Opportunities for Historians

2022-23 Fellowships at IAS/School of Social Science

DEADLINE: November 2, 2021

Each year, approximately 25 scholars are selected as Members in the School of Social Science at the Institute for Advanced Study in Princeton, NJ. A completed doctorate or equivalent is required by the application deadline of November 1, 2021. Memberships are awarded at both the junior and senior levels. Members are expected only to pursue their own research and participate in the seminars. The theme for 2022–23 is "Climate Crisis Politics." Applications outside the theme are also welcomed.

Further information

Posted: August 3, 2021
Tagged: Fellowships


Call for Submissions: The DC History Conference

DEADLINE: November 4, 2021

The DC History Conference is an interdisciplinary, community conference considering the past, present, and future of the district, co-presented by the DC History Center and DC Public Library, sponsored by the Graduate Program in Public History at American University, and organized by a volunteer planning committee.

The 48th annual DC History Conference takes place March 31 – April 2, 2022. The conference organizers aim to provide a welcoming, educational, and stimulating forum for original research and engagement with the history of the Washington, DC metropolitan area (including Maryland, Virginia, and the federal government). For the first time, this three-day event will be offered at no cost to attendees.

Please review the call for submissions and complete the submission form to apply to present at the 2022 DC History Conference. Proposals are due by Wednesday, November 3, 2021, 11:59 PM EST.

Learn more about the DC History Conference

Posted: October 18, 2021
Tagged: Calls for Papers


CFP: Digital GLAM Spaces: Building a Community of Practice for User Experience and Accessibility Conference

DEADLINE: November 11, 2021

The University of Oregon Libraries in partnership with Jordan Schnitzer Museum of Art and with the generous support of The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation are excited to call for proposals for the “Digital GLAM Spaces: Building a Community of Practice for User Experience and Accessibility” Conference. This one-day virtual conference will be held on November 10, 2021.

Conference submissions will be welcomed from August 9th–September 10th, 2021.

Proposals should be aligned with one or more of the conference goals:

  • Building community around web accessibility and user experience.
  • Sharing definitions and practices connected to UX and accessibility.
  • Communicate digital strategies for incorporating user research into digital projects.
  • Discuss people, skillsets, and support needed to make web accessibility and user experience designed as part of digital cultural heritage work instead of bolted on

Submission Formats:

  • Lightning Talks - 15 minutes
  • Individual Presentation - 25 minutes
  • Panel Presentation - 45 minutes.

Questions related to this announcement may be directed to:

Franny Gaede, Director of Digital Scholarship Services at the University of Oregon (mfgaede@uoregon.edu) or or Kate Thornhill, Digital Scholarship Librarian at the University of Oregon (kmthorn@uoregon.edu)

Further information

Posted: August 13, 2021
Tagged: Calls for Papers, Meetings, Conferences, Symposia


Call for Submissions: New Deal Book Award for 2021

DEADLINE: November 16, 2021

The Living New Deal Invites Submissions for the First Annual New Deal Book Award

The Living New Deal, a nonprofit in Berkeley, California, has established an annual New Deal Book Award to recognize and encourage non-fiction works about U.S. history in the New Deal era (1933–1942).

To be eligible, books for the 2021 New Deal Book Award must have a publication date of 2021 and be nominated by a publisher or author colleague. The New Deal Book Award and finalists will be chosen by a distinguished review committee.

The deadline for submissions is November 15, 2021. The winner will be announced in Spring 2022, and receive a cash prize of $1,000, to be awarded during the Roosevelt Reading Festival at the Franklin Delano Roosevelt Presidential Library and Museum at Hyde Park, New York, in summer 2022, to which the five finalists will be invited.

Submission guidelines and a brief nomination form can be found at the Living New Deal website.

The Living New Deal began in 2007, as a project of the Geography Department at University of California, Berkeley, mapping the locations of New Deal projects—artworks, libraries, post offices, schools, community centers, airports, roads, bridges, parks and more. In addition to resources about New Deal policies, profiles and achievements, the website features an interactive map and descriptions of more than 17,000 New Deal sites crowdsourced by volunteers who submit their discoveries using the Living New Deal website and a mobile phone app. The website drew more than a million visits last year.

