Call for submissions – ‘History & Community’ – Downside Review Special Issue Spring 2021

We are excited to announce that we are now inviting submissions of articles (7,500–9,500 words max. incl. references) for a special issue of the peer-reviewed journal The Downside Review, guest-edited by Dr Benjamin Pohl (University of Bristol; project PI).

The theme of our special issue will be ‘History & Community’, and we are aiming to address a range of scholarship on the subjects of history, historical writing, historical thought and historical consciousness in Western monastic communities from the beginnings to the present day.

Topics may include, but are not limited to: the relationship between historical writing and communal identity within a monastic setting; the collective nature and outlook of monastic historiographical production; the relationship between history, liturgy and the daily monastic life; the role(s) played by individuals acting as historians (or ‘agents of history’) within their communities; the codification of communal memories; etc.

There are no chronological or geographical limitations, and we welcome contributions from across the Arts and Humanities. Depending on the number of submissions received, this special issue will be published in one or two volumes as The Downside Review’s January and/or April issue(s) 2021.

For submission guidelines (incl. guidance on formatting, referencing, peer-review, permissions etc.), please visit the journal website.

For general information, see

Please email your submission to and no later than 1 September 2020. Any enquiries should be sent to the same email addresses.

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