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Extended CFP: Long Beach Indie Film, Media, and Music Conference

Abstract Deadline: May 25, 2016

www.longbeachindie.hollywoodpost.com

The Long Beach Indie International Film, Media, and Music Festival is looking for scholars, musicians, filmmakers, archivists, journalists, and digital media producers to bring their art and intellect to our 2016 Film, Media, and Music Conference (August 31-September 4, 2016).

Co-sponsored by The California Endowment, KJAZZ Radio, HollywoodPost.com, and the Santa Fe University of Art and Design, in past years Oscar, Grammy, Golden Globe, Latin Grammy, Emmy, ALMA, BET, and NAACP Image Award winners and nominees have joined international scholars from some of the world's top universities as presenters and commentators.

Presenters enjoy world premiere film screenings, forums, music showcases, panels, concerts, parties, and miles of beautiful beaches and picturesque harbors. The bulk of the presentations take place September 2-3, 2016 at the Long Beach Convention Center and Renaissance Long Beach Hotel.

We welcome individual papers and full panels representing any topic (e.g. theory, production, history, criticism, preservation, etc.) related to music, film, television, mass communication, convergence, digital media, or the entertainment industry broadly defined.

We are also issuing a special call for papers interrogating or celebrating the themes: "Gender, Race, and the Entertainment Industry" and "Young Men of Color in Film, Media, and Music."
Individual paper proposals should include a maximum 200-word abstract plus the professional credentials/affiliations of the author/presenter.

Panels should include a maximum 200-word abstract plus the specific titles of each individual paper and the professional credentials/affiliations of chair, presenters, and discussant/commentator.

Abstract Deadline: May 25, 2016

Submit at www.longbeachindie.hollywoodpost.com. For more information e-mail info@longbeachindie.com

Posted: May 16, 2016
Tagged: Calls for Papers


The Emancipation of Bound Laborers in the Americas before the Abolition of Slavery

University of Montpellier, France
October 7, 2016

The Emancipation of Bound Laborers in the Americas before the Abolition of Slavery
University of Montpellier, France
October 7, 2016

Building on a first one-day conference which dealt with the legal codification of unfree labor, this second conference would like to examine the emancipation of bound workers in the Americas before the abolition of slavery. An emancipation is a legal act which frees an individual from the authority of a master. Whereas indentured servants were granted their freedom at the end of their term of service, which was specified in their contract, manumission remained a privilege for slaves who were to serve on a perpetual and hereditary basis. The paths to freedom were subject to a range of legal and contractual regulations which varied geographically and over time. Freedom could be achieved by a variety of means: at the expiration of a contract term, when a sentence had been served, by an early liberation, by (self) purchase, by emancipation, as well as by unusual methods such as engaging in non-marital relationships, by filing law suits or by absconding. Although emancipation was used as a mechanism of controlling unfree workers, it sometimes generated social tensions — for instance, when it led to the growth of the free black population of slave societies.

What were the modalities of the emancipation of unfree workers? Which factors motivated the adoption of legislation regulating emancipations? Is it possible to establish a typology of the emancipators and of the emancipated servants and slaves? To what extent did slaves and indentured servants take part in their own liberation? Did the introduction of slavery provide any negotiating power to white servants, for instance by reducing their length of service? Did the practice of emancipation evolve in reaction to the advent of abolitionism, especially after the movement gained momentum and radicalized itself? To what extent did the practice of emancipation raise social, political, economic and public security stakes? How did masters accompany and facilitate their servant or their slave's transition from the status of a bond person to that of a free person? Was the social integration of freed servants and of manumitted slaves influenced by the factors which had enabled their emancip ation, as well as by their former legal status, their racial or their national origin? These are some of the many questions this one-day conference will endeavor to answer.

Proposal Submission Procedure

The languages of the one-day conference will be French and English.
For consideration, please submit a paper proposal of 300 words and a 1 page CV by June 1st, 2016 to 2016emancipation@gmail.com

A selection of papers presented at the conference will be published.

