Melbourne Historical Journal: Vol 45 on ‘Contested Spaces’ – Call For Papers

The Melbourne Historical Journal Collective is excited to invite contributions to Volume 45 (2017) of the Melbourne Historical Journal (MHJ). Published since 1961, the MHJ is a refereed journal for the publication of postgraduate research in all aspects of history.

The world around us is shaped by historical conflict and change. Contests over identity, memory and material relations play out not only in time but also across multiple scales of space. ‘Space’ in this context can encompass geographical, social, cultural, economic, political, and religious environments; from the global to the local scale. Present-day controversies over the past are a reminder that memory itself is a site of contestation capable of producing divergent social meanings. Explorations of competitive spaces, both in the past and in the present, can provide an insight into the convergence of social and political relations within given historical moments.

MHJ is seeking papers that explore the many facets of this theme for its 2017 issue, ‘Contested Spaces’. These may address, but should not be limited to, questions of:

  • Social movements and political spaces
  • Global, transnational and cross-cultural histories
  • Histories of movement, diaspora and borders
  • Places of religious, environmental, economic or cultural contact
  • Gendered and gendering spaces in history
  • Memory activism and spaces of memory
  • Emotional and affective Spaces

We strongly encourage postgraduate and early career scholars to submit papers. Papers should be 5000–7000 words in length, including footnotes and references

Submit by 30 June, 2017 at

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