Working Papers


Welcome to the Working Paper Series!

The Historical Dialogues, Justice and Memory Network launched its Working Paper (WP) Series in January 2014 and is seeking new submissions. The Working Paper Series are overseen by the editors Brittany Lauren Wheeler and Tim Wyman-McCarthy. The editors are looking for unpublished texts that emerging scholars, practitioners and others are willing to “workshop” within our intellectual community on issues of historical dialogue, historical and transitional justice, and public and social memory. 

If you are interested in submitting a paper to the series, please e-mail our co-editors with the subject “Working Papers” at

Historical Dialogues, Justice, and Memory Network Working Paper Series

New thematic focus:
Memory, Mourning, and Historical Justice in Crisis Times

How is the experience of the contemporary moment of ecological, economic, and political crisis imbued with memory, mourning, and historical justice? Contributors are encouraged to consider what the past offers up to a present that is perceived to be at once singular, impossible, or extreme yet also accelerating, collective, and accumulating daily. Submissions may attempt to answer the following questions:  How are mourning, trauma, tragedy, and loss articulated in relation to urgency? How might compounding events impact our ideas about the role of memorialization or the nature of resiliency? What becomes of historical justice and reparation alongside the demand for immediate redress? Submissions may consider (but are not limited to) the following topics: (un)natural disasters, environmental justice, or ecological mourning, pandemics and public health, anti-Black state violence and racial politics, political regimes (populist, authoritarian, (new)colonial, (post)imperial)), displacement(s), legal disenfranchisement, and monuments and public memory/history.

The Working Paper Series provides a platform for emerging scholars, practitioners and other interested individuals to workshop unpublished texts with our vibrant intellectual community. We welcome opinion pieces, policy memos/briefs, program proposals, scholarly contributions from all disciplines, or other genres of written work. While we are excited to receive submissions related to the current thematic focus, we will consider work on any topic related to historical dialogue, transitional justice, and public and social memory at any time. 

Working Papers are circulated through multiple channels in order to broaden discussion around both the work submitted and the topic addressed. Authors will receive editorial feedback and be featured on the Network’s website, bi-monthly newsletter, and social media platforms. From 2020 onward, we will also be initiating online conversations between scholars to enliven each thematic focus. 

There are no restrictions as to the affiliation or experience of the author, and all submissions will receive a reply from the Series editors. Submissions should be no longer than 25 pages. Copyright will remain with the author; inclusion in the WPS will not prevent authors from pursuing publication of the paper at a later date. 

If you have any questions about the series or would like to submit your work, please contact the editors  at email:

Repository of Working Papers

Bios of our co-editors:
Brittany Lauren Wheeler works and researches at the moral-legal interfaces of migration in the field of geography. Her previous work has focused most extensively on matters of human and object-based repatriation processes and dialogues, and the historical and social-environmental interpretation of materiality and cultural space. She holds degrees in English (University of California, Berkeley), International Museum Studies (Göteborgs Universitet), and Forced Migration Studies (University of the Witwatersrand), and engages her research interests and personal concern with matters of reparation, historical justice, death-and-dying work, museology, and environmental migration in various research, editing, and project-based work. She is an experienced lecturer, teacher, writer, editor, administrator, and tour guide. She is completing her PhD at the Graduate School of Geography at Clark University, where her dissertation concerns island imperialism, and charting the evolving contours of the concept and practice of compensation. (LinkedIn page)
Tim Wyman-McCarthy is a PhD candidate in the Department of Rhetoric at the University of California, Berkeley, where he researches human rights and philanthropic discourses at the intersection of law, history, and political theory. Prior to this, Tim worked for the Institute for the Study of Human Rights at Columbia University, where he was program coordinator for the Alliance for Historical Dialogue and Accountability and the Indigenous Peoples’ Rights Program. He has interned in the Disability Rights Division of Human Rights Watch, edited RightsViews (Columbia’s human rights blog), and has worked as a research assistant, teaching assistant, and editorial assistant across the social sciences and humanities. Tim received his BA in History and Literature from Queen’s University, Canada, and a Masters in English Language and Literature from Oxford University, UK, where he concentrated on South African writing. He then completed his Masters in Human Rights Studies at Columbia University, where his research focused on Indigenous rights and settler colonialism.

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