Call for Dossiers

“Oral History, Public History and Social Movements in the Present Time”

Deadline for Applications: August 30th, 2024

The purpose of this dossier is to bring together articles that investigate the impacts of social movements on the production of recent historical knowledge. The aim is to bring together research that focuses on the relationship between Public History, Oral History and “History seen from Below”.

In Brazil and Latin America, the Public History movement took hold in the 21st century. In this context, the mobilization of social movements and the demands of the Present Time acted as engines in the development of Public History, strongly linked to the methodology of Oral History (ALMEIDA, 2016; FERREIRA, 2002; SANTHIAGO, 2016; 2018). The relationship between historians and social demands, however, is not free from conflicts, especially in relation to sensitive topics. Oral History established a fruitful dialogue between academic and non-academic knowledge, providing both a rapprochement between society and the university and reformulating the relationship between knowledge and the construction of knowledge, today, with the possibility of being more dialogical and mediated, even if it is of It is the historian’s responsibility for actions such as systematization and criticism (GOMES, 2020; ROVAI, 2018).

Oral History collections about these collectives are important instruments for mapping the trajectories, practices, and representations carried out at the base, as well as their action strategies, forming important knowledge for the implementation of public policies (ALMEIDA, 2016). Therefore, proposals that problematize the relationship between Oral History, Public History, and Social Movements are welcome for this dossier.

Themes of interest in this dossier are analyses of new and very new social movements, their trajectories, protagonists, their internal and external relations, forms of organization and action, and relations with other relevant political actors (State, parties, Church, press, and society in general). It is of interest to receive both theoretical and empirical articles, even if the specificity of the theme favors articles that are the result of empirical research.

Submissions in Portuguese and Spanish should be made through the portal:Submissões | Revista Territórios e Fronteiras (

For more information, please contact Jimena Perry (Iona University, EUA), Juniele Râbelo de Almeida (UFF, Brazil), and Tatyana de Amaral Maia (UFJF, Brazil)