CFP: Genealogy special issue “Decolonizing Ways of Knowing: Heritage, Living Communities, and Indigenous Built Environments”

This special issue of Genealogy invites essays on the topic, “Decolonizing Ways of Knowing: Heritage, Living Communities, and Indigenous Built Environments.” Manuscripts may focus on all aspects of heritage, heritage preservation, and traditions of knowing and engaging the past in the present. The “State of the World’s Minorities and Indigenous Peoples 2016” report, published by the Minority Rights Group International (MRG), emphasized the close interconnections between culture and nature, the relationship between people and places, and that these associations are particularly relevant to indigenous communities. We invite contributions that imagine possibilities and associations that mark our humanity cross-culturally including practices of honoring the dead, worshiping/acknowledging ancestors, tracing kinship/genealogical associations, transmitting local histories and knowledge of place, and creating shared identity through oral history and storytelling. There are, of course, associated tensions. As Michael Brown points out, “Cultural heritage, whether embodied in places or stories, is a shape-shifting, protean thing whose contours may be contested even by those who create it” (Brown 2014: 178). With these tensions in mind, we also invite contributions focusing on the ethics of the uses of heritage, including the preservation of heritage resources as commodities and as markers of cultural identity within indigenous communities.

In “Decolonizing Ways of Knowing,” we seek to investigate critical genealogies of settler colonialism, and ask, “What can genealogy studies learn from other conceptions of family history as well as family history preservation and transmission practices cross-culturally?” We are interested in how cultural groups situated outside of Western paradigms have conceived genealogy, and how these ways of knowing can challenge us to think differently about conceptions of time, create deeper dialogues between the living and the dead, and tend to our connections to place. In Benin and Nigeria, for instance, Egungun festivals call forth the spirits of the ancestors in masquerades where the living are confronted with past lives. In Australia, many indigenous communities have conducted genealogy as part land rights claims, but their claims are also directly related to their custodianship of sacred sites that are part of the Dreaming—a time outside of time—that informs cosmology and kinship. Traditionally, the names and pictures of the dead, precious to other cultures, may not be spoken of or viewed. Many documentaries now begin with a warning: “This book may contain names and images of Aboriginal people now deceased.”

For this special issue we invite contributions that showcase the diverse ways that information, knowledge and stories are shared between generations (i.e., practice and performance); examine issues of positionality with respect to knowledge production (reflexivity); and critique relations or systems of power (critical theory/embodied knowledge). At its core, the contributions will contribute to the process of decolonization:

The divestment of foreign occupying powers from Indigenous homelands, modes of government, ways of caring for the people and living landscapes, and especially ways of thinking. For non-Indigenous individuals, decolonization work means stepping back from normative expectations… [Duarte & Belarde-Lewis 2015: 678-679]

We hope to attract a broad audience both within and outside academic institutions and encourages dialogue in multiple forms. We seek to broaden the framework for genealogy studies and welcome your creative works including scholarly research papers, reports, interviews, field notes, visual productions, poetry, prose, drawings, and descriptions of community engagement, rituals, and heritage preservations activities. We encourage submissions that address topics including, but not limited to the following:

Critical genealogies that decolonize knowledge production
Critical genealogies of settler colonialism
Cross-cultural family history-making practices
Totem identities and knowledge transfer
Ancestral worship—performance and practice in public and private settings
Critical investigations into the construction of local histories
Collaborative cultural heritage preservation with living communities
Multi-media memory work
Intergenerational communication and knowledge transfer
Critical pedagogies of place that connect global processes to local histories.
Ethics of heritage preservation and cultural appropriation
Thank-you! We look forward to receiving your works on this topic.

Dr. Antoinette Jackson
Ms. Rachel Breunlin
Guest Editors

Manuscript Submission Information

Manuscripts should be submitted online at by registering and logging in to this website. Once you are registered, click here to go to the submission form. Manuscripts can be submitted until the deadline. All papers will be peer-reviewed. Accepted papers will be published continuously in the journal (as soon as accepted) and will be listed together on the special issue website. Research articles, review articles as well as short communications are invited. For planned papers, a title and short abstract (about 100 words) can be sent to the Editorial Office for announcement on this website.

