2016 Osiris Call for Proposals

The Editorial Board of Osiris solicits proposals for Volume 35 which will appear in 2020. Osiris is an international research journal devoted to the history of science and its cultural influences and is a publication of the History of Science Society and the University of Chicago Press.

Osiris aims to connect the history of science with other areas of historical scholarship. Volumes of the journal are designed to explore how, where, and why science draws upon and contributes to society, culture, and politics. The journal’s editors and board members strongly encourage proposals that engage with and examine broad themes while aiming for diversity across time and space. The journal is also very interested in receiving proposals that assess the state of the history of science as a field, broadly construed, in both established and emerging areas of scholarship. Possible future issues, for example, might consider themes such as: Sexuality; Food; Disability and Mobility; Science, Risk, and Disaster; Science in the Global South and/or Africa; Environments and Populations; Time, Temporality,and Periodization.

Proposals should include the following items:

  1. A description of the topic and its significance (approximately 2000 words)
  2. A list of 12 to 15 contributors along with a title and paragraph describing each contributor’s individual essay
  3. A two-page c.v. of the guest editor(s)

The guest editor(s) and their contributors must be prepared to meet the Osiris publication schedule. Volume 35 (2020) will go to press – after refereeing, authors’ revisions, and copy-editing – in the fall of 2019. The guest editor(s) must therefore choose contributors who are able to submit their completed essays by the summer of 2018.

Proposals will be reviewed by the Osiris Editorial Board at the annual meeting of the History of Science Society in November 2016. The announcement of the next volume of Osiris will be made in January 2017.

Proposals and all supporting material should be sent in paper or electronic copy by 15 October 2016 to both:

  • W. Patrick McCray
    • Department of History, University of California
    • Santa Barbara Santa Barbara, CA 93106-9410
    • pmccray@history.ucsb.edu
  • Suman Seth
    • 303 Rockefeller, Hall Department of Science and Technology Studies, Cornell University
    • Ithaca, NY 14853
    • ss536@cornell.edu