Opportunities for Historians

Calls for Papers

CFP: Conference of Quaker Historians and Archivists

DEADLINE: December 6, 2019

Call For Proposals
Conference of Quaker Historians and Archivists
Earlham College
Richmond, Indiana
June 12–14, 2020

The Conference of Quaker Historians and Archivists (CQHA) will hold its 23rd biennial conference at Earlham College on June 12–14, 2020.

CQHA is a community that brings together those who study the history of Quakers and Quakerism with practitioners from cultural institutions that make records of the Quaker past available for scholarship. The Conference takes place every two years at locations in North America and abroad, and welcomes both Quaker and non-Quaker participants from diverse backgrounds.

We invite proposals for presentations on any aspect of Quaker history, across all time periods and locations. This year we encourage proposals on the following topics: Challenges of diversity, equity, or inclusion in Quakerism; Quakerism in Indiana and the U.S. Midwest; (Re)assessments of Quakerism and Quaker historiography.

In addition to individual paper presentations (20 minutes), we welcome proposals for panels of complete sessions (2-3 papers), roundtable discussions (60 or 90 minutes), workshops (up to a half day), or other collaborative formats. We also seek participants for a session of lightning talks (5-7 minutes each), a format especially well-suited to works-in-progress, summaries of recent publications, or ongoing projects. All presenters are required to register for the conference.

Proposals should consist of the following elements:

Identify the format of your proposed presentation: a single paper, a panel of papers, a roundtable discussion, a workshop, a lightning talk, or other format, and indicate its proposed length.
For each presentation proposed, please supply: the presentation title; a one-page description of the proposed presentation that highlights argument, approach, or methodology, as well as anticipated content; and a one-page vita or resume for each presenter.

Proposals for sessions should be sent as a package, including an overall session description as well as the requested materials for each participant.

Complete proposals should be sent via email to Susan Garfinkel and John Anderies, program co-chairs, at quakerhistoriansandarchivists@gmail.com.

The deadline for proposals is December 6, 2019.

Dormitory lodging and meal service will be available on the campus of Earlham College, within walking distance of conference sessions. Hotels, bed & breakfasts, and AirBnBs are located within driving distance in the city of Richmond. Located in eastern Indiana, Richmond is accessible by plane plus shuttle or car from Dayton (45-minutes), Indianapolis (90-minutes), or Cincinnati (90-minutes) airports. Richmond is accessible by car via I-70 and US routes 27, 35, and 40. The nearest Amtrak station is Connersville, Indiana (35-minutes).

In an area settled by Quakers in the early nineteenth century, the city of Richmond is located along the historic National Road and serves as county seat for Wayne County, Indiana. Richmond is home to four colleges and two seminaries including Earlham College and Earlham School of Religion, and is headquarters of Friends United Meeting. The city and region offer an abundant selection of restaurants, shops, museums, outdoor recreation and cultural opportunities.

Questions?  quakerhistoriansandarchivists@gmail.com

Conference Website: http://libguides.guilford.edu/cqha

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/quakerhistoriansandarchivists/

Funding for Underrepresented Scholars: 
Friends Historical Association offers a funding opportunity to better support scholars whose race or ethnicity, gender expression and sexual preference, faith (or lack thereof), and/or other facets of background and identity are traditionally underrepresented amongst CQHA conference presenters and attendees. Stipends of $1,000 are available for up to three applicants. 

Please see http://www.quakerhistory.org/broadeningscholarship for details.

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Posted: November 12, 2019
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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
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CFP: Journal of Interdisciplinary Studies; The Digital Challenge: How to Humanize Technology

DEADLINE: January 15, 2020

Deadline: January 15, 2020

Nominated to the International Social Science Honor Society, 1991
VOL. XXXII NO. 1/2 2020


We live in an era of computerization of everyday life. Automation pervades all aspects of work and leisure, from the shop floor to education and dating services, with limitless possibilities for instant communication via iPhones, the Internet, and social media. But, is humanity becoming overlydependent on machines? Meredith Broussard cautions in Artificial Unintelligence (2018) that “computers misunderstand the world.” Simon Head points out in Mindless (2014) that smarter machines are “making dumber humans,” and that the age of machines as labor-saving devices has intensified management control of employees via Taylorismor “scientific management.” Humanoid robots pose an even greater challenge. For example, how can humans avoid emotional attachment and dependence on their creations, as explored in Sherry Turkle’s experiments with children and robots, and epitomized by the individual willing to “marry” his iPhone? The question arises: In a world dominated by machines, what is the proper role for humans? Kentaro Toyama proposes in Geek Heresy (2015) that technology is Janus-faced and that genuine social progress depends on caring humans. The future of humanity may well depend on scientists’ and humanists’ willingness and ability to bridge C. P. Snow’s famous The Two Cultures (1959) conceptual divide in order to humanize technology and promote individual fulfillment and social felicity in the global village.

Send 1 electronic file (MS Word or RTF) via e-mail attachment + 3 Both-Sided copies of: 15-25 page mss. (ca. 4,500-7,500 words), each with a ca. 150-word Abstract, typed, double-spaced, in-text citation format, author identification on a separate sheet (with postage for mss. return/SASE) to: Dr. O. Gruenwald, JIS Editor, Institute for Interdisciplinary Research, 1065 Pine Bluff Drive, Pasadena, CA 91107, USA. Early mss. submissions recommended. E-mail: info@jis3.org.

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Posted: November 8, 2019
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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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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
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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
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