CFC: Past Tense Graduate Review of History: 2021

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Past Tense Graduate Review of History would like to announce an additional Call for Papers for its Summer 2021 issue. Past Tense is housed in the Department of History at the University of Toronto and provides a forum for developing scholars to gain experience with academic publishing. The journal publishes original research articles, book reviews, and critical commentaries about issues in the field of history. It welcomes submissions from researchers of all disciplines and institutions on topics that concern a broad range of time periods and geographies. Past Tense is published online at

The deadline for research article submissions has now passed for our Summer 2021 issue, but we are currently seeking critical commentaries (of no more than 1500 words) on issues in the field of history. Examples of submissions include thought pieces, analyses of current events in historical perspective, and quirky historical or archive stories. We welcome graduate students to submit critical commentaries by March 1st to be considered for publication in our Summer 2021 issue.

We are particularly interested in commentaries addressing the following topics:

  • History in the Time of Covid: How do we practice, learn, and teach history during the COVID-19 Pandemic? How have travel restrictions, program delays, and social isolation impacted research and writing practices, and individual mental health? How have social inequities materialized and intensified due to COVID-19 in both local (for e.g. in urban geography of spread) and global (for e.g. food (in)security in the developing word) contexts?

  • Public health and the COVID-19 Pandemic in historical perspective

  • Black Lives Matter and racial justice advocacy: How do we tackle legacies of white supremacy and (neo)colonialism in history-writing and the university? What is/are the future(s) of critical race studies?

  • Current trends and historical perspectives on indigenous rights and activism

  • Popular and public history: engaging with wider audiences and readerships in TV, film, podcasting, video games, and other media

  • Ecology and the Environment in 2020: examining natural disasters, food scarcity, and environmental advocacy across national borders and in historical perspective

If you have another idea for a critical commentary, please reach out to us at to "pitch" your story. We will also be accepting short book reviews (350-500 words) and critical commentaries (650-1100 words) covering a range of topics on a rolling basis. Submissions and pitches received after the March 1st deadline will be considered and reviewed by the editorial team for publication on our website ( Further information about submission requirements can also be found on our website.

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