Launched in March 2021, Conceptions Review is interested in the ideas people have about society and in the consequences of these ideas. We seek accessible and standalone articles about conception-bending ideas and about popular misconceptions. We are open to fields ranging from musicology to history to mathematics to insectology and everything in between.

While the arguments presented do not necessarily have to be wholly original, submissions to Conception Review must be previously unpublished. 

We especially welcome traditional, argument-based essays. Reviews are welcome, too, and can focus on a book, an exhibit, a film, or even a website. All written submissions should typically be around 1000 to 1500 words. Pieces must be accessible to the non-specialist. Please use active voice and short paragraphs. Use hyperlinks throughout instead of footnotes or parenthetical citations. Use the Oxford Comma, too.

Works we publish will often be by writers with advanced degrees, but Conceptions Review recognizes that such formal training alone does not make one an expert. We welcome and encourage all interested experts to reach out, and we understand that expertise comes from education and experience. Been a long-time server? An accountant with a lengthy tenure? We want to hear from you, too.

Additionally, we always save room for canvas or digital artworks, musical compositions, poems, short stories, or other types of original, previously unpublished creative works that address the powerful, inaccurate, or surprising ideas closely regarded in society. Such pieces should be accompanied by a few paragraphs providing at least some context.

Writing is a challenge for everyone. If crafting essays is not your expertise, we are willing to work with you to produce your article. Even the most seasoned authors will go through a comprehensive editing process.

The purpose of this website is to generate conversations and to provide a platform for public-facing scholarship. Being ad-free and free to readers, the editors are not earning anything from Conceptions Review, but we still attempt to supply some form of compensation for our contributors, most often this is a physical copy of the original art attached to the article. The costs for running this website are absorbed by the editor and the associate editor. 

After submitting a prospective work, we will confirm receipt of submission within 48 hours and typically a determination of whether or not Conceptions Review can move forward with your piece. Because we currently only have the resources to publish one item a week, please expect a wait. 

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Style Guidelines

– Accessible
– Written in active voice
– Between 1000-1500 words

– Short paragraphs
– Hyperlinks
– Oxford comma

 

Editorial Board

Andrew Joseph Pegoda (“AJP”), editor, is an interdisciplinary scholar with particular interests in teaching and in writing. Pegoda has a Ph.D. in History and teaches women’s, gender, and sexuality studies; religious studies; and English at the University of Houston and has had articles appear in Time, in The Washington Post, in History News Network, and in numerous additional publications. 

 

Ernesto Rivera, social media editor, is an undergraduate student at the University of Houston majoring in psychology. After completing his bachelor’s, he plans to continue his education in graduate school to become a licensed clinical psychologist that works with children, teenagers, and young adults who struggle with identity formation.

 

Timothy Seiter, associate editor, is a Ph.D. student in the Clements Department of History at Southern Methodist University. He is writing a history of the Karankawa Indians of Texas and is also working on a social history of eighteenth-century presidial soldiers. His latest article, “The Karankawa-Spanish War from 1778 to 1789: Attempted Genocide and Karankawa Power,” appears in the SHQ.

 

Bridget Fernandes, assistant editor, is an anthropologist who studies social justice, prison reform, immigration policy, and the importance of dialogue in education. She currently teaches introduction to women’s studies at the University of Houston and has also taught anthropology courses at a men’s prison and English as a Second Language in the Somalian refugee community in Houston, Texas, and to business people in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. She believes in creating a writing and education space for people to empower themselves to learn and make social change.

 

How did Conceptions Review get started?

Conceptions Review has three origin points. 

First, Tim Seiter and Dr. Andrew Joseph Pegoda have both wanted to collaborate on some kind of scholastic project and this project works for both of their interests. 

Another origin point was in September 2019. Pegoda made a random post in a Facebook group for college educators. This post asked: What is something “everyone” thinks is true but that as an expert in your field you know is not true and is important for others to know? The response was overwhelming.

Conceptions Review also grew out of a passion for public writing. As scholars, we believe that scholarship should not be locked behind paywalls or written in dense jargon. We promote the free exchange of information to the greatest extent possible. 

What is your comment policy? 

We welcome comments and follow-up conversations on either the Facebook page or the Twitter page for Conceptions Review. We don’t invite comments on the website itself. The only partial exception to this is arranged expert-to-expert commentary on pieces that the editors will add to the website.

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