Opportunities for Historians

CFP: Call for Papers, Nineteenth Century Studies Association (NCSA) 2023 Conference, “Remaking the Past”

DEADLINE: October 1, 2022

Deadline: September 30, 2022

Nineteenth Century Studies Association (NCSA) invites papers for its 44th annual conference in Sacramento, under the theme "Remaking the Past." Sacramento’s 19C history encompassed California’s Gold Rush, the genocide and displacement of Indigenous populations, the construction of the Transcontinental Railroad, and the building of a capital city that became a stage for the reinventions–productive and problematic–of the past so central to the nineteenth century. The conference will explore the 19C almost constant desire to re-envision and measure itself against the past, as well as our own responsibility as scholars to reassess the histories we tell about this era, using current critical approaches, concerns, and theories. Please visit the conference website for suggested topics and more information.

Submit abstracts with one-page CVs Abstracts should include the author’s name, institutional affiliation, and paper title in the heading. We welcome individual, panel, or larger roundtable sessions. We are happy to share calls on social.

Submission of a proposal constitutes a commitment to attend if accepted. Presenters will be notified in November. Grad submissions are encouraged, and there are some travel funds available. Questions? Please contact us at 2023ncsa@gmail.com

Learn more at the NCSA's website

Posted: August 15, 2022
Tagged: Calls for Papers

The Future of the Dutch Colonial Past (Amsterdam University Press, 2022)

DEADLINE: October 1, 2022

The Amsterdam Museum, in collaboration with various key partners, is seeking submissions for an upcoming peer-reviewed publication on the topic of Dutch colonial heritage in the context of the present. This publication will build on the symposium by the same title that will take place in Amsterdam on November 26th and 27th, 2021, The Future of the Dutch Colonial Past. Besides the contributions originating from this symposium, the publication aims to include six additional essays from upcoming and established scholars and practitioners in the international field of Dutch colonial heritage. The goal is to compile a topical and polyvocal reader which offers a critical overview of recent developments in dealing with the Dutch colonial past in heritage institutions, archives, and academia, as well as insight into future developments.


The Netherlands has seen many recent examples of cultural institutions addressing the Dutch colonial past, its legacies, and afterlives. Museums are dedicating exhibitions to similar themes and incorporating present-day perspectives, such as Slavery (Rijksmuseum), Aan de Surinaamse grachten (Museum van Loon), and The Golden Coach (Amsterdam Museum). In 2020, the government-commissioned report Colonial Collections and Recognition of Injustice was published, which stated that the government should show a willingness to return looted colonial art. Research projects such as the Pilot Project Provenance Research on Objects of the Colonial Era (PPROCE) and Pressing Matters: Ownership, Value and the Question of Colonial Heritage in Museums address the methodology and execution of provenance research, from which concrete steps towards restitution and redress can be taken. From the archive to artistic practices and public space, a reckoning with the Dutch colonial past is simultaneously taking place in different areas. Not just heritage objects, but the knowledge, symbols, and language that we work with today are subject to a re-evaluation.

Symposium and publication

The symposium is aimed at confronting this deep-rooted prevalence of the Dutch colonial past in our present-day cultural and academic practices. The publication will expand the exploration of the questions posed during the symposium, through which we seek to connect the approaches of cultural institutions, artists, and academics in order to further the collective conversation and turn it into tangible results. Though the initial focus is directed at the Dutch context, it is evident that the Dutch colonial past connects to multiple international contexts and has influenced cultural and academic institutions worldwide. We therefore invite contributions that connect to the Dutch colonial past in a multiplicity of ways. Contributions from writers who are based in Indonesia, the Dutch Caribbean, and Suriname, as well as Africa and Asia, are highly sought after, in addition to writers in other international contexts who see a connection between their academic, curatorial, or artistic practice and the Dutch colonial past (in the present). We encourage contributors to refrain from writing practice-based articles, but instead to use a broad, reflexive approach towards curatorial and artistic practices, methodologies, and policies. How does your practice relate to broader societal developments, institutions, and power structures, and what are the takeaways for future research?

Amsterdam Museum and the Golden Coach exhibition

The Amsterdam Museum is the key organizing partner of this symposium. By putting this subject on the agenda, it aims to take its own practice as an object of analysis. The symposium follows the museum’s major exhibition The Golden Coach (June 18, 2021 – February 27, 2022). The exhibition reflects on the Golden Coach, a widely discussed object that has been loaned to the museum by the Royal Collections of the Netherlands. The carriage was gifted to the Dutch queen, Wilhelmina, for her inauguration in 1898, and until recently it has been used annually by the royal family on Prince’s Day, as well as for weddings and other ceremonies. It has become contested heritage, partially due to the romanticized depiction of the Dutch colonies on the panels on one side of the carriage. The exhibition features a multiplicity of voices and perspectives on the carriage, both current as well as historical, and gives insight into the shifting social and political contexts of Amsterdam from the late 18th century until today. With an extensive public program and a large-scale research project, the Amsterdam Museum aims to facilitate a public dialogue on a national level regarding contested heritage and identities.

