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Amplified Initiative

The OAH Amplified Initiative, with the support of the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation was launched at the Annual Meeting in Sacramento, California, April 12–14, 2018. The aim of the project was to amplify the content presented within the confines of the conference rooms to a wider audience. Whether you missed a session, were unable to attend, or want to revisit a session you enjoyed, you can now explore it all at your leisure. Our post-conference surveys show that attendees attend an average of four to six sessions per conference. The 2018 OAH Annual Meeting had a total of 224 sessions meaning most attendees missed about 98 percent of the content! Your OAH membership gives you the opportunity to access all available content simply by logging in to the OAH User Portal and clicking on the link for the Amplified Initiative.

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Posted: July 20, 2018
Tagged: News of the Organization, Grants


Call for Papers | Empire Studies

CALL FOR PAPERS

The Journal of Empire Studies is an open-access online journal featuring topics in the rise and fall of empire. We are looking for papers in a broad range of fields, from literature to military science, architecture to sociology. 

We feature interviews with the authors as well as visuals and a review. This journal is intended for teachers and students, to bridge the gap between new scholarship and the classroom. It has grown out of my experience teaching a course in Empire and Literature. 

We also need an Associate Editor to expand the journal’s capacity, both in content and digital reach. I can pay a small honorarium of $300 per month for three months.
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Posted: July 19, 2018
Tagged: Calls for Papers


Funding available for research at the British Library

Funding available for research at the British Library

The Eccles Centre at the British Library supports research into the Library’s North American collections (covering Canada, the United States and the greater Caribbean). The Centre offers funding to scholars based in North America, as well as the UK and Europe, to cover research visits to the British Library to use the North American collections. 

The Fulbright-British Library Eccles Centre Scholar Award offer US-based scholars the opportunity to work at the Library for 6 months on a project which requires sustained use of the North American collections. Application deadline: 1 August 2018. Find out more: https://www.bl.uk/eccles-centre/fellowships-and-awards/fulbright-scholarship 

The Centre’s Visiting Fellowships are open to academic and non-academic researchers, and offer up to £2,500 to support one month’s research at the Library. Application deadline: 4 January 2019. Find out more: https://www.bl.uk/eccles-centre/fellowships-and-awards/fellowships 

About us:
The Eccles Centre for American Studies works to increase awareness and use of the British Library's extensive collections of books, manuscripts, maps, journals, newspapers and sound recordings related to the United States, Canada and the Caribbean.

Founded in 1991 by David and Mary Eccles, the Centre works in collaboration with the Library's Americas curatorial team and external partners interested in the promotion of North American studies in the UK. The Centre runs a lively and diverse events programme, funds research and offers training in the North American collections, and produces bibliographic guides and web exhibitions designed to introduce the quality and breadth of the collections.

Posted: July 19, 2018
Tagged: Fellowships


Call for Papers The Bulletin of the Fort Ticonderoga Museum 2019 Issue

Call for Papers The Bulletin of the Fort Ticonderoga Museum 2019 Issue

Fort Ticonderoga seeks submissions for the 2019 issue of The Bulletin of the Fort Ticonderoga Museum. Published since 1927, the Bulletin has been a resource for historians, scholars, and the public for over 90 years, publishing a wide range of articles on North American military history. After a 15-year hiatus, The Bulletin returned to print in 2016 as an illustrated, annual publication and, with the 2019 issue, will become a peer-reviewed journal.

The Bulletin seeks proposals for new research on military history and culture during the long 18th century (roughly 1609-1815). We seek contributions that explore the complexities of waging and sustaining war in the early modern period. While we encourage articles on the military events of northeastern North America, we are interested in a range of topics and perspectives that can connect or contextualize North American military operations and institutions with broader trends and themes. Continuing the mandate of the original Bulletin we welcome contributions from a range of disciplines such as history, art history, material culture, archeology, anthropology, and public history. 

Articles may include or engage:

• Material culture and object studies
• Biographical analysis
• Social and cultural histories of early modern warfare
• Annotated transcriptions/translations of primary sources
• Archaeological approaches and case-studies
• International and Indigenous Perspectives

To submit an article for consideration please review our guidelines here: https://www.fortticonderoga.org/education/workshop-seminars/bulletin/style-sheet. Submissions may range from 4,000-8,000 words. Authors are responsible for obtaining permission to publish any copyrighted material, and for bearing the costs of obtaining or reproducing illustrations. Accepted authors will have free access to illustrations from Fort Ticonderoga’s collections. Submissions receive peer-review after an initial screening and authors will be informed of acceptance by October 1, 2018 with an anticipated publication date of May 1, 2019.

Please email submissions by September 1, 2018, to Richard M. Strum, Director of Academic Programs: rstrum@fort-ticonderoga.org.

