May 2, 2024

TPH Special Issue Call for Papers

Our journal, The Public Historian (TPH), calls for papers for a special issue: Labor and Public History. Proposals, which should be no longer than one double-spaced page, should be submitted to TPH at [email protected]. The deadline for submission is September 1, 2024.

This special issue builds on the 2023 and 2024 NCPH Working Groups “Empowering the Public History Workplace.” For this issue, we seek articles that consider how the shift away from “charitable” benefactors and state funding has shaped the work of public
history. How has entertainment influenced public history practices? How can professors and mentors better prepare students for the constant tensions of the public history workplace? What should we all read? What should we all do? What role have executive boards, trustees, and partners played in structuring managerial practices and antiunionism in public history workplaces? What are
the tensions between public history practitioners and scholars of public history, and how can we strengthen the mutual respect and solidarities that make our field strong? How can we seize the means of interpretation? How should we talk about/commemorate labor in public history and labor as public historians?

Read the full call at