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

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

Type: Call for Papers

Submission Date: October 15, 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 abstracts (150-250 words) for an October 2022 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.  

We seek contributions from a variety of approaches for this forum.  Articles might demonstrate how to use oral histories to teach world history topics such as: enslavement/unfree labor, population diasporas, civil rights/decolonization movements, the global great depression, or the world wars. Or articles might take a local-global approach that demonstrates how oral histories from local communities relate to world history topics. Or contributions might be bibliographic essays or “guide to the collection”-style essays that highlight particular oral history materials for innovative world history teaching.  Or articles may focus on oral history as a methodology for world history research and teaching.  Article subject matter can vary across regions, themes, and timeframes.

One paragraph abstracts (150-250 words) for this forum should be received by Friday October 15, 2021.  Abstracts should describe the kind of article and its envisioned argument(s), identify the kinds of oral histories to be written about, and summarize how the proposed article will advance readers’ understanding of subjects related to oral history and world history.  Abstracts 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.  Articles based on accepted proposals will be due January 7, 2022 for peer review.

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