Posted: July 19, 2018
Tagged: Calls for Papers


Call for Papers: "Stonewall at 50 and Beyond"

CFP: “Stonewall at 50 and Beyond" (3-5 June 2019)

International conference: “Stonewall at 50 and Beyond: Interrogating the Legacy and Memory of the 1969 Riots”
University of Paris-Est Créteil & Paris-Dauphine University (Paris-Sciences-et-Lettres)
June 3rd–5th, 2019

In the night of June 27th to 28th, 1969, gay and transgender patrons of the Stonewall Inn, a Greenwich Village bar in New York, refused to comply with one more among countless occurrences of police harassment. For five days and nights the neighborhood was the theater of a rough confrontation between demonstrators and police. In the following weeks and months, the resulting mobilization reinforced the already burgeoning movement for gay liberation. The first commemoration that took place the very next year, Christopher Street Liberation Day, eventually gave birth to the LGBTQ pride marches that we know today.
The fiftieth anniversary of Stonewall in 2019 is an opportunity to reexamine its legacy and lasting impact on the creation of an LGBTQ movement in the United States and worldwide. This conference aims to interrogate the processes of memorialization and patrimonialization, as well as the political legacy and the cultural and activist representations of Stonewall.


Full CFP and submission details at: https://stonewallat50.sciencesconf.org/
Submission deadline: 15 October 2018

Posted: July 19, 2018
Tagged: Calls for Papers


2019 International Residencies

Information on 2019 residency programs in China, Germany, and Japan is now available: http://www.oah.org/programs/residencies/

New! Funding from the University of Augsburg will include an extension of the Germany residency program at the University of Augsburg.

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Posted: July 9, 2018
Tagged: None


Ira Berlin

It is with great sadness that the OAH notes the passing of Ira Berlin.

Professor Berlin was a long-time member of the OAH (having joined in 1986) and served as OAH President from 2002-2003. Professor Berlin was Distinguished University Professor at the University of Maryland and was well known for his scholarship on the history of slavery. Obituaries in the Washington Post and New York Times can be found at https://goo.gl/rJKxQK and https://www.nytimes.com/aponline/2018/06/06/arts/ap-us-obit-ira-berlin.html

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Posted: June 7, 2018
Tagged: In Memoriam


Call for Papers Fort Ticonderoga Seminar on the American Revolution September 21-23, 2019

Call for Papers
Fort Ticonderoga Seminar on the American Revolution
September 21-23, 2019


Fort Ticonderoga seeks proposals for the Sixteenth Annual Seminar on the American Revolution to be held Friday-Sunday, September 20-22, 2019. 

The 250th anniversary of the American War of Independence looms on the horizon, but the anniversary of the political, social, and military events of the broader American Revolution are already upon us. Reflecting on the antecedents to the War itself may help scholars and historians to frame new approaches and contextualize the period better in the coming years.

The Fort Ticonderoga Museum seeks proposals for new research on this critical period of the 18th century from a variety of perspectives and participants. Established scholars, graduate students, and others are encouraged to submit abstracts of papers broadly addressing the origins, conduct, or repercussions of the War for American Independence. We are especially interested in topics and approaches that engage the international nature of the conflict, representing the variety of peoples and places involved. 

We welcome interdisciplinary backgrounds and approaches covering the period from the 1760s to the 1780s. Papers may include or engage:

• Material Culture
• Biographical Analysis
• Social and Cultural Histories
• Global Theatres of War 
• Archaeological Studies
• Indigenous Perspectives

Sessions are 30 minutes in length followed by 10 minutes for audience questions. Fort Ticonderoga may provide speakers with partial travel reimbursement. Please submit a 300-word abstract and CV by email by September 1, 2018, to Richard M. Strum, Director of Academic Programs: rstrum@fort-ticonderoga.org

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Posted: June 6, 2018
Tagged: Calls for Papers


Marc Reyes Receives Fulbright Award

OAH member Marc Reyes (a recipient of a 2018 OAH Presidents' Travel Grant for Emerging Historians) received a Fulbright-Nehru Open Study/Research Award to India from the U.S. Department of State and the J. William Fulbright Foreign Scholarship Board. Marc, a doctoral candidate in the University of Connecticut's Department of History, will spend 2019 conducting dissertation research in Delhi, Mumbai, and Ahmedabad. His dissertation, “In the Circle of Great Powers: India, the United States, and the Postcolonial Atomic State, 1947-1974” examines the political and cultural contexts of India’s atomic energy program and U.S. involvement in the development of their nuclear weapons program.

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Posted: June 1, 2018
Tagged: Clio's Kudos


Malamy Fellowship Available at the Peabody Essex Museum

The Phillips Library at the Peabody Essex Museum is pleased to announce the availability of a Francis E. Malamy fellowship for 2018. All application materials, including references, must be received by June 15, 2018. All materials may be submitted electronically to research@pem.org or via post to 161 Essex Street, Salem, MA 01970. Please ensure your application includes specific references to Phillips Library collection material, as found through our online catalog.

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Posted: June 1, 2018
Tagged: Fellowships


Call for Proposals: Living Well: Histories of Emotions, Wellness, & Human Flourishing

Living Well: Histories of Emotions, Wellness, & Human Flourishing, A special issue of the Journal of the History of the Behavioral Sciences

Organized by the Forum for History of Human Science in honor of historian John C. Burnham (1929-2017), this special issue will bring together historical studies that analyze how the social and behavioral sciences have attended to the meanings and conditions of living well and human flourishing. We are interested in accounts that consider what these sciences, as well as popular works that draw on them, have said about living well, in its spiritual, psychological, cultural, social, economic, and/or political dimensions.

