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The Society of American Archivists Committee on Ethics and Professional Conduct Call for Submissions

With the adoption of the SAA Core Values Statement and Code of Ethics (Approved by the SAA Council May 2011) and Code of Ethics for Archivists (Approved by the SAA Council February 2005; revised January 2012) there has come a need to provide examples to promote their understanding and utilization in both educational and real environments. The Committee on Ethics and Professional Conduct (CEPC) is seeking submissions for its Case Studies in Archival Ethics series that explore the multitude of issues addressed in the Code of Values Statement and Code of Ethics. Please consider submitting a case study covering one or more of the codes' areas. We particularly encourage submissions from emerging professionals and authors.

You will find the submission form at: http://www2.archivists.org/groups/committee-on-ethics-and-professional-conduct/call-for-case-studies-in-archival-ethics

Published case studies can be found here.

General questions may be directed to Robert B. Riter, Senior Co-chair, at: rbriter@slis.ua.edu

Posted: December 7, 2015
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U.S. Catholic Historian issue on "Kinship"

For more than thirty 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 "Kinship." Contributions could include, but are not limited to, studies of the following:

· Relationships by blood or marriage, including sibling combinations, parents and children, spouses, etc. (examples include the Kenrick, Healy, Purcell, and Spalding families)

· Connections within and between members of religious orders/communities

· Friendship, mentorship, and social relationships

· Geographic/ethnic connections among families and individuals

Scholars considering a submission are asked to contact the editor, Fr. David Endres at DEndres@Athenaeum.edu before preparing a contribution. Approximate length is 7,000-10,000 words. We ask for submissions by November 1, 2016 and look forward to hearing from potential contributors.

Posted: December 2, 2015
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Special Issue of Finance and Society: The Ethics of Debt

The social dimensions of debt have long engaged a wide range of scholars from across various disciplines and fields. Debt, of course, has a long history. From the biblical injunction to forgive debts in the seventh year to recent calls for student loan forgiveness, the problem of debt offers countless examples of how it has inspired calls for change. At the same time, it remains as timely as ever with global financial crises threatening the survival of entire nations as well as individuals.

In other cultural and historical settings, recognition of indebtedness to others has been a key building block of social life. Recent works such as David Graeber's Debt: The First 5000 Years (2011), Kenneth Dyson's States, Debt, and Power (2014), and Miranda Joseph's Debt to Society (2014) analyze, from various per­­spectives, the social dimensions of debt and finance. Building on their contributions to the study of the enduring topic of debt, this special issue of Finance and Society seeks bold, post-disciplinary scholarship exploring how financial practices emerge from and shape the social and ethical dimensions of debt today.

For more information: http://financeandsociety.org/cfp-ethics-of-debt/

Posted: December 1, 2015
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Call for Chapters: Gender and Archaeology in Popular Culture

Beyond Indy and Lara: Gender and Archaeology in Popular Culture

Call for Chapters in an Edited Book: Whether portrayed as academic professionals, daring treasure hunters, alien-hunters, time travelers, or bumbling fools who awaken paranormal forces, archaeologists and archaeologically-themed characters loom large in the popular imagination as figures of romance and adventure. Yet outside the realm of film studies, relatively little critical attention has been concentrated upon the gendering of archaeology in 20th century pop culture. This interdisciplinary collection of essays will explore the intersection of archaeology with gender(s), gender identity, and other related topics (which might include feminism, queer theory, women's studies, among others). We are interested in portrayals from a range of media and genres: games, television, graphic novels and traditional novels, art, films, design, and more.
We encourage submissions from all disciplines. Topics of possible interest include:
• Varieties of masculinity and femininity: archaeologists as muscular heroes or trickster rogues, as tomboys, femmes fatale, or damsels in distress
• Gendered dichotomies in the portrayals of scholars vs dabblers in any media (Indy and Marion, Evvie and Jonathon)
• The way media shapes the portrayal of archaeology and gender (adventure games vs. adventure film)
• Feminist archaeological theories of matriarchy, as found in The Mists of Avalon and other works
• Historical fiction and its portrayals of early women in archaeology, such as Elizabeth Peters' Amelia Peabody
• Gendered effects of major archaeological discoveries on popular culture (Tutmania in men's and women's fashion)
• Gender-related themes as portrayed in popular works of nonfiction archaeology (television documentaries)
• Androgyny and/or asexuality in archaeologically-themed characters (Ra in Stargate)
To this end, we call for interested academics to submit a 500-word abstract to us by March 15, 2016. Please include a brief bio and a full CV that lists full contact information, including an email address. Authors will be notified if they are successful, by May 15, 2016. We will expect full papers (9,000 words, including references) by October 17, 2016.

