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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

Labor, Justice and the Environment: Historical Insights, Alliances and Challenges

We invite proposals for presentations, workshops and performances that explore the historical experiences of workers and their organizations in the Pacific Northwest (USA and Canada). 

In 2016 we are particularly interested in proposals that address the relationship between workers, their unions and community partners, and the environmental justice issues of the modern era. 

These issues are particular crucial to workers in the Pacific Northwest because of the large number of natural resource-based jobs in our economy. What are the factors that have determined whether environmental issues have been unifying or divisive for labor throughout history? What are the historical antecedents to our current discussions over climate change and the policy implications for workers? 

2016 will be an important political year, with a newly elected government in Canada and a pending national election in the United States. We encourage submissions that address historical trends in working class political movements in both countries.

Other topics we are interested in include:
•Evolving forms of worker representation and organizing
•Organizing immigrant workers in the PNW
•Community organizing and Labor
•Race and Labor in the Pacific Northwest
•Women workers in the PNW
•The 100th Anniversary of the Everett Massacre
•People of Color, immigrants and low-income workers in the resource-based
•Income inequality and popular movements
•Worker's culture in the PNW

Proposals for presentations should include a 1-2 page summary, a list of presenters and/or papers to be delivered, a short biography or vita for each participant, and a list of any particular audio-visual needs.
The PNLHA promotes discussion of contemporary topics that adopt an historical approach to the subject matter. In addition to academic papers, we encourage submissions based on popular education techniques that can engage a broad audience of academics, workers and community members.

The deadline for proposals is January 25, 2016. Submitters will be notified of the status of their proposals by February 22.

Please submit all proposals and queries electronically to:
Marcus Widenor
Corresponding Secretary for the PNLHA Program Committee

Posted: October 28, 2015
Tagged: Calls for Papers

AASLH 2016 Annual Meeting

The American Association for State and Local History and the Michigan Museums Association seek proposals for their joint 2016 Annual Meeting in Detroit, MI, on September 14-17. The deadline for proposals is December 7. For proposal forms and instructions, visit http://about.aaslh.org/am-call-for-proposals/.

Posted: October 26, 2015
Tagged: Calls for Papers

Crossroads: The Future of Graduate History Education

Current historical professionals and graduate students are invited to submit 250-word proposals for either individual 20-minute papers or complete panels by November 15, 2015.

For more info: http://www.drew.edu/graduate/academics/maphd/crossroads/crossroads-call-for-papers

Posted: October 22, 2015
Tagged: Calls for Papers

Call For Proposals: Administrative History Of Golden Spike National Historic Site



New Deadline: November 20, 2015

The OAH and National Park Service presently seek a qualified scholar to research and write a comprehensive Administrative History of Golden Spike National Historic Site, located near Promontory, Utah. Golden Spike National Historic Site interprets the 1869 completion of the nation's first transcontinental railroad, and preserves and protects resources along the historic rail line near Promontory, Utah.

A complete Scope of Work and information regarding submitting a proposal to complete this work can be found here.

Golden Spike National Historic Site interprets the 1869 completion of the nation's first transcontinental railroad, and preserves and protects resources along the historic rail line near Promontory, Utah. This project seeks to produce an administrative history of events and decisions that have shaped the management of Golden Spike National Historic Site. The administrative history should summarize the history interpreted at the site, leading up to May 10th, 1869, the driving of the last spike event, and detail the history of the park, and its management and operations, from first inception to present.

Read more >

Posted: October 22, 2015
Tagged: Calls for Papers

Crossroads: The Future of Graduate History Education

March 11 – 12, 2016
Mead Hall, Drew University, Madison, NJ

In an effort to address growing economic concerns and a shift away from the humanities, history professionals are beginning to discuss the development of innovative, distinctive and utilitarian history programs. The goals of these 21st century history programs are to train students for both academic and non academic careers and rethink the traditional graduate history curriculum at the MA and PhD levels. In 2009, Drew University reformulated its graduate history program and developed History & Culture to adapt to these circumstances. Our hope in organizing and assembling this conference is to contribute to the growing discussion about the changing expectations in the discipline, in order to address the challenges we face and move beyond.

Keynote speakers: Leonard Cassuto of Fordham University and Robert Townsend of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.

For more information: http://drew.edu/crossroads

Posted: October 22, 2015
Tagged: Meetings, Conferences, Symposia

AASLH 2016 Annual Meeting

The American Association for State and Local History (AASLH) will present its 2016 annual meeting in Detroit, MI, from September 14-17, in partnership with the Michigan Museums Association, and is seeking session proposals for the meeting. The theme is "The Spirit of Rebirth." deadline is December 7, 2015.

