NOTCHES accepts submissions on histories of sex and sexuality across all regions, periods, and themes. We especially welcome blogs that discuss non-modern and/or non-Western histories and experiences. Posts are only limited by the interests and specializations and interests of our contributors. 

We expect contributors to think broadly—and boldly—about histories of sex and sexuality. Bloggers outside the academy, and outside of the discipline of history, are especially welcome to participate, so long as the posts are historically-minded.

While the editors very much value interdisciplinarity and encourage contributors to make connections with present-day concerns and themes (including those in the news media), the blog is at its heart historical, and posts should reflect a historical or historiographical perspective.

For examples of the kind of topics we publish and the tone we wish to achieve, please read through existing posts.

Submissions of a pitch or draft of an unpublished original post should be made directly to only after consulting with requirements outlined below. 


Specific Requirements

NOTCHES has an expectation of intellectual rigor combined with public accessibility. All post should be engagingly written, accessible to a wider public, and imaginative in their approach and scope. When writing for NOTCHES, language must be clear and free from jargon, and concepts, people, and theories hyperlinked or briefly explained for non-experts. Limited suggestions for further reading are fine, and hyperlinks are required when other authors’ works or ideas are directly mentioned; use hyperlinks where possible instead of footnotes. Posts must also be submitted with at least one relevant image (see Image Policy) that is either the author’s own image, in the public domain or for which the author has secured permission.

Original Blogs

We welcome unpublished submissions (800-1000 words) from professional historians, independent scholars and graduate students. Submissions should focus on a particular topic or theme and may examine histories of sex and sexuality across all regions and time periods. Writers may choose to introduce historical questions and research to a wider public, to historicize current events and / or to introduce audiences to debates in the field. The best posts connect detailed discussion of a specific event, person, or trend to broader historical and contemporary themes. Above all, we seek posts that are simultaneously intellectually rigorous and accessible to a wide readership.

Archives of Desire

Archives of Desire posts illuminate the history of sexuality by showcasing how we can interpret primary source documents and objects. Writers select a single source to show how anything from a memo to a newsletter, a manuscript to a stained glass window can be analyzed to strengthen our knowledge of sex and sexuality in the past and present. Archives of Desire is historical research in action.

Submissions should briefly (300 – 500 words) analyze a primary source and explain its historical, historiographic and/or pedagogical significance.

Some questions you might focus on include:

  • What does this primary source uniquely help us understand about a historical moment?
  • How does it challenge or confront persistent or dominant historical narratives?
  • How does analysis of this primary source employ new or unusual methodological tools?
  • How can this source be used to teach our students or the general public about the complexity and diversity of the sexual past?


We look forward to hearing from you!