Submitted manuscripts should not have been published previously, nor be under consideration for publication elsewhere (except conference proceedings papers). All manuscripts are thoroughly refereed through a single-blind peer-review process. A guide for authors and other relevant information for submission of manuscripts is available on the Instructions for Authors page. Genealogy is an international peer-reviewed open access quarterly journal published by MDPI.

Please visit the Instructions for Authors page before submitting a manuscript. The Article Processing Charge (APC) is waived for well-prepared manuscripts submitted to this issue. Submitted papers should be well formatted and use good English. Authors may use MDPI’s English editing service prior to publication or during author revisions.

Critical family history
radical humanism and memory work
decolonizing knowledge
ancestral worship
clans and totem associations
cultural heritage ethics


For the instruction for the authors, please visit the journal website:

When your paper is ready, please submit it to the editorial office’s online system via the following link (but you need to register on the
MDPI website ( first and then use the link):

Contact Info:
Anyone wants to submit Please contact Guest Editors Dr. Antoinette Jackson (, Ms. Rachel Breunlin (, or journal managing editor Ms. Allie Shi (

Contact Email:

CFP: Radical Empathy in Archival Practice (JCLIS special issue)

In their 2016 article From Human Rights to Feminist Ethics: Radical Empathy in the Archives, Michelle Caswell and Marika Cifor define radical empathy as “a willingness to be affected, to be shaped by another’s experience, without blurring the lines between the self and the other.” Incorporating a feminist ethics approach that centers lived experiences that fall out of the “official” archival record, Caswell and Cifor identify archivists as caregivers whose responsibilities are not primarily bound to records but to records creators, subjects, users, and communities through “a web of mutual affective responsibility.”

In a profession that has staunchly held onto myths of its own neutrality, objectivity, and dissociation of the subjective and personal, centering concepts of the body and affect critically engages archives’ and archivists’ complicity in perpetuating inequality. Recent and intersecting conversations in the archival field about feminism, queerness, race, anti-racism, contingent labor practices, peer-mentorship, and decentralizing whiteness in the profession, all relate to the concept of radical empathy in practice.

We invite authors from a variety of career experiences and archival practices (students, early career professionals, and colleagues working in community archives, public libraries, museums, non-profits, corporations, etc.) to contribute to this special issue of the Journal of Critical Library and Information Studies. This issue will provide an extended exploration of “how an archival ethics of care can be enacted in real world environments.” It will explicitly focus on case studies, in particular case studies that engage feminist theory and frameworks, relating to the lived experiences of practicing archivists.

Suggested questions and topics include (but are not limited to):
– Whose bodies do we speak of in a profession whose majority makeup represents privileged bodies that are white, cis-gender, conforming to oppressive definitions and standards of ability, and have access to institutional or personal monetary resources? Whose bodies are erased or occluded in the profession?
– Archival description project audits that re-examine language in legacy finding aids.
– Affective documentation of underrepresented communities in archives.
– Managing grief and trauma with record creators, donors, subjects, users, communities, and in archival collections. What are the roles of the archivist?
– Building team competence through peer-mentorship and networks of skill and knowledge sharing.
– Critical examination of contingent labor and employment practices.
– Managing emotional labor in systemically oppressive work environments through affective relationship building (vis-a-vis manager or peer relationships).
– Exploration of access and security models that critically engage users and communities outside of academia (i.e. alternatives to the “panopticon”).
– Inclusion and recognition of archival labor and interventions in description.
– Measuring affective response as an evaluation method to archival instruction.

