Call for Papers: *New* Public Humanities Journal

Call for Papers
Public Humanities
Issue 1: The Manifesto Issue

Public Humanities is a new international open-access, cross-disciplinary, peer-reviewed journal at the intersection of humanities scholarship and public life. The journal invites submissions for its inaugural issue, called The Manifesto Issue, which is being edited by the journal’s co-founders, Zoe Hope Bulaitis and Jeffrey R. Wilson.

The issue will be a rendezvous for thinkers and doers to address the status and stakes of public humanities today—however that term is understood. Authors will connect, share knowledge, and set an agenda for the future of an emerging field.

Possible questions authors can respond to include but are not limited to:

  • What is public humanities?

  • What are the social needs for public humanities?

  • What is the evidence for the social value and impact of the humanities?

  • Who are the individuals and agencies doing or working for public humanities?

  • What critiques of public humanities are needed?

  • What is the history of public humanities?

  • What social histories are needed to understand the public humanities?

  • What are the theoretical foundations of public humanities?

  • What governmental policies are relevant to public humanities work?

  • What are the politics of public humanities?

  • How do we research and/or teach the public humanities?

  • How do public humanities compare across different regions?

  • How do public humanities work differently across the disciplines?

  • How can academic institutions support public humanities?

  • What public policies are needed to support the humanities?

  • What does the future hold for public humanities?


Submission formats and lengths are flexible—as short as one page, no more than 3,000 words. Possible formats include but are not limited to:


  • Manifestos in response to one of the above questions

  • Essays synthesising prior research for a broad readership across the humanities

  • Empirical reports providing new quantitative data on the humanities in public life

  • Interviews with practitioners, public figures, or leaders of public humanities initiatives

  • International or cross-disciplinary roundtables showing multiple perspectives on a topic

Submissions should be written in accessible language for a wide readership across and beyond the humanities. Articles will be peer-reviewed for both content and style. Articles will appear digitally and open-access in the journal, which is published by Cambridge University Press.

To be considered for the issue, please submit a 300-word abstract and 100-word author bio to publichumanities@cambridge.org by 1 March 2024. Accepted papers will be due by 1 June 2024.

Questions can be sent to the Editors-in-Chief of Public Humanities, Zoe Hope Bulaitis and Jeffrey R. Wilson, at publichumanities@cambridge.org.