Conference organizers:

Lawrence Aje (Université Paul -Valéry, Montpellier 3 - EMMA - lawrence.aje@univ-montp3.fr)
Anne-Claire Faucquez (Université Panthéon - Assas - EA 1569: Transferts
critiques et dynamiques des savoirs, Université Paris VIII)
Élodie Peyrol-Kleiber (Université de Poitiers - MIMMOC )

Posted: May 12, 2016
Tagged: Calls for Papers


Introducing Organizational Partnerships

The OAH is pleased to announce a new initiative and invites history organizations and departments to Partner with us.The OAH's Partnership program is our latest project designed to strengthen our long-standing support of those who research, teach, and practice in the field of U.S. history. When you become a Partner with the OAH, you align your organization's voice with that of a vibrant, diversified, and growing group of history professionals to advocate for the support of history, history education, and all history practitioners.

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Posted: May 12, 2016
Tagged: News of the Organization


Omohundro Institute Annual Conference

The 22nd annual conference of the Omohundro Institute for Early American History and Culture (OIEAHC) will be held at Worcester, Massachusetts, on June 23-26, 2016. Hosted by Worcester Polytechnic Institute and the American Antiquarian Society, the conference's twin themes will be "Native American Transformations" and "Early America at Work."

The preliminary program is now available on line; a number of sessions feature topics of interest to business historians, including:

For the complete program and information on registration and accommodations, please see the Conference website.

Posted: May 12, 2016
Tagged: Meetings, Conferences, Symposia


2017-18 Fellowship Awards Announcement

Each year, the School of Social Science at the Institute for Advanced Study in Princeton, NJ, 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 2017-2018 the focus will be The Social Sciences in a Changing World. The application deadline is November 1, 2016. Applications must be submitted through the Institute's online application system, which opens June 1 and can be found, along with more information about the theme, at www.sss.ias.edu/applications.

Posted: May 5, 2016
Tagged: Fellowships


Treasury Secretary Lew Announces Front Of New $20

In a letter to the American people, Treasury Secretary Jacob J. Lew today announced plans for the new $20, $10 and $5 notes, with the portrait of Harriet Tubman to be featured on the front of the new $20.

Secretary Lew also announced plans for the reverse of the new $10 to feature an image of the historic march for suffrage that ended on the steps of the Treasury Department and honor the leaders of the suffrage movement—Lucretia Mott, Sojourner Truth, Susan B. Anthony, Elizabeth Cady Stanton, and Alice Paul. The front of the new $10 note will maintain the portrait of Alexander Hamilton.

Finally, he announced plans for the reverse of the new $5 to honor events at the Lincoln Memorial that helped to shape our history and our democracy and prominent individuals involved in those events, including Marian Anderson, Eleanor Roosevelt and Martin Luther King Jr.

The reverse of the new $20 will feature images of the White House and President Andrew Jackson.

In his letter, Secretary Lew noted that the Bureau of Engraving and Printing will work closely with the Federal Reserve to accelerate work on the new $20 and $5 notes, with the goal that all three new notes go into circulation as quickly as possible, consistent with security requirements.

Read the letter online here.

View Treasury's website "Modern Money" here. 

Posted: April 29, 2016
Tagged: None


Save Princeton Coalition Update

The Daily Princetonian ran an editorial expressing support for the preservation of Maxwell's Field, a portion of the Princeton Battlefield which has recently been purchased by the Insitute for Advanced Studies. The IAS plans to develop faculty housing on the land. The National Coalition for History, of which the OAH is a member, recently took out an advertisement in the Chronicle of Higher Education, urging the IAS to preserve Maxwell's Field.

The Daily Princetonian editorial can be read in full here.

The open letter can be read here. 

Posted: April 29, 2016
Tagged: Advocacy


The Future of the African-American Past

The American Historical Association and the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture announce a landmark international conference to mark the opening of the museum. 

Registration is free of charge.

