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Current Calls for Papers:

Making an Article Proposal

Authors who are interested in submitting a paper for any of the collections listed below should send a short abstract-length summary to the Editorial Office outlining the scope of their proposed paper; any general enquiries can also be directed to this address.

Socioeconomic Factors and Mental Health: Past and Present

Editors: Professor Matthew Smith and Dr Lucas Richert (University of Strathclyde, UK)

This article collection will examine how the relationship between socioeconomic factors and mental health has been and is understood in an array of different places and periods. Although much of the focus of current mental health research and clinical practice is on the neurological aspects of mental illness and psychopharmacological treatment, historical research demonstrates that a wide range of factors — from vitamin deficiencies such as pellagra, and infections such as syphilis to traumatic life events — have contributed to the onset and exacerbation of mental health problems. Among all these factors, one looms largest: socioeconomic status. On the one hand, socioeconomic inequality has been long recognised as a potential cause of mental illness, as the history of mental hygiene and social psychiatry during much of the twentieth century demonstrates. On the other hand, however, the mentally ill have also historically faced much socioeconomic hardship; today, a high proportion of the homeless and incarcerated in many countries suffer from mental illness.

By exploring this topic across time and place, this collection aims to provide a historical context for today’s mental health crisis, and also to inform current mental health policy, especially attempts to prevent or alleviate mental illness through social change.

Insights on a broad spectrum of themes are welcomed, including, but not restricted to:

  • Homelessness and mental illness;
  • Social psychiatry and mental hygiene;
  • Community mental health;
  • Forensic psychiatry;
  • Race and mental health;
  • Psychiatry and various economic/political systems (e.g., communism, socialism, capitalism);
  • Socioeconomic factors and child mental health;
  • How health professionals deal with poverty and mental health;
  • Social policy and mental health;
  • Social activism and mental health.

This is a rolling article collection and as such proposals and submissions will be welcome until August 1, 2018.

Continuity and Change in Russian Politics

Editor: Professor Neil Robinson (Department of Politics and Public Administration, University of Limerick)

The centenary of the Russian Revolution of 1917 has been a cause for reflection. Political, social and economic change in Russia have reshaped Russia over the last century, but at the same time, as the return to autocratic rule under Vladimir Putin shows, there are powerful continuities in Russia that need to be accounted for. 

This article collection will explore how continuity and change have shaped Russian politics over the last century and their legacies today, and how different social science disciplines, and interdisciplinary work have taken account of continuities and change to explain the role of different forces and institutions in the development of Russia.

Contributions are invited from a range of disciplines and perspectives, including, but not restricted to: political studies, international relations, history and sociology.

Articles exploring the following key themes and others of relevance will be considered:

  • Policy continuity and change in Russia
  • Perspectives on change in Russian politics and society
  • Conceptualising change in Russia
  • Sources of change in Russian politics
  • Continuity and change in Russian foreign relations
  • Legacies of the past in Russian politics
  • Social and economic adaptation to change in Russia

This is a rolling article collection and as such proposals and submissions will be welcomed throughout 2018. However, full submissions received by March 1, 2018 will be considered for publication as part of the collection’s formal launch.

The Future of Research Assessment

Editor: Professor James Wilsdon (Professor of Research Policy, Department of Politics & Director of Impact and Engagement, Faculty of Social Sciences, University of Sheffield, UK)

It is now thirty years since the UK’s first research assessment exercise took place in 1986. To mark this anniversary, Palgrave Communications will publish a thematic collection on the future of research assessment. A strong cast of contributors, drawn from academia, management, policy and practice, will explore recent developments and debates in the UK and internationally.

Across research systems worldwide, policymakers, universities, funders and publishers are grappling with how to measure and assess the qualities and impacts of research. Since the mid-1980s, there has been a steady escalation in the quantity, reach and sophistication of research assessment. 

Several triggers lie behind this: pressure from governments for tighter audit and evaluation of public investment in research; demand by policymakers for more strategic intelligence on impacts and future priorities; the need for universities and other institutions to mange and develop their research portfolios; competition within and between institutions for prestige, students, staff and resources; increases in the availability of real-time ‘big data’ on research uptake; and the capacity of indicators, metrics and other tools for data analysis. 

Architects and advocates of assessment point to accompanying increases in research productivity and quality. But the relationship to outcomes is intensely debated, and critics argue that the burdens of audit and assessment systems, and the pressures and incentives they create, are having corrosive effects on research cultures, qualities and values.

