Opportunities for Historians

CFP: ICSA IX. World Congress Social Media & Intimacy: An Alternative Reality?

DEADLINE: January 30, 2020

Hilton Pasadena, CA , July 30–August 1 2020

Suggested Themes:
Indications are that social media contribute to the infantilization of the human race. The floating of a “Trump baby” balloon over London is an entertaining parody not only of a “twitter presidency” but of a much deeper social malaise. Internet connectivity appears to fill a primordial human desire for sociality, personal relationships, and social acceptance. The quandary posed by social media is two-fold: On one hand, the immediacy of electronic connectivity mimics social acceptance. On the other hand, the impersonality of electronic media fosters an artificial, phantasmagorical “alternative reality” conducive to acting out childish desires, day-dreaming, and puerile fantasies. Youth are especially susceptible to the lure of social media. The question arises: Can social media be tamed to encourage healthy social relationships and foster personal growth and maturity rather than contribute to mental health issues and personality disorders? The thrall of utopia of instant communication and connectivity needs to be tethered to reality rather than a make-believe universe of primordial desires which may devolve into dystopia. Karl Gustav Jung, more than Sigmund Freud, may offer guideposts for greater social felicity and personal fulfillment, redeeming the subconscious by opening vistas toward a transcendent grounding of Reality. In the final analysis, Internet connectivity may be a substitute for religion. While traditional religion offers to connect the believer with a transcendent deity, the Internet seems to bind one only to machines while promising intimacy. Quo Vadis?

World Congress endeavors to bring together scholars from a wide range of disciplines and denominations for an exciting international conference that takes both scholarship and faith seriously. ICSA IX: Social Media & Intimacy: An Alternative Reality? is co-sponsored by IIR-ICSA-JIS in the City of the Roses–the world-famous Tournament of Roses–in sunny southern California, with many cultural & sightseeing opportunities. All conference participants must pre-register. Abstracts (250 words) due: January 30, 2020: c/o Dr. O. Gruenwald, JIS Editor, 1065 Pine Bluff Drive, Pasadena, CA 91107, USA, per e-mail (no attachments) to: info@jis3.org. Include: Paper Title, First & Last Name, faculty or student, institution, mailing address, telephone & e-mail. Fully-developed papers will be considered for publication in the peer-reviewed Journal of Interdisciplinary Studies XXXIII 2021. ICSA IX 2020 

Check-In: Thursday, July 30, 3:00–6:00 PM, Hilton Pasadena. Reception: Thursday, July 30, 7:00–8:00 PM: Coffee Corner. Main Conference Program: Friday-Saturday, July 31–August 1, 8:45 AM–5:45 PM: Monterey Room. Keynote: Friday, July 31: Monterey Room. Format: Multidisciplinary panels and papers. Participants are encouraged to attend the entire conference to enhance dialogue, synergy, and synthesis, as well as fellowship. Presenting a paper is not a prerequisite for participation. Indicate if you prefer to serve as discussant. Family members enjoy the reduced student registration rate. Audio-Visual Equipment: Bring laptop or flash drive if desired for PowerPoint presentation. Cultural/Sightseeing: Before or after the conference. Optional Field Trip: Huntington Library & Gardens; JPL.

Lodging: We recommend that conference participants make their hotel reservations as soon as possible. Hilton Pasadena Reservations: 1-800-445-8667 or 626-577-1000. Cultural/sightseeing/ travel/accommodations: Pasadena Convention & Visitors Bureau: www.visitpasadena.com; 1-800-307-7977. Bring an alarm clock and a sweater or jacket for cooler mornings and evenings. Ground Transportation: Hilton Pasadena (168 S. Los Robles Ave., Pasadena, CA 91101) may be reached from the Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) via shuttles, e.g., Super Shuttle (shared ride $32): 1-800-258-3826, or rent-a-car (ca. 45-minute drive).

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Posted: November 8, 2019
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Postdoctoral Fellowships in Ethnicity, Race, and Migration in the U.S. Context – Dartmouth College Department of History

DEADLINE: January 31, 2020

Dartmouth College Department of History invites applications for the Guarini Dean's Postdoctoral Fellowships in Ethnicity, Race, and Migration in the U.S. context. This fellowship supports scholars whose research addresses these themes; we are especially but not exclusively interested in transnational approaches. In addition, the fellowship promotes student and faculty diversity at Dartmouth, and throughout higher education, by supporting underrepresented minority scholars and others with a demonstrated ability to advance educational diversity. Applicants will be selected on the basis of their academic achievement, promise in both research and teaching, and their demonstrated commitment to addressing racial underrepresentation in higher education. The Ph.D. must be conferred by the start of the fellowship.

