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Summer Books in Conversation 

SUBMISSION DEADLINE: June 1, 2021

Following the success of the first round, we are relaunching Books in Conversation again in 2022. If you are a member of ASAP and have published a book between 2020–22, we invite you to submit a short conversation with a peer or colleague about your new book.  This will be evaluated by one of the reviews editors before publication. We look forward to hearing from you!

Guidelines:

  • We’d prefer transcribed/written interviews rather than video interviews, though if you have a particularly high quality video you’d like to send us for review, do get in touch with us. 
  • If you do wish to pursue the video path, please use a platform for hosting (such as YouTube) that does auto-subtitles for accessibility purposes, and do keep in mind that if the quality isn’t high enough, we may ask for a transcript as a fallback.
  • Depending on the number of people involved in the interview and substance of the discussion, we recognise that conversations may vary in length, but try to keep it to no more than 2500 words in transcript, or 15mins video.
  • Please focus on the content of the book, rather than on the pitching/publishing/editing process.

Please contact both Reviews Editors Jerrine Tan and Michael Dango at reviews [at] asapjournal.com to submit your Books in Conversation.


We are actively seeking pitches for two new review formats: Provocations and Uncanny Juxtapositions.

Provocations brings together multiple scholars and/or artists to consider a recent scholarly monograph or edited volume by situating it within a field and posing questions for future inquiry. Provocations approach a chosen book with a focus on what comes next: what lines of thought are opened up by the book, and what questions does it leave for future research in the field? A prospective guest editor should pitch a title to the Reviews Editors as well as the names of 3–4 other scholars they have invited to join the conversation. In its final, published form, a Provocation will include an approximately 300-word capsule summary of the book written by the guest editor followed by a similar-length paragraph from each of the invited provokers.

In an Uncanny Juxtaposition, a reviewer puts together two very recent works of art, creative production, or literature—or two scholarly monographs on arts of the present—that would otherwise seem to have no connection, traversing the so-called high/low divide, and transcending medium. The review brings out unexpected intimacies and resonances between them. How does a new pop song re-frame a recent gallery exhibit at MoMA and vice versa? How does a book in media studies and a book in architectural theory—two books with minimal overlap in citation networks—work toward a common thesis or intervention? Uncanny Juxtapositions should be 1,500 to 2,000 words.

Please contact both Reviews Editors Jerrine Tan and Michael Dango at reviews [at] asapjournal.com to inquire about either of these formats. There is no deadline to pitch these formats. In your email, indicate the format you are interested in and please include a brief bio (50 words), including prior publications. ASAP/J is committed to boosting the voices of emerging and contingent students and scholars; if you don’t have prior publications, please just tell us why you think you’re the right person for this particular review.