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American Journalism Historians Association

The American Journalism Historians Association invites paper entries, panel proposals, and abstracts of research in progress on any facet of media history for its 36th annual convention to be held October 12-14, 2017, in Little Rock, Arkansas. More information on the 2017 AJHA convention is available at ajhaonline.org.

The deadline for all submissions is June 1, 2017.

The AJHA views journalism history broadly, embracing print, broadcasting, advertising, public relations, and other forms of mass communication that have been inextricably intertwined with the human past. Because the AJHA requires presentation of original material, research papers and panels submitted to the convention should not have been submitted to or accepted by another convention or publication.

RESEARCH PAPERS

Authors may submit only one research paper. They also may submit one Research in Progress abstract but only on a significantly different topic. Research entries must be no longer than 25 pages of text, double-spaced, in 12-point type, not including notes. The Chicago Manual of Style is recommended but not required.

Papers must be submitted electronically as PDF or Word attachments. Please send the following:

Send papers to ajhapapers@gmail.com.

Authors of accepted papers must register for the convention and attend in order to present their research.

Accepted papers are eligible for several awards, including the following:
David Sloan Award for the outstanding faculty research paper ($250 prize).
Robert Lance Award for outstanding student research paper ($100 prize).
Jean Palmegiano Award for outstanding international/transnational journalism history research paper ($150 prize)
J. William Snorgrass Award for outstanding minority-journalism research paper.
Maurine Beasley Award for outstanding women's-history research paper.
Wally Eberhard Award for outstanding research in media and war.

Research Chair Michael Fuhlhage (michael.fuhlhage@wayne.edu) of Wayne State University is coordinating paper submissions. Authors will be notified in mid-July whether their papers have been accepted.

PANELS

Preference will be given to proposals that involve the audience and panelists in meaningful discussion or debate on original topics relevant to journalism history. Preference also will be given to panels that present diverse perspectives on their topics. Entries must be no longer than three pages of text, double-spaced, in 12-point type, with one-inch margins. Panel participants must register for and attend the convention.

Panel proposals must be submitted electronically as PDF or Word attachments. Please include the following:

Send proposals to ajhapanels@gmail.com.

No individual may be on more than one panel. Panel organizers must make sure panelists have not agreed to serve on multiple panels. Panel organizers also must secure commitment from panelists to participate before submitting the proposal. Moderators are discussion facilitators and may not serve as panelists. Failure to adhere to the guidelines will lead to rejection of the proposal.

Panelists may submit a research paper and/or research in progress abstract.

Tracy Lucht (tlucht@iastate.edu) of Iowa State University is coordinating the panel competition. Authors of panel proposals will be notified in mid-July whether their panels have been accepted.

RESEARCH IN PROGRESS

The Research in Progress category is for work that will NOT be completed before the conference. Participants will give an overview of their research purpose and progress, not a paper presentation, as the category's purpose is to allow for discussion and feedback on work in progress. RIP authors may also submit a research paper on a significantly different topic.

For research in progress submissions, send a blind abstract of your study. Include the proposal title in the abstract. The abstract should include a clear purpose statement as well as a brief description of your primary sources. Abstracts must be no longer than two pages of text, double-spaced, in 12-point type, with 1-inch margins, excluding notes.

Primary sources should be described in detail in another double-spaced page.

Entries that do not follow these guidelines will be rejected.

The AJHA Research in Progress competition is administered electronically.

Send research in progress proposals to ajharip@gmail.com. Authors will be notified in mid-July whether their proposals have been accepted.

Authors whose work is accepted must register for and attend the convention.

Melita Garza (melita.garza@tcu.edu) of Texas Christian University is coordinating the Research in Progress competition.

For More Information: https://ajha.wildapricot.org/2017call

Posted: April 27, 2017
Tagged: Calls for Papers


Historians Tell Their Stories: Family and Nation during the F.D.R. Years

In today's United States, the conflict between conservatives and progressives, traditionalists and modernists, dominates politics and regularly paralyzes the governing process. This divide can be traced back to various times in American history. During the periods comprising the Franklin D. Roosevelt administration (the Great Depression, New Deal, and to a lesser degree World War II) it was resurgent. Even today, a split remains between members of families for whom Roosevelt personified the devil and those for whom he was a true hero, for whom Eleanor Roosevelt was a traitor to conservative visions of womanhood and those for whom she was an independent and strong individual who served as role model for young professional women.