We invite contributions from academics, policymakers and practitioners on the following themes:

  • The development, use and effectiveness of different policies, frameworks and tools for research assessment; 
  • The relationship between research assessment and outcomes, qualities and impacts;
  • Uses, merits and limitations of quantitative indicators and peer review in research assessment;
  • The politics and ethics of research assessment;
  • The effects of assessment on research cultures, careers, equality and diversity;
  • Responses to the growing influence of university rankings and league tables;
  • Altmetrics and indicators for assessing research qualities and/or wider impacts;
  • Gaming, unintended consequences and strategic responses to assessment;
  • The history, development and comparative analysis of national assessment systems;
  • Strategies for evaluating inter, multi and transdisciplinary research.

This is a rolling collection and as such submissions/proposals will be welcome throughout 2018.

Read papers published to date in this collection.

Global Governance

We invite submissions and article proposals for this rolling article collection dedicated to Global Governance. This collection provides a multi- and inter-disciplinary forum for current thinking in this fast evolving field of scholarship.

Insights from a broad spectrum of areas are welcomed, including, but not restricted to: international relations, political science, law, economics, sociology, history, sustainability, development, security, sports, public health, demography and cultural studies.

Advisory Editors: Michele Acuto (University College London, UK), Nikolay Anguelov (University of Massachusetts, Dartmouth, US) and Martin Geiger (Institute of Political Economy Carleton University, Canada).

This is a rolling collection and as such submissions/proposals will be welcome throughout 2018.

Read papers published to date in this collection.

Multi- and Interdisciplinary Perspectives on Gender Studies

Editor: Professor Kath Woodward (Open University, UK).

The field of Gender Studies offers theoretical and methodological advantages in understanding multiply constituted social worlds and addressing a variety of pressing global problems, from the dynamics of migration, through to the uneven global power geometries and climate change. Not only are most of the major challenges of the contemporary world underpinned by social divisions, including those based on sex and gender, but also the issues addressed by sexual politics are often a key motor of activism and change. Notably, gender studies are also playing an integral part of the increasing interdisciplinarity of academic research.

This rolling collection provides a multi- and inter-disciplinary forum for current thinking in this field of scholarship—insights and perspectives from a broad spectrum of areas are welcomed, including, but not restricted to, sociology, criminology, politics, history, literature, education, psychology, anthropology and cultural and media studies.

This is a rolling collection and as such submissions/proposals will be welcome throughout 2018.

Read papers published to date in this collection.

Scientific Advice to Governments

EditorsSir Peter Gluckman (Chief Science Advisor to the Prime Minister of New Zealand & Chair, International Network for Government Science Advice) and Professor James Wilsdon (Professor of Science & Democracy, Science Policy Research Unit, University of Sussex, UK).

Scientific advice to governments has never been in greater demand; nor has it been more contested. From climate change to cyber-security, poverty to pandemics, food technologies to fracking, the questions being asked of scientists, engineers and other experts by policymakers, the media and the wider public continue to multiply and increase in complexity. At the same time, the authority and legitimacy of experts are under increasing scrutiny, particularly on controversial topics, such as climate change and genetically modified crops.

This thematic collection brings together leading contributors – from across Europe and internationally – to the theory, practice and politics of scientific advice. It will build on the conclusions of a landmark conference in Auckland in August 2014, which led to the creation of the International Network for Government Science Advice (INGSA).

Articles are invited that explore scientific advice from a range of disciplinary perspectives, including science and technology studies, science policy studies, political science, sociology and philosophy. Case studies and practitioner perspectives are also welcome. Topics that the collection hopes to cover include:

  • Institutional arrangements for scientific advice in national governments, European and international institutions;
  • Different modes of scientific advice: including deliberative and informal advice; advice in crises and emergencies; foresight and horizon scanning;
  • The relationship between scientific advice and wider approaches to evidence-informed policymaking;
  • The qualities, skills and capabilities of scientific advisors and policy commissioners and ‘customers’ of advice;
  • The role of different types of evidence and expertise in advisory processes (including from the natural sciences, engineering, social and behavioural sciences, arts and humanities), and the prospects for inter- or trans-disciplinary approaches;
  • The role of public values, engagement and dialogue in science advisory processes;
  • The contribution of boundary organisations to scientific advisory systems and processes, including national academies, learned societies, think tanks, business lobby groups, NGOs, foundations and civil society organisations;
  • Scientific advice in situations of uncertainty, complexity and ‘post-normal’ science;
  • Science advice in diplomacy and international relations.

