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Call for Proposals for the 2017 OAH Annual Meeting Now Open!

The OAH is now accepting proposals for the OAH Annual Meeting, taking place in New Orleans, April 6-9, 2017. The theme of "Circulation" explores the connection between points and places from the scale of the human body through to the global, from the material to the ideological, circulation characterizes many of the subjects historians study, whether migrations, pilgrimages, economies, networks, ideas, culture, conflicts, plagues or demography. Circulations link, but also separate; they populate and depopulate; and they transport and return. 

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Posted: December 6, 2015
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Hoover Archives Now Accepting Applications for the 2016 Workshop on Political Economy

The Hoover Institution Library & Archives are pleased to accept applications for participation in the Hoover Archives Summer Workshop on Political Economy.

The Workshop will be held at the Hoover Institution, Stanford University, from June 20-June 24, 2016. It brings together an interdisciplinary slate of scholars who are using the collections of the Hoover Institution Library & Archives to study political economy, broadly defined. A wide range of research is suitable for this program, limited only by the holdings of the Hoover Library & Archives itself. Past participants have included historians, economists, and political scientists, but scholars from any field who would benefit from immersion in the archives are welcome. Participants must be holders of the Ph.D. or scholars with a commensurate publication record, or be advanced graduate students.

Participants are expected to have an active research program and to spend each day working in the Hoover Library & Archives. They will attend a daily group lunch, two group dinners, a keynote address by a visiting scholar, and make an informal lunchtime presentation on their research.

Participants will be provided with a $2500 stipend, intended to cover lodging and transportation. Alternative compensation will be arranged for international participants who do not hold a US Social Security or TIN number.

Applicants are encouraged to read about the 2014 and 2015 workshops to learn more about the research topics and approaches that are suited to the workshop.

Application Requirements

All applicants are required to submit their applications online with the following:

Contact information
One page CV
A proposal of fewer than 750 words describing your research project, including the names of Hoover collections you plan to use and why they are necessary for your project
Names and contact information for two academic referees familiar with your research (no formal letter required)

Application deadline: January 15, 2016

Award notification: March 1, 2016

Additional Information

Applications and recommendations must be submitted online in English
All awards are subject to the availability of funds and the ability to secure appropriate visa arrangements

For More Information: http://www.hoover.org/news/hoover-la-now-accepting-applications-2016-workshop-political-economy

Posted: December 3, 2015
Tagged: Meetings, Conferences, Symposia


Urge the Senate to Pass the "Every Student Succeeds Act"

On December 2, the House of Representatives by a vote of 359-64 approved the conference report to S.1177, the "Every Student Succeeds Act." The bill reauthorizes the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA) for the next four years and replaces the No Child Left Behind Act. Most importantly the legislation includes multiple sources of funding to support improved instruction in K-12 history, civics, geography and economics.

The Organization of American Historians, along with the National Coalition for History (NCH), urgently needs you to contact your U.S. Senators and urge them to support the conference report. Click here for a link that allows you to send an email directly to your Senators and urge him or her to support the conference report that includes key provisions that benefit history and civics education.

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Posted: December 3, 2015
Tagged: News of the Profession, Advocacy


The SAA Donald Peterson Student Travel Award

The Society of American Archivists Donald Peterson Student Travel Award Subcommittee invites applications from archival science students and recent graduates of archival programs. The award subsidizes travel to the SAA Annual Meeting for students presenting research or actively participating in an SAA-sponsored committee, section, or roundtable.

Award and application information follow below. The application deadline is February 28, 2016. If you have any questions regarding the award or the application process, please contact Rachel Howard, Donald Peterson Student Travel Award Committee Chair, at rachel.howard@louisville.edu.

Purpose and Criteria for Selection
Established in 2005, this award supports students and recent graduates from graduate archival programs within North America to attend SAA's Annual Meeting. The goal of the scholarship is to stimulate greater participation in the activities of the Association by students and recent graduates. This participation must include either a presentation of research during the Annual Meeting or active participation in an SAA-sponsored committee, section, or roundtable.

Eligibility
Awarded to an SAA member in good standing who is currently enrolled in an archival education program or who graduated from an archival education program in the previous calendar year. Applications are evaluated based on the merits of the applicant's essay and letters of recommendation.

Sponsor and Funding
The Society of American Archivists, in honor of Donald Peterson (1908-1999), New York lawyer and philatelist, whose deep appreciation of world history and preservation developed early through his stamp collecting and held true throughout his life.