Seen through the dual prism that historians can bring to family history and national history, aspects of the Roosevelt presidency provide spaces in which the meaning of American conservativism and progressivism (with both small "p" and capital "P") can be explored. What light can historians shed on some of the origins of this rift through the telling of their family histories during the Roosevelt years? Where are the intersections between the professional work of historians and their memories of family life, or of stories handed down of family life, during the Roosevelt period?

One inspiration for this project comes from Roy Rosenzweig and David Thelen's 1998 The Presence of the Past: Popular Uses of History in American Life. Rosenzweig and Thelen uncovered what they called the American "popular historical consciousness at its most obvious source – the perspectives of a cross section of Americans." (5) In exploring attitudes towards professional history, they pointed out that Americans they interviewed "placed national events within their familial stories or made national personages into familiar figures in personal narrative.... Popular historical narratives veered off in different directions from the textbook narratives of linear progress associated with capital "H" history. Americans engaged larger pasts on their own terms." (116)

As professional historians are themselves members of the larger American public whose memories and attitudes Rosenzweig and Thelen investigated, this book will explore the connections historians create between past and present, family history, and the nation's history. How do professional historians tell family stories? What surprises does the telling reveal? How has their disciplinary perspective been affected by their family history? My hope is that historians will use their knowledge of history to broaden and place into context their family stories. This would illuminate both sides of the historical narrative, both national and familial. It would allow professional writers and teachers of history to share their personal pasts. It would also demonstrate that in spite of Rosenzweig and Thelen's finding that the general public has little taste or even use for professional history, perhaps historians do know how to tell a good story after all.

Proposals of no more than 300 words should be sent to Marie Bolton (Associate Professor of American History, University Clermont Auvergne/CHEC, France) at marie.bolton@uca.fr along with a brief cv by July 1, 2017.

Posted: April 25, 2017
Tagged: Calls for Papers


2017 National Underground Railroad Conference – Please Join Us!

The OAH is pleased to be partnering once again with the National Park Service's Network to Freedom Program to help support the NPS National Underground Railroad Conference.
This year's conference, "On the Edge of Freedom: Harriet Tubman and the Underground Railroad in the Borderlands," will be held in Cambridge, Maryland, May 18-21, 2017. 

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Posted: April 25, 2017
Tagged: News of the Profession, News of the Organization, Meetings, Conferences, Symposia


Poland in the Heart of European History

Poland in the Heart of European History is open to professionally active history teachers and educators working at schools and other education institutions.

The Institute of National Remembrance covers accommodation costs, meals, museum tickets etc. Travel expenses will be reimbursed up to € 300. Insurance is not included.

Apply online at www.pamiec.pl/pheh until 28th of May 2017

Application results will be sent to all applicants on the 1st of June 2017.

For more information visit www.pamiec.pl/pheh or contact the coordinator: anna.brojer@ipn.gov.pl

Posted: April 20, 2017
Tagged: Meetings, Conferences, Symposia


Gone with the Wind

Submission deadline: November 15, 2017. The Southern Quarterly invites submissions exploring this iconic film, including responses to the film from reviewers and famous writers in non-English speaking countries; the film and World War II; the ways the film has been reinterpreted in other media; recasting gender/racial roles; etc. Submit manuscripts online at www.usm.edu/soq, where guidelines and the full call for papers can also be found. The Southern Quarterly is an internationally-known scholarly journal devoted to the interdisciplinary study of Southern arts and culture, including the Caribbean and Latin America.

Posted: April 18, 2017
Tagged: Calls for Papers


Thomas C. Cundy Fund for World War II Era

Honoring the memory and lasting vision of Thomas C. Cundy, Sr. the Institute on World War II and the Human Experience, Department of History, Florida State University anticipates offering at least one $500 travel grant for scholars and graduate students (ABD) to use the holdings of the Institute on World War II and the Human Experience in 2017-2018.

Founded in 1997, the Institute maintains one of the nation's largest archives documenting the human dimension of the Second World War with special emphasis on the role of American servicemen and servicewomen as well as those serving on the home front. Among the noteworthy collections are the Tom Brokaw Collection containing letters, photographs, and manuscripts used in the writing of the Greatest Generation and the Anne and Wayne Coloney papers that includes a set of family papers beginning in the 1780s and continuing into the 21st Century. Notable international collections include the Oliver Austin Collection that includes extensive photographic documentation of the American occupation of Japan and the Hasterlik, Hine and Wolff Collection which focuses on the daily lives of a middle class Jewish Viennese family and their responses to Nazi persecution. For more information on the Institute's collections, please visit the website at: ww2.fsu.edu. The Institute welcom es specific inquiries regarding our holdings. Please address them to Professor G. Kurt Piehler, Director, Institute on World War II and the Human Experience at kpiehler@fsu.edu.

