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We welcome your call for proposals or papers for upcoming meetings, conferences, or writing projects within the field of US history. Please submit your announcement using this form.

Women and Religion in the Early Americas

For a special issue in honor of the life and career of Mary Maples Dunn, Early American Studies seeks article-length contributions from scholars working on the history of women and religion in the early Americas. Mary Maples Dunn (1931-2017) was a leading practitioner of women’s history, as a scholar, as a teacher, and in her life as a university leader. She worked in a variety of fields from early American women’s history; to colonial Latin American history; to the history of religious women; to the history of women’s education as well as, of course, the worlds of William Penn and early Philadelphia. 

The editors invite essays that consider the history of early American women, early American religion (or both) and are especially interested in work that makes cross-cultural comparisons or integrates multiple Atlantic orientations: North and South (French, British, Dutch, Spanish and/or Portuguese) East and West (from European and/or African links to Native American perspectives). We are interested in both formal article-length contributions (10,000 words) and in shorter essays on "Notes and Documents" that highlight innovative or creative ways of reading/using primary-source documents (3,000-5,000 words). 

To submit, please email a 3-page CV and a 1,000 word summary of the contribution you propose to write by September 30 to Ann Little (ann.little@colostate.edu) and Nicole Eustace (nicole.eustace@nyu.edu). Please use the subject line "Mary Maples Dunn Special Issue Submission." We will notify you of your preliminary acceptance by October 31, 2017 and final essays are due on April 30, 2018. Articles are to be published, subject to peer review, in 2019.

Posted: July 6, 2017
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The Poetics and Politics of ‘Anonymous’ Contemporary Craft

Is anonymity in conditions of artisanal production counterintuitive to our understanding of contemporary craft? The great majority of recent exhibitions and publications about modern and contemporary craft cite artistry that has a known provenance, mainly comprised of identified individual authors. Is the monographic study of individual genius, a convention established by Vasari in the Renaissance, still helpful or a hindrance, and does that model serve the meanings of pottery, weaving, or cast metals, where workshops of dozens (or hundreds) are the longer historical tradition? If one of the strengths of craft history has been an expansive view beyond the traditional art historical canon and an inclusion of women’s work and indigenous making, a recurring weakness has been its paternalistic attitudes towards marginalized and underrepresented cultures. For instance, a craft museum recently exhibited 20th-century metalwork as “anonymous African jewelry,” a shorthan d that normatizes three problematic terms in one fell swoop. This session seeks papers on anonymous artisans which go beyond the insider/outsider duality and which strive for taxonomies with more nuance than ‘folk,’ and especially welcomes field work that strays into complex manufacturing or collective production as well as case studies that “look at what the practitioners do” (Geertz, 1973).

For More Information: http://www.collegeart.org/pdf/call-for-participation.pdf

Posted: July 6, 2017
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International Conference on the Blues

4th Annual International Conference on the Blues 
Deadline: July 10, 2017
Conference dates: October 1-3, 2017
www.deltastate.edu/blues
Delta State University, Cleveland, Mississippi

Delta State University is now accepting proposals for papers, presentations, lecture-performances, workshops, panels, and clinics for the 4th annual International Conference on the Blues. 

To celebrate the centennial of John Lee Hooker's birth, we are soliciting manuscripts and presentations on Mr. Hooker's music, life, and influence. In addition, we are interested in presentations and papers on the legacy of ethnomusicologist Alan Lomax, and especially his fieldwork in Mississippi.

Furthermore, topics of general interest to scholars and enthusiasts are also welcome, such as the African American musical tradition and its influence on world music; call and response as metaphor; black music and the American Civil Rights Movement; African American history in the Delta; African American folk life; and the genres of blues, jazz, gospel, and soul music. Topics of an interdisciplinary nature are also encouraged. Papers are invited from ethnomusicologists, musicologists, scholars, authors, performers, blues enthusiasts, and independent researchers.

Additionally, to support young and emerging scholars (graduate students, recent masters and doctoral graduates, and junior faculty), the Luther Brown Prize is awarded to the outstanding young scholar paper.