Prize
Up to $1,000 in support of registration, travel, and accommodation expenses associated with the SAA Annual Meeting.

Application Form and Documentation
Submit three copies of the following to the address on the application form:
1. A 500-word essay describing the applicant's career goals and potential impact on the archival profession.
2. Unofficial transcript to verify student status or copy of graduate diploma.
3. Two letters of recommendation from individuals having definite knowledge of the applicant's qualifications.
4. Application form.

Application Deadline
February 28, 2016

Posted: December 3, 2015
Tagged: Awards and Prizes


U.S. Catholic Historian issue on "Kinship"

For more than thirty years the U.S. Catholic Historian has published theme-based issues relevant to the history of American Catholicism. An upcoming issue will address the theme of "Kinship." Contributions could include, but are not limited to, studies of the following:

· Relationships by blood or marriage, including sibling combinations, parents and children, spouses, etc. (examples include the Kenrick, Healy, Purcell, and Spalding families)

· Connections within and between members of religious orders/communities

· Friendship, mentorship, and social relationships

· Geographic/ethnic connections among families and individuals

Scholars considering a submission are asked to contact the editor, Fr. David Endres at DEndres@Athenaeum.edu before preparing a contribution. Approximate length is 7,000-10,000 words. We ask for submissions by November 1, 2016 and look forward to hearing from potential contributors.

Posted: December 2, 2015
Tagged: Calls for Papers


Special Issue of Finance and Society: The Ethics of Debt

The social dimensions of debt have long engaged a wide range of scholars from across various disciplines and fields. Debt, of course, has a long history. From the biblical injunction to forgive debts in the seventh year to recent calls for student loan forgiveness, the problem of debt offers countless examples of how it has inspired calls for change. At the same time, it remains as timely as ever with global financial crises threatening the survival of entire nations as well as individuals.

In other cultural and historical settings, recognition of indebtedness to others has been a key building block of social life. Recent works such as David Graeber's Debt: The First 5000 Years (2011), Kenneth Dyson's States, Debt, and Power (2014), and Miranda Joseph's Debt to Society (2014) analyze, from various per­­spectives, the social dimensions of debt and finance. Building on their contributions to the study of the enduring topic of debt, this special issue of Finance and Society seeks bold, post-disciplinary scholarship exploring how financial practices emerge from and shape the social and ethical dimensions of debt today.

For more information: http://financeandsociety.org/cfp-ethics-of-debt/

Posted: December 1, 2015
Tagged: Calls for Papers


Urge Congress to Support K-12 History Education Today

On December 2, the House of Representatives is scheduled to consider the conference report to S. 1177, the "Every Student Succeeds Act." The bill reauthorizes the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA) for the next four years and replaces the much maligned No Child Left Behind Act. Most importantly the legislation includes multiple sources of funding to support improved instruction in K-12 history, civics, geography and economics.

The Organization of American Historians (OAH) urgently needs you to contact your Member of the House of Representatives and urge him or her to support the conference report that includes key provisions that benefit history and civics education. Click here for a link that allows you to send an email directly to your Member of the House of Representatives and urge him or her to support the conference report that includes key provisions that benefit history and civics education.

The House is voting first on S. 1177, the "Every Student Succeeds Act." While the Senate is likely to pass the bill, as you know in recent months the House has gone through a chaotic fight over its leadership. Even though the bill cleared the House-Senate conference committee by an overwhelming bi-partisan majority of 38-1, its passage by the House is by no means a foregone conclusion. Politics unrelated to the underlying merits of the bill may still derail it. So it is vital that all representatives, Republicans and Democrats, receive the message from their constituents that the education of our nation's K-12 students is vitally important and a non-partisan issue.

OAH limits our legislative "action alerts" to situations and issues that are vital to the interests of our constituents. We cannot overstress the importance of this effort! Congress has not reauthorized the ESEA in 15 years so this legislation is our only opportunity to get funding restored for K-12 history and civics education.

The bill is expected to go to the House floor on December 2. Time is of the essence so call or email today!

How to Contact Your Representative

Please call or email your House member's office and urge them to support restoring federal funding for history and civics education. To contact your representative, you can use one of these two options. No matter which means of communication you choose, please personalize your message as to your background or interest in history. If you are employed in the field, especially as a K-12 teacher, mention the institution where you work in your congressional district.

