Opportunities for Historians

Call for Participants: 2020 Southern Studies Conference Hosted by Auburn University at Montgomery

DEADLINE: October 21, 2019

January 31–February 1, 2020

Now in its twelfth year, the Southern Studies Conference, hosted by Auburn University at Montgomery, explores themes related to the American South across a wide array of disciplines and methodologies. Registrants to the two-day conference enjoy a variety of peer-reviewed panels, two distinguished keynote speakers, and a lecture and exhibition by a visiting artist. This coming year, the Conference includes an opening reception, the evening of January 30th, a professional session oriented towards graduate student attendees, a graduate student poster session competition, and a voluntary Montgomery-based cultural outing on the afternoon of Saturday, February 1st.

The 2020 Southern Studies Conference keynote speakers and visiting artist are distinguished Southern historian Dan T. Carter, who will reflect upon the future of Southern Studies as a discipline; Jodi Skipper, Associate Professor of Anthropology & Southern Studies at University of Mississippi; and photographer Johanna Warwick, whose exhibition “The Bottom” engages with issues of race, class, urban planning, and the built environment in Baton Rouge, LA.

The 2020 Conference Committee invites proposals for pre-formed 90-minute panels or individual twenty minute academic papers or creative presentations on any aspect of Southern Studies (broadly defined), including those relating to the fields of anthropology, geography, art history, history, literature, theater, music, communications, political science, economics, and sociology. Disciplinary and interdisciplinary approaches to this theme are welcome. Topics may include, but are not limited to:

  • Southern Economies
  • Southern food studies
  • Pedagogy and the teaching of Southern topics
  • Canonicity and the South
  • Slavery and the American South
  • Civil War narratives
  • Southern archives, museums, and collections
  • Civil Rights narratives
  • Southern Geographies
  • Explorations of race and conflict in the South
  • Religion in the South
  • Southern literature
  • History of science or medicine in the South
  • Southern arts (in any medium or genre)
  • Southern architecture
  • Explorations of the Southern worker
  • Southern politics
  • Anthropological studies of the South
  • Sociological studies of the South
  • Southern music
  • Cross-cultural exchanges between the South and other geographic areas
  • Native American topics of the South
  • Stories of immigration/migration and border crossings
  • Contemporary re/mis-conceptions of "The South"
  • Presentations by artists/performers/writers working in the South/making work about the South

Proposals can be emailed to southernstudies@aum.edu. Please submit a 250-word abstract and a 2-page CV for an individual twenty-minute academic paper or creative presentation proposal. Pre-formed 90-minute panel applications should include a 250-word description of the panel, list of speakers and chair/respondent, if applicable, and individual 2-page CV for each participant.

The deadline for submission is Monday, October 21, 2019. Please note that submission of a proposal constitutes a commitment to attend, if accepted. Presenters will be notified of acceptance by November 2019.

For more information, visit the conference website, or contact Naomi Slipp, Conference Director and Assistant Professor of Art History, Auburn University at Montgomery: nslipp@aum.edu.20 Southern Studies Conference at AUM.

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Posted: August 26, 2019
Tagged: Calls for Papers

Library Company of Philadelphia: Post-Doctoral Research Fellowship, 2020–2021

DEADLINE: November 1, 2019

National Endowment for the Humanities Post-Doctoral Fellowships support research in residence at the Library Company on any subject relevant to its collections, which are capable of supporting research in a variety of fields and disciplines relating to the history of America and the Atlantic world from the 17th through the 19th centuries. NEH Fellowships are for individuals who have completed their formal professional training. Consequently, degree candidates and individuals seeking support for work in pursuit of a degree are not eligible to hold NEH-supported fellowships. Advanced degree candidates must have completed all requirements, except for the actual conferral of the degree, by the application deadline, November 1, 2019. Foreign nationals are not eligible to apply unless they have lived in the United States for the three years immediately preceding the application deadline. NEH fellowships are tenable for four to nine months. The stipend is $5,000 per month.

Program in Early American Economy and Society (PEAES) Post-Doctoral Fellowships support research in the collections of the Library Company and other nearby institutions into the origins and development of the early American economy, broadly conceived, to roughly 1850. The fellowships provide scholars the opportunity to investigate the history of commerce, finance, technology, manufacturing, agriculture, internal improvements, economic policymaking, and other topics. Applicants may be citizens of any country, and they must hold a Ph.D. by September 1, 2020. The stipend is $40,000 for the academic year, or if the award is divided between two scholars, $20,000 per semester.

Senior scholars are particularly encouraged to apply. The Library Company’s Cassatt House fellows’ residence offers rooms at reasonable rates, along with a kitchen, common room, and offices with internet access, available to resident and non-resident fellows at all hours. All post-doctoral fellowships are tenable from September 1, 2020, through May 31, 2021, and fellows must be in continuously in residence in the Philadelphia area for the duration of their fellowships.

The deadline for receipt of application is November 1, 2019, with a decision to be made by December 15. Make just one application; you will automatically be considered for all the fellowships for which you are eligible. 

