Series: Modernity / Politics / Violence (call for book proposals)

Modernity / Politics / Violence is a new book series dedicated to explorations of a wide variety of extreme phenomena, spanning lone wolf terrorists to genocides, in the modern world. Published by Continuum / Bloomsbury, the series will provide a forum bringing together a wide range of comparative themes to better understand the dynamics of politicised violence from the late nineteenth century onwards.

Its editorial board consists of a diverse range of experts in this field: Professor Roger Griffin, Professor Leonard Weinberg, Dr Ramon Spaaij, Professor Richard Steigmann-Gall, Professor Aristotle Kallis and Dr Matthew Feldman.

We are now looking for one-page book outline proposals for both monographs and edited volumes. Moreover, we would like to encourage proposals to engage with the wide range of topics proposed by the series remit (see below), and will consider equally work by up and coming scholars as well as experienced researchers.

Alongside a 300-word overview of the volume, outline proposals will need to provide a realistic delivery date, brief summary of target audience/s, and short commentary on why the volume will be a notable addition to the literature. Finally, we request that you include a short CV of the author, or editors, of the proposed volume.

The series remit of Modernity / Politics / Violence is as follows:

From all-encompassing genocides such as the Holocaust to solo actor terrorists such as Anders Breivik, violence towards civilians, underpinned by political messages, has been a recurrent feature of the modern experience across the globe. Via monograph studies and edited volumes, this book series seeks to map the variegated nature of such violence, and promote fresh, comparative discussion with a focus on examining three interlocking themes. Firstly, the destabilising forces of modernity, especially as a nebulous phenomenon creating uncertainty, competition, and demonised constructions of the ‘other’. How has the modern experience fuelled violence towards the masses? And how have extremists developed highly radicalised responses to modernity that fuel violent activity?

Secondly, the wide variety of ‘licences’ that legitimise violence, from ideologies, propaganda and cultures promoting extremist perspectives, to networks of power that compel groups and individuals to carry out violent action. How has violence been normalised via cultural discourses? And how are discourses of violence transformed into violent activity?

Finally, the nature of perpetrators, in order to better understand not only ideological, but also personal and psychological, motivation for collaborating with, and participating in, acts of violence. How significant are ideologies of violence, alongside other push factors? And how do perpetrators regard their actions as selfless, or selfish?

Gravitating broadly around these themes, individual volumes published in the Modernity / Politics / Violence book series will explore aspects of the sociological roots, political and propaganda framing, motivation and praxis, and even politicised legacy and memory, of politically motivated, mass violence from the late nineteenth century to the present day across the globe.

This is an open call for proposals, though an initial submission date of 1 July 2012 will allow your outline proposal to be among the first considered for the book series.

To find out more or to submit a proposal, please do get in touch with the series editor, Dr Paul Jackson,

Please feel free to pass on this call for proposals to your wider networks.

Dr Paul Jackson, Senior Lecturer in HIstory, University of Northampton, Park Campus, Northampton NN2 7AL. England.

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