Call for Papers


Deadline for submission: September 1, 2014

Whether climate change is human-induced or part of the natural cycle of events, there is no doubt that it is impacting our planet and our heritage resources. Modern climate change science began in the last quarter of the nineteenth century and was accelerated in the third quarter of the twentieth century. In more recent years, there has been a growing recognition of the real and potential impacts of climate change, especially on natural systems, such as temperature, sea levels, storm occurrence and intensity, temperature ranges, and vegetative patterns.

More recently, research has turned to the impact of climate change on significant cultural resources, including historic structures and archeological sites. This work, however, has only now begun to address the impact of climate change on cultural landscapes. There is a growing need for a broader understanding in a number of areas, including: the differences between global change and local or regional impacts; potential policy implications; and models for adaptation and intervention. Among the factors that need to be considered, within a range of climate change impacts on cultural landscapes, are: temperature fluctuation, water cycle modification, vegetation management, invasive species, and change in fire occurrence, as well as the potential for increased land development pressures. Basic to this discussion, but not always articulated, are the fundamental issues of integrity and character-defining features in a resource type that is inherently dynamic.

This issue will explore many facets of the impacts of climate change on significant cultural landscapes. We look for a range of topics that include case studies, theoretical and philosophical examinations of this topic, the position of cultural landscapes in the larger historic preservation discourse on climate change, and applicable lessons from other disciplines. The goal is to provide a basis from which our responses to known and unknown impacts of climate on cultural landscapes can be advanced. Guest edited by Robert Melnick.

RUSKIN REDUX | Spring 2016

Deadline for submission: February 2, 2015

The spring 2016 issue of Change Over Time is planned on the preservation ideas and practice of John Ruskin. This is a preliminary call for two responses: (1) suggestions of articles and topics that might be taken up; and (2) for an anthology of Ruskin’s relevant writings which COT will offer. This last is intended as a collection of Ruskin’s remarks on preservation, excluding the most obvious piece on “The Lamp of Memory”: letters, diaries, other writings, whether in fragments or larger passages (please give us references). The editor will gather these and organize them, with proper acknowledgment of suggestions made, in an effort to collect and present a compendium of Ruskin’s remarks on this topic as an eminently usable tool for reference.  This would complement not only the Cook and Wedderburn edition of Ruskin’s writing, but of the considerable publication of materials since his death. Submittal inquiries may be sent to John Dixon Hunt (, guest editor.


Articles are generally restricted to 7,500 or fewer words (the approximate equivalent to thirty pages of double-spaced, twelve-point type) and may include up to ten images. See author guidelines for full details, or email Meredith Keller at for further information.