Recent Essays
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We are looking for longer form article on important historical topics that might be of interest to policy makers, the media or the general public. Please contact papers@activehistory.ca if you are interested in publishing a paper on the site.

Long Forum Essays

Kenneth C. Dewar, The Social Democracy Question [Politics] (June 2015)

Myra Rutherdale, Bodies of Water, Not Bodies of Women: Canadian Media Images of the Idle No More Movement [EnvironmentalIndigenous Histories, Politics] (May 2015)

Crystal Fraser and Ian Mosby, Setting Canadian History Right?: A Response to Ken Coates’ ‘Second Thoughts about Residential Schools’ [Education, Indigenous Histories] (April 2015)

Gregor Kranjc, Memory Politics: Ottawa’s Monument to the Victims of Communism, [Politics; Ethnicity and Identity] (Mar 2015)

Carol Williams, Campus Campaigns against Reproductive Autonomy: The Canadian Centre for Bioethical Reform Campus Genocide Awareness Project as Propaganda for Fetal Rights, [Medicine, health care and public health] (Dec 2014)

Beverly Soloway, Victory in the Kitchen: Food Control in the Lakehead during the Great War, [Consumers, buying and retailing] (Nov 2014)

Aaron Boyes, Debating Canada’s Future: A Night at Montreal’s Sohmer Park, 1892, [Language, Ethnicity and Identity; Nationalism and Regionalism; Politics and Parties] (Sept 2014)

Nancy Janovicek, Christabelle Sethna, Beth Palmer, and Katrina Ackerman, Travel and Access to Abortion [Medicine, health care and public health] (July 2014)

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Editorial Guidelines

ActiveHistory.ca is always looking for short and thoughtful essays that mobilize historical research or provide historical context to pressing issues of the day. Papers are longer than the posts on our group blog and involve a more in-depth editorial review process. Anyone who is actively engaged in historical research is welcome to file a submission. If you have an essay that you think resonates well with our mandate please consider submitting it to our website.

We accept a wide variety of topics and styles. ActiveHistory.ca is a public forum through which historians can disseminate their work to the public. As such we encourage essays written for different purposes. We accept feature-length opinion pieces as well as syntheses of historical research. All essays submitted to us should meet the following criteria:

  • Essays must be based in historical or historiographical research.
  • Essays should engage today’s pressing issues or otherwise have a clear appeal to a public audience.
  • Essays must be between 2,000 and 4,000 words and written clearly, without academic jargon.

Anyone interested in writing a paper is asked to familiarize themselves with the general style and format of our essays. Although we are flexible, we would appreciate our author’s trying to follow these guidelines:

  • Essays should have: clear section headings and limited endnotes
  • Please include:
    • A short list of resources for readers to learn more about your subject. Remember that not all scholarly books and articles are accessible. Do not water down your list, but also please consider issues of accessibility.
    • Up to 5 key words from our list of categories that will help website users access your article.
  • Only use copyrighted material for which you have permission.
  • Provide your name, email address, and institutional affiliation.

It generally takes a few weeks for a submitted essay to appear in final draft.

Things to remember when writing for ActiveHistory.ca:

  • You are writing for a general audience. Avoid technical language and cumbersome sentences.
  • Essays dealing with all periods of history are welcome.
  • Consider visual presentation. Use bullet points rather than lists and graphs rather than tables.
  • Essays should not be excessively descriptive. They should have a clear argument and be anchored in historical context.
  • Keep quotations and self-references to a minimum.
  • Have fun!

For more information about our papers section or to submit a paper, please contact papers@activehistory.ca.