ToC History & Theory October 2015 issue and new journal Historical Encounters

History & Theory is one of the leading journals in the area of historical theory and publishes interesting contributions that have wider relevance for historical research in other fields.
A related journal with a slightly different orientation has just been launched called Historical Encounters.

Historical Encounters is a peer-reviewed, open access, interdsiciplinary journal dedicated to the empirical and theoretical study of:

  • historical consciousness (how we experience the past as something alien to the present; how we understand and relate, both cognitively and affectively, to the past; and how our historically-constituted consciousness shapes our understanding and interpretation of historical representations in the present and influences how we orient ourselves to possible futures);
  • historical cultures (the effective and affective relationship that a human group has with its own past; the agents who create and transform it; the oral, print, visual, dramatic, and interactive media representations through which it is lived, and by which it is disseminated; the personal, social, commercial, and political uses to which it is put; and the processes of reception that shape encounters with it);
  • history education (how we know, teach, and learn history through: schools, universities, museums, public commemorations, tourist venues, heritage sites, local history societies, and other formal and informal settings).
  • Submissions from across the fields of public history, history didactics, curriculum & pedagogy studies, cultural studies, narrative theory

Details of how to access the articles below can be found on the History & Theory website:


BRANKO MITROVIĆ, Historical Understanding and Historical Interpretation as Contextualization
BERBER BEVERNAGE, The Past Is Evil/Evil Is Past: On Retrospective Politics, Philosophy of History, and Temporal Manichaeism
PETER BAEHR, Stalinism in Retrospect: Hannah Arendt


MATTHEW SPECTER, Introduction 

MICHAEL C. BEHRENT, Can the Critique of Capitalism Be Antihumanist?

MITCHELL DEAN, Foucault Must Not Be Defended

SERGE AUDIER, Neoliberalism through Foucault’s Eyes


JAN E. GOLDSTEIN on Michael S. Roth, Memory, Trauma, and History: Essays on Living with the Past

VERA SCHWARCZ on Otto Dov Kulka, Landscapes of the Metropolis of Death: Reflections on Memory and Imagination, and Thomas Trezise, Witnessing Witnessing: On the Reception of Holocaust Survivor Testimony

WILLIAM JOHNSTON on Katsuya Hirano, The Politics of Dialogic Imagination: Power and Popular Culture in Early Modern Japan

DAVID P. JORDAN on Patrice Gueniffey, Bonaparte, 1769–1802 and Andrew Roberts, Napoleon, A Life

New series of seminars on Historical Theory at IHR London

The ‘mothership’ for historians in the UK, the Institute of Historical Research in London (IHR) is hosting a series of seminars on historical theories, starting tomorrow, which may be of interest to some of the current debates in organizational history.

Questioning Theories of History

Institute of Historical Research. London, UK.

Senate House, Malet St., London WC1

Speakers include:

15th October: Jouni-Matti Kuukkanen (University of Oulu): ‘Do We Need Analytic Philosophy of History?’

29th October: Anton Froeyman (Ghent University): The Excluded Middle? Levinasian Ethics as a Middle Ground between Historical Representation and Historical Experience’

12th November: Keith Jenkins (University of Chichester): ‘On Disobedient Histories’

26th November: Martin Davies (University of Leicester): Enlightenment or Modernity: The Question of Historical Continuity’

10th December: Wulf Kansteiner (Aarhus University): History between Story and Argument: Reviving Narratological Analyses of Professional Historical Writing’