Calls for papers

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Current calls for papers


Contemporary histories of modern activism and its impacts

Call for papers, CCBH conference 27-30 June 2012, Liverpool

This year's Centre for Contemporary British History summer conference will be held at Liverpool John Moores University, as part of a joint conference on modern activism. Papers are invited that examine contemporary histories of modern activism or philanthropy and their impacts, particularly in relation to Britain. Proposals are welcomed from academics and practitioners in a range of disciplines. For full details of the themes invited, please see the full call on the CCBH website.

Lest we forget: remembering historic conflicts

Calls for articles

This new opinion series will appear on the openDemocracy website in association with History & Policy and is now seeking contributions. The series allows historians to reach and engage with a type of audience which may otherwise be inaccessible. openDemocracy has over three million individual readers annually and a strong relationship with the academic community. Regular contributors include Profs. Fred Halliday, Mary Kaldor, Martin Shaw, Timothy Garton Ash and Paul Rogers, and many of our authors secure future media appearances from among our many subscribers in media organisations.

Your article should meet the following criteria:

  • Please try and keep article length to 1000-1500 words
  • Footnotes are not necessary, any sources explicitly referred to can be embedded as hyperlinks in the text as required
  • You are encouraged to send us a brief outline of your project before starting to work on it
  • Bearing in mind openDemocracy's global audience, articles should be written in an accessible, non-academic essay style

Your article will be published in the openSecurity section under creative commons copyrights unless otherwise specified. It will reach a global audience of journalists, scholars, policy-makers, students, and other interested readers and will also feature on the H&P website. openDemocracy is a charitable, non-profit organisation and is unable to pay authors in the series a contributor's fee.

openDemocracy plan to feature this theme as an ongoing series and will therefore accept submissions on a rolling basis. Please send any submission proposals to:

Solutions Journal

Call for submissions

A new environmental journal, The Solutions Journal, is seeking submissions for its 'Solutions in History' section:

  • Length: Aproximately 1500-2500 words of text
  • Peer reviewed

Articles submitted for inclusion in the History sections of Solutions can take several forms, including:

  • Examinations of how a past society or civilization has attempted to cope with a significant ecological problem and how its efforts to solve this problem can inform our current situation. For example, salinity problems in hydraulic societies or the impact of drought on agricultural civilizations.
  • Studies of more limited and specific ecological problems in the past and efforts to solve them. For example, the over-hunting of whales in the mid-20th Century or the Dust Bowl of the 1930s.
  • Explorations of scientific and intellectual "solutions" from the past, particularly those that were not followed at the time but which might be worth reconsidering today. For example, the work of Buckminster Fuller or Lewis Mumford.

Other types of articles may also be considered, though it is recommended that authors first submit a brief proposal to the history editor, Frank Zelko at Articles should be written in an engaging, literary style that is accessible to non-experts. Ideally, authors will begin by posing a series of intriguing questions, creating a pleasing narrative tension that pulls the reader along to the conclusion. See: for further information.

Previous calls for papers


The News of the World in History

Call for papers

This conference will take place at King's College London, on 24 February 2012. Founded in 1843, The News of the World was one of the UK's longest-running Sunday newspapers when it came to its inauspicious end in the summer of 2011. Gone, but not forgotten, the NOTW continues to be of interest as the full 'story' of the hacking scandal is revealed in the wake of parliamentary and other investigations. The NOTW will continue to make the news for some time to come.

Initially a broadsheet transformed into a tabloid by News International only in 1984, the NOTW has always been one of the most read newspapers in Britain. During the Victorian period, it had one of the largest circulations, catering in particular for the working classes, and at the time of its closing, it was the highest selling newspaper of any kind in the UK. Its history has always been lively and controversial, with sensational and investigative journalism a mainstay of its news. As one media historian has claimed, the NOTW always had something of the 'saucy seaside postcard' about it, and as such, it may have had a unique place within British news culture.

Throughout media coverage of the paper's demise in 2011, there were surprisingly few discussions that took a historical view or sought to understand the title within the framework of media history. This day conference seeks to redress that, while considering a range of issues related specifically to the title, since the mid-19th century.

