Opportunities for Historians

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

Smithsonian American Women’s History Initiative: 2020 Summer Cohort Internship Program

DEADLINE: March 15, 2020

This summer, be a part of a transformational experience that goes beyond just another internship. Through hands-on activities and original research, you will contribute to a national effort to share a diversity of women’s voices from the past and present. You will learn to use unique tools for civic engagement and representation in museum and other community spaces. You will develop familiarity and experience with museum practice and American women’s history.

Who? Undergraduate students (rising sophomores through seniors ) and recent graduates (within the past 15 months) with a commitment to women’s history. Second year graduate students are not eligible to apply.

What? Eight-week long cohort internship experience, with paid group housing, reimbursable travel to and from Washington D.C., and a weekly $382.50 stipend. The total value of this internship, including the weekly stipend and the paid group housing is $6300 (not including travel reimbursement).

Where?  Smithsonian Institution, Washington D.C.

When? June 14 - August 8, 2020

Why? Opportunity to uncover and share the stories of diverse women’s experiences throughout American History; and to explore various career paths, networks, leadership, and mentorship experiences; and build practical professional skills.

Application deadline: Be advised that this application will close on either: (A) Sunday, March 15, 2020, at 11:59 p.m. Eastern Time or (B) The date that 350 applications are received; whichever occurs first. If the announcement closes on the date that 350 applications are received, all applications submitted by 11:59 p.m. Eastern Time that day will be given consideration, including those in excess of 350.

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Posted: February 14, 2020
Tagged: Internships

Short-Term Research Fellowship: Frances S. Summersell Center for the Study of the South and the University of Alabama Libraries

DEADLINE: April 1, 2020

To support the study of southern history and promote the use of the manuscript collections housed at the University of Alabama, the Frances S. Summersell Center for the Study of the South and the University of Alabama Libraries will offer a total of eight research fellowships in the amount of $500 each for the 2020–2021 academic year. Eligible researchers will have projects that entail work to be conducted in southern history or southern studies at the W.S. Hoole Special Collections Library, the A.S. Williams III Americana Collection, or any other University of Alabama collections. 

The deadline for applications is April 1, 2020. Decisions regarding the awards will be made no later than May 1, 2020, and research may be conducted anytime between June 1, 2020 and May 31, 2021. Both academic and non-academic researchers at any stage of their careers are encouraged to apply. Because fellowships are designed primarily to help defray travel and lodging expenses, however, eligibility is restricted to researchers living outside the Tuscaloosa area.

Completed applications will consist of electronic copies of the following materials:

  • Current CV
  • One letter of recommendation
  • A description of the research project, no longer than one single-spaced page, which includes a description of the particular resources to be used during the term of the fellowship.

All application materials and questions about the fellowship should be directed to Prof. John Giggie at the contact information provided below.

Contact Info:
Prof. John M. Giggie, Director
Frances S. Summersell Center for the Study of the South
Department of History
University of Alabama
Box 870212
202 ten Hoor Hall
Tuscaloosa, AL 35487

Tel: 205-348-1859
Contact Email: jmgiggie@ua.edu

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Posted: February 20, 2020
Tagged: Fellowships

Reporting World War II: American Correspondents at the Front-Lines

DEADLINE: April 10, 2020

Registration is now open for “Reporting World War II: American Correspondents at the Front-Lines,” This international conference at the Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum in New York City, April 23-24, 2020, brings together an interdisciplinary group of scholars who will examine how American journalists and newspapers covered World War II. It intends to consider war-time reporting prior to the entrance into the conflict and how American correspondents followed GIs across the globe after the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor. Among the themes to be explored are the role of the journalist as an objective reporter, a propagandist, an intelligence agent, and a witness to history. Papers will consider the contributions of African American, Jewish, and women reporters as journalists and the unique work of correspondents serving in uniform.

“Reporting World War II” is organized by the Contemporary History Institute at Ohio University, the Institute on World War II and the Human Experience at Florida State University, the Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum, Fordham University Press, and Stars and Stripes. Major support for this conference was provided by Iron Mountain and the Office of the Provost at Florida State University with additional funding from Adam Matthew, the Society for Military History, and the Student Veterans Center at Florida State University.

For further information contact: G. Kurt Piehler, Director, Institute on World War II and the Human Experience at kpiehler@fsu.edu.

Deadline to register is Friday, April 10, 2020.

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Posted: February 20, 2020
Tagged: Meetings, Conferences, Symposia

The Dirksen Congressional Center's Congressional Research Grants

DEADLINE: September 15, 2020

The Dirksen Congressional Center invites applications for grants to fund research on congressional leadership and the U.S. Congress. The Center, named for the late Senate Minority Leader Everett M. Dirksen R-IL), is a private, nonpartisan, nonprofit research and educational organization devoted to the study of Congress. Since 1978, the Congressional Research Grants program has invested more than $1,100,000 to support over 500 projects. 

Applications are accepted at any time, but awards are announced quarterly in January, April, July, and October. The corresponding application deadlines are December 15, March 15, June 15, and September 15. Proposals received after a deadline will be carried over to the next quarter automatically.

The Center has allocated up to $50,000 in 2020 for grants with individual awards capped at $3,500. Among the most recent recipients are

  • John Dearborn, Yale University, Strategic Preferences and American Political Development: Congress and the Origins of U.S. Federal Tax Policy, 1909-1916 
  • John A. Farrell, Independent Researcher, Senator Edward M. Kennedy
  • Samantha McDonald, University of California, Irvine, Digital Citizen Communication in the United States Congress 

The competition is open to individuals with a serious interest in studying Congress. Political scientists, historians, biographers, scholars of public administration or American studies, and journalists are among those eligible. The Center encourages graduate students who have successfully defended their dissertation prospectus to apply and awards a significant portion of the funds for dissertation research. Applicants must be U.S. citizens who reside in the United States.

The grants program does not fund undergraduate or pre-Ph.D. study. Organizations are not eligible. Research teams of two or more individuals are eligible. No institutional overhead or indirect costs may be claimed against a Congressional Research Grant.

Please contact Frank Mackaman for the application at fmackaman@dirksencenter.org. The Congressional Research Grant Application contains the following elements: Applicant Information, Congressional Research Grant Project Description, Budget, Curriculum Vita, Reference Letter (reference letter not to exceed one page—additional pages will not be forwarded to the judges), and Overhead Waiver Letter.

The entire application when printed must NOT exceed ten pages. Applications may be single-spaced. Please use fonts no smaller than 10-point. This total does NOT include the reference letter (one additional page) or the Overhead Waiver Letter (one additional page). 

Complete information about what kinds of research projects are eligible for consideration, what could a Congressional Research Grant pay for, application procedures, and how recipients are selected may be found at The Center's Website, here>> 

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Posted: November 21, 2019
Tagged: Grants