In 2019 the museum initiated a public discussion on the use of the term “Golden Age.” After years of New Narratives programmes and numerous discussions with different communities, this was a logical next step in the process of removing invisible societal barriers and promoting inclusiveness. The intense national and international discussion that followed taught the museum the importance of talking and listening to one another. These conversations may cause friction along the way but can eventually create connection and understanding. In order to stimulate this debate, the museum involved people from all over the Netherlands in the research project on the Golden Coach from an early stage. It did this by setting up a public study room, a traveling installation that poses questions to people on the street about the Golden Coach, a quantitative national research project, a programme of events to accompany the exhibition, and a consulting collaboration with a sounding board group, and by including reflections by contemporary artists on the current debate. The focus has been on an interdisciplinary and polyvocal methodology, where dialogue and the exchange of ideas and opinions has been central.

The practices applied within this particular project, in connection with all the other initiatives which are currently taking place in the wider Dutch context, in which the questioning of Dutch colonial heritage is the focus, motivate the necessity of this publication. What meaning will we assign to Dutch colonial heritage in future cultural and academic institutions and their practices?

We are interested in the following themes:

  • Repair and Redress
  • Iconoclasm: Toppling Statues, Changing Street Names, Challenging Dominant Narratives
  • Curating Contested Heritage
  • Decoloniality in Academic Research, Activism, and Artistic Practice
  • Artistic Practices and Reflections
  • Rereading the Archive

Contributions should reflect on, but are not limited to, the following questions:

  • In what ways do contemporary cultural practices within, on the margins of, and outside institutions contribute to shaping and establishing new narratives concerning the Dutch colonial past?
  • What challenges do you face in an institution’s reckoning with the colonial past, and what solutions do you propose within your field or practice?
  • What recent developments in artistic/academic/curatorial practices have made key changes to the context in which you operate, and how do these reflect grappling with the (Dutch) colonial past?
  • What does decolonizing mean in the context of your practice?

Deadline for submissions: December 1, 2021

Please submit an abstract of max. 300 words along with your CV to Rowan Stol.

Deadline for a first version of your full essay: February 28, 2022

The total word count for full essay submissions should be 5,000–6,000, including references.

The book will be published in September 2022

Editorial board: Pepijn Brandon, Karwan Fatah-Black, Imara Limon, Wayne Modest, and Margriet Schavemaker.

Read more on the Amsterdam Museum website

Posted: November 18, 2021
Tagged: Calls for Papers

Call for Applications: National Humanities Center 2023 – 2024 Residential Fellowships

DEADLINE: October 7, 2022

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

Scholars from all parts of the globe are eligible; stipends and travel expenses are provided. Fellowship applicants must have a Ph.D. or equivalent scholarly credentials. Fellowships 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 area’s research institutes, universities, and dynamic arts scene. Fellows enjoy private studies, in-house dining, and superb library services that deliver all research materials.

Applications are due by 11:59 p.m. EDT, October 6, 2022.

More information about National Humanities Center Fellowships

Posted: August 5, 2022
Tagged: Fellowships

Call for Applications: Institute for Constitutional History Fall 2022 Seminar

DEADLINE: October 8, 2022

New-York Historical Society | Bonnie and Richard Reiss Graduate Institute for Constitutional History

Fall 2022 Seminar: "American Bureaucracy and the Constitution, from the Founding Era to the Post New Deal"

Discover the constitutional history of the U.S. administrative state, starting with the Founding and the early Republic and moving through the Civil War and Reconstruction; the Progressive Era; and the rise and fall of the New Deal order. The seminar will trace evolution in the separation of powers, focusing on the development of federal regulatory power, legislative delegations of authority to the bureaucracy, and struggles over political control of administrators.

Meeting Dates & Time:
Fridays, November 18, December 2 and 9, 2022 | 2–5 pm ET; and Friday, December 16, 2022, | 3–6 pm ET

Meeting Location:
The seminar will be presented in person at the New-York Historical Society, 170 Central Park West, New York, NY 10024*

*Although we encourage students to attend the class in person, livestream participation will be offered to admitted students who do not live in the New York Metropolitan Area or who are unable to attend a class in person.

Gillian Metzger, Harlan Fiske Stone Professor of Constitutional Law at Columbia Law School, and co-director of Columbia’s Center for Constitutional Governance; Nicholas R. Parrillo, Townsend Professor of Law and professor of history at Yale.

Application deadline: October 7, 2022

Apply on the New York Historical Society website

Posted: August 31, 2022
Tagged: Meetings, Conferences, Symposia

Call for Applications: McCullough Research Fellowship (Marietta College)

DEADLINE: October 16, 2022

Applications for the Bank of America/David and Rosalee McCullough Research Fellowship at Marietta College, Ohio, are now being accepted for the 2022–2023. The Special Collections at Legacy Library contains rare books, manuscripts, photographs, artwork, and artifacts documenting the history and culture of the Ohio Valley. The collections located at Legacy Library are centered on the era of the New Nation and the early settlement of Ohio and the Northwest Territory, but they are also rich in the history of Ohio, the Mid-Ohio Valley, and the Midwest. Search the Special Collections

Marietta College anticipates that fellows will conduct research in the Legacy Library’s Special Collections over a two-to-four week period, present an informal public lecture on their research, meet with students once or twice in class to engage in discussion, and have dinner with the McCullough Fellowship committee early in their residency. In return, the fellow receives a $500 stipend for a 2-week residency or $1,000 stipend for a 4-week residency, free accommodation in a college-owned or on-campus apartment, and access to the on-campus dining facilities.

