Opportunities for Historians

The National Humanities Center Invites Applications for Residential Fellowships

DEADLINE: October 9, 2020

The National Humanities Center invites applications for academic-year or one-semester residential fellowships. Mid-career, senior, and emerging scholars with a strong record of peer-reviewed work from all areas of the humanities are encouraged to apply.

Scholars from all parts of the globe are eligible; stipends and travel expenses are provided. Fellowship applicants must have a PhD or equivalent scholarly credentials. Fellowship applicants are supported by the Center’s own endowment, private foundation grants, contributions from alumni and friends, and the National Endowment for the Humanities.

Located in the vibrant Research Triangle region of North Carolina, the Center affords access to the rich cultural and intellectual communities supported by the areas research institutes, universities, and dynamic arts scene. Fellows enjoy private studies, in-housing dining, and superb library services that deliver all research materials.

Applications are due by 11:59 p.m. EDT, October 8, 2020. 

Fellowship applicants are asked to complete the online application form and to upload the following documents:

  • 1,000 word project proposal
  • Short bibliography (up to 2 pages)
  • Curriculum vitae (up to 4 pages)
  • One-page tentative outline of the structure of the project (if the project is a book, provide an outline of chapters; otherwise, give an outline of the components of the project and their progress to date)

Applicants will also be asked to provide names and contact information for three references. We highly recommend applicants read through our Frequently asked questions before beginning their application. 

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Posted: September 18, 2020
Tagged: Fellowships

Call for Applications: 2021 HWW National PreDoctoral Career Diversity Virtual Summer Workshop

DEADLINE: October 31, 2020

Humanities Without Walls (HWW) is a consortium of humanities centers and institutes at 16 major research universities throughout the Midwest and beyond. Based at the Humanities Research Institute at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (UIUC), HWW has been funded by three successive grants from The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.

In summer 2021, HWW is holding its first online, national, virtual summer workshop for doctoral students interested in learning about careers outside of the academy and/or the tenure track system. Through a series of workshops, talks, and virtual field trips, participants learn how to leverage their skills and training towards careers in the private sector, the non-profit world, arts administration, public media and many other fields. All aspects of the workshop will be remote, virtual, and online in nature.

We invite applications from doctoral students pursuing degree in the humanities and humanistic social sciences to participate in this three-week, virtual summer workshop. This is a limited-submission application. Eligible doctoral students must be nominated for this fellowship by their home institutions, and only one nomination may be made to HWW by each university. To be considered, interested doctoral students must submit their applications to their home universities’ humanities center director, graduate college dean, or equivalent by October 31, 2020. Please do not submit your applications directly to HWW.

About the Workshop:
The Humanities Without Walls summer workshop utilizes a fellow-centered approach to assisting humanities PhD students with the development of their careers. Our principles emphasize student agency while giving attendees space to reflect on values. We have learned that centering the needs of each fellow results in empowered PhD professionals ready to tackle the world which await them post-degree. Our sessions intentionally layer foundations for the fellows as they do the real-time work of discerning personal career values, building community within the fellowship cohort, and researching potential career paths. The workshop models effective strategies that enable our fellows to prepare for a successful job search today and for the career transitions which will come in the future. 

The very concept of “humanities without walls” commits us to the work of racial and social justice in the context of career diversity programming. Therefore, we work to create sessions which help us grapple with the long history of implicit racial, gender, and class bias so often concealed in the guise of “professionalism.” HWW’s commitment to the values of reciprocity and redistribution allows our fellows an opportunity to thread the work of racial justice and social equity into their developing life and career goals and to think about inclusion by design as part of their work in the world, whatever shape that may take.

Launched in 2015 as an initiative of the HWW consortium, the workshop welcomes participants each summer from higher education institutions across the United States. HWW Summer Workshop Fellows work in a variety of academic disciplines. They are scholars and practitioners who come with experience in community building, museum curation, filmmaking, radio programming, social media, project management, research, writing, and teaching. They are typically invested in the pressing social justice issues of our time and are seeking ways to bring humanistic values, insights, and skills to their work lives, whether in the public and private sector. 

