History of the Present

A Journal of Critical History 

History of the Present

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Call for Papers
Special issue of History of the Present: "Psychoanalysis and History"
Deadline for article submissions is December 1, 2020.
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For information on how to submit an article, visit submission guidelines.
Journal Current volume: 11 Frequency: Two issues annually

Academic Editor(s): Joan Wallach Scott, Brian Connolly

History of the Present is a journal devoted to history as a critical endeavor. Its aim is twofold: to create a space in which scholars can reflect on the role history plays in making categories of contemporary debate appear inevitable, natural, or culturally necessary; and to publish work that calls into question certainties about the relationship between past and present that are taken for granted by the majority of practicing historians. At a time when a journal committed to history as a form of critique is more necessary than ever, History of the Present encourages critical examination of both history’s influence on politics and the politics of history as a discipline. Instead of writing about "history" from the abstract philosophical or historiographical perspectives that predominate today, History of the Present offers a rigorous, theoretically informed alternative based mainly on evidence from archives, texts, and other sources.


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Joan Wallach Scott
Andrew Aisenberg
Brian Connolly
Ben Kafka
Jennifer Morgan
Sylvia Schafer
Mrinalini Sinha
Advisory Board
Nadia Abu El-Haj
Aaron Carico
Marianne Constable
Peter Coviello
Eric Fassin
†Amy Kaplan
David Kazanjian
David Lloyd
Afsaneh Najmabadi
Denise Riley
Aron Rodrigue
Chris Taylor
Henning Trüper
Elizabeth Weed
Andrew Zimmerman
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The editors invite submissions that approach history as a critical endeavor. We are particularly interested in essays that press the boundaries of history’s disciplinary norms. In that spirit, we also welcome work from scholars thinking through the past in fields outside of history.
We want to publish articles that:
  • examine the historical construction of categories of knowledge;
  • analyze how relationships of power are established and maintained, and how history has served to legitimize or challenge them;
  • are explicitly theorized without being restricted to the discipline’s conventional categorizations of method and subject (i.e., social, cultural, intellectual, legal, or political theory).
Manuscripts should be about 9,000 words, including notes, and are accepted on a rolling basis. Further submission guidelines are available at historyofthepresent.org.
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Indexed/abstracted in the following: Academic OneFile, America: History & Life, America: History & Life with Full Text, America: History & Life with Full Text Alumni Edition, EBSCO Discovery Service, Historical Abstracts, Historical Abstracts with Full Text, Historical Abstracts with Full Text Alumni Edition, InfoTrac Custom, PubMed, Scopus, Student Edition, TOC Premier, US History Collection, World History Collection
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ISSN: 2159-9785
e-ISSN: 2159-9793