For more information, please contact: Dr. Ruth McClelland-Nugent and Dr. Jennifer Trunzo,
at Rmcclel1@GRU.edu and jtrunzo@GRU.edu.
Department of History, Anthropology, and Philosophy
Augusta University (formerly named Georgia Regents University)
1120 15th Street, Augusta, GA, 309012.

Posted: November 19, 2015
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Call for Contributors: Articles for Encyclopedia of Rape and Sexual Violence

This 2-volume encyclopedia to be published by ABC-CLIO will feature long-form articles of approximately 11,000 words or 40-45 double-spaced manuscript pages. I am seeking scholars who have expertise in and understanding of contemporary issues surrounding rape and sexual violence. Articles will focus on such issues as campus rape, marriage/intimate partner rape, and rape in war. The context includes, but is not limited to the US. Entries are being assigned now, and final articles will be due by May 2016. For more information, please send a brief CV or bio to Merril D. Smith at merrildsmith@gmail.com. Put Encyclopedia of Rape and Sexual Violence in the subject heading.

Posted: November 3, 2015
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Labor, Justice and the Environment: Historical Insights, Alliances and Challenges

We invite proposals for presentations, workshops and performances that explore the historical experiences of workers and their organizations in the Pacific Northwest (USA and Canada). 

In 2016 we are particularly interested in proposals that address the relationship between workers, their unions and community partners, and the environmental justice issues of the modern era. 

These issues are particular crucial to workers in the Pacific Northwest because of the large number of natural resource-based jobs in our economy. What are the factors that have determined whether environmental issues have been unifying or divisive for labor throughout history? What are the historical antecedents to our current discussions over climate change and the policy implications for workers? 

2016 will be an important political year, with a newly elected government in Canada and a pending national election in the United States. We encourage submissions that address historical trends in working class political movements in both countries.

Other topics we are interested in include:
•Evolving forms of worker representation and organizing
•Organizing immigrant workers in the PNW
•Community organizing and Labor
•Race and Labor in the Pacific Northwest
•Women workers in the PNW
•The 100th Anniversary of the Everett Massacre
•People of Color, immigrants and low-income workers in the resource-based
•Income inequality and popular movements
•Worker's culture in the PNW

Proposals for presentations should include a 1-2 page summary, a list of presenters and/or papers to be delivered, a short biography or vita for each participant, and a list of any particular audio-visual needs.
The PNLHA promotes discussion of contemporary topics that adopt an historical approach to the subject matter. In addition to academic papers, we encourage submissions based on popular education techniques that can engage a broad audience of academics, workers and community members.

The deadline for proposals is January 25, 2016. Submitters will be notified of the status of their proposals by February 22.

Please submit all proposals and queries electronically to:
Marcus Widenor
Corresponding Secretary for the PNLHA Program Committee

Posted: October 28, 2015
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AASLH 2016 Annual Meeting

The American Association for State and Local History and the Michigan Museums Association seek proposals for their joint 2016 Annual Meeting in Detroit, MI, on September 14-17. The deadline for proposals is December 7. For proposal forms and instructions, visit http://about.aaslh.org/am-call-for-proposals/.

Posted: October 26, 2015
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Crossroads: The Future of Graduate History Education

Current historical professionals and graduate students are invited to submit 250-word proposals for either individual 20-minute papers or complete panels by November 15, 2015.

For more info: http://www.drew.edu/graduate/academics/maphd/crossroads/crossroads-call-for-papers

Posted: October 22, 2015
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Call For Proposals: Administrative History Of Golden Spike National Historic Site



New Deadline: November 20, 2015

The OAH and National Park Service presently seek a qualified scholar to research and write a comprehensive Administrative History of Golden Spike National Historic Site, located near Promontory, Utah. Golden Spike National Historic Site interprets the 1869 completion of the nation's first transcontinental railroad, and preserves and protects resources along the historic rail line near Promontory, Utah.

A complete Scope of Work and information regarding submitting a proposal to complete this work can be found here.

Golden Spike National Historic Site interprets the 1869 completion of the nation's first transcontinental railroad, and preserves and protects resources along the historic rail line near Promontory, Utah. This project seeks to produce an administrative history of events and decisions that have shaped the management of Golden Spike National Historic Site. The administrative history should summarize the history interpreted at the site, leading up to May 10th, 1869, the driving of the last spike event, and detail the history of the park, and its management and operations, from first inception to present.

