Call for Papers Now Closed

The call for papers for the 2018 issue of Past Tense is now closed. Thank you to all who submitted articles for consideration. We are now beginning the review process and will be in contact with authors in November.

Past Tense Vol. 5 Now Available

We are pleased to announce the release of Volume 5 of Past Tense Graduate Review of History. Click here to download a PDF version of the issue.

Over the past year, Past Tense has seen many changes. We welcomed a new editorial board and piloted a new peer review system. We redesigned the journal’s image, launched a new website, created a new publication layout, and introduced new genre of writing to the journal: the critical commentary. Throughout all these changes we have been motivated by the desire to promote graduate research in all fields of history and to provide graduate students around the world with opportunities to participate in the journal-making process.

This issue brings together four academic articles, two critical commentaries, and four book reviews. Although these articles address topics that span centuries and continents, each author advocates for the use of new sources, methodologies, and approaches to writing history. The issue features the following articles:

“Popular Liberalism: Vladimir Anzimirov and the Influence of Imperial Russia’s Penny Press” by Felix Cowan (University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign)

“Looking Beyond the Archive: An Interdisciplinary Approach to Dealing with Difficult Archives” by Kelsey Kilgore (University of Toronto)

“Framing Military Violence in German Africa: Metropolitan Indoctrination, Masculinity, and the Conceptualized Other” by Christopher Goodwin (Norwich University)

“A Well-Worn and Far-Travelled Tome: The Life and Times of a 1652 Edition of Miguel de Cervantes Saavedra’s Don Quixote” by David Purificato (Stony Brook University)

“Rejecting Notions of Passivity: African American Resistance to Lynching in the Southern United States” by Sarah Whitwell (McMaster University)

“Managing Marital Expectations: Marian Speech Practices and the Domestic Sphere in the Corpus Christi Cycles” by Vanessa Corcoran (The Catholic University of America)

Book Reviews by Andrew Seaton, John Miller, Evan Sullivan, and Baligh Ben Taleb

Thank you for supporting graduate research in history, and please enjoy the latest issue of Past Tense!

New Opportunity: Past Tense is Looking for Copy-Editors

As we are settling into new term, we would like to announce an opportunity to get involved with Past Tense as a copy-editor.

All graduate students in the Department of History are eligible to join Past Tense as copy-editors. The majority of copy-editing work will take place between February 14 and March 1st.  However, we do have some articles ready to go to copy right away if that works better for your schedule.  Copy-editors can expect to spend 4-8 hours editing the article they have been assigned.

If you are interested in participating, please complete the form available at by February 14, 2017.

2017 Call for Papers Closed

The call for papers for the 2017 issue of Past Tense is now closed. Thank you to all who submitted articles for consideration. We are now beginning the review process and will be in contact with authors by November.

Thanks also for the overwhelming interest from graduate students in working with Past Tense as external reviewers. We have now contacted all applicants, and look forward to working with you! Applications will re-open in the summer of 2018 for the next issue.

We are still accepting applications for internal reviewers! Please contact us if you have any questions about getting involved with Past Tense.

Now Recruiting Internal and External Reviewers

Past Tense is currently seeking new internal and external reviewers to join our editorial team. All reviewers participate in a double-blind peer review process and assess the quality of articles for publication. Reviewer feedback is instrumental in determining the articles published in Past Tense.

Graduate students within the Department of History at the University of Toronto are eligible to participate as internal reviewers, and graduate students in History at any other university may apply as external reviewers. Follow the links below for the respective application forms:

Apply now to be an internal reviewer.

Apply now to be an external reviewer.