Call for Proposals for Themed Issues of ‘Oral History’ Journal

Posted on 18/02/2015 by


Call for Proposals for Themed Issues of Oral History

The editorial board of Oral History invites submissions for special, themed issues of the journal. It is envisaged that these would be guest-edited by the proposer, in collaboration with permanent members of the editorial board.

Submissions can come from any disciplinary background, from academics or archivists, social workers, journalists working in print and new media, health and community workers, educationalists, librarians, photographers, visual artists and museum curators. The journal’s policy is to promote and sustain lively critical dialogue about the importance of oral history and its role in debates about memory and public history, inter-generational understanding and cultural transmission, trauma, gender, race and ethnicity, inter/subjectivity, conflict and reconciliation. Recent issues produced from submissions to Oral History include ‘Creativity’ (37:2, 2009), and ‘Emotions’, (38:2, 2010)

Submissions, which display innovation, either in terms of theoretical or methodological approach, or in terms of scope, will be prioritized, but excellence of research will remain the primary criteria for selection.

Please send a 1000 word abstract outlining the proposed theme, how you expect the issue to examine the theme, and, if possible, the proposed table of contents. You do not have to have a finalized list of articles for the issue, but it would help to have an idea of how you would attract papers for your issue (call for papers, research network/group, conference proceedings etc.) Please include a brief biographical outline. Applications should be sent to journals[AT] Initial informal contact in advance of a formal submission is welcomed.

Oral History has two issues a year, in the Spring and Autumn. This call for proposals does not have a specific deadline, but do note that the editors would like to set up a schedule of special issues moving forward, so early submission is encouraged.

Please note that applications for themed issues, as well as individual articles will have to go through the usual peer-review process, and that acceptance of a particular themed issue does not guarantee acceptance of any particular article.

To find out more about the journal, please see