Museum Studies at Leicester

Call for Peer Reviewers

Museological Review, Issue 26 – Museums and Healing

Museological Review (MR) is an online peer-reviewed journal, published annually by the community of PhD students of the School of Museum Studies, University of Leicester. 

Museological Review’s theme for its 26th issue is “Museums and Healing”. In the context of the diverse crises and changes being faced globally, this issue will discuss and reflect on healing as both a problematic and fruitful concept that could help mobilise museums going forward. It will consider how we can think about healing in the museological framework and how these inquiries might impact museums’ practices. The journal has invited authors to reflect upon this theme and to question the values which underly our assumptions around what healing is, and means, in the context of museums and wider societal issues. The upcoming issue will consider how the museum sector is responding to worldwide events and discourses, navigating new ways to engage with audiences and negotiate relevance. 

We are now inviting Museum Studies scholars to engage with us as peer reviewers for Issue 26.

We are seeking scholars who received their PhD in Museum Studies or Cultural Heritage related topics, or who have already submitted their thesis, to serve as peer reviewers. We especially welcome new peer reviewers who received their PhD in the last two years.

Peer reviewers contribute to the development of an article by using their expert knowledge of the specified research topic to give a constructive evaluation of the article. Both the author and the peer reviewer remain anonymous throughout the process, with contact mediated through one of MR’s editors.
Researchers from anywhere in the world with an interest in any of the following areas are strongly encouraged to apply:

  • Restitution and repatriation
  • Decolonisation and anti-racism
  • Intersectional approaches
  • Cultural contestation
  • Social conflict and togetherness
  • Identity and representation
  • Truth, censorship and narrative
  • Climate change
  • Communities and care
  • Social, personal and generational trauma and recovery
  • Health and wellbeing programming
  • Staff wellbeing and organisational health

Articles are submitted in English, so excellent proficiency in this language is a mandatory requirement. We consider this as an excellent opportunity for researchers wishing to develop their editing skills and to establish a collaboration with PhD students, new researchers, and practitioners across international institutions. Peer reviewers are essential team members in the successful publishing of the next issue of Museological Review and commitment is required.

Please note that this is on a voluntary basis.

To be considered as a peer reviewer, please send an expression of interest and a short biography (no more than 100 words) to by Monday 24th January 2022.

Time frame: papers will be sent to peer-reviewers in mid-March 2022.

Deadline for peer reviewers: 15th April 2022

The journal will be launched in Summer 2022.

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