All presentations will be a maximum of 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. 

The conference falls in between the Mighty Mississippi Music Festival in Greenville, Mississippi and the King Biscuit Blues Festival in Helena, Arkansas.

For more information, please contact Shelley Collins and Don Allan Mitchell at blues at deltastate.edu.

For More Information: http://www.internationaldeltabluesproject.com/conference/

Posted: June 1, 2017
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2017 Lucerne Master Class for PhD Students

HISTORIES OF GLOBAL CAPITALISM" - with Prof. Dr. Sven Beckert (Harvard University)

APPLICATION DEADLINE
15th June 2017

THE SCHOLAR
Sven Beckert is Laird Bell Professor of History in the Department of History as well as co-chair of the Program on the Study of Capitalism at Harvard University. His main focus lies on the history of the United States in the nineteenth Century, with a particular emphasis on the history of capitalism, including its economic, social, political and transnational dimensions. The combined examination of these dimensions is also at the heart of the monograph he is best known for: Empire of Cotton: A Global History (2014). Other pertinent publications include Slavery’s Capitalism: A New History of American Economic Development (2016), and The American Bourgeoisie: Distinction and Identity in the Nineteenth Century (2010).

THE TOPIC
During the past few years, few topics have animated the chattering classes more than capitalism. In the wake of the global economic crisis, questions about the nature, past and viability of capitalism suddenly appeared on evening talk shows and in newspapers throughout the world, crossing most political boundaries. Partly in response to the contemporary debates, historians, ever attuned to the world in which they live, have rediscovered the study of the history of capitalism. In their work, they have insisted on the long-term trajectory of capitalism, have emphasized the great variety of capitalism both over time and in space, have focused on capitalism’s global connections, and, perhaps most insistently, have emphasized the political, social and cultural embeddedness of economic change. Their work has created a powerful challenge to some of the naturalizing tenets that are frequently found in the discipline of economics.

In this Lucerne Master Class we will explore some of these discussions, and try to come to terms with what this new history of capitalism is all about. Students’ own work will be crucial to our discussions, as are prominent texts from within what has become one of the most dynamic fields in modern historical research.

PARTICIPANTS
The Master Class addresses doctoral students from disciplines such as History, Philosophy, Sociology, Cultural Studies, Political Science, Social Anthropology, Economics and Global Studies. Applications from international and EU doctoral students as well as doctoral students from Switzerland are welcome.

COSTS
Tuition fee: 350 CHF

The organizing body of the Master Class, the Graduate School of Humanities and Social Sciences (GSL) at the University of Lucerne, will cover catering and accommodation expenses. We will try to cover travel expenses as well, however, this depends on the country of origin. For details please send an email to the us (contact Email at the end of the page). If applicants can muster support from their respective home institution, this is welcome.

APPLICATION
Please provide a short statement of motivation (no more than one page), a CV and a short description (no more than one page) of your current dissertation project. Postdocs may be admitted on the basis of individual decision.

WHAT FORMER PARTICIPANTS SAY
“The Lucerne Master Class is a unique experience for PhD students. It has helped me a lot both in terms of motivation and content of my dissertation. I would definitely do it again.” (Daniel Bader, Heidelberg University)

“The Master Class was a one-time opportunity to discuss the work of an outstanding scholar and to get to know other PhD students working on related issues.” (Sebastian Möller, University of Bremen)

“I believe that spending this week with the Master will have an impact on the rest of my academic career.” (Sandra Engelbrecht, Hertie School of Governance, Berlin)
Programm

The class will begin on the 9th of October at 1.00 pm and end on the 13th of October at 1.00 pm.
The daily schedule will be from 9.00 am - 12.30 pm and from 2.00 pm - 6.00 pm and on one evening (lecture & dinner) from 6.00 - 9.00 pm. There will be an afternoon for recreation in the Lucerne area. Participants will discuss Sven Beckert’s recent work but also present and discuss their own projects.

