REPRODUCTIVE JUSTICE: A NEW VISION FOR THE 21st CENTURY
Call for Proposals
The new reproductive justice book series from University of California Press will publish works exploring the contours and content of reproductive justice. The series will include primers aimed at students or people new to reproductive justice and books of original research. Authors are invited to submit proposals that will engage activists, academics, and others. The first primer will be, What is Reproductive Justice? by Rickie Solinger and Loretta Ross. We are now accepting submissions for books featuring original research.
The phrase “reproductive justice” was coined in 1994 to describe an intersectional framework drawing attention to how the right to have a child and the right to parent are as important as the right to not have children. In the two decades since, RJ organizations and scholars have pursued a number of projects that pay close attention to the social, political, and environmental context in which sex, pregnancy, and parenthood are regulated.
The RJ series is interested in original manuscripts that engage reproductive justice within a complex context. Topics could include:
- assisted reproductive technology
- birthing options
- coerced obstetrics
- criminalization of reproduction
- drug use and parenting
- environmental degradation and infertility
- incarcerated people and reproductive rights
- population control
- queering family formation
- youth parenting
The RJ perspective and movement has provided a contemporary generation of activists and scholars – together with stalwart veterans— new energy. This is an exciting time to consider the new vision for the 21st century that RJ offers. The editors of the new series are seeking projects that reflect this vision and new energy.
Proposal Submission Procedures
A complete submission to the RJ book series will include 1) a book proposal of no more than 4,000 words, 2) a CV, and 3) one or two published writing samples. Please refer to the UC Press website for general book proposal elements. In addition, note that for book proposals for the RJ series the following items should be included: a market considerations section with discussion of pedagogical applications and innovative marketing ideas and an author biography section that describes previous work including, if relevant, connections with reproductive health, rights and justice organizing. We are not requesting manuscript chapters at this time, although additional information may be requested after initial review of submissions.
The RJ series is affiliated with the Center on Reproductive Rights and Justice at Berkeley Law. Thus, authors of original texts who secure contracts with the RJ book series will have the opportunity to apply for a Visiting Researcher affiliation with CRRJ that includes access to UCB resources such as writing space and library access that assist in completion of the manuscript.
The RJ series editors and advisory board will review submissions and may request additional material before recommendation to UC Press editorial review. Submissions will be accepted on a rolling basis, but for full consideration in the initial publication cycle, please submit by July 15, 2014. Please email submissions and any questions to all the series editors at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Rickie Solinger, Historian (Senior Editor)
Khiara M. Bridges, Anthropology and Law, Boston University (Co-editor)
Zakiya Luna, Sociology, UC Santa Barbara (Co-editor)
Jill Adams, Center on Reproductive Rights and Justice at Berkeley Law
Darcy Baxter, Unitarian Universalist Church
Laura Briggs, University of Massachusetts, Amherst
Jeanne Flavin, Fordham University/National Advocates for Pregnant Women
Elena Gutiérrez, University of Illinois, Chicago
Lisa Ikemoto, University of California, Davis
Sujatha Jesudason, CoreAlign, UCSF
Laura Jimenez, California Latinas for Reproductive Justice
Kristin Luker, Center on Reproductive Rights and Justice at Berkeley Law
Chinyere (Julia) Oparah, Mills College/Black Women Birthing Justice
Dorothy Roberts, University of Pennsylvania
Loretta Ross, SisterSong co-founder