WMQ/JSDP Companion Issue

William and Mary Quarterly/Journal of Slavery and Data Preservation Companion Issue

The Omohundro Institute of Early American History & Culture and Enslaved: Peoples of the Historical Slave Trade (Enslaved.org) invite article proposals from scholars engaged in data-informed slavery studies to approximately 1830 across academic disciplines and ranks for a companion issue of the William and Mary Quarterly and the Journal of Slavery and Data Preservation. Contribution to the special issue will entail the submission of a dataset and accompanying brief data article to the JSDP and an analytical essay to the WMQ of 10,000-12,000 words; both components will undergo double-blind peer review.

Data-informed approaches to slavery studies across vast Early America have evolved tremendously since the cliometric turn of the 1970s. Scholars are rediscovering the ways that spreadsheets can not only facilitate the exploration of economic questions but also contribute to recovering the names and life courses of enslaved individuals. Datasets large and small, in aggregate, work together toward that larger goal. Through joint publication, we hope to showcase the various manners in which scholars are utilizing datasets and how their research in extracted data influences their historical findings.

In spring 2022, we will hold a workshop to discuss pre-circulated papers with the special issue participants. Virtual participation will be welcome; an opportunity for an in-person component may or may not accompany the virtual meeting.

Interested scholars are asked to submit an abbreviated CV no longer than three pages, an article abstract no longer than 750 words, and a separate description of the dataset no longer than 250 words by JULY 15, 2021. Apply using the form below.

For more information, please feel free to contact Joshua Piker or Kristina Poznan.   

The Journal of Slavery and Data Preservation also welcomes submissions of stand-alone datasets/data articles for other special issues we are formulating pertaining to vast Early America. Read more here.