I’m talking with a publisher about editing a book series, tentatively called something like “Cultural Environment, Cultural Justice.” The idea would be to publish relatively short books about topics somewhat outside the mainstream of or more inclusive than fields like “historic preservation”, “archaeology,” “CRM,” and the like as they’re commonly defined, focusing on maintaining/preserving what people and communities value in the environment – in the Americas and world-wide.
Reviewers of the series proposal have suggested – and I entirely agree – that I ought especially to look for young or at least new authors, who relate well to contemporary (and future?) technology and who are informed by the thinking of folks like those in the Occupy movement and Idle No More. I’m all for it, but unsure where to find such authors.
I’m looking for books that will challenge the status quo(s) and lay out new and better – but at least arguably practical – ways of managing aspects of the cultural environment, broadly defined, and/or of managing the world’s impacts on aspects of that environment. I'm not much interested in chest-pounding diatribes or obscure theorizing -- I think what we need are books that articulate problems and solutions, without being too hung up on current standard practice but with a recognition of political realities.
If you’re interested in doing a book (and you don’t HAVE to be young or otherwise “new”; I just want especially to encourage young and little-known people), or if you know of someone who might be interested (anywhere in the world, though I expect that the books will be published in English), please drop me a note at email@example.com, letting me know what you have in mind. I should stress that nobody gets rich writing books of this kind, though they do (sometimes) produce royalties.