Opportunities for Historians

OHA Webinar: Radio Storytelling

DEADLINE: June 28, 2019

June 27, 2019
1:00PM–2:30PM EST

Join Molly Graham and the OHA Staff as she presents a webinar, entitled Radio Storytelling. This webinar is an introduction to the basic tools and techniques for creating a radio documentary. Participants will learn about the basic equipment required to get started, professional sound recording techniques, narrative reporting, and how to gather and document the elements of a compelling radio story. She will also discuss writing for radio and scripting the podcast, in addition to voicing narration, editing, and sound production. Finally, participants will have the opportunity to pitch their radio stories (if applicable) and find the right platforms to share their radio pieces and podcasts.  

This 90-minute webinar begins at 1:00 PM EST and is free to the first 50 OHA members who sign up. 50 seats will be reserved for non-members at $75/person. All OHA members in good standing will have access to the webinar after the event.

Meet the Host:
Molly Graham is a professional oral historian and documentarian. She trained at the Salt Institute for Documentary Studies in Portland, Maine, where she produced the award-winning radio documentary, Besides Life Here, which has been licensed by several National Public Radio affiliates. She has her master’s degree in Library Science and Archives Management from Simmons College in Boston. Molly is the former director of the oral history program at the Wisconsin Veterans Museum and Assistant Director of the Rutgers Oral History Archives. In 2013, she cofounded Oral History & Folklife Research, Inc., with the mission of preserving the stories, voices, and cultural traditions of Maine and beyond. She is the project manager for the Voices Oral History Collection, where she collects, preserves and curate’s oral histories documenting historical environmental change and its impacts on fisheries, oceans and coasts.  

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Posted: June 18, 2019
Tagged: Around the Profession

CFP: International Conference on the Blues

DEADLINE: June 29, 2019

CFP: Delta State University to host 6th Annual International Conference on the Blues

International Conference on the Blues
October 4, 2019
Delta State University
Cleveland, Mississippi

Review of proposals will begin June 15, 2019
Deadline: Friday, June 28, 2019

Delta State University is now accepting proposals for papers, presentations, lecture-performances, workshops, panels, and clinics for the 6th annual International Conference on the Blues. Suggested topics of interest include but are not limited to:

  • The Blues
  • African American musical traditions and influences on American music and culture
  • Music of the African Diaspora
  • The influence of gospel, spirituals, and soul music
  • The music of the American Civil Rights Movement
  • African American music as social commentary and protest
  • History and culture of the Mississippi Delta
  • Topics of an interdisciplinary nature are welcomed

Papers are invited from scholars, including authors, performers, African American music enthusiasts, and independent researchers. We also welcome young and emerging scholars (graduate students, recent masters and doctoral graduates, and junior faculty).

All presentations will be a maximum of 20 minutes in length, followed by additional time for discussion, and should address a general audience of scholars, students, and blues fans.

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 may be granted. Presenters agree to appear at the conference at their own expense, which will include a registration fee of $100.

For more information, please contact Shelley Collins and Don Allan Mitchell at blues@deltastate.edu  
or visit  www.deltastate.edu/blues

The International Conference on the Blues consists of a full day and night of scholarly activity, discourse, and music on the Delta State University campus.

Academic presentations, Blues performances, a "Blues in the Round" jam session open to participants, and concert add appeal for all audiences. Tickets to a performance by Kool and the Gang, scheduled for Thursday, October 3, may be purchased separately.

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Posted: June 18, 2019
Tagged: Calls for Papers

Weekend Workshop in Applied History with Patty Limerick

DEADLINE: July 1, 2019

All-expense paid weekend workshop in Applied History with Patty Limerick.
Become a leader in this exciting trend of expanding the opportunities to engage wider audiences in historical reflection!
Participants will receive:

  • All travel expenses paid
  • Meals and incidentals
  • Three nights lodging in lovely Boulder, CO
  • A $750 stipend
  • Automatic acceptance into our “Summer Workshop Program,” a three-week long immersion into our Applied History Program

Post-docs, adjuncts, and recent Ph.D. in History graduates are encouraged to apply. We will sponsor eight participants throughout the 2019–2020 Academic year. Each participant will take part in their own, three-day “Individual Skills Repurposing” weekend workshop. 

We will provide:

  • Help identifying ways to apply your research to a range of contemporary issues
  • An opportunity to experiment with different forms of public communication (practicing public speeches, writing op-ed pieces, conjuring up potential blogs or podcasts)
  • Guidance on revising dissertations for publication, including contacts with and introductions to publishers
  • Multi-dimensional employment plan for pursuing opportunities for future work

Application period is open until June 30, 2019.