For more information, contact: Kurt Feichtmeir, Director of Development, The Living New Deal: kurt@livingnewdeal.org, (707) 494-8001

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Posted: August 3, 2021
Tagged: Awards and Prizes


Submissions Welcome for Sharon Ritenour Stevens Prize, 2022

DEADLINE: November 16, 2021

The Association for Documentary Editing (ADE) invites applications for its annual prize to documentary editors, scholars, and students at midpoint of a project heavily dependent on documentary editing and document sources. Preference is given to persons working on women in uniformed military service or in various military support services (such as the USO) or on the home front during wartime. Advanced students, scholars (including independent scholars), and editors may apply.

The two-part prize of $1,500.00 seeks to facilitate the use of documentary sources for a project or doctoral dissertation at its research stage. It consists of $1,000.00 toward travel to collections, reproduction of sources, or other costs associated with utilization of documents in research, along with $500.00 to support the prizewinner’s participation in the annual meeting of the Association for Documentary Editing. Given pandemic restraints on travel, recipients may use the prize for alternative methods of research. Winners are required to report on their work in person or virtually at our scholarly conference. The prize also includes a year’s membership in ADE.

The prize was established in 2019, to honor the life and work of Sharon Ritenour Stevens (1950–2013), Associate Editor of the Papers of George C. Marshall at the George C. Marshall Foundation in Lexington, Virginia. On her own time and money, she also labored on a biography of Lt. Col. Susanna P. Turner, a protégé of George C. Marshall and a member of the first Officers Candidate School for the Women’s Army Corps (WACs) in 1942, as well as one of ten women selected for Command and General Staff School. Unfortunately, this biographical project never reached fulfillment. The Ritenour Stevens prize is established to aid other scholars and editors working in fields allied with her interests but for whom institutional support such as sabbaticals and release-time or research funds is not available.

Specifically, those interests were:

  • Uniformed women’s roles in military conflict, declared or undeclared
  • Women’s history
  • Military history

A submission packet will comprise, as Word documents:

  • One-page application letter describing the project’s significance, the applicant’s status (Student? Independent scholar? Contingent/contract faculty? Retired?) and a summary of the planned use of documents in the project.
  • Two-page statement about the research and documents under consideration.
  • Three-page (maximum) curriculum vitae.
  • Letter of recommendation from a primary doctoral advisor or other person involved in project oversight or its publication.

All documents should be double-spaced, except for the letter, which may be single-spaced. The deadline for submissions is November 15, 2021. A committee of five members of the Association for Documentary Editing will judge the submissions. The prizewinner will be announced in mid-January 2022 and introduced to the organization at its annual meeting. Queries may be sent to CDBL@Brown.edu.

At the conclusion of the award period, recipients should provide a one-page (250 words) report to the ADE Council on their use of the prize. A version of this report may be considered for publication in the association newsletter and on the ADE website.

Read about the Sharon Ritenour Stevens Prize

Posted: September 9, 2021
Tagged: Awards and Prizes


Vernacular Architecture Forum Call for Papers

DEADLINE: December 1, 2021

The Vernacular Architecture Forum invites paper and poster proposals for its 43rd Annual Conference, May 18 to May 21, 2022, in San Antonio, Texas. The paper and poster sessions will be on Saturday, May 21. Papers may address topics relating to vernacular and everyday buildings, sites, or cultural landscapes worldwide and how people use these sites. We also welcome papers that explore new methodologies for researching vernacular architecture, or new pedagogies for engaging students in the analysis of everyday buildings and cultural landscapes. Submissions on all relevant topics are welcome. We encourage papers focusing on issues of migration, displacement, de/colonialism, segregation, resistance, gender, sexuality, identity, heritage, equity, and/or justice in the everyday built environment. Those focusing on the vernacular landscapes of Texas, including treatments of its cultural borderlands and its regional relationship to Latin America are also encouraged.

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

Call for Papers
Proposals should clearly state the argument of the paper and explain the methodology and content in fewer than 400 words. Papers should be analytical rather than descriptive. 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. Proposals for complete sessions are welcome; if you are submitting your proposal as part of a complete session, be sure to indicate this in your submission. As delivered at the conference, each paper should be no more than twenty minutes in length.

Please note that all presenters must deliver their papers in person and be VAF members at the time of the conference. Speakers must register by March 1, 2022, or their paper will be withdrawn. Please do not submit a proposal if you are not committed to attending the entire conference and delivering your paper on Saturday, May 21, 2022.

The deadline for paper proposals is November 30, 2021.

