Call for Papers: Radicalizing Histories of Science and Technology

ddrhr_120Radicalizing Histories of Science and Technology

Issue number 127 (January 2017)
Abstract Deadline: April 1, 2015
Issue editors: Simon Schaffer, David Serlin, and Jennifer Tucker

The Radical History Review invites proposals for submissions that put innovative scholarship from fields such as science and technology studies, environmental studies, and feminist, postcolonial and queer approaches to the STEM fields into dialogue with radical history. We are especially interested in submissions that reflect upon innovative interpretive sources and methods for producing new histories by scholars and activists who seek to make a radical political intervention into traditional academic disciplines.

Science, medicine, and technology are integral to the histories of many societies and cultures throughout the world. Yet contemporary case studies of science and technology often lack a broad historical perspective. Meanwhile, historical studies of science, medicine, and technology often take a limited theoretical or conceptual approach to their analysis. And mainstream histories often ignore their interpretation altogether. So how might social, political, and cultural histories look different if radical insights from science and technology studies were brought to bear on the analysis of society and culture? And how might conventional historical narratives look different if the boundary between the radical study of “history” and the radical study of “science and technology” were not assumed or taken for granted?

We invite scholars to share case studies from current research that deploy new approaches in theory and methodology across the humanities and social sciences. Contributions are particularly encouraged from scholars working on locales and on periods where models of knowledge and practice are very different from, or are to be contrasted with, current models of the sciences. To this end, the editors seek papers that focus on diverse historical periods as well as diverse geographical regions, populations, and objects of study. What novel issues, historical problems, and debates have arisen with the opening of new academic fields and new political and historical conditions?

The RHR publishes material in a variety of forms. Potential contributors are encouraged to look at recent issues for examples of both conventional and non-conventional forms of scholarship. We are especially interested in submissions that use images as well as texts and encourage materials with strong visual content. In addition to monographic articles based on archival research, we encourage submissions to our various departments, including:

Historians at Work (reflective essays by practitioners in academic and non-academic settings that engage with questions of professional practice)
Teaching Radical History (syllabi and commentary on teaching)
Public History (essays on historical commemoration and the politics of the past)
Interviews (proposals for interviews with scholars, activists, and others)
(Re)Views (review essays on history in all media–print, film, and digital)

Procedures for submission of articles: By April 1, 2015, please submit a 1-2 page abstract summarizing the article you wish as an attachment to contactrhr[at]gmail[dot]com with “Issue 127 Abstract Submission” in the subject line. By June 1, 2015, authors will be notified whether they should submit a full version of their article for peer review. The due date for completed articles will be December 1, 2015.

Articles should be submitted electronically with “Issue 127 Submission” in the subject line. Please send any images as low-resolution digital files embedded in a Word document along with the text. If chosen for publication, you will need to send high-resolution image files (jpg or TIFF files at a minimum of 300 dpi) and secure permission to reprint all images. Those articles selected for publication after the peer review process will be included in issue 127 of the Radical History Review, scheduled to appear in January 2017.

Abstract Deadline: April 1, 2015

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