Historifans is looking for contributors who want to geek out and write articles about the connections between contemporary pop culture and their scholarly interests. We seek to create conversations that link current historical research with contemporary fandoms. 

We are interested in articles that connect pedagogy, theory, sociology, history, anthropology, and/or other areas of inquiry to major fandoms including (but not limited to) Star Wars, Marvel, DC, Lord of the Rings, Harry Potter, Star Trek, Lego, and Doctor Who. We also welcome digital humanities articles/projects.  Every article that we receive will go through a full review process.  

Articles should be no more than 2000 words long and must be accessible for non-academic audiences.  

We highly encourage graduate students, early career academics, alt-ac professionals, non-traditional scholars, and people from historically marginalized and excluded groups to submit articles. 

 “Disco Storm Trooper” by Nathan Rupert is licensed under CC BY-NC-ND 2.0

Still interested? Submit your pitch here!

Here are some examples of current works in progress:

Why Shango is a better god of thunder than Thor and would be a great addition to the Avengers after Thor retires 

 Orientalism in the Potter-verse: A Case Study of Prof. Quirrell 

Pedagogy: Building the Star Wars galaxy through hypothetical archives

Kill Bill and Pedagogical Responsibility


Neal Wellons, “Atlanta Olympics Promotional Camera,” Creative Commons License CC BY-NC-ND 2.0.

Since the fashion trends of the 1990s made a major comeback earlier this year, the editors of Historifans decided that this is the perfect time to create a special series that focuses on the good, bad, and ugly of pop culture in the 90s. 

Ideas for potential topics:

  • TV shows: Living Single, The X-Files, Seinfeld, Animaniacs, 90210, In Living Color
  • Sports/Athletes: USA Gymnastics in the 1996 Olympics, Michael Jordan, Wayne Gretzky, the 1997 Tyson vs. Holyfield fight
  • Celebrities: Mary Kate and Ashley, Princess Diana, Naomi Campbell, JTT
  • Popular films: Beauty and the Beast, Clueless, Home Alone, The Big Lebowski, Titanic, Face/Off, Now and Then
  • Toys/Games: Tamagotchi Pets, Tickle Me Elmo, American Girl dolls, Super Mario World, Mortal Kombat
  • Popular music: Nirvana, “The Macarena,” Spice Girls, Selena, East vs. West Coast Rap
  • Style: Starter jackets, crimped hair, Tommy Hilfiger, Delia’s, JNCO
  • …or anything else related to 1990s pop culture. The possibilities are endless. 

We are looking for articles that historicize and analyze 1990s pop culture in exciting ways. Like all of our Historifans articles, articles should be approximately 1500 words, incorporate current historical research, and must be accessible/readable for non-academic audiences. Every pitch and article that we receive will go through a full review process.

We highly encourage advanced graduate students, early career academics, alt-ac professionals, non-traditional scholars, and people from historically marginalized and excluded groups to submit pitches.  

Are you interested in pitching an idea? Rad! Please fill out this form: https://forms.gle/cjxdetHFYrxT7gnRA

Grab your Walkman, oversized flannel shirts, beanie babies, your favorite En Vogue cassette tape, and start working on your pitch! 

Please email dsanchez@coloradocollege.edu or historifans@gmail.com if you have any questions.

Recent Articles