About This Journal
The Forum: Journal of History is a historical journal published at Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo by students associated with the Cal Poly History Department and the university’s chapter of Phi Alpha Theta. Through publication of The Forum: Journal of History, the members of the Alpha-Nu-Gamma chapter of Phi Alpha Theta hope to highlight the contribution of Cal Poly’s history department to the university environment and showcase the significance and diversity of the field of history.
Founded in 2008, The Forum: Journal of History prides itself not only on being the university’s first (and only) historical journal, but also on being an open-submission, multi-disciplinary journal. Although The Forum: Journal of History is a journal of history, we recognize that history is not a discipline existing in isolation. In fact, the very name of our journal stems from our recognition that history is a field of continual discourse and debate that often includes an examination of multiple disciplines. Accordingly, The Forum: Journal of History welcomes submissions from students of all fields of study.
Furthermore, in keeping with the goals of Phi Alpha Theta to “promote the study of history through the encouragement of research, good teaching, publication, and the exchange of learning and ideas,” The Forum: Journal of History welcomes submissions from students outside of the Cal Poly community. We firmly believe that the best means to further knowledge and foster the diffusion of ideas is to embrace an interuniversity approach.
Writing history extends far beyond the chronological recounting of names and events. Rather, historical inquiry is a dynamic endeavor to understand the significance of events, peoples, and cultures that extends far beyond the chronological recounting of names and events. Given the complexity of sources and the astounding range of topics available, such inquiry is limited only by the imaginative capacity of individuals. Thus, we hope that you will join us at The Forum: Journal of History in contributing to this historical discourse by submitting your essay or book review today.
For more information, visit https://history.calpoly.edu/students/forum-journal-history.