Deadline for Submission: January 30, 2019


JCLIS welcomes the following types of submissions:

Research Articles (no more than 7,000 words)
Perspective Essays (no more than 5,000 words)
Literature Reviews (no more than 7,000 words)
Interviews (no more than 5,000 words)
Book or Exhibition Reviews (no more than 1,200 words)
Research articles and literature reviews are subject to peer review by two referees. Perspective essays are subject to peer review by one referee. Interviews and book or exhibition reviews are subject to review by the issue editor(s).


Guest Editors

Please direct questions to the guest editors for the issue:
– Elvia Arroyo-Ramirez, University of California, Irvine:
– Jasmine Jones, University of California, Los Angeles:
– Shannon O’Neill, Barnard College:
– Holly Smith, Spelman College:

Journal Editors

Managing Editor: Andrew J Lau
Associate Editor: Emily Drabinski
Associate Editor: Rory Litwin


The mission of the Journal of Critical Library and Information Studies is to serve as a peer-reviewed platform for critical discourse in and around library and information studies from across the disciplines. This includes but is not limited to research on the political economy of information, information institutions such as libraries, archives, and museums, reflections on professional contexts and practices, questioning current paradigms and academic trends, questioning the terms of information science, exploring methodological issues in the context of the field, and otherwise enriching and broadening the scope of library and information studies by applying diverse critical and trans-disciplinary perspectives. Recognizing library and information studies as a diverse, cross-disciplinary field reflective of the scholarly community’s diverse range of interests, theories, and methods, JCLIS aims to showcase innovative research that queries and critiques current paradigms in theory and practice through perspectives that originate from across the humanities and social sciences.

Each issue is themed around a particular topic or set of topics and features a guest editor (or guest editors) who will work with the managing editor to shape the issue’s theme and develop an associated call for papers. Issue editors will assist in the shepherding of manuscripts through the review and preparation processes, are encouraged to widely solicit potential contributions, and work with authors in scoping their respective works appropriately.

JCLIS is open access in publication, politics, and philosophy. In a world where paywalls are the norm for access to scholarly research, the Journal recognizes that removal of barriers to accessing information is key to the production and sharing of knowledge. Authors retain copyright of manuscripts published in JCLIS, generally with a Creative Commons Attribution (CC-BY) license. If an article is republished after initially publication in JCLIS, the republished article should indicate that it was first published by JCLIS.


The Journal of Critical Library and Information Studies welcomes submissions from senior and junior faculty, students, activists, and practitioners working in areas of research and practice at the intersection of critical theory and library and information studies.

Authors retain the copyright to material they publish in the JCLIS, but the Journal cannot re-publish material that has previously been published elsewhere. The journal also cannot accept manuscripts that have been simultaneously submitted to another outlet for possible publication.


JCLIS uses the Chicago Manual of Style, 17th Edition as the official citation style for manuscripts published by the journal. All manuscripts should employ the Notes and Bibliography style (as footnotes with a bibliography), and should conform to the guidelines as described in the Manual.


Authors interested in contributing to this special issue should submit manuscripts through JCLIS’ online submission system by January 30, 2019. This online submission process requires that manuscripts be submitted in separate stages in order to ensure the anonymity of the review process and to enable appropriate formatting.

Abstracts (500 words or less) should be submitted in plain text and should not include information identifying the author(s) or their institutional affiliations. With the exception of book reviews, an abstract must accompany all manuscript submissions before they are reviewed for publication.
The main text of the manuscript must be submitted as a stand-alone file (in Microsoft Word or RTF)) without a title page, abstract, page numbers, or other headers or footers. The title, abstract, and author information should be submitted through the submission platform.

CFP: TMG – Journal for Media History

This call does not specifically mention archives, but definitely asks questions that archives can answer.


TMG – Journal for Media History is a Netherlands-based, international scholarly, peer-reviewed and open access journal dedicated to media history. It is now calling for articles about Radio Histories. A special issue will be published in November 2019 at an international conference at the Netherlands Institute for Sound and Vision in Hilversum. The editors are prof.dr. Huub Wijfjes, professor in History of Radio and Television at University of Amsterdam and prof.dr. Alec Badenoch, professor in Transnational Media at Free University Amsterdam.

