We are delighted to announce that the Political Geography Research Group Royal Geographic Society (PolGRG) Book Award received positive endorsement at the PolGRG AGM in London, in September 2016. Phil Steinberg (Editor of the journal Political Geography) has confirmed interest and sponsorship with the Political Geography publisher at Elsevier. The PolGRG/PG Book Award was officially launched at the PolGRG AGM on 13 June 2016.
About the PolGRG Book Award
The PolGRG / Political Geography co-sponsored Book Award is an award recognising new academic volumes whose theme engages with the interests of PolGRG and, more widely, contributes to the subdiscipline of political geography. Political geography concerns a wide variety of diverse issues connected with relationships between space and power.
Which books are eligible?
In line with the diversity of PolGRG interests and membership, the PolGRG Book Award is aimed at published volumes stirring interest and debate around: territoriality and sovereignty, states, cities, and citizenship; geopolitics, political economy, political ecology; migration, globalization, (post)colonialism; social movements and governance; peace, conflict and security, as well as the mutual geographical construction of these phenomena with gender, race, class, sexuality and religion.
How much is the award worth?
PolGRG has an annual award sponsorship from Political Geography/Elsevier of £100.
The winning book will also be the subject of an Authors meets Critics session at the annual RGS-IBG meeting, leading to a book award review forum published in Political Geography.
How are books nominated?
A book prize competition call is advertised, initially biannually, on relevant mailing lists (critical geography list, PolGRG, etc.). All PolGRG members can nominate books for the award, published in the two years previous to the call.
Who are the judges?
A book award committee will consist of: the PolGRg Chair, PolGRG Secretary (representing PolGRG); One representative from the Political Geography journal editorial team or editorial board, and two representatives from the wider PolGRG membership. Should conflicts of interest arise, the PolGRG committee will nominate relevant alternative reviewers. Gender balance among book award committee members will be promoted.
How is the award decided?
The book award committee reviews all nominations and shortlist a maximum of 5 books, with emphasis on early carrier authors and on authors from the Global South.
How to nominate:
The call for nominations opens on 15 June 2017 and closes on 30 September 2017. Announcement of book award recipients is due in March-April 2018.
A 100 word summary in support of your book award nomination with the book’s full title and author should be sent to the PolGRG secretary Dr Jonathan Rokem: j.rokem(at)ucl.ac.uk by 31st September 2017.