Opportunities for Historians

2019 Utah Gravestone Preservation Workshop

DEADLINE: August 26, 2019

Utah State History is pleased to be hosting the 2019 Utah Gravestone Preservation Workshop. 

Jason Church with the National Center for Preservation Technology and Training will be teaching a 3-day hands-on workshop at the Salt Lake City Cemetery and Glenwood Cemetery to demonstrate and teach preservation methods for cleaning, resetting, and restoration. The 1st day is a half day in the classroom discussing the principles of preservation and how to conduct proper surveys, etc., and the second half of the day will be in the Salt Lake City Cemetery doing a headstone cleaning. 

This 3-day workshop is for those seeking advanced skills beyond the basic preservation and cleaning. Those participating in the 3-day workshop must also attend the first day. Day two and three will be based at the Glenwood Cemetery in Park City (lunch included) for hands-on resetting and restoration.

To register for the 1 day (August 26) only, the cost is $50.

To register for the 3 day (August 26–28), the cost is $200.

Space is limited and registration is required.

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Posted: July 25, 2019
Tagged: Meetings, Conferences, Symposia

Journal of American History CFP: Sex, Suffrage, Solidarities: Centennial Reappraisals

DEADLINE: September 1, 2019

The year 2020 marks the centennial anniversary of the Nineteenth Amendment. What are our obligations to this moment? What are the crucial questions and unresolved problems in the histories and historiographies of suffrage in the United States? The Journal of American History will observe the centennial with a sustained, multidimensional appraisal. From late 2019 through 2020, we intend to publish a variety of scholarly analyses across our many platforms. Our ambition is to foster creative thinking about the amendment, its discursive and material frameworks, and its complex, often-unanticipated legacies. Our theme for the project—Sex, Suffrage, Solidarities—is intended to provoke new questions about the amendment and the political, economic, and cultural transformations of which it has been a part.

We invite original papers on all topics pertaining to women’s suffrage. We seek essays that examine the work of activists, both before ratification of the Nineteenth Amendment and after. We welcome submissions that investigate the complicated linkages among suffrage, citizenship, identities, and differences. We encourage global, transnational, and/or comparative perspectives, particularly if they compel us to reperiodize or otherwise reassess conventional ways of thinking about campaigns for women’s rights or the project of adult citizenship more broadly. We welcome research articles but will also receive proposals for other genres or formats of scholarly prose.

The deadline for consideration in our Sex, Suffrage, Solidarities series is August 2019. Learn more about JAH submission guidelines here.

We also seek submissions on these themes for the OAH member magazine, The American Historian (submission guidelines here), and for our blog, Process: A Blog for American history (submission guidelines here).

Posted: December 4, 2018
Tagged: Calls for Papers

CFP: The New Populisms and the White Working Class

DEADLINE: September 2, 2019

This volume seeks papers that take the concept of white working class seriously, as both category and thing-in-itself, while focusing a critical gaze on its deployment, use, and misuse.

While a majority of the United States working class did not support the Trump bid for the presidency, research indicates that in key states (Ohio, Michigan, Pennsylvania), white voters identified as working class formed a key part of the electoral victory for Trump. White working class voters who had voted for Obama in 2008 had, by 2016, crossed party lines in just enough numbers to affect the outcome. This has brought the use of the term white working class into the public eye, though in a blurred focus. This volume seeks to bring together scholars and activists from a wide variety of disciplines to examine and assess the terms used to describe the white working class, explore the contours of the new populism, and debate their relationship.

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Posted: February 18, 2019
Tagged: Calls for Papers

CFP-Individuals to Empires: Historical Scale in Method and Approach

DEADLINE: September 16, 2019

Northern Illinois University 12th Annual History Graduate Student Conference

November 1, 2019

Historians make choices about the scale of their inquiry. We set parameters for our writing–temporal, geographical, archival, or other–that shape research strategies, the potential audiences, and guide historical analysis and argumentation. Do you write history on a grand or intimate scale? Or both? 

At the 12th annual NIU History Graduate Student Association Conference, we welcome paper proposals that address any geographical area, period, or field of history. We encourage all submissions to critically consider the scale of your original research. Whether you shape your work around representative or obscure individuals or the movements of society, culture, or politics through viewing empire, we want to foster a critical discussion of historical approach by considering the scale of analysis.

Individual paper or full panel proposals must be submitted by September 15, 2019, and include an abstract of 300 words and one-page curriculum vitae for the presenter. Panel proposals should include a brief statement about the focus of the session. Submissions and inquiries should be addressed to:

Megan VanGorder, HGSA Conference Organizer
Email: niuhistorygsa@gmail.com

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Posted: June 3, 2019
Tagged: Calls for Papers

CFP: Campuses and Colonialism Symposium

DEADLINE: September 20, 2019

In 2020–2021, UNC-Chapel Hill's Center for the Study of the American South and SMU’s Clements Center for Southwest Studies are co-sponsoring a year-long seminar on Campuses and Colonialism that aims to consider the roles and responsibilities of U.S. institutions of higher learning in histories of settler colonialism. We propose that campuses consider how these histories are woven together in faculty research, graduate and undergraduate recruitment and retention, curriculum offerings, built environments, labor practices, and more. 