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For More Information: futureafampast.si.edu 

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Posted: April 29, 2016
Tagged: Meetings, Conferences, Symposia


Transnational American Studies Institute Dissertation Prize

A Dissertation Prize in the amount of € 1000 will be awarded annually for outstanding Ph.D. work in the field of transnational American studies. It is sponsored by the future Obama Institute for Transnational American Studies at Johannes Gutenberg University in Mainz, Germany.

Eligible for submission are dissertations completed at either a German or a foreign university in transnational American Studies and related fields, such as Early American Studies, Indigenous Studies, Life Writing, Ecology, Transnational History, Asian American/Pacific Studies, Material and Media Studies, Religious Studies, International Politics, and Economy.

Unpublished manuscripts of dissertations, defended in the last two years, written in German or English, will be evaluated by an international panel to select the award winner.

The award ceremony takes place annually in November. At this occasion the award recipient will be asked to give a presentation on his/her work.

In order to apply for the Obama Institute Dissertation Prize, please submit:

· a cover letter
· one copy of your dissertation
· abstract of your dissertation (two pages)
· two letters of reference (e.g. the supervisors' dissertation reports)
· your CV

The deadline for submission is July 31, 2016.

Please send your application to the following address:

Institute for Transnational American Studies
Obama Dissertation Prize
Fachbereich 05 Philosophie – Philologie
Johannes Gutenberg-Universität Mainz (JGU)
Jacob-Welder-Weg 18
55128 Mainz
Germany

For More Information: http://obama-institute.com/opportunities/obama-dissertation-prize/

Posted: April 28, 2016
Tagged: Awards and Prizes


Upcoming Deadline for Submissions for Willi Paul Adams Award

The Willi Paul Adams Award is given biennially by the Organization of American Historians to the author of the best book on American history published in a foreign language. The award (formerly the Foreign Language Book Prize) is named for Willi Paul Adams, who was an active member of OAH in Germany and a tireless advocate of the internationalization of American history.

DEADLINE: SUBMISSIONS MUST BE POSTMARKED BY MAY 2, 2016

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Posted: April 26, 2016
Tagged: None


New Jersey Studies Academic Alliance Authors’ Awards Program

The New Jersey authors' awards were instituted in 1994 to encourage and celebrate books about New Jersey. Awards are considered for works in five, non-fiction categories:

All works nominated should provide a new understanding of New Jersey's history and culture, demonstrate evidence of original research in the application of New Jersey resources and/or reveal new insights into a topic. The work must have appeared in the previous two calendar years: 2014 or 2015. There is no in-state residency requirement for authors/editors/compilers.

All works should utilize appropriate primary resources. Although the principle criterion for an award to a scholarly or reference work is the well-written provision of information, a nominated work will also be judged upon its ability to provide full citations for the text, endnotes, footnotes, photographs, illustrations, maps and charts. A complete bibliography or list of references is also expected. Citations should adhere to standard style manuals, such as the Chicago Manual of Style, Turabian's Manual for Writers of Term Papers, the MLA Style Manual, etc.

The authors' awards will also recognize those who edit or compile primary, largely untapped, resources–or a collection of essays or articles–and make them widely available by publication in print or on the web. The published primary resource or edited work should be accompanied by commentary and/or explanatory annotations. They will also be held to the same criteria as scholarly and reference works mentioned above.

Nominations by the author/compiler or other submitters will be accepted from January 12, 2016 through May 30, 2016 by the author/compiler or other submitters. The nomination packet must include an explanatory cover letter (stating for which category the work is nominated) and the nominee's resume. These should be e-mailed to Deborah Mercer at dmercer@njstatelib.org with "NJSAA Author Award" in the subject line. In addition, five copies of the publication proposed for the award must be mailed to the NJ Authors' Awards Committee, c/o Deborah Mercer, New Jersey State Library, P.O. Box 520, 185 W. State Street, Trenton, NJ 08625. Items in electronic format may simply be sent to Deborah Mercer at the e-mail address above. All materials must be received by May 30, 2016.

