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]