Call for articles: History and Games

Please note: pitching is now closed for this special

In the months December and January, The Ontological Geek will be home to a spe­cial series ded­i­cat­ed to the topic of History and Games.

In addi­tion to our reg­u­lar staff, the series is co-edited by Jay Castello and Eugen Pfister.

As usual, we’re solic­it­ing guest arti­cles by you! For this series, we’re look­ing for arti­cles that explore the inter­ac­tion between his­to­ry, games, and play. Possible top­ics include but are not lim­it­ed to: the rep­re­sen­ta­tion of his­tor­i­cal peri­ods, move­ments, and events with­in a game; how games can present alter­na­tive his­to­ries; the emerg­ing his­to­ry of games; the role of games in his­to­ry edu­ca­tion. We’re look­ing for orig­i­nal takes on the sub­ject the fur­ther our under­stand­ing of both the games and the his­tor­i­cal topic in ques­tion. Submissions about non-videogames (boardgames, pen-and-paper games, folk games) are very wel­come!

If you won­der whether a par­tic­u­lar sub­ject would be suit­able before pitch­ing, don’t hes­i­tate to get in touch.

As always, we wel­come arti­cles from writ­ers of all back­grounds and per­spec­tives, and we encour­age every­one who might be inter­est­ed to write to us.

We’ll be accept­ing pitch­es through­out October and early November, but the soon­er we get yours, the bet­ter! Please sub­mit your pitch (ca. 250 words) to, and we’ll get back to you as soon as pos­si­ble.

We’re aim­ing for arti­cles rough­ly between 1,000 and 2,000 words, and if you have a ref­er­ences sec­tion, please be as com­plete and con­sis­tent as possi­ble in list­ing those sources.

Please send us your pitch­es by November 6th at the lat­est.

All pitch­es will be reviewed anony­mous­ly by our edit­ing team for this series.