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Posted: June 18, 2019
Tagged: Fellowships, Grants

CFP:Trafalgar Chronicle; Nelson and The Georgian Navy as Portrayed in Art, Film, and Literature

DEADLINE: July 2, 2019

For over two decades, the Trafalgar Chronicle has been the flagship scholarly publication of the 1805 Club, with an international membership. The mission of the 1805 Club is to preserve the history, memorials, and monuments of the Royal Navy during the Georgian Era (sometimes called Nelson’s Navy) from approximately 1775 to 1830. The Trafalgar Chronicle is an essential component of that mission. It is published annually by Seaforth Publications, maintaining a global readership.  

For the 2020 edition, the editors are seeking carefully-researched articles on “Portrayals of Nelson and/or the Georgian Navy in Art, Film, and Literature”. We want your analysis of how the Georgian Navy has been portrayed in paintings, drawings and prints, ceramics, sculpture, literature (historic fiction and non-fiction), films, screenplays, and documentaries. 

Contributors are invited to address and analyze the manner in which a particular art-form or an artist or a group of artists have portrayed the people, technologies, accomplishments, victories, losses, admiralty, uniforms, or life-at-sea in the Royal Navy of the Georgian Era. What is accurate and what is inaccurate or misleading?? How could such works shape or influence today’s concepts about the Royal Navy in the Georgian Era? How has a particular genre evolved in portraying some aspect of the Georgian Navy? What symbolism do we find in these portrayals and how can that symbolism be interpreted? 

In each issue, we are also interested in one or two general interest articles with some unique perspective on the Georgian Navy. We are looking at having a regular feature called “Places that Remember Nelson: Then and Now-concerning the changing times and environments of Nelson monuments and statues–also the before and after of restoration efforts. 

Submission Guidelines: Please submit (A) An abstract of no more than 500 words; (B) A biographical sketch of no longer than 100 words; (C) An author CV. Submittals are due by July 1, 2019.  Applicants will be notified of their acceptance status by September 1, 2019

Submit all proposals and inquiries to tc.editor@1805Club.org. Author guidelines are available upon request. 

Articles should be 2000 to 5000 words long. Authors are advised to use Modern Humanities Research Association (MHRA) format. All articles are due February 1, 2020, at which point they will be edited and, in some cases, submitted to peer review.  Articles will be returned to authors with comments, edits, questions, and recommendations by April 1, 2020. Revised articles will be due May 1, 2020.  Publication will be after October 1, 2020

All contributors will be asked to provide at least 3 or 4 high resolution images. At least one of them should be in color and sufficiently high-res to be used in a center color block. If images are to be in-text, please indicate where they should go. All images should be accompanied by a proposed caption, date, author, and source. We have a small budget if you need to pay an archive for the rights. 

We will also ask each author to submit a photo of himself or herself. (a reasonably good color photo of yourself from the neck up), so that readers can see what you look like. 

Journal: Trafalgar Chronicle
Sponsoring Organization: The 1805 Club, London, UK
Readership: International – Historians of the Georgian Era of the Royal Navy
Editors: Dr. Sean Heuvel, Christopher Newport University
             Captain John Rodgaard, US Navy, Retired
             Dr. Judith E. Pearson, freelance writer and copyeditor
Contact: tc.editor@1805Club.org

Posted: June 3, 2019
Tagged: Calls for Papers

CFP: Universities Studying Slavery 2019 Fall Symposium “The Academy’s Original Sin”

DEADLINE: July 2, 2019

When: October 9–12, 2019 
Where: Xavier University and the University of Cincinnati, Cincinnati, OH 

Xavier University and the University of Cincinnati are proud to co-sponsor the Universities Studying Slavery (USS) Fall 2019 Symposium, entitled “The Academy’s Original Sin.” USS is a multi-institutional collaborative effort working to address historical and contemporary issues dealing with race and inequality in higher education and university communities and the complicated legacies of slavery in modern American society. 

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Posted: May 8, 2019
Tagged: Calls for Papers

Call for Chapter Proposals: “Where East Meets (Mid)West: Exploring a Regional Divide”

DEADLINE: July 2, 2019

Volume editors seek proposals for chapters to be included in an edited collection focused on exploring the history, development, and culture of the Eastern edges of the American Midwest and the distinctions between the American East and Midwest. The volume is planned for publication by the Kent State University Press.

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Posted: March 19, 2019
Tagged: Calls for Papers

Purdue University Archives Research Travel Grants

DEADLINE: July 8, 2019

The Purdue University Archives & Special Collections welcomes applications for its 2019/2020 Research Travel Grants. The purpose of these grants is to support the research of faculty, students, and independent scholars whose research cannot progress satisfactorily without consulting the materials onsite. Grants of up to $2000 will be awarded to individual scholars to support their travel. 