Applicants for this program should submit by May 1, 2017 a proposal of no more than five pages in the form of a letter, a current c.v., and the names and addresses of three references, all in a PDF document. Graduate student applicants should also submit a letter of recommendation from their Dissertation Advisor or the Director of Graduate Studies of their program. In the subject line, please include: CUNDY FUND APPLICATION-2017. Letters of recommendation for graduate student applicants should be sent directly to the Institute Director, Professor G. Kurt Piehler at kpiehler@fsu.edu by May 1, 2017.

Posted: April 18, 2017
Tagged: Grants


Journal of Festive Studies

The Journal of Festive Studies, a new peer-reviewed journal published under the auspices of H-Net (the interdisciplinary forum for scholars in the humanities and social sciences located at Michigan State University), invites submissions for its first issue, scheduled for March 2018.

The journal's stated aim is to draw together all academics who share an interest in festivities, including but not limited to holiday celebrations, family rituals, carnivals, religious feasts, processions and parades, and civic commemorations. The editors in chief -- Ellen Litwicki, Professor of History at the State University of New York at Fredonia and Aurélie Godet, Associate Professor of US History at Paris Diderot University -- welcome submissions of original research and analysis from both established and emerging scholars worldwide. Besides traditional academic essays, authors may submit video and photo essays, archival notes, opinion pieces, as well as contributions that incorporate digital media such as visualizations and interactive timelines and maps. Academic essays should be between 6,000 and 12,000 words; other pieces should be between 2,000 and 5,000 words. When submitting, please indicate whether the work is to be peer-reviewed as an article or whether yo u would like to offer something in a different format.

For its first issue, the journal will look at festive studies as an emerging academic sub-field since the late 1960s and seeks submissions that consider some of the methods and theories that scholars have relied on to apprehend festive practices across the world. The specific contributions of the historical, geographical, sociological, anthropological, ethnological, psychological, and economic disciplines to the study of festivities may be explored but, more importantly, authors should offer guidelines on how to successfully integrate them. Contributors may also choose to focus on some of the methodological issues faced by scholars doing qualitative research on festivities across the globe. Finally, authors may reflect on whether conclusions about festivities can be derived from the thousands of case studies that are produced every year by scholars, government agents, city officials, and various stakeholders. Can cross-cultural, interdisciplinary theoretical paradigms still be expect ed to emerge from this growing literature?

All texts should be sent by November 1 2017 to submissions-festive-studies@mail.h-net.msu.edu, complete with the author's bio and an abstract of c. 250 words. Please consult the guidelines for authors in advance of submission, and please contact Ellen Litwicki (litwicki@fredonia.edu) or Aurélie Godet (augodet@yahoo.com) for questions concerning the call for papers or suggestions about the journal.

For More Information: https://networks.h-net.org/h-celebration

Posted: April 18, 2017
Tagged: Calls for Papers


Trump, the Media, and Communities of Color

CFP: Long Beach Indie Film, Media, and Music Conference
Location: Long Beach, CA (Hilton Long Beach Hotel/Cinemark at the Pike Theaters)
Dates: August 30-September 3, 2017
Abstract Deadline: April 15, 2017

Embracing global diversity, the Long Beach Indie International Film, Media, and Music Conference invites individual papers and full panels representing any topic (e.g. theory, production, history, criticism, preservation, etc.) related to film, television, music, mass communication, journalism, digital media, or the entertainment industry broadly defined.

We are also issuing a special call for papers interrogating or celebrating the following themes broadly defined:

• Gender, Race, and the Entertainment Industry
• Moonlight: Reflections, Imperfections, and Impact
• Narratives of Young Men of Color in Film, Media, and Music
• Trump, the Media, and Communities of Color

The conference takes place during the five-day Long Beach Indie International Film, Media, and Music Festival in Long Beach, California (August 30-September 3, 2017). A 20-minute drive from Hollywood and a 2-minute walk to the Pacific Ocean, Long Beach Indie brings together scholars, creative professionals, and entertainment industry leaders, for five days of screenings, panels, parties, concerts, and special events.

