UCL Press publishes a variety of open access book series to meet the needs of today's academics. To find out more about publishing a book in any of our series, please view Publish with us.

Current series are listed below.

Series Editors: Timothy Mathews and Florian Mussgnug

Comparative Literature and Culture explores new creative and critical perspectives on literature, art and culture. Contributions offer a comparative, cross-cultural and interdisciplinary focus, showcasing exploratory research in literary and cultural theory and history, material and visual cultures, and reception studies. The series is also interested in language-based research, particularly the changing role of national and minority languages and cultures, and includes within its publications the annual proceedings of the ‘Hermes Consortium for Literary and Cultural Studies’. View all published titles here.

Series Editor: Rebecca Empson

Economic Change in Asia often exceeds received models and expectations, leading to unexpected outcomes and experiences of rapid growth and sudden decline. This series seeks to capture this diversity. It places an emphasis on how people engage with volatility and flux as an omnipresent characteristic of life, and not necessarily as a passing phase. Shedding light on economic and political futures in the making, it also draws attention to the diverse ethical projects and strategies that flourish in such spaces of change. We publish monographs and edited volumes that engage from a theoretical perspective with this new era of economic flux, exploring how current transformations come to shape and are being shaped by people in particular ways. View all published titles here.

Series editors: Sahra Gibbon and Jennie Gamlin

This series charts diverse anthropological engagements with the changing dynamics of health and wellbeing in local and global contexts. It includes ethnographic and theoretical works that explore the different ways in which inequalities pervade our bodies. The series offers novel contributions often neglected by classical and contemporary publications that draw on public, applied, activist, cross-disciplinary and engaged anthropological methods, as well as in-depth writings from the field. It specifically seeks to showcase new and emerging health issues that are the products of unequal global development. View all published titles here.

FABRICATE is an international peer reviewed conference that takes place every three years with a supporting publication on the theme of Digital Fabrication. Discussing the progressive integration of digital design with manufacturing processes, and its impact on design and making in the 21st century, FABRICATE brings together pioneers in design and making within architecture, construction, engineering, manufacturing, materials technology and computation. Discussion on key themes includes: how digital fabrication technologies are enabling new creative and construction opportunities from component to building scales, the difficult gap that exists between digital modelling and its realisation, material performance and manipulation, off-site and on-site construction, interdisciplinary education, economic and sustainable contexts. FABRICATE features cutting-edge built work from both academia and practice, making it a unique event that attracts delegates from all over the world. View all published titles here.

Series Editors: Alena Ledeneva and Peter Zusi

The aim of the FRINGE Series is to integrate elusive subjects (‘fringe’) within the the discipline of Area Studies into existing research agendas (centre). Our belief is that reconceptualising the fringe-centre relationship can contribute to breaking down the implicit dichotomy these terms currently represent. ‘Problematising the fringe-centre relationship’ in this context means seeking insight into the complexity of particular contexts, on the one hand, and mastery of discipline-based analysis, on the other. Find out more and view all published titles here.

Series Editor: Ulrich Tiedau

Global Dutch explores Netherlandic culture and history through an international lens. It covers not only the core Dutch language area in north-west continental Europe but also other places where Dutch culture has had or continues to have an impact, including parts of the Americas, southern Africa and south-east Asia. Global Dutch is especially concerned with relations between Netherlandic cultures and other cultures – particularly Anglophone – in all periods from the Middle Ages to the present day.View all published titles here.

Series Editors: Lily Kahn and Riitta-Liisa Valijärvi

This series consists of accessible yet thorough Open Access grammars of the world’s languages intended for a broad audience, including the scholarly community, students and the general public. There is a focus on languages that presently lack modern, jargon-free, English-medium descriptions of their basic structures. As such, many of the titles in the series are devoted to less commonly taught languages and to regional, minority, and endangered languages. Each volume includes a historical and sociolinguistic introduction to the language followed by sections on phonology, orthography, morphology, syntax, and lexis, as well as text samples, a thematic glossary, and a bibliography for further study. An important aim of the series is to promote and support the study, teaching, and in some cases revitalisation of less commonly taught languages by providing a prominent forum for their grammatical description. For further information and to discuss submitting a proposal, please get in touch with the series editors Dr Lily Kahn ( and Dr Riitta-Liisa Valijärvi ( View all published titles here.

