Call for papers

Extended Call for Papers – Volume 4, Issue 1 (2018)

Special issue: Scientific Persona

The concept of “scientific persona” has been developed to understand the ways in which science is embodied and performed in a convincing way, and how this performance becomes part of what science is. It induces questions about the relation between the personal and the social, between the scientist, or scholar, as a person and the content of science. We are calling for submissions that will approach contemporary expressions and the history of scientific persona while focusing on the impact of the wider social and cultural context of gender, race and class.

Themes and issues include but are not limited to:

  • Intersectionality and scientific persona
  • Bodily expressions of scientific persona
  • Internalization of science and scientific personas
  • Scientific persona in colonial settings
  • Artistic expressions of scientific personas
  • Americanization of science and scientific persona
  • Celebrity and scientific personas
  • Comparative studies of scientific persona
  • The relationship between scientific institutions and personas
  • Pre-modern historical studies on scientific personas 

Guest editors:

Prof. Mineke Bosch, Groningen University, the Netherlands

Prof. Kirsti Niskanen, Stockholm University, Sweden

Prof. Kaat Wils, KU Leuven, Belgium


  • In the first instance, submit your abstract by 03 July 2017 by email to Kirsti Niskanen:

kirsti [dot] niskanen [at] historia [dot] su [dot] se.

  • Full paper requests will be issued by 21 July 2017.
  • Full papers submissions due 27 October 2017 to the Persona Studies website.
  • Publication of Scientific Persona Special Issue scheduled for April 2018.

Under Preparation - Volume 3, Issue 1 (April 2017)

Submissions have now closed for papers to be included in Volume 3, Issue 1.

It seems the world’s attention is shifting to consider questions of authenticity and legitimacy in a post-truth, fake news era. The increasing polarisation of political and social views is heightening tensions in families, workplaces, and public spaces. The role of the persona, whether writ large by celebrities or produced for intimate, domestic networks, can provide us with critical insight into ways people perform their various identities for others.

Creative works and traditional article submissions could address (but are not limited to) persona in:
Television, film, radio
Social media
Mobile media

For both creative and critical works, please submit a 250-300 word abstract or proposal to by 3 February 2017. Artists and authors will be notified of initial acceptance by 10 February 2017. Please note that official acceptance of the work is contingent upon peer review. Full papers (5,000-8,000 words) and projects are due 11 March 2017.

For creative submissions where peer review or critical response is not desired, a full submission will be required by 1 April 2016. Please advise in your initial proposal if you would a creative arts review.