U.S. Studies Online welcomes submissions (700-1200 words) from postgraduates, early career researchers and senior academics in the following areas:
Give readers an insight into your research by discussing the primary and secondary sources that fascinate you. We particularly welcome new discoveries, methodological questions, archival reflections, online commentaries (“Interchange”), co-authored roundtable debates, state of the field posts, and research on niche topics and lesser-known figures. We are also looking for scholarly reflections on upcoming anniversaries, commemorations and annual special dates. Get in touch if you have something in mind.
- PhD+: Advice and New Experiences
USSO welcome posts on any topic related to professional development, “first experiences”, and careers and employability. These posts present practical guidance for postgraduates and ECRs, such as surviving the Upgrade or Viva and applying for funding and postdocs, or they can discuss more broadly what it means to be a humanities scholar in the twenty-first century. We particularly welcome discussions on navigating new changes to academia through the digital humanities, open access and the Impact agenda.
- Teaching and Pedagogy
Postgraduate and adjunct teaching is an increasingly common practice in higher education. What do you love to teach, and how do you teach it? Share your pedagogical concerns and practical advice with other lecturers and teaching assistants across all disciplines. These posts could cover a range of topics, such as useful ideas for new teachers; innovative techniques; books and other helpful resources; difficulties that you have encountered; marking/assessment tips; and incorporating digital humanities and social media into your teaching.
- Special Feature Blog Series
Want a bigger challenge and editorial experience? The editors are also interested in proposals for a featured blog series. If successful, the contributor will get the chance to plan a special series with the USSO editorial team as guest editor. A proposal can be collaborative, co-authored or single-authored and it can include several approaches, such as interviews, visual and audio multi-media, and so on. A blog series should focus on a particular topic or debate, and can showcase a department, research centre, or a public engagement venture. Maybe you would like to showcase your own skills and experience without committing to a regular blog? Get in touch.
- Reports and reviews
Have you recently attended a fantastic conference? Write a review about it! We also encourage reviews of books (fiction and non-fiction titles), art exhibitions, films and American television shows. If it relates to American Studies, we want to hear about it!
Check out our list of book titles up for review.
Check out what’s under the spotlight this month at U.S. Studies Online.
Both lists will be regularly updated with books, films, television shows, games, and topics we would like to hear more on.
- Other topics! We are open to suggestions.