We invite scholars to consider a variety of questions:

  • How have universities wittingly and unwittingly been institutions of colonialism?
  • What forces have challenged and transformed institutional relationships to Native populations and cultures?
  • What is the relationship between the study of slavery and global Indigenous studies?
  • What should universities remember and share about their histories?
  • How have Native communities built relationships with universities and changed them?
  • How have universities and/or Native people challenged assimilation, as a policy and an assumption?
  • How can universities act as agents of decolonization and decolonial thinking?
  • How can we surface scholars’ leadership in establishing and maintaining the institutional structures that support AIS and Indigenous scholars and students?

The deadline is September 20, 2019, with a fall 2020 seminar in Taos, NM, and a spring 2021 seminar in Chapel Hill, NC.

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Posted: June 18, 2019
Tagged: Calls for Papers

"The Academy's Original Sin": Universities Studying Slavery (USS) 2019 Fall Symposium

DEADLINE: October 9, 2019

October 9–12, 2019

Xavier University (XU) and the University of Cincinnati (UC) are proud to co-sponsor the Universities Studying Slavery (USS) Fall 2019 Symposium, entitled “The Academy’s Original Sin.” USS is a multi-institutional collaborative effort working to address historical and contemporary issues dealing with race and inequality in higher education and university communities, and the complicated legacies of slavery in modern American society.

This symposium encourages collaboration among—and unites scholars from—a broad range of colleges and universities to better understand the role of enslaved people and their relation to higher education. Slavery’s legacy in the American academy is demonstrated in myriad ways, from African American access to higher education and discussions surrounding restorative justice, to racism and discrimination within academe and battles to rename places/spaces on college campuses nationwide. The Fall 2019 Symposium continues the conversation, focusing on the enslavement of people of African descent and how that enslavement manifested itself in the development of U.S. educational institutions. Moreover, it will directly question these complicated legacies.

Keynote speakers include:

       *Dr. Michael Lomax, CEO/President, United Negro College Fund (UNCF)
       *Dr. Sowande Mustakeem, Associate Professor of History and of African and African-American Studies, University of St. Louis

This conference is free and open to the public, but you must register to attend to secure/confirm conference materials, light refreshments/meals, shuttle access, and entry to one (1) evening reception on Friday, October 11, 2019. The first 100 university students with current school IDs to register will be invited to a complimentary, private dinner on Friday, October 11, 2019, immediately prior to the evening student reception. You must have your current university ID for entry.

In lieu of conference registration fees, we ask all attendees to make a donation to the Symposium when prompted on the registration page. Donations will be split between the United Negro College Fund (UNCF) and application fee waivers for incoming African American students to UC and XU. We specifically ask that students donate a modest $5, and that all others do so according to ability and perceived value of this experience.

There is limited on-site registration for this conference, which will only be available up to the total conference cap of 500 minus online registration.

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Posted: July 25, 2019
Tagged: Meetings, Conferences, Symposia

The Center for Cryptologic History’s 17th Biennial Symposium

DEADLINE: October 11, 2019

The Center for Cryptologic History's 17th biennial Symposium on Cryptologic History will take place October 17–18, 2019, at the Kossiakoff Center on the campus of Johns Hopkins Applied Physics Lab in Laurel, Maryland. 

Since 1990, the Symposium has served as an opportunity to present historical discoveries found in unclassified and declassified Intelligence Community records and engage in scholarly discussion about their significance to cryptologic history. The 2019 Symposium program offers over 20 educational sessions led by more than 65 speakers. 

Topics include cryptologic history related to WWI, WWII, the Cold War, communications security, cyberspace and technology, international and diplomatic relations, counterintelligence and espionage, declassification and public engagement, and more. 

Deadline to register: October 11, 2019

Questions should be directed to cchevents@nsa.gov.

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Posted: July 25, 2019
Tagged: Meetings, Conferences, Symposia

The Society for Applied Anthropology Call for Papers

DEADLINE: October 15, 2019

The Society for Applied Anthropology (SfAA) invites abstracts (sessions, papers, and posters) for the Program of the 80th Annual Meeting in Albuquerque, NM, March 17–21, 2020. The theme of the Program is “Cultural Citizenship and Diversity in Complex Societies.”

The Society is a multi-disciplinary association that focuses on problem definition and resolution. We welcome papers from all disciplines. The deadline for abstract submission is October 15, 2019. 

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Posted: June 27, 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

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