History Workshop Online (HWO) promotes radical history in a digital age. We are an online magazine that continues the spirit of the History Workshop movement by publishing accessible and engaging articles that reflect on contemporary issues shaping our world, agitating for change, and deepening public understandings of the past.
We encourage contributions that are radical, political, contentious and accessible. We explicitly want to connect radical history to social, political, and cultural issues and problems in the present day. HWO provides a space where historians and the public can passionately, professionally, and personally engage with the histories that shape our understanding of the past and the present.
Guidelines for General Submission:
We encourage the submission of pieces between 500 and 1000 words in length. Longer feature pieces will be accepted at the discretion of the editors.
Though History Workshop Journal has a strong academic reputation, HWO does not expect all posts to adhere to a strict academic style. On the contrary, we prefer pieces that are informal and accessible in tone, ones that directly engage the reader with the key issues at hand.
Written pieces should be free from jargon and clearly explain concepts, people, and theories for a non-expert audience. Do include hyperlinks to other blogs, websites and articles where relevant or to resources that explain more specialised concepts and terms. Limited suggestions for further reading are fine, with hyperlinks directing readers to recommended works where appropriate.
Posts should be submitted with at least one relevant image. Please ensure that images are public domain, belong to the author, or that permission has been granted for their use.
Please also supply a short author bio, an author photograph or other preferred image for publication, and any social media contact information or links to personal or professional webpages.
We ask authors to include a very short ‘tagline’ describing their post. We also ask for 5-10 ‘keywords’ that we can use to tag and categorise the post, and to optimise search engine results.
Please send all proposals or submissions to History Workshop Online’s Editors: firstname.lastname@example.org
Interested in writing for one of our Special Series?
One of HWO’s most popular sections is ‘Radical Objects’, in which historians, archaeologists, curators, archivists, and members of the public explore the radical histories of pieces of material culture. We’ve featured prominent transgender activist April Ashley’s birth certificate; the reemergence of the ‘Gandhi cap’ in contemporary India; and the menu for a House of Commons dinner with a South African deputation that later took on major roles in the African National Congress. Do you have a object or a piece of ephemera in your collection that is connected to an important ‘history from below’, or which reflects the broader aims of the History Workshop? Have you come across such an object in the archive or written about it in your own work? We would love to hear from you.
Radical Books is HWO’s newest series: short posts on subversive, seminal, and seismic texts that have transformed analysis of radical history, provoked controversy in their time, or sparked social change. Examples include anonymous pamphlets with seditious intentions, radical texts of feminist or queer theory, and works that were censored or banned. Radical Books invites submission of short pieces which highlight a text’s radical implications. Please supply an illuminating quote from the book to begin the article, as well as a high resolution image of the front cover.
Historians’ Watch will publish short-form, rapid responses or comments on the historical context of ongoing events. Submissions of up to 1500 words are welcome; acceptance will be subject to the decision of the website coordinators.
The momentous and perilous political situation and the rapid sequence of events in the US and Europe in the past few months have generated a widespread interest in historical precedents and parallels. People are struggling to comprehend startling events and processes that lie beyond our own immediate experience, and are reaching back into the past for illumination. Historians have been repeatedly approached by journalists for comments and interpretations, which have clustered especially on the relationship between the present day and the 1930s. But many issues reach more deeply into the past than this, and would benefit from the kind of historical perspective that historians ought to be able to provide. Historians’ Watch aims to do this.
Historians’ Watch is not intended to provide ‘lessons from history’, nor will it aim only to look for parallels. Instead, it is intended to provide historical depth and clarity where it is missing, and to suggest ways in which knowledge about the past might help us not just to grasp the present, but to think constructively about the future. It will also seek to correct misuses of history – ‘alternative historical facts’ – for political purposes. The format is also flexible enough to offer scope for more polemical contributions.