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The Madison Historical Review is pleased to announce that it is now accepting article submissions for publication in the Spring 2014 issue. Articles may be submitted by all MA students and first and second year PhD students enrolled in historically centered programs such as, but not limited to, history, art history, historical archaeology, and public history. The MHR is a peer-reviewed online journal dedicated to highlighting work from graduate students in the fields of American, World, and Public History. Our aim is to publish one article from each field and highlight the exceptional scholarship of a fourth paper. The best article can be submitted in any of the three fields and the author will receive recognition in the journal and a monetary award.

Submissions are encouraged from all students who meet the eligibility requirements, especially those from students in MA programs seeking an early publishing opportunity. The MHR offers graduate students an introductory experience in the peer-review process in the history profession. By encouraging students to submit their work for critical review with a cooperative spirit committed to elevating the quality of student research, the MHR seeks to benefit both students considering the pursuit of a PhD as well as those who plan to seek careers outside of academia.

The fields of American, World, and Public history are often overlapping. Because of this tendency we are providing the following, brief guidelines for identifying the field that best defines your paper. These definitions are not all inclusive and your paper may not adhere strictly to any specific characteristic mentioned below:

  • American history papers should have a central focus on the North American continent although they may use such frameworks as transnational history for analysis.
  • World history papers can include: European, Latin American, Asian, African studies etc. Their scope can focus on one specific location or can incorporate a larger, global context.
  • Public history papers must have a strong reliance on material culture as a source for analysis. In addition to enhancing a known topic through object analysis, papers can discuss issues of memory, public space, memorials, or museums.