Special issue of the Oral History Review: “Listening to and for LGBTQ Lives”


Call for Papers

Special issue of the Oral History Review: “Listening to and for LGBTQ Lives”
Deadline for submissions: September 1, 2014
Publication date: Winter/Spring 2016

Guest Editor: Stephanie Gilmore, PhD

As we commemorate anniversaries, such as the upcoming 45th anniversary of the 1969 Stonewall Riot in New York City, and challenge recent developments, including the criminalization of same-sex sexuality in Uganda, scholars, activists, and citizens are compelled to examine and deepen historical and contemporary perspectives on the importance of the lives and experiences of LGBTQ people. Oral history has become a significant way to uncover the hidden histories of LGBTQ people; and scholars, activists, librarians, archivists, and organizations are using oral history theory and methods to put LGBTQ people at the center of analysis and understand the multifaceted lives and experiences of LGBTQ people around the world.

The editorial staff of the Oral History Review is actively seeking short-form (3,000-4,000 word) and long-form (8,000-12,000 word) articles for a special issue devoted to the theme “Listening to and for LGBTQ Lives.” Submissions might address any aspect of oral history—theory, practice, methodology, pedagogy, uses/applications of oral history, editing and writing oral history, as well as narrative and analytical pieces based on oral history sources. We also welcome experimental forms and multimedia dimensions.

We invite submissions that raise innovative points about the use of oral history in researching and writing about LGBTQ people; highlight the promises and pitfalls of developing archives devoted to LGBTQ lives and organizations; explore pedagogical developments in courses on LGBTQ histories; and elevate new theoretical and/or practical developments in the growing field of LGBTQ histories.

Mission Statement: The Oral History Review The Oral History Review, published by the Oral History Association, is the US journal of record for the theory and practice of oral history and related fields. The journal’s primary mission is to explore the nature and significance of oral history and advance understanding of the field among scholars, educators, practitioners, and the general public. The Review publishes narrative and analytical articles and reviews, in print and multimedia formats, that present and use oral history in unique and significant ways and that contribute to the understanding of the nature of oral history and memory. It seeks previously unpublished works that demonstrate high-quality research and that offer new insight into oral history practice, methodology, theory, and pedagogy. Work published in the journal arises from many fields and disciplines, reflecting the interdisciplinary nature of oral history. While based in the US, the Review reflects the international scope of the field and encourages work from international authors and about international topics.

Direct inquiries and submissions to:

Stephanie Gilmore, PhD
Interim Editor (July 1, 2014 — July 1, 2015), The Oral History Review
Email: shgilmore1@gmail.com