  1. Make a phone call. All Members of Congress can be reached through the U.S. Capitol switchboard at (202)224-3121. If you feel comfortable doing so, a personal phone call is preferable to an email.If you are not sure who your Representative is you can follow this link to the House's website and enter your zip code which will provide a link to your House member's website: http://www.house.gov/
  2. Send an email. The National Coalition of History (of which the OAH is a member) is working with the National Humanities Alliance which has prepared a one-step link to your House member (click here). You simply enter your address and the system identifies your representative. We've provided an email template that can be edited to personalize your message. The message not only goes to your House member's email, but their Twitter account and Facebook page as well.

Posted: November 30, 2015
Tagged: Advocacy, News of the Profession


2016 Edward W. Pell Graduate Fellowships at Fort Ticonderoga

Fort Ticonderoga offers four graduate fellowships for students seeking a practical, hands-on internship experience at a historic site and museum with cutting-edge programs. Positions available June 13-August 12, 2016, include internships in Exhibitions, Interpretation, Horticulture, and Education. Applications are due April 1, 2016. Fort Ticonderoga seeks graduate students in museum studies, museum education, public history, history, public horticulture, American studies, or military history. Interns will need to be self-motivated and able to work independently as well as contribute to a dedicated team to create and develop ground-breaking exhibitions and programs for a diverse audience. Qualified undergraduates are welcome to apply.

For More Information: http://www.fortticonderoga.org/education/university-partnerships

Posted: November 23, 2015
Tagged: Internships


Archie K. Davis Fellowships

To encourage more extensive and intensive research in North Carolina's historical and cultural resources, the North Caroliniana Society offers on a competitive basis Archie K. Davis Fellowships to assist scholars in gaining access to collections. Stipends vary and are intended to cover travel expenses while fellows conduct research in North Caroliniana. The annual deadline for proposals is March 1. Visit www.ncsociety.org for specific guidelines.

Posted: November 20, 2015
Tagged: Fellowships


Cliff M. Kuhn

OAH member Cliff Kuhn passed away on Sunday, November 8 2015. He was 63 years old. Professor Kuhn was the Executive Director of the Oral History Association and professor of history at Georgia State University. He served as co-chair of the 2014 Annual Meeting Local Resource Committee. Several obituaries and remembrances are posted below.

Atlanta Journal-Constitution Local Obituary 

Georgia State University Statement

'Atlanta Loses Its Greatest Listener: Cliff Kuhn, 1952-2015', Tropics Of Meta

'Cliff Kuhn, local historian who gathered Atlantans' tales and stories, has died', Creative Loafing

Posted: November 20, 2015
Tagged: In Memoriam


Call for Chapters: Gender and Archaeology in Popular Culture

Beyond Indy and Lara: Gender and Archaeology in Popular Culture

Call for Chapters in an Edited Book: Whether portrayed as academic professionals, daring treasure hunters, alien-hunters, time travelers, or bumbling fools who awaken paranormal forces, archaeologists and archaeologically-themed characters loom large in the popular imagination as figures of romance and adventure. Yet outside the realm of film studies, relatively little critical attention has been concentrated upon the gendering of archaeology in 20th century pop culture. This interdisciplinary collection of essays will explore the intersection of archaeology with gender(s), gender identity, and other related topics (which might include feminism, queer theory, women's studies, among others). We are interested in portrayals from a range of media and genres: games, television, graphic novels and traditional novels, art, films, design, and more.
We encourage submissions from all disciplines. Topics of possible interest include:
• Varieties of masculinity and femininity: archaeologists as muscular heroes or trickster rogues, as tomboys, femmes fatale, or damsels in distress
• Gendered dichotomies in the portrayals of scholars vs dabblers in any media (Indy and Marion, Evvie and Jonathon)
• The way media shapes the portrayal of archaeology and gender (adventure games vs. adventure film)
• Feminist archaeological theories of matriarchy, as found in The Mists of Avalon and other works
• Historical fiction and its portrayals of early women in archaeology, such as Elizabeth Peters' Amelia Peabody
• Gendered effects of major archaeological discoveries on popular culture (Tutmania in men's and women's fashion)
• Gender-related themes as portrayed in popular works of nonfiction archaeology (television documentaries)
• Androgyny and/or asexuality in archaeologically-themed characters (Ra in Stargate)
To this end, we call for interested academics to submit a 500-word abstract to us by March 15, 2016. Please include a brief bio and a full CV that lists full contact information, including an email address. Authors will be notified if they are successful, by May 15, 2016. We will expect full papers (9,000 words, including references) by October 17, 2016.

