Publication Date

April 1, 2012

Perspectives Section


The Central European History Society (formerly known as the Conference Group for Central European History), an affiliate of the AHA, is seeking to appoint an editor to succeed the current editor of the society's journal,Central European History, which is published by Cambridge University Press. Kenneth F. Ledford (Case Western Reserve Univ.), the current editor of the journal, has announced his intention not to serve beyond his second five-year term, which ends on June 30, 2014. The society invites applications and nominations of outstanding scholars for the position of editor.

Applicants should be members of the society, resident in North America, who are accomplished historians of German-speaking Central Europe, have the intellectual range to work with manuscripts from different periods and regions in the history of German-speaking Central Europe, and who are conversant with the wide range of historical methodologies and topics currently represented among scholars of the history of German-speaking Central Europe. The institutional support required for the position is subject to discussion.

The editor's responsibilities include soliciting manuscripts in all fields of the history of German-speaking Central Europe, shepherding submitted manuscripts through the peer review and editorial processes, working with the journal's print and electronic publisher, Cambridge University Press, working with the executive secretary/treasurer of the society, and maintaining collaborative relations with the Board of Editors of the journal and the Executive Board of the society. Under the terms of the by-laws of the society, the editor is ex officio a member of the Executive Board. Depending upon the structure of an applicant's editorial proposal, the editor may also be responsible for recruitment of an associate editor for book reviews and, subject to the terms of the institutional support arrangement, selection and supervision of an assistant editor for copy-editing. Production management and subscriptions are the responsibility of Cambridge University Press.

Applicants who advance beyond the initial stage of the selection process may be asked to attend the 2012 Annual Meeting of the German Studies Association in Milwaukee, October 4–7, 2012, to meet with the Editor Nominating Committee. That committee, chaired by Helmut Walser Smith (Vanderbilt Univ.), will make a recommendation to the Executive Board, which will refer a candidate to the Business Meeting of the Central European History Society Group to be held during the 2013 Annual Meeting of the American Historical Association scheduled to be held January 3–6, 2013, in New Orleans. At that meeting, the next editor of the journal will be elected for a five-year term beginning July 1, 2014, and ending June 30, 2019.

Interested scholars should send an electronic version of their current curriculum vitae, a statement that discusses what they wish to accomplish as editor of the journal and how they wish to accomplish it, and a preliminary sketch of institutional support by June 1, 2012, to Inquiries about the position should be directed to the same e-mail address or by telephone to (216) 368-4144. Scholars who wish to nominate other scholars for the position should direct their nominations to the same e-mail address, together with a statement of whether the nominee has been approached by the nominator. Inquiries about current institutional support arrangements and the current practices of the editor may also be directed to Kenneth F. Ledford at

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