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2018 Conference on Illinois History

The 2018 conference includes sessions, panels, and workshops that feature topics such as Abraham Lincoln, archaeology, Civil War, digital resources, early statehood, immigrations, museums, politics, race and popular culture. The mid-day presentation on Thursday is a roundtable discussion on Illinois Bicentennial Exhibits and will include speakers from prominent state museums and archives.

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Posted: September 7, 2018
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Boston Seminar on Environmental History

The Boston Environmental History Seminar is pleased to announce our 2018-2019 series, with seven sessions held monthly from October to April. Sessions are generally held on the second Tuesday of each month and start at 5:15 PM. Subscriptions are now available at www.masshist.org/research/seminars

What do MHS seminars offer? Access to the most recent scholarship on a range of topics, stimulating conversations that can inform your own work, and networking! The seminars comprise a welcoming community of scholars from throughout the region, and the format of the sessions leaves plenty of time to socialize over a light buffet supper. 

We’ll kick off the environmental series on October 9 with a panel conversation on Native American Environmental History featuring Lisa Brooks of Amherst College, Strother Roberts of Bowdoin College, Ashley Smith of Hampshire College, and Thomas Wickman of Trinity College and moderated by Cedric Woods of the Institute for New England Native American Studies, University of Massachusetts Boston. Other sessions will consider recreational landscapes of Civil War memory, black labor at the dawn of Jim Crow, biological exchange in Pacific sugarcane plantations, environmental racism and justice in Boston, and more.

Attendance is free, but you can subscribe online ($25) for the convenience of advance online access to the papers in FOUR series: this, our new Boston African American History Seminar, the Boston Area Early American History Seminar, and the Boston Seminar on Modern American Society and Culture.

Subscribe online at www.masshist.org/research/seminars. RSVP by emailing seminars@masshist.org. Follow our activities on Twitter @MHS_Research. 

We look forward to seeing you at the seminar!

For more information: https://www.masshist.org/2012/calendar/seminars/environmental-history

Posted: September 4, 2018
Tagged: Meetings, Conferences, Symposia


Boston Area Seminar on Early American History

The Boston Area Early American History Seminar is pleased to announce our 2018-2019 series, this year with eight sessions held monthly from October to May. Sessions are generally held on the first Tuesday of each month and start at 5:15 PM. Subscriptions are now available at www.masshist.org/research/seminars

What do MHS seminars offer? Access to the most recent scholarship on a range of topics, stimulating conversations that can inform your own work, and networking! The seminars comprise a welcoming community of scholars from throughout the region, and the format of the sessions leaves plenty of time to socialize over a light buffet supper. 

We’ll kick off the early American series on October 2 with an essay by Erik Seeman of the University at Buffalo, SUNY, “The Protestant Cult of the Dead in New England, 1800-1848,” with comment by Kenneth Minkema of Yale University. Other sessions will explore the 17th-century concept of “plantations,” the circulation of money, the separation of church and state, New York Loyalists, the opium trade, and Parson Weems, before we conclude the series with a panel discussion, “After the Fighting.” This session will reexamine the aftermath of war and the first phase of the Revolution, reconsidering the standard chronologies and exploring religious and cultural issues.

Attendance is free, but you can subscribe online ($25) for the convenience of advance online access to the papers in FOUR series: this, our new Boston African American History Seminar, the Boston Environmental History Seminar, and the Boston Seminar on Modern American Society and Culture.

Subscribe online at www.masshist.org/research/seminars. RSVP by emailing seminars@masshist.org. Follow our activities on Twitter @MHS_Research. 

We look forward to seeing you at the seminar!

For more information: https://www.masshist.org/2012/calendar/seminars/early-american-history

Posted: September 4, 2018
Tagged: Meetings, Conferences, Symposia


Boston Seminar on Modern American Society and Culture

The Boston Seminar on Modern American Society and Culture is pleased to announce our 2018-2019 series, with seven sessions held monthly from September to April. Sessions are generally held on the fourth Tuesday of each month and start at 5:15 PM. Subscriptions are now available at www.masshist.org/research/seminars

What do MHS seminars offer? Access to the most recent scholarship on a range of topics, stimulating conversations that can inform your own work, and networking! The seminars comprise a welcoming community of scholars from throughout the region, and the format of the sessions leaves plenty of time to socialize over a light buffet supper. 

