CFP: New digital journal for the study of the American Midwest
When assessed alongside the robust subfields of southern, western, Appalachian, and New England studies, comparatively few resources exist for the study of the Middle West. In this regard, the American Midwest might be considered a “lost region,” to use the formulation of historian Jon K. Lauck, perhaps because unlike the South or the West, the Midwest functions as an unexceptional or ordinary space in the national consciousness. The Middle West Review (http://uimiddle.wordpress.com), a new interdisciplinary digital journal operating in conjunction with the Midwestern History Working Group, seeks to correct these oversights and provide a dynamic forum through which scholars and nonscholars alike can share their scholarship, insights, and questions about the American Midwest.
The Middle West Review is a peer-reviewed digital journal housed at the University of Iowa. Its editorial board and editorial reviewers come from academic and nonacademic institutions throughout the Midwest, Canada, and beyond. We invite submissions across all scholarly disciplines—as well as from outside academia—that explore the meanings of the Midwest in the realms of politics, culture, society, and history. These submissions can take the form of short essays (350 to 500 words), longer features (at least 1,000 words and up to 5,000 words), thought pieces, reflections on current events, book reviews, review essays, traditional research articles, poetry, prose, photo essays, or multimedia projects, broadly conceived. Through these media—and the discussion they will stimulate—we aim to assist in the revitalization of midwestern history as a field of scholarly inquiry and thereby disrupt normative understandings of this vital and vibrant American region. In order to promote an active discussion and an ongoing conversation about the Midwest in an increasingly fast-paced electronic world, the editors plan to adhere to procedures which assure a rigorous but prompt review process for all submissions.
Please contact Paul Mokrzycki for details. While rolling submissions are accepted, the deadline for our first phase of publications is March 31, 2014. Please submit your work to Paul at firstname.lastname@example.org. The official launch for the Middle West Review has been slated for mid-April 2014.
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