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Critical Refugee Studies

Call for Book Proposals

Series Description

Edited by the Critical Refugee Studies Collective, and published by the University of California Press, the Critical Refugee Studies (CRS) Book Series seeks innovative and provocative books that privilege and address the concerns, perspectives, knowledge production and global imaginings of refugees, asylum seekers, internally displaced and stateless human beings. The interdisciplinary field of CRS re-conceptualizes refugee lifeworlds not as a problem to be solved by global elites but as a site of social, political and historical critiques that, when carefully traced, make transparent processes of colonization, war, and displacement. Such reconceptualization requires approaches that integrate theoretical rigor and policy concerns with refugees’ rich and complex lived worlds—that fuse the critical and the creative.

Together, the books in the CRS series integrate scholarly, policy, artistic, legal, diplomatic and international relations with refugees’ everyday experiences. We seek exciting new works that engage diverse historical and geopolitical contexts, that are grounded in in-depth historical and community research, and that convey the richness and complexities of refugees’ social, cultural, and political practices. We are especially interested in works that center refugees as knowledge producers rather than as objects of study.

Author Guidelines

We are committed to publishing books that have the potential to reach a wide readership. In addition to original scholarly monographs that will contribute to the building of the CRS field, we seek concise, exciting and accessible books on current refugee issues aimed at undergraduate students, activists and organizers, and a general audience. 

Submissions are accepted on a rolling basis. Those interested in submitting to the series should provide the following materials: 1) a book proposal of no more than 4,000 words; and 2) a CV. Please email submissions and inquiries to Series Senior Editor Yến Lê Espiritu