Submission deadline: November 1, 2018

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Posted: June 1, 2018
Tagged: Calls for Papers


Submissions Now Being Accepted for Arline Custer Award

Mid-Atlantic Regional Archives Conference (MARAC)

The Arline Custer Memorial Award recognizes the best books and articles written or compiled by individuals and institutions in the District of Columbia, Delaware, Maryland, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, Virginia and West Virginia. Works must be relevant to the general public as well as the archival community. They also should be original and well-researched using available sources.

DEADLINE: July 31, 2018

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Posted: June 1, 2018
Tagged: Awards and Prizes


NCPH Call for Proposals

NCPH invites proposals for its 2019 conference in Hartford, Connecticut, that explore how public history intersects—sometimes purposefully, sometimes with unintended consequences—with the ongoing task of making and remaking places, communities, and polities. To learn more about the conference theme, “Repair Work,” and to fill out the proposal form, visit us at http://bit.ly/ncph2019CFP. Final submissions are due Sunday, July 15, 2018 at 11:59 pm. Please email NCPH Program Manager Meghan Hillman at meghillm@iupui.edu with any questions.

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Posted: June 1, 2018
Tagged: Calls for Papers, Meetings, Conferences, Symposia


Call for Papers: WEB DuBois and Liberal Education

The Villanova Center for Liberal Education (VCLE) at Villanova University is sponsoring a one-day conference on W.E.B. DuBois and Liberal Education. We have chosen to celebrate the work of DuBois because he is the exemplary interdisciplinary, engaged scholar, not merely a practitioner of the liberal arts but also an ardent defender of them. His writings encompassed and bridged philosophy, sociology, literature, political science, history, music, economics, Africana Studies, and cultural studies. He was also a journalist, editor, organizer, and political activist. 2018 is the 150th anniversary of his birth.

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Posted: June 1, 2018
Tagged: Calls for Papers, Meetings, Conferences, Symposia


Alfred D. Chandler Jr. International Visiting Scholar in Business History Program

The Alfred D. Chandler Jr. International Visiting Scholar in Business History Program invites established scholars in business history based outside the United States to spend a period of time in residence at Harvard Business School. The Chandler International Visiting Scholar is expected to interact with faculty and researchers, present work at research seminars, and conduct business history research.

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Posted: May 31, 2018
Tagged: Fellowships


Harvard-Newcomen Postdoctoral Fellowship in Business History

To be awarded for twelve months’ residence, study, and research at Harvard Business School. The fellowship is open to scholars who, within the last ten years, have received a Ph.D. in history, economics, or a related discipline. This fellowship is to enable scholars to engage in research that will benefit from the resources of Harvard Business School and the larger Boston scholarly community. A travel fund and a book fund will be provided. This fellowships will also provide an opportunity for the fellow to participate in the activities of Harvard Business School. This can take several forms. The fellow can research and write a case, under the direction of a senior faculty member, to be used in one of the business history courses. She or he might also organize a research conference under the auspices of the Business History Initiative, or assist the Initiative’s ongoing projects in other ways.

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Posted: May 31, 2018
Tagged: Fellowships


Thomas K. McCraw Fellowship

This award honors the work and contributions of Thomas K. McCraw (1940-2012), who was Isidor Straus Professor of Business History at Harvard Business School. The fellowship enables established scholars from around the world whose primary interest is the business and economic history of the United States to spend time in residence at Harvard Business School. The main activities of the Thomas K. McCraw Fellow will be to conduct research in the archives of Baker Library or in other Boston-area libraries, present his or her work at a seminar, and interact with HBS faculty.

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Posted: May 31, 2018
Tagged: Fellowships


2019-2020 Fellowship Award Announcement

Each year, the School of Social Science at the Institute for Advanced Study in Princeton, New Jersey, invites between 20 and 25 scholars to be in residence for the full academic year to pursue their own research. The School welcomes applications in economics, political science, law, psychology, sociology and anthropology. It encourages social scientific work with an historical and humanistic bent and also entertains applications in history, philosophy, literary criticism, literature and linguistics. Applicants must have a Ph.D. at time of application. Each year there is a general thematic focus that provides common ground for roughly half the scholars; for 2019-2020 the focus will be Economy and Society.

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Posted: May 31, 2018
Tagged: Fellowships


Conference of Quaker Historians and Archivists

Registration is open for the Conference of Quaker Historians and Archivists, June 22-24, 2018, at University of Massachusetts, Amherst, and an optional Bus Tour of Quaker historical sites following the conference, June 24-26, which will be based out of Providence, Rhode Island. Further information about the program, dining options, accommodations, registration, and the optional tour, is available on the conference website.

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Posted: May 31, 2018
Tagged: Meetings, Conferences, Symposia


Call for Proposals: U.S. Catholic Historian--Suburban Catholicism

U.S. Catholic Historian seeks submissions for a future issue on the topic of Suburban Catholicism.

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Posted: May 31, 2018
Tagged: Calls for Papers