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Libraries: Culture, History, and Society

We are delighted to announce that Libraries: Culture, History, and Society is now accepting submissions for our premiere issue to be published in Spring 2017. A semiannual peer-reviewed publication from the Library History Round Table of the American Library Association and the Penn State University Press, LCHS will be available in print and online via JSTOR and Project Muse.

The only journal in the United States devoted to library history, LCHS positions library history as its own field of scholarship, while promoting innovative cross-disciplinary research on libraries' relationships with their unique environments. LCHS brings together scholars from many disciplines to examine the history of libraries as institutions, collections, and services, as well as the experiences of library workers and users. There are no limits of time and space, and libraries of every type are included (private, public, corporate, and academic libraries, special collections and manuscripts). In addition to Library Science, the journal welcomes contributors from History, English, Literary Studies, Sociology, Education, Gender/Women's Studies, Race/Ethnic Studies, Philosophy, Political Science, Architecture, Anthropology, Geography, Economics, and other disciplines.

Submissions for volume 1, issue 1, are due August 29, 2016.

Manuscripts may be submitted electronically through LCHS's Editorial Manager system at http://www.editorialmanager.com/LCHS/default.aspx. They must also conform to the instructions for authors at http://bit.ly/LCHScfp1.

We are excited to see this journal become a reality and welcome your thoughts (and submissions!) as we create a new platform for studying libraries within their broader humanistic and social contexts.

For further questions, please contact the editors:
Bernadette Lear, BAL19@psu.edu
Eric Novotny, ECN1@psu.edu

Posted: August 3, 2016
Tagged: Calls for Papers


A Workshop on Legal Migrations, Vulnerability, and Resilience

Dec. 9-10 2016, Emory University

This workshop will interrogate the experience of traversing borders between legal forms through the lens of vulnerability theory. Contemporary legal scholarship most often devotes attention to status categories conceived as static positions of relative privilege or disadvantage. Vulnerability theory, which challenges the dominant conception of the universal politico-legal subject as an autonomous, independent, and static adult, shifts us toward a dynamic lens of analysis. Vulnerability theory focuses on the evolution of human needs across a life course, asking how law does and should respond to dependence and foster resilience over time. The theory recognizes that human beings are constantly susceptible to change, positive and negative, in our bodily, social, and environmental circumstances. This workshop will explore how we might understand the processes of 'legal migration' as dynamic responses to human and institutional vulnerability.

We are concerned, in particular, with legal migration processes as opportunities to foster resilience. Vulnerability is both universal and constant. Resilience, by contrast, may be created and fostered by the distribution of assets: social, political, environmental, economic, and cultural. The workshop asks how law might foster resilience as individuals and groups migrate between legal forms. In what ways does this migration foster resilience, reorder dependencies, or expose different forms of vulnerability? How do "legal migrants" change the institutions and categories they inhabit? The advent of same-sex marriage, for example, provides the occasion to study the migration of tens of thousands of couples from civil unions or a status of legal non-recognition to the privileged status of marriage. We invite scholars to consider multiple experiences of legal migration: from non-married to married; child to adult; not guilty to guilty; migrant to asylum seeker and possibly ci tizen; contractual agents to partners; union member to sovereign nation.

We encourage participation from scholars in multiple disciplines including law, the social sciences, and humanities, and welcome papers which address the response to human and institutional vulnerability occasioned by processes of migration. Papers are invited to examine social experience as well as legal formalities, while topics may vary widely from transitions in corporate entity or financial institution status (particularly in contexts of economic development or flux); shifts in intellectual property treatment; the migration process of immigrants, asylum seekers, or business entities across sovereign borders; to the criminal justice process. Papers which engage vulnerability theory as a central tool of analysis are most warmly welcomed.

Submissions Procedure:
Email a proposal of several paragraphs as a Word or PDF document by September 16, 2016 to Rachel Ezrol, rezrol@emory.edu.

Decisions will be made by September 30, 2016 and working paper drafts will be due November 23, 2016 so they can be duplicated and distributed prior to the Workshop.

Workshop Details:
The Workshop begins Friday, December 9 at 4PM at Emory University School of Law. Dinner follows Friday's session. Panels continue on Saturday, December 10 from 9 AM to 5 PM; breakfast and lunch will be provided.

For More Information: http://web.gs.emory.edu/vulnerability

Posted: August 3, 2016
Tagged: Calls for Papers


Carla Hayden Confirmed as 14th Librarian of Congress

The Senate confirmed the nomination of Dr. Carla Hayden to serve as the nation's 14th Librarian of Congress on July 13, 2016.  Dr. Hayden the first female and the first African American to lead the Library of Congress. View her confirmation testimony here.  