We seek papers that take a historically informed view of any relevant topic, including the following:

  • The closing of the NOTW
  • 'Sensation' journalism
  • Sunday papers, in the 19th, 20th or 21st century
  • Illustration/graphics in the NOTW
  • Investigative journalism
  • The history of 'hacking'
  • Circulation and mass readership
  • Proprietors, press barons and corporate power
  • Globalization and media structures
  • Celebrities, now and then
  • Newspapers and the law

Other topics are welcome. The conference is organized by Laurel Brake (Birkbeck) and Mark W. Turner (King's College London), in conjunction with the journals Media History and Victorian Periodicals Review. Please send proposals (not more than 250 words) for papers to Mark W. Turner by 15 November 2011.

2012 British Scholar Conference (Britain and the World)

Call for papers

This conference will be held in Edinburgh, Scotland from Thursday, 21 June through Saturday, 23 June, 2012. This marks the first time that the conference will take place away from Austin, Texas. Papers will focus on British interactions with the world from the seventeenth century to the present and will highlight the importance of British history from a global perspective. Confirmed speakers for the conference include Professor Alvin Jackson, Professor James Belich, and Professor Brian Levack.

The conference accepts both individual paper and complete panel submissions. Submissions of individual papers should include an abstract of 150-300 words as well as a few descriptive keywords. Panels are expected to consist of three to four papers and should be submitted by one person who is willing to serve as the point of contact. Complete panels must also include a chair/discussant. In addition to abstracts for each individual paper, panel submissions should also include a brief 100-150 word introduction describing the panel's main theme. The conference does not discriminate between panels and individual paper submissions.

The third annual Wm. Roger Louis Prize, awarded to the best paper delivered at the British Scholar Annual Conference, will also be announced on 23 June. The Prize is worth $1000 and the winning paper will be published in the March 2013 issue of Britain and the World: Historical Journal of The British Scholar Society, published by Edinburgh University Press.

All submissions for inclusion in the British Scholar Annual Conference must be received by Monday, 10 October 2011. Decisions on inclusion will be made by Friday, 2 December 2011. Submissions should be made electronically to

Other Worlds of Labour: Non-Socialist strands of working class self-help and popular voluntary association in 20th century Europe

Call for papers

Peter Ackers (Loughborough University, UK) and Alastair Reid (Girton College, Cambridge, UK) are planning a stream of panels within the Labour network of the 9th European Social Science History Conference (ESSHC), at Glasgow, from Wednesday 11 to 14 April 2012. There is the possibility of an edited collection arising from the stream.

Marxist Socialism or Communism has been an important strand in many European labour movements. However, Marxist scholars have tended to assimilate the entire history of European working class life into the history of Socialism. This is particularly true of the C20th, when 'primitive forms' of working class life apparently fall away with the advance of scientific, modernist Socialism. However, this is only one side of the story of European working class life. This call is for papers that focus on other expressions of working class life that offer new perspectives on 'labour' in the twentieth century, with a particular emphasis on non-Socialist forms of self-help.

Proposals on the following topics would be particularly welcome:

  • Trade unions, particularly craft, apolitical, non-socialist and moderate trade unions
  • Working class self-help movements linked to non-Socialist political parties (e.g. conservative, liberal, nationalist)
  • Employer-sponsored self-help organizations
  • Co-operatives, whether retail or producer
  • Women's, Ethnic and Youth organisations
  • Religious movements of all types and denominations, from Catholicism to small Protestant sects and non-Christian groups
  • Mutualist welfare organizations (e.g. savings, temperance, housing, health)
  • Education and Art (also theatre, music, cinema)
  • Sport and Leisure (also walking, cycling, gardening, holidays) etc.
  • Labour life stories of self-help and upward social mobility

Please email a short abstract of up to 400 words to both and by Friday April 1, 2011. More information on the conference and an electronic pre-registration form can be found on the ESSHC's website. At registration, please mention that you would like you paper to be part of the Ackers/Reid sessions so that your paper is correctly allocated.

