Beyond history and the Midlands

Initially founded as the Midlands Historical Review, we now publish content on any subject within the Arts and Humanities and work with individuals across the globe. These changes are reflected in our recent rebrand as The MHR and through a new initiative of Regional Editors and teams. Find out how to get involved below.

A Note from The MHR Editor-in-Chief

We hope you enjoyed our recent relaunch and content!

Our latest news is to introduce you to our new Deputy Editor, Darcie Mawby! Darcie has been with The MHR from the early days and she brings a wealth of editing and organisational experience to the role. Please join me in welcoming her to the new job!

Our expansion has brought two more new faces to the leadership team. Firstly, please welcome Cat Gower as Creative Content Lead. Cat was responsible for the new MHR look and logo and will continue to work on design aspects of the journal.

Finally, say hello to our new Editor for Spotlight articles, David Civil. David was one of the founders of the journal and its first Editor-in-Chief, so we are delighted to have him back.

David has kicked off his new role with some brilliant insights into the ways in which several decades of neoliberal capitalism has shaped how and what society values…we hope you enjoy the article, sobering though it is. Please leave us some comments and tweet the article out for us if you like it!

Best wishes

The MHR team.

Spotlight Series

Value and Values (Spotlight Series, Vol. 1)

Value and Values Dr David Civil is a Research Fellow at the Jubilee Centre in the School of Education at the University of Birmingham. His PhD research explored the concept of meritocracy in post-war Britain’s intellectual politics. Since their inauguration in 1948, the BBC Reith Lectures have provided historians with an annual window into the […]

The “Woke” Bite Back! (Spotlight Series, Vol. 1)

The “Woke” Bite Back! David Robinson takes a light-hearted look at the shifting reputation of the Humanities academic but concludes there are serious reasons for their voices to be heard… In a pre-pandemic life I was asked at a social event the obligatory question about what I do. I replied that, having been made redundant […]

Latest Articles and Book Reviews

Iranian Cinema and the New Woman: The Islamic Revolution’s Impact on Female Agency in Film

Abstract This article examines how Iranian regime, politics, and religion shaped the presence and roles of women in film. In the monarchical Pahlavi era, film followed early 20th century Western archetypes, marginalizing women to the binary role of virgin or whore. Despite misogynistic undertones of the Islamic Revolution, the “New Woman” created in the image of […]

‘Vermin and Devil-Worshippers’: Exploring Witch Identities in Popular Print in Early Modern Germany and England

Download PDF Author Biography Natalie Grace is a History PhD student at the University of Nottingham researching witchcraft in print in Germany and England. She is funded by the Midlands4Cities DTP and supervised by Dr David Gehring and Dr Simone Laqua-O’Donnell. Twitter: @Witchy_Nat Midlands4Cities VPP: https://www.midlands4cities.ac.uk/student_profile/natalie-grace/ Abstract This paper compares the creation of witch identities […]

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