We’ll kick off our series on the history of modern America on September 25 with an essay by Victoria Wolcott of the University at Buffalo, SUNY, “Radical Nonviolence and Interracial Utopias in the Early Civil Rights Movement.” Other sessions will focus on residential segregation, the rise of black empowerment, the adoption of Muslim place names in rural America, post-World War II Italian immigration and assimilation, and the role of technology in teaching after the war. A March 26 panel discussion will focus on different aspects of carceral culture.

Attendance is free, but you can subscribe online ($25) for the convenience of advance online access to the papers in FOUR series: this, our new Boston African American History Seminar, the Boston Area Early American History Seminar, and the Boston Environmental History Seminar.

Subscribe online at www.masshist.org/research/seminars. RSVP by emailing seminars@masshist.org.

We look forward to seeing you at the seminar!

For more information: 

https://www.masshist.org/2012/calendar/seminars/modern-american

Posted: September 4, 2018
Tagged: Meetings, Conferences, Symposia


Boston Seminar on the History of Women, Gender, & Sexuality

The organizers of the Boston Seminar on the History of Women, Gender, & Sexuality could not be more excited by the series we have to offer you this year. This longstanding collaboration between the Schlesinger Library on the History of Women in America at the Radcliffe Institute and the Massachusetts Historical Society has yielded five sessions in 2018-2019: a discussion of a work-in-progress and four panel presentations.

Fall sessions will take place in the Knafel Center at the Radcliffe Institute: the panels “Reproducing Race in the Early Americas” and “Transgender History and Archives: An Interdisciplinary Conversation.” In January, we’ll meet at the MHS to consider an essay by Sonia Gomez of the University of Chicago on American Red Cross “bride schools” in Japan following WWII. February will find us back at Radcliffe for the panel “Feminist Economics” before we conclude the year at the MHS to consider “The Long 19th Amendment.” Please see below for our full schedule, including presenters. Light refreshments and the opportunity for informal networking will follow each program.

Attendance is free and open to everyone, though we ask you to email us and reserve a place at each session. Subscribers who remit $20 for the year will receive online access to any pre-circulated materials via a password-protected interface. Pre-circulated materials will be available to non-subscribers who have RSVP’d for a session on the Monday prior to the program. Subscribers help to underwrite the cost of planning and presenting this free series, including the reception that follows each program.

RSVP for individual sessions at seminars@masshist.org or by phoning 617-646-0579. Subscribe online at https://www.masshist.org/research/seminars.

We look forward to seeing you at the seminar!

For more information: https://www.masshist.org/2012/calendar/seminars/women-and-gender

Posted: September 4, 2018
Tagged: Meetings, Conferences, Symposia


Boston Seminar on African American History

New series! The Massachusetts Historical Society and the College of Fine Arts, Humanities, and Social Sciences at the University of Massachusetts Lowell are pleased to announce a new seminar series, the Boston African American History Seminar. Five sessions are being planned for dates between October and April. The first sessions will be held at the MHS at 1154 Boylston Street in Boston’s Back Bay. To be added to an email list that will announce these programs, please email seminars@masshist.org.

Our goal is to spotlight some of the most exciting new work in the field of African American History. MHS seminars offer stimulating conversations that can inform participants’ own work and are designed to facilitate networking. The seminars comprise a welcoming community of scholars from throughout the region, and the format of the sessions leaves plenty of time to socialize over a light supper. 

Two sessions have already been planned for the fall. On October 18, Kellie Carter Jackson at Wellesley College will present “Losing Laroche: The Story of the Titanic’s Only Black Passenger.” On November 15, Christina Davidson of the Charles Warren Center at Harvard University will present “An ‘Organic Union’: Ecclesiastical Imperialism and Caribbean Missions.” These are complemented by at least five sessions in three other MHS series that will be of interest to scholars of African American history from the colonial period to the present day. Please see the attached schedule for details.