London, a global, multicultural and Olympic capital

Call for papers: Deadline 31 March 2010

Conference 26-27 November 2010, University de Nancy 2

For decades, even centuries, London has been a global city ranking at world level in economic, cultural and financial matters, among others. The British capital has had its hours of glory and its times of trouble weathering wars, periods of economic upheaval and political ups and downs. Now, at the beginning of the 21st century, this tumultuous and often rebellious past is part of the city and makes it unique at a time when it is faced with unprecedented challenges:

  • Maintaining its position as a leading banking center and stock-market in a world economy that is being constantly shaken by the global crisis, and resisting the competition of both its major rivalling cities and the megalopolises of the emerging countries.
  • Combining sustainable development with demographic pressure and the housing crisis
  • Managing migratory movements which have contributed to its development and prosperity (Heathrow is the busiest airport in the world) but are more and more questioned by the British.
  • Meeting the 2012 Olympic deadline in a political and economic context that has been totally upset by the July 2005 terror attacks, the changes in City Hall and the lack of funding.

In order to cast as far-reaching a light as possible, the committee has opted for a definite pluri-disciplinary approach so that specialists of cultural studies, geography, economy, sociology, history, political sciences and other fields of studies may confront their opinions. Papers should aim at putting the suggested but not limitative issues into a contemporary perspective or choose a prospective angle. Since the London topic can only be understood in a clearly set national or international background, comparatist approaches will be welcome. Submissions must consider:

  • Working languages: English and French
  • Deadline for sending (300 to 400 word) proposals to the organising panel: March 31st 2010
  • After approval by the reading committee, papers will be published in a forthcoming issue of Les Cahiers de l'Observatoire de la Societe Britannique (spring 2011).

Organising panel : Roseline Theron, Universite Nancy2 (IDEA et membre du CRECIB), Timothy Whitton, Universite Blaise Pascal (EHIC et membre du CRECIB)

Journalism and History: Dialogues

Call for papers: Deadline 30 May 2010

Conference: 15 September 2010, University of Sheffield

This interdisciplinary one-day conference, organized by the Department of Journalism Studies and the Department of History at the University of Sheffield, will explore dialogues between journalism and history. The conference will signal the launch of the Centre for the Study of Journalism and History at the University of Sheffield. It will address questions such as: how do historians and a wide range of scholars from other disciplines engage with journalism as a source? How does journalism relate to history in its processes and editorial practices? How is the increasing availability of digital archives of journalism impacting upon academic work and upon journalism? The conference invites a wide range of approaches to these questions from scholars in journalism studies, history, sociology, media studies, criminology, linguistics, politics and other disciplines which make use of journalism sources. Confirmed keynote speakers include David Culbert and Jason McElligott. Abstracts of 300 words should be sent to Dr Martin Conboy by 30 May 2010. For more information see the conference webpage.

Structuring the discourse of public history practice

Conference: 10 - 14 March 2010

The organisers of a session at the 2010 National Council on Public History conference in Portland, Oregon seek strong case studies that critically examine the practice of public history in a variety of settings and purposes (e.g., policy creation, institutional memory, resource preservation and management, civic engagement, cultural identity). Case studies should examine the theoretical frameworks that inform inquiry and analysis; the methodologies employed; and the relative roles that historian, audience (or end user), collaborators, partners, or governing bodies play in shaping the processes of inquiry and interpretation. This session is linked to the preparation of an edited collection of essays, currently under development, which will combine theoretical perspectives and reflections on professional identity with case studies that examine the practice of public history in North America and the UK in relation to multiple intellectual frameworks, methodologies, and situations. The goal is to move toward a clearer understanding of the nature of public history as a distinctive mode of scholarly production that transcends venues of practice and national borders. For more information or to propose a case study concept for consideration at the NCPH session, please contact Holger Hoock: or Rebecca Conard

Due to unforeseen circumstances, the 2010 event has had to be suspended. The organisers hope to advertise a later event, probably for 2011. Those who would wish to be considered for inclusion in the collection of essays, "Public History in North America & the U.K.: Comparative Perspectives on Theory and Practice", are encouraged to contact the editors, Profs Conard and Hoock:,

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