Opportunities for Historians

Call for Papers: Material Matters: It’s in the Details

DEADLINE: May 16, 2021

January 22 & 23, 2022

Material Culture has increasingly been accepted by historians as a tool that widens and enriches scholarship of historical events. The survival of objects from events and individuals for which no written sources survive provides an entry into lives and experiences otherwise lost to history. From a military point of view, material culture is especially important. Despite the literacy of a surprising number of European and American soldiers from the 18th century, artifacts associated with them provide important perspectives into the military experience. Their interaction with objects that crossed from civilian to military realms as well as their engagement with items made specifically for military purposes all provide important opportunities to deepen our understanding of people’s experiences of warfare in the long 18th century.

Furthermore, artifacts created for military ends connect scholars back to the civilians that often created them. Military artifacts speak to the intersection of long-standing trade practices with the growing centralization, capitalization, and industrialization of fiscal military states that were developing in the 18th century. The Fort Ticonderoga Museum seeks papers relating broadly to material culture made, used, or altered in a military context. From soldier’s encounters with domestic furnishings on campaign to the weapons designed and built for battle, military history and material culture are profoundly connected.

We are seeking out new research from established scholars in addition to graduate students, professionals, and artisans that relate to material culture made, used, or altered in a military context between roughly 1609-1815.

Papers may engage but are not limited to:
• Objects made for military purposes
• Civilian objects used in military contexts
• Archeological research into sites of military occupation
• Ephemeral material cultures such as food
• Military material culture crossing cultural, national, and geographic lines
• Construction and fabrication of material culture
• Experimental archeology and living history perspectives on material culture
• Art and representations of material culture in military contexts

This conference will be held online, using Zoom Webinars, the weekend of January 22 & 23, 2022. Sessions are 30 minutes in length followed by 10 minutes for audience questions. Traditional illustrated papers, combined with live or recorded videos of trade practice or object analysis will all be accepted for consideration. Fort Ticonderoga may provide speakers with an honorarium. Please submit a 300 word abstract and CV by email by May 15, 2021 to Richard M. Strum, Director of Academic Programs: rstrum@fort-ticonderoga.org

For further information: https://www.fortticonderoga.org/event/virtual-material-matters-its-in-the-details/2022-01-22/

Posted: March 30, 2021
Tagged: Calls for Papers

LAWCHA 2021 Conference Registration is Now Open

DEADLINE: May 29, 2021

Registration for the 2021 LAWCHA Conference, Workers on the Front Lines, is now open. Please register here: http://www.lawcha.org/annualmeeting/chicago-illinois-2021/

The conference is virtual and will run from May 20-28, 2021. Those who are on the program are required to join LAWCHA.

We have an exciting lineup of over 60 panels, roundtables, and workshops.

On Thursday, May 20, at 6 pm (ET) the conference will kick off with a plenary, "College for All and a National Agenda for Labor in Higher Education." This event will bring together LAWCHA members, laboractivists, Scholars for a New Deal for Higher Education, and union representatives serving a variety of higher ed workers to discuss the College for All bill and how to use it as a foundation for a bottom-up national movement, one that demands fair funding, fair tuition, and fair labor. The event will be live-streamed and does not require registration.

On Saturday, May 22, at 8 ET, we will gather for a plenary on the challenges faced by essential workers in the food industry during the pandemic. This panel will feature Mohamed Attia (Executive Director, Street Vendor Project), Dorothy Sue Cobble (Distinguished Professor Emerita of History and Labor Studies, Rutgers University), Ryan Coffel (Colectivo Collective Union Organizer), Carlos Enriquez (Restaurant Organizing Project, Democratic Socialists of America), and Ben Wilkins (Organizing Director, NC Raise Up).

On Monday, May 24, at 8 pm (ET) we will gather with the United Association of Labor Educators for a night of music and poetry as well as a virtual tour of Vaxo Manka's murals in Pittsburgh's St. Nicholas Catholic Church.

On Tuesday, May 25, at 8 pm (ET) we will gather with the United Association of Labor Educators for a screening and roundtable discussion of Julia Reichert and Steve Bognar’s documentary film, 9to5: Story of A Movement.

