Opportunities for Historians

TV Opportunity: Now Casting Academics, Amateurs, & Enthusiasts

DEADLINE: December 12, 2019

History Buffs & Professionals to Host TV Project

An award-winning television production company is searching for passionately curious amateurs and professionals in archaeology, anthropology, and history to share their passion with a television audience. We’re looking for experienced hobbyists, mystery lovers, and enthusiastic professionals who live to answer the questions of ancient and/or modern worlds. 

Whether you’re a career archaeologist or amateur history sleuth we want to hear from you! *No prior TV experience necessary*

To apply, click here>>

Questions? Email us at castinghistoryenthusiasts@gmail.com

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Posted: November 12, 2019
Tagged: Meetings, Conferences, Symposia

Jonathan M. Square Curates Odalisque Atlas: White History as Told Through Art Showcasing Nell Painter

DEADLINE: December 12, 2019

Dr. Jonathan M. Square, a faculty member in the Committee on Degrees in History and Literature at Harvard University, who specializes in fashion and visual culture in the African Diaspora has curated a two-part art exhibition. The art exhibition showcases the work of Nell Painter, a groundbreaking historian of the black experience and racial formations in the United States. After penning several award-winning books including Exodusters: Black Migration to Kansas after Reconstruction and The History of White People, Painter retired from Princeton, earned her BFA and MFA, and has now embarked on a second brilliant career in painting and text-driven work. Dr. Square’s curation invites viewers to reflect on Painter’s unique negotiation of aesthetic traditions and the politics of her self-expression.

The next exhibition, Odalisque Atlas: White History as Told through Art  runs from October 17 through December 12 in the Knafel Concourse in the Center for Government and International Studies (1737 Cambridge Street Cambridge, MA 02138).

Posted: December 5, 2019
Tagged: Around the Profession

Newberry Library Short-Term Fellowship Opportunities

DEADLINE: December 15, 2019

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. We invite interested individuals who wish to utilize the Newberry’s collections to apply for our many fellowships.

Short-Term Fellowships are available to postdoctoral scholars, PhD candidates, and those who hold other terminal degrees. Short-Term Fellowships are generally awarded for 1 to 2 months; unless otherwise noted the stipend is $2,500 per month. These fellowships support individual scholarly research for those who have a specific need for the Newberry’s collection and are mainly restricted to individuals who live and work outside of the Chicago metropolitan area. 

The deadline for short-term opportunities is December 15.

Many of the Newberry’s fellowship opportunities have specific eligibility requirements; in order to learn more about these requisites, as well as application guidelines, please visit our website. Questions should be addressed to research@newberry.org.

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Posted: November 12, 2019
Tagged: Fellowships

Immigration and Ethnic History Society: 2020 George E. Pozzetta Dissertation Award

DEADLINE: December 20, 2019

2020 George E. Pozzetta Dissertation Award 

Each year the Immigration and Ethnic History Society awards the George E. Pozzetta Dissertation Award. For the 2020 award, it invites applications from any Ph.D. candidate who will have completed qualifying exams by 2019, and whose thesis focuses on American immigration, emigration, or ethnic history. The award provides two grants of $1,000 each for expenses to be incurred in researching the dissertation.

Applicants must submit (1) a three-page to five-page descriptive proposal in English discussing the significance of the work, the methodology, sources, and collections to be consulted; (2) a proposed budget; (3) a brief curriculum vitae. *In addition, applicants must also arrange for their major advisor to send a supporting letter directly to the committee members.

To be considered for the award, all applicants must submit their materials via email to all committee members and their advisor must send the supporting letter to all committee members by the deadline: Friday, December 20, 2019.

Pozzetta Dissertation Award Committee Members:

Julia Rose Kraut (Chair), jkraut456@gmail.com

Deborah Cohen, Deborah.Cohen@umsl.edu

Hidetaka Hirota, hidetakahirota@sophia.ac.jp

Michael Bustamante, mbustama@fiu.edu

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Posted: December 5, 2019
Tagged: Fellowships

Donald G. Davis Article Award

DEADLINE: January 1, 2020

Donald G. Davis Article Award
The Donald G. Davis Article Award is presented by the Library History Round Table of the American Library Association every even-numbered year to recognize the best article written in English in the field of United States and Canadian library history. The award honors Donald G. Davis, longtime professor at the School of Information at the University of Texas and editor of Libraries & the Cultural Record (formerly Journal of Library History, Philosophy, and Comparative Librarianship). A major contributor to the field, Dr. Davis has authored numerous history articles, advised many notable Ph.D. dissertations, compiled important bibliographies, and edited both the Encyclopedia of Library History (with Wayne Wiegand) and The Dictionary of American Library Biography, Second Supplement.

