M. E. Sharpe, a well-regarded academic and reference publisher, seeks contributing scholars for The City and Urban Life, a three-volume, large-format reference work to be published in 2005. Dr Jan Rogozinski is the General Editor.
Deadline for submissions extended until July 15. 2004.
Contributors are invited to provide either the Chronological Overviews or the City Descriptions (or both), which are described below. They will be knowledgeable about urban life, with demonstrated expertise in such areas as history, geography, sociology, economic history, or archaeology; an academic affiliation is not required. Each contributor will receive full authorial credit, a modest monetary payment, and/or a complete set copy of The City.
The City and Urban Life will deliver up-to-date information about urban institutions and society; the target audience is high school and college students. A comprehensive study, The City will trace the development of urban places from the first cities to the present day. Every significant urban place will be included, both recent foundations and the ruined cities of Europe, Asia, Africa, and South America.
The organization of The City and Urban Life differs somewhat from that of an A-Z encyclopedia. The data will be presented in approximately two dozen separate sections, each devoted to one geographical region. For each of these sections, The City will provide two types of information– (1) a chronological overview and (2) brief descriptions of individual cities in that region. Each geographical section will begin with an essay, describing institutions and historical developments shared by all cities in that region. These essays will vary in length from 7,000 to 28,000 words. Each section will continue with brief descriptions (arranged alphabetically) of significant cities, whether still existing or extinct. The number of words in each individual city entry will vary from 150 to 800 words.
No existing reference book offers either compressive essays about specific regions or succinct descriptions of significant cities. Thus each of these will be useful in itself, and it also is intended that the two sections work together synergistically.
A complete list of the geographical sections (into which the City is divided) is available-- as is also additional information (1) describing the scope of the introductory essay(s), (2) listing the names of all cities that will be the subject of individual descriptive entries, and (3) providing Guidelines for Contributors. We would be grateful if you will bring this opportunity to the attention of other scholars knowledgeable about urban life in any region of the world.
Please contact Dr Rogozinski, attaching an up-to-date resume and writing samples and indicating which geographical regions (or countries) and which eras you are interested in writing about.
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