This is a two-year residential fellowship, with one course taught in the second year. Throughout, fellows are expected to pursue research activities while participating fully in the intellectual life of the department and the college. Fellows receive an annual stipend of approximately $55,200 plus benefits and an allocation for research expenses (exact funding levels will be set at the time of offer).

Guarini Dean's Postdoctoral Fellows are part of the Provost's Fellowship Program, a multidisciplinary cohort of approximately ten predoctoral and postdoctoral scholars who share a commitment to increasing diversity in their disciplines. Fellows participate together in mentoring and professional development programming, including guidance in preparing for faculty careers.

Application Materials: (1) Cover letter, including overview of research areas and teaching interests; please also describe your prior contributions to advancing diversity in higher education and your motivations to join this multidisciplinary fellowship program; (2) CV; (3) Project description (maximum two pages, single-spaced); (4) The names and full contact information of your dissertation advisor and of two additional scholars who would provide confidential letters of recommendation upon request.

Reviews Begin: February 3, 2020

Stipend: Approximately $55,200 plus benefits and an allocation for research expenses

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Posted: November 13, 2019
Tagged: Fellowships

CFP: White House History

DEADLINE: February 1, 2020

White House History Quarterly features articles on the historic White House and its occupants. With the knowledge that the White House is one of the most richly documented houses in the world and the premier symbol of the American presidency, we publish original research that draws from these resources as well as first-hand interviews, secondary accounts, and the vast wealth of illustrations of all kinds, from drawings to photographs, in exploring the many aspects of so extensive a past. We serve a varied readership, both popular and academic, interested in history, architecture, and biography, all of which we present in the context of the White House and its ongoing traditions.

Prospective authors are encouraged to submit proposals for articles, in the form of abstracts, for the editor’s review. Please refer to the Call for Papers for a list of topics currently being considered for general thematic issues; these include The White House and Television; Passing the Torch and the Lives of Former Presidents; Presidential Road Trips; Late 20th and Early 21st Century Fashion at the White House (articles needed on Pat Nixon, Rosalynn Carter, Barbara Bush, Hillary Clinton, and Laura Bush); The White House and the South; The White House and the Sea; Military Roles in the White House; The White House during World War II. Topics for other issues may include presidential biography; first family biography; and studies of documentary letters, journals, diaries, and illustrations that relate to the White House.

Authors interested in submitting an article are asked to complete the White House History Quarterly abstract submissions form or contact the publications office at books@whha.org

To download the abstract form, please click here>>

Deadline: February 1, 2020

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Posted: November 12, 2019
Tagged: Calls for Papers

CFP: U.S. Catholic Historian: U.S. Catholics and Non-Christians

DEADLINE: February 2, 2020

CFP: U.S. Catholic Historian: U.S. Catholics and Non-Christians

For more than thirty-five years the U.S. Catholic Historian has published theme-based issues relevant to the history of American Catholicism. An upcoming issue will address the theme of Catholics and non-Christians. Contributions could include, but are not limited to, historical studies of the following:

  • U.S. Catholics' engagement with religious traditions including Islam, Judaism, Atheism/Communism, Native American religions, etc.
  • Missionary efforts among non-Christians in the United States
  • U.S. Catholic theological engagement with non-Christian thinkers
  • Dialogues between Catholics and non-Christian groups
  • Catholic participation in the World's Parliament of Religions (1893) and similar meetings
  • Ethnic succession that has placed Catholics and non-Christians in geographic proximity to one another

Scholars considering a submission are asked to contact the editor, Fr. David Endres at DEandres@mtsm.org before preparing a contribution.


Approximate length is 7,000-10,000 words.


We ask for submissions by February 1, 2020 and look forward to hearing from potential contributors.


Posted: March 13, 2019
Tagged: Calls for Papers

Archie K. Davis Fellowships

DEADLINE: March 1, 2020

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 North Carolina’s past. Beginning in 2020, the four or five awards will be in the $4,000–$5,000 range to cover travel and subsistence expenses while fellows conduct research in North Carolina. 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.

