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All change please! New directions for the Journal of Historical Geography

Type: Panel
Sponsor Groups: Historical Geography Specialty Group
Organizers: Nicola Thomas
Chairs: Nicola Thomas


You are invited to meet the new editorial collective of the Journal of Historical Geography and discuss the way in which the journal is being transformed to meet the needs of the current generation of historical geographers. Since 1975 JHG has been a highly respected part of the historical geography community with a pattern of publishing scholars work and book reviews over 4 editions each year. However the form and function of academic journal publishing has changed considerably in recent years. The new editorial collective of JHG is starting a process of transformation, maintaining the spirit of JHG (we will carry on publishing excellent historical geography research), but opening out to ensure the journal is more inclusive and faces the global community of historical geographers.

In this session we will set out the emerging vision of the journal. This will maintain the journal as a site to publish the findings of your research and reviews, but also become a space for you to reflect on your engaged research practice beyond the academy; a site for critical dialogue around pedagogy; and a platform for early career researchers to share their work at an earlier stage. We will talk about the place of mentoring and career development opportunities that are afforded through the editorial board and through workshops. We will welcome advice on how we can address critical issues of decolonising the journal and what form that might take.

We want to use this session to create a space for a more open dialogue around the form of JHG, how to publish in the journal, and the ways in which the journal is transforming to make that more accessible.


Type Details Minutes
Introduction Nicola Thomas 15
Discussant Maria Lane University of New Mexico 15
Discussant Joshua Hagen Northern State University 15
Discussant Cheryl McGeachan University of Glasgow 15

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