OAH Home Donate to OAH Join the OAH

Programs & Resources


News in American History

National Park Services Names New Chief Historian

Dr. Turkiya L. Lowe began duty as the National Park Service's new Chief Historian on January 8, 2017. She holds a Ph.D. in African American history and a Master's degree in United States history from the University of Washington, as well as a Bachelor's degree in history from Howard University. Read the full announcement from the National Coalition for History here.

Posted: February 23, 2017
Tagged: News of the Profession


7 OAH Members Receive Awards at 2017 AHA Meeting

Seven OAH members received awards at the 2017 American Historical Association meeting earlier this month. Please join us in congratulating them on their accomplishments.

Posted: February 23, 2017
Tagged: Clio's Kudos


2017 OAH Business Meeting

Any member who would like a resolution to be presented at the OAH Business Meeting, must submit the resolution to Katherine Finley, OAH Executive Director, and to the OAH Parliamentarian by February 22, 2017. The resolution must be signed by fifty (50) members in good standing. If these conditions are met, then the OAH membership will be notified via electronic communication thirty (30) days in advance that this resolution will be presented at the OAH Business Meeting.

Read more >

Posted: February 22, 2017
Tagged: News of the Organization


Joyce Appleby

OAH distinguished member and past president Joyce Appleby (1991-1992) died on December 23, 2016. An obituary for her will appear in the May issue of The American Historian.

Her obituary that appeared in the New York Times can be read here.

Her obituary that was issued by the History Department of UCLA can be read here.

Read more >

Posted: February 21, 2017
Tagged: In Memoriam


OAH Endorses AHA Statement on Executive Order

The Executive Board of the OAH has endorsed and joined with the American Historical Association in its statement opposing President Trump's January 27 executive order. Thirty AHA affiliated history organizations have done likewise and over thirty ACLS Member Societies have also spoken out against this presidential order.

Read More>>

Read more >

Posted: February 20, 2017
Tagged: News of the Organization, News of the Profession


Executive Board Creates New Initiative

The OAH Distinguished Lectureship Program, with support and guidance from the OAH Executive Board, has framed a new initiative in these fractious times. More than 80 OAH Distinguished Lecturers stand ready to speak about the deep historical roots of a variety of divisive issues revealed by the 2016 presidential race and the election of Donald J. Trump.

We invite all OAH members to host one or more of these speakers in the coming months and to introduce this resource to campus or community groups seeking to foster dialogue and to advance critical thinking about both past and present.

Contact lectureship program coordinator Annette Windhorn, awindhorn@oah.org, for more information or to start an invitation.

Read more >

Posted: February 19, 2017
Tagged: News of the Organization


NEH Summer Institute - Gender, the State, and the 1977 International Women's Year Conference

Seminar hosts Drs. Nancy Beck Young and Leandra Zarnow invite applications from all college and university educators to "Gender, The State, and the 1977 International Women's Year Conference," to be held on the University of Houston-main campus June 12-18, 2017. A stipend (taxable) will be provided to each selected Summer Scholar.

The deadline for applications is March 1, 2017. Notification letters for all applicants will be sent via email by March 31, 2017.

For more information about the Summer Seminar and to apply please visit this website.

Read more >

Posted: February 18, 2017
Tagged: News of the Profession


OAH Receives Mellon Grant for 2018 Annual Meeting

The Organization of American Historians recently received a two-year, $150,000 grant from the Andrew Mellon Foundation to increase the reach of the 2018 OAH Annual Meeting.

Read more about the grant and the changes to the 2018 OAH Annual Meeting here.

Read More>>

Read more >

Posted: February 17, 2017
Tagged: News of the Organization, Calls for Papers, Meetings, Conferences, Symposia


Advocacy Alert - IRB Exception for Oral History

On January 19 the federal government issued its final rule governing Institutional Review Boards (IRB) which "explicitly removes" oral history and journalism from the Federal Policy for the Protection of Human Subjects. The historical community, collaborating through the National Coalition for History, has long argued that scholarly history projects should not be subject to standard IRB procedures since they are designed for the research practices of the sciences.

