We are open to proposals from any discipline or subject area and will consider work in a variety of formats. We particularly welcome work that combines theory, practice and performance in innovative ways.
Publications may include, but are not limited to:
- Short and full length monographs, single or co-authored, stand alone or as part of a series
- Creative and life writing, poetry, prose, fiction, non-fiction, journalism
- Audio, visual and/or performance work
- 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)
New Project Proposals
Proposals for monographs, edited collections or book 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.
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.
While we are happy to discuss potential proposals before they are submitted, we will only consider proposals for monographs or books series that are accompanied by a completed proposal form. We regret that we are unable to provide extensive feedback on unsuccessful proposals.
Please see the respective forms at the bottom of this page for further information on how to submit a proposal.
Future Media: Anti-TED thinking for media and technology futures
The Goldsmiths Press Future Media series calls for alternatives to utilitarian and instrumentalist 'TED thinking’ about media and technological futures. It encourages authors to propose a relatively short, sharp intervention into these futures informed by feminist, queer, trans, anti-racist and/or speculative approaches. Rather than offering quick technological solutions to social problems, the Future Media series is oriented towards thinking-in-action that embraces complexity and refuses easy, obvious, off-the-peg answers to questions about the forms media might take and how we might live mediated lives.
The Future Media series will incorporate, where appropriate, ‘grey literature’ such as briefs, sketchbooks and blogposts as well as familiar speculative 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.
Current publications include: Future Gaming: Creative Interventions in Video Game Culture and Glitterworlds: The Future Politics of a Ubiquitous Thing
We welcome complete proposals as well as those that are in the early stages of development. All proposals should be submitted by email along with a completed Future Media series proposal form.
The Methods Lab series is committed to pioneering critical and creative research practices in and beyond academia. It aims to be a multi-dimensional publishing platform to foster experimental open-ended approaches to studying and intervening in the social world. Through re-purposing and borrowing from inside and outside the academy, it stretches the walls of disciplinary scholarship.
This series’ distinctive edge lies in its approach to research, practice and publishing. It is grounded in the idea that it is imperative for contemporary researchers to not only undertake high-quality work but also to challenge a reliance on standardised, text-based dissemination. Valuing the dynamic relations between methods and publishing opens up the opportunity to experiment with ways of doing reliable and robust research, and connecting inventively with a diverse becoming of publics.
The series will include, although is not limited to, rapid and open formats, short interventions into a field (such as flash-fiction, booklets, graphic guides) documentation and reflection on research process and practice, and a revitalisation of the essay, as well as books with longer and more sustained arguments. We are, in other words, keen to find (print and digital) formats that are appropriate to the problems and tasks researchers pose and audiences we engage and work with. The ability to incorporate and foreground still and moving images and audio is essential to the format, as is the imperative to support and facilitate work from early career as well as established scholars. The series will work across physical and virtual sites as necessary.
We welcome complete proposals as well as those that are in the early stages of development. All proposals should be submitted by email along with a completed Methods Lab series proposal form.
Series editor: Will Davies
Goldsmiths’ Political Economy Research Centre (PERC) seeks to refresh political economy, in the original sense of the term, as a pluralist and critical approach to the study of capitalism. In doing so it challenges the sense of economics as a discipline, separate from the other social sciences, aiming instead to combine economic knowledge with various other disciplinary approaches.
In keeping with long-standing traditions of Goldsmiths, the PERC series is committed to the cultural examination of contemporary capitalism, and to that end welcomes submissions that draw on cultural studies, economic anthropology, science and technology studies, history of economics, media studies and cultural economy.
The series hopes to include critical investigations into (inter alia) neoliberalism, financialisation, management, inequality and elites, the platform economy, expertise, and the everyday realities of indebtedness. Yet it also aims to create space for alternative economic futures to be identified, mapped and elucidated, seeking possibilities and hope in the crises of the present.
Current publications include: The Death of Public Knowledge?, Economic Science Fictions and Can Markets Solve Problems? An Empirical Enquiry into Neoliberalism in Action
Project proposals can be discussed with Professor Will Davies – w.davies (@gold.ac.uk). Please title your email 'PERC project proposal'.
Practice as Research
The Goldsmiths Press Practice as Research series celebrates and explores the multiplicity of practice research and the ways in which it is published. The series is committed to pushing the boundaries of doing and disseminating research.
Project proposals can be sent to goldsmithspress (@gold.ac.uk). Please title your email 'Practice as Research project proposal'.
Series editor: Atau Tanaka
The Sonics series considers sound as media and as material – as physical phenomenon, social vector, or source of musical affect. The series maps the diversity of thinking across the sonic landscape, from sound studies to musical performance, from sound art to the sociology of music, from historical soundscapes to digital musicology. Its publications encompass books and extensions to traditional formats that might include audio, digital, online and interactive formats. We seek to publish leading figures as well as emerging voices, by commission or by proposal.
Current publications include: Meta Gesture Music, Sonic Agency: Sound and Emergent Forms of Resistance and Inflamed Invisible: Collected Writings on Art and Sound
Project proposals can be discussed with Professor Atau Tanaka – a.tanaka (@gold.ac.uk). Please title your email 'Sonics project proposal'.
The Spacial Politics series is an inventive interdisciplinary series of books examining spatial politics at various geographical and critical scales – from the domestic to the neighbourhood to the global, from the building contract to the Free Economic Zone – mixing together the insights of the social sciences, art, architecture, cultural studies, history and, on occasion, speculative fiction.
Project proposals can be sent to goldsmithspress (@gold.ac.uk). Please title your email 'Spatial Politics proposal'.
Unidentified Fictional Objects
Unidentified Fictional Objects appear in the spaces in between established genres and disciplines including fact and fiction, theory and practice, past and future, science and sociology, art and academia.
We believe that stories can be both provocative and engaging, especially when they use new methodologies and modes of communication to challenge current distributions of power and knowledge.
We seek objects that may (or may not) resemble science fiction, critical utopias, creative dystopias, speculative writing, weird fiction, weird non-fiction.
We publish things (print, digital, plus) of varying lengths and call out to writers and readers who no longer wish to be constrained by categories.
UFOs speculate, reinvent, weird and undo economies, societies, environments, identities and sexualities. They appeal to students and their teachers, friends, and relations (human and otherwise).
Project proposals can be sent to goldsmithspress (@gold.ac.uk). Please title your email 'Unidentified Fictional Objects project proposal'.