CONTACT
christina.cavedon@unilu.ch

For More Information: http://www.unilu.ch/masterclass

Posted: June 1, 2017
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Legal Transitions and the Vulnerable Subject: Fostering Resilience through Law’s Dynamis

There is a widespread perception that we live in a moment of change that is unprecedented in its scope and pace. Climate change, mass movements of dislocated persons, technological innovation, shifts in recognition of sexual and gender diversity, and new information networks challenge identities, institutions, and political coalitions. The law plays a critical role in creating and responding to change. A significant dimension of individuals’ and groups’ experience of change involves transformation in legal regulation. Relationships previously outside the law may gain recognition; the social insurance of risk may shift dramatically; entire legal status categories may disappear. As the law transforms, individuals and groups also transition across legal boundaries.

Vulnerability theory provides a framework for understanding how individuals and groups experience change, as they transition across legal categories. Vulnerability theory seeks to shift our understanding of law’s paradigmatic subject, from a static and autonomous one to a dynamic and socially embedded subject. The legal subject is not a universal adult but rather an evolving being who traverses across the life course from childhood to agedness, experiencing periods of heightened biological and derivative dependency along the way. Furthermore, both individuals and multiple social groupings are constantly susceptible to change in their ecological, economic, social, and political environments. Social institutions, including law, may form to promote human resilience—the capacity to adapt to change.

The purpose of this workshop will be to investigate how individuals’ and groups’ transitions between legal status categories expose vulnerability and also offer opportunities for fostering resilience. While legal scholarship often examines static legal categories, explaining how and why these categories privilege and advantage various individuals and groups, the movement of individuals and groups across legal categories itself deserves analysis. These transitions across legal categories—for example, from contracting strangers to corporate partners, non-married to married couples, employee to manager, insured to uninsured, incarcerated to released, or undocumented to documented—involve transformations in individual identity, relational dynamics, social networks, and institutional forms. The way in which law facilitates transitions itself will affect individuals’ and groups’ experience of legal change, as injurious or empowering, fair or unjust.

We invite papers that consider three main themes centered in the relationship between legal transition, vulnerability, and resilience. First, papers might consider how the movement between legal status categories transforms both individual and group identities and relationships. How does the process of change, itself, variously expose vulnerability and generate resilience? Second, papers may consider how legal categories and institutions change when law requires them to open their boundaries to individuals who do not conform to traditional norms. In this manner, the movement across legal status categories not only changes those in the process of transition but also fosters dynamism in institutions. Third, papers might examine how transitions in individuals’ and groups’ legal statuses reveal challenges and opportunities for achieving the just distribution of social, economic, and other benefits and advantages. How should law allocate the costs and benefits generated by the movement across legal status categories? 

We intend the workshop to cover a variety of topics ranging from corporate to family to healthcare to criminal law, among other arenas, and encourage the participation of scholars working in related historical, sociological, economic and other fields. 

Issues for discussion may include:

• How does the transition between legal status categories affect people, families, communities, and entities across a range of socio-legal axes? 
• What differences in transitions between legal status categories inhere depending on who is transitioning—individuals, entire communities, or corporate entities? 
• How are these differences informed by what is being sought or avoided? 
• What happens to existing legal categories in processes of legal transition? 
• How do those who undergo legal transitions change the institutions and categories they inhabit?
• What dynamism exists within legal frameworks as these legal transitions occur? 
• How does this dynamism, in turn, affect legal transition processes? 
• To what needs does the process of legal transition give rise, and how are these needs affected by socioeconomic factors?
• How might we allocate responsibility for costs and burdens of legal transition?
• How are status positions constructed and inhabited outside law and what opportunities and risks do these statuses entail? 
• How does the process of becoming a subject of law discipline social forms, and how do individuals and groups reorganize their social relationships as their legal statuses shift?
• What impacts do the processes of legal transition on the relationships that people, communities, and entities have with one another, other social groups, and the state?
• How do legal transition experiences differ depending on how transitions arise—whether they are seen as voluntary or coerced? Isolated, or numerous and repeated? 
• How we might understand the process of legal transition itself as a dynamic response to human and institutional vulnerability?
• How does the law respond to individuals and groups engaged in the process of transitioning between legal forms?
• How does legal regulation of the legal transition process variously reproduce, entrench, or construct vulnerability and resilience?
• What shared questions of theory and methodology can ground interdisciplinary approaches to legal transitions?
• Are there alternative metaphors to legal transition that may better capture the questions of risk, protection, autonomy, dependency, and equality that arise from the movement across boundaries of legal forms?