To apply, click here>>

Please fill out an online coversheet and upload a single PDF containing a brief résumé, a two- to four-page description of your proposed research, and a writing sample of no more than 25 pages. In addition, two confidential letters of recommendation should be submitted online in PDF format using the form provided on the application page. Candidates are strongly encouraged to inquire about the appropriateness of the proposed topic before applying. 

For more information about the NEH award, contact James Green via telephone (215) 546-3181 or e-mail jgreen@librarycompany.org.

For more information about the PEAES award, email Cathy Matson at cmatson@udel.edu.

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Posted: August 26, 2019
Tagged: Fellowships

Registration open for the 2019 National Humanities Conference

DEADLINE: November 1, 2019

We are pleased to announce that registration is now open for the 2019 National Humanities Conference!

Join us in Honolulu for the first National Humanities Conference hosted outside the continental United States. Together, we will investigate how to deepen the public’s engagement with the humanities.

This year’s programming explores local and regional culture across Oceania. We will consider contemporary issues facing Pacific Island communities—including migration, militarism, political status, and climate change—that resonate with broader national concerns. 

Event Details:
Honolulu, Hawaii
Thursday, November 7th – Sunday, November 10th, 2019
Deadline to Apply: November 1st.

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Posted: August 26, 2019
Tagged: Meetings, Conferences, Symposia

Vernacular Architecture Forum Call for Papers and Posters

DEADLINE: November 3, 2019

Vernacular Architecture Forum 2020 Annual Meeting, Vernacular Landscapes of San Antonio and Central Texas, May 6 to May 9, 2020, in San Antonio, Texas.

The Vernacular Architecture Forum (www.vafweb.org) invites paper and poster proposals for its 39th Annual Conference, Vernacular Landscapes of San Antonio and Central Texas. The paper and poster sessions will be on Saturday, May 9. They may address topics relating to vernacular and everyday buildings, sites, or cultural landscapes worldwide and how people use these sites. 
Submissions on all relevant topics are welcome. We encourage papers and posters focusing on vernacular architecture and cultural landscapes of Texas, as well as issues of displacement, migration, acculturation, revival architecture, and African Americans in slavery and freedom in borderlands. 

Students and young professionals may apply for the Pamela H. Simpson Presenter’s Fellowships offering support of up to $500 to presenting papers at VAF’s annual conference. 

The deadline for proposals in November 2, 2019

Submitting a paper proposal: 
Papers should be analytical rather than descriptive, and no more than twenty minutes in length. Proposals for complete sessions are welcome. Proposals should clearly state the argument of the paper and explain the methodology and content in fewer than 400 words. Make sure to indicate if your proposal is being submitted as part of a complete session. Please include the paper title, author’s name, email address, and a one-page c.v. You may include up to two images with your submission. Note that presenters must deliver their papers in person and be VAF members at the time of the conference. Speakers are encouraged to attend the entire conference. Speakers must register by March 1, 2020, or their paper will be withdrawn. Please do not submit an abstract if you are not committed to attending the conference and delivering your paper on Saturday, May 9, 2020

The proposal and c.v. should be emailed as a PDF attachment to papers@vafweb.org. All proposals received will be acknowledged. If you do not receive an acknowledgement of receipt of your paper within one week of its submission, please contact Andrew Dolkart, chair of the papers committee directly at asd3@columbia.edu

Pamela H. Simpson Presenter’s Fellowships:
VAF’s Pamela H. Simpson Presenter’s Fellowships offer a limited amount of financial assistance to students and young professionals presenting papers at VAF’s annual conference. Awards are intended to offset travel and registration costs for students, and to attract developing scholars to the organization. Any person presenting a paper who is currently enrolled in a degree-granting program, or who received a degree in 2019, is eligible to apply. Awards cannot exceed $500. Previous awardees are ineligible, even if their status has changed. Recipients are expected to participate fully in the conference, including tours and workshops.

To apply, submit with your proposal a one-page attachment with “Simpson Presenter’s Fellowship” at the top and the following information: 1) name, 2) institution or former institution, 3) degree program, 4) date of degree (received or anticipated), 5) mailing address, 6) permanent email address, 7) telephone number, and 8) paper title.

Submitting a poster proposal: 
In addition to the paper sessions, VAF 2020 San Antonio will host a poster session to showcase recently completed research and works-in-progress. Students and emerging scholars are particularly encouraged to submit. Proposals should include a title and abstract (200 words). Deadline for submission is November 3, 2019. Upon acceptance, poster contributors will be provided a poster template, which must be used. 

Posters will be showcased in the conference book room with dedicated discussion times during paper session breaks and receptions. 

Submit poster proposals via the Google Form: https://forms.gle/VreUnow27AcPsRag6

Email questions to Brent Fortenberry at brent.fortenberry@gmail.com.

For general information about the San Antonio conference, please visit the VAF website or contact Michelle Weaver Jones, VAF Conference Planner, conference@vafweb.org.

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Posted: September 9, 2019
Tagged: Calls for Papers

2020 NCPH Award Cycle Open for Nominations

DEADLINE: December 1, 2019

Recognize those who put history to work in the world!