The full committee reads and reviews all nominations and deliberates over the summer. If more than one work is nominated for a specific category, the committee will choose the one that most closely meets the criteria. If no nominations conform to the criteria, the committee may refrain from giving an award that year.

Winners will be selected and then reported to the New Jersey Studies Academic Alliance membership at its fall meeting. All nominees are notified prior to this meeting and announcements are made to various listservs. The awardees receive a certificate of recognition and have the opportunity to discuss their book before a statewide audience at an author panel in conjunction with one of the NJSAA meetings.

Additional information on the award (including past winners) and the Academic Alliance may be found at: http://www.njsaa.org.

Committee members include: Benjamin Beede, Laura Poll, Harriet Sepinwall, Richard Veit and Deborah Mercer, chair.

Posted: April 25, 2016
Tagged: Awards and Prizes


Fulbright US Scholar Award: Mary Ball Washington Award in American History

Commencing September 2017 and based at University College Dublin School of History, the successful candidate will conduct a combination of teaching and research, with the teaching component of the grant to be agreed upon with the Head of School. The Scholar will have the opportunity to conduct and present his/her own research, and will be expected to mentor graduate students and contribute to the school's Distinguished Lecture Series.

This Award is for U.S. citizens and open to academics only. Ph.D. (or other terminal degree) plus teaching experience at college/university level and tenure required. A letter of invitation from the host University is required.

Application Deadline: 1 August 2016

For More Information: http://catalog.cies.org/viewAward.aspx?n=7519&dc=EI

Posted: April 19, 2016
Tagged: Awards and Prizes


Long Beach Indie Film, Media and Music Conference

Long Beach Indie Film, Media, and Music Conference
www.longbeachindie.com
August 31-September 4, 2016 (Submission Deadline May 6, 2016)

The Long Beach Indie International Film, Media, and Music Festival is looking for scholars, filmmakers, archivists, musicians, directors, bloggers, and journalists to bring their intellect, art, and energy to our 2016 Film, Media, and Music Conference.

We invite individual papers and full panels representing any topic (e.g. theory, production, history, criticism, preservation, etc.) related to film, television, music, mass communication, digital media, and/or the entertainment industry broadly defined.

We are also issuing a special call for papers interrogating and/or celebrating the theme: "Gender, Race and the Entertainment Industry."

Bringing together scholars and entertainment industry professionals, the conference occurs in the middle of the five-day Long Beach Indie International Film, Media and Music Festival. (The majority of the paper presentations occur September 2-3, 2016). Official festival venues include the Cinemark at the Pike Theaters, the Long Beach Convention Center, and the Renaissance Hotel Long Beach.

Celebrating global diversity is the mission of Long Beach Indie and we would love to see that expressed in paper submissions. Come spend Labor Day Weekend in beautiful Long Beach, California.

Submission Deadline: May 6, 2016
Notification Date: May 15, 2016

Posted: April 4, 2016
Tagged: Calls for Papers


NCH Marks Numerous Achievements in 2015

By Lee White

In an extremely productive 2015, the National Coalition for History achieved numerous major goals. Foremost among these was the restoration of funding for K–12 history education in the reauthorization of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA).

In addition, unexpected issues allowed NCH to reinforce its role as the preeminent public voice for history, archives, and our other constituencies. For example, we submitted comments to the federal government regarding the treatment of oral history in research, as well as a letter to the secretary of state and the archivist of the United States expressing concern over the handling of former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton's e-mails.

We also launched a newly redesigned website in April 2015 with enhanced social media components. This improved our efforts to educate our constituent organizations (and potential members) about the important contributions the coalition has made in the past and how we will continue to play a vital role in policy making in the future.

Some issues, such as making the case for federal funding for history-related programs, will always remain at the core of NCH's agenda. But the coalition is now poised to continue to expand beyond Washington, truly making it the National Coalition for History.

Below is a summary of NCH's major accomplishments in 2015:

ESSA includes four sections that provide funding streams for K–12 history and civics education. Two sections are specifically earmarked for those subjects and two sections establish grant programs in which the subjects are eligible for competitive funding.

