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About this Series

This series will encourage normative and conceptual reflection in and on a broad range of global political thought, in a format that enables both contextual depth and substantive insight into key dilemmas of political life. Responding to urgent concerns as well as analyzing long-standing issues, and reflecting the methodological breadth of this important and expanding field, the collection will invite engagements with texts and media from multiple languages, genres, and time periods. Elements in this series will demonstrate the viability and meaning of historically-marginalized bodies of thought for audiences beyond their place of origin, while maintaining attention to the rich particularity of diverse global reflections on politics.

The Elements in Comparative Political Theory series will stand as a platform for researchers, graduate students, and teachers to expand their knowledge of political thought beyond the West. Individual Elements may demonstrate new methodologies in non-traditional genres of political thinking; introduce new and provocative sources of political thought to mainstream audiences; examine the shared questions that animate otherwise diverse communities; draw attention to discontinuities and ruptures in historical and contemporary political thinking; or offer critical, discipline-defining reviews of English-language and foreign scholarship.

The proposal should be approximately 2-3 single-spaced pages, and include a sketch of the main argument (300-500 words), including how it addresses or challenges existing literature; a description of the expected audience/users of the work; details of the length of the manuscript, as well as of any digital functionality, images, etc that will feature in the work; and finally, a short description of your credentials as they relate to the topic of the proposed manuscript.

About the Editor

Dr. Leigh K. Jenco is Professor of Political Theory at the London School of Economics and associate editor of the American Political Science Review. Her research focuses on how late imperial and modern Chinese thought can formulate and address questions of broad political concern, and thereby contribute to ongoing debates in political theory over democratic action, the politics of knowledge, and cultural imperialism. She has published widely across the disciplines of political science, philosophy, and intellectual history and is the author of Changing Referents: Learning Across Time and Space in China and the West(Oxford University Press, 2015) and Making the Political: Founding and Action in the Political Theory of Zhang Shizhao (Cambridge University Press, 2010). With colleagues at the universities of Zurich, Heidelberg, and Madrid, she manages a Humanities in the European Research Area grant for the collaborative research project “East Asian Uses of the European Past: Tracing Braided Chronotypes” (2016-2019).

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