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Posted: July 19, 2016
Tagged: News of the Profession


National History Day Seeks Teachers for WWII Project

NHD is seeking 18 experienced educators for a journey to San Francisco, Honolulu, and Manila to research and develop classroom materials for WWII. The travel for this program is fully funded for the teachers, they only have to pay to get to Washington, D.C. Travel overseas, room and board, and courses are all paid for.  Deadline for applications is September 2, 2016. 

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Posted: July 19, 2016
Tagged: News of the Profession


American Library Association and Bazan ED Seek Volunteers

ALA and Bazan ED seek historians knowledgeable about the slave trade in America to volunteer to conduct a free public lecture on the topic of Slaver, Resistance, and Abolition. This free public lecture series will take place at libraries, museums, and schools throughout the United States between August 21 and October 30, 2016, and is inspired by the new film "The Birth of a Nation," which depicts Nat Turner's rebellion.

Click here for more information or to volunteer.

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Posted: July 19, 2016
Tagged: News of the Profession


Phillips Library 2017 Research Fellowships

The Phillips Library is pleased to announce the availability of seven research fellowships for 2017. These include six Phillips Library Research Fellowships and one Francis E. Malamy Fellowship. All application materials, including references, must be received by December 15, 2016. All materials may be submitted electronically to research@pem.org or via post. Please ensure your application includes specific references to Phillips Library collection material, as found through our online catalog. To apply, fill out either the online Fellowship Application Form or the Fellowship Application PDF.

Phillips Library Research Fellowships
Up to six Research Fellowships will be available to scholars who wish to pursue research and publication on topics that make effective and creative use of the library and its special collections. Fellowships are open to advanced scholars, graduate students, independent scholars, and library and museum professionals. Fellows are expected to make the use of library collections their primary focus during a two to eight week timeframe. Fellows will also be asked to write a blog for the library or to present their research at a brown bag lunch. A stipend of $800.00 will be awarded at the conclusion of the fellowship. Additionally, free housing in a studio apartment on the museum campus in Salem, MA, may also be available. The Phillips Library is currently located in a temporary facility in Peabody, MA; successful applicants will need to address transportation between Salem and Peabody.

Francis E. Malamy Fellowship
One recipient will be awarded the Francis E. Malamy Fellowship to perform independent scholarly research at the library within a three month time-frame. Research must include use of archival materials held at the Phillips Library, and/or archiving activities under the direction of the Phillips Library staff. The recipient will receive a $5,500 award, payable in two equal installments, at the middle and conclusion of his/her residency. The recipient will be expected to write a blog for the library or to present his/her research at a brown bag lunch. This fellowship does not include housing.

For More Information: http://www.pem.org/library/fellowships/

Posted: July 19, 2016
Tagged: Fellowships


Kentucky Historical Society Research Fellowships

The Kentucky Historical Society (KHS) research fellowship program is committed to providing funding for scholars whose research requires the use of KHS's rich collections. The program supports senior and emerging scholars, including doctoral students, through one-to-four week fellowships ($400 for each week of fellowship residency).

To learn more about the strengths of our holdings, especially our signature collections in the early-American frontier, post–Civil War commemoration, and twentieth-century Appalachia, please visit history.ky.gov/collections.

For application instructions and award requirements, and to learn more about the work of our past fellows, please visit history.ky.gov/research-fellowships. Fellowship applications are due, via email, September 1, 2016 to Dr. Amanda L. Higgins, Amanda.higgins@ky.gov .

Posted: July 18, 2016
Tagged: Fellowships


Kentucky Historical Society Churchill Weavers Fellowship

The Kentucky Historical Society (KHS) is home to one of the finest weaving archives in the nation—the Churchill Weavers collection. Comprised of more than 30,000 handwoven textiles and related weaving and business records, this collection promises to enrich many areas of scholarship, especially those related to labor history, material culture, the history of 20th century capitalism, and the history of Appalachia.

The Kentucky Historical Society Foundation has provided KHS short-term fellowship funds (one- to four-week residencies at $400.00/week) to assist researchers with travel and living expenses while using the Churchill Weavers collection. Applications are welcome from independent scholars, college and university teachers, museum professionals, graduate students and scholars working in other related disciplines. Please email applications to Dr. Amanda L. Higgins, Amanda.higgins@ky.gov, by September 1, 2016. Learn more about the Churchill Weavers collection and research fellowship at: http://history.ky.gov/khs-fellowship-guidelines/.