Workshop Contacts:
Deborah Dinner, deborah.dinner@emory.edu 

Suzanne Kim, skim@kinoy.rutgers.edu 

Martha Albertson Fineman, mlfinem@emory.edu 

Submission Procedure:
Email a proposal of several paragraphs as a Word or PDF document by July 21, 2017 to Rachel Ezrol, rezrol@emory.edu

Decisions will be made by August 4, 2017 and working paper drafts will be due November 15, 2017 so they can be duplicated and distributed prior to the Workshop. 
Workshop Details:

The Workshop begins Friday at 4PM in Gambrell 575 at Emory Law School. A dinner will follow the panel presentation session on Friday. Panel presentations continue on Saturday from 9:00 AM to 5PM; breakfast and lunch will be provided.

Posted: June 1, 2017
Tagged: Calls for Papers


Southern Quarterly Call for Papers: Foodway in the South

Submission deadline: December 1, 2017.

The Southern Quarterly invites submissions for a special issue on foodways in the South examining how food and drink (and the culture, literature, and practices surrounding them) express the character of the South. Materials may address this topic in any time period from the 16th to 21st centuries. 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: May 23, 2017
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Capitalist Transitions, Empire Building, and American History

Over the last decade there has been a resurgence of discussion about the concept of capitalism ranging from Occupy Wall Street's critiques of the uncontrolled recklessness of American finance capital to a burst of writings on the history of slavery and capitalism, and beyond. Yet there continues to be much confusion over what capitalism is in general, how to define it, and its role in American history. On a broader level this raises a series of questions going back to Marx and Weber, among others, over the transition to (or transitions to) capitalism and the uniqueness of capitalism as opposed to other historical social forms.

The purpose of this special issue is to explore this problematic through the lens of the history of American capitalist development and empire building. American capitalism developed in and through the history of the expansion of empire, destruction and displacement of native populations, remaking of ecological systems, construction of a social hierarchy organized along racial and gendered lines, making of class and state relations, and so on. It particular, it hopes to bring together scholars who are working on the edges of the boundaries of various popular or dominant paradigms and moving towards new ways of conceptualizing these issues and experimenting with perhaps more potentially risky but rewarding methodologies. In this context, authors are asked to address some aspects of the following questions in their papers:

● What exactly is capitalism, and what sort of methodological processes might we use to explain its concrete history? What might be problems with influential contemporary approaches to the question of capitalism's history over the last several decades?

● Did the United States go through its own historically specific 'transition' to capitalism? How did this occur? What were the forces behind it?

● Works on the history of American expansion and empire building are often separate from writings by, for example, social historians who have addressed the question of capitalism and labor. Given this, how, or how not, did processes of capitalist development, empire building, and labor formation operate together?

● Capitalism is also a form of social order organized along racial and gendered/patriarchal lines, and the rise of capitalism entailed a new relationship between humanity and ecology. How can our conceptions of capitalism and narratives of its history include these factors not as secondary or peripheral but central to the history of capitalist transition and development?

● The history of capitalism's rise and social normalization also was a history of resistance to capitalism. Thus how did these forces play out historically, and how did capital overcome resistance to its hegemony?

In addition to full papers of 7,000-8,000 words, sorter more specific pieces or review essays may also be considered. Authors must follow the Journal of Historical Sociology author guidelines: http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/journal/10.1111/(ISSN)1467-6443/homepage/ForAuthors.html.

For any inquiries (including discussing potential paper topics before writing a formal proposal) and to propose a paper please send an approximately 300 word abstract to special issue editor James Parisot at Jpariso1@binghamton.edu. The deadline for proposals is October 1st, 2017. Final papers will be due in September of 2018.

