Calls for Contributors

Call for Contributors for July 2017 Issue on “Revolutions”

The Activist History Review invites proposals for articles that address the theme of “revolutions” to be featured in the July issue.

The Activist History Review invites proposals for articles that address the theme of “revolutions” to be featured in the July issue.

Russian Revolution, Feb_1917
Russian revolutionaries protesting in February 1917.

2017 marks the 100th anniversary of the Russian Revolution and the 500th anniversary of the Protestant Reformation. Both, in their own ways, remade the world of their time and helped create the conflicts–ideological, economic, and religious, cultural, and military–that continue to shape the present.

In today’s world, we feel the influence of many different revolutions that are unique in type, location, origin, and outcome. The internet and e-commerce revolutions have overturned the economic models that made Macy’s and Sears commercial empires and corner stores neighborhood landmarks. They’ve altered the way we congregate and interact while transforming the consumer and labor markets in ways that touch each of us daily. Just as the printing press pushed Christianity into a period of schism and violence, access to religious texts in vernacular languages and countless interpretations with varying degrees of authority pose a revolutionary challenge to Islam. Revolutions in civil rights, education, and universal ideals have transformed the ways citizens engage with and oppose their governments and how dissent thrives or dies. Revolutions in medical technology have liberated the idea of immortality from the purview of science fiction. And modern movements like Black Lives Matter, the Women’s March, and Brexit have, in their own ways, transformed concepts of civic engagement and notions about the right to belong to, reshape, or reject different polities.


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Proposals should be no more than 250 words for articles from 1250-1500 words, and should be emailed to William Horne by June 1st at 11:59 PM. Please also include a short bio of no more than 100 words.

Possible subjects include:

  • Atlantic Revolutions in North America, Haiti, and France
  • Russian Revolution
  • Medicine
  • Technology
  • Literature
  • Printing
  • Religion
  • Black Lives Matter
  • Civil Rights Movement
  • The Environmental Movement
  • The Women’s March (2017) and its antecedents
  • LGBT Equality
  • European Color Revolutions
  • Fall of the Soviet Union and the Iron Curtain

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