Read more >

Posted: October 22, 2015
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AASLH 2016 Annual Meeting

The American Association for State and Local History (AASLH) will present its 2016 annual meeting in Detroit, MI, from September 14-17, in partnership with the Michigan Museums Association, and is seeking session proposals for the meeting. The theme is "The Spirit of Rebirth." deadline is December 7, 2015.

For more information, please visit http://about.aaslh.org/am-call-for-proposals/

Posted: October 16, 2015
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Endangered Languages, Cultural Revitalization, and the Work of History

The Center for Native American and Indigenous Research (CNAIR) at the American Philosophical Society (APS) is seeking papers for an academic symposium on October 13-14, 2016 to coincide with the APS Museum's 2016 exhibition, Gathering Voices: Thomas Jefferson and Native America. Both the exhibition and the conference will explore the themes of translation across cultures and borders, the politics of representation, practices of language collection and study, cultural continuity and change, and the transformation of the material archives from the time of Thomas Jefferson that of Franz Boas to the present day.

Conference organizers are particularly interested in presenters whose work deals with:
1) the preservation of endangered languages, both historically and in the present day;
2) cultural practices surrounding translation and translators over time;
3) the work of language and cultural revitalization; and
4) current and/or collaborative Native language projects.

In the spirit of the exhibition's emphasis on crossing linguistic, cultural, and disciplinary boundaries, the APS encourages the submission of interdisciplinary papers and will design panels that cross disciplinary boundaries.

The symposium will begin with a keynote address sponsored by the McNeil Center for Early American Studies at the University of Pennsylvania on Thursday evening. On Friday, October 14, panels will convene at the American Philosophical Society.

Applicants should submit a title and 250-word proposal along with a C.V. by February 1, 2016 to: conferences@amphilsoc.org. Decisions will be made by the summer of 2016. All presenters will receive travel reimbursement and hotel accommodations. Accepted papers will be due a month before the conference and precirculated to registered attendees. Papers should be no longer than 25-double spaced pages. Presenters will also have the opportunity to publish revised papers in the APS's Proceedings, one of the longest running scholarly journals in America.

For more information, please visit http://www.amphilsoc.org/cnair/conference-translating-time-space

Posted: October 13, 2015
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Group Identity and LIFE Magazine in the Post-World War II Era

Identity Politics and LIFE Magazine in the Post-World War II Era

We are seeking chapters for an edited collection focusing on the identity politics of LIFE magazine, particularly the manner in which this magazine helped construct and disseminate an "us" vs. "them" dynamic. The editors intend this work to be interdisciplinary and are interested in a variety of approaches, particularly chapters focused on LIFE's written and/or photographic treatment of:

This list is by no means exclusive. We welcome any and all research that is focused on LIFE magazine in the post-World War II era.

To be considered, please submit a C.V. and a 2-page chapter proposal to LIFEmagazinebook@gmail.com by Dec. 1, 2015.

Contact Info:
Dr. Sara Eskridge and Dr. Kathryn Lewis, editors- LIFEmagazinebook@gmail.com

Posted: October 13, 2015
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NCPH Call for Posters

Challenging the Exclusive Past
March 16-19
Renaissance Baltimore Harborplace Hotel – Baltimore, Maryland

The Poster Session is a format for public history presentations about projects that use visual evidence. It offers an alternative for presenters eager to share their work through one-on-one discussion, can be especially useful for works-in-progress, and may be a particularly appropriate format for presentations where visual or material evidence represents a central component of the project.

The poster session will be held on Thursday, March 17, 2016 from 5:00-7:00pm at the Renaissance Baltimore Harborplace Hotel, Baltimore, Maryland. Set-up will start an hour before the Poster Session begins.

Proposals must be submitted electronically (in ONE PDF document). See http://bit.ly/CallforPosters for more details.

Deadline: OCTOBER 1, 2015. Email your proposal to ncph@iupui.edu with the subject line "2016 Poster."

National Council on Public History

Posted: September 23, 2015
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Call for Papers Extended: Digital Blackness Conference April 22 – 23, 2016

The 21st century has been marked by the proliferation of access to digital platforms and social media sites that have completely refigured the terms and terrain of racial representation, politics, cultural expression and scholarly research.

Whether we are speaking of the explosion of web-based series that are distributed through YouTube, the formation of a the broad social media community known as Black Twitter, the #BlackLivesMatter movement, or the on-line Queering Slavery Working Group, profoundly new questions have emerged concerning how the digital has reshaped the meaning, understanding, performance, representation, and reception of Blackness.
What we might call the digital turn also has significant implications for how we study Blackness within and across fields and disciplines. What does Digital Black Studies mean? What are its methodological proclivities and its analytic investments? What are the possibilities of Digital Blackness? What are its limits? This two-day conference Digital Blackness will bring together scholars, students, activists, and artists from a range of fields and disciplines to interrogate the many new modes, customs, and arrangements of racial identity as they are mediated through digital technologies.

