Rowman and Littlefield International

Radical Cultural Studies

Fay (Fae) Brauer, Maggie Humm, Tim Lawrence, Stephen Maddison, Ashwani Sharma and Debra Benita Shaw

In recent decades, Cultural Studies has spawned a diversity of sub-disciplines which have tended to overlook the broader structures of power which influence cultural change. Emerging fields like Celebrity Studies and Game Studies, for instance, while working within a broad Cultural Studies methodology, have been less concerned with culture as a site of struggle and more focused on establishing genre parameters and analysing audience reception.

Therefore, in the fiftieth anniversary year of the Birmingham Centre for Contemporary Cultural Studies, the time is right to launch a book series that encourages a return to the core project of Cultural Studies: to examine the culturopolitical, sociopolitical, aesthetic and ethical implications of international cultures. The Radical Cultural Studies series, edited by the members of the Centre for Cultural Studies Research at the University of East London, commissions work that engages with the lived reality of politics and cultures and is alert to possibilities for social change – to ‘understand … the present in the service of the future’ (Grossberg, 2010: 1). It is interested in writing that analyses cultures as sites of power, which explicitly engages with the materiality and variety of cultural forms, and looks at new, emerging and radical cultures.

Books in the series will:

• Engage with contemporary issues of culture and multidisciplinary debates
• Further understanding of culture as a field; its politics, history and changes
• Develop methodologies that produce radical perspectives on contemporary culture
• Offer arguments for understanding culture and political change
• Contextualise a variety of cultural forms within social and political structures
• Produce new critical theories of cultural production and consumption
• Assess Cultural Studies as a political project
• Establish the Radical Cultural Studies series as a touchstone for thinking about past, contemporary and future cultures.

Please send proposals to the series editors at [email protected]

Editorial Review Board

James Donald, Dean of the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences and Professor of Film Studies at the University of New South Wales, Australia

Maud Ellman, Randy L. and Melvin R. Berlin Professor of the Development of the Novel in English at the University of Chicago, USA

Johan Fornas, Professor of Media and Communication Studies at Södertörn University, Sweden

Chris Gray, Lecturer, Crown College at the University of California at Santa Cruz, USA

Lawrence Grossberg, Morris Davis Distinguished Professor of Communication Studies and Cultural Studies, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, USA

Jack Halberstam, Professor of English, American Studies and Ethnicity and Gender Studies at USC, USA

Reina Lewis, Artscom Centenary Professor of Cultural Studies, London College of Fashion, UK

Aine O’Brien, Director of the Forum on Migration and Communications (FOMACS) and Co-director of the Centre for Transcultural Research and Media Practice, School of Media, DIT, Ireland

Bill Schwarz, Reader in the Department of English, Queen Mary, University of London, UK

Gillian Swanson, Reader in Cultural History at the University of the West of England, Bristol, UK

Tiziana Terranova, Associate Professor in Sociology of Communications and Cultural Studies at the Università degli Studi di Napoli ‘L’Orientale’, Italy

Couze Venn, Emeritus Professor of Cultural Theory at Nottingham Trent University and Research Fellow in the Johannesburg University, South Africa

Andrew Wernick, Emeritus Professor of Cultural Studies and Sociology at Trent University, Canada

Handel Wright, Professor and Director of the Centre for Culture, Identity and Education, University of British Columbia, Canada