About Us

Historical Materialism: Research in Critical Marxist Theory is a Marxist journal, appearing four times a year, based in London. Founded in 1997, it asserts that, notwithstanding the variety of its practical and theoretical articulations, Marxism constitutes the most fertile conceptual framework for analysing social phenomena, with an eye to their overhaul. In our selection of materials, we do not favour any one tendency, tradition or variant. Marx demanded the ‘merciless criticism of everything that exists’: for us that includes Marxism itself. Details for submitting articles to the journal can be found here.

Since 1997, the Editorial Board has extended its activities beyond the production of the journal. We contribute to producing the Historical Materialism Book Series published first in hardback by Brill followed by a paperback edition published by Haymarket. We organise the annual HM London conference in mid-November, now in its 14th year. Affiliated networks are this year 2016-2017 organising conferences in New York, Toronto, Sydney, and Beirut, with past conferences in Rome and Delhi. 

The main role of the website is to advertise the journal and its related activities. We therefore post news items, we repost relevant blogs from affiliated websites that relate to the journal or book series, as well as archive articles and book reviews from the journal. We also publish original content and are therefore looking for contributors to write for our blog on historical and contemporary issues of interest to Marxists and critical authors and activists. We accept pieces no longer than 10,000 words. If you would like to contribute an online piece for us, please contact the website content manager Maïa Pal on website@historicalmaterialism.org.  

To contact the Editorial Board:

The Editors of Historical Materialism

Faculty of Law and Social Sciences

SOAS, University of London

Thornhaugh Street, Russell Square

London WC1H 0XG 

United Kingdom


For publicising relevant news, events or call for papers, please email announcements@historicalmaterialism.org.

For other general enquiries, please email historicalmaterialism@soas.ac.uk.

For website enquiries relating to content, please email maiapal30@gmail.com.

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Marxism is nothing if not ‘interdisciplinary’, or, put differently, a theory of totality. The relations of production are dominant relations that exert influence across the whole social matrix. It makes no sense to plug away in one small area of the curriculum without exposing insights to other researchers, in order to probe further their meaningfulness and value.

The task of the Marxist critic is to offer a self-reflexive account of historical differentiations between areas of knowledge, without naturalising them or reifying their separation. To this end, the journal opposes the compartmentalisation of knowledge. Given the pressures of careers and the institutionalisation of researchers, this is no easy task. Historical Materialism welcomes contributions that cut across disciplines and evade academic jargon.

Historical Materialism has published enough grey-beards in the past and will continue to do so. We are, however, optimistic that our diagnosis of real-existing world conditions, with the recurrent upsurge of class antagonisms and the continual exertions of imperial violence, produce ever new Marxist constituencies. Their hither-to unheard voices are welcome in our journal. Furthermore, Historical Materialism, as proper to a Marxist forum, cultivates international contacts, giving room to analysts from across the world, including non-Anglophone countries. We attempt to host a worldwide scrutiny as our contribution to a denunciation of capitalism worldwide.