The proposals and c.v. should be emailed as a PDF attachment to the papers committee. 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 Papers Committee chair Alec Stewart.

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 2021, 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 paper 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.

Call for posters
VAF 2022 San Antonio also will host the annual poster session to showcase recently completed research and works-in-progress. Students and emerging scholars are particularly encouraged to submit. The poster proposal may address any topic relating to vernacular and everyday buildings, sites, or cultural landscapes worldwide as described in the first paragraph of this document.

Proposals should include a title, proposal (no more than 200 words), and a one-page c.v. Accepted presenters will be expected to follow general guidelines regarding poster dimensions but must design, print, and present their posters at the conference. If you have any questions about the poster’s session, please contact Posters Committee chair PJ Carlino.

The deadline for paper proposals is November 30, 2021.

The proposals and c.v. should be emailed as a PDF attachment to the posters committee. All proposals received will be acknowledged. If you do not receive an acknowledgement of receipt of your poster within one week of its submission, please contact Posters Committee chair PJ Carlino.

COVID-19: We recognize that COVID-19 makes all plans uncertain. Should circumstances arise that require a shift of plans, we will be in touch with presenters regarding alternate conference plans.

General information about the San Antonio conference will be posted on November 1, 2021.

Learn more about Vernacular Architecture Forum Call for Papers

Posted: October 12, 2021
Tagged: Calls for Papers


NCPH Award Nominations

DEADLINE: December 2, 2021

NCPH awards recognize excellence in the diverse ways public historians apply their skills to the world around us. The purpose of the award program is to promote professionalism and best practices among public historians and to raise awareness about their activities. Submissions for the Book Award and Kelley Award are due November 1; all other awards (the Outstanding Public History Project Award, New Professional Award, Excellence in Consulting, and Student Awards) are due December 1. Help us acknowledge extraordinary work by nominating yourself or a colleague. A full list of awards and submission details at http://ncph.org/about/awards/.

Posted: October 7, 2021
Tagged: Awards and Prizes


CFP: Herbert G. Gutman Prize for Outstanding Dissertation

DEADLINE: December 3, 2021

The Labor and Working-Class History Association (LAWCHA) is pleased to announce its annual Herbert G. Gutman Prize for Outstanding Dissertation in U.S. Labor and Working-Class History, established in cooperation with the University of Illinois Press. LAWCHA encourages the study of working people, their lives, workplaces, communities, organizations, cultures, activism, and societal contexts. It aims to promote a diverse and cross-cultural understanding of labor and working-class history. And it encourages innovative, theoretically informed, and interdisciplinary approaches. Transnational and comparative studies rooted in U.S. history are welcomed, as are studies of capitalism in relation to the working-class experience.

The dissertation prize is named in honor of the late Herbert G. Gutman, a pioneering labor historian and a founder of the University of Illinois Press’s Working Class in American History Series. LAWCHA hopes that the spirit of Gutman’s inquiry into the many facets of labor and working-class history will live on through this prize.

The winner will receive a cash prize of $750 from LAWCHA along with up to $500 in travel expenses to attend the awards ceremony, and a contract to publish in the Working Class in American History Series. The prize award is contingent upon the author’s acceptance of the contract with the University of Illinois Press.

According to the Working Class in American History editors, the series publishes “research that illuminates the broad dimensions of working people’s influence in North America. We define working-class history capaciously and encourage submissions that explore waged, non-waged, and/or coerced labor, rural and urban settings, and the wide range of labor performed in non-industrial settings, from agriculture to domestic service and beyond. We welcome consideration of the diverse contexts of the lives of those who work, including legal, political, and ideological aspects, as well as parameters of gender, sexuality, race, ethnicity, religion, and immigration. As we seek to enhance understanding of pre-industrial and industrializing worlds, we also explore the new challenges that workers face amidst deindustrialization, globalized production, and an expanding service economy. We particularly seek projects that reflect the mobile, international, and diverse nature of capital and labor and apply a transnational or comparative outlook to the study of the working class. We find compelling work that considers the centrality of working people within the history of capitalism.”

Eligible dissertations must be in English and defended in the academic year 2020–21 (September 1, 2020 – October 31, 2021). Dissertations will be considered only in one year's competition.

Applicants are not required to be members of LAWCHA at the time of the submission. The winner will be announced at the membership meeting during the 2022 Organization of American Historians conference in Boston, MA.

