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NEH Summer Institute, The Visual Culture of the American Civil War and Its Aftermath

DEADLINE: March 1, 2020

The American Social History Project/Center for Media and Learning at the City University of New York Graduate Center will host a two-week NEH Summer Institute for college and university faculty in July 2020, on the Visual Culture of the American Civil War and Its Aftermath. 

Applications to participate will be accepted via mail, e-mail, and our online application system until March 1, 2020.

The Institute will focus on the era’s array of visual media – including the fine arts, ephemera, and photography – to examine how information and opinion about the war were recorded and disseminated, and the ways visual media expressed and shaped Americans’ understanding on both sides of the conflict. Guided by a team of three faculty that represents the range of work in the field, Institute participants will hear daily lectures and presentations by noted historians, art historians, and archivists; and take part in hands-on sessions in significant museums and archival collections. These Institute activities will introduce participants to the rich body of scholarship that addresses or incorporates Civil War-era visual culture, encourage them to explore avenues for further research in the field, and assist them in developing their own research and/or teaching projects. Reading assignments preceding and during the Institute will prepare participants for full engagement in the institute’s discussions and activities. And time will be provided to prepare individual projects, undertake research at local archives, and meet with the three principal institute faculty members as well as guest speakers.

The institute will meet from July 6 to July 17, 2020, at the CUNY Graduate Center (34th Street and Fifth Avenue) and other archival and museum sites around the city, including the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New-York Historical Society, and New York Public Library. Faculty and visiting speakers include: Jermaine Archer, Georgia Barnhill, Amanda Bellows, Louise Bernard, Michele Bogart, Joshua Brown, Sarah Burns, Gregory Downs, Matthew Fox-Amato, Amanda Frisken, Dominique Jean-Louis, Barbara Krauthamer, Turkiya Lowe, Maurie McInnis, Susan Schulten, Scott Manning Stevens, and Dell Upton.

While scholars and teachers specializing in U.S. history, American Studies, and art history will find the Institute especially attractive, we encourage applicants from any field who are interested in the Civil War-era and its visual culture, regardless of your disciplinary interests. Independent scholars, scholars engaged in museum work, or full-time graduate studies are also urged to apply. You need not have extensive prior knowledge of the Civil War or visual culture or have previously incorporated their study in any of your courses or research. However, your application essay should identify concrete ways in which two weeks of concentration on the topics will enhance your teaching and/or research. In addition, please describe a research or teaching project you will develop during the institute. The ideal institute participant will bring to the group a fresh understanding of the relevance of the topic to their teaching and research.

For further information, please contact Institute Director Donna Thompson Ray at dthompson@gc.cuny.edu or 212-817-1963.

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

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