A Radical Geography Community
Here we are at the start of 2017 with a new look for the journal’s 49th volume. Antipode has had a number of facelifts since 1969 as radical geography has become an integral part of the discipline. We’ve expanded and multiplied in content and membership, as an increasingly diverse set of Left geographers have gained legitimacy and positions of power in universities, and as the range of “valid” approaches has become ever wider. Antipode has always welcomed the infusion of new ideas and the shaking-up of old positions through dialogue and debate, never being committed to just one view of diagnosis or critique. We might say, borrowing Linda Peake and Eric Sheppard’s words, that the journal’s pages have been “bound together by a shared no – rejection of the…status quo – and diverse yeses”.
As Antipode approaches it’s 50th anniversary, we look at its past without illusions, and at its present without becoming disillusioned. Neither unquestioningly bound to what’s come before, nor wilfully distant and adrift from it, we are inspired by the radicalism of the 1960s – and the range of struggles that reimagined place, space, and geography – while also proposing new questions that seek to challenge longstanding practices of marginalization. With this, we continue to look outwards and respond to changing situations while remaining self-critical. We continue the tradition of striving, with passion, to know and understand the difficulties facing us without underestimating the possibilities – neither despairing about domination and oppression nor naively hopeful about resistance and alternatives.
So while we look different, we continue to push Geography’s radical and critical edge in a number of ways, many of which will be familiar, inspired as they are by Marxist, socialist, anarchist, anti-racist, anticolonal, feminist, queer, trans*, green, and postcolonial thought. Others, however, will be less so given that we are also committed to the new, the innovative, the creative, and the heretofore unthought radical edges of spatial theorisation and analysis. After all, it has long been a necessity that Antipode papers are groundbreaking, that their clear arguments develop geographical thinking, and that they do much more than simply add examples to support what we already know. Antipode papers have always reflected upon and extended the debates of our time, they have pushed literatures, knowledge and politics to and beyond their extant boundaries, exploring new themes and agendas, and putting new research or critical analysis to work to make interventions in the order of things. Though we look different, this much will not change going forward.
There is much to look forward to, much on the horizon, as the journal approaches an important birthday. In addition to the daily work of the journal – articles, interventions, reviews, the book series, website, and public lectures – our upcoming projects include a book on the writings and thought of Neil Smith (2017), a special issue on keywords of/in radical geography (2019), and a fête to celebrate 50 years of Antipode! For now, though, the Editorial Collective (past and present) extend warm appreciation to Ray Zilli, who designed the new cover.
Sharad Chari, Tariq Jazeel, Andy Kent, Katherine McKittrick, Jenny Pickerill and Nik Theodore
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 June 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 May and October, and decisions will made before the end of June 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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