Future Media Series - Call for Proposals
Anti-TED thinking for media and technological futures
The Goldsmiths Press Future Media series encourages authors to offer a relatively short, sharp intervention in response to actual or potential short-term, utilitarian and instrumentalist thinking about a particular scenario or performance of media and technological futurism. Our emphasis on feminist, queer, trans, anti-racist and/or speculative approaches to media and technological futures calls for alternatives to TED thinking.
The ideas that the Future Media series sees as worth spreading are those that are not solution but problem oriented. Rather than offering instant gratification or short-term utility they are oriented toward complexity and a processual, dynamic environment of co-constituted technologies and users that is not-yet and never fully known. Ideas worth spreading offer a different kind of enchantment, one produced by a question with no easy, obvious, off-the-peg answer. They are properly theoretical, philosophical, speculative and characterized by imagination, thought-experiments, figures of speech and hypotheses.
The Future Media series will attempt to capture speculative thinking-in-action by incorporating, where appropriate, ‘grey literature’ such as briefs, sketchbooks and blogposts as well as familiar provisional formats such as the manual and manifesto. Authors are encouraged to reflect on how they are writing as well as what they are writing about and are free to explore modes of communication that are engaging and apposite to our goal of contesting the future.
Call for Proposals
Goldsmiths Press is currently inviting project proposals in the following areas:
- Short monographs, single or co-authored, stand alone or as part of a series
- Audio, visual and/or performance work
- Creative and life writing, poetry, prose, fiction, non-fiction, journalism
- Thought-in-action, provisional or process-capturing work such as briefs, scripts, blogs, storyboards, notebooks, opinion pieces, essays, clips, previews and samples
- Non-standard modes and forms of communication (an article in the form of a comic or graphic novel for example)
- Full length monographs
New Project Proposals
We are currently inviting new project proposals in a range of areas, disciplines and formats.
Proposals for monographs, edited collections or book series, along with those for our Future Media series, should be emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org and must include a completed proposal form. Proposal forms appropriate to each publication type can be found at the bottom of this page.
Proposals for digital-only publications or audio-visual content must be discussed with the Editorial and Production Manager to identify their scope and ambition before a formal proposal is submitted. The production of high quality digital publications is both costly and time consuming and for this reason we ask potential contributors to consider external funding sources in their proposal.
Goldsmiths is a university press and contributors should be university based or affiliated – for example, through collaborative work, research centres, research projects, alumni relations and so on.
All authors and contributors are encouraged to consider the appropriateness of their project to Goldsmiths Press and to reflect on this in their proposal form as this will form part of the editorial review process. Goldsmiths Press does not publish PhD theses and we encourage early career researchers to submit project proposals alongside, or with the express support of, an established and already published academic.
We regret that we cannot offer feedback on early-stage project proposals or consider proposals for monographs or books series that are not accompanied by a completed proposal form. Goldsmiths Press is a small publisher with limited resources and we are unable to provide feedback on unsuccessful proposals.