Posted: May 23, 2017
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NCPH 2018 Annual Meeting Call for Proposals

Call for Proposals – "Power Lines"
NCPH Annual Meeting – Las Vegas, Nevada, April 18-21, 2018

The call for proposals is open through July 15 at http://ncph.org/conference/2018-annual-meeting/
Access the full CFP at http://bit.ly/ncph2018CFP

Public historians want our work to matter. We use our skills at uncovering, sharing, facilitating, and collaborating to advance a vision of a rich, variegated collective past that contributes to shared interests in the present. For decade, "community" has been our catchphrase and our aspiration. How does our field's longstanding embrace of the collective stand up in a time of divineness? Do our commitments to individual agency, group identity, social justice, and civic engagement reinforce or strain against each other?
In drawing lines between past and present, delineating distinctive communities, and underlining the contributions of overlooked actors, how can public history bring us together and when does it pull us apart?

NCPH invites proposals for its 2018 conference that address the power of public history to define, cross, and blur boundary lines—work that explores public history's power in all its complexities, idealism, and, perhaps, unintended consequences.

Proposals are due by 11:59 PM local time on July 15, 2017.

Posted: May 23, 2017
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More than the Madeleine: Food in Memory and Ima

Claude Levi-Strauss posited that food has to be "good to think" before it is "good to eat." That contemplative moment of judgement compels us both to remember and to imagine, making the two processes an integral part of eating. Memory tells us what is safe (or not!) to eat, provides us with our culinary traditions, and is the source of our cravings. Imagination helps us to determine what to do when confronted with new substances that we have yet to classify as edible, desirable, nutritious, or delicious. Without imagination and adaptation our foodways would be predictable, boring, and static. While memory has to do with past experiences, the abiding, the familiar, and one's own cultural groups, imagination is about the future, the possible, the alien, the little known, and the other. Yet this culinary dichotomy is not so clear-cut: new foods are often made palatable by using familiar ingredients and techniques, as with sushi rolls filled with corned beef or cream cheese, for example. And not only are our memories imperfect, but they cannot account for change, whether newly developed preferences or foods that do not match up to our sensuously rich memories of them. Other foods, meanwhile, are forgotten or fail to stimulate the imagination.

This edited volume interrogates the process of our engagement with food through memory and imagination, be it in anticipation or remembrance of a meal. We wish to include work from a wide variety of disciplines that spans the globe and touches upon different periods in human history.

Potential themes may include:

Cultural constructions of collective food memories, nostalgic dishes, or imagined cuisines as tied to religion, nation, or class.
The use of memory or imagination in food advertising, literature, or art
The use of memory or imagination by chefs, on menus, or in kitchen/restaurant designs
Food scientists' approach to recreating flavors, inventing new tastes, etc.
Phenomenological perspectives on taste, the senses, and memory or imagination
Ways in which memory is disrupted, fragmented, or reimagined
Forgetting foods and culinary traditions
The reinterpretation / reimagination that occurs as foods circulate through time and space
Processes (historical, social, biophysical) whereby foods become edible / inedible, palatable / disgusting

We have interest from a well-respected publisher who has asked for a full proposal.

Please send 250-300 word abstract and 150 word bio to Dr. Beth Forrest and Dr. Greg de St. Maurice by July 15, 2017. Full manuscripts for accepted papers will be due in early spring 2018.

gregdestmaurice@gmail.com
beth.m.forrest@gmail.com

Dr. Greg de St. Maurice
Postdoctoral Fellow
Culinaria Research Center, University of Toronto
Air Liquide Research Fellow, École des Hautes Études en Sciences Sociales

Dr. Beth Forrest
Professor of Liberal Arts and Food Studies
Culinary Institute of America

Posted: April 27, 2017
Tagged: Calls for Papers


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
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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


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
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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
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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.

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Posted: February 17, 2017
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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
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“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
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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
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'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
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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.

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Posted: January 3, 2017
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