“Cultural History in the United States: Past, Present, and Future Trajectories,” special issue of CULTURAL HISTORY
“Cultural History in the United States: Past, Present, and Future Trajectories”
A special Issue of Cultural History, the official journal of the International Society of Cultural History
There exists no “fixed or finished method for ‘doing’ cultural history.” So argued cultural historians James Cook and Lawrence Glickman in the introduction to the 2008 collection The Cultural Turn in the United States. This important collection brought together some of the leading scholars in American cultural history. Since the publication of this volume, scores of new cultural histories have appeared in bookstores. The rich and diverse nature of the topics covered and methodologies used by American cultural historians appears to bear out Cook and Glickman’s observation. Over the past five years, for example, American cultural historians have explored topics such as migration and diaspora, the cultural history of speechmaking, analyzed how Americans saw and heard the world around them, and breathed new life into topics such as politics and economics.
The volume and breadth of monographs, not to mention scholarly essays, devoted to the cultural history in the United States suggests that the “cultural turn” of the 1970s and 1980s has indeed triumphed among historians of the United States and become the methodology of choice for most. But while there is an ever-growing number of fine works of cultural history devoted to better understanding the people, places, and events of American history, questions remain about what cultural history is, and what cultural historians do.
This special edition of Cultural History calls for papers from practitioners of American cultural history. The editor is particularly interested in essays that consider questions of methodology, of chronology, and of specific topics. How has the practice of American cultural history changed over the course of the twentieth and early twenty-first century? How does chronology, or periodization, impact the types of questions that cultural historians ask about the past? How have cultural histories of race and ethnicity, women and gender, organized labor and working class people, to name just a few examples, altered the master narrative of United States history? And what impact will the recent renascence in economic history have on cultural histories over the next generation? Submissions of a historiographical nature are welcome, as too are studies that highlight the interdisciplinary nature of American cultural history, and newer research that showcases emerging methodological trends in United States cultural history.
Cultural History is the official journal of the International Society of Cultural History. For more information about the Society please visit http://www.culthist.org/
Submissions for this special edition of Cultural History should be emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org by September 1, 2013. Please include the title of your proposed essay, an abstract of 300 words, and contact information. Further inquiries can be made by contacting Gregory Smithers, Department of History, Virginia Commonwealth University. Email: email@example.com
Gregory D. Smithers
Department of History
Virginia Commonwealth University
811 S. Cathedral Place
Richmond, VA 23284-2001
FAX: (804) 828-7085
PH: (804) 828-4386 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
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