Actes de l’Histoire de l’immigration, an Online Journal
Hoping to explore the potential of electronic publishing and to offer the historical community a space for the exchange of ideas, resources and information, a team of historians at the École Normale Supérieure and the École des Hautes Études en Sciences Sociales (the Groupe de recherches socio-historiques, or “Gresh”) established the Web site Clio-Gresh (http://barthes.ens.fr/clio) in 1997. Today, this site offers a wide variety of resources to professional historians, teachers, and those interested in twentieth-century social history. These resources include bibliographies, articles, book reviews, documents, and several thousand maps brought together to form an atlas.
The response this site has received – there are over 300 hits per day – proves that our endeavor responds to a need. It also stimulates us to extend our initiative, by transforming the site into a place for reflection, publications, and information available to all.
From now on, the Clio site will therefore host a scholarly online journal devoted to the history of immigration, entitled Les Actes de l’Histoire de l’Immigration.
This journal’s mission is to fill a vacuum, as there is no scholarly journal in French devoted to this field, despite the fact that it is a particularly dynamic one. We also hope that it will foster exchanges between academic researchers and secondary school teachers, bridging the gap that separates scholarship and pedagogy. Finally, the journal will serve as a laboratory promoting the diffusion of scientific knowledge, writing and publication, by exploiting the resources offered by new information technology and thereby transcending, we hope, the limits we currently encounter during our research activities (problems regarding access to information, slow publication, and difficulties in publishing detailed or lengthy annexes in support of a text, to name just a few examples).
This call for contributions manifests our wish to open and extend our activities. It is addressed to all those – whether students, scholars, teachers, or amateur historians– who have made research on the history of immigration a passion or a career.
If you fit this description, you no doubt have items that would be useful to all those who share your interests and that you would like to see published in a reasonable amount of time by an academic journal with an editorial board comprised of scholars in the field. The journal’s online format can accommodate your documents (statistical data, maps, interview transcripts, archival dossiers, bibliographies, teaching tools), announcements (of conferences and publications), texts (articles, research reports, descriptions of pedagogical experiments, transcripts of debates or seminars, working papers), and other information that is either difficult to publish in traditional journals or impossible to publish at all because it uses sources (video, sound) that cannot be accommodated by a paper format.
If you would like to place these items at the public’s disposal and thereby facilitate the circulation of information in the historical community, we invite you to send these documents to the Editorial Board of the Actes de l’Histoire de l’immigration. (firstname.lastname@example.org, email@example.com) Comité de rédaction des Actes de l'Histoire de l'immigration.
N.B. Please transmit your items in one of the following formats: HTML, ascii or Word5 [[MS Word??]] if they are texts, jpeg or gif if they are images.
The working languages are English and French.
The editorial board reserves the right to refuse any text whose scholarly content does not satisfy the requirements of the journal.
Blanc-Chaleard, Marie Claude, maître de conférences, Université d’Orl’eans
Bruno, Anne Sophie
Fouché Nicole, chercheur Ehess
Guichard, Éric, enseignant chercheur, ENS/EHESS
Lewis, Mary, fellow, International Center for Advanced Studies, New York
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