On Wednesday, May 26, at 6 pm (ET), the LAWCHA Membership Meeting will begin with a short greeting from an organizer of the B’Amazon Union Council of RWDSU, which is supporting the organization of workers at Amazon warehouses in Bessemer and across the South. The meeting will also include the announcement of this year’s LAWCHA Distinguished Service to Labor History Award and other prizes as well as a discussion of LAWCHA’s future led by Vice President Cindy Hahamovitch.

On Thursday, May 27, at 8 pm (ET), we will gather for a plenary, The New Labor Journalist and the First Draft of Working-Class History. The session will feature Michelle Chen (Dissent/Nation), Steven Greenhouse (formerly NY Times), Kim Kelly (Teen Vogue), Juliana Reyes (Philadelphia Inquirer), and Micah Uetricht (Jacobin).

To close the conference, we will have a screening of Adrian Filmadria's new documentary film, Haymarket: The Bomb, the Anarchists, the Labor Struggle on Friday, May 28, at 8 pm (ET).

Closer to the conference, everyone who registers will receive an email with the password to access the webpage with links to all conference events.

Please spread the word about the conference and network with attendees on social media by using the hashtag #lawcha2021!

Posted: May 11, 2021
Tagged: Meetings, Conferences, Symposia

CFP--Conference: "The Great Strike: Slavery During the American Civil War"

DEADLINE: June 16, 2021

The Virginia Center for Civil War Studies at Virginia Tech welcomes proposals for panels, individual papers, roundtables, video content, digital projects, and other formats such as posters and exhibits covering slavery during the Civil War. Topics may include how enslaved people experienced the war on battlefields, in hospitals, military camps, and their homes. We are interested in projects that consider enslaved people as central actors in Civil War histories, and welcome applications from undergraduate and graduate students, and encourage early-stage scholars to apply.

Professors Crystal Feimster (Yale University) and Jaime A. Martinez (UNC-Pembroke) will deliver keynote presentations.

Please submit your paper proposals (max. 500 words) and CV as well as any questions to Caroline Wood Newhall (cwnewhall@vt.edu) by June 15, 2021. Presenters will be asked to submit written papers or precís of their projects in advance, and papers will be considered for publication in an edited volume or special journal issue. A limited amount of funding to cover lodging is available for scholars without access to departmental funds. Please indicate in your application if you would like to be considered.

Deadline for submission: June 15, 2021

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Posted: March 30, 2021
Tagged: Calls for Papers

SCHC: Mountains, Millinery, & Mormons, Oh My! “Experts Next Door” Speaker Series Continues

DEADLINE: June 18, 2021

Ballston Spa, NY – The Saratoga County History Center is pleased to announce the April, May, and June episodes of the popular virtual speaker series “Experts Next Door.” The program connects Saratoga County residents with experts on a wide variety of topics. The episodes are casual, fun, entertaining, and informative. Audience participation is encouraged.

Thursday, April 22, 7 pm: “Curing in the Mountains” with Amy Catania, Executive Director of Historic Saranac Lake. Ms. Catania will discuss Saranac Lake’s fascinating role in the research and treatment of tuberculosis, and how it relates to today’s fight against the Covid-19 pandemic. Along the way, she will share tales of Saranac Lake’s history, including first-hand accounts from people associated with the research and treatment center.

Thursday, May 20, 7 pm: “The Social Life of Hats” with Dr. Tillman Nechtman, Professor of History at Skidmore College. Grab your fedoras, Panamas, bowlers, pork pies, and boaters, because May’s episode of END is all about hats! In particular, the role hats have played in Saratoga’s storied social scene. Inspired by a spring 2021 course at Skidmore that utilizes Brookside Museum’s chapeaux collection, Dr. Nechtman’s presentation will include stories, students, and some silliness. Participants are encouraged to wear their favorite topper and share their own social shenanigans.