This is a rolling collection and as such submissions/proposals will be welcome throughout 2018.

Read papers published to date in this collection.

The Role of Women in Management and the Workplace

Editors: Rosa Lombardi (Sapienza University of Rome, Italy) and Paola Paoloni (Niccolo' Cusano University, Rome, Italy).

While historically the male perspective has predominated inside organisations, there is now an increasing understanding that a greater role for women in management, the workplace and organizations in general, is an essential precursor for promoting economic development and creating a fair and inclusive society. A continuing lack of gender equality demonstrates that human resources are not being harnessed to their greatest effect. For this reason greater awareness of gender equality and women’s empowerment is essential for attaining economic and societal development through various channels, including employment in the labour market, higher education, research, innovation and entrepreneurship. Moreover, a deeper understanding of the female perspective in modern organizational contexts is significant to enriching organizations’ stock of knowledge, culture, competence, capabilities and skills.

Featuring research from academics and practitioners, this thematic collection aims to provide a contribution to this wider debate by encouraging the submission of empirical and/or conceptual papers that seek to address gender equality and women’s empowerment in management, the wider workplace and organisational structures.

Papers that adopt diverse research methodologies and draw from different theoretical streams and disciplines are welcomed, as are comparative analyses from different countries or regions.

The themes covered in the collection include, but are not limited to, the following:

  • Women’s issues in the modern world;
  • Women’s role in socioeconomic development;
  • Modern business ethics;
  • Women leadership and entrepreneurship;
  • Women’s roles in management and governance;
  • Women’s roles in management and governance;
  • Work, family, financial issues and careers;
  • Women’s roles in creativity and innovation;
  • Discrimination and gender (in)equality;
  • Intellectual capital and gender.

Contributions on other related and relevant themes will be welcomed, subject to the approval of the Editors.

This is a rolling collection and as such submissions/proposals will be welcome throughout 2018.

Read papers published to date in this collection.

Perspectives on Soft Power

Editor: Professor Nick Anguelov (Department of Public Policy, University of Massachusetts Dartmouth, USA)

Since its conceptualisation in the 1980s by Joseph Nye, the term ‘soft power’–the ability of states to persuade others to do what they want without force or coercion–has been widely invoked in foreign policy discussions. While proponents highlight the successful applications of soft power in confronting critical regional or global issues, others point to its limitations in contrast to those of ‘hard power’ approaches, such as military intervention, coercive diplomacy and economic sanctions.

This thematic collection explores all aspects of soft power, from approaches to framing foreign-policy agendas, to the strategies that countries use to persuade and elicit positive attraction in order to obtain preferred outcomes.

Contributions are invited from a range of disciplines and perspectives, including, but not restricted to: diplomacy, international relations, security studies, international economics and law, sociology and anthropology.

Given the new and emerging incarnations of soft power in the era of ‘new media’, submissions from the following fields are also welcomed: communications studies, cross-cultural sociology, global business and marketing studies, and information technology management.

Articles exploring the following key themes and others of relevance will be considered:

  • Evolving definitions of soft power
  • Instruments of soft power and their use (e.g., public diplomacy, cultural diplomacy and financial aid)
  • Country- and region-specific case studies
  • Interplay between soft and hard power
  • Infrastructure dynamics to support soft power (e.g., informational technology, social media)
  • Implications and outcomes of soft power
  • Future of soft power and ‘smart power’

This is a rolling collection and as such submissions/proposals will be welcome throughout 2018.

Read papers published to date here.

Studies in Horror and the Gothic

Editor: Dr John Edgar Browning (Georgia Institute of Technology, USA).

‘Studies in Horror and the Gothic’ is by necessity of its pervasive, aesthetic nature a broad and all-encapsulating thematic collection, one that will engage the study of horror and the Gothic through literature, film, television, new media, and electronic gaming. We are here interested in the dark, the forbidden, the secret. But fundamentally all our submissions should ask, and strive to address (or redress) on their own terms, what is “horror” and what is the “Gothic,” employing in the process individual or multiple methods of theoretical inquiry and myriad disciplinary or interdisciplinary approaches from across the humanities, social sciences, and beyond. 
This thematic collection concerns itself with the business of exhuming, from the dark recesses of human experience, any number of cultural products from any historical moment or geography that might prove useful in uncovering some of horror’s and the Gothic’s more fascinating junctures and deeper meanings. Submissions should be scholarly but remain accessible to the advanced student or knowledgeable general reader interested in the subject. 