For more information, please contact: Dr. Ruth McClelland-Nugent and Dr. Jennifer Trunzo,
at Rmcclel1@GRU.edu and jtrunzo@GRU.edu.
Department of History, Anthropology, and Philosophy
Augusta University (formerly named Georgia Regents University)
1120 15th Street, Augusta, GA, 309012.

Posted: November 19, 2015
Tagged: Calls for Papers


HABS/SAH Sally Kress Tompkins Summer Research Fellowship

The HABS/SAH Sally Kress Tompkins Fellowship is a joint program of the Historic American Buildings Survey (HABS) and the Society of Architectural Historians (SAH) that permits a graduate student architectural historian to work on a 12-week HABS history project during the summer of 2016. The applicant should be pursuing studies in U.S. architectural history or a related field. The Fellow has the opportunity to conduct research on a nationally significant U.S. building or site and prepare a history to become part of the permanent HABS collection. The Fellow's research interests and goals will inform the building or site selected for documentation by HABS staff. The award consists of a $10,000 stipend.

Applications due December 31, 2015.

For more information: http://www.nps.gov/hdp/jobs/tompkins.htm

Posted: November 19, 2015
Tagged: Fellowships


Eric Schlereth Named as 2015 Recipient of Ray Allen Billington Prize

The Western History Association has chosen OAH member Eric Schlereth as the 2015 recipient of the Ray Allen Billington Prize for his article "Privileges of Locomotion: Expatriation and the Politics of Border Crossing," published in by the Journal of American History (March 2014). This prize is given annually for the best article (essay of 10,000 words or less) on Western history published in any journal other than the Western Historical Quarterly.

The Awards Banquet will be held Friday, October 23rd in Portland, OR during the 55th Annual Conference of the WHA.  If you have not registered for the 2015 WHA conference, you can do so at www.westernhistory.org/conferences

Posted: November 17, 2015
Tagged: Clio's Kudos


Constitutional Scholar Maeva Marcus to Edit Oliver Wendell Holmes Devise Supreme Court History Series

The Library of Congress and the Permanent Committee of the Oliver Wendell Holmes Devise announce the appointment of OAH member Maeva Marcus as the general editor of the "Oliver Wendell Holmes Devise History of the Supreme Court of the United States." Marcus, a constitutional scholar with special expertise in the history of the United States Supreme Court, is the third person to serve as editor in the publication's 60-year history.

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Posted: November 17, 2015
Tagged: News of the Profession, Clio's Kudos


Call for Applications - Tyson Scholars of American Art

Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art invites applications for the 2016-2017 Tyson Scholars of American Art Program. The residential program supports full-time scholarship in the history of American art, visual and material culture from the colonial period to the present. To support their research, Tyson Scholars have access to the art and library collections of Crystal Bridges as well as the library at the University of Arkansas in nearby Fayetteville. Housing is provided at the Crystal Bridges Farmhouse, within easy walking distance from the Museum.

The program is open to scholars holding a PhD (or equivalent) as well as to PhD candidates. Applicants may be affiliated with a university, museum, or independent. Scholars will be selected on the basis of their potential to advance understanding of American art and to intersect meaningfully with aspects of Crystal Bridges' collections, architecture, or landscape. Projects with a synthetic, interdisciplinary focus and that seek to expand boundaries of research or traditional categories of investigation are particularly encouraged. Up to three Scholars may be in residence at a time, with terms ranging from six weeks to nine months. In addition to housing, Scholars are provided office or carrel space in the curatorial wing of Crystal Bridges' Library. Stipends are variable depending on the duration of residency, ranging from $15,000 to $30,000 per semester. Additional funds for research travel during the residency period are available upon application.

Further information about the Tyson Scholars Program and application instructions can be found at http://crystalbridges.org/art/tyson-scholars/, or via email to TysonScholars@crystalbridges.org. Applicants will be advised to contact Crystal Bridges' curators and librarians for specific details about the Museum's collections related to their research. The application deadline for any proposed length of term during the 2016–2017 academic year is January 15, 2016.

