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American Historical Review: Scholars re-assess the concept of ‘turns’

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July 10, 2012

BLOOMINGTON, Ind. -- In the latest issue of American Historical Review, six historians share perspectives on "turn talk," the preoccupation with dramatic or decisive changes in understanding that has characterized scholarly work in the humanities and social sciences for a generation. The essays are included in an AHR Forum titled "Historiographic 'Turns' in Critical Perspective."

The forum, including four essays and two comments, examines the cultural and linguistic turns proclaimed at the end of the 1980s along with related developments, such as the transnational turn, the spatial turn, the moral turn, the emotional turn and the digital turn:

Also in the June issue, Clifford Rosenberg examines a debate over standards of scientific truth in "The International Politics of Vaccine Testing in Interwar Algiers." The article concerns the 1920s conflict between microbiologist Albert Calmette and the League of Nations Health Committee over a clinical trial for a TB vaccine. The dispute, involving a major drug company, international regulators and poor test subjects, anticipated moral problems raised by AIDS research in contemporary Africa and Asia.

The American Historical Review is the official publication of the American Historical Association. Its editorial offices are at Indiana University Bloomington.

The American Historical Review is published five times a year by University of Chicago Press. Highly regarded among scholars of history, AHR has for several years had the highest "impact factor" among history journals, according to Journal Citation Reports, which measures how often articles in a particular journal are cited by peer-reviewed journals in the Thomson Reuters database. For more information, including JSTOR links to articles in the current issue, visit the American Historical Review website.

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