Contributions on the following themes are especially encouraged:

  • Theories of horror and monstrosity;
  • Horror, the Gothic, and pedagogy;
  • National Gothic(s) and horrors;
  • Female Gothic/horror histories;
  • Specialised themes in horror and the Gothic (law, sexuality, disability, etc);
  • Ethnographic approaches to horror and the Gothic;
  • Horror by the decade;
  • Lost Gothics;
  • Post-millennial horrors and Gothic(s).

Collection Advisory Board: Jeffrey Andrew Weinstock (Central Michigan University, USA), Carol Margaret Davison (University of Windsor, Canada), Harry M. Benshoff (University of North Texas, USA), Dylan Trigg (University of Memphis, USA and University College Dublin, Ireland), Maisha L Wester (Indiana University, USA), and Jesse Stommel (University of Mary Washington, USA).

Read Dr John Edgar Browning's paper 'The real vampires of New Orleans and Buffalo: a research note towards comparative ethnography'.

This is a rolling collection and as such submissions/proposals will be welcome up until August 2018. 

Read papers published to date in this collection.

Discourse studies: Theories and Methodologies at the Crossroads of Language and Society

Editor: Professor Johannes Angermuller (University of Warwick, UK)

Discourse Studies is a field that has been developing dynamically at the intersection of language and society. While discourse analysis is an established subfield within linguistics, discourse designates an object of investigation and topic of controversial debate in many other fields of the social sciences and humanities: sociology, political science, education, history, anthropology, literary criticism, cultural studies, philosophy and beyond. This collection reflects the growing awareness of the many strands and traditions that have been developing in different disciplines and aims to take stock of Discourse Studies as an interdisciplinary field. Its objective is to step outside the niche of established schools and to make recent discourse-related developments in specialised disciplinary fields available to a broader interdisciplinary audience.

Contributing authors are invited to approach the topic from either a theoretical or methodological vantage point. From a theoretical angle, articles can focus on critical conceptual and epistemological debates that have characterised a field, approach or school in Discourse Studies. These contributions should focus on contemporary challenges in the broader context of Discourse Studies. They should avoid theoretical exegesis, focus on problems and questions relevant to discourse researchers and explicitly aim to establish a dialogue across the disciplinary spectrum. From a methodological angle, contributions can present analytical tools and research methods that are applied to an empirical object. Against a background of past achievements, contributions should reflect on the articulation of theories and methods in discourse research.

This is a rolling collection and as such submissions/proposals will be welcome throughout 2018. 

Green Criminology and Environmental Harm

Editor: Dr Angus Nurse (Middlesex University School of Law, UK)

Palgrave Communications is inviting submissions and article proposals for a thematic article collection dedicated to Green Criminology and Environmental Harm. The collection invites original research and reviews of policy and practice aimed at addressing contemporary environmental harm problems. This includes work aimed at addressing the manner in which environmental harm is framed within criminal justice systems as well as how failures in enforcement practice or issues within policy and legislation impact on environmental harm. Insights from a broad spectrum of areas are welcomed, including, but not restricted to: environmental harm as crime, environmental victimology, environmental policing, environmental law and the prosecution of environmental offences, environmental criminality, wildlife crime as environmental harm.

This is a rolling collection and as such submissions/proposals will be welcome throughout 2018. 

China in the Global South

Editor: Professor Ho-fung Hung (Department of Sociology, Johns Hopkins University, USA)

Over the last decade, China has become ever more active in exporting capital to other developing countries. Sectors that Chinese companies invest in range from mining and infrastructure to manufacturing. These investments cover all continents. China’s initiation of the Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank and its participation in the BRICS bank will give extra financial boost to outward investment of Chinese companies. Journalistic and policy discussion about the impact of China’s outward investment on the prospect of development in the global South abounds. While some hail China’s capital export as creator of a new context of development, others see it as not much different from old colonial exploitation of less developed countries. Academic research on this topic is still lacking and uneven. This thematic collection aims to bring together pioneering research on the local impacts of Chinese investment in different parts of the developing world. It will foster comprehensive and comparative perspectives on whether Chinese outward investment is creating a new context of development in the developing world or not.

This is a rolling collection and as such submissions/proposals will be welcome throughout 2018. 


