CFP World History Connected: “Oral History Informing World History”

Tiffany Trimmer's picture

CFP: World History Connected “Oral History Informing World History” 

Type: Call for Papers

Submission Date: August 27, 2021

Contact for Inquiries: and


World History Connected, a 15-year old affiliate of the World History Association published by the University of Illinois Press, invites submission proposals for an upcoming Forum entitled “Oral History Informing World History.” Forums are topically-related sets of articles showcasing innovative research related to the interdisciplinary field of world history. Articles can be related to archival research and field work, or the scholarship of teaching and learning.


Proposals for this forum should be received by Friday August 27, 2021 for publication in October 2022.


Oral history and world history share a common goal: broadening the range of voices and perspectives available to help us understand the past. In both research and teaching, oral histories can be used to highlight marginalized peoples’ historical experiences, clarify individual agency and decision-making, challenge Eurocentric narratives, and identify how individuals and local communities understood and reacted to global-scale events. Thus, oral history offers pathways to expand world historical research and spark pedagogical creativity in the world history classroom.


As envisioned by Guest Editors Tiffany Trimmer and Julie Weiskopf, this Forum will offer several possible kinds of new knowledge useful to world historians and oral historians. Submissions can include: original research drawing on oral history evidence, articles on pedagogical approaches for using oral histories in world history courses, essays on oral history as a methodology for world history research and teaching, and bibliographic essays or “guide to the collection”-style essays that highlight particular oral history materials for innovative world history teaching.


We seek a wide range of submissions that vary across regions, themes, and timeframes.  However, we are also interested in essays that take a topical approach (how to use oral histories to teach world historical processes or themes such as: enslavement/unfree labor, population diasporas, civil rights/decolonization movements, the global great depression, or the world wars); or those that adopt a local-global approach (how oral histories from local communities relate to world history topics).


Submission proposals should be sent to both of the Forum’s Guest Editors Tiffany Trimmer ( and Julie Weiskopf ( Given continued publication disruptions as a result of Covid-19, initial inquiries and early submissions are encouraged.

World History Connected (ISSN 1931-8642) is an e-journal publication of the University of Illinois Press that annually reaches 1.85 million readers (scholars who read more than two articles) and attracts 6 million visits to its website. It publishes Forums, individual articles, book reviews and lists of books available for review three times a year (in February, June, and October).  


All submissions (for this Forum or any article) must follow the submissions guide at Emails should include the subject line WHC. Submissions should be prepared double-spaced, with one-inch margins and subheads at the left-hand margins, with endnotes, a short biography (250 words) similar to that found at the end of published WHC articles, as well as a mailing address and phone number. Submitted articles should be more than 3,000 words, with the upper limit as appropriate (usually not more than 10,000 words). All submissions are subject to double-blind peer review. World History Connected reserves the right to decline to publish any submission.

The editor of World History Connected, Marc Jason Gilbert (, welcomes papers on any topic of interest to researchers and practitioners of world history for publication in the Individual Articles section of the journal. WHC  is also open to those wishing to suggest a Guested-edited Forum of their own design. Book reviews are welcome via preliminary contact with WHC’s Book Review Editor, Cynthia Ross at