Thursday, June 17, 7 pm: “New York, Joseph Smith, and the Fight for Religious Freedom” with Dr. Spencer McBride, Associate Managing Historian of the Joseph Smith Papers Project. Dr. McBride, a prominent historian and published author, will be discussing his newest book and exploring the remarkable, though short-lived, political career of Joseph Smith, the New Yorker who founded Mormonism, waged a literal war for religious freedom, and launched a quixotic run for the White House.

Episodes are free for SCHC members, and $5 for non-members. Please register in advance at www.brooksidemuseum.org Registrants will receive a Zoom link and other relevant information. For questions, please contact Isobel Connell at isobel@brooksidemuseum.org.

The Saratoga County History Center is dedicated to preserving and sharing the diverse histories of Saratoga County. Previously focused on the Brookside Museum in Ballston Spa, the SCHC now offers a wide variety of innovative, exciting, and educational programming online. In particular, a town hall-style public forum on climate change and historic preservation is slated for the fall. When Brookside Museum re-opens this summer, the SCHC will debut new exhibits and family-friendly events. Please see the SCHC website (www.brooksidemuseum.org) and our social media accounts (@SaratogaCoHistory) for news and announcements.

Posted: April 21, 2021
Tagged: Meetings, Conferences, Symposia

Call for Applications: Graduate Research Fellowships at the Center for Jewish History

DEADLINE: July 1, 2021

The Center for Jewish History offers 10-month Dr. Sophie Bookhalter Graduate Research Fellowships to doctoral candidates to support original research using 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. Preference is given to those candidates who draw on the archival and library resources of more than one partner institution. Fellowships must run for 10 months, starting either fall 2021 or spring 2022, and applicants should have completed all requirements (i.e., coursework, exams, dissertation proposal) for the doctoral degree except for the dissertation. Fellows are encouraged to spend two days per week in residence in the Lillian Goldman Reading Room using the archival and library resources; however, we also encourage applications from applicants who will be fully remote (if the collection material is predominantly digitized and available remotely) or from applicants who will operate on a hybrid model. Fellows must also participate in the Center's Fellowship Seminar Program, attend bi-weekly meetings of the program cohort, deliver a minimum of one lecture based on research conducted at the Center, and submit a report upon completion of the fellowship describing their experience as a Center fellow. In-residence fellowships carry a stipend of $22,500 for a period of 10 months. Remote or hybrid fellowships carry a stipend of $20,000 for the same period, plus the Center will be able to support digitization of a limited amount of collection material relevant to the fellow's research.

The application deadline for fellowships starting in fall 2021 or spring 2022 is June 30, 2021.

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Posted: May 10, 2021
Tagged: Fellowships

New York Labor History Association: Wetherimer and Bellush Prizes

DEADLINE: July 2, 2021

Barbara Wertheimer Prize in Labor History
To recognize serious study in American labor and work history among undergraduate students, the New York Labor History Association annually awards the Barbara Wertheimer Prize for the best unpublished research paper written during the previous academic year. Wertheimer was a leading labor educator and scholar.

Bernard Bellush Prize
The Bernard Bellush Prize recognizes outstanding unpublished scholarship by graduate students in American labor and work history. Please do not submit a full dissertation. The Bellush Prize honors the contribution to labor history made by Bernie Bellush, as a scholar and as an activist.
Both the Bellush and Wertheimer Prize provide an award of $250 for the best research paper written during the 2020–2021 academic year. An abstract of each paper will be posted on the NYLHA website. Please encourage your graduate and undergraduate students to submit their work. Entries will be evaluated on the basis of scholarship and literary merit.

Entrants should email their paper to:
Brian Greenberg
18 Borden Street
Shrewsbury, NJ 07702
Email: bgreenbe@monmouth.edu

The deadline is July 1, 2021.

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Posted: May 10, 2021
Tagged: Awards and Prizes

NCPH 2022 Call for Proposals

DEADLINE: July 16, 2021

National Council on Public History (NCPH) invites proposals for its 2022 Annual Meeting, March 23–26, in Montreal, Quebec, Canada. If the last few years have shown us anything, it’s that we are currently standing at a crossroads. We have all witnessed monumental changes in society that have fundamentally altered how we see one another, how we interact with each other, and how we will go forward together in the future. Being at the crossroads allows us to reckon with the past while seeking solutions for repair and contributing to a more equitable society. As public historians, our work is critical in defining turning points, meaningful direction, and inspiring movement on paths toward progress. To learn more about the conference theme, “Crossroads,” and to fill out the proposal form, visit us at https://ncph.org/conference/2022-annual-meeting/calls-for-proposals/. Final submissions are due July 15, 2021. Please email NCPH at ncph@iupui.edu with any questions.