Digital Society and Capitalism

Editor: Professor Mike Grimshaw (University of Canterbury, New Zealand)

This article collection addresses the questions that arise concerning the impacts and challenges that digital society provides for and against capitalism. Digital society has been lauded as emancipatory and freeing individuals from the constrictions of time and place and yet also critiqued as introducing a type of techno-feudalism of data extraction. The vaunted freedom of work and leisure time, work-space and leisure-place, has occurred to some, yet for many others it has created the collapse of work and non-work time and space into a digital surveillance of work, identity and social interaction. There are also issues of technological inequality and generational differences.

Contributions are invited that provide perspectives on hot topics within this theme, including, but not restricted to, questions such as:

  • Can digital society be now considered the new opiate of the masses of neo-liberal capitalism?
  • What are the issues and possibilities of digitalism society within the turn to the financialisation of capitalism?
  • Did digital society contribute to the survival of capitalism after the Global Financial crisis?
  • Is the issue the 1% that the Occupy movement focused on, often via social media and digital society, or is it the hyper-capitalist entrepreneurs and plutocracy of the digital economy who are calculated to form the far smaller 0.0001%?
  • How has labour changed within digital society?
  • In what way can we talk about an App economy and App labour?
  • In what ways can we discuss ethnicity and gender within digital society and capitalism?
  • How have different forms of politics within capitalism made use of digital society to advance their claims and ideologies?
  • How has publishing, news, sports and entertainment within capitalism been affected by the rise of digital society?
  • What are the impacts upon universities and other forms of knowledge production?
  • Where and how do the precariat exist within the matrix of digital society and capitalism?

This is a rolling collection and as such submissions/proposals will be welcome throughout 2018. 

The Politics of an Urban Age

EditorsDr Michele Acuto (University College London, UK), Dr Joana Setzer (London School of Economics and Political Science, UK), Enora Robin (University College London, UK), Dr Kristin Ljungkvist (Uppsala University, Sweden).

Since 2015, the international community has been drawing the contours of the new global Sustainable Development Agenda. With most of the world’s population now living in urban areas, cities more than ever have been called into action to help solve some of the most pressing challenges of our time, such as climate change, growing inequalities, economic instability, and pandemics. The third United Nations Conference on Housing and Sustainable Urban Development will discuss the ways in which municipalities across the world can actually help tackle these challenges. Yet, recognising the increasing roles of city-governments in finding urban solutions to global problems raises various questions in relation to the changing politics of the ‘urban age’, and the governance challenges posed by the apprehension of global and trans sectorial issues through an urban lens. 

This thematic collection will explore the political and governance implications of the urban age at various scales, welcoming contributions from leading scholars working across academic fields (development studies, economics, environmental science, geography, international studies, political science, science and technology studies, sociology) and from different geographical perspectives. 

The various themes developed in this issue will question the political implications of the urban age across multiple ‘levels’ including:

  • Space politics: the impacts of cyberspace on cities and the future of cities;
  • Global politics: city-diplomacy and the ways in which cities engage in multilateral processes; how cities can respond to humanitarian crises and refugees;
  • Regional politics: how cities participate in the reconfiguration of their regional environment (e.g. in the EU, South East Asia);
  • National politics: what are the implications of a growing role of cities on power distribution within nations (e.g. questions around devolution/decentralisation, political participation, accountability);
  • Subnational politics: the formation of large urban regions, coordination between city and state/regional governments;
  • Urban/metropolitan: city-level of analysis, urban governance challenges, resilience and adaptation;
  • Neighbourhood: role of community and neighbour politics in sprawling cities, connections between neighbourhoods and politics of shifting from rural villages to metropolitan neighbourhoods;
  • Infra-urban politics: coordination of different government levels across the city, infra-city disparities, city fragmentation, displacement, megaprojects;
  • Home politics: impact of rapid urbanisation on housing, households, societal structures;
  • Body politics: city and surveillance, movement, flux, conflicts, gender;
  • Microbial politics: pandemics and health.

Each author is invited to propose a contribution with the title ‘The [level] politics of an urban age’, in which the different levels of the urban age will be addressed.

This is a rolling article collection and as such submissions will be welcomed at any point up until the end of December 2018.

To register interest prospective authors should submit a short article proposal (abstract summary) to the Editorial Office in the first instance.

