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Connecticut History Review

Cecelia Bucki, editor

Journal of Mormon History

Jessie Embry, editor

Journal of Sport History

Murray Phillips, editor

Journal of Appalachian Studies

Shaunna Scott, editor

The Polish Review

Neal Pease, editor

Black Music Research Journal

Gayle Murchison, editor

History of the Present

Named 2012's 'Best New Journal' by the Council of Editors of Learned Journals

Journal of American Ethnic History

John J. Bukowczyk, editor


Ellen Koskoff, editor

Scandinavian Studies

Susan Brantly, editor

Journal of Film and Video

Stephen Tropiano, editor

Journals News

Call for Papers for a Special Issue of Public Affairs Quarterly on
“Race and Public Policy”

This special issue will feature articles that bring philosophical analysis to bear on issues involving race and public policy. Possible topics include, but are not limited to: affirmative action, racial profiling, the Black Lives Matter movement, hate speech, hate crimes, reparations for slavery and other historical injustices, implicit bias, race and health, race and medicine, race and technology, race and the criminal justice system, race and the environment, race and education, race and sports, race and ethnicity, race and immigration, race and identity, and race and inequality.

Submissions on any philosophical topic concerning race and public policy will be considered. Submissions should be in Microsoft Word format and should be double-spaced and prepared for blind review. The journal prefers manuscripts of 6,000-9,000 words in length but articles outside these limits may still be considered.

Articles intended for consideration for inclusion in this issue should be submitted by December 31, 2018 via the journal’s online submission process at http://ojs.press.illinois.edu/index.php/paq/. Questions about potential submissions should be directed to the Editor, David Boonin, at david.boonin@colorado.edu


The Polish Institute of Arts & Sciences of America is pleased to invite presentation proposals for our 76th Annual Conference to be held at the Harriman Institute, Columbia University in New York City, June 8-9, 2018. Proposals are solicited for complete sessions or individual papers in any of the disciplines in the liberal arts, sciences, or business/economics. Since the Institute values comparative sessions, individual papers need not focus on Poland or the Polish diaspora, but it is hoped that at least one paper in each session will do so. Sessions including presenters from more than one nation are encouraged. Each session is scheduled for 90 minutes to accommodate three/four papers (20 minutes each). The conference language is English and all conference rooms will be equipped with AV for the use of PowerPoints and CD/DVD presentations. It is expected that acceptable conference papers will be submitted for possible publication in The Polish Review subsequent to the conference.

To submit a paper or complete session, please send the name, e-mail address, institutional affiliation, a tentative paper title and brief abstract for all presenters to the chair of the program committee at alicia.brzyska1@gmail.com. The deadline for proposals is April 15, 2018. All participants are expected to pay the conference registration fee.

We are excited to announce that Public Affairs Quarterly has a new editor!

Dr. David Boonin will be accepting submissions starting June 1, 2017 for the 2018 volume of the journal. He is a professor of philosophy at the University of Colorado Boulder and is Director of the Center for Values and Social Policy. Dr. Boonin received his B.A. in philosophy and history summa cum laude from Yale University in 1986 and his Ph.D. in philosophy from the University of Pittsburgh in 1992. He taught at Georgetown University (1992-94) and Tulane University (1994-98) before taking up his current position at CU in 1998. He also held a visiting position for a semester as an Erskine Fellow at the University of Canterbury in Christchurch, New Zealand, in 2006.

Doctor Boonin’s interests lie in the areas of applied ethics, ethical theory, and the history of ethics. He is the author of Thomas Hobbes and the Science of Moral Virtue (Cambridge University Press, 1994), A Defense of Abortion (Cambridge University Press, 2003), The Problem of Punishment (Cambridge University Press, 2008), Should Race Matter? (Cambridge University Press, 2011), and The Non-Identity Problem and the Ethics of Future People (Oxford University Press, 2014), as well as a number of articles on such subjects as animal rights, euthanasia, same-sex marriage, and our moral obligations to past and future generations. He is the co-author and co-editor, with his colleague Graham Oddie, of the popular textbook What’s Wrong?: Applied Ethicists and Their Critics (Oxford University Press, 2009 (second edition)).

Welcome, Doctor Boonin!

You can submit to PAQ here.

The University of Illinois Press welcomes Jazz and Culture as the newest addition to its journals program!

We are thrilled to announce that Jazz and Culture (formerly International Jazz Archives Journal), will be joining our roster.

Jazz and Culture is an annual publication devoted to publishing cutting-edge research on jazz from multiple perspectives. Founded on the principle that both scholars and musicians offer invaluable contributions, the journal juxtaposes groundbreaking work by researchers alongside oral histories and articles written by master artists in the field. All methodological approaches are welcome, including ethno/musicology, music theory, and critical and cultural studies. The journal particularly encourages work relating to jazz’s international scope.