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Posted: May 10, 2021
Tagged: Calls for Papers

The Association for Documentary Editing: Representation and Recovery

DEADLINE: August 1, 2021

Representation and Recovery
A Virtual Meeting of the Association for Documentary Editing
Hosted by Dickinson State University
June & July 2021

To promote a wide range of conversations, the Association for Documentary Editing (ADE) will hold this year’s program in two portions, with an “annual meeting” on June 24–27, and “conference/networking sessions” on July 6, 13, 20, and 27. All events will be held virtually. Live sessions will be made available on Zoom, and recordings (where permitted) will be made available on the ADE’s YouTube channel.

ANNUAL MEETING | June 24–27 2021:
During the last weekend of June, we will hold sessions required by ADE’s governance. We will also use this time to hold sessions in partnership with the Theodore Roosevelt Center at Dickinson State University, the previously designated location of the 2021 conference. To support the costs of conference hosting while also remaining sensitive to financial strains during this ongoing health crisis, this portion of the conference includes tiered registration fees:

  • Patron: $25 (or more)
  • Standard: $20
  • Student, Retired, Independent Scholars: $10
  • Pay What You Can: We recognize that the past year has been financially difficult for many and welcome donations anywhere below $10. Any donations over $25 are also welcome and will be considered a Patron-level donation.

The events of 2020 highlight a long-standing threat to our multifaceted cultural heritage, including the absence of equitable representation. Black people, Indigenous peoples, US Latinos, Asian Americans, Pacific Islanders, women, GLBTQ+ and those of the Global South are underrepresented within the fields of editing and archival and community-based curation and recovery. As one of many groups participating in scholarly and public communication, we are extending the conference to include a series of public forums that address such inequities.

On Tuesdays in July, the ADE will host multiple sessions in an effort to facilitate interdisciplinary conversation and reflect on the conference CFP’s themes of social justice, representation and recovery. Given the importance and value of such conversations, this portion of the conference will be free.

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Posted: May 10, 2021
Tagged: Meetings, Conferences, Symposia

Columbia University Press Launches New Partnership with Howard University to Advance Black Studies and Diversity Academic Publishing

DEADLINE: March 1, 2030

Columbia University Press today announced a new ongoing scholarly book series in the field of Black studies called Black Lives in the Diaspora: Past / Present / Future, to be published in partnership with Howard University’s College of Arts and Sciences and Columbia University’s African American and African Diaspora Studies Department. This collaboration between a historically Black university and an Ivy League university’s press and faculty is the first of its kind in academic publishing, and it represents the first step in a larger partnership between the two universities to publish more robustly in Black studies and to recruit and support a cohort of editorial fellows to provide an entryway for recent HBCU graduates into the publishing industry.

An editorial board of eight faculty—four each from Howard University and Columbia University—will oversee the new series, which will be published by the Press. The series will publish in the humanities and social sciences at the junior, midcareer, and senior levels. Acquisitions for 2–3 publications per year in the new series will begin immediately. Funding is currently being sought to expand the program to publish up to 20 titles per year and augment the staff of Columbia University Press with a new full-time Black studies editor and graduate student fellows. The fellows will receive specialized training in the editorial department and will be supported to gain experience across the other standard departments in publishing, according to their own interests. Over time, this cohort of fellows, mentored by the new editor and others at Howard University and Columbia University, will be prepared for careers in the publishing industry.

Building on Columbia University Press’s history of publications in Black studies and history, sociology, religion, philosophy, and literature, the new series will further scholarship in African American and African Diaspora studies by focusing on Black lives in a global diasporic context. The series will showcase scholarship and writing that enriches our understanding of Black experiences in the past, present, and future. It is a goal of the series that the books will reach beyond the academy and become part of urgent national and international conversations about the experiences of people of African descent. By design, the series anchors an exchange across two global educational institutions, both residing in historical capitals of Black life and culture.

