18,033 CALL FOR PROPOSALS, The Routledge Handbook of Soft Power 2nd Edition (2023)


The Routledge Handbook of Soft Power 2nd Edition (2023) 

Editors: Naren Chitty, Li Ji, Gary Rawnsley  

The First Edition of The Routledge Handbook of Soft Power contributed, through essays, (in Part One) to advancement in theorisation of soft power; and the clarification of soft power’s relationship with public diplomacy. It also offered research chapters, (in Part Two) on the use and or reception of soft power, across four swathes of the world – Europe and the Americas; the Middle East and Africa; Central and South Asia; and Northeast and Southeast Asia. There has been much change since it came out in 2017. The Second Edition will seek to further contribute to theory development, as well as map soft power issues that have become salient after 2017. The theory essay (Part One) and research article (Part Two) model will be retained, but content will be fully refreshed. 

Geopolitical competition, accentuated by the pandemic of 2020-21, has had an impact on how actors treat soft power as a resource, and as a targeted outcome.  An old term, ‘sharp power’ has surfaced in the new geopolitical climate. The change in administrations in the United States portends a renewed emphasis on soft power; there has been talk at the highest levels of the need to focus on the power of example rather than the example of power.  

The following alphabetised list of keywords is suggestive of broad issues, as related to soft power, that may be addressed. The list is not comprehensive. 

  • Architecture, art, animal rights, artificial intelligence 
  • Cultural diplomacy, cultural industries, cultural relations, cinema, civility, civil society, civic virtue, covid diplomacy 
  • Decolonisation, diasporas, disarmament 
  • Environmental activism, environmental diplomacy 
  • Globalization 
  • Human rights advocacy, hybridity 
  • International infrastructure development, international organizations, indigenous culture 
  • Journalism 
  • Knowledge diplomacy 
  • Law, literature  
  • Media, methodology, migration, multilateralism, museums, music 
  • Populism, popular culture, public diplomacy  
  • Rankings  
  • Social media, science diplomacy, sharp power, sports 
  • Technology 
  • Values 

    Soft power is an area where researchers can appear to be advocates of the soft power ambitions of their own country. The preference in this volume is for critical inquiry into the conceptualisation of soft power and its use and reception by various actors.  

    Parts One and Two will have four sections each. Each section will be preceded by a 2500-word overview – as in the First Edition. The world limit for other chapters will be 6000. These limits include references and notes. The Harvard Style will be employed in the book.  

    The proposed timeline for the book is as follows: 
Call for abstracts 3 March 2021 –  3 April 2021 
Review of abstracts 1April 2021     – 1May 2021 
Notification of selection/rejection of abstracts 1 May 2021       – 1 June 2021 
Receipt of first drafts of chapters 1 January 2022 
Review of first drafts of chapters  1January 2022    – 1March 2022 
Return of feedback on first drafts and notification of selected articles 1 March 2022 
Revision of chapters 1March 2022     – 1 May 2022 
Review of second drafts of chapters 1 May 2022        –  1 July 2022 
Return of feedback on second drafts 1 July 2022 
Receipt of final chapters 1 September 2022 

Abstracts should be between 250 and 500 words. They should indicate whether the proposed chapter will be a theoretical essay or research paper.  

Bios should not exceed 250 words.  

Abstracts and bios may be sent to one of the editors: 

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