Over $7,000 in award money is available to recognize excellence in the multitude of ways public historians apply their skills to the world around us. The awards program promotes professionalism and best practices among public historians and raises awareness about their activities. Recipients will be honored during the National Council on Public History annual meeting, March 18–21, 2020 in Atlanta, GA.

Guidelines, as well as, current and past recipients are listed on the NCPH website, here>> 

Due November 1, 2019:

  • NCPH Book Award: A $1,000 award for the best book about or growing out of public history published in 2018 or 2019.
  • Robert Kelley Award: A $500 award honoring distinguished achievements by individuals, institutions, or nonprofit or corporate entities for making history relevant to the public.

Due December 1, 2019:

  • Excellence in Consulting Award: Up to two $500 awards for outstanding work and contributions by consultants or contractors.
  • Outstanding Public History Project Award: $1,000 recognizing a project—digital, print, film, exhibit, etc.—that contributes to a broader public reflection and appreciation of the past or that serves as a model of professional public history practice.
  • New Professional Award: Two $500 travel grants to enable new professionals, practicing public history for no more than three years, to attend the 2020 NCPH Annual Meeting.
  • Student Project Award: A $500 travel grant to attend the 2020 NCPH Annual Meeting, recognizing the contributions of student work to the field of public history.
  • Graduate Student Travel Award: Five travel grants of up to $300 each for graduate students presenting (session, poster session, or working group) at the 2020 NCPH Annual Meeting.

Join us in celebrating the winners at the 2020 NCPH Annual Meeting in Atlanta, GA, March 18–21, 2020!

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Posted: September 12, 2019
Tagged: Awards and Prizes

The American Philosophical Society’s Franklin Research Grants

DEADLINE: December 2, 2019

The American Philosophical Society’s Franklin Research Grants support the cost of research leading to publication in all areas of knowledge. Applicants are expected to have a doctorate or to have published work of doctoral character and quality. The Society is particularly interested in supporting the work of young scholars who have recently received their Ph.D.

Deadlines: October 1, 2019, and December 2, 2019

Award: up to $6,000

Contact: Linda Musumeci, Director of Grants and Fellowships, American Philosophical Society, 104 S. 5th Street, Philadelphia, PA 19106 E-mail: LMusumeci@amphilsoc.org Phone: (215) 440-3429

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Posted: September 9, 2019
Tagged: Grants

Upcoming Nineteenth Century Studies Association Deadlines

DEADLINE: January 15, 2020

NCSA has several upcoming deadlines for awards and prizes, including the following:

  • Emerging Scholars Award, due July 1, 2019 to Diana Polley: emergingscholarsncsa@gmail.com
  • NCSA Article Prize, due July 1, 2019 to Christine Roth: articleprizencsa@gmail.com 
  • International Travel Award, due December 1st to the conference organizers: ncsa2020@gmail.com
  • Student Travel Grant and Scheuerle-Zatlin International Travel Grant, both due December 1st to the conference organizers: ncsa2020@gmail.com
  • NCSA Faculty Development Travel Award, due January 15th to the conference organizers: ncsa2020@gmail.com

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Posted: June 18, 2019
Tagged: Grants, Awards and Prizes

CFP: U.S. Catholic Historian: U.S. Catholics and Non-Christians

DEADLINE: February 2, 2020

CFP: U.S. Catholic Historian: U.S. Catholics and Non-Christians

For more than thirty-five years the U.S. Catholic Historian has published theme-based issues relevant to the history of American Catholicism. An upcoming issue will address the theme of Catholics and non-Christians. Contributions could include, but are not limited to, historical studies of the following:

  • U.S. Catholics' engagement with religious traditions including Islam, Judaism, Atheism/Communism, Native American religions, etc.
  • Missionary efforts among non-Christians in the United States
  • U.S. Catholic theological engagement with non-Christian thinkers
  • Dialogues between Catholics and non-Christian groups
  • Catholic participation in the World's Parliament of Religions (1893) and similar meetings
  • Ethnic succession that has placed Catholics and non-Christians in geographic proximity to one another

Scholars considering a submission are asked to contact the editor, Fr. David Endres at DEandres@mtsm.org before preparing a contribution.


Approximate length is 7,000-10,000 words.


We ask for submissions by February 1, 2020 and look forward to hearing from potential contributors.


Posted: March 13, 2019
Tagged: Calls for Papers

The Phillips Fund of the American Philosophical Society Grants

DEADLINE: March 2, 2020

The Phillips Fund of the American Philosophical Society provides grants to fund research in Native American linguistics, ethnohistory, and the history of studies of Native Americans in the continental United States and Canada. The funds are intended for such extra costs as travel, tapes, films, and consultants’ fees.

Deadline: March 2, 2020

Award: up to $3,500

Contact: Linda Musumeci, Director of Grants and Fellowships, American Philosophical Society, 104 South Fifth Street, Philadelphia, PA 19106 E-mail: LMusumeci@amphilsoc.org Phone: (215) 440-3429

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Posted: September 9, 2019
Tagged: Grants