Attendance is free, but you can subscribe online ($25) for the convenience of advance online access to the papers in FOUR series: this, the Boston Area Early American History Seminar, the Boston Environmental History Seminar, and the Boston Seminar on Modern American Society and Culture. Subscribe online at www.masshist.org/research/seminars. RSVP by emailing seminars@masshist.org. Follow our activities on Twitter @MHS_Research. 

We look forward to seeing you at the seminar!

For more information: https://www.masshist.org/calendar/seminars/african-american-history

Posted: September 4, 2018
Tagged: Meetings, Conferences, Symposia


NCPH Call for Proposals

NCPH invites proposals for its 2019 conference in Hartford, Connecticut, that explore how public history intersects—sometimes purposefully, sometimes with unintended consequences—with the ongoing task of making and remaking places, communities, and polities. To learn more about the conference theme, “Repair Work,” and to fill out the proposal form, visit us at http://bit.ly/ncph2019CFP. Final submissions are due Sunday, July 15, 2018 at 11:59 pm. Please email NCPH Program Manager Meghan Hillman at meghillm@iupui.edu with any questions.

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Posted: June 1, 2018
Tagged: Calls for Papers, Meetings, Conferences, Symposia


Call for Papers: WEB DuBois and Liberal Education

The Villanova Center for Liberal Education (VCLE) at Villanova University is sponsoring a one-day conference on W.E.B. DuBois and Liberal Education. We have chosen to celebrate the work of DuBois because he is the exemplary interdisciplinary, engaged scholar, not merely a practitioner of the liberal arts but also an ardent defender of them. His writings encompassed and bridged philosophy, sociology, literature, political science, history, music, economics, Africana Studies, and cultural studies. He was also a journalist, editor, organizer, and political activist. 2018 is the 150th anniversary of his birth.

Read more about this call for papers here.

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Posted: June 1, 2018
Tagged: Calls for Papers, Meetings, Conferences, Symposia


Conference of Quaker Historians and Archivists

Registration is open for the Conference of Quaker Historians and Archivists, June 22-24, 2018, at University of Massachusetts, Amherst, and an optional Bus Tour of Quaker historical sites following the conference, June 24-26, which will be based out of Providence, Rhode Island. Further information about the program, dining options, accommodations, registration, and the optional tour, is available on the conference website.

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Posted: May 31, 2018
Tagged: Meetings, Conferences, Symposia


Call for Proposals: James K. Polk and His Time: A Conference Finale to the Polk Project

The James K. Polk Project and the Department of History at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, invite paper proposals for "James K. Polk and His Time: A Conference Finale to the Polk Project," to be held at the East Tennessee Historical Society, in Knoxville, on April 12–13, 2019.

Read here for more information about this event.

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Posted: May 30, 2018
Tagged: Calls for Papers, Meetings, Conferences, Symposia


Australian and New Zealand American Studies Association Conference

The 2019 ANZASA Conference, "Community, Conflict, and 'the Meaning of America'" will be held at the University of Auckland on July 14-16, 2019.

In 1939, Perry Miller published the first volume of The New England Mind, a foundational text in American Studies. Looking back, he regarded this book as part of his life’s study of “the meaning of America.” Eighty years later, the 2019 Australian and New Zealand American Association (ANZASA) Conference will engage with Miller’s intellectual endeavor.

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Posted: May 30, 2018
Tagged: Meetings, Conferences, Symposia


Watch the 2018 OAH Presidential Address | "Everyone Their Own Historian"

Edward Ayers has been named National Professor of the Year, received the National Humanities Medal from President Barack Obama at the White House, won the Bancroft Prize and Beveridge Prize in American history, and was a finalist for the National Book Award and the Pulitzer Prize. He has collaborated on major digital history projects, including the Valley of the Shadow, American Panorama, and Bunk, and is one of the cohosts for BackStory, a popular podcast about American history. He is Tucker-Boatwright Professor of the Humanities and president emeritus at the University of Richmond as well as former Dean of Arts and Sciences at the University of Virginia. His most recent book is The Thin Light of Freedom, winner of the 2018 Lincoln Prize from the Gilder Lehrman Institute and the Avery Craven Prize from the OAH.

