Much of our everyday news is coverage of our world around us, and the infinite disruptions to carefully cultivated spaces. However a long durée view would suggest otherwise, as would the natural world, that our societies and civilization are more of a careful balancing act of continuous adjustment to this anything but static space, rather than our usual fait accompli posturing. A quick look around us shows us roads and structures needing constant repair against unrelenting environmental impact; of our continual efforts to keep populations of agricultural flora and fauna growing – but only just enough. This labor extends into what we’ve deemed the wild, with our need to exert ever more control over wildlife while recognizing migratory needs, to contain wildlife gone wild when it’s likely just wildlife being wildlife.
These books will explore a wide array of natural subjects, from the quotidian to the rare, with an emphasis on relationships with the people and populations within natural and built environments. In addition to focusing on the happenings in the blurred corners the everyday we know, these explorations will challenge our standpoints through concepts such as the feral, nature (and the natural), and the wild / wildlife; analyses of invasive species’ will question our ideas and assumptions about extinction, indigeneity, adaptations, and the practices and impacts of conservation preservation efforts (or lack thereof). An ecological framework offers a flexible structure for these engagements, with its flexible structure running the gamut from the micro and meso, broadening out through the exo up to macro. This series will serve as a mantle under which to cultivate and publish books engaging with these wrinkles and tears in the fabric that we’ve wrapped around ourselves and our world.
POTENTIAL TOPICS: invasive species such as kudzu, the Caribbean lion fish, the gypsy moth, the purple loosestrife clogging New England waterways; feral cat instances of wildlife gone wild such as Mexican Killer Bees, and on the cellular level, viruses.
WANTED: Proposals & submissions for books of various lengths & formats on natural subjects, the built environment & our lived experience. Work exploring/complicating ecosystems, conservation, preservation, the natural, adaptation & extinction. Preference given to wild and/or feral writings. Reach out to Trinity University Press Senior Acquisitions Editor MARGUERITE AVERY or series editor MATTHEW BATTLES.
SERIES EDITOR: Matthew Battles is the author Palimpsest: A History of the Written Word, Library: An Unquiet History, Tree (Bloomsbury Press’s Object Lessons series), and The Library Beyond the Book (co-authored with Jeffrey Schnapp). He is a regular contributor The Atlantic Monthly and Harper’s. Battles is Associate Director of metaLAB at Harvard University, where he develops design interventions, media provocations, and technology projects in collaboration with a team of architects, web designers, scholars, and artists.