NCH is already working to ensure that the new programs authorized in the law are funded during the fiscal year (FY) 2017 congressional appropriations process.

Fiscal Year 2016 Federal Funding for History-Related Agencies and Programs

On December 18, Congress approved a $1.15 trillion omnibus appropriations bill that will fund the federal government for the rest of FY '16. Several positive developments came from the bill. For example, the National Endowment for the Humanities budget was increased for the first time in six years, by $2 million, up to $148 million. And potentially severe cuts in the Title VI/Fulbright-Hays International Education programs were defeated.

Of particular note is the level funding received by the National Historical Publications and Records Commission (NHPRC) this fiscal year. The original appropriations bill considered in the House Financial Services and General Government Appropriations Subcommittee would have cut NHPRC's FY '16 budget by 40 percent, from $5 million in FY '15 to $3 million. The situation allowed NCH to use the contacts gained from the Congressional History Caucus (see below), and the cut was rescinded at the House Appropriations Committee markup. NHPRC was the only program in the entire bill to have funding restored.

As we have said in the past, the fact that Congress did not go so far as to cut funding for our interests is a true victory, given today's budget climate.

NCH Submits Comments on Human Subjects Research in HHS Rule

In September, the US Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) and 15 other federal departments and agencies announced that they were considering revisions to the regulations for the protection of human subjects in research.

The proposed rule specified "oral history, journalism, biography, and historical scholarship activities that focus directly on the specific individuals about whom the information is collected" as potentially exempt from "the scope of the Common Rule" (that is, the requirement that institutional review boards approve all research involving human subjects). The recommendations also acknowledged that oral history, and historical studies in general, already employ well-­developed codes of ethical conduct. Finally, the draft rule recognized the importance and value of identifying individual historical actors in history; IRBs often require human subjects to be given anonymity.

The Oral History Association's (OHA) executive director, the late Clifford Kuhn, took the lead in preparing draft comments on the proposed rule. The comments strongly endorsed the recommendation to exclude oral history from the Common Rule. NCH used the OHA's paper as the basis for a letter submitted to the HHS on October 30 (see http://historycoalition.org/wp-content/uploads/2015/10/NCH-HHS-Human-Subjects-Proposed-Rule-10-30-15.pdf).

National Women's History Museum Commission

In December 2014, President Obama signed legislation establishing a commission to study the potential creation of a National Women's History Museum. In 2015, the panel's members were appointed, and they are now ramping up the commission's activities. They recently launched a website and social media presence (www.womens historycommission.org). The commission is tasked with submitting a report to the president and Congress by no later than November 18, 2016.

The commission has solicited input from leading authorities and experts on women's history, professionals from the museum and curatorial fields, prominent American women, and influential women's organizations from across the country. A "scholar's summit" was held in January. I recently met with the commission's executive director and research director and expressed NCH's interest in assisting in whatever way we can in its work.

Congressional History Caucus

Throughout 2015 NCH worked to recruit members to the Congressional History Caucus and assist it in its mission of promoting history on Capitol Hill. We currently have 23 members in the House caucus, an increase from the end of the last session.

Our website (historycoalition.org) includes a "how-to" page to allow NCH organizations and their members to recruit members of Congress to the caucus. We continued to promote the "Dear Colleague" letter urging representatives to join the caucus. Every House office was contacted at least once by an NCH staff member. NCH member organizations sent solicitations to their constituents urging them to contact their congressional representative to have them join. More information on the History Caucus can be found at historycoalition.org/congressional-history-caucus.

NCH anticipates an equally productive 2016. Stay tuned.

Lee White is executive director of the National Coalition for History.

Posted: April 4, 2016
Tagged: Advocacy


National Coalition For History 2015 Annual Report

Prepared by Lee White, Executive Director, December 28, 2015

2015 was an extremely successful and productive year for the National Coalition for History which saw the achievement of numerous major accomplishments in 2015. Foremost among these was the restoration of funding for K-12 history education in the reauthorization of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA), was brought to fruition.