 

Posted: May 2, 2018
Tagged: Meetings, Conferences, Symposia


Call for Proposals - ECCSSA East Coast Colleges Social Sciences Association 2018 44th Annual Conference Roundtable

ECCSSA East Coast Colleges Social Sciences Association 2018 44th Annual Conference Roundtable
Call for Papers, Research and Proposals
Open to all disciplines and regions
Rethinking Leadership in Higher Education: Cultivating the Leadership of Learning

April 6-7, 2018
Center for Innovative Technology (Washington, D.C. Metropolitan Area)
2214 Rock Hill Road, Herndon, VA 20170

2018_44th_Annual_Conference_Roundtable-Conference_Overview_and_Call.pdf
ECCSSA_Proposal_Form_2018.doc
ECCSSA_2018_Conference_Round_Table_Registration_Form.pdf

 For information contact: roking@nvcc.edu

A Note on the Roundtable Format:
A select group of presenters and participants will gather for two days to present their research and to discuss the work of other presenters. All participants will gather in the same room to hear and discuss each presentation. It is imperative that all presenters and participants be in attendance and fully participate for both days of the roundtable.

 

Posted: December 22, 2017
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Institute for the Editing of Historical Documents, 17 – 21 June 2018, Olympia, Washington

Institute for the Editing of Historical Documents, 17 – 21 June 2018, Olympia, Washington

The Association for Documentary Editing (ADE) welcomes applications for the 47th Institute for the Editing of Historical Documents, to be held 17 – 21 June 2018 at the Red Lion Inn in Olympia, Washington.

The Institute for the Editing of Historical Documents, known informally as "Camp Edit," is an annual five-day workshop for individuals new to the field of historical documentary editing. With the needs of the participants as a guide, experienced documentary editors provide instruction in the principles and practices of documentary editing and insight into the realities of work on a documentary edition.

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Posted: December 22, 2017
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New Approaches to Gender and Migration in the U.S. since 1900, A Graduate Symposium

The History Department at Bates College invited papers on the topic of gender and migration to and/or within the United States since 1900. Presentations will be part of a day-long graduate symposium showcasing the work of emerging scholars (recent PhD or ABD) from historically underrepresented groups. (African Americans, Alaska Natives, Arab Americans, Asian Americans, Latinx, Native Americans, Native Hawaiians, and other Pacific Islanders.) Of special interest is work that considers gender and sexuality intersectionally with other markers of social difference; or that employs a transnational or translocal framework; or that raises the historic visibility of women migrants.

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Posted: December 15, 2017
Tagged: Meetings, Conferences, Symposia, Calls for Papers


New Badge Possibilities at the 2018 OAH Annual Meeting

With the well-meaning intent of creating networking opportunities, academic conferences ask that all attendees wear a name badge prominently displayed on their person. To further help attendees navigate the many faces and names, they also traditionally ask for each person's affiliation. The OAH Annual Meeting has been no exception.

The blog post 'Hey Academics, Please Stop Calling Me an "Independent Scholar"' by Megan Kate Nelson recently prompted an important conversation about the way in which we label ourselves, and thereby each other.  Conference attendees increasingly identify themselves as more than their affiliation, and those without a current affiliation increasingly feel on the outskirts of an ever-shrinking group.

We encourage all attendees to reconsider what they list on their badge during the registration process. We invite you to list your specialty, twitter handle, or, if you prefer, your affiliation. We want all our attendees to feel comfortable and to use the information on the badges of their peers to help build relationships and make new connections.

Join the conversation at OAH Crossroads or tweet us using #OAH18.
Register and update your badge here!