The official conference venues are the Hilton Hotel Long Beach, the Cinemark at the Pike Theaters, and select high end venues throughout scenic downtown Long Beach.

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. Chairs can also serve as a presenter on the panel.
Abstract Deadline: April 15, 2017
To submit go to: www.longbeachindie.com
Send direct inquiries to: info@longbeachindie.com

For More Information: http://www.longbeachindie.com

Posted: April 18, 2017
Tagged: Calls for Papers


Edward L. Ayers Begins Term as OAH President

Edward L. Ayers began his term as the president of the Organization of American Historians (OAH) for 2017-2018 on April 8.

Ayers is Tucker-Boatwright Professor of the Humanities and President Emeritus at the University of Richmond.

"The OAH has been doing important work for over a century," Ayers said, "and plays a critical role in the nation today. We will be undertaking ambitious projects in the coming year, so I hope people will stay tuned."

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Posted: April 18, 2017
Tagged: News of the Organization, News of the Profession


OAH Executive Committee Issues Statement in Support of NEH and NEA

The following statement was unanimously approved by the OAH Executive Committee on March 29, 2017:

The Executive Board of the Organization of American Historians strongly urges the U.S. Congress to include funding for the National Endowment of the Humanities and the National Endowment for the Arts at similar or higher levels than in the past in the upcoming national budget. We urge the Congress to resist efforts to defund and eliminate these essential agencies, which have been crucial in bringing the benefits of the arts and humanities to the American public for over a half-century. The Organization of American Historians applauds the way that communities across the United States—in every state and every district—have shared in the excitement of learning about their own histories through the collaboration of the National Endowment for the Humanities.

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Posted: March 29, 2017
Tagged: News of the Organization, News of the Profession


2018-19 Core Fulbright U.S. Scholar Program

The 2018-19 Core Fulbright U.S. Scholar Program competition is now open. Opportunities are found in the newly redesigned Catalog of Awards

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Posted: March 10, 2017
Tagged: News of the Profession, Fellowships, Grants


Hamilton Cravens

The OAH notes with sadness that longtime member and OAH supporter Hamilton Cravens passed away late last year. His obituary is available here.

Posted: March 10, 2017
Tagged: In Memoriam


Herbert Parmet

The OAH is saddened to learn of the passing of Herbert Parmet. He died on January 25, 2017 at the age of 87. 

The History News Network published an obituary which can be viewed here.

Posted: March 10, 2017
Tagged: In Memoriam


In Memoriam

The OAH was saddened to learn of the recent pasing of two longtime members. Their individual obituaries are linked below.

Herbert Parmet

Hamilton Cravens

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Posted: March 9, 2017
Tagged: None


DPLA Announces New Grant

The Digital Public Library of America (DPLA) recently announced a new grant that funds continued work around educator professional development and expansion of our Primary Source Sets project. They have just opened a call for excellent instructors in higher education to join their Education Advisory Committee to assist with this exciting new initiative.

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Posted: March 8, 2017
Tagged: News of the Profession


Executive Board Action Items - Fall 2016 Meeting

At its fall 2016 meeting, the OAH Executive Board took action on eight items. The full list can be viewed here.

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Posted: February 24, 2017
Tagged: News of the Organization


2017 Election Results

The OAH is pleased to announce the results of the 2017 election. Newly elected officers and board members will begin their terms this spring. The results can be viewed here.

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Posted: February 24, 2017
Tagged: News of the Organization


AASLH-OAH Webinar Collaboration

The OAH is pleased to announce a new collaborative effort with the American Association for State and Local History--"History Crash Course" webinars. OAH member and Distinguished Lecturer Jennifer Keene will lead the inaugural webinar on World War I on March 28. This 90-minute webinar is free to attend.

Learn more about the webinar and register here.

Posted: February 24, 2017
Tagged: News of the Organization


#ImmigrationSyllabus - A New Project by the Immigration History Research Center

Immigration historians associated with the Immigration History Research Center and the Immigration and Ethnic History Center have launched the #ImmigrationSyllabus website, an educational resource that offers historical context to today's immigration debate. 


Additionally, they have annotated and analyzed the Trump Executive Order banning immigrants. It can be seen here.

Read more about the project here. 

Access the syllabus here. 

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Posted: February 24, 2017
Tagged: News of the Profession


James Horton

The OAH notes with sadness the passing of James Horton, past OAH president (2004-2005) on February 20, 2017. A print obituary will appear in the May issue of The American Historian.

Posted: February 24, 2017
Tagged: In Memoriam