INTERNATIONAL PUBLISHING COMPETITION
CALIFORNIA SERIES IN PUBLIC ANTHROPOLOGY, 2017
The California Series in Public Anthropology encourages scholars in a range of disciplines to discuss major public issues in ways that help the broader public understand and address them. Two presidents (Mikhail Gorbachev and Bill Clinton) as well as three Nobel Laureates (Amartya Sen, Jody Williams, and Mikhail Gorbachev) have contributed to the Series either through books or forwards. Its list includes such prominent authors as Paul Farmer co-founder of Partners in Health, Kolokotrones University Professor at Harvard and United Nations Deputy Special Envoy to Haiti. Recently, based on his book in the Series, Alex Hinton was requested to be an expert witness at the UN sponsored Cambodian Tribunal regarding the Khmer Rouge genocide.
Each year the Series highlights a particular problem in its international call for manuscripts. THIS YEAR WE ARE INTERESTED IN SUBMISSIONS RELATED TO GLOBALIZATION AND ITS DISCONTENTS. THE 2017 WINNER WILL BE AWARDED A FORMAL CONTRACT FROM U.C. PRESS.
We are particularly interested in submissions intended for interdisciplinary and public audiences. Prospective authors might ask themselves: How can they make their study “come alive” for a range of readers through the narration of powerful stories? They might, for example, focus on the lives of a few, select individuals tracing the problems they face and how they, to the best of their abilities, cope with them. Prospective authors might also examine a specific institution and how, in various ways, it perpetuates problems centered around globalization and its discontents. Or authors might describe a particular group that seeks to address a facet of the problem. There are no restrictions on how prospective authors address GLOBALIZATION AND ITS DISCONTENTS – only an insistence that the proposed publication draw readers to its themes through the inclusion of powerful stories about real people. The series is directed at the general public as well as college students.
The University of California Press in association with the Center for a Public Anthropology will review proposals for publication independent of whether the manuscripts themselves have been completed. We are open to working with authors as they wind their way through the writing process. The proposals can describe work the author wishes to undertake in the near future or work that is currently underway. The proposals submitted to the competition should be 3-4,000 words long and describe both the overall work as well as a general summary of what is (or will be) in each chapter. We expect the completed, publishable manuscripts to be between 250-300 pages (or 60,000-100,000 words) long excluding footnotes and references.
Last year’s winners were Ieva Jusionyte, Jeremy Slack, Victoria Stanford, and Wendy Vogt. If you wish to look at their winning proposals dealing with migration, please click here: 2016 Book Series Winners.
DEADLINE FOR SUBMISSIONS IS JUNE 1, 2017
Submissions should be emailed to: firstname.lastname@example.org with the relevant material enclosed as attachments. They can also be sent to: Book Series, 707 Kaha Street, Kailua, HI. Questions regarding the competitions should be directed to Dr. Rob Borofsky at: email@example.com.
All entries will be judged by the California Series in Public Anthropology’s Editors: Rob Borofsky (Center for a Public Anthropology & Hawaii Pacific University) and Naomi Schneider (University of California Press)