AAG Virtual Book Exhibit
Meet with our editor Peggy Solic
When: Thursday, April 8, 2021 4:00 PM-5:00 PM (UTC-05:00) Eastern Time (US & Canada).
Where: Zoom Meeting
Stop by our virtual office hours to meet with Syracuse University Press acquisitions editor, Peggy Solic. Come by to chat if you’ve got a manuscript to discuss, or if you don’t; if you want to talk through the publishing process, or just want to chat about your research or the conference!
Syracuse Studies in Geography
Areas of focus for this series will emphasize historical geography, political economy, and environmental geography, but we are open to all areas of geographical scholarship. We are particularly interested in publishing monographs that are both theoretically rich and empirically rigorous. Syracuse University Press is committed to reaching audiences outside of academia as well as scholars within the field. To that end, we welcome manuscripts that combine readability with sound scholarship.
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Featured author . . .
Natalie Koch, editor of Spatializing Authoritarianism
Forthcoming Spring 2022
We asked Natalie Koch three questions about her forthcoming book,
1. Do you feel the book is more relevant now than ever given the spread of illiberalism around the world?
Illiberal forms of government and authoritarian practices have always been with us, even in the most avowedly liberal democracies of the world. Popular awareness of this in the U.S. and other supposed bastions of liberalism has simply increased in the last 5-6 years, so people are now looking for the language and conceptual tools to understand the challenges of authoritarianism. In this sense, Spatializing Authoritarianism is certainly more relevant to the recent turn of contemporary discussions about politics, space, and society.
2.What is the most surprising thing you learned while doing the research for this book?
I can’t speak for all the authors in the book, but as the editor of the collection, I was surprised at how many similarities there are across the different case studies – especially in terms of how the present must be understood in terms of the past. Geographers and other scholars of space excel in linking present-day processes and landscapes with their many socio-historical layers, but I was surprised by how central history was to explaining each of the case studies – whether that was with the efforts of some people and communities in “post”-authoritarian settings to escape the legacies of the past (like North Ireland or Bosnia), or that of people in “post”-democratic settings to navigate the new challenges of authoritarian power structures while still holding on to hope of returning to a more liberal past (like Turkey or Brazil).
3.How do you wish you could change the field of geography?
As a scholar of authoritarianism myself, I have long noticed the silence of academic geographers on the topic, which for years has been dominated by political scientists. Wanting to push the conversation in geography, Josh Hagen (one of the contributors) and I organized an AAG session on authoritarianism some years ago. We struggled to find contributors for the session, since this was before the academic attention to the topic started to pick up. That has since changed, so I wanted to bring together this edited book to continue advancing one of the core questions of our discipline: how can a spatial lens reshape or add to our understanding of the world? Then and now, it strikes me that geographers have so much more to contribute to answering this question for the diverse practices and places that we might label as “authoritarian.” I hope the book inspires more geographers to give sustained attention to authoritarianism.
Now available . . .
From Rice Fields to Killing Fields
Nature, Life, and Labor under the Khmer Rouge
James A. Tyner