Call for proposals

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We are looking for original contributions from capable researchers and practitioners all over the world.
This is an initial call for expressions of interest to contribute to this publication. We would kindly ask you to submit a short 2-page proposal (not exceeding 1000 words) explaining the possible contents of your chapter including:
1.     A brief introduction/summary
2.     A brief description of the insurgent planner you intend to interview (all chapters
must be developed around a particular person or group of people working as formal or informal planners )
3.     How you intend to approach the person/group and how this approach caters
for the objectives of the book (please read the other sections of this website for a complete overview of the rationale of the book)
4.     Your main research questions (what is it that you wish to explain, uncover or discuss)
5.     A brief indication of the methodology (maybe only in-depth interviews are enough, but other methods could include action research, participant observation and other ethnographic methods).
6.     A list of possible references and the theoretical framework you could use.

CRITERIA

Initial proposals will be judged on the base of the following general criteria :

  1. Academic excellence,
  2. Adherence to the objectives and rationale of the book,
  3. Relevance of the case to the intended coverage of the book (persons in different socio-economic and cultural areas),
  4. Clarity, conciseness, structure of the argument.

These are the specific criteria used to review abstracts:

  1. Is insurgent planning described as a multi-dimensional practice, embedded in a specific planning culture?
  2. Is insurgent planning connected to local or national political processes? Does the abstract investigate insurgency in relation to politics, governance, democratisation, the state, discourse of rights, or the rule of law?
  3. Is the abstract well written? Structure of the argument, spelling and grammar, adherence to academic conventions (quotations, sources, etc).
  4. Specific insurgent planners? The chapter must have a person or persons being described, who can be interviewed and whose actions can be documented for this project
  5. Overall impression of the abstract? A more subjective valuation of the abstract and whether it fits the objectives of the book.
This initial proposal should be simple and to the point. The editors will analyse your proposal before submitting it to a pool of senior reviewers. Editors expect to get back to possible contributors soon with an assessment of their proposal, indicating whether it has been accepted, accepted with amendments or rejected. Rejection is not a sign of poor scholarship, but rather an indication that your focus does not fit the purposes of the book. For accepted proposals, editors expect to work with authors very closely in order to support them in the writing process, providing reviews and guidance about the development of the text.

CO-AUTHORSHIP

We strongly encourage authors to seek co-authorship. Co-authoring a text is extremely fruitful and exciting and generally accelerates the process of crafting a good text. This is especially advisable for PhD candidates working on this theme and who would like to publish with us. We are looking for alternative views and interpretations that may challenge the existing literature. Female contributors will be sought, in order to increase diversity.  We hope to give the opportunity to a group of vigorous writers to be heard.

SUBMISSION

Please, submit your proposal until JUNE 10, 2019 to r.c.rocco@tudelft.nl mentioning “Submission Book Insurgent Planners” in the subject line. 
Please, do let us know if you need supplementary information.
Here is the working schedule and deadlines. The working schedule is tentative, but we hope to have the book ready by mid 2021.

MAIN STEPS

Here are the main steps of the edition:

10 JUNE 2019: Authors will send their expression of interest to take part in this project clearly explaining their empirical analysis in a 500-1000- word summary

10 SEPT 2019: Authors will be informed about suitability for inclusion in the book. In some cases, authors will be asked to refocus their chapter to fit into the logic of enquiry and objectives of the book. Authors will be instructed on the guidelines for writing chapters and close assistance will be offered to authors during the writing process

10 JAN 2020: First versions of chapters submitted to book editors

10 MARCH-JULY 2020: Review procedure by editors and external committee members: authors get feedback as soon as their chapter has been reviewed

10 AUGUST 2020: Deadline for comments from editors

10 NOV 2020: Pre-final chapters are submitted by authors to editors a

10 JAN 2021: Editors will send final comments to authors. Deadline for iconographic material (photographs and maps)

10 MARCH 2021: Final chapters submitted by authors

10 MAY 2021: Deadline for final editing

10 JUNE 2021: Submission to publisher

EXPECTED LAUNCHING OF THE BOOK: FALL 2021

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