We invite proposals for individual papers, and complete panel proposals that addresses a broad range of areas. Suggestions include but are not limited to:
1. Digital Blackness and Social Media
2. Digital Blackness on Film
3. Black Television in the Digital Age
4. Digital Black Histories
5. Digital Archives
6. Digital Black Studies
7. Digital Black Feminisms
8. Digital Diasporas
9. Digital Black Politics and Social Movements
10. Digital Blackness and Musical Cultures
11. Digital Blackness and Visual Culture
12. Blackness in the Digital Humanities
13. Black Code Studies

Proposals can take one of two forms: (A) an individual or (B) a complete panel.
A proposal for an individual paper should consist of a title and summary of the topic; if accepted, this paper and others related to it will be combined into a complete session. An individual-paper proposal should be single-spaced and no more than two pages long. Please include institutional affiliation and email address for an individual paper.

A proposal for a complete panel provides a prospectus for a coherent collection of 3-4 papers, including a title for the session, a title and summary of each paper, and a chair, if possible. A complete panel proposal should be single-spaced and no more than three pages long. Please include institutional affiliations and email addresses for all participants.

Please submit proposals to: proposals@rutgersdigitalblackness.com.
Proposals are due by Tuesday, December 15, 2015.

For More Information: http://www.rutgersdigitalblackness.com

Posted: September 22, 2015
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Forging Bonds Across Borders: Mobilizing for Women’s Rights and Social Justice in the 19th Century

Paper proposals sought for a conference at the German Historical Institute, Washington, DC, April 28-30, 2016, exploring how female activists inside and outside of institutions and organizations exchanged ideas in the Atlantic world and collaborated across national borders, oceans, and boundaries of race, class, and gender throughout the long 19th century. One purpose is to show how, even without formal political rights, women were able to develop effective strategies and bases of power, working both within their own countries and through the personal transnational connections, alliances, and organizations they created. Through participation in movements for abolition, temperance, child protection, pacifism, and labor (often male-dominated), women became aware of their own oppression and need for emancipation. Some fought to link suffrage and women's rights with struggles against the inequities of industrial capitalism in what came to be known as "social justice femin ism." Others embraced "maternalist" ideologies that exalted women's status as mothers and, rather than seeking feminist alternatives to that role, worked to apply the values associated with it to society at large. The organizers will cover travel and lodging expenses of invited participants. Proposals welcome from established and emerging scholars; deadline, October 31, 2015. See website for further details.

For more information, click here. 

Posted: September 17, 2015
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Doing Sport History in the Digital Present Workshop

Doing Sport History in the Digital Present Workshop
Sports, Society, and Technology Program
School of History and Sociology
Georgia Institute of Technology
Atlanta, GA USA
May 25 and 26, 2016

What might new approaches in the digital humanities offer for the study of sport history? What might sport history offer the digital humanities and digital history in regards to questions of diverse embodiment, most prominently seen in sport? This workshop seeks a diverse group of scholars interested in addressing these and related questions. The goal of this workshop is to generate and extend conversations about digital scholarship, especially in relationship to the historical study of sport and related realms including recreation, games, physical activity, and the moving body.

In particular we seek contributions that span relevant empirical and epistemological questions. These papers might include, but are not limited to, those which explore: theories of digital sport history; archival, methodological, and/or epistemological questions raised by doing digital sport history; antecedents and genealogies of digital sport history; technical and cultural issues and problems raised via the doing of digital sport history; what digital technologies (e.g. mining, mapping, collecting, curating, visualization, etc.) offer for sport history and historians; what sport history and sport historians can contribute to digital modes of research and inquiry; de/colonial, feminist and anti-racist approaches as well as questions of access and power (e.g. gender, race, class and sexuality), design, and infrastructure in doing digital sport history; tensions among "traditional" and digital sport histories and historians; and, critiques regarding the premises, assumpti ons, and practices of digital sport history. We are also very interested in papers that employ digital technologies in documenting particular histories of sport, recreation, games, physical activity, and/or the moving body.

