Cultural History

Cultural History promotes the work and aims of the International Society for Cultural History, which was founded in 2008. It generates discussion and debate on the nature of cultural history and current trends, and advances theoretical and methodological issues relating to the field. Cultural History promotes new and innovative questions about the past, and invites contributions from both advanced and junior scholars.

In Cultural History, culture is seen as a mental map with which the people we study orientated themselves in their specific worlds. Cultural History is therefore all about the ways in which people in the past orientated themselves as individuals and groups towards other individuals, groups, regions and countries, the environment, and the world in general – and how those orientations changed. But Cultural History is also about how cultural historians orientate themselves today, in terms of academic research, teaching, and areas outside academia (for example museums, the media, and the heritage industry and entertainment industries).

Published April & October.

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Latest articles

Volume 4 (1)

Introduction: Cultural History in the United States: Past, Present and Future Trajectories
vol. 4 (1): 1-3
Touchy-Feely History: The ‘Stuff’ of American Culture
vol. 4 (1): 4-18
Touch and Go Records and the Rise of Hardcore Punk in Late Twentieth-Century Detroit
vol. 4 (1): 19-41
Sammy Davis, Jr: Public Image and Politics
vol. 4 (1): 42-63
History is What Hurts: Queer Feelings, Alien Temporalities in the Work of Gloria Anzaldúa
vol. 4 (1): 64-86
On Writing the History of the Body in Pain
vol. 4 (1): 87-106
Robert B. Horwitz, America's Right: Anti-establishment Conservatism from Goldwater to the Tea Party (Cambridge: Polity, 2013).
vol. 4 (1): 107-108
Antonio Cornejo Polar, Writing in the Air: Heterogeneity and the Persistence of Oral Tradition in Andean Literatures, Lynda J. Jentsch (transl.) (Durham, NC: Duke University Press, 2013).
vol. 4 (1): 109-110
Jonathan M. Zeitlin, Jews: The Making of a Diaspora People (Cambridge: Polity, 2012).
vol. 4 (1): 110-112

Volume 3 (2)

In Defence of Holy Days: The Peasantry's Opposition to the Reduction of Holy Days in Early Modern Sweden
vol. 3 (2): 103-125
Dreams in Cultural History: Dream Narratives and the History of Subjectivity
vol. 3 (2): 126-147
Bracelets are for Hard Times: Economic Hardship, Sentimentality and the Andalusi Hebrew Poetess
vol. 3 (2): 148-169
A Polite Foucault? Eighteenth-Century Politeness as a Disciplinary System and Practice of the Self
vol. 3 (2): 170-189
Meditating on Materiality; Renata Ago, Gusto for Things: A History of Objects in Seventeenth-Century Rome, trans. Bradford Bouley and Corey Tazzara with Paula Findlen (Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 2013).; Paula Findlen (ed.), Early Modern Thing
vol. 3 (2): 190-197
Øyvind Vågnes, Zaprudered: The Kennedy Assassination Film in Visual Culture (Austin: University of Texas Press, 2011).
vol. 3 (2): 198-199
Cindy Ott, Pumpkin: The Curious History of an American Icon (Seattle: University of Washington Press, 2012).
vol. 3 (2): 200-201
Paul Sheehan, Modernism and the Aesthetics of Violence (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2013).
vol. 3 (2): 202-203
Jan Frans van Dijkhuizen, Pain and Compassion in Early Modern English Literature and Culture (Cambridge: D. S. Brewer, 2012).
vol. 3 (2): 204-205
Deborah Simonton and Anne Montenach (eds), Female Agency in the Urban Economy: Gender in European Towns, 1640–1830 (New York: Routledge, 2013).
vol. 3 (2): 206-207
Michael Mikulak, The Politics of the Pantry: Stories, Food, and Social Change (Montreal: McGill-Queen's University Press, 2013).
vol. 3 (2): 207-209