In the spirit of practice-oriented learning, HWW has partnered with entities such as IDEO, a design and consulting firm, the Joyce Foundation, and the Canadian Museum of History, amongst others, to lead students in real-world problem-solving exercises around important contemporary issues. Recognizing that each fellow’s skillset has been primarily oriented toward an academic track, the workshop includes sessions on values-based career planning, resume and cover letter construction, networking, and social media strategies from experts in career development. 

Graduates from the workshop will emerge with a network of contacts in a range of professional realms; a significantly broadened sense of the career possibilities that await humanities PhDs; a cohort of HWW Summer Workshop Fellows (and friends!) from whom they may draw support and advice; and a set of resources aimed at helping them advance into the various realms considered under the broad rubric of “the public humanities.”

Online. All workshop sessions will be virtual, taking place remotely via the Zoom video communications app.

Summer 2021—July 19th through August 6th. Online, virtual workshop sessions are planned for approximately four hours per day, to be scheduled between 9am to 5pm, Monday through Friday, for three weeks. Synchronous and asynchronous programming will comprise the remaining four hours per day.

All applicants must be enrolled in a doctoral degree program in a humanities or humanistic social science discipline at a PhD-granting institution within the United States. Applicants may be at any stage of their doctoral work, but they cannot have already received the doctoral degree at the time the workshop takes place. Applicants cannot have a graduation date on or before July 1st, 2021. International students are eligible to apply, but are responsible for confirming their registration and eligibility status at their home universities; HWW is not responsible for issuing visa paperwork.

Accommodation Statement:
 If you will need disability-related accommodations in order to participate in this program/event, please contact HWW’s Director of Operations, Jason Mierek, at 217-300-3711 or HWW-DirectorOps@illinois.edu. Early requests are strongly encouraged to allow sufficient time to meet your access needs.

Fellowship Award:
Each Fellow will receive a $5,000 award. All Fellows are expected to attend all online workshop sessions and be active participants in the asynchronous and synchronous elements of the virtual workshop for its entirety.

Application Requirements:
Interested doctoral students in the humanities should submit their applications to their home universities’ humanities center director, graduate college dean, or equivalent by October 31, 2020. Combine and submit all application materials as a single PDF file. Please do not submit your applications directly to HWW.

The application file should contain:

  • A completed application cover sheet
  • A narrative (1,000 words maximum) explaining the applicant’s intended career trajectory and addressing the following questions:

What does “career diversity” mean to you and what do you know about career diversity in graduate education?
o Why are you interested in attending the workshop?
o What kinds of knowledge and skills are you seeking from the workshop? 
o How do you envision sharing what you learn at the workshop with your colleagues, department, campus, and beyond?
oWhat experiences have you had in applied or public humanities or public engagement?
o What do you hope to achieve as a result of attending the workshop?

  • CV (two pages’ maximum)
  • Two letters of recommendation. One letter should be from the applicant’s primary adviser/dissertation chair; both should emphasize the applicant’s fit for this workshop

Application Procedures:
This is a limited-submission application. Eligible doctoral students must be nominated for this fellowship by their home institutions, and only one nomination may be submitted to HWW from any given university. 

Interested students must submit the application materials listed above to their universities’ humanities center director, graduate college dean, or equivalent by October 31, 2020. Please do not submit your applications directly to HWW.

Humanities Center Directors, Graduate College Deans, or equivalents should submit the application for their nominee by midnight CST on December 1, 2020. Applications should be submitted to HWW-DirectorOps@illinois.edu as a single PDF file attached to an email with the subject line “2021 Predoc Application.”

Announcement of fellowship awards will be made in January 2021. All questions should be directed to Jason Mierek, HWW's Director of Operations, at HWW DirectorOps@illinois.edu.