The Politics of Evidence-based Policymaking: Maximising the Use of Evidence in Policy

Editor: Professor Paul Cairney (Professor of Politics and Public Policy, Division of History and Politics, University of Stirling, UK)

Many academics, in areas such as health and environmental policy, bemoan the inevitability of ‘policy based evidence’ rather than ‘evidence-based policy’. Some express the naïve view that policymakers should think like scientists and/or that evidence-based policymaking should be more like the ideal of evidence-based medicine in which everyone supports a hierarchy of evidence. Others try to work out how they can improve the supply of evidence or set up new institutions to get policymakers to pay more attention to it.

Yet, a more pragmatic solution is to work out how and why policymakers demand information, and the political and complex policymaking context in which they operate. Only then can we produce evidence-based strategies based on how the world works rather than how we would like it to work. This new strategy requires new skills, such as the ability to turn a large amount of scientific evidence into simple and effective stories that appeal to the biases of policymakers, and to form alliances with key actors operating in many levels and types of government. It also requires scholars of policy to turn their scientific understanding of how policymaking works into a practical understanding of how to operate effectively within it. 

This article collection aims to learn from many disciplinary and practitioner perspectives, about how to tell good stories, form networks, influence allies, understand politics enough to engage effectively within it, and simply be able to tell if decision-making processes are sufficiently ‘evidence-informed’.

This is a rolling collection and as such submissions/proposals will be welcome throughout 2018. 

Read Prof Cairney's blog for more information about this collection.


Religion and Poverty

Editors: Dr Gottfried Schweiger and Dr Helmut P Gaisbauer (Centre for Ethic and Poverty Research, University of Salzburg, Austria); Prof Clemens Sedmak (Department of Theology and Religious Studies, King's College London, UK/Centre for Ethics and Poverty Research, University of Salzburg, Austria).

Poverty and religion are interrelated in different ways. On the one hand, for various religious traditions poverty is both an aspect of a particular faithful life (e.g. monastic communities) and giving to the poor is seen as a religious duty. Such traditions have evolved over time and expanded the role of faith-based organisations nowadays play in welfare provision and international development. Faith-based organizations play an important role in poverty alleviation both in rich and poor countries. These actions and practices, as well as their religious and theological underpinnings, deserve scrutiny. On the other hand, religion plays an important role in the life of people living in poverty: how they experience and shape their living, and how they find their place in society and the communities in which they. The role of religion in justifying certain inequalities and processes of exclusion (e.g. in India) and thus contributing to the sustainability of poverty is another important theme worth reflection.

We invite papers, from a range of disciplinary perspectives, that consider the following overarching question: how can religion be used as a vehicle to overcome structures of poverty, and how does it sometimes hinder such processes?

Contributions from sociology, development studies, religious studies, economics, theology, and other social sciences and humanities are welcomed; as are insights from different geographical settings, forms of poverty, and religious traditions.

This is a rolling article collection and as such submissions/proposals will be welcome throughout 2018.

This special issue is run in collaboration with the 2017 Salzburg Conference on Interdisciplinary Poverty Research, organised by the Centre for Ethics and Poverty Research of the University of Salzburg.

Geographies of Emotional and Care Labour

Editors: Jean Michel Montsion (Associate Professor, International Studies, Glendon College, York University, Canada); Jessica Parish (Political Science, York University, Canada)

In recent years, shifts have been witnessed in the social organization of emotional and care labour, notably as they intersect with new global trends in migratory patterns and international mobility, the restructuring of social reproduction and public-private divides, as well as the flexibilization of labour markets and a resurgence of volunteer work. Building on key insights from feminist scholars, theorists of affect, and critical social theory, this thematic collection will explore the various spatial dimensions of emotional and care labour in neoliberal times. In particular, it aims to examine how local and global processes create new challenges and opportunities for those who participate in, and/or are the object(s) of, forms of emotional and care labour. With a focus on emotions and affect as a central epistemological and methodological orientation, this collection aims to put the emphasis on heretofore under-explored linkages between spatial/social functions and broader political and economic processes.

Both theoretical and empirical contributions are welcomed, from various Social Sciences and Humanities disciplines.

If you are interested in submitting a paper please send the Managing Editor a short proposal in the first instance.

This is a rolling collection and as such submissions/proposals will be welcome throughout 2018. 

Mediated Populism

Editor: Dr Michael Higgins (University of Strathclyde, Glasgow, UK)

This article collection examines the relationship between populism and media culture and practice. In its original conception, populism describes a political alignment with the ordinary people against the interests of the governing, cultural and corporate classes. It assumes that formal elites are dedicated to self-enrichment and the retention of power, and only the aggressive animation of popular interests can counter their protective norms and tactics. This political stance has occasioned forms of rhetoric and practice claiming association with popular sentiment, often based on constructions of anti-politics and authenticity.

