Journal of the Royal Australian Historical Society

Vision to Members – Bridging the Past and Present: A New Chapter in Historical Scholarship


Dear RAHS Colleagues,

It is with great enthusiasm that I take on the role of Editor for the Journal of the Royal Australian Historical Society (JRAHS). As we celebrate our storied history and look to the future, I am excited to announce an evolution in our mission — one that bridges the gap between the traditional and the contemporary, between academia and the world of professional history. I want to try to make history more user-friendly, and to that end, I hope to produce, in tandem with the Journal, a podcast/live lecture with the authors. This will be promoted through the usual social media channels and stored on our website. We also will be taking inspiration from the Victorian Historical Journal and publishing a new section on ‘Interpreting an Image’.

With the rise of professional history beyond the university walls, we see ample opportunities to embrace a wider community of researchers, writers, and practitioners. Moving to digital engagement with the Journal reflects that whether you are an independent historian, a researcher in a heritage organisation, a curator, an academic, or an archivist, your unique insights and research deserve a platform. I hope to share your experiences, discoveries, and perspectives on Australian history.

Our Vision:

The JRAHS has a longstanding tradition of showcasing the best of Australian historical scholarship. Under my editorship, we aim to focus on:

1. Diverse Perspectives: We welcome submissions that explore the full breadth of Australian history, from Indigenous to colonial histories, social and cultural studies, political narratives, and more.

2. Inclusivity: We are committed to fostering an inclusive environment where scholars, regardless of their background or career stage, can share their insights and contribute to our understanding of Australia’s past.

3. Interdisciplinary Exploration: We encourage interdisciplinary approaches to history, where diverse methodologies and perspectives converge to shed new light on historical questions.

Call for Papers:

We invite submissions of original research articles, essays, and book reviews. Submissions should:

  • Engage with Australian history (pre-colonial, colonial and post-Federation inclusive), offer fresh insights, and contribute to the ongoing scholarly conversation.
  • Be prepared according to the Journal’s guidelines, found here.

All submissions will undergo a rigorous peer-review process to ensure academic rigour and excellence.

Be a part of this exciting new era in Australian historical scholarship. Contribute your expertise, share your research, and help shape the future of our journal by sending a submission to hi*****@ra**.au. Papers will be accepted on a rolling basis.

Dr Samuel White
Chief Editor, Journal of the Royal Australian Historical Society

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