In 2019, the Netherlands will celebrate a century of radio, dating from the first regular broadcast transmissions by Hanso Idzerda on 6 November 1919. This of course is one of many possible centenaries of the medium, as Wolfgang Ernst recounts, for example, from his 2012 archaeology of the radio and the vacuum tube.

The special issue “Radio Histories: 100 years of what?” of TMG – Journal for Media History takes these proliferating centenaries as an occasion to explore a number of histories and genealogies of radio in longue-durée and international perspective. What are the ‘big stories’ of radio? Few media have undergone such radical transformations in terms of technology, industry and use as radio has in its first century. How has radio shaped a century of public speech, of noise, of global connection, colonization, of propaganda or of war? What sources allow us to grasp the big stories – and what sources are still missing? What voices have been silenced and what actors made invisible in the grand narratives of radio? What can exploring radio’s various intermedial connections tell us about its first century? What new perspectives on radio’s century are offered in the new digital research environment? And also: what challenges and opportunities does the digital sphere offer for alternative new modes of radio historical storytelling? TMG – Journal for Media History seeks to stimulate experiments with publishing examples of these new modes, such as, for example, podcasts and online audiovisual content.

On basis of an abstract authors shall be invited to write full articles, that will be peer reviewed. Abstracts or proposals of 1 page and a brief biography of the author(s) can be sent to: or

Deadline for abstracts: June 2018. Final deadline for full articles (before peer review) will be April 2019.

CFP: Gender issues in Library and Information Science: Focusing on Visual Aspects

Dr. Lesley S. J. Farmer

Gender issues are capturing people’s attentions these days. One aspect of such attention is visual. How does the visual aspect of gender impact LIS? Possible gendered subtopics include, among others:

Cataloging visual resources
Visual literacy
Picture books
Media literacy visual aspects
Visual fake news and LIS: information professionals’ roles
Image editing: process, discernment, implications
Historical aspects (e.g., visually “reading” and interpreting historical documents with a gender frame)
Primary sources
LIS instruction
Visual implications for persons with visual impairments

Authors are kindly invited to register at our paper processing system at: and submit their contribution.

Every manuscript should be clearly marked as intended for this special issue. All papers will go through the Open Information Science’s high standards, quick, fair and comprehensive peer-review procedure. Instructions for authors are available here. In case of any questions, please contact Guest Editor ( or Managing Editor (

As an author of Open Information Science you will benefit from: transparent, comprehensive and fast peer review managed by our esteemed Guest Editor; efficient route to fast-track publication and full advantage of De Gruyter e-technology; no publication fees; free language assistance for authors from non-English speaking regions.
The deadline is September 1.

CFP: Teaching and Research with Archives (Journal of Interactive Technology and Pedagogy)

The Journal of Interactive Technology and Pedagogy, a peer-reviewed open-access academic journal, is now open for submissions for its special 14th issue on Teaching and Research with Archives, with a deadline of June 15, 2018. This issue will be co-edited by Jojo Karlin, (CUNY Graduate Center), Stephen Klein, (Digital Service Librarian, CUNY Graduate Center), and Danica Savonick (CUNY Graduate Center).

Digital technologies have prompted renewed attention to archival research and teaching practices, creating new opportunities for engaging primary sources, while also raising ethical questions about how archives are created, organized, shared, accessed, and preserved.

For this themed issue, JITP seeks scholarly work exploring how archival technologies and methodologies influence teaching, learning, and research. How do scholars locate authoritative information and guarantee continued access in the current media landscape? How do we teach undergraduate students best methods for performing archival research and evaluating sources presented digitally? Other topics can include, but are not exclusive to:

  • the use of digital technologies and techniques to facilitate archival research and construction
  • pedagogies of archival research in the undergraduate classroom
  • collaborations among faculty, archivists, and students
  • explorations of access, equity, sustainability, integration, and preservation
  • relationships among archives, institutions, and publics
  • the ethics of archival research methods
  • the place of archives (public, academic, digital)
  • material intersections of administration, preservation, and dissemination

We invite and encourage both textual and multimedia (please see these guidelines) submissions employing interdisciplinary and creative approaches in the humanities, sciences, and social sciences. Besides scholarly papers, the submissions can consist of audio or visual presentations and interviews, dialogues, or conversations; creative/artistic works; manifestos; or other scholarly materials.