Posted: July 12, 2016
Tagged: Fellowships


Archie K. Davis Fellowship Recipients, 2016-2017

The North Caroliniana Society has announced the granting of an Archie K. Davis Fellowship to each of the following scholars for 2016-2017: Richard Berman, Oxford Brookes University; Tyler Boulware, West Virginia University; Viccy Coltman, University of Edinburgh; Brian K. Fennessy, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill; Andrea R. Gray, George Mason University; Amanda Kleintop, Northwestern University; William A. Link, University of Florida; Mary McAvoy, Arizona State University; ShaVonte' Mills, Pennsylvania State University; Robert S. Richard, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill; Ashley Schmidt, Tulane University; Kimberly B. Sherman, University of St. Andrews; Jason Stroud, University of North Carolina at Greensboro; and David C. Williard, University of St. Thomas.

Archie K. Davis Fellowships assist scholars in their travel to sources of North Carolina history. The annual deadline for proposals is March 1.

For More Information: http://www.ncsociety.org

Posted: June 30, 2016
Tagged: Fellowships


2016 Oral History Association Annual Meeting

Registration is open for the 2016 Oral History Association annual meeting! The 2016 meeting will capture the spirit of the first National Colloquium on Oral History in 1966 by introducing lively theoretical and methodological discussion space, examining current and ongoing work, as well as looking toward the future of the field.

The theme of "OHA@50: Traditions, Transitions and Technologies from the Field" is well represented in this year's programmatic line-up. The Oct. 12-16 meeting will have more than 100 sessions, including wide-ranging topics relevant to oral historians' work in such diverse areas as archives and collection management, social justice, public history and education.

Also this year we welcome Southwest Oral History Association (SOHA) members in the first joint meeting of the two organizations. Keep an eye out for SOHA-designated presentations, with a good dose of local and regional topics.

Exclusive to 2016 is a track, sponsored by the 50th Anniversary Task Force, devoted to seminal points in the oral history field as public space for discourse on the state and future of various key movements.

Join us at the beautiful Aquarium of the Pacific on Thursday evening during the conference. Attendees will be mingling with the jellyfish and penguins as we celebrate 50 great years of the Oral History Association with a buffet dinner, drinks, and a lively program.

We welcome all to attend this special meeting! For information on conference rates, housing, workshops, and tours, see Annual Meeting.

Posted: June 28, 2016
Tagged: Meetings, Conferences, Symposia


National Humanities Center Residential Fellowships 2017-18

The National Humanities Center invites applications for academic-year or one-semester residencies. Fellowship applicants must have a PhD or equivalent scholarly credentials. Mid-career as well as senior scholars from all areas of the humanities are welcome; emerging scholars with a strong record of peer-reviewed work are also invited to apply.

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Posted: June 24, 2016
Tagged: Fellowships


Society for Applied Anthropology 77th Annual Meeting

The Society for Applied Anthropology (SfAA) invites abstracts (sessions, papers and posters) for the Program of the 77th Annual Meeting in Santa Fe, NM, March 28-April 1, 2017. The theme of the Program is "Trails, Traditions, and New Directions."

The Society is a multi-disciplinary association that focuses on problem definition and resolution. We welcome papers from all disciplines. The deadline for abstract submission is October 15, 2016. For additional information on the theme, abstract size/format, and the meeting, please visit our web page (www.sfaa.net, click on "Annual Meeting").

If you have a webpage for links, please add the following:

The Society for Applied Anthropology is pleased to announce our 77th Annual Meeting in Santa Fe, NM, March 28-April 1, 2017.
For meeting information visit www.sfaa.net/annual-meeting/

Please contact me if you have any questions.

Melissa Cope
Society for Applied Anthropology
PO Box 2436
Oklahoma City, OK 73101
405-843-5113
405-843-8553 (fax)
melissa@sfaa.net

Posted: June 23, 2016
Tagged: Calls for Papers


Oppose Cuts to Federal Funding for International Education

House and Senate Appropriations Committees are in the process of finalizing fiscal year 2017 (FY17) Department of Education funding bills. Unfortunately, severe cuts to Title VI/Fulbright-Hays international education programs are on the table.

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Posted: June 17, 2016
Tagged: Advocacy


Urge the Senate to Confirm Dr. Carla Hayden as Librarian of Congress

President Obama's nomination of Dr. Carla Hayden to become the 14th Librarian of Congress is pending before the U.S. Senate and may be voted on at any time. We are asking you to contact your senators and urge them to support her confirmation and that a vote be scheduled as soon as possible so she can assume her position, which has been vacant since October 2015. Dr. Hayden would become the first woman and the first African-American to lead the Library of Congress. Please contact your U.S. Senators in support of Dr. Hayden's nomination today!