Populist discourses have become essential in understanding the relationship between media and contemporary politics. This article collection promises to examine mediated populism as it continues to innovate in a multi-modal media setting and amid shifting political circumstances.

Articles should make a contribution to the understanding of mediated populism and its histories. Contributions that expand the study of populism across new contexts and political movements, and encourage an emphasis on emergent media platforms, are encouraged. Topics welcomed include, but are not restricted to:

  • Populist politics and social media
  • Mediated populism across the political spectrum
  • Mediating authoritarian populism
  • Mediated populism and emotionality
  • Populism and mediatization
  • Populism in a cross-national and international setting

This is a rolling collection and as such submissions/proposals will be welcome throughout 2018. 

What Future for the Philosophy of Religion?

Editor: Dr Russell Re Manning (Bath Spa University, UK)

We are living through an exciting time for the philosophy of religion: a time of crisis. There is, it seems, widespread discontent within the discipline about its current state and future directions – indeed about whether it even has a future whatsoever.

For many, the discipline has rightly recognised that it has become philosophically and religiously provincial - with a disproportionate emphasis on analysis of arguments for and against the existence of God. In a context of increasing philosophical and religious diversity, along with a welcome tendency towards inter/trans-disciplinarity, philosophers of religion seem aware that something has to change to secure the discipline's future. Here, however, consensus evaporates and a range of proposals has been put forward. A rough typology of (non-exclusive) alternatives suggests a variety of directions for philosophy of religion: 1) a turn towards the continental style of philosophy; 2) a turn towards non-Western philosophies; 3) a turn towards religious practices (beyond the current focus on religious beliefs); 4) a turn towards non-Western religious traditions; 5) a turn towards the methodologies of the study of religions; 6) a turn towards ethico-political engagements; 7) a turn towards those historically marginalised in the discipline; 8) a turn towards confessional apologetics and 9) a turn towards the methodologies of the natural sciences.

This article collection will seek interdisciplinary perspectives on the analysis of the current situation of the crisis of the philosophy of religion and solicit evaluations of proposals for its future. It aims to provide a forum for those engaging the state of the discipline and of its future - whether with regret, frustration, and/or hope.

This is a rolling collection and as such submissions/proposals will be welcome until spring 2018. 

Anti-biosis? – Social and Cultural Inquiries into Human-Microbe Relations

Editors: Professor Steve Hinchliffe (University of Exeter, UK), Professor Clare Chandler (London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine, UK), Professor Komatra Chuengsatiansup (Ministry of Public Health, Thailand), and Professor Helen Lambert (Bristol Medical School, UK).

As a pinnacle of twentieth-century medical innovation, one could argue that antibiotics, and more broadly antimicrobials, have fundamentally altered ways of life.  Everything from the control of common infectious diseases, to the possibility for densely housed, mass-produced livestock, to the availability of minor surgery, to the ability to treat life-threatening diseases are entangled with effective antibiosis.  
And yet, the role of antimicrobials cannot be taken for granted. Resistance to these medicines is accelerated though their extensive and intensive uses. Resistant bacteria as well as mobile genetic elements are now known to be widespread in some communities and environments. The threat of resistance, alongside corporate, market and governance failures that militate against new therapies or alternative treatments, raise the spectre of a post-antibiotic future.  Needless to say, the effects could be severe.
The requirement to find therapeutic alternatives, to develop more targeted therapies, to reduce unnecessary medicinal dependencies, all pose social, cultural and economic challenges, as the impetus to tackle antimicrobial resistance is differentially taken up - or imposed - and reconfigured across diverse scientific and biomedical establishments as well as governance regimes and cultures worldwide. We need to understand the place and use of medicines; we need to trace new pathways and overcome barriers to innovative practices; we need to analyse regulatory environments and we need to build social capacity for change. Only by moving beyond narrowly biomedical visions of resistance can we realise the aim of sustaining effective health treatments, while delivering food security and protecting livelihoods.
We invite papers that address questions such as:  
What lessons can histories of medicine offer to the current antibiotic predicament?
How is antibiosis bound up with a particular worldview, and is this shifting in light of new scientific and social knowledge?
What social as well as technical innovations are possible as a means to address antibiotic and antimicrobial resistance and what are the barriers to their realisation or equitable distribution?
What are the consequences and opportunity costs of directing resources to addressing global resistance?
We invite papers on any of the following:
The social lives, meanings, uneven availability, demand for and appeal of antibiotics
Regulatory responses to resistance, including attempts to alter expectations, to change uses of medicines and unintended consequences of regulation
Cultural and historical approaches to antibiotics and resistance - how can cultural sensibilities inform practice?
Environmental and social geographies of antibiosis, their role in landscapes of production and pathways to change
Institutional responses to antimicrobial resistance as a new global imperative - how are health policies, laboratory practices and public health initiatives being variably reconfigured to manage resistant microbes?
How can understanding the antibiotic era, its history as well as ‘the biology of that history’, reconfigure approaches to life?
How microbes and the challenges of resistance change social science and humanities practices?
How do social understandings of scientific and other knowledge improve or help to inform current actions?
How can the history of ‘rational drug use’ serve to inform current framings of antimicrobial stewardship?
Papers are welcomed that speak to clinical, public health and community medicine as well as agricultural uses, one health perspectives and environmental persistence and transmission of resistant microbes and genes. We welcome papers across the humanities and social sciences as well as inter-disciplinary papers that have a strong and explicit social or humanities component.