The University of Illinois Press will be collaborating with the University of Pittsburgh’s Jazz Studies program to relaunch this title, with it's first issue expected in Spring of 2018. If you are interested in submitting to the upcoming issue, please check out the call for papers!

The University of Illinois Press welcomes Connecticut History Review as the newest addition to its journals program!

We are excited to welcome the Connecticut History Review, the official publication of the Association for the Study of Connecticut History, to the University of Illinois Press, Journals Department. The Journal, which publishes twice annually in the spring and fall, is the only academic journal dedicated to Connecticut state history. It is designed for a variety of audiences, from museum and historical society professionals, academic scholars, and history buffs to graduate students and educators. Each issue includes original research articles, book reviews, and research notes on the history and culture of Connecticut.

The Journal seeks articles on a wide variety of topics, spanning all aspects of Connecticut's history, as well as special programs or holdings of historical societies and museums, history pedagogy, and educational programs at both the collegiate and secondary levels. In addition to article submissions, the journal welcomes authors and publishers to submit their books for review. The Journal is in its 56th volume year.

For more on how to submit to Connecticut History Review, please consult its submission guidelines.

The University of Illinois Press, Journals Department publishes 35 journals in the humanities and social sciences and represents 17 scholarly societies.

Journal Spotlight: History of the Present

History of the Present, launched in 2010, is 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 establishing categories of contemporary debate by making them 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.

In 2012, the Journal was awarded "Best New Journal" by the Council of Editors of Learned Journals.

While the editors of HOP continue to curate exciting content, they have recently put together an exceptional special issue.

From one of the editors, Brian Connolly: "[Issue 6.2] asks how the violence of the archives of slavery contributes to the production of a history of our present. What is at stake in revisiting the devastation and death contained in the documents of slavery? How does a critical relationship to these archives of death and destruction not only unsettle our present but help think through liberated futures. In thinking through the linguistic, geographic, and representational logics of our archival reading practices, while attending to the ways in which our understanding or archives of slavery themselves — sites of lack or excess or both — all of the authors offer provocative meditations on how to reconceptualize histories of slavery through reimagined relations to the archive."

For this issue, the editors identified a group of contributors, who received the following prompt and were asked to submit essays.

"In a recent article, 'Venus in Two Acts,' Saidiya Hartman provocatively limns the tension between the violence of slavery and particular historical and orientations toward the archive. In doing so, Hartman calls for 'critical fabulation,' which entails attempts 'to jeopardize the status of the event, to displace the received or authorized account, and to imagine what might have happened or might have been said or might have been done....The intent of this practice is not to give voice to the slave, but rather to imagine what cannot be verified, a realm of experience which is situated between two zones of death — social and corporeal death — and to reckon with the precarious lives which are visible only in the moment of their disappearance.'"

"Hartman, then, traces a paradoxical relation to the archive — it is both the site of the possibility of history and the site of the failure of such a project. Given this unresolvable paradox, how does one go about writing the history of slavery with an acute awareness of the limitations of the archive, not as the source of histories of slavery but as the failure of those histories to adequately represent the experience?"

The contributors included in the issue are Anjali Arondekar, Brian Connolly, Marisa Fuentes, Saidiya Hartman, David Kazanjian, Seth Moglen, Jennifer Morgan, and Stephanie Smallwood.

This exciting issue is available now on JSTOR and in print for $15 (U.S. shipping included). We hope you will take a look!


We would like to announce that TWO new Common Threads titles are now available!


Following the Elephant: Ethnomusicologists Contemplate Their Dicsipline
Edited by Bruno Nettl

In Following the Elephant, Bruno Nettl edits articles drawn from fifty years of the pioneering journal Ethnomusicology. The roster of acclaimed scholars hail from across generations, using other works in the collection as launching points for dialogues on the history and accomplishments of the field. Nettl divides the collection into three sections. In the first, authors survey ethnomusicology from perspectives that include thoughts on defining and conceptualizing the field and its concepts. The second section offers milestones in the literature that critique major works. The authors look at what separates ethnomusicology from other forms of music research and discuss foundational issues. The final section presents scholars considering ethnomusicology — including recent trends — from the perspective of specific, but abiding, strands of thought.


Mere and Easy: Collage as Cultural Practice in Pedagogy
Edited by Jorge Lucero

Collage making offers everyone from small children to trained artists the ability to express themselves through images. In this new Common Threads collection, Jorge Lucero draws on the archive of the journal Visual Arts Research to present articles focused on the place of collage in fine art and education. Guided by the twinned concepts of mereness — collage’s reputation as a trifle — and easiness — the technique’s accessibility to all—the authors explore how subversive, debased, and effortless the collage gesture can be. What emerges is in and of itself a collage, one that groups disparate scholarship into a whole that reveals how the technique may serve as a method of scholarship and as a wellspring of vibrant, even radical, pedagogical utility.

See other Common Threads titles, here.