A Radical Geography Community
Since August 1969 Antipode has published peer-reviewed papers which offer a radical (Marxist/socialist/anarchist/anti-racist/feminist/queer/green) analysis of geographical issues and whose intent is to engender the development of a new and better society. Now appearing five times a year and published by Wiley-Blackwell, Antipode continues to publish some of the best and most provocative radical geographical work available today; work from both geographers and their fellow travellers; from scholars both eminent and emerging.
As the Editorial Collective said in a recent editorial (‘Antipode in an antithetical era’ Antipode 43:2): “We welcome papers which are challenging, which exhibit a will to not only interpret but also transform the world. Antipode papers are rigorous and intellectually substantive, they wrestle with debates in geography and take them forward. But they also go well beyond geography, trespassing and disrupting disciplinary borders. They are original, but not just original: they want to be significant to theory and practice. They are argumentative, scholarly and clear, able to withstand the trials and tribulations of peer review; but they are also alive, animated, and compelling to read. In many instances they ooze political fervour, but they may do this in different ways, not just through angry rhetoric or savage polemic (although these are forms of radical writing which we also acknowledge and cherish). Antipode papers can be – perhaps even should be – collaborative and cooperative. They are not despairing. They are hopeful but not naively so. They are often normative, probing ‘what ought to be’ rather than just ‘what is’: in this sense, they may be explanatory-diagnostic but also anticipatory-utopian. They may interrogate wider structural logics but also be based in lived experiences. And – did we already say this? – they are passionate! Like many who opt for academia, we are driven and motivated; have a fastidiousness for detail; love of language and a clearly delivered thesis; and ardor for the unexpected. Antipode is for us, above all, about passion: passionate writing informed by a passion for justice, in the service of liberation rather than salvation. The quest is not for transcendent Truth but for historical truths that we can confront or enact (as the case may be). Antipode papers are timely, they resonate, speak to, or in some way help us understand – in order to change – existing forms of domination. They generate new, practical ideas for radical politics, broadly defined.”
Special issues and symposia
Antipode occasionally publishes special issues and symposia. The Editorial Collective seeks papers that both individually and collectively make a significant contribution to the advancement of radical/critical geography, whether by pushing debates forward in novel ways or by taking discussions in new directions. We look for papers that speak to ongoing conversations in the field, to be sure, but as representatives of an undisciplined discipline we also look for papers that stray beyond established borders (of all kinds) and that think creatively about the journal’s lines of descent and possible futures. And a ‘symposium’, of course, is a party, so we look for papers that are not only lively and well-presented but also engaging – papers that are in dialogue, meaningfully connecting with each other, and holding together as a collection to form something more than the sum of its parts. A strong introduction to a special issue or symposium takes on these provocations in bold and compelling ways.
The Editorial Collective meets twice a year, in May and November, to consider proposals. These should explain the collection as a whole and its ‘fit’ with Antipode (in no more than 1,500 words), and should also include 150-word abstracts from authors. Symposia consist of around seven essays, each 9,500 words (inclusive of endnotes, references, tables and figures), and a guest-editor’s introduction.
Proposals should be e-mailed to Andy Kent (email@example.com) before the end of April and October, and decisions will made before the end of May and November. If you have a question, please get in touch with Andy.
The Antipode Book Series
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:
Sharad Chari, Centre for Indian Studies in Africa and Department of Anthropology, University of the Witwatersrand, Sharad.Chari@wits.ac.za
Vinay Gidwani, Department of Geography and Institute for Global Studies, University of Minnesota, firstname.lastname@example.org
The Interventions section of Antipode will now, with a few exceptions, be online. The strength of Interventions consists in part in their attitude and directness: they’re timely and pressing, and they’re often springboards for ongoing discussions. The relationship between geography, social theory, and events such as the 2013 Boston marathon, NSA and surveillance, and the Arab Spring, among other spatial matters, warrant thoughtful yet expeditious commentaries. However, publication can be a slow process: Antipode appears just five times a year, and rising numbers of submissions coupled with a limited page budget means the impact of Interventions can be undermined by long waits in publishers’ queues. Migrating Interventions online will open up the possibility of thinking, writing and sharing ideas, and inciting conversation, in response to events as they unfold.
We welcome short (about 1,500-word), perhaps polemical, essays that among other things cast a radical geographer’s eye over ‘live’ events or report on strategies for change and forms of organisation producing a more socially just and radically democratic life. Of course, you will continue to see some Interventions, of a more ‘reflective’ kind, in the pages of Antipode – commenting on the state of radical practice and theory, or introducing debate and disagreement around politically contentious issues of the Left – but AntipodeFoundation.org will showcase some of the best and most provocative radical geographical writing available today.
If you’ve an idea for an intervention, please get in touch with Katherine McKittrick (email@example.com) and Andy Kent (firstname.lastname@example.org).
All Antipode book reviews are now freely available from our online repository, Wiley Online Library. While this digital archive will remain in place, from January 2013 we’ll no longer publish book reviews in the journal; all book reviews will migrate to AntipodeFoundation.org. This will allow us to feature not only more reviews, but also more substantive reviews (in the style, say, of the London Review of Books), more quickly. The makeover will also transform the book reviews section into a more capacious ‘Book reviews, etc.’ section, that may now feature, in addition to book reviews, reviews of film and music, grey literature, and political pamphlets – in fact, any texts that have something to say to the radical geographic imagination.
Please get in touch with Andy Kent (email@example.com) with ideas for reviews.
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