In addition, unexpected issues arose that allowed NCH to reinforce its role as the preeminent public voice for history, archives and our other constituencies. These included submitting comments to the federal government on the treatment of oral history in research and a letter to the Secretary of State and the Archivist of the United States expressing concern over the handling of former-Secretary of State Hillary Clinton's emails.

NCH improved in our efforts to educate our constituent organizations (and potential members) about our important contributions in the past, and how the coalition will continue to play a vital role in policy making in the future. NCH launched a newly redesigned website in April 2015 with enhanced social media components.

Issues such as making the case for federal funding for history-related programs will always remain at the core of NCH's agenda. However, in 2016 the coalition is poised to continue to transform itself beyond Washington to truly make it the "National" Coalition for History.

Below is a summary of NCH's major accomplishments in 2015:

Restoration of federal funding for K-12 history/civics education

After nearly a decade of false starts, President Obama has signed a new education law (Public Law 114-95) to replace the controversial No Child Left Behind Act; which was passed in 2001. On December 9, the US Senate voted 85–12 to approve the conference report to a bill (S. 1177) to reauthorize the Elementary and Secondary Education Act. On December 2, the House had approved the report by a vote of 359–64.

Most importantly for the historical community, the new law—the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA)—restores targeted federal funding for K–12 history and civics education. NCH and the coalition's member organizations have engaged in advocacy efforts for nearly five years to achieve this goal. Given the elimination of federal funding for over 60 programs in the bill, restoration of funding for history education is a major accomplishment.

ESSA includes four sections that provide funding streams for K–12 history and civics education. Two sections are specifically earmarked for those subjects and two sections establish grant programs in which the subjects are eligible for competitive funding.

NCH is already working to ensure the new programs authorized in the law are funded during the FY '17 congressional appropriations process.

FY '16 Federal Funding for History-Related Agencies and Programs

On December 18, Congress approved a $1.15 trillion omnibus appropriations bill that will fund the federal government for the rest of fiscal year 2016. For example, the NEH budget was increased for the first time in six years by $2 million up to a level of $148 million. Potentially severe cuts in the Title VI/Fulbright-Hays International Education programs were defeated.
Of particular note is the level funding the National Historical Publications and Records Commission (NHPRC) received this fiscal year. The original appropriations bill considered in the House Financial Services and General Government Appropriations Subcommittee would have cut NHPRC's FY' 16 budget by 40 percent from the FY' 15 level of $5 million to $3 million. The situation allowed NCH to use the contacts gained from the Congressional History Caucus, and the cut was rescinded at the House Appropriations Committee markup. The NHPRC was only program in the entire bill to have funding restored.

This has become a mantra in recent years, but the fact that our interests survived intact should be considered a victory in this budget climate.

NCH comments on Human Subjects Research in HHS Rule

In September, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services and fifteen other federal departments and agencies announced proposed revisions to the regulations for protection of human subjects in research.

The draft rule stated that "oral history, journalism, biography, and historical scholarship activities that focus directly on the specific individuals about whom the information is collected" be explicitly excluded from "the scope of the Common Rule." Moreover, the recommendations acknowledged the importance and value within oral history, and historical studies more generally, to identify individual actors in history, and recognized that there already existed discipline-specific codes of ethical conduct.

The Oral History Association's (OHA) executive director, the late Dr. Clifford Kuhn, took the lead in preparing draft comments on the proposed rule. The comments strongly endorsed the recommendation to exclude oral history from the Common Rule. NCH used the OHA's paper as the basis for a letter submitted to the HHS on October 30. (http://historycoalition.org/wp-content/uploads/2015/10/NCH-HHS-Human-Subjects-Proposed-Rule-10-30-15.pdf)

National Women's History Museum Commission

In December 2014, President Obama signed legislation establishing a commission to study the potential creation of a National Women's History Museum. In 2015, the panel's members were appointed, and they are now ramping up the commission's activities. They recently launched a website and social media presence (http://www.womenshistorycommission.org). The commission is tasked with submitting a report to the president and Congress by no later than November 18, 2016.