Series Editor / Executive Editor, Architecture_MPS: Graham Cairns

The Housing – Critical Futures book series confronts a critical issue at a critical time. In London, a leading capital of global finance, there is a chronic shortage of affordable housing for those that service ‘the service’ sector. In Bejing, capital of the 21st century’s political powerhouse, the displacement of long-standing communities is a daily occurrence. In Mumbai, the biggest health risk faced by the city today has been identified as overcrowded housing, while in São Paulo, football’s recent 2014 World Cup took place against a backdrop of community unrest and the chronic living conditions of the poor. The private sector, the state and residents themselves are searching for solutions. Whether housing refugees in conflict areas, providing safe water to the households in the developing world, or ensuring key workers can live in the cities they support in the West, the question of housing is not only global, but critical. It is against the background of disparate policy interventions, resistances, design proposals, planning initiatives and community conflicts that surround housing in this multi-faceted global context that this series makes a stand. Reflecting the belief that housing and its social implications are not discipline-specific concerns, this series sets themes that invite cross-disciplinary, creative, and critical thinking from those engaging in research and activism from multiple fields. The aim is to instigate provocative debate, consider problems, and propose potential solutions. To that end, it brings together architects, planners, sociologists, economists, geographers, political activists and housing professionals around a series of themes that manifest themselves differently, in different contexts. View all published titles here.

Series Editor: Timothy Mathews

Literature and Translation invites book proposals for translations into English of texts in all genres, from all cultures and from all periods. It welcomes single-text and parallel-text translations, along with intermedial ones. Work exploring the interplay of translation and adaptation is entertained, as well as critical commentaries and translator’s journals. The series is also home to critical or theoretical investigations of literary translation in any manifestation. View all published titles here.

Series Editors: Claire Lindsay, Tony McCulloch, Maxine Molyneux, Kate Quinn

Modern Americas publishes books on the culture, politics, and history of the Americas from the nineteenth century to the present day. The series aims to foster national, international, trans-national, and comparative approaches to topics in the region, including those that bridge geographical and/or disciplinary divides, such as between the disparate parts of the hemisphere covered by the series (the US, Latin America, Canada, and the Caribbean) or between the humanities and social/natural sciences. The series invites proposals for monographs and edited volumes from scholars in all disciplines. The editors will also consider publication-ready translations of works that have originally appeared in Spanish, French, or Portuguese. View all published titles here.

Series Editor: Timothy Mathews

Proposals for short monographs are invited from UCL authors wishing to make new or defining elements of their work accessible to a wide audience. The series will provide a responsive forum for researchers to share key developments in their discipline and reach across disciplinary boundaries. The series also aims to support a diverse range of approaches to undertaking research and writing it. We welcome proposals for books of 35,000 to 45,000 words from all disciplines that share any of these aims. The books will be published free in a digital Open Access form, and will also be available to buy in print at an affordable price. View all published titles here.

Why do we post on social media? Is it true that we are replacing face-to-face relationships with on-screen life? Are we becoming more narcissistic with the rise of selfies? Does social media create or suppress political action, destroy privacy or become the only way to sell something? And are these claims equally true for a factory worker in China and an IT professional in India?

With these questions in mind, nine anthropologists each spent 15 months living in communities in China, Brazil, Turkey, Chile, India, England, Italy and Trinidad. They studied not only platforms but the content of social media to understand both why we post and the consequences of social media on our lives. Their findings indicate that social media is more than communication – it is also a place where we now live.

This series explores and compares the results in a collection of ground-breaking and accessible ethnographic studies. View all published titles here.

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