Book Series

Studies in Cultural History for the International Society of Cultural History

This series is published jointly by the International Society for Cultural History (ISCH): and Pickering & Chatto Publishers:

In research and teaching, the vitality of cultural history is burgeoning, with a variety of interpretations of culture cross-fertilising between disciplines – history, critical theory, literature and media, anthropology and ethnology, and many more.

This series focuses on the study of conceptual, affective and imaginative worlds of the past, and sees culture as encompassing both textual production and social practice. It seeks to highlight historical and cultural processes of meaning-making and explore the ways in which people of the past made sense of their world.

We welcome contributions that are theoretically informed, conceptually lucid and empirically grounded, relating to the cultural history of any time period or geographical area. We appreciate rethinking of cultural and historical concepts, methods, and theories, and encourage innovative writing and “experimental” history.

Submissions are invited from established scholars, as well as less experienced practitioners, working in the field of ‘cultural history’ in its most inclusive sense. Works accepted into the series will be scholarly monographs and collections of articles (80–100,000 words) of high quality and originality.

Series Editors:

  • Howard Chiang is Assistant Professor in the Department of History at the University of Warwick. He is the editor of Transgender China (2012), Queer Sinophone Cultures (2013, with Ari Larissa Heinrich), Psychiatry and Chinese History (2014) and Historical Epistemology and the Making of Modern Chinese Medicine (2015). His research interests include modern Chinese history and cultural studies, the history of biology, medicine and the human sciences, the study of gender, sexuality and the body in comparative and global contexts, and Sinophone postcolonial studies.
  • Christopher E. Forth is the Howard Professor of Humanities & Western Civilization and Professor of History at the University of Kansas. A specialist in the cultural history of gender, sexuality and the body, his recent books include The Dreyfus Affair and the Crisis of French Manhood (2004) and Masculinity in the Modern West: Gender, Civilization and the Body (2008), among several edited collections. He is also editor-in-chief of the journal Cultural History.

We invite submissions from established scholars and first-time authors alike. Prospective authors should send a detailed proposal with a rationale, chapter outlines and at least two sample chapters alongside a brief author’s biography and an anticipated submission date.

Send your proposals to:

For proposal guidelines, please see It is envisaged that contracts will be offered to the most promising authors on this Basis.


The series will have a wide appeal to scholars working in Cultural History, whatever their disciplinary background.  While the volumes will be scholarly works of primary research, they should be accessible to able undergraduates as well as postgraduate researchers and academics.

First publications in ISCH publication series with  Pickering & Chatto

  1. A History of Emotions, 1200–1800 edited by Jonas Liliequist

“The history of emotions is an expanding field of research. The essays in this collection examine emotional responses to art and music, the role of emotions in contemporary notions of gender and sexuality, and theoretical questions as to their use. Bringing together a series ofcase-studies from points across the medieval and early modern periods,the authors in this volume provide fascinating glimpses into humanemotional experience across a variety of cultures.”
HB: 978 1 84893 356 9: £60/$99
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2. A Cultural History of the Radical Sixties in the San Francisco Bay Area by Anthony Ashbolt

“The San Francisco Bay Area was a meeting point for radical politics and counterculture in the 1960s. But until now there has been little understanding of what made political culture in this area unique. This work explores the development of a regional culture of radicalism in the Bay Area, one that underpinned both political protest and the counterculture. Ashbolt argues that geography played a key role the development of radicalism in the region. His study makes an important contribution to the history of radical politics and offers a new way at looking at America in this period.”
HB: 978 1 84893 232 6: £60/$99
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Further Publications

Further contributions and edited volumes see: 

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