If interested please submit a 500 word abstract and a 200 word biography to Dr. Mary McDonald (mary.mcdonald@hsoc.gatech.edu) by October 8, 2015. Those selected will be notified by October 22, 2015 and required to provide a 5,000-7,000-word paper by April 15, 2016. Selected participants will present a 15-20 minute version of their longer paper at the workshop, which will also be read and commented upon by other participants. Financial support will be provided for accommodation and meals during the duration of the workshop. Successful papers will be eligible to appear in the Journal of Sport History Special Issue, "Doing Sport History in the Digital Present." This workshop will be held just prior (May 25-26, 2016) to the annual meeting of the North American Society for Sport History (NASSH) at the Georgia Tech hotel and Conference Center (May 27-30). Participants are strongly encouraged to attend both events and to also present their scholarship at NASSH. Please also conta ct Mary McDonald with any questions.

Posted: September 9, 2015
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New Critical Studies on Quaker Women, 1650-1800

The corpus of Quaker women's history and literature offers one of the most fascinating studies of gender across all centuries and continents. This small group of women pioneers, activists, prophets and writers has often been at the grassroots of revolutionary movements, fuelling and propelling the way for global, monumental change. Yet, there is very little in Quaker historiography that specifically highlights or features the gathered influence of these women. While only a few scholars have analysed early Quaker women's contributions as spiritual foremothers and visionary leaders (Christine Trevett's _Women and Quakerism_, 1991; Phyllis Mack's _Visionary Women_, 1992; Rebecca Larson's _Daughters of Light_, 1999; and Catie Gill's _Women in the Seventeenth-Century Quaker Community_, 2005), there has not been a twenty-first-century compilation of new critical studies on Quaker women. With a central focus on gender, this project seeks to assemble an in terdisciplinary body of writers with a shared interest in reassessing early Quaker women, highlighting new discoveries and interpretations about their literary creation, historical landmarks, and transatlantic movements.

Possible topics include, but are not limited to:

Please submit proposals of approximately 500 words, along with a curriculum vita, to: Michele Lise Tarter (tarter@tcnj.edu) and Catie Gill (C.J.Gill@lboro.ac.uk) by October 25, 2015. If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact us.

Posted: September 3, 2015
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“Leaders Gone Wild” – Committee on Community Colleges, OAH Annual Meeting, Providence, RI

The Committee on Community Colleges for the Organization of American Historians is sponsoring a panel for the 2016 OAH meeting in Providence, Rhode Island (April 7-10). The theme for the meeting is "On Leadership." In that spirit, we are hosting a session titled "Leaders Gone Wild: Using Scandal and Corruption in American Leadership to Engage Students." Our ideal panelists will incorporate their own research in an innovative way in the classroom. How have scandalous leaders interested your students and how do you use those stories to illuminate larger issues you are covering in your classrooms?
We are accepting proposals for papers until September 18, 2015.

Please forward your 200 to 300-word proposal and CV to: Theresa.jach@hccs.edu

Posted: September 1, 2015
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Workshop on Unique Leadership Narratives & Diversity in the Classroom

The Committee on Community Colleges for the Organization of American Historians is hosting a teaching-oriented workshop for the 2016 OAH meeting in Providence, Rhode Island (April 7-10). The theme for the meeting is "On Leadership." Because community college students come from increasingly diverse backgrounds, we hope to highlight non-traditional historical leaders that will inspire our students.

Do you have a creative lesson/unit that focuses on one or more of these unconventional leaders?

Areas could include, but are not limited to: Hispanics, African Americans, Jewish Americans, Asian Americans, the LGBT community, Arab Americans, labor organizers, or advocates for the disabled.

Our panel will include 3-4 presenters with approximately 45 minutes each, Q&A, and a lunch.

We are accepting proposals for papers until September 18, 2015.

Please forward your 200 to 300-word proposal and CV to: Theresa.jach@hccs.edu

Posted: September 1, 2015
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Call for Papers for Crossroads: The Future of Graduate History Education

The Caspersen School of Graduate Studies and History & Culture program at Drew University are excited to announce Crossroads: The Future of Graduate History Education. This two-day conference, aims to bring together graduate students, faculty, and leaders in the historical profession to explore how intellectual revolutions of the 21st century and transformations in higher education have changed how historians practice their craft as well as the career opportunities available to them.

Held at Drew University in Madison, NJ, Crossroads will take place on March 11-12, 2016. Conveniently located 30 miles from Manhattan, the conference hopes to attract a diverse range of opinions and expertise. The conference will include keynote speakers, roundtables, and panel presentations. Join the discussion on social media using #FutureofHistory.

For more information on the conference, including the call for papers and submission details, please visit drew.edu/crossroads.

Posted: August 28, 2015
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