The commission has solicited input from leading authorities and experts on women's history, professionals from the museum and curatorial fields, prominent American women, and influential women's organizations from across the country. A "scholar's summit" was held in January 2016. I recently met with the commission's executive director and research director and expressed NCH's interest in assisting in whatever way we can in its work.

Congressional History Caucus

Throughout 2015 NCH worked to recruit members and assist the Congressional History Caucus in achieving its mission of promoting history on Capitol Hill. We currently have 23 members in the House caucus, which is more than we had at the end of the last session.

Our website includes a "how-to" page to allow NCH organizations and their members to recruit Members of Congress for the caucus. We continued to promote the "Dear Colleague letter" urging representatives to join the caucus. Every House office was contacted at least once by NCH staff. NCH member organizations sent solicitations to their members urging them to contact their House member and urge them to join. More information on the History Caucus can be found at (http://historycoalition.org/congressional-history-caucus)

NCH Organizational Update

As noted above, NCH launched a newly redesigned website in April 2015 with enhanced social media components. As a result, NCH was able to expand the frequency of communications with the full membership not just the policy board. Staff developed an infographic to highlight NCH's achievements to existing members, and to solicit new and lapsed organizations to join the coalition. Staff completed a "re-branding" project which included the development of a new logo for NCH for use on letterhead, the website, social media, business cards, etc. Emails recruiting new members were sent to numerous target organizations for follow-up. After the launch of the website, the interns devoted nearly all of their time on membership recruitment and retention.

Posted: April 4, 2016
Tagged: Advocacy


Theme Sessions on the Gulf South in Peace and War

October 13-15, 2016

Mobile, Alabama

The Gulf South History and Humanities Conference is an annual event sponsored by the Gulf South Historical Association, a consortium of Gulf South colleges and universities from the states of Alabama, Florida, Mississippi, Louisiana, and Texas.

Years ending in "6" have frequently marked times of transition between peace and war: 1819, 1866, 1916, and 1946 in particular. The 34th Annual Gulf South History and Humanities Conference, hosted by the University of South Alabama, welcomes all researchers and scholars to propose papers on such liminal periods, but all topics, panels, roundtables, performances, and workshops, exploring all aspects of the history, ethnography, archaeology, development, and cultures of the Gulf South and Circum-Caribbean are encouraged. 

The registration fee includes a Thursday evening reception at the Admiral Hotel, all conference sessions, and a free one-year membership in the Association. Tickets for the banquet, annual keynote address, and a courtesy cocktail reception are all included in the additional banquet fee. 

Proposals must be postmarked by the July 15, 2016 submission deadline. To submit an individual paper, send a Word document attachment containing a title, 150 word abstract and one-page vita. To submit for the theme panel, send a Word document attachment containing a title and brief (150 word) description of the theme, 150 word absract for each paper, a one-page vita for each presenter and the suggested chair/discussant. To submit for the roundtable forums or discussions, send a Word document attachment containing a title and brief (150 word) description of the topic and a complete list of the participants and moderator/discussant with one-page vitas.

All submissions should be sent via email to the program chair, Dr. Donald DeVore, at ddvore@southalabama.edu. Please put "2016 Gulf South Paper" in the email subject line. Or, send a hard copy to Dr. Donald DeVore, Department of History, 5991 USA Drive North, Room 334, University of South Alabama, Mobile, AL 36688. Expect an email confirmation once your submission has been received.

For hotel reservations, contact The Admiral Hotel at http://group.curiocollection.com/GulfSouthHistoryandHumanitiesConference or 251-432-8000 (844-442-8746 toll-free). Conference room rates are $99.00/night, single or double occupancy. Please book before 12 September 2016 to guarantee the conference rate. 