Posted: November 16, 2015
Tagged: Fellowships


Cornell University College of Human Ecology History of Home Economics Fellowship

The College of Human Ecology at Cornell University is accepting applications for the 2016 Dean's Fellowship in the History of Home Economics. We invite faculty members, research scholars, and advanced graduate students (must be eligible to work in the United States) with demonstrated background and experience in historical studies to apply for this post-graduate opportunity. The fellowship recipient will receive an award of $6,500 for a summer or sabbatical residency of approximately six weeks to use the unique resources available from the College and the Cornell University Library system in pursuit of scholarly research in the history of Home Economics and its impact on American society.

At the conclusion of the residency the fellowship recipient will provide a final report to the dean, including a bibliography of research pursued, and preservation recommendations for pertinent library and archival holdings. In addition, the recipient will be invited to give a public presentation on their research at a later date. Research projects should be intended for publication.

Relevant historical subject areas may include, but are not limited to:
history of food, nutrition, housing, consumer economics, the family, child development, design, clothing and textiles, and history of women in higher education among other key topics in American social history.

The deadline for receipt of all application materials is March 4, 2016. For additional information, see: http://www.human.cornell.edu/fellowship/ Please circulate this announcement to interested individuals.

Posted: November 11, 2015
Tagged: Fellowships


‘Cannot Tame That Lawless Stream’ A Conference on the Environmental History of the Upper M

The Sawmill Museum, the Clinton Public Library, and Iowa Great River Road invite paper and presentation submissions for the Second Annual Gateway History Conference on April 23, 2016. The conference will explore the environmental history of the Upper Mississippi River and its ever-changing influence on the Gateway Area of Iowa and Illinois.

For more information, click here. 

Posted: November 10, 2015
Tagged: Meetings, Conferences, Symposia


Call for Contributors: Articles for Encyclopedia of Rape and Sexual Violence

This 2-volume encyclopedia to be published by ABC-CLIO will feature long-form articles of approximately 11,000 words or 40-45 double-spaced manuscript pages. I am seeking scholars who have expertise in and understanding of contemporary issues surrounding rape and sexual violence. Articles will focus on such issues as campus rape, marriage/intimate partner rape, and rape in war. The context includes, but is not limited to the US. Entries are being assigned now, and final articles will be due by May 2016. For more information, please send a brief CV or bio to Merril D. Smith at merrildsmith@gmail.com. Put Encyclopedia of Rape and Sexual Violence in the subject heading.

Posted: November 3, 2015
Tagged: Calls for Papers


Research Fellowships at The Mary Baker Eddy Library

Applications are now available for Summer 2016 Research Fellowships at The Mary Baker Eddy Library in Boston. Fellowships are open to academic scholars, independent researchers, and graduate students. The collections center on the papers of Mary Baker Eddy and records documenting the history of Christian Science. Areas of research may include women's history, spirituality and health, religious studies, nineteenth-century history, architecture, journalism, and others. Stipend provided. Application and supporting materials must be postmarked by February 1, 2016. For further information regarding Library collections and the fellowship program, please visit http://www.marybakereddylibrary.org/fellowships or contact 617-450-7316, fellowships@mbelibrary.org.

Posted: November 3, 2015
Tagged: Fellowships


Massachusetts Historical Society Research Fellowships

The first deadline, which is for MHS-NEH support, is January 15, 2016.

The Massachusetts Historical Society will offer more than three dozen research fellowships for the academic year 2016-2017, including two MHS-NEH Long-term Fellowships made possible by an award from the National Endowment for the Humanities. Their stipend, governed by an NEH formula, was $4,200 per month in 2015 for a minimum of four months and a maximum of twelve months. MHS Short-term Fellowships carry a stipend of $2,000 to support four or more weeks of research in the Society's collections. The Boston Athenaeum and the MHS will offer one Suzanne and Caleb Loring Fellowship on the Civil War, its Origins, and Consequences for at least four weeks at each institution. This fellowship carries a stipend of $4,000. The Society also participates in the New England Regional Fellowship Consortium of twenty-one organizations. These grants provide a stipend of $5,000 for eight or more weeks of research at participating institutions.

With questions, email fellowships@masshist.org or phone 617-646-0568. MHS-NEH application deadline: January 15, 2016. New England Regional Fellowship Consortium deadline: February 1, 2016. Suzanne and Caleb Loring Fellowship deadline: February 15, 2016. MHS Short-term Fellowship deadline: March 1, 2016.

For more information: http://www.masshist.org/research/fellowships

Posted: November 3, 2015
Tagged: Fellowships