For a list of previous winners, click here.

Eligibility and Criteria
Entries for the Davis Award must have been published during the two years preceding the award year; e.g. articles from 2018 and 2019 may be nominated for the 2020 award. Entries are judged on quality of scholarships, clarity of style, and depth of research. The round table is particularly interested in articles that place the subject within its broader historical, social, cultural, and political context and make interdisciplinary connections with print culture and information studies. One award will be given every second year unless the jury does not find a suitable candidate for that period. Papers that have won the Justin Winsor or Jesse Shera Awards are not eligible for consideration.
Nomination Process
Anyone may nominate one or more articles by sending a recommendation and an electronic copy of the article to the Chair of the Davis Award Committee, Brett Spencer at dbs21@psu.edu.

Subject line must read Davis Article Award.

Self-nominations are welcome.

Nominations must be sent by January 1, 2020

Receipt will be confirmed within four business days (if you do not receive a confirmation within four days, please contact Brett Spencer at 610-396-6261).

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Posted: November 18, 2019
Tagged: Awards and Prizes

CFP: Fort Ticonderoga Seminar on the American Revolution

DEADLINE: January 10, 2020

Fort Ticonderoga seeks proposals for the Seventeenth Annual Seminar on the American Revolution to be held Friday–Sunday, September 25–27, 2020.

In 2020 Fort Ticonderoga celebrates 200 years since the former garrison grounds were privately purchased and preserved. This represents among the first acts of battlefield preservation in American History. The significance of the site lays largely in its role in the American Revolution, an event which has justifiably loomed large in American memory. More than ever scholars today are re-evaluating the military, social, and political events that led to the creation of the United States during a drawn out War of Independence.

The Fort Ticonderoga Museum seeks proposals for new research on this critical period of the 18th century from a variety of perspectives and participants. Established scholars, graduate students, and others are encouraged to submit abstracts of papers broadly addressing the origins, conduct, or repercussions of the War for American Independence. We are especially interested in topics and approaches that engage the international nature of the conflict, representing the variety of peoples and places involved.

We welcome interdisciplinary backgrounds and approaches covering the period from the 1760s to the 1780s. Papers may include or engage:

  • Material Culture
  • Biographical Analysis
  • Social and Cultural Histories
  • Global Theatres of War
  • Archaeological Studies
  • Indigenous Perspectives

Sessions are 30 minutes in length followed by 10 minutes for audience questions. Fort Ticonderoga may provide speakers with partial travel reimbursement. Please submit a 300-word abstract and CV by email by January 10, 2020, to Richard M. Strum, Director of Academic Programs: rstrum@fort-ticonderoga.org

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Posted: November 12, 2019
Tagged: Calls for Papers

The Black Metropolis Research Consortium requests proposals for the 2020 Summer Short-Term Fellowship Program

DEADLINE: January 12, 2020

Application Deadline:  January 12, 2020

About the Summer Short-Term Research Fellowship:
Through an international competition, the Black Metropolis Research Consortium (BMRC) offers 1-month residential fellowships in the City of Chicago for its Summer Short-term Research Fellowship Program.  The Summer Short-term Fellowship Program has engaged scholars, artists, writers, and public historians to better formulate new historical narratives of Chicago’s past. The new, original research and art developed through this program is significant as it illuminates the national and international importance of Chicago’s African American community.

The purpose of the Summer Short-term Research Fellowship is:

  • To create research opportunities for scholars and artists to conduct primary research in Chicago-based archival repositories;
  • To generate new knowledge in the field of African American history;
  • To engage the local Chicago community in the history of the city.

Each Fellowship consists of one-month of support during the summer fellowship period (June through August). The BMRC provides a stipend of $4,000 for each Fellow to be utilized during the summer in the year in which it was awarded.  Fellowships may not be deferred.


  • Citizens or permanent residents from any country (applicant from countries outside the United States must hold a valid passport and be able to obtain a J-1 visa even if they are currently in the United States);
  • Scholars and artists with outstanding capabilities and experience from a variety of backgrounds (including academia, journalism, and other professions); and
  • English language proficiency.