Posted: September 18, 2020
Tagged: Conference

CFP: The 42nd Annual Virtual Conference Hosted by Nineteenth Century Studies Association

DEADLINE: October 31, 2020

The 42nd Annual Virtual Conference
Nineteenth Century Studies Association
March 11-13, 2021

CFP Deadline: October 31, 2020

The Nineteenth Century Studies Association (NCSA) invites proposals for papers, panels, roundtables, and special sessions that explore our theme of Discovery in the long nineteenth century (1789–1914). As an interdisciplinary organization, NCSA particularly seeks papers by scholars working in art/architecture/visual studies, cultural studies, economics, gender and sexuality, history (including history of the book), language and literature, law and politics, musicology, philosophy, and science (and the history of science). In light of the many changes in pedagogy, research, and the exchange of ideas we have all experienced this past year, NCSA particularly welcomes papers, panels, or roundtable topics that address discoveries in the use of technology for nineteenth-century studies and teaching.

Papers might discuss uncovering lost cities, recovering forgotten manuscripts, or discovering new ways of thinking about aesthetic and historical periods. Scholars might explore the physical recovery of the past (archeology, geology), but also intellectual recovery as old ideas become new (evolution, neoclassicism, socialism, spiritualism). Papers might discuss publicizing discoveries (periodicals, lectures) or exhibiting discoveries (museums, world’s fairs, exhibitions). Other topics might include rediscovering and revisiting the period: teaching the nineteenth century, editing primary texts, and working toward diversity and social justice in the humanities.

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Posted: September 18, 2020
Tagged: Calls for Papers

Library Company of Philadelphia Post-Doctoral Fellowships for 2021–2022

DEADLINE: November 1, 2020

National Endowment for the Humanities Post-Doctoral Fellowships
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 form 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, 2020. 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
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 policy making and other topics. Applicants may be citizens of any country, and they must hold a Ph.D. by September 1, 2021. PEAES fellowships are tenable for up to nine months. The stipend is $5,000 per month.

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, 2021 through May 31, 2022, and fellows must be in continuously in residence at the Library Company for the duration of their fellowships.

For the NEH and PEAES Post-Doctoral Fellowships, the deadline is November 1, 2020, with a decision to be made by December 15.
To apply, go to the application page to fill out an online coversheet and upload a single portable document format (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 letters of recommendation should be submitted online in PDF format.

Candidates are strongly encouraged to inquire about the appropriateness of the proposed topic before applying. For more information about the NEH award, contact either Will Fenton (wfenton@librarycompany.org) or James Green (jgreen@librarycompany.org). For more information about the PEAES award, email Cathy Matson (cmatson@udel.edu).

Posted: September 18, 2020
Tagged: Fellowships

Phillips Library announces 2021 Malamy Fellowship

DEADLINE: November 2, 2020

The Phillips Library is pleased to announce the availability of the 2021 Frances E. Malamy Research Fellowship of the Peabody Essex Museum. All application materials, including references, must be received by 11:59pm on November 1, 2020. All materials may be submitted electronically to research@pem.org or via post to the Library Fellowship Committee at 306 Newburyport Turnpike, Rowley, MA 01969. Please ensure your application includes specific references to Phillips Library collection material, as found through our online catalog.

About the Fellowship:
One recipient will be awarded the Frances E. Malamy Fellowship to perform independent scholarly research at the library within a three-month time-frame between January 4, 2021 and December 31, 2021. Research must include use of archival materials held at the Phillips Library, and/or archiving activities under the direction of the Phillips Library staff. Research for this fellowships will be carried out at 306 Newburyport Turnpike, Rowley, MA 01969.

The Phillips Library requests the Malamy Fellow to submit a summary of their research for the benefit of museum staff and the public. The format of this summary is negotiable. Past recipients have given presentations on their research or contributed to the museum’s blog. PEM reserves the right to publicize the resulting product in order to promote research within the collection. Recipients are also requested to submit copies of any publication that results from their research to PEM.

The recipient will receive a $5,500 award, payable in two equal installments, at the middle and conclusion of their residency.

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Posted: September 18, 2020
Tagged: Fellowships

Franklin Research Grants

DEADLINE: December 2, 2020

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 the Ph.D.

