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Ocean and Island Studies

About the Series

Ocean and Island Studies is an interdisciplinary series concerning the role of oceans and islands in thought, theory, practice, and method, past and present. From remote island outposts to bustling island cities and the islands of our dreams, from the expanses and depths of the open sea to coasts, rivers, deltas, lakes, and polar icescapes, oceans and islands are at the core of much contemporary thinking. The books in the series explore the ways in which people use, envision, and construct marine, aquatic, littoral, island, and archipelagic geographies. It is a platform for Blue thinking from across the arts, humanities, social sciences, and environmental sciences. Meditations upon oceanic lyricism and altered states of ‘islandness’ find their place alongside research into the practicalities of island and coastal economies, infrastructures, and governance.

This series places special value on critical research; environmental humanities; Indigenous and non-Western worldviews; interdisciplinary feminist perspectives; climatic and environmental histories; studies on the affective dimensions of nature-human relationships; imperial, colonial, postcolonial, and global histories and experiences of movement, trade, and diaspora; and oceanic and island approaches to finding justice on a changing planet.

The series is open to book proposals from all segments of ocean studies, island studies, and related fields. It offers a mix of Shortform titles (i.e. Routledge Focus; 20,000-50,000 words) and Monographs (60,000-80,000 words), that is open to other text types as well.

Submissions contact: May Joseph, Managing Editor, [email protected]

Routledge contact: Emily Briggs, [email protected]

3 Series Titles

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Anthropology, Islands, and the Search for Meaning in the Anthropocene

Anthropology, Islands, and the Search for Meaning in the Anthropocene

1st Edition

By Justin Armstrong
November 02, 2022

Part ethnography, part memoir, and part critical reflection on the Anthropocene, this book examines the ways that islands form and inform human experiences of the everyday and the extraordinary. Utilizing carefully considered anthropological perspectives drawn from over a decade of anthropological...

The Lives and Legacies of a Carceral Island A Biographical History of Wadjemup/Rottnest Island

The Lives and Legacies of a Carceral Island: A Biographical History of Wadjemup/Rottnest Island

1st Edition

By Ann Curthoys, Shino Konishi, Alexandra Ludewig
September 30, 2022

This book is a biographical history of Rottnest Island, a small carceral island offshore from Western Australia. Rottnest is also known as Wadjemup, or "the place across the water where the spirits are", by Noongar, the Indigenous people of south-western Australia. Through a series of biographical ...

Terra Aqua The Amphibious Lifeworlds of Coastal and Maritime South Asia

Terra Aqua: The Amphibious Lifeworlds of Coastal and Maritime South Asia

1st Edition

Edited By Sudipta Sen, May Joseph
September 14, 2022

This book is an anthology of key essays that foregrounds coasts, islands, and shorelines as central to the scholarship on the oceanic environment and climate across South Asia. The volume is a collaborative effort amongst historians, anthropologists, and environmentalists to further understand the...

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