All work appearing in JITP is reviewed by the issue editors and independently by two scholars in the field who provide formative feedback to the author(s) during the review process. We practice signed, as opposed to blind, peer review. We intend that the journal itself—both in our process and in our digital product—serve as an opportunity to reveal, reflect on, and revise academic publication and classroom practices.

As a courtesy to our reviewers, we will not consider simultaneous submissions, but we will do our best to reply to you within three months of the submission deadline. The expected length for finished manuscripts is under 5,000 words. All work should be original and previously unpublished. Essays or presentations posted on a personal blog may be accepted, provided they are substantially revised; please contact us with any questions at

The submission deadline for full manuscripts is June 15, 2018.

CFP: “Palestinian Libraries and Archives Under Israeli Rule” – Theme issue of Progressive Librarian

Call for Papers
Theme issue of Progressive Librarian
“Palestinian Libraries and Archives Under Israeli Rule”

The publication Progressive Librarian: A Journal for Critical Studies and Progressive Politics in Librarianship invites Palestinian information providers to submit papers for a special issue, “Palestinian Libraries and Archives Under Israeli Rule.” Papers accepted for this special issue may also be republished later in a book on this topic.

Submitters and Topics
We are seeking papers from Palestinian information providers, including: librarians, archivists, library staff, publishers, researchers, book dealers, and book store owners and employees. We are especially interested in papers in the following three areas:

Historical or analytical studies of how the occupation or a particular Israeli policy has made it difficult to provide information. For example, a paper might discuss the history of the confiscation of Palestinian archives, the history of the destruction of Palestinian libraries, restrictions on the import of books from “enemy states”, restrictions on the import of books dealing with the Palestinian/Israeli conflict, internet restrictions, restrictions on access by Palestinians to materials in Israeli libraries and archives, the effect of curfews and travel restrictions on access to information, or limitations on professional collaboration due to travel restrictions.

Papers describing the experiences of the author or authors in confronting these problems. For example, papers might describe difficulties experienced by an information provider or providers, or explain how an information provider or providers creatively dealt with some of these challenges. We encourage the submission of even very short papers of this type.

Papers describing current efforts to create libraries and archives. Papers in this topic could describe different case studies of library and archive projects that document the experiences and histories of Palestinian life, culture and history.

Submission Details
Papers may be submitted in either English or Arabic. Papers submitted in Arabic will be translated into English. To submit a paper for consideration, please send an abstract of up to 200 words to the guest editors of this special issue of Progressive Librarian (Walid Habbas, Jessa Lingel andTom Twiss) at by May 30. Notifications of acceptance will go out on June 30. Papers can be shorter (between 500 and 2000 words) or full-length research papers (of 5,000 to 8,000 words). Final versions of short papers will be due September 30, and longer papers will be due December 31. Please do not hesitate to reach out to editors with questions or inquiries.

About the Journal
Progressive Librarian is an American journal published by the Progressive Librarians Guild. It provides a forum for critical perspectives in Library and Information Science (LIS), featuring articles, book reviews, bibliographies, reports, and documents that explore progressive perspectives on librarianship and information issues.

New Articles: Journal of Contemporary Archival Studies

JCAS, Vol. 5, Issue 1, 2018
(open access)

“Nineteenth-Century Depictions of Disabilities and Modern Metadata: A Consideration of Material in the P. T. Barnum Digital Collection”
Meghan R. Rinn

“Adapting an Analog Records Management System for the Ingest and Accession of Permanent Electronic Records”
Brandy Tunmire, Amy Dinkins, Mary K. Coker, Shelly J. Croteau, and John Korasick