Deadline: March 1, 2020

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Posted: December 5, 2019
Tagged: Fellowships

Research Fellowships at the Massachusetts Historical Society

DEADLINE: March 1, 2020

The Massachusetts Historical Society (MHS) will offer more than forty research fellowships for the academic year 2020–2021, ranging from short-term support to long-term residency. The MHS collections primarily consist of manuscripts, as well as books, pamphlets, maps, newspapers, graphics, photographs, works of art, and historical artifacts.

In addition to receiving funding, MHS Research Fellows become part of a scholarly community that includes other current fellows, MHS staff, Boston-area scholars, and former fellows. They may participate in our Brown Bag Lunch Series, present their own research, attend seminars, and join MHS staff and other fellows for weekly collegial lunches.

Questions? See our FAQ or e-mail fellowships@masshist.org.

MHS-NEH Long-Term Fellowships:
Deadline: January 15, 2020

The Society will offer at least two MHS-NEH Long-Term Fellowships. The stipend, governed by an NEH formula, is $5,000 per month (plus an additional stipend for housing and professional expenses) for a minimum of four months and a maximum of twelve months’ continuous tenure. These fellowships are for scholars conducting research in the Society’s collections who have completed the terminal degree in their field (typically a Ph.D.) by the application deadline.

New England Regional Fellowship Consortium:
Deadline: February 1, 2020

The Society also participates in the New England Regional Fellowship Consortium. These grants provide a stipend of $5,000 for a minimum of eight weeks of research conducted at three or more participating institutions. Thirty cultural institutions will offer a minimum of twenty fellowships in 2020-2021. 

Suzanne and Caleb Loring Fellowship:
Deadline: February 15, 2020

For those studying the U.S. Civil War, the Boston Athenaeum and the MHS will offer one Suzanne and Caleb Loring Fellowship on the Civil War, its origins, and consequences. Fellows spend at least four weeks at each institution. This fellowship carries a stipend of $4,000. 

MHS Short-Term Fellowships:
Deadline March 1, 2020

MHS Short-Term Fellowships carry a stipend of $2,000 to support a minimum of four weeks of research in the Society’s collections. One application automatically puts you into consideration for any applicable short-term fellowships. Graduate students, faculty, and independent researchers are welcome to apply. We will offer more than twenty short-term fellowships in the coming year! 

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Posted: December 10, 2019
Tagged: Fellowships

Center for Communal Studies Undergraduate and Graduate Prizes and Research Travel Grant

DEADLINE: March 1, 2020

The Center for Communal Studies at the University of Southern Indiana annually invites submissions for its prize competition for the best undergraduate and graduate student papers on historic or contemporary communal groups, intentional communities, and utopias. Submissions may come from any academic discipline and should be focused on a topic clearly related to contemporary or historic communal groups or utopias.

Undergraduate Paper or Thesis:
Author of the best undergraduate paper or thesis will receive $250. The annual deadline for submission is March 1, 2020. The prize winner will be announced in April 2020.

Graduate Paper or Thesis or Dissertation Chapter:
Author of the best graduate paper or thesis or dissertation chapter will receive $500. The annual deadline for submission is March 1, 2020. The prize winner will be announced in April 2020.

Research Travel Grant:
The Center for Communal Studies at the University of Southern Indiana annually invites applications for a Research Travel Grant to fund research at the Communal Studies Collection at USI’s David L. Rice Library. The Communal Studies Collection’s rich archival materials hold information on over 600 historic and contemporary communal societies, utopias and intentional communities. A complete listing of communities can be found on the Rice Library website. Strengths include materials on the Harmonists and Owenites who settled nearby New Harmony, Indiana, but the breadth of the collections covers American communalism more broadly. Applicants may be graduate students or established scholars in the United States or abroad from any discipline that involves the study of communalism (such as history, English, anthropology, economics, sociology, etc.). The grant will fund research up to $2,000 to be used by June 30 of the subsequent year. All applications must include a letter detailing the project and its significance to communal studies, a proposed budget, and a vita. Applications are due annually by March 1, 2020. The winner of this Research Travel Grant is announced annually in June 2020.

Please send materials as email attachments to Casey Harison at charison@usi.edu.

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Posted: January 21, 2020
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The Phillips Fund of the American Philosophical Society Grants

DEADLINE: March 2, 2020

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 2, 2020

Award: up to $3,500

Contact: Linda Musumeci, Director of Grants and Fellowships, American Philosophical Society, 104 South Fifth Street, Philadelphia, PA 19106 E-mail: LMusumeci@amphilsoc.org Phone: (215) 440-3429

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Posted: September 9, 2019
Tagged: Grants

CFP: Gender, Women's Suffrage, and Political Power: Past, Present, and Future

DEADLINE: March 6, 2020

We are pleased to announce the call for presentations for the Gender, Women's Suffrage, and Political Power: Past, Present, and Future (GWSPP) conference! The conference will be held on November 19–21, 2020, at the Radisson - Lansing at the Capitol.

This conference is co-hosted by the Center for Gender in Global Context (GenCen) and Department of History at Michigan State University, and the Institute for Research on Women and Gender (IRWG) at the University of Michigan. The conference marks the 100th Anniversary of the ratification of the 19th Amendment following Women's Suffrage in the United States, the 40th anniversary of the GenCen’s Gendered Perspectives on International Development Papers Series, the 30th anniversary of the Re-Visioning Knowledge and the Curriculum: Feminist Perspectives conference at MSU, and IRWG’s 25th anniversary at the University of Michigan.

The organizers invite proposals from diverse fields, including scholarship, politics, and community organizing, with a special focus on potentials for solidarity, activism, and/or transformation.

Topics could include, but are not limited to: 

  • Women’s political leadership at the local, national, and international levels.
  • Race, Gender, Class, (Dis)ability, Religion, and/or Sexuality in movements for women’s rights.
  • Women and gender in academic and/or community leadership.
  • Violence in/of suffrage movements.

Proposals are invited in the following styles and formats:

  • Individual papers
  • Panels
  • Individual discussion sessions
  • Conversational panel discussions
  • Poster Presentations

Submission guidelines and conference info is available, here>> 

Presenters are asked to submit abstracts no later than March 6th, 2020, to gwsppconference@gmail.com. Decisions will be sent no later than March 30th.

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Posted: December 5, 2019
Tagged: Calls for Papers

CFP: The Dublin Seminar for New England Folklife; “Living with Disabilities in New England, 1600–1900”

DEADLINE: March 10, 2020

The Dublin Seminar for New England Folklife (founded 1976) is pleased to announce the subject of this year’s conference, “Living with Disabilities in New England, 1600–1900,” to be held in Deerfield, Massachusetts, in June 19–21, 2020. The purpose of the Dublin Seminar is to serve as a meeting place where scholars, students, and committed avocational researchers who share an interest in a specific subject can pool their knowledge and exchange ideas and methods.

The Dublin Seminar is now accepting proposals for papers and presentations that address the history of people living with disabilities in New England and adjacent areas of New York and Canada from 1600 to 1900. The principal topic examined by this conference is how children and adults with disabilities experienced disability in everyday life.

Proposals might address the following questions:

  • How was disability defined during this period?
  • How did gender, race, and class intersect with the experience and meaning of disability?
  • What was the relationship between the law and disability?
  • How did people with disabilities interact with institutions ranging from religious organizations to state-sponsored hospitals to schools?
  • What is the history of disability within the context of military or industrial settings?
  • How did people with disabilities interact with material culture and technology, including but not limited to assistive technologies such as artificial limbs and hearing aids; clothing; landscapes and buildings; and service animals?
  • What is the relationship between medical history and disability history?

The Seminar encourages papers that reflect interdisciplinary approaches and original research, especially those based on material culture, archaeological artifacts, letters and diaries, vital records, federal and state censuses, as well as newspapers, visual culture, business records, recollections, autobiographies, and public history practice or advocacy at museums, archives, and elsewhere.

“Living with Disabilities in New England, 1600–1900,” will be held in Deerfield, Massachusetts, on the weekend of June 19–21, 2020, and will consist of approximately seventeen lectures of twentyminutes each. Professional development points will be available for public school teachers. Selected papers will appear as the 2020 Annual Proceedings of the Dublin Seminar to be published about eighteen months after the conference.

The Dublin Seminar will be held in the Deerfield Community Center (DCC), Historic Deerfield’s public lecture facility. The DCC is wheelchair accessible via a ramp and has an accessible restroom. For information or questions regarding accessibility and/or the program or requests concerning other forms of accommodation, call Julie Orvis, Special Events Coordinator, (413) 775-7179 or email jorvis@historic-deerfield.org.

To submit a paper proposal for this conference, please submit (as a single email attachment, in Word or as a pdf) a one-page prospectus that describes the paper and its sources and a one-page vita or biography by March 10, 2020.

Please send proposals to: dublinseminar@historic-deerfield.org

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Posted: January 21, 2020
Tagged: Calls for Papers