For more information, please visit http://about.aaslh.org/am-call-for-proposals/

Posted: October 16, 2015
Tagged: Calls for Papers

American Philosophical Society Library Long-term Predoctoral Fellowships

The American Philosophical Society Library in Philadelphia seeks applicants for one-year resident fellowships to assist in the completion of doctoral dissertation research. One fellowship is offered in each of three areas of study:

-Native American and Indigenous Research
-Early American History (to 1840)
-History of Science, Technology and Medicine

Eligibility: These 12-month fellowships are intended for advanced Ph.D. students working toward the completion of the dissertation. The caliber of the project, and evidence that the project will be completed in a timely manner, are the two most important criteria for selection. The selection committee will also take into consideration the need to be at the APS Library and other research institutions in the Philadelphia area.

Stipend: $25,000 for twelve months

Deadline: January 15, 2016, notification in April 2016

Questions may be directed to the program administrator at libfellows@amphilsoc.org or 215-440-3443.

Full details are available at the application webpage. All application materials will be submitted online.

For more information, please visit http://www.amphilsoc.org/library/fellowships/long-term-pre-docs

Posted: October 13, 2015
Tagged: Fellowships

Group Identity and LIFE Magazine in the Post-World War II Era

Identity Politics and LIFE Magazine in the Post-World War II Era

We are seeking chapters for an edited collection focusing on the identity politics of LIFE magazine, particularly the manner in which this magazine helped construct and disseminate an "us" vs. "them" dynamic. The editors intend this work to be interdisciplinary and are interested in a variety of approaches, particularly chapters focused on LIFE's written and/or photographic treatment of:

This list is by no means exclusive. We welcome any and all research that is focused on LIFE magazine in the post-World War II era.

To be considered, please submit a C.V. and a 2-page chapter proposal to LIFEmagazinebook@gmail.com by Dec. 1, 2015.

Contact Info:
Dr. Sara Eskridge and Dr. Kathryn Lewis, editors- LIFEmagazinebook@gmail.com

Posted: October 13, 2015
Tagged: Calls for Papers

Endangered Languages, Cultural Revitalization, and the Work of History

The Center for Native American and Indigenous Research (CNAIR) at the American Philosophical Society (APS) is seeking papers for an academic symposium on October 13-14, 2016 to coincide with the APS Museum's 2016 exhibition, Gathering Voices: Thomas Jefferson and Native America. Both the exhibition and the conference will explore the themes of translation across cultures and borders, the politics of representation, practices of language collection and study, cultural continuity and change, and the transformation of the material archives from the time of Thomas Jefferson that of Franz Boas to the present day.

Conference organizers are particularly interested in presenters whose work deals with:
1) the preservation of endangered languages, both historically and in the present day;
2) cultural practices surrounding translation and translators over time;
3) the work of language and cultural revitalization; and
4) current and/or collaborative Native language projects.

In the spirit of the exhibition's emphasis on crossing linguistic, cultural, and disciplinary boundaries, the APS encourages the submission of interdisciplinary papers and will design panels that cross disciplinary boundaries.

The symposium will begin with a keynote address sponsored by the McNeil Center for Early American Studies at the University of Pennsylvania on Thursday evening. On Friday, October 14, panels will convene at the American Philosophical Society.

Applicants should submit a title and 250-word proposal along with a C.V. by February 1, 2016 to: conferences@amphilsoc.org. Decisions will be made by the summer of 2016. All presenters will receive travel reimbursement and hotel accommodations. Accepted papers will be due a month before the conference and precirculated to registered attendees. Papers should be no longer than 25-double spaced pages. Presenters will also have the opportunity to publish revised papers in the APS's Proceedings, one of the longest running scholarly journals in America.

For more information, please visit http://www.amphilsoc.org/cnair/conference-translating-time-space

Posted: October 13, 2015
Tagged: Calls for Papers

John Carter Brown Library Short- and Long-Term Fellowships

The John Carter Brown Library (JCB), an independently funded institution for advanced research on the campus of Brown University, will award approximately forty residential fellowships for the year July 1, 2016 to June 30, 2017. The Library contains one of the world's premier collections of primary materials related to the discovery, exploration, and settlement of the New World to 1825, including books, maps, newspapers, and other printed objects. JCB Fellowships are open to scholars and writers working on all aspects of the Americas in the early modern period.

Short-term Fellowships are for two to four months with a monthly stipend of $2,100. Open to US and foreign citizens who are engaged in pre- or post-doctoral or independent research. Graduate students must have passed their preliminary or general examinations at the time of application.

Long-Term Fellowships are for five to ten months with a monthly stipend of $4,200. These include two to four NEH Fellowships, for which an applicant must be a US citizen or have lived in the US for the three years preceding the application deadline, and other long-term JCB awards for which all nationalities are eligible. Graduate students are not eligible for long-term JCB Fellowships.

Recipients of all fellowships must relocate to Providence and be in continuous residence at the JCB for the full term of the award. Rooms are available for rent at Fiering House, the JCB's Fellows' residence, a beautifully restored 1869 house just four blocks from the Library.

The deadline for short- and long-term fellowships is December 1, 2015.

For more information - including information about Thematic and Cluster Fellowships - and application instructions, visit www.jcbl.org or e-mail jcb-fellowships@brown.edu.