BMRC Summer Short-Term Fellows must adhere to the following in order to receive their full stipend:

  1. Diligently pursue active research related to the topic outlined in the application proposal.
  2. Participate in opening events (a Welcome Breakfast, if available, and one Orientation). There will be other optional events that provide opportunities for Fellows to meet each other, BMRC member archivists, and other BMRC stakeholders.
  3. Present a final public presentation (20 minutes approximately) of their research activities by the close of the summer program.  BMRC Staff will work with fellows to schedule these presentations prior to the close of their fellowship period.
  4. Deposit an “artifact” from their summer research with the BMRC to preserve and share the outcomes of their research and to promote research resulting from the fellowship.  This artifact may include (a copy of your final presentation, a blog post style analysis of a document uncovered during your research that sheds important light on your topic, etc.).
  5. Provide the BMRC with an “end of fellowship” report (no more than 500 words) that details the archives you’ve visited, research findings, and future plans regarding the research topic and includes your responses to a simple 10-question survey.  

Application Procedures
The following application materials are required and must be submitted by January 12, 2020. 
All files should be submitted in PDF or MS Word Format, unless otherwise noted. You may submit application materials in separate files or all in one file (all in one file and PDF preferred). Please include your last name in the file name of all documents.

  1. Project description (Please include the following in 1500 words or less): 
  • Provide a compelling narrative of your interest in African American history as well as the title and description of your proposed research topic;
  • Detail how the proposed research topic will generate new perspectives or contribute to knowledge of the black experience in Chicagoland;
  • Discuss the significance/impact of the project and how it fits within the purpose of the Summer Short-Term Fellowship program;
  • Demonstrate the need for access to at least two BMRC related collections.  Please be specific and include the names of archival repositories, specific collections and why the collections are vital to your project.   For a list of member collections, please visit http://bmrc.lib.uchicago.edu/searchable-databases/bmrc-database/
  • Outline your research plan and dates of proposed research.

.     2. CV or resume - Please be sure to include your name, contact information, and institutional affiliation, if applicable

      3. A sample of your work (scholarly paper, video, photography, etc.). Please visit the link below for sample work guidelines.  

      4.TWO Letters of Recommendation – Your references should be familiar with your qualifications, the proposed project, and speak            to your research skills, experience, knowledge of  African American history, and capacity to carry out the proposed project.                   Please have your references include your last name in the file name of the letter of recommendation. It is the applicant’s                         responsibility to ensure that their references submit letters by the application deadline.

Incomplete and late submissions will be disqualified. Complete applications will be reviewed by a panel and applicants notified no later than March 2, 2020.
For questions or further information:
Black Metropolis Research Consortium (BMRC)
1100 East 57th Street, Room 203
Chicago, Illinois 60637
P: 773-702-2388
Email: bmrc@uchicago.edu

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Posted: November 18, 2019
Tagged: Fellowships

CFP: #ALT-MKE: A conference at the Center for 21st Century Studies

DEADLINE: January 13, 2020

The Center for 21st Century Studies and the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee will host this year’s annual conference, "#ALT-MKE" on April 30–May 2, 2020. Confirmed plenary speakers for the conference are: Dasha Kelly Hamilton (Wisconsin’s Poet Laureate), Brian Larkin (Barnard College/Columbia University), Monique Liston (Ubuntu Research), Rick Lowe (University of Houston), AbdouMaliq Simone (University of Sheffield), and Fatima El-Tayeb (University of California, San Diego).

Please refer to a description of the conference theme and the call for proposals below.

Conference Description:
In July 2020, the City of Milwaukee will host the Democratic National Convention (DNC) where leaders will gather to nominate a presidential candidate and to ratify a platform with national and global agendas. The DNC chose Milwaukee because it sees Wisconsin as emblematic of the key Midwestern and post-industrial states that the Democrats must win to retake the presidency. In turn, Milwaukee sought to host the Democratic Convention as an opportunity to remake its image as a thriving, multicultural city.

During the DNC, predictable narratives will be trotted out about Milwaukee: of segregation, crime, poverty, and blight, alongside those championing a resurgent economy and new forms of capitalist urban development. The DNC marks a supposedly transformational moment from which new solutions will emerge. But the narratives of blight and rebirth–articulated not only by political leaders but often by academics as well–often reify what they are intended to counteract. The spectacle of the DNC and of its capitalist solutions mask a panoply of more ordinary efforts underway all around us, as movements, activists, and everyday people demand new ways of seeing, organizing, and acting in the world to address the overwhelming crises of the day. Indeed, Milwaukee is like many cities in the United States: a babel of ecological, social, and political perspectives, a metropolis at a crossroads of critical thinking, and a place of promise and failure.

UWM’s Center for 21st Century Studies explores these multiple perspectives in its spring 2020 conference, “#ALT-MKE: Finding New Answers in the 21st Century City.” At this critical juncture, we must rethink our political imaginations and critical engagements. Can Milwaukee, and other urban areas like it, offer novel answers to the intractable problems that confront us? If the city is an answer, what questions must we ask?