Noteworthy collecting areas include:

  • Flight and Space Exploration: The Barron Hilton Flight and Space Exploration Archives collects original, rare, and unique materials that relate to the history of flight and space exploration, particularly materials that reveal the impact Purdue University’s teaching and research has had on aeronautics and astronautics. The Archives include the papers of faculty and alumni who served as astronauts, pilots, engineers, and aerospace professionals. Notable collections include the papers of Amelia Earhart, Neil Armstrong, Eugene Cernan, James “Jimmy” Johnson, and Janice Voss. Hilton Flight Archives website: http://collections.lib.purdue.edu/flight-and-space/
  • Psychoactive Substances Research Collection: This collecting area documents the history of research on the therapeutic potential of psychedelics, and is particularly relevant given the present re-emergence of psychedelic research. Highlights include the papers of Charles Savage, William Richards, and Stanislav Grof, psychiatrists who were involved in major research studies at the Spring Grove State Hospital in the 1960s; the papers of David Nichols, Distinguished Professor Emeritus of Medicinal Chemistry who taught at Purdue from 1974 until 2012 and is internationally recognized for his work on psychedelics and MDMA; and other smaller collections which document various aspects of psychedelic research spanning a variety of disciplines. Psychoactive Substances Research Collection website: http://collections.lib.purdue.edu/psychoactive/ 
  • Women’s Archives: The Susan Bulkeley Butler Women’s Archives was established to proactively document and preserve the legacy of women who helped shape Purdue and Indiana history. Notable collections include the Frank and Lillian Gilbreth personal papers as well as their Library of Management; various collections documenting the history of the Deans of Women at Purdue; the Sisters for Health Education (S.H.E.) records; and the Paulina T. Merritt papers on the Indiana Women’s Suffrage Movement, among others. Women’s Archives website: http://collections.lib.purdue.edu/womens-archives/ 
  • Purdue University History: The University Archives includes records of Purdue University’s departments, reflecting the founding, growth and evolution of the land-grant university for the State of Indiana and its mission to provide education in the agricultural and mechanical arts. The Research Center also collects papers of noteworthy Purdue alumni, faculty, and staff, including famed typographer and book designer Bruce Rogers; author, playwright and folklorist George Ade; “Dean of American Cartoonists” John T. McCutcheon; motion studies expert and engineering educator Lillian M. Gilbreth; and educator and diversity advocate Cornell Bell. Small, but significant, collections documenting the histories of Purdue’s diversity centers, including the Black Cultural Center and the LGBTQ Resource Center, have been established and continue to grow.
  • Rare Books and Early Manuscripts: Rare book collections include the history of engineering, science, and transportation, particularly railroads history, canals, and aviation (Goss Library of the History of Engineering); the history of economics and political thought (Krannert Special Collection); the history of typography and book design (Bruce Rogers Collection); and books about Indiana history or written by Indiana authors. The libraries of authors Charles Major and George Ade are also included in the collection. The Center has three 16th century manuscript codices as well as a collection of 12 ancient and medieval manuscript leaves covering a wide range of time periods, places of origin, and scripts, for scholars interested in manuscript studies and the history of the book. More information: https://www.lib.purdue.edu/spcol/rare-books 

Further Information: 
General information about the Purdue University Archives: https://www.lib.purdue.edu/spcol 
More information about travel grants: https://www.lib.purdue.edu/spcol/research-travel-grants
Database of archival materials available for research: https://archives.lib.purdue.edu/ 

Deadline for applications: July 7, 2019

Posted: June 3, 2019
Tagged: Grants, Fellowships

NCPH 2020 Call for Proposals

DEADLINE: July 16, 2019

The National Council on Public History is in the midst of celebrating its 40th anniversary, and we are planning on capping the party off with our 2020 Annual Meeting in Atlanta, Georgia! Interested in joining in on the fun? Consider submitting a proposal for the conference, which will run from March 18-21, 2020. Our theme for the conference is “Threads of Change,” and all proposals are due by July 15, 2019. We look forward to hearing from you!

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Posted: May 6, 2019
Tagged: Calls for Papers

Australian and New Zealand American Studies Association Conference

DEADLINE: July 17, 2019

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, 2019
Tagged: Meetings, Conferences, Symposia

New online Master of Arts in Museum Studies

DEADLINE: August 1, 2019

The CUNY School of Professional Studies is launching an online Master of Arts in Museum Studies. This program is in partnership with the New-York Historical Society and seeks to meet the needs of adult learners interested in preparing themselves for new opportunities in museum work or building on experience.  Scholarships are being offered to some fall applicants and are in support of diversity within museum work and particularly leadership.
Fall courses include Museum Administration, Finance and the Law, History and Theory of Museums, and The Art and Material Culture of the New York Historical Society are all developed and taught by N-YHS leadership. Disability and Inclusion will also be offered in the fall, taught by a leader in that field who specializes in access to culture institutions. 
Registration information is available at museumstudies@sps.cuny.edu.
If you have any questions about the program or online learning at CUNY SPS, please feel free to contact Jemma Coplin, Program Administrator, at Jenna.Coplin@cuny.edu

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Posted: June 18, 2019
Tagged: Around the Profession