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Posted: June 17, 2016
Tagged: Advocacy


International Conference on the Blues

Delta State University is now accepting proposals for papers, presentations, workshops, and clinics for the Third Annual International Conference on the Blues, which will be held October 2 – 4, 2016.
Topics of general interest to scholars and enthusiasts are welcome: African American musical tradition and its influence on American music and culture; the Blues; folklore; history; ethnicity; and the Delta. Topics of interdisciplinary nature are also encouraged.

Deadline: July 1, 2016

Papers are invited from all blues scholars, with a particular emphasis on young and emerging scholars (graduate students, recent masters and doctoral graduates, and junior faculty), as well as established scholars, authors, performers, blues enthusiasts, and independent researchers. A prize will be awarded to the outstanding young scholar paper.

You are invited to submit proposals for paper presentations, lecture-performances, panels, performances, and workshops. Offers to serve as moderators are also welcome. Papers will be 20 minutes in length, with an additional ten minutes for discussion, and should address a general audience. Proposals must be submitted online via www.deltastate.edu/blues.

Please include a description of the presentation, audio/visual equipment needs, and biographical information for all presenters. Please note that not all A/V requests will be granted. Presenters agree to appear at the conference at their own expense, which will include registration fees.

For more information, please contact Shelley Collins and Don Allan Mitchell at blues@deltastate.edu or visit www.deltastate.edu/blues.
The International Conference on the Blues consists of three days of intense academic and scholarly activity and music. This annual conference falls in between the Mighty Mississippi Music Festival in Greenville, Mississippi and the King Biscuit Blues Festival in Helena, Arkansas.

Academic presentations, Blues performances, a "Blues in the Round" jam session, and excursions to local historical attractions add appeal for all audiences. Cleveland, Mississippi, recently named by Smithsonian Magazine as #2 of the top 20 small cities to visit in the country, is located 45 minutes from the Greenville (MS) Airport and approximately two hours from the Memphis (TN) and Jackson (MS) airports. Cleveland is home to Delta State University and the recently-opened GRAMMY Museum Mississippi, and is a ten minute drive from renowned Blues sights including Dockery Farms and Po' Monkey's Lounge.

Posted: June 14, 2016
Tagged: Calls for Papers


The Middle East Refugee Crisis in Historical Context: Teaching for Understanding

The University of Oklahoma is providing a three-day workshop entitled  The Middle East Refugee Crisis in Historical Context: Teaching for Understanding. OAH Distinguished Lecturer Andy Mink will be speaking, as well as speakers from Qatar Foundation International, the National Council for History Education, and the Insitute for the Study of International Migration. Middle school and high school teachers are invited to attend this free professional development experience.

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Registration is free and must be done through the workshop's registration page.

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Posted: May 27, 2016
Tagged: Meetings, Conferences, Symposia


Rebecca Jo Plant Named as 2015 Recipient of Berkshire Conference of Women Historians' Article Prize

The Berkshire Conference of Women Historians has chosen OAH member Rebecca Jo Plant, along with her co-author Frances Clarke, as the 2015 recipients of the Berkshire Conference of Women Historian's Article Prize for their article "The Crowning Insult': Federal Segregation and the Gold Star Mother and Widow Pilgrimages of the Early 1930s," published in by the Journal of American History 102: 2 (September 2015). This prize is given annually for "an article in the fields of the history of women, gender, and/or sexuality".

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Posted: May 27, 2016
Tagged: Clio's Kudos


National Park Service's Network to Freedom Underground Railroad Annual Conference

The OAH is pleased once again to partner with the National Park Service's Network to Freedom Underground Railroad Annual Conference, which will be held this year June 13-16, 2016.

More information about this year's meeting, including a schedule and registration information, can be found at: https://www.nps.gov/subjects/ugrr/annual-conference.htm

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Posted: May 24, 2016
Tagged: News of the Organization, News of the Profession, Meetings, Conferences, Symposia


National Council on Public History 2017 Annual Meeting

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

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

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

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

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

Posted: May 24, 2016
Tagged: Calls for Papers


The Harvard-Newcomen Postdoctoral Fellowship in Business History

To be awarded for twelve months' residence, study, and research at Harvard Business School. The fellowship is open to scholars who, within the last ten years, have received a Ph.D. in history, economics, or a related discipline. This fellowship is to enable scholars to engage in research that will benefit from the resources of Harvard Business School and the larger Boston scholarly community. A travel fund and a book fund will be provided. This fellowships will also provide an opportunity for the fellow to participate in the activities of Harvard Business School. This can take several forms. The fellow can research and write a case, under the direction of a senior faculty member, to be used in one of the business history courses. She or he might also organize a research conference under the auspices of the Business History Initiative, or assist the Initiative's ongoing projects in other ways.

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

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

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

Posted: May 23, 2016
Tagged: Fellowships