#ALT-MKE will highlight how the temporality and space of the ordinary city offers new epistemologies and practices that are engaged in the global struggle to combat racialized disinvestment, a fractured body politic, ecological crisis, and urban abandonment. The spectacles offered by the DNC–whether political, mediated, or financial in nature–lead only to institutional inaction and failure, wherein lie opportunities for ongoing forms of resistance to find new and stronger footings.

From the Situationists and Russian constructivists, to suffragists, tactical urbanists, the Movement for Black Lives, and the Occupy movement, people have always imagined and sought new ways of life to challenge oppressive structures and violent erasure. Under the increasingly dire pressures of climate crisis, racial capitalism, ongoing settler displacement, destructive national politics, and crushing inequality, the time has come to reclaim our future by reframing these issues through the refocused lens of the 21st century city.

At the core of this investigation is our focus on reframing cities as political and ideological acts that hold within them normative values of aesthetics, power/resistance, public life, and citizenship. By inviting explorations of critical, decolonial, anti-racist politics, this conference hopes to bring together new forms of analysis, methods of urban historiography, organizing, and engaged forms of scholarship.

The conference seeks to highlight the undercommons and the counter narratives fomented in the ordinary life of spaces and places. We will ask how contested knowledge’s and stories of a city may be experienced across different and intersecting power relations that organize bodies and space. We hope that accounts of everyday practices, local knowledge’s, and organizing will help illuminate how urban residents resist, adapt and reformat conventional structures of power, governance, and order. We do not expect to find a single solution, but to foster a variety of grounded strategies and projects that we aim to highlight, bring together, and learn from.

Call for Proposals:

We seek proposals for 15-20 minute presentations, which could address any of the following topics:
Racial capitalism

  • Climate, ecology, water justice, and cities
  •  Urban culture/urbanities
  • Water and land issues, particularly as they pertain to indigenous rights
  • Historiography of the city, historiography of urban political, social, or activist movements
  • Artistic practices and urban space
  • New ways to read and interpret cities—epistemologies of the urban
  • The dynamics of race, class, ethnicity, gender, and sexuality in urban spaces
  • Narratives of cities, urban crime, and/or segregation (in literature, film, or other media)
  •  Indigenous knowledge’s and practices
  • Local food ways and agricultural practices
  • Urban design and sustainability (including transportation)
  • Settler colonialism and decolonizing cities
  • Cities and bio politics/bio power
  • The urban in relation to the suburban/exurban

Please send your abstract (up to 250 words) and a brief (1-page) CV in one PDF document by Monday, January 13, 2020, to Richard Grusin, Director, Center for 21st Century Studies, at c21@uwm.edu.

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Posted: December 10, 2019
Tagged: Calls for Papers

Upcoming Nineteenth Century Studies Association Deadlines

DEADLINE: January 15, 2020

NCSA has several upcoming deadlines for awards and prizes, including the following:

  • Emerging Scholars Award, due July 1, 2019 to Diana Polley: emergingscholarsncsa@gmail.com
  • NCSA Article Prize, due July 1, 2019 to Christine Roth: articleprizencsa@gmail.com 
  • International Travel Award, due December 1st to the conference organizers: ncsa2020@gmail.com
  • Student Travel Grant and Scheuerle-Zatlin International Travel Grant, both due December 1st to the conference organizers: ncsa2020@gmail.com
  • NCSA Faculty Development Travel Award, due January 15th to the conference organizers: ncsa2020@gmail.com

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Posted: June 18, 2019
Tagged: Grants, Awards and Prizes

Fellowship Opportunity at Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art!

DEADLINE: January 15, 2020

Tyson Scholars of American Art Program at Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art

Apply now for a fellowship to support your research. Crystal Bridges invites applications addressing a variety of topics including American art history, architecture, visual and material culture, Indigenous art, Latin American Art, American studies, craft, and contemporary art that expand traditional categories of investigation into American art. Projects with an interdisciplinary focus are encouraged.

The program is open to scholars affiliated with a university or museum and independent scholars holding a Ph.D. (or equivalent) and PhD candidates. Scholars are selected based on potential to advance understanding of American art and intersect with Crystal Bridges’ collections, architecture, or landscape.

Terms range from six weeks to nine months. Tyson Scholars have access to the art and library collections of Crystal Bridges and the University of Arkansas library. Housing is provided near Crystal Bridges. Workspace at the museum is also provided. Stipends vary depending on duration of residency and experience, and range from $15,000 to $30,000 per semester. Additional funds for relocation and research travel funds are also available.

Applications open November 1, 2019. Deadline for the 2020–2021 academic year is January 15, 2020.

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Posted: November 18, 2019
Tagged: Fellowships