CFP: Historiographical Methodologies in Cultural Studies: A Reader edited collection; February 28, 2010 | cfp.english.upenn.edu
by Jessica C. Murphy
For Meaghan Morris “history is the name of the space where we define what matters.” With this statement, Morris raised but certainly did not settle the nature of the relationship between history and cultural studies. For Morris, the parameters of contemporary culture and everyday life could only be appreciated by their relationship with the forces that shaped how they developed including economic, political and rhetorical factors. In other words, an historical contextualization of phenomena and events is necessary to understand the nuances of culture. Using Morris’s statement on the relationship between cultural studies and history/historiography as an impetus we are proposing to assemble an edited collection that would explore some of the professional and technical issues involved in such a project, and that would also serve as a showcase for such work.
Nearly two decades after Morris’s formulation the use of historical methodologies in cultural studies work is still rare. History too often becomes a “stand-in” or set of “simplistic generalizations” offered up as a weak attempt to contextualize an argument or present data. However, increasing numbers of scholars are coming to share Morris’s conclusion that culture cannot be adequately understood, let alone explained, without a certain degree of historical work, from archival research to scouring rare historical primary and secondary sources to the compiling of oral histories.
We are calling for papers that address the techniques, advantages, and problems of using historiographical methodologies in cultural studies work. Such papers might address these questions amongst others: What kinds of methodologies do cultural studies practitioners find useful? What are the best ways of integrating historical materials into studies of past and/or contemporary cultures? How does theory intersect with and inform historiography? What are some particular problems faced by cultural studies researchers using historiographical methodologies? Is there an adequate publishing market for cultural studies academic work with a historical component? We would also welcome chapters that display such historiographical cultural studies work in action.To be considered for inclusion in this collection, please email complete chapters 25-35 pages as an attachment in Word 1997-2003 or 2007 format to firstname.lastname@example.org and email@example.com by February 28, 2010.Robert Carley, Department of Sociology, Texas A&M UniversityChristopher M. Sutch, William Penn University, College for Working Adults