Call for Papers- 2020

deadline for submissions: 
January 1, 2021
full name / name of organization: 
The Coalition of Master's Scholars on Material Culture
contact email: 

Call for Papers


On behalf of the Coalition of Master’s Scholars on Material Culture, the editorial board is circulating a call for papers relating to the study of Material Culture. The mission of the Coalition of Master’s Scholars on Material Culture (CMSMC) is to provide a platform for emerging master’s scholars, who are at a crucial point in their academic careers, to publish their work and contribute to the expanding field of Material Culture. Drawing from the fields of Art History, Archaeology, History and Museum Studies, CMSMC seeks to foster interdisciplinary discussions and address a diverse pool of topics. The Coalition desires to amplify emerging voices who can bring fresh and diverse perspectives to the field. Furthermore, CMSMC is dedicated to disseminating information that is publicly accessible while maintaining rigorous academic standards.


CMSMC welcomes papers discussing Material Culture grounded in historical, archaeological, art historical, and/or museum studies approaches. Papers will be accepted on a rolling basis.


Submission Guidelines


In order to submit a paper to CMSMC, you will need to provide an abstract (up to 350 words) as well as a partial bibliography,and CV. Please email these materials to ,with a subject line that reads as follows “last name_submission.” All submissions must be cited in theChicago Manual of Style Your submissions will be responded to once they are reviewed by a member of our team. Should your paper be accepted, you will be contacted by our Content chair, Hope Elizabeth Gillespie, who will connect you to your editor. Please note, in order to be considered for publication by CMSMC, your paper must be an original work and should not have been previously published. 

Article Lengths and Criteria 


  1. Short Article (1500-1700 words; 6-7 pages double spaced) 

This piece will typically focus on either a single object, like an object biography, or will be a short review of a book/article/essay/exhibition etc. These pieces will be published weekly, and therefore will be accepted on a rolling basis. The editing process for these pieces will be fairly short, with an editor having only about a week of dialogue with the author prior to the publication date. 


  1. Medium Article (2,500-2,800 words; 10 pages double spaced)

These pieces will typically center around a particular theme or school of thought surrounding object theory, archaeology, art history, and museum studies. These pieces will be similar to conference papers in both length and style. These pieces will be published bi-weekly, and will also be accepted on a rolling basis. The editing process for these papers will typically be about 2-3 weeks, and that schedule will be worked out with your specific editor. 


  1. Long-Form Article (4,000-5,000 words; 15-16 pages double spaced) 

These pieces will be in-depth investigations on a variety of topics. While we encourage these pieces to be collaborative, these are the most flexible and author driven of our three article lengths. The editorial process for these pieces will vary; the editor will provide more guidelines and a schedule for publication as per each article submission. These pieces will be a monthly feature, and will also be accepted on a rolling basis. 

CMSMC looks forward to receiving proposals in response to the call, and is happy to respond to inquiries from interested parties. Questions may be addressed to the Executive Board - Hope Elizabeth Gillespie, Sydney Sheehan, and MaryKate Smolenski- via e-mail at