Posted: October 9, 2015
Tagged: Fellowships

National Council on Public History Call for Award Nominations

National Council on Public History awards recognize excellence in the diverse ways public historians apply their skills to the world around us. The award program promotes professionalism and best practices among public historians and raises awareness about their activities. Recipients will be honored during the annual meeting, March 16-19, 2016 in Baltimore, Maryland.
Guidelines and current and past recipients are listed on the NCPH website: http://ncph.org/cms/awards/

Posted: October 8, 2015
Tagged: Awards and Prizes

NEH Turns 50

The National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) this week will kick off a year-long celebration of the agency's 50th anniversary.

Fifty years ago, on September 29, President Lyndon B. Johnson signed into law the National Foundation on the Arts and the Humanities Act of 1965 at a White House Rose Garden ceremony, attended by scholars, artists, educators, political leaders, and other luminaries. (Read a history of how NEH got its start).

The law created the National Endowment for the Humanities as an independent federal agency, the first grand public investment in American culture. It identified the need for a national cultural agency that would preserve America's rich history and cultural heritage, and encourage and support scholarship and innovation in history, archeology, philosophy, literature, and other humanities disciplines.

 To read more about the history of the NEH or to see a list of highlights of the anniversary celebrations, click here.

Posted: September 30, 2015
Tagged: News of the Profession

RUSA Genealogy and History Achievement Award

Established in 1992, and sponsored by ProQuest, this award presents a citation and $1,500* cash to a librarian or library in recognition of their professional achievement in historical or genealogical reference, service or research. The recipient shall be selected for exceptional accomplishment in one or more of the following areas: professional association leadership and/or service and training; reference services; publication of recent, important, and highly regarded print or web based reference works; or digital projects that offer important access to genealogical or historical sources.

This award presents a citation and $1,500* cash to a librarian, library or publisher, in recognition of professional achievement in historical or genealogical reference, service, or research librarianship. The recipient shall be selected for exceptional accomplishment in one or more of the following areas: leadership; service; training; reference; or publication of recent, significant print or digital reference works/projects that offer access to genealogical or historical sources.

Nomination materials should include the following:

Questions may be directed to the committee chair, Helen Gbala, gbalah@cod.edu.

*Monetary award amounts are subject to change without notice and are contingent upon donor funding supplied at the time the award is presented. Questions about these awards should be directed to the committee chairperson or to Leighann Wood, RUSA awards program coordinator, at lwood@ala.org.

For more information, please visit http://www.ala.org/rusa/awards/genealogicalpublishing

Posted: September 30, 2015
Tagged: News of the Profession

Abbott Lowell Cummings Prize

The Abbott Lowell Cummings Prize, named after the founding president of the Vernacular Architecture Forum, is awarded annually to the publication that has made the most significant contribution to the study of vernacular architecture and cultural landscapes. In judging the nominated books, the jurors look for a publication that is:

- based on primary research,
- emphasizes fieldwork,
- breaks new ground in interpretation or methodology, and
- contributes generally to the intellectual vitality of vernacular studies in North America

Entries may come from any discipline concerned with vernacular architecture studies. Books published in the two calendar years prior to the conference year are eligible for consideration. Edited collections are not eligible.

The nomination deadline for the 2016 Cummings Prize is December 15, 2015.

More information is available at: http://www.vafweb.org/Cummings-Prize

There is no application form, but a cover letter should include a complete mailing address, phone number and email address in order to notify the candidate should the nominated work receive the award.

Books should be sent directly by the author or publisher to each of the three committee members for the Cummings Prize. Please contact the committee chair with any questions at cummingsprize@vafweb.org.

2016 Cummings Prize committee:

Jennifer Reut
429 Ethan Allen Avenue
Takoma Park, MD 20912

Prof. Thomas Hubka
7339 SE 31st Ave.
Portland, OR 97202

Janet Ore
History Department
Campus Delivery 1776
Colorado State University

Posted: September 30, 2015
Tagged: Awards and Prizes

United States Capitol Historical Society Fellowship

Applications are invited for the thirtieth year of the United States Capitol Historical Society. This fellowship is designed to support research and publication on the history, art, architecture or landscape of the United States Capitol and related buildings. Graduate students and scholars may apply for periods ranging from one to twelve months; the stipend is $2,500.00 per month. (Most awards are for one to three months.) Applications must be postmarked or e-mailed by March 15, 2016, for the fellowship period beginning in September 2016 and ending in August 2017. Applications should be mailed to USCHS Fellowship Application, c/o William C. diGiacomantonio, United States Capitol Historical Society, 200 Maryland Avenue, N.E., Washington, D.C. 20002; or e-mailed in PDF format to mcohen@aoc.gov and cdigiacomo@uschs.org.

Further details can be found at www.uschs.org. If you have questions about a potential topic, contact Dr. Michele Cohen at (202)-228-2700 or mcohen@aoc.gov.

Posted: September 28, 2015
Tagged: Fellowships