Editors: Dilip Gaonkar, Jane Kramer, Benjamin Lee, and Michael Warner
Public Planet Books is a series under the auspices of Duke University Press and supported by the CTS. It is designed for a public that reaches beyond experts and academics. Combining narrative description with informed reflection, each book focuses on an issue or event that is still unfolding. Public Planet Books are extended essays (about 120 pages), readable in a single sitting.
Public Planet Books meets a need for new forms of writing about contemporary culture. In the academy, cultural studies is seldom written for a nonexpert public. And in nonacademic publishing, space for critical reflection is hard to find. Issues of public culture are also becoming more urgent and more complex; from student demonstrations in Beijing to multiculturalism debates in New York, conflicts are increasingly both local and international. Public Planet Books allows local narrative accounts to be read in an international context.
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Series Editors: Dilip Gaonkar and Benjamin Lee
Public Worlds Books was a collaboration between the CTS and the University of Minnesota Press. It consisted in a series of single-authored monographs and edited volumes in the field of transnational cultural studies. Public Worlds Books sought to locate contemporary cultural issues in wider landscapes of international debate so that apparently local problems—be it multiculturalism in the United States or human rights in China—can be related to problems in other societies around the world.
Public Worlds Books examined how global culture works in specific locations. Each title in the series situated local public problems and compares them with other contexts of cultural criticism. Although topics treated in the series were not limited to works with a transnational comparative focus, Public Worlds Books has contributed to transcultural dialogues among critical voices on contemporary issues.
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In addition to books published in the Public Planet Books series and the Public Worlds Books series, the CTS has directly contributed to the publication of other books through the funding of conferences and working groups. Among the books to which the CTS has materially contributed are the following: