Opportunities for Historians

Call for Papers - Big Feminism: The Fiftieth Anniversary Issue of Signs

DEADLINE: February 1, 2023

Signs was founded in 1975, as part of an emergent tradition of feminist scholarship and has been publishing continuously ever since, establishing itself as a preeminent journal in women’s, gender, and sexuality studies. At the time of the journal’s conception, Signs’s founding editorial staff sought not only to raise consciousness and develop theories of women’s oppression but also to challenge the taken-for-granted and to strive for theoretical nuance and interdisciplinarity. To honor half a century of publication, our fiftieth anniversary issue aims to generate new questions and critical discussion about “Big Feminism” – about the role and power of feminist theory –today and into the future.

These fifty years have witnessed consequential feminist debates (over sexuality, over the category “woman,” over approaches to difference, over representations of “third-world” women) and the emergence of new analytical and theoretical frames (to analyze experience, identity, agency, desire, the body, violence, inequality, coalition, work, family, and relationships between self and other, and more). The Signs archive stands as a testament to the creativity, vitality, reach, and impact of feminists and feminist thinkers. Virtually no area of social life and no academic discipline has been untouched or unchanged by those who have contributed their work to the journal.

And yet, as the editors of a recent special issue have written: “The work in this field has never been richer, the future of our field never more imperiled.” [1] From the standpoint of 1975, 2025 may appear to be a feminist pipe dream. Rights that were once aspirational have been codified into law; there are women heads of state the world over; women have not only entered but have transformed the professions; LGBTQ rights, while very much a work in progress, have been achieved to a degree that even recently seemed unimaginable. At precisely the same time, the ground beneath our feet is collapsing. As we write this, we are facing the end of abortion rights and a global upsurge of fascism in which misogyny figures centrally. And #MeToo notwithstanding, violence against women continues unabated. From this moment of profound triumph and profound precarity, how do we, as feminists, imagine the next fifty years? What are our feminist visions (utopias and dystopias) for 2075? What work will it take to bend the arc toward gender justice?

This special anniversary issue of Signs seeks to engage with the big feminist questions that remain outstanding after all these years.

  • How has the definition of feminism evolved, and what does it encompass now?
  • How do we grapple with the relationships and nuances between feminism, gender, sexuality, race, and capitalism?
  • How might we imagine a feminist vision for the future, from where we stand now? How might we get there?
  • Whence the durability of patriarchy? Of violence against women? Of the denial of reproductive justice?
  • What are the new forefronts of feminist theory? Compulsory heterosexuality, intersectionality, and gender performance (among others) are concepts that have shaped our feminist thinking over the past fifty years. What are the emergent feminist theories of the fifty years to come?
  • Given the strength of the patriarchy in the 2020s, including but not limited to the shocking efforts to roll back long-standing reproductive rights, what will it take to dismantle this system?
  • Over the past fifty years, feminists of color, queer feminists, and disabled feminists, among others, have transformed the movement with critical attention to race, sexuality, nationality, ability, and age—and yet these inequalities remain. How do we attend to these disjuncture’s? What inequalities remain unrecognized? How can we transform our own movement while still working for transformation in the wider world?
  • Has the knowledge produced in field of women’s/gender studies managed to advance the work of social and political transformation?
  • What will it take to build better, stronger bridges between academic feminism and feminist activism on the ground? What new coalitions should we be building, and how?
  • How, finally, will feminist historians, writing in 2075, remember 2025? How do we understand our present from the standpoint of the (imagined) future?

Signs particularly encourages transdisciplinary and transnational essays that address substantive feminist questions, debates, and controversies without employing disciplinary or academic jargon. We seek essays that are passionate, strongly argued, and willing to take risks.

The deadline for submissions is February 1, 2023.

Please submit full manuscripts electronically through Signs’s Editorial Manager system at http://signs.edmgr.com. Manuscripts must conform to the guidelines for submission available at http://signsjournal.org/for-authors/author-guidelines/.

[1] Carla Kaplan, Durba Mitra, and Sarah Haley, “Outraged/Enraged: The Rage Special Issue,” Signs: Journal of Women in Culture and Society 46, no. 4 (2021): 785-800, 786.

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Posted: October 4, 2022
Tagged: Calls for Papers

LAWCHA and Labor: Studies in Working-Class History New Research Grant

DEADLINE: February 1, 2023

LAWCHA/Labor Research Grant:

The Labor and Working-Class History Association and Labor: Studies in Working-Class History will jointly award a $2,000 research grant for a contingent faculty scholar, independent scholar, or community college faculty member engaged in work related to working people, their lives, workplaces, communities, organizations, cultures, activism, and societal context in any period and place. If the research results in an article, Labor will have first-right-of-refusal for publication, though publication is not guaranteed.


The intent of this award is to provide financial assistance for a labor history scholar who lacks access to traditional academic support for research. Eligibility is restricted to scholars employed as contingent faculty, including but not limited to adjunct faculty, visiting assistant professors, post-docs, term faculty; independent scholars without a formal academic affiliation; and community college faculty without institutional research support. Those with access to graduate school or other graduate student funds are not eligible. 

All applicants must be members of LAWCHA. There is a reduced membership rate for contingent faculty and independent scholars. 

To apply, please submit the following to LAWCHA.office@gmail.com by February 1, 2023:

  1. Project description (up to 750 words) indicating the scope of your work, its significance in your field, the specific uses to which you will put the funds, and how you meet the eligibility requirements related to institutional support.
  2. A curriculum vitae of no more than 5 pages.

Deadline: February 1, 2023

Posted: September 9, 2022
Tagged: Grants, Labor

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

DEADLINE: February 3, 2023

The Center for Jewish History offers ten-month 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 September 2023, and applicants should have completed all requirements for the doctoral degree except for the dissertation.

Fellows are encouraged to spend at least three days per week in residence in the Lillian Goldman Reading Room using the archival and library resources. Fellows must also participate in the Center for Jewish History Fellowship Seminar Program, attend monthly meetings of the fellowship program cohort, present a pre-circulated paper to be discussed at one of those monthly meetings, deliver a minimum of one lecture based on research conducted at CJH, and submit a report upon completion of the fellowship describing their experience as a Center Fellow.

A total of four or five fellowships are available for the 2023–2024 year. These fellowships carry stipends of $30,000 for a period of 10 months.

Deadline: February 3, 2023

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Posted: November 28, 2022
Tagged: Fellowships

2023 Because of Her Story Cohort Internship Program

DEADLINE: February 13, 2023

Application Now Open for American Women’s History Initiative
Paid 2023 Because of Her Story Cohort Internship Program
June 12–August 4, 2023

Application open January 9—February 13, 2023

* The application will close when the system receives 400 applicants or 9:00am EST on February 13, 2023, which comes first. Apply early! *

Contribute to a national effort to share a diversity of women's voices from the past and present through the Because of Her Story (BOHS) Cohort Internship Program. Interns will amplify women’s stories to tell a more complete American history, reach a diverse audience, and empower and inspire people from all walks of life.

As part of the Smithsonian American Women’s History Initiative (AWHI), the Smithsonian will host a cohort of 14 BOHS interns in Washington, D.C. Through a variety of experiential learning opportunities, including a hands-on internship with a designated Smithsonian unit, BOHS interns will gain a deeper understanding about museum and educational best practices, and will help further the work of the American Women’s History Initiative.

The program was professional, personal, and academic development. I met mentors and future professional contacts. I made some great friends. All the while, I was learning from the stories of many diverse women, both historically and contemporarily. I dove headfirst into the world of museums, archives, and libraries. I discovered so much more than I thought was possible.” ̴2021 BOHS Alumni

Who Is Eligible to Apply?

  • Undergraduate college students (rising sophomores, juniors, or seniors)
  • Recent graduates from an undergraduate program (within 15 months of June 2023; those who graduated in Spring 2022 are eligible to apply)
  • Must have a commitment to women's history
  • Must be at least 18 years old and have a GPA of 3.0 or higher

What Is the Because of Her Story Cohort Internship Program?
An eight-week cohort internship experience with a weekly $400 stipend, provided housing in Washington, D.C., and reimbursement for travel to and from Washington, D.C.

Where Is It?
All interns will be based in Washington, D.C. Cohort Learning Experiences will be in-person in Washington, D.C. Internship projects will either be onsite in-person at a Smithsonian Museum or research center, online virtually with a Smithsonian Museum or research center, or a hybrid of both (locations are noted in each project description).

When Is It?
June 12 – August 4, 2023

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Posted: January 11, 2023
Tagged: Fellowships

AJHA 2022 Margaret A. Blanchard Dissertation Prize

DEADLINE: February 15, 2023

The American Journalism Historians Association (AJHA) seeks entries for its annual Margaret A. Blanchard Dissertation Prize, which honors the best dissertations focused on mass communication history topics each year.

The deadline for entries is February 15, 2023.

Dissertations must have been written in English and submitted, defended, revised, and formally filed with a doctoral degree-granting university within the calendar year that ends December 31, 2022.

The winner of the Blanchard prize will receive a $500 honorarium. Honorable mentions receive $200. Honorees will present their work during a session at the AJHA Annual Convention in Columbus, Ohio (or virtual, if necessary), September 28–30, 2023.

Complete details about the Blanchard Prize competition and its submission requirements can be found at https://ajha.wildapricot.org/blanchard

For more information, contact Pete Smith, the chair of the Blanchard Committee, at AJHAdissertationprize@gmail.com.

Posted: September 19, 2022
Tagged: Awards and Prizes

Call for Submissions: 2023 ASFS Awards in Food Studies

DEADLINE: February 15, 2023

The deadline for the 2023 ASFS Awards in Food Studies is quickly approaching! February 1, 2023, is the deadline for all categories with the exception of February 15, 2023, for the pedagogy award.

Accepted submission types:

  • Book
    • Manuscript
    • First Book
    • Edited Volume
  • Journal or Chapter
  • Pedagogy
  • Student Paper
    • Graduate
    • Undergraduate

With the exception of the pedagogy award, you do not need to be an ASFS member to submit.

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Posted: January 11, 2023
Tagged: Awards and Prizes

Archie K. Davis Fellowship Awards

DEADLINE: March 1, 2023

The North Caroliniana Society offers on a competitive basis Archie K. Davis Fellowships to assist scholars in gaining access to resources contributing to knowledge of the state’s past. As of 2020, the four or five awards will be in the $4000-$5000 range to cover travel and subsistence expenses while fellows conduct research in North Caroliniana. In evaluating proposals, the Society considers the qualifications of applicants; individual need; quantity, quality, and location of sources; length of research stay; plans for publication or other “product”; and, especially, potential of subject to advance among citizens of the state knowledge and understanding of their own history and culture.

Applications are due by March 1, 2023.

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Posted: November 28, 2022
Tagged: Fellowships

Phillips Fund for Native American Research

DEADLINE: March 2, 2023

Phillips Fund for Native American Research

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, 2023

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

Learn more about the Phillips Fund for Native American Research on the American Philosophical Society website

Posted: August 31, 2022
Tagged: Grants

United States Capitol Historical Society Fellowship

DEADLINE: March 15, 2023

Applications are invited for the United States Capitol Historical Society Fellowship. This fellowship is designed to support research and publications on the history, art, architecture, or landscape of the United States Capitol and related buildings. Graduate students and scholars may apply for periods ranging from one to twelve months; the stipend is $2,500.00 per month. (Most awards are for one to three months.)

Applications must be e-mailed by March 15, 2023, for the fellowship period beginning in September 2023 and ending in August 2024. Applications should be e-mailed in PDF format to michele.cohen@aoc.gov and sholliday@uschs.org.

If you have questions about a potential topic, contact Dr. Michele Cohen at (202) 228-1222 or michele.cohen@aoc.gov.

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Posted: November 2, 2022
Tagged: Fellowships

CFP 2023: World History Connected “The American West in World History”

DEADLINE: March 19, 2023

Submission Date: March 19, 2023.

Contact for Inquiries: Vera Parham, Vera.parham@mycampus.apus.edu, or Marc Jason Gilbert, mgilbert@hpu.edu.

World History Connected (ISSN 1931-8642), https://journals.gmu.edu/whc, has been an affiliate of the World History Association since 2003. While the submission of individual articles on any topic germane to world history are welcome at any time, the journal also invites papers suitable for a Forum, a set of 4 to 8 curated articles on a topic showcasing innovative approaches to this interdisciplinary field. This Call for Papers invites contributions to the summer of 2023 issue’s Forum devoted to “The American West in World History,” Guest Edited by Vera Parham. Contributions may include archival research, field work, and the scholarship of teaching (while WHC does not publish lesson plans, it does feature articles that are rooted in pedagogical analysis and data gathered from classroom activities, which may contain lesson plans and examples of student activities and exercises).

Submission of articles for this Forum should be received no later than Monday, March 20, 2023, at Vera.parham@mycampus.apus.edu for consideration for publication in Summer, 2023 (see also below).

About the Forum
While the history of the American West is an important topic for historians of the United States, it plays a much broader role in World History that is often overlooked. The landscape represents stewardship for its Indigenous people, opportunity for thousands of immigrants, conquest for empires, exploitation for those seeking its natural riches, and spheres of cultural devastation as well as struggles for cultural preservation and political representation. The American West has played an enormous role in the development of our global world economically, culturally, and socially. As of today, the state of California is the fifth largest economy in the world.

This forum seeks to situate the American West in a broader global view, highlighting the role the lands and people have played in global change. This forum focuses on all communities in the American West, broadly defined in geographic scope. Submissions can be varied but should focus on the impact of Western North America and the Pacific on World History. Submissions might utilize the lenses of economics, trade, colonization and post-colonialism, cultural revitalization, gender, and identity and beyond. Submissions can include original research, articles on pedagogical approaches for using the American West in world history courses, and research-based explorations of current events and struggles in the American West. Teaching plans, embedded in broader historical research and means of gaining access to research are also encouraged. Submissions that focus on marginalized voices in history are highly encouraged.

As envisioned by Guest Editor Vera Parham, this Forum will assist in the ongoing effort to broaden the scope of World History by decentralizing the narrative from major nation states and empires to the impact the region of the American West has had on the globe. In both research and practice, histories located in the West can be used to highlight individual agency and decision-making, challenge meta narratives, and identify how communities and individuals understood and reacted to broad global-scale events. Focusing on the American West supports broader world historical research and builds pedagogical creativity in the world history classroom.

Submission of articles for this Forum
Submissions of articles for consideration or questions related to this Forum should be sent via email directly to its Guest Editor, Vera Parham (Vera.parham@mycampus.apus.edu), with the subject line “WHC Submission,” followed by a last name and a short title or query. Prior to the submission of a prospective article authors are encouraged to consult its Submissions and Style Guide (https://journals.gmu.edu/index.php/whc/submission-guidelines), or risk possible delays in consideration. The journal, like all academic journals, reserves the right to decline to publish any submission.

Please note that due to the recent transition of WHC from the University of Illinois Press to George Mason University Press, World History Connected’s back issues may appear at its former website (https://worldhistoryconnected.press.uillinois.edu). You can access the first George Mason University Press published issue (WHC 19.3) at https://journals.gmu.edu/whc or by searching for “World History Connected George Mason University Press.”

About World History Connected
World History Connected is a grant-supported, open-sourced, double-blind reviewed e-journal. annually reaches 1.85 million readers (scholars and practitioners who read more than two articles) and attracts six million visits to its website. It publishes Forums, individual articles, book reviews, special features (such as its “Interview with a World Historian”), and a list of books available for review. General inquiries should be submitted to the Editor, Marc Jason Gilbert at mgilbert@hpu.edu with the subject line beginning “WHC.” Book reviews are welcome via preliminary contact with the journal’s Book Review Editor, Cynthia Ross, at Cynthia.Ross@tamuc.edu.

The journal was created to serve all those devoted to research and teaching world history. Ideally, any work in world history can be made relevant in terms of both increasing our understanding of micro- and macro-historical processes, and also contributing to classroom instruction and curriculum development. Not every article in this journal is so “connected,” but published reviews have judged it successful in achieving its dual goal in supporting and disseminating globally both archivally based research and the scholarship of teaching. It is a double-blind peer reviewed publication guided by world historians and educators devoted to growing a community of world historians by assisting prospective authors to reach the highest standards for accessible writing, referencing, and formatting, whether the article is, or is not, accepted for publication. Its editorial staff includes past presidents—and the current president-- of the World History Association as well as distinguished Advanced Placement and Master Teachers, who are all unpaid volunteers.

In addition to individual articles, book reviews, a list of books available for review, and “special” features such as interviews with world historians, the journal seeks Guest Editors who wish to create one of its curated topical sections (“Forums”) that help WHC keep as close as possible to the needs of its audience and developments in the field. The journal is published three times a year (Winter, Spring and Fall) and offers additional content through its social media editors, Angela Lee amrsleehistory@gmail.com, Suzanne Litrel (suzannemlitrel@gmail.com), and Joe Snyder (jsnyderwvu@gmail.com).

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Posted: January 5, 2023
Tagged: Calls for Papers