Last days – Call for Proposals, Special Issue 2022

The Journal for the History of Knowledge includes an annual special issue, compiled by guest editors, which explores a theme central to the journal’s scope (see the journal website,, and below). 

We are currently accepting proposals for the Fall 2022 Special Issue. Proposals should contain the following: 

  • A description of the proposed theme (1500-2000 words) highlighting its significance for the history of knowledge 
  • A table of contents (typically 8-12 articles of 8000 words) 
  • Abstracts of the articles 
  • Two-page CVs of the editors; short biographies of the contributors
  • An outline of the production process up to manuscript submission. All manuscripts must be submitted to the journal by Summer 2021

Please send your proposal to all three editors: Sven Dupré (, Renée Schilling (, and Geert Somsen 


Proposal deadline: 14 December 2020 

Notification of acceptance: before 26 February 2021 

After submission, all manuscripts will go through a process of peer-review, author’s revisions, and copy-editing. JHoK is an Open Access journal, in principle at no charge to the authors. 


The Journal for the History of Knowledge is an open access, peer-reviewed journal devoted to the history of knowledge in its broadest sense. This includes the study of science, but also of indigenous, artisanal, and other types of knowledge as well as the history of knowledge developed in the humanities and social sciences. Special attention is paid to interactions

and processes of demarcation between science and other forms of knowledge. Contributions may deal with the history of concepts of knowledge, the study of knowledge making practices and institutions and sites of knowledge production, adjudication, and legitimation (including universities). Contributions which highlight the relevance of the history of knowledge to current policy concerns (for example, by historicizing and problematizing concepts such as the “knowledge society”) are particularly welcome. 

JHoK is affiliated with Gewina, the Belgian-Dutch Society for History of Science and Universities. It is supported by the Descartes Centre for the History and Philosophy of the Sciences and the Humanities, Huygens Institute of the Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences, the Vossius Centre for the History of Humanities and Sciences, and the Stevin Centre for History of Science and Humanities. 

The journal is explicitly global in scope. It offers a platform for publications that concern western and non-western cases, that compare western and non-western knowledge making practices or that show the connections between concepts and practices of knowledge in different parts of the globe. 

Its time-span is antiquity to the present. 


  • Sven Dupré (Utrecht University / University of Amsterdam) 
  • Renée Schilling (Huygens ING, Amsterdam, Managing Editor) 
  • Geert Somsen (Maastricht University)