Call for Papers on Visual History - Online academic journal "IDEA - Interdisciplinary Discourses, Education and Analysis"

deadline for submissions: 
October 31, 2021
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Online academic journal "IDEA - Interdisciplinary Discourses, Education and Analysis"

Call for Articles – Visual History


IDEA – Interdisciplinary Discourses, Education and Analysis launches a call for articles for its new issue dedicated to Visual History.

History has been widely represented by visual arts and this fact has changed, from multiple points of view, our approach to historical facts and to historical knowledge. Cinema, photography, television, the media, but also painting and comics, have read, interpreted and told history in many different ways and styles. While their nature as incontrovertible truths remains absolutely central, historical facts, and different historical periods, have been perceived in new different manners after becoming objects of visual representation. On one side, historical facts, periods, characters, social forms, but also visions of history and of historical truth, have been elaborated in visual forms, becoming relevant historical narrations; on the other, images of history have strongly contributed to a more articulated knowledge of the past, but also of recent and very recent history. Representing the past in visual and audiovisual forms deals with different aims: popularizing historical knowledge, narrating history, elaborating forms of public history, sharing artistic re-interpretations of the past, sharing memories and building processes of remembrance and knowledge of the past. What are the tensions between historical reconstruction and visual evocation of history through visual means? How do they define the interdisciplinary space of interaction, between creation and reconstruction, between imagination and fact, between art and science? What type of scientific operation is defined by different forms of visual history? Is there a common space of work between storytelling and history narrating? Under what light can the forms of visual history be acknowledged as scientific spaces of elaboration? Or do they describe operations of imaginary work on the past? 

As viewers, critics, authors, theorists, and researchers, our attention has been often focused on the multiple ways in which historical moments or periods have been chosen by visual arts such as film, photography, television, or other intermedia practices in the contemporary context. This IDEA’s new issue, dedicated to visual history, aims to develop new interdisciplinary research itineraries and strategies by gathering together scholars from a series of study fields such as historiography, film and media studies, memory studies, and anthropology.

The journal issue intends to question the disciplinary boundaries between some scholarly areas and to shape new research paradigms in the contexts of historiography, the epistemology of history, the anthropology of representations, memory studies, and film studies.

We are interested in articles aiming to propose an academic contribution in developing the research debate on the subjects mentioned above.

 Articles may be about (however, the list is not exhaustive): 


-  The historical film

-  A historical period and its different cinematic representations

-  Historiography and film aesthetics: intersections and differences

-  Visual historiography

-  Audiovisual memories

-  History and documentary cinema

-  History and television

-  Film as historical archive

-  Film archives and historiography

-  Film history and historiography

-  Representations of society in cinema

-  History representation and found footage

-  Memories representation and documentary cinema

-  Biopics and biographical cinema

-  History representations in the essay film practice and in experimental cinema

-  History and film institutions: archives, film libraries, cinema museums and other institutions

-  History and photography

-  Intermedia representations of history

-  History in different painting styles

-  History in comics

-  Representing the past with fiction


Interested authors are required to submit an abstract of the proposed work with a title (max. 300 words for the abstract), a maximum of 5 keywords and a short biographical note (max. 250 words). Researchers having received notification of acceptance will be invited to submit their original and previously unpublished research articles. The articles length must be between 5000 and 7000 words.

Authors are required to send abstracts and biographical notes to the following address:


Important Dates


Abstracts and biographical notes submission deadline: 31 October 2021.

Notification of acceptance / rejection of abstracts: 15 November 2021.

Full texts submission deadline: 15 February 2022.

Communication of the selection / Notification of articles approval / Notification of minor or major revisions necessary: 16 April 2022.