To apply send two electronic copies of the dissertation (one in pdf and one in Word.doc format) along with a letter from the dissertation advisor confirming the date of the defense (a letter of recommendation is not required). Submissions should also include a cover letter with full contact information: name, professional or home address, email, and telephone. Entries must be submitted by December 2, 2021, to: LAWCHA lawcha.office@gmail.com with the subject line Gutman Prize.

Posted: October 18, 2021
Tagged: Awards and Prizes


Call for Applications | Institute for Constitutional History, Fall 2021 Seminar

DEADLINE: December 11, 2021

The New York Historical Society's Bonnie and Richard Reiss Graduate Institute for Constitutional History Seminar | Fall 2021 Session

“Constitutions in Conflict: Proslavery versus Antislavery”

Meeting Dates & Time: Fridays, October 29, November 5 and 19, December 10, 2021, | 2–5 pm ET

Presented in person at the New-York Historical Society:
170 Central Park West
New York, NY 10024

The Constitution of 1787 was famously a compromise between proslavery and antislavery delegates. For that very reason, the supporters and opponents of slavery would go on to invoke the Constitution in support of their very different causes. In four discussions that span the Founding Era up through the Civil War, historians James Oakes and Sean Wilentz examine the critical points in the constitutional debate over slavery and consider how Congress and the courts grappled with constitutional contradictions.

Qualifications and Requirements:
The seminar is designed for graduate students, junior faculty, and teachers/instructors in history, political science, law, and related disciplines. There is no tuition or other charge for this seminar.

Applications due September 15, 2021. Visit the seminar webpage for more information about the course and how to apply.

Posted: August 13, 2021
Tagged: Meetings, Conferences, Symposia


Call for Applications: National Endowment for the Humanities Scholar in Residence

DEADLINE: December 16, 2021

Through the generous support of the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) the Center for Jewish History (the Center) invites applications for an NEH Scholar in Residence that will support original research conducted at the Center. Applications are welcome from scholars working in a broad range of fields within the humanities and social sciences. The application deadline is December 15, 2021, for a residency from July 2022 through June 2023.

Applications are welcome from scholars in any field who have completed a PhD more than six years prior to the start of the fellowship and whose research will benefit considerably from consultation with materials in the collections of the Center’s partners – American Jewish Historical Society, American Sephardi Federation, Leo Baeck Institute, Yeshiva University Museum, and YIVO Institute for Jewish Research.

Fellowships carry a stipend of $60,000 for a period of 12 months. Fellows are expected to conduct original research at the Center, deliver at least one public program based on the research conducted, and actively participate in the scholarly community at the Center. Fellows must acknowledge the Center and the National Endowment for the Humanities in all publications resulting from research completed during the fellowship and submit a report upon completion of the fellowship describing the experience.

Assesment Criteria

  • The ambition, scope, and intellectual significance of the proposed project.
  • The quality and impact of the applicant’s prior work in their respective field.
  • The overall clarity and intelligibility of the proposal, with its aims clearly conveyed.
  • The feasibility and appropriateness of the project proposal, including the applicant’s disciplinary and linguistic training and, when relevant, the soundness of the dissemination and access plans.
  • The likelihood that the applicant will become part of the life of the Center for Jewish History for the time of the fellowship by using its collections for the proposed project and participating in Center events.

The NEH Scholar in Residence will join a larger cohort of long- and short-term fellows within the Center’s Fellowship Program. The Center seeks to build a fellowship cohort that is diverse in race, ethnicity, and gender as well as academic rank, geographic location, and field of study. Qualified individuals who would bring diverse perspectives and experiences to the fellowship are especially encouraged to apply.

Requirements for Application

  • Cover letter stating area of interest, how the project relates to the mission of the Center for Jewish History, and how the project will benefit from the residency (no more than one page).
  • Curriculum Vitae.
  • Research proposal (no more than 1500 words), including specific reference to the collections at the Center and clearly stated goals for research during the period of the fellowship.
  • A one-page bibliography of important secondary sources for the project.
  • Contact information for three references who can speak to the significance of the candidate’s work.

Please submit applications by email as one continuous PDF file by December 15, 2021, to:

Julie Kaplan
Manager of Public Programs
15 West 16th Street
New York, NY 10011
United States of America
Email: fellowships@cjh.org

Learn more about the National Endowment for the Humanities Scholar in Residence

Posted: October 15, 2021
Tagged: Fellowships