Special Issue "Cultural History: The State of the Field"


A special issue of Humanities (ISSN 2076-0787).

Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (1 March 2014)

Special Issue Editor

Guest Editor
Dr. Victoria Thompson

School of Historical, Philosophical and Religious Studies, Arizona State University, PO Box 874302, Tempe, AZ 85287-4302, USA
Website: https://webapp4.asu.edu/directory/person/230863
Fax: +1 480 965 0310
Interests: history of urban space; travel and travel writing; the history of women; gender and sexuality

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

In the 1980s, in response to the crisis of social history, advocates of the “New Cultural History” proposed a new paradigm for studying the past. Drawing on the work of structuralist and poststructuralist thinkers from a variety of disciplines, new cultural historians analyzed texts, images and practices to identify systems of thought and belief. By the turn of the twentieth century, New Cultural History had reached its own crisis point. Both critics and practitioners expressed concern at a lack of standard definitions and methodology as well as a tendency to focus on representations divorced from social practices. Including cultural history within a larger critique of postmodernism, skeptics and adherents alike asked whether cultural history was able to bring to light any objective “truth” about the past. Yet despite this criticism, cultural history has continued to develop as a distinct approach to the past, as historians turn to new topics (emotions, memory) and draw from diverse disciplines (cultural geography, neurobiology). This special issue asks whether it is possible, twenty-five or so years after the “cultural turn,” to speak of cultural history as a coherent field. Are the criticisms of cultural history made in the late 1990s still valid? How has new technology altered cultural historical approaches? What might we gain by thinking of cultural history as a field, and what might we lose? This special issue asks authors to submit articles based on their own original research that speak to these questions concerning the state of the field.

Dr. Victoria Thompson
Guest Editor


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  • culture
  • cultural history
  • New Cultural History
  • interdisciplinary
  • structuralism
  • poststructuralism
  • historical methodology
  • postmodernism
  • thought
  • belief

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Humanities 2014, 3(4), 546-566; doi:10.3390/h3040546
Received: 24 March 2014 / Revised: 27 August 2014 / Accepted: 16 September 2014 / Published: 9 October 2014
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p. 185-209
Humanities 2014, 3(2), 185-209; doi:10.3390/h3020185
Received: 17 March 2014 / Revised: 14 May 2014 / Accepted: 14 May 2014 / Published: 20 May 2014
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