Persona Studies is soliciting papers and creative works for TWO issues: an open call for 2017 and a 2018 special issue on Scientific Persona. 

CALL FOR PAPERS: 2017 & 2018

OPEN ISSUE: 3.2 (2017)

In this issue of Persona Studies, we are soliciting a wide variety of creative and critical works on persona. Topics of interest might include (but are not limited to) treatments of persona and:

  • Consumerism
  • Marketing
  • Online & digital Identities
  • Life Writing
  • Celebrity
  • Print Media
  • War &Terrorism
  • Death & Mourning
  • Bodies
  • Surveillance
  • Children & Family
  • Arts & Crafts

For both creative and critical works, please submit a 250-300 word abstract or proposal to by 14 July 2017. Artists and authors will be notified of initial acceptance by 21 July 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 8 Sept. 2017.

For creative submissions where peer review or critical response is not desired, a full submission will be required by 8 Sept. 2017. Please advise in your initial proposal if you would a creative arts review.

 SPECIAL ISSUE: Scientific Persona 4.1 (2018)

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.