Posted: March 29, 2016
Tagged: News of the Profession


National History Day Graduate Courses for Teachers 2016-17

Introduction to Project-Based Learning Through the NHD Curriculum Framework 

Graduate credits offered through the University of San Diego

The following courses require either five years of NHD experience or completion of the Introduction to Project-Based Learning Course:

Developing Websites to Facilitate Historical Thinking Skills

Conducting Historical Research in the NHD Model

Developing Exhibits to Facilitate Historical Thinking Skills 

Writing and Editing for NHD

Developing Documentaries to Facilitate Historical Thinking Skills 

Developing Performances to Facilitate Historical Thinking Skills

For More Information: nhd.org/OnlineEducation

Posted: March 28, 2016
Tagged: News of the Profession


Symposium Announcement: "A New Materialism?" April 1-2 at the University of Michigan

"A New Materialism? Rethinking the History of Global Capitalism at the Nexus of Culture and Political Economy."

April 1-2, 2016 at the University of Michigan
An Eisenberg Institute Forum

This two-day symposium will showcase original essays from leading cultural, intellectual, urban, labor, and literary historians engaged with various forms of global capitalism. The papers stretch across two centuries and several continents: from antebellum shoe factories and disaster relief camps in the Jim Crow South to the strange career of black liberalism and the fashion runways of the 1970s. We begin with a pair of questions. What would it look like to write critical histories of capitalism unencumbered by the reductionist logics of historiographical "turns"? And how might we begin to think across the conceptual zero sums (culture vs. economy, discourse vs. material conditions, semiotics vs. big structures) that have so often circumscribed discussion in this area?

Rather than presenting the "new history of capitalism "as a turn "beyond" or "away from" previous modes of questioning, we seek to bridge and disrupt, combine and complicate.

On April 1st, there will be three panels featuring pre-circulated faculty papers, a formal comment, and intensive discussion building on previously posted online responses.

On April 2nd, there will be two final panels driven by questions and presentations from Ph.D. students and postdocs at five different institutions.

Confirmed panelists:
• Howard Brick (Michigan)
• Elspeth Brown (Toronto)
• Kathleen Brown (Penn)
• Nathan Connolly (NYU)
• Jay Cook (Michigan)
• Konstantin Dierks (Indiana)
• Geoff Eley (Michigan)
• Nan Enstad (Wisconsin)
• Alison Isenberg (Princeton)
• Susan Scott Parrish (Michigan)
• Seth Rockman (Brown)
• Andrew Zimmerman (George Washington)

For additional information and registration instructions, please see the symposium website: http://sites.lsa.umich.edu/newmaterialism/

Posted: March 24, 2016
Tagged: Meetings, Conferences, Symposia


John Nolen Research Fund, Division of Rare and Manuscript Collections, Cornell University

The John Nolen Research Fund, established through the generosity of the Nolen family, provides assistance to scholars to conduct research in the John Nolen Papers and allied collections in the Division of Rare and Manuscript Collections of the Cornell University Library. Any qualified researcher interested in the history of city and regional planning before 1950 with a project that can be augmented by using the Nolen Papers is eligible to apply. Applications are due by April 30, 2016; awards will be made by May 31 for support to begin on July 1, 2016. For fellowship information and application requirements, please visit https://rare.library.cornell.edu/services/funding/nolen

Posted: March 24, 2016
Tagged: Fellowships


Fully-funded, full-time, PhD Studentship in History, University of Worcester, UK

Applications are invited for a fully-funded, full-time, PhD studentship at the University of Worcester (UK) in History, aligned with the expertise of one or more of our History researchers. This is one of a number of research projects in competition for one PhD Studentship in History. The project which receives the best applicant will be awarded the funding.

The USA and World War II: This topic will explore social, political, intellectual and cultural aspects of the United States during World War Two and can address both home and/or war fronts but not military history. Applications considering propaganda (in any medium), psychological warfare, or race and gender are especially encouraged.

Closing date: Monday 6th June 2016

For More Info: https://www.findaphd.com/search/ProjectDetails.aspx?PJID=73902&LID=3056

Posted: March 24, 2016
Tagged: Miscellaneous