Read More>>

Read more >

Posted: February 16, 2017
Tagged: News of the Profession, Advocacy


K-12 Teachers' Day at the 84th Annual Meeting of the Society for Military History

The Institute on World War II and the Human Experience, Department of History, Florida State University and the Department of History, University of North Florida invite pre-collegiate teachers to attend the 84th Annual Meeting of the Society for Military History at the Hyatt Regency Jacksonville Riverfront, Jacksonville, Florida (March 30-April 2, 2017). In an effort to encourage the study of war and society, teachers will have the opportunity to attend the meeting on Saturday, April 1, 2017, for the discounted rate of $35. The 84th Annual Meeting will feature historians from 42 states and several foreign countries presenting new scholarship on a diverse range of topics including the American Civil War, the world wars, and the response to the Holocaust. Several panels will specifically focus on teaching military history. Special registration includes access to a book exhibit featuring over 20 publishers, two coffee breaks, and special luncheon exclusively for K-12 teachers with a discussion moderated by Professor David Silbey of Cornell University focusing on the challenges of integrating military history into the classroom.

For a complete conference schedule and for a registration form for the K-12 Teachers' Day, please visit ww2.fsu.edu/smh-conference or contact Professor G. Kurt Piehler, Director, Institute on World War II and the Human Experience, kpiehler@fsu.edu or (850) 644-9541. Registration closes on March 20, 2017 for the discounted rate and checks must be payable to Institute on World War II, Florida State University. In memo line note "SMH Teachers' Day."

The Society for Military History (SMH), founded in 1933, strives to advance the study of military history and stimulate interest in the subject. The annual meetings of the SMH serve to expose members and non-members to the latest research in military history from the ancient era to contemporary events. The 84th Annual Meeting of the Society is being hosted by the Institute on World War II and the Human Experience, Department of History, Florida State University, Tallahassee, Florida.

Posted: February 16, 2017
Tagged: Meetings, Conferences, Symposia


Seminars at the Massachusetts Historical Society

The Massachusetts Historical Society in Boston invites proposals for four of its 2017-2018 seminar series: the Boston Area Seminar in Early American History, the Boston Environmental History Seminar, the Boston Seminar in Modern American Society and Culture (formerly the Immigration and Urban History Seminar), and the Boston Seminar on the History of Women, Gender, & Sexuality, co-sponsored by the Schlesinger Library at Radcliffe. Each series meets between 4 and 7 times during the academic year. Sessions typically focus on the discussion of a pre-circulated paper. Topics may extend beyond the reach of the MHS collections. Papers must be available for circulation at least a month before the seminar date. Each committee would like to fill at least two sessions through this CFP. To be considered for a slot, please send your CV and a one-page précis of your paper by March 15 to Conrad E. Wright, Massachusetts Historical Society, 1154 Boylston Street, Boston, MA 02215, or t o cwright@masshist.org. In your proposal, please indicate when your paper will be available for distribution. If there are special scheduling conditions, such as a planned trip to Boston or an extended period when you cannot make a presentation, please so indicate in your proposal. For additional information visit https://www.masshist.org/2012/calendar/seminars

Posted: February 13, 2017
Tagged: Calls for Papers


“Voices of Dissent”: Social Movements and Political Protest in Post-war America

On the evening of April 4, 1967, Martin Luther King, Jr., delivered a historic speech before a crowd of 3,000 people at Manhattan's Riverside Church. In his speech, entitled "Beyond Vietnam: A Time to Break Silence," King condemned the Vietnam War and American Cold War policy and characterized the U.S. government as the "greatest purveyor of violence in the world". Describing Vietnam a "victim [of] deadly Western arrogance", King detailed the war's devastating effects on both America's and Vietnam's poor, and declared that it was a moral imperative for opponents of the war to use "every creative method of protest possible" to halt the war through non-violent means.

On June 2 2017, the fiftieth anniversary of Martin Luther King's Riverside Church speech, the Rothermere American Institute at the University of Oxford is holding a broad inter-disciplinary conference which considers the role that social movements and political protest have played in shaping post-war U.S. history. The conference welcomes papers from scholars at any stage of their career. Proposals are encouraged on topics relating to the politics and culture of protest and dissent in the United States since the 1960s. However, priority may be given to submissions that are broadly concerned with Dr Martin Luther King Jr., the Cold War, or the anti-Vietnam War movement.

