Melbourne Historical Journal: Volume 46 – Call for Papers

The Melbourne Historical Journal is calling for papers for its latest edition:

“Boundaries & Bodies” Volume 46 (2018)

History has often been organised around notions of fixed boundaries and borders. Conflict, community, ideology and memory have been defined in these terms. Historians have increasingly worked to interrogate our assumptions and break down these categories that were once accepted. What, then, are the implications when boundaries are contested or made porous? Where does this leave the body, and the self? Bodies are sites upon which larger contests of identity, ideology and power are played out. They are confined by social narratives, yet can be sites of resistance, fluidity and instability. The MHJ seeks papers that place social, cultural, economic, legal, and political boundaries in dialogue with the changing, multifaceted experiences of the body.

The MHJ is calling for papers that explore the theme “Boundaries & Bodies” for its 2018 issue. These may address, but should not be limited to, questions of:

  • Gendered bodies, intimacy and agency
  • The body in culture, commerce and medicine
  • Identities, queerness and contested sexualities
  • Movement and mobility across borders and other boundaries
  • Intersections of ideology, conflict and community
  • Processes of inclusion and exclusion in memory and narrative

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

Deadline for submission is: 14 July, 2018

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