Howard University had a press that was discontinued a decade ago, representing the loss of an important voice in African American studies and scholarly publishing. This new collaboration will enable Howard once again to participate in the curatorial process of scholarly publishing, and result in a series dedicated to African American and African Diaspora studies that is more inclusive and of a higher caliber than Columbia University and Columbia University Press could achieve alone. The series will become self-sustaining financially within five years, including funding for the editorial fellows, who are central to the Howard University–Columbia University partnership.

Editorial board members for the new series are:

Howard University

  • Clarence Lusane, Professor of Political Science, and former Chair, Department of Political Science
  • Rubin Patterson, Dean, College of Arts and Sciences, and Professor of Sociology
  • Nikki Taylor, Chair, Department of History, and Professor of History
  • Amy Yeboah, Associate Professor of Afro-American Studies

Columbia University

  • Kevin Fellezs, Associate Professor of Music and African American and African Diaspora Studies
  • Farah Jasmine Griffin, Chair, African American and African Diaspora Studies Department, and        William B. Ransford Professor of English and Comparative Literature and African American Studies
  • Frank Guridy, Associate Professor of History and African American Studies
  • Josef Sorett, Chair, Department of Religion, and Professor of Religion and African American and African Diaspora Studies

Those interested in submitting a project to the series should contact Eric I. Schwartz, PhD, Editorial Director of Columbia University Press, with a proposal containing a brief description of the content and focus of the book, a table of contents or chapter outline, a literature review and market analysis, and professional information about the author, including previous publications.

About Columbia University Press
Founded in 1893, Columbia University Press advances world knowledge through essential writing and research focusing on the global, the urban, and the contemporary. Our books and electronic resources bring new ideas and foundational understanding to a diverse and engaged readership of the intellectually curious, both within and across academic disciplines and other conventional boundaries. We embody our parent institution's educational and research mission as well as its international reputation. Columbia University Press is one of the oldest and largest university presses in the United States. Notable highlights in Columbia University Press’s history include the publication of the Columbia Encyclopedia in 1935; the acquisition of The Columbia Granger’s Index to Poetry in 1945; the introduction of the three Sources anthologies of Chinese, Japanese, and Indian classic works in the 1950s; and, over the years, the publication of works by numerous eminent thinkers. Recent publications in the field of African American and African Diaspora studies include: A Haven and a Hell by Lance Freeman, Banking on Freedom by Shennette Garrett-Scott; The African Diaspora by Patrick Manning; Dispatches from the Ebony Tower edited by Manning Marable; Uptown Conversation edited by Robert G. O’Meally, Brent Hayes Edwards, and Farah Jasmine Griffin; Hubert Harrison: The Struggle for Equality, 1918–1927 by Jeffrey Perry; and The Other Blacklist by Mary Helen Washington.

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About Howard University
Founded in 1867, Howard University is a private research university that comprises thirteen schools and colleges. Students pursue more than 140 programs of study leading to undergraduate, graduate, and professional degrees. The university operates with a commitment to excellence in truth and service, and has produced 1 Schwarzman Scholar, 3 Marshall Scholars, 4 Rhodes Scholars, 11 Truman Scholars, 25 Pickering Fellows, and more than 165 Fulbright recipients. Howard also produces more on-campus African American PhD recipients than any other university in the United States. Howard ranks among the highest producers of the nation's Black professionals in medicine, dentistry, pharmacy, engineering, nursing, architecture, religion, law, music, social work, and education. Howard’s College of Arts and Sciences alumni include Vice President Kamala Harris, Toni Morrison, Chadwick Boseman, and Ta-Nehisi Coates.

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Posted: March 30, 2021
Tagged: Around the Profession

NARA's Presidential Libraries Update Their Museums with New Perspectives

DEADLINE: March 1, 2030

Posted: March 30, 2021
Tagged: From the Archivist of the US