Submissions/proposals will be welcome throughout 2018.

Cultural Evolution

Editor: Dr Jamshid Tehrani (Associate Professor, Department of Anthropology, Durham University, UK)

Cultural evolution describes how socially learned ideas, rules, and skills are transmitted and change over time, giving rise to diverse forms of social organization, belief systems, languages, technologies and artistic traditions. This research article collection will showcase cutting-edge research into cultural evolution, bringing together contributions that reflect the interdisciplinary scope of this rapidly growing field, as well as the diversity of topics and approaches within it.

Quantitative and qualitative research from a range of perspectives and disciplines is welcomed, including: sociology, archaeology, anthropology, complex network analysis, economics, history, linguistics, medical humanities, politics, psychology, philosophy, and religious studies.

Contributions are invited on, but not restricted to, the following themes:

  • Comparative studies of social learning and/or cultural transmission;
  • Evolution in human behaviour;
  • Cognitive anthropology;
  • Cultural attraction theory;
  • Experimental studies of cultural evolution;
  • Novel methodologies to study sociocultural evolution;
  • Quantitative/complex network analysis;
  • Modelling studies of cultural evolutionary dynamics;
  • Phylogenetic analysis of culture and language;
  • Gene-culture co-evolution and human niche construction;
  • Evolution of religious practices and beliefs;
  •  Real-world applications of cultural evolutionary knowledge, e.g. to grand societal challenges;
  •  Evolution of language and communication;
  • Philosophical perspectives on cultural evolution.

This is a rolling article collection and as such submissions will be welcomed at any point up until the end of March 2019.

To register interest prospective authors should submit a short article proposal (abstract summary) to the Editorial Office in the first instance.

Social and Spatial Inequalities: Processes, Impacts and Policies

Editor: Dr Renato Miguel do Carmo (Assistant Professor at the University Institute of Lisbon, Portugal)

This research article collection will showcase cutting-edge research on the multidimensional and relational concept of ‘inequality’, bringing together contributions, both quantitative and qualitative, theoretical and empirical, on underlying causes and processes, wider impacts, and potential policy solutions.

Insights from a range of disciplinary and interdisciplinary perspectives are invited, including, sociology, social policy, political science, anthropology, economics, history, psychology, philosophy, human geography, public health and development studies. Research that reflects on and seeks to inform policymaking is also welcomed.

The intention is that the research featuring in this collection will together provide a holistic view of ‘inequality’ in its many forms.

Contributions are invited on, but not restricted to, the following themes:

  • Vertical and horizontal inequalities
  • Inequalities at varying scales — e.g., local, national, trans-national, global
  • Inequalities of conditions and of opportunities, including:
    • Income, wealth and class
    • Gender
    • Racial and ethnic
    • Age
    • Health and healthcare provision
    • Educational
    • Technological
    • Knowledge-based
    • Geographic and spatial
    • Life changes
    • Labour, unemployment, underemployment and precarious work
    • Social mobility
    • Migration
  • Methodological approaches to studying inequalities
  • Real-world case studies
  • Implications and opportunities for policymaking

This is a rolling article collection and as such submissions will be welcomed at any point up until the end of April 2019.

To register interest prospective authors should submit a short article proposal (abstract summary) to the Editorial Office in the first instance.