Vitae Scholasticae
The Journal of Educational Biography


Submission to
Vitae Scholasticae

Editor: Lucy E. Bailey, Oklahoma State University

Vitae Scholasticae is a peer-reviewed journal published twice each year by the International Society for Educational Biography. It has been in existence since 1983. The editors are interested in receiving research-based articles, book reviews and review essays.

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Vitae Scholasticae: The Journal of Educational Biography
Call For Papers

Family methodologies: how do they differ from other Life History Research methodologies?

Families are corporeal and relational but they are also the stuff of stories and of culture. Family, like any topic of study, comes with its own tangle of investments, affections and complications. What constitutes "family" varies historically and culturally as well as discursively, and these complex ideas form the ways we imagine and undertake inquiries involving family members and/or ancestors.

This special issue of Vitae Scholasticae: The Journal of Educational Biography focuses on methodological processes, themes, and theorizing in research conducted 'with' or ‘on' family members (Bailey, 2016). We invite essays that explore methodological conundrums, puzzles, and intricacies in researcher/subject relations within the complex memory, empirical, and affect work involved in family terrain.

Bailey has argued that the process of working-the-hyphen (Fine, 1994) in research with/on family members is messy and complex in part because of the discursive and affective investments in family, and because of the complexity of cultural nostalgia that shapes what is silenced/championed in family narratives (Bailey, 2009, 2016). Goodall (2005) has detailed how family silences and archival struggles shaped his inquiry into his father’s life and his own ‘narrative inheritance.” Norquay has taken up the complexity of being a steward for her mother’s archive, an accidental archivist (Silin, 2014) and the negotiations involved in making decisions about ‘private’ materials available to the ‘public’ (Norquay, 2015, 2016). Methodological questions about family research are rich for further exploration.

We welcome the following formats and contributions:
1) full-length biographical, historical, or qualitative scholarship (6,000-8,000 words) that focuses on issues of family in research projects that foreground the methodological processes and complexities of the research;
2) shorter creative pieces (500 to 2,500 words) that explore and represent such complexities in narrative, poetic, or artistic formats.

Send proposals / abstracts (no more than 500 words) and a brief bio (no more than 100 words) to: Dr. Lucy E. Bailey ( by July 15, 2017. Final submissions accepted for the special issue are due September 15, 2017.


Bailey, L. (2009). “Necessary betrayals”, Vitae Scholasticae, Volume 26, #1, pp.98-116

Bailey, L. (2016). “Epistolary Hauntings”, Education’s Histories: Methodological Grist for the History of education, Volume 3, October 2016,

Fine, M. (1994). “Working the hyphens: Reinventing self and other in qualitative research”, In N. Denzin & Lincoln, Y. (Eds.). Handbook of qualitative research (pp 70-82). Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage.

Goodall H. L. (2005). “Narrative Inheritance: A Nuclear Family with Toxic Secrets,” Qualitative Inquiry, Volume 11(4), 492-513.

Norquay, N. (2015). “ ‘Dear family’: Preparing personal letters for the archive” (unpublished MS).

Norquay, N. (2016). “Dear Lucy: A multilogue response to Lucy E. Bailey’s ‘Epistolary Hauntings’ ”, Education’s Histories: Methodological grist for the history of education, Volume 3,

Silin, J. (2014). “The teacher as accidental archivist.” Studies in Gender and Sexuality, Volume 15 (2), pp. 133-142.

More information contact:
Dr. Lucy E. Bailey ( or Dr. Naomi Norquay (;

Research Article Submissions
The journal welcomes submissions under the broad umbrella of educational biography. We include research into the lives of educators and those whose lives are educative, including traditional biographical accounts as well as additional biographical methods such as narrative, oral history, autobiography, ethnography, autoethnography, self-study.

All manuscripts must be prepared according to the Chicago Manual of Style (16th edition). Note that Vitae Scholasticae uses the Notes method rather than the Author-Date method. Please consult the Style Guidelines for more information.

Manuscripts should be a maximum of 30 pages in length (including references), double-spaced, printed in 12-point font, and have a 1″ margin on all sides. Authors may submit manuscripts electronically (preferred!) or in hard copy. For electronic submissions, Microsoft Word or Wordperfect files are accepted. All identifying information (author’s name, affiliation, position, fax number, and e-mail address) should be submitted in a separate electronic file. For hardcopy submissions, authors should submit three copies of their manuscripts, accompanied by a cover sheet containing the author’s name, affiliation, position, fax number, and e-mail address.

Identifying information should not appear in the manuscript in order to ensure impartial review. Manuscripts are reviewed anonymously by at least two members of the Editorial Board or affiliates. All submissions are acted upon as quickly as possible. Usually, decisions are made within 3 months. All statements of fact or points of view in articles are the responsibility of authors and do not represent any official position of the International Society for Educational Biography.

Hardcopy submissions should be directed to:
Dr. Lucy Bailey
Associate Professor
Oklahoma State University
Social Foundations, Educational Studies
Director, Gender and Women's Studies

Electronic submissions should be directed to:

Book Review Guidelines

Books reviewed for Vitae Scholasticae should fit within the topical guidelines of the journal (please see above). Reviews of one book should not exceed 1000 words. Reviews of two books should not exceed 1500 words. Review essays of two or more books should not exceed 2000 words.

  • Reviews should normally include the following: a concise summary of the book, a description or analysis of the research methodology, and a consideration of the author’s intentions, analysis, frame(s) of reference, and assumed audience.
  • Be sure all bibliographic information is included: title, author, year of publication, publishing information, number of pages, ISBN#, and retail price.
  • Reviewers should be fair and forthright in their reviews. They should avoid dwelling on typographical or other minor errors unless these substantially undermine the quality of the book.
  • Book reviews will not undergo blind, peer review. The editors reserve the right to make small editorial changes without consultation with the author. Requests for revisions will be made as necessary and as time allows. All final decisions to publish any review rests with the editors.
Book review editor: Naomi Norquay, York University

Articles appearing in Vitae Scholasticae are abstracted and indexed in Historical Abstracts and America: History and Life.

Before manuscripts are considered for review, authors must confirm that they have not already been published, are not now in press or under consideration elsewhere and will not be submitted elsewhere while under consideration by the Vitae Scholasticae.

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