Proposals of no more than 300 words, accompanied by a 2-page C.V., should be sent to the organizer (Daniel Rowe) at daniel.rowe@history.ox.ac.uk no later than February 24, 2017. Proposals for individual papers or full panels are welcome. Accepted participants will be notified by mid March.

For More Information: http://www.rai.ox.ac.uk/sites/default/files/CfP%20Voices%20of%20Dissent.pdf

Posted: January 26, 2017
Tagged: Calls for Papers


Stanton-Horton Award for Excellence Deadline Approaching

Make a nomination today!

Deadline: Submissions must be postmarked/submitted by January 25, 2017. The annual Stanton-Horton Award for Excellence in National Park Service History recognizes excellence in historical projects for, by, and with the National Park Service, and is intended to honor projects, parks, or programs that make the NPS a leader in promoting public understanding of and engagement with American history.

http://www.oah.org/programs/awards/stanton-horton-award/

Read more >

Posted: January 11, 2017
Tagged: News of the Organization, Awards and Prizes


Oral History Association Annual Meeting 2017

The Oral History Association is accepting proposals for its 2017 meeting to be held October 4-7 in Minneapolis, Minnesota. The theme is Engaging Audiences: Oral History and the Public. Read the Call for Papers and instructions for submitting at http://www.oralhistory.org/annual-meeting/2017-call-for-papers/. The deadline for submission is January 31, 2017.

Posted: January 11, 2017
Tagged: Calls for Papers


'Techniques of the Corporation' Conference, University of Toronto

CALL FOR PAPERS: "Techniques of the Corporation"

4-6 May 2017, University of Toronto

How do corporations know themselves and their world? Over the last 150 years, corporations, like universities and laboratories, have generated an abundance of knowledge-making techniques in the form of psychological tests, efficiency technologies, scenario planning, and logistical systems. As dominant forms of the last century, corporations are assembled with instruments, infrastructures, and interventions that arrange and rearrange the dynamics of capitalism. These techniques of the corporation have filtered into our daily lives, influencing everyday understandings of self, inequality, environment, and society.

Techniques of the Corporation will assemble an interdisciplinary network of established and emerging scholars whose work contributes to the critical study of the techniques, epistemologies, and imaginaries of the 20th-century corporation. This conference aims to foster a timely conversation between Science and Technology Studies (STS) approaches and the recent histories of capitalism. We treat the corporation in the same way that historians of science and STS scholars have approached science, colonialism, and militarism as generative sites for knowledge production, value-making, and technopolitics. The conference takes as its starting place North American corporations with the understanding that corporations are multinational forms with complex transnational histories. Building from the recent history of capitalism, we attend to the entangled genealogies of corporations with slavery, exploitation, environmental destruction, colonialism, and inequality.

Hosted by the Technoscience Research Unit at the University of Toronto, this event will be an intimate multi-day conversation between established and emerging scholars in the fields of STS, history of science, and the history of capitalism. Techniques of the Corporation will be headlined by keynote speaker Joseph Dumit, and features invited talks by Dan Bouk, Elspeth Brown, Deborah Cowen, Orit Halpern, Louis Hyman, Michelle Murphy, Martha Poon, and Elise Thorburn. The conference will be an immersive experience in the Greater Toronto Area with meals and cocktails provided.

We invite emerging and established scholars in diverse fields (including business history; labour history; anthropology; geography; economic sociology; media studies; critical race studies; architecture studies; feminist and sexuality studies; environmental studies; and cultural studies) to explore the techniques, epistemologies, and imaginaries of corporations. Our overall goal is to crystallize a new field, culminating in a field-defining publication. We welcome work on corporate practices that exceed calculative logics, such as work on social relations, affective and psychological states, and speculative futurities. In addition to traditional papers, the conference encourages creative methods to query corporate forms, including art installations, videos, interactive multimedia projects, and role-playing games. Applications for travel assistance will be arranged after acceptance.

Please submit abstracts of no more than 300 words and a CV to the conference organizers at corporatetechniques@gmail.com by 13 January 2017.

