material, and, if so, approximately how many? If the text is not complete, please still estimate its final length, not including the non-text material.
  • If the manuscript is not complete, an estimation of when it will be finished. Is there a particular date by which you hope the book will be published (due to a historical anniversary, conference, etc.?)
  • The names of four to seven respected scholars in your field with whom you have no personal or professional relationship. Include their titles, affiliations, e-mail addresses, and/or mailing addresses.
  • An indication of whether the manuscript is under consideration by other publishers.

Advisory Board:

  • Sinan Akilli (Kapadokya Üniversitesi, Turkey)
  • Shiuhhuah Serena Chou (Academia Sinica, Taiwan)
  • Albrecht Classen (The University of Arizona, USA)
  • Lewis Daley (Universty College London, UK)
  • Daniela Fargione (Università degli Studi di Torino, Italy)
  • Joela Jacobs (The University of Arizona, USA)
  • Bonnie Lander Johnson (University of Cambridge, UK)
  • Serpil Oppermann (Kapadokya Üniversitesi, Turkey)
  • John C. Ryan (Southern Cross University and University of Notre Dame, Australia)
  • Scott Slovic (University of Idaho, USA)
  • Patrícia Vieira (Georgetown University, USA and Universidade de Coimbra, Portugal)
  • Laura Wright (Western Carolina University, USA)

Critical Plant Studies encourages work grounded in the humanities and social sciences that provides innovative reformulations of the scope and practice of critical plant studies. Books in this series include both monographs and edited volumes that target academic audiences. To introduce critical plant studies to readers not familiar with this field, the series publishes work that is relevant to those engaged in critical plant studies, while also being of interest to scholars from the author’s primary discipline. Among the books of special interest for the series are those that examine plants with reference to particular countries or regions of the world, or with respect to specific cultural, philosophical, religious, or literary traditions. Contemporary and historical works are equally appropriate. We especially welcome books that bridge academia and activism.