Deadlines: October 1, 2020, and December 1, 2020

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 18, 2020
Tagged: Grants

Phillips Fund for Native American Research

DEADLINE: March 1, 2021

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 1, 2021

Award: up to $3,500

Contact: Linda Musumeci, Director of Grants and Fellowships, American Philosophical Society, 104 South Fifth Street, Philadelphia, PA 19106

Phone: (215) 440-3429
E-mail: LMusumeci@amphilsoc.org

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Posted: September 18, 2020
Tagged: Grants

1619 and Beyond: Explorations in Atlantic Slavery and its American Legacies

DEADLINE: March 6, 2021

1619 and Beyond: Explorations in Atlantic Slavery and its American Legacies
An Ohio State University Series, 2019–2021
In late August 1619, “twenty and odd” Angolans were brought from the West Indies to the Chesapeake Bay on the ship White Lion. Some of these individuals were sold into slavery at Jamestown. 2019 marked the quadricentennial of this arrival of Africans in British North America and the start of a trans-Atlantic slave trade that would continue (legally and illegally) until the Civil War, with profound legacies running to the present.

During this, the second year of our lecture series, The Ohio State University will move from last year’s focus on the slavery era to a year-long program focusing on the legacies of slavery in American and African American life from the post-emancipation period (after the Civil War) to the present. This year, the series will feature invited lectures by eminent scholars of the Jim Crow Era, the Modern Civil Rights Movement/Era, and the contemporary issues that continue to reflect a need to address the legacies of centuries of legal, race-based enslavement, segregation and discrimination. We will also offer film screenings, seminars, and Slavery Roundtables. We urge students to participate in these events and to take courses dedicated to the history of slavery.

We are pleased to announce the first of our series of webinars scheduled for 2020–2021. We hope that you can join us via Zoom for this and our upcoming series. All of our events will be at 4:30-6:00PM.
September 11
Sharla Fett, Professor of History; Chair, Department of American Studies, Occidental College 

“Recaptive Shipmate Journeys through the Carceral Spaces of the U.S. Slave Trade Suppression”

Professor Fett’s most recent work focuses on the U.S. naval capture of transatlantic slave ships during the mid-nineteenth century. She offers a new view of a heretofore unexamined “middle passage”—the return of these recaptured people to Africa, specifically Liberia. During their ordeal, recaptive men, women and children passed through many carceral spaces, such as jails and forts, ship holds, and special “receptacles” on the Liberian coast. This talk will unravel the question of why slavery-based practices of detention carried over into U.S. procedures for slave trade suppression and how recaptives collectively sought to resist those spatial constraints. Sharla Fett is the author of Recaptured Africans: Surviving Slave Ships, Detention, and Dislocation in the Final Years of the Slave Trade (2017), which was a finalist for the Frederick Douglass Book Prize in 2018.
Professor Fett is Chair of the American Studies Department and Professor of History and Black Studies at Occidental College
With major funding by the Ohio State Energy Partners Sponsored by:

  • Department of History
  • Department of African and African American Studies
  • Center for Historical Research
  • Office of Diversity and Inclusion

Organizing Committee:
Co-Chairs: Stephanie Shaw, Hasan Kwame Jeffries, John Brooke
Members: Joan Cashin, Alice Conklin, Simone Drake, Joan Flores-Villalobos, James Genova, Eric Herschthal, Hasan Jeffries, Ousman Kobo, Ahmad Sikainga, Adam Thomas
Upcoming events: All of our events will be at 4:30-6:00PM.
October 9 
Talitha L. LeFlouria, The Lisa Smith Discovery Associate Professor in African and African-American Studies, University of Virginia. 
"Slaves of the State: Black Women and Prison Labor in the Post-Civil War South." 
January 22
Judy Richardson, SNCC Veteran, Documentary Filmmaker
An Interview: Eyes On the Prize as Documentary and Document”
February 5
Shannon King, Associate Professor of History, Fairfield University
and Carl Suddler, Associate Professor of History, Emory University
“Policing Black America: Criminal Justice in NYC in the Past and Past - A Dialogue”
March 5
Derrick White, Professor of History, University of Kentucky
and Louis Moore, Associate Professor of History, Grand Valley State University
“The Black Athlete: Politics and Protest in the Era of Black Lives Matter - A Dialogue”

Inquiries regarding the series can be sent to brooke.10@osu.edu

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Posted: September 18, 2020
Tagged: Meetings, Conferences, Symposia