For More Information: http://corporatetechniques.com/

Posted: January 6, 2017
Tagged: Meetings, Conferences, Symposia, Calls for Papers


Purdue University Archives & Special Collections Research Travel Grants

The Virginia Kelly Karnes Archives and Special Collections Research Center of Purdue University Libraries welcomes applications for its 2017 Research Travel Grants. The purpose of these grants is to support the research of faculty, students, and independent scholars whose research cannot progress satisfactorily without consulting the Center's unique collections onsite. Grants of up to $2000 will be awarded to individual scholars to support their travel to the Center. The deadline for applications it January 15, 2017.

Applications in the areas of women's history, flight and space exploration history, psychoactive substances research, Purdue University history, and study of rare books and manuscripts are encouraged.
For more information about the Center's collections of distinction please see:
Susan Bulkeley Butler Women's Archives website: http://collections.lib.purdue.edu/womens-archives/
Barron Hilton Flight and Space Exploration Archives website: http://collections.lib.purdue.edu/flight-and-space/
Psychoactive Substances Research Collection website: http://collections.lib.purdue.edu/psychoactive/

The Center also holds rare book collections on the history of engineering, science, and transportation, particularly railroads history, canals, and aviation; the history of economics and political thought; and the history of typography and book design https://www.lib.purdue.edu/spcol/rare-books
To see all of the archival and manuscript collections available in the Karnes Center, please search our finding aids database: https://apps.lib.purdue.edu/archon/

To apply for a travel grant, please go to https://www.lib.purdue.edu/spcol/research-travel-grants.

Posted: January 6, 2017
Tagged: Grants


2018 OAH Annual Meeting, Sacramento - Call for Proposals

"The Forms of History"--Encouraging proposals from all periods and subjects of American history, the program committee also encourages colleagues to address explicitly the form in which they conceive and present their work.

Read about the exciting changes to affect the Annual Meeting in Sacramento.

Read More>>

Read more >

Posted: January 3, 2017
Tagged: Calls for Papers


2017 NPS National Underground Railroad Conference - Call for Proposals

The OAH is pleased to be partnering with the National Park Service's Network to Freedom Program to help support the 2017 National Underground Railroad Conference. The 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.

More information about this year's theme and the conference, including hotel and registration information, can be found at: https://www.nps.gov/subjects/ugrr/call-for-proposals.htm

The deadline for the receipt of proposals is January 31, 2017, and proposals should be submitted online at: http://www.oah.org/ugrr/

Read more >

Posted: December 20, 2016
Tagged: Calls for Papers


2017 Conference on Illinois History

Call for Papers and Proposals for Teacher Workshops
19th Annual Conference on Illinois History
October 5 & 6, 2017
Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library
Springfield

The Conference on Illinois History is accepting paper or panel proposals on any aspect of Illinois's history, culture, politics, geography, or archaeology. The Conference especially welcomes submissions exploring the upcoming bicentennial of statehood. We encourage submissions from professional and avocational historians, graduate students, and those engaged in the study of Illinois history at libraries, historic sites, museums, and historical societies.

Proposals are also being accepted for teacher workshops. If you are a teacher who has created an innovative, comprehensive, or timely curriculum on an aspect of Illinois's history, culture, politics, geography, or archaeology, please share your expertise with other teachers at the conference.

The deadline for proposals is May 1, 2017.

To submit your proposal for a paper, panel, or teacher workshop, please send:
• A one-page summary of the topic, including a description of the major primary and secondary sources used.
• A one-page resume for each participant.

Send proposals to: Christian McWhirter, Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library, 112 N. Sixth St., Springfield, IL 62701, or Christian.mcwhirter@illinois.gov.

For more information, call 217-785-9132 or visit: https://www2.illinois.gov/ihpa/Involved/Pages/Conference.aspx

Posted: December 19, 2016
Tagged: Calls for Papers


Collective Statement by Scholars in U.S. History and Related Fields on Civil Rights and Liberties in Dangerous Times

As scholars of United States history and related fields, we have experienced concern and alarm as we went from a divisive campaign season to the election of Donald Trump as our president-elect. On the eve of a new administration whose key players have traded in hateful rhetoric and emboldened the harassment of various targets, we urge Americans to be vigilant against a mass violation of civil rights and liberties that could result if such troubling developments continue unchecked.

We sign this statement as individual scholars. Institutions are listed for identification purposes only.

Click here to see the full statement as well as the list of over 1,200 scholars who have signed.

Read more >

Posted: December 15, 2016
Tagged: News of the Profession