For any questions concerning the fellowship, please email McCulloughFellowship@marietta.edu.

Full McCullough Research Fellowship application instructions

Application deadline: October 15

Posted: May 12, 2022
Tagged: Fellowships

McCullough Research Fellowship, Marietta College

DEADLINE: October 16, 2022

Marietta College’s David and Rosalee McCullough Research Fellowship encourages the scholarly use of special collections at the Legacy Library by providing support for travel, lodging, and food at Marietta, Ohio. During their two- or four-week residency, fellows will conduct research, present an informal public lecture on their research, and meet with students once or twice in class to engage in discussion. Fellows receive a $500 stipend for a 2-week residency or $1,000 stipend for a 4-week residency, as well as free accommodation in a college-owned apartment and access to on-campus dining facilities for the duration of the residency. The Special Collections at Legacy Library document the history and culture of the Ohio Valley. The collections are centered on the era of the New Nation and the early settlement of Ohio and the Northwest Territory, but they are also rich in the history of Ohio, the Mid-Ohio Valley, and the Midwest.

Application deadlines are February 15 and October 15, 2022.

Learn more about the McCullough Research Fellowship

Posted: December 1, 2021
Tagged: Fellowships

Call for 2023 Malamy Fellowship Applications

DEADLINE: October 30, 2022

The Phillips Library is pleased to announce the availability of the 2023 Frances E. Malamy Research Fellowship of the Peabody Essex Museum. All application materials, including references, must be received by 11:59pm on October 30, 2022.

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. To apply, fill out the online Fellowship Application Form.

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 timeframe between January 4, 2023, and December 29, 2023. 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 fellowship 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 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. This fellowship does not include housing.

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Posted: September 26, 2022
Tagged: Fellowships

CFP: New Scholarship in the Study of African American Religious History

DEADLINE: October 31, 2022

Contact for Inquiries: AARH.Anthology@gmail.com | Co-editors: Vaughn Booker, Ahmad Greene Hayes, Judith Weisenfeld, Alexis Wells-Oghoghomeh

The editors welcome essays that analyze the spectrum of religious innovations, practices, beliefs, theologies, performances, politics, and institutions among Africans and their American descendants from the 15th century to the contemporary period. Please see the full call for papers here: https://crossroads.princeton.edu/cfp-edited-volume-african-american-religious-history.

  • Please send an abstract of no more than 500 words to AARH.Anthology@gmail.com by October 31, 2022, along with an abridged CV.
  • Authors will be notified of decisions by December 2022.
  • If accepted, the due date for completed drafts (of no more than 35 typed, double-spaced pages, including footnotes) will be December 30, 2023.
  • Accepted authors will also be expected to participate in an in-person collaborative revision workshop to be scheduled later.

Please do not hesitate to contact us at the above email address with preliminary inquiries. If there are any additional steps that I need to take to distribute the ad or if there are particular restrictions, please let me know.

Posted: September 16, 2022
Tagged: Calls for Papers

Newberry Library Long-Term Fellowships

DEADLINE: November 1, 2022

The Newberry Library's long-standing fellowship program provides outstanding scholars with the time, space, and community required to pursue innovative and ground-breaking scholarship.

In addition to the library's collections, fellows are supported by a collegial interdisciplinary community of researchers, curators, and librarians. An array of scholarly and public programs also contributes to an engaging intellectual environment.

Long-Term Fellowships are available to postdoctoral scholars for continuous residence at the Newberry for periods of 4 to 9 months; the stipend is $5,000 per month. Applicants must hold a Ph.D. by the application deadline in order to be eligible. Long-Term Fellowships are intended to support individual scholarly research and promote serious intellectual exchange through active participation in the fellowship program. The deadline for long-term fellowships is November 1.

Questions? Email research@newberry.org

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Posted: September 12, 2022
Tagged: Fellowships

Rockefeller Archive Center Research Stipend Awards

DEADLINE: November 1, 2022

The Rockefeller Archive Center offers a competitive research stipend program that provides individuals (not institutions) up to $5,000 for reimbursement of travel and accommodation expenses. The stipend can only be used to facilitate research at the RAC, not for research at other archival repositories or for tuition support.

Applications are reviewed by an independent committee that considers an applicant’s topic and the availability of relevant archival materials at the RAC. Anyone can apply for a research stipend, regardless of country of origin.

To begin the application process, please contact an RAC archivist by October 14, 2022.

Application deadline is November 1, 2022.

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Posted: September 19, 2022
Tagged: Grants