 

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Posted: October 10, 2017
Tagged: Meetings, Conferences, Symposia


Symposium on Cryptologic History - Registration Now Open

Registration is now open for "Milestones, Memories, and Momentum," the 2017 Symposium on Cryptologic History. The Symposium will take place October 19 - 20, 2017 at the Johns Hopkins Applied Physics Laboratory's Kossiakoff Center in Laurel, Maryland. Following the Symposium, on Saturday, October 21, participants will be given an opportunity to tour the National Cryptologic Museum, participate in a workshop on sources for research in cryptologic history, and enjoy presentations about William and Elizebeth Friedman

Agenda highlights include sessions on Cyber Conflict, Cold War cryptology, and mulitiple sessions on World War 2. There will be a World War 1 track on October 20th which will include a performance of the one-woman show "The Hello Girls" by Ellouise Schoettler. Other sessions of note include "Writing about Cryptology & Intelligence" (featuring Steven Aftergood, Mark Bradley, Stephen Budiansky, and Michael V. Hayden); "Breaking Engima: The Anglo-French-Polish Effort" (the panel includes Sir Dermot Turing); "Writing the History of GCHQ;" "Vietnam Re-examined;" and "Pencil-Pushing Mammas: Women in Cryptology" which will feature both oral histories as well as talks by four authors of books about female cryptologists (G. Stuart Smith, Jason Fagone, Jackie Uí Chionna, and Liza Mundy).

Please join us! Complete information and registration links can be found at http://bit.ly/OCT2017CCH; the preliminary program can be found here: https://cryptologicfoundation.org/file_download/f539ed6b-cedd-4d0a-bd64-1c858fe4bbee

Posted: July 18, 2017
Tagged: Meetings, Conferences, Symposia


Announcing OAH Crossroads - an online community for U.S. historians

The OAH Annual Meeting Crossroads, in partnership with H-net, is an online forum where U.S. historians can collaborate to form panels for upcoming Annual Meetings, connect ahead of the conference to find room or travel mates, or converse about the profession.

As opposed to a traditional H-net network, Crossroads posts OAH related conversations from other H-net area specific networks on one page. So, if you are searching for collaborators in H-AfroAm then, by using certain keywords, it will show up in OAH Crossroads making it easier for potential Annual Meeting participants to find.

View OAH Crossroads

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Posted: July 12, 2017
Tagged: Meetings, Conferences, Symposia, News of the Organization


Society for Applied Anthropology

The Society for Applied Anthropology (SfAA) invites abstracts (sessions, papers and posters) for the Program of the 78th Annual Meeting in Philadelphia, PA, April 3-7, 2018. The theme of the Program is “Sustainable Futures.”

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, 2017. For additional information on the theme, abstract size/format, and the meeting, please visit our web page (www.sfaa.net/annual- meeting/).

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

The Society for Applied Anthropology is pleased to announce our 78th Annual Meeting in Philadelphia, PA, April 3-7, 2018.  For meeting information visit www.sfaa.net/annual-meeting/.

Please contact me if you have any questions.

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

Posted: July 6, 2017
Tagged: Meetings, Conferences, Symposia


The Princeton & Slavery Project Symposium

The Princeton & Slavery Project, a scholarly investigation of Princeton University's historical engagement with the institution of slavery, will launch its website and host a scholarly symposium on November 17-18, 2017. Nobel Laureate Toni Morrison will deliver the keynote address. Other featured speakers include Project director Martha A. Sandweiss (Princeton University), Ruth Simmons (Brown University), Leslie Harris (Northwestern University), Eric Foner (Columbia University), and Danielle Allen (Harvard University).

Weekend events will also include McCarter Theater's world premiere of "The Princeton and Slavery Plays," seven newly-commissioned short plays based on historical documents uncovered as a part of the research project. Playwrights include: Nathan Alan Davis, Jackie Sibblies Drury, Dipika Guha, Branden Jacobs-Jenkins '06, Kwame Kwei-Armah, McCarter Artistic Director and Resident Playwright Emily Mann, and Regina Taylor.

In addition, the Princeton University Art Museum will host a public conversation with Titus Kaphar related to a new sculpture commissioned for the Project that explores the ways in which we create identity, racial structures, and economies in visual form. In the Museum's galleries, artworks from Kaphar's existing body of work will be featured in an exhibition that relates more broadly to representations of history in the United States, and in particular how African American identity is constructed and reinforced by their visual representation and/or absence in art.

Registration for the symposium will open in mid-September. Check back in the coming months for the most up-to-date information.

For More Information: https://slaverysymposium.princeton.edu/

Posted: May 23, 2017
Tagged: Meetings, Conferences, Symposia