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National Council on Public History 2017 Annual Meeting

"The Middle: Where did we come from? Where are we going?"
National Council on Public History Annual Meeting
Indianapolis, Indiana | April 19-22, 2017
The Call for Proposals is open through July 15, 2016 at http://ncph.org/conference/2017-annual-meeting/.

Deadline: July 15, 2016 for final proposals. To solicit feedback or find collaborators, submit an early topic proposal by June 1, 2016.

The National Council on Public History will meet in Indianapolis, Indiana April 19-22, 2017, to consider "The Middle," and we need your ideas to make this meeting a success. If your work involves exploring history with non-academic audiences –whether through museums, historic preservation, government work, libraries and archives, tourism, cultural resources management, history education, art, digital history, or community history – or training historians to do the same, NCPH's annual meeting is your natural home.

In a society fascinated by extremes, the middle is often undervalued, overlooked, and unstudied. Public historians, however, tend to engage in work that addresses the interests and concerns of the wide-ranging public, not just the select. For public historians, the middle can be a delightful but challenging place. The concerns of the masses, not just the elite; the swirling firmament of the center of a story, not only the clearness of the beginning or end; the quotidian, not the extraordinary; is always ripe with ambiguity and importance. But who controls and speaks for the middle? How one parses the middle, and who gets to tell the story, is challenging and difficult.

We welcome submissions from all areas of the field; proposals may address any area of public history, but we especially welcome submissions which relate to our theme. Sessions are 1.5 hours; significant time for audience discussion should be included in every session. We urge participants to dispense with the reading of papers.

Posted: May 24, 2016
Tagged: Calls for Papers


The 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.

Applicants should submit a CV, undergraduate transcript and graduate-school record, thesis abstract, and writing sample (such as an article or a book chapter). Applicants should also state the topics, objectives, and design for the specific research to be undertaken. Finally, applicants should indicate the names of three people who will write references on their behalf. The three letters of recommendation are to be submitted by the writers directly by October 17 of the calendar year preceding that in which the fellowship is to be used. It is the responsibility of the applicant to solicit these letters.

The fellowship will be awarded and all applicants notified by mid-January. The Fellowship will begin July 1.

Applications should be received no later than October 17 and submitted online to: https://poplar.hbs.edu/ofr/register/registerApplicant.htm. Please direct your recommenders to visit: https://poplar.hbs.edu/ofr/upload/startUploadRecommendation.htm.

Posted: May 23, 2016
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.

The Thomas K. McCraw Fellow will receive a stipend of $7,000 to cover travel and living expenses. Fellows are expected to be in residence for a minimum of two months. Recipients of the fellowship will receive work space, an e-mail account, a phone, a computer, an ID card, and access to the University's libraries and to the HBS Intranet for the duration of the appointment. Applicants should send a cover letter, a CV, and a two- to three-page research proposal to Walter A. Friedman, Connell 301A, Harvard Business School, Boston, MA 02163, U.S.A. This material can also be sent via e-mail to wfriedman@hbs.edu. Applications for the fellowship should arrive no later than October 3 of the calendar year preceding that in which the fellowship is to be used. The applicant should also arrange for two letters of reference, sent directly by the recommender, to arrive at the above address by October 3. Grants will be announced by the beginning of November.

For more information: http://www.hbs.edu/businesshistory/fellowships/Pages/default.aspx

Posted: May 23, 2016
Tagged: Fellowships


The 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.

Recipients will be given a $7,000 stipend (payable at the end of their visit), office space, an e-mail account, phone, computer, ID card, and access to the University's libraries and the HBS Intranet. The program requires a two-month minimum length of stay. Scholars may stay up to a maximum of six months. Applicants should indicate when, during the calendar year, they would like to be in residence at the School. It is expected that the recipient will be actively engaged in the intellectual life of the business history group. Applicants should send a cover letter, a CV, and a two- to three-page research proposal to Walter A. Friedman, Connell 301A, Harvard Business School, Boston, MA 02163, U.S.A. This material can also be sent via e-mail to wfriedman@hbs.edu. Applications for the fellowship should arrive no later than October 3 of the calendar year preceding that in which the fellowship is to be used. The applicant should also arrange for two letters of reference, sent directly by the recommender, to arrive at the above address by October 3. Grants will be announced by the beginning of November.

For More Information: http://www.hbs.edu/businesshistory/fellowships/Pages/default.aspx

Posted: May 23, 2016
Tagged: Fellowships


The Alfred D. Chandler Jr. Travel Fellowships

The purpose of this fellowship is to facilitate library and archival research in business or economic history. Individual grants range from $1,000 to $3,000. Three categories of applicants will be eligible for grants: 1) Harvard University graduate students in history, economics, or business administration, whose research requires travel to distant archives or repositories; 2) graduate students or nontenured faculty in those fields from other universities, in the U.S. and abroad, whose research requires travel to Baker Library and other local archives; and 3) Harvard College undergraduates writing senior theses in these fields whose research requires travel away from Cambridge.
To apply, send a CV, a summary of past academic research (of 1-2 pages), and a detailed description of the research you wish to undertake (of 2-3 pages). Applicants must indicate the amount of money requested (up to $3,000). Please also arrange to have one letter of reference sent independently of the application. The deadline for receipt of applications is November 1 of the calendar year preceding that in which the fellowship is to be used. All materials should be sent to Walter A. Friedman, Connell 301A, Harvard Business School, Boston, MA 02163. E-mail: wfriedman@hbs.edu.

For More Information: http://www.hbs.edu/businesshistory/fellowships/Pages/default.aspx

Posted: May 23, 2016
Tagged: Fellowships


New Documentary Examines the Desert Training Center

A new documentary, Sands of War, that examines the Desert Training Center, established by General George Patton in the Mojave Desert to train soldiers to fight in northern Africa in World War II will be airing this Memorial Day. Check your local PBS station for times. OAH Member and Distinguished Lecturer David Kennedy appears in the film. Learn More about the Documentary Here

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Posted: May 19, 2016
Tagged: Clio's Kudos


Advocacy Alert - Northern Illinois University Press

Following the completion of a year-long program prioritization task force, Northern Illinois University Press is facing an uncertain future. They are seeking scholars familiar with the press to write to the University by May 23. Comments can be based on your individual experience with the Press or with your scholarly assessment of their work.

Share your thoughts here.

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Posted: May 18, 2016
Tagged: News of the Profession


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