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Call for Chapter Proposals: “Where East Meets (Mid)West: Exploring a Regional Divide”

Volume editors seek proposals for chapters to be included in an edited collection focused on exploring the history, development, and culture of the Eastern edges of the American Midwest and the distinctions between the American East and Midwest. The volume is planned for publication by the Kent State University Press.

Proposals should explain the author’s general approach to the topic and include the sources to be consulted as well as the author’s curriculum vitae. Topics to be explored include, but are by no means limited to, historical understandings of the dividing line between the East and the Midwest; historical examples of friction between the East and the Midwest; examples of the transference of Eastern culture and institutions into the Midwest and, conversely, examples of the development of regionalist culture and institutions in the Midwest; general Midwestern resistance to “derivative” institutions and culture; historical and contemporary examples of frictions between the Midwestern “backcountry” and the Eastern seaboard; the geographical and topographical approaches to designating the East and the Midwest as distinct regions; literary or other cultural understandings of the dividing line between East/Midwest; the political distinctions between East and Midwest; descriptions of the growth of regionalist thought and practices that have contributed to a distinctive Midwestern consciousness; the regional identity of Cleveland; the attempt to embrace Eastern culture in the Midwest (e.g. Ann Arbor); the identity of borderland cities such as Pittsburgh; discussions of debates about whether Ohio is Midwestern; analyses of the real and perceived dividing line between Pennsylvania and Ohio; economic unities and frictions between the East and Midwest.

Chapter proposals will be due July 1, 2019. If a proposal is accepted, the author’s chapter will be due July 1, 2020. Final chapters should be approximately 7,500 words, including notes, and in Chicago style. The editors of the collection will be Jon K. Lauck and Gleaves Whitney.

All proposals should be sent to jlauck1941@hotmail.com

For further information, click here>>

Posted: March 19, 2019
Tagged: Calls for Papers

Yale Public History Institute: Accepting Applications

Yale Public History Institute 2019: "Interpreting Difficult History" 

June 9-14, 2019, The Gilder Lehrman Center for Slavery, Resistance and Abolition at the MacMillan Center at Yale University, in partnership with the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture (NMAAHC), announces its 8th annual Public History Institute (PHI). Fifteen professional public historians at museums and cultural agencies in the United States, and six Yale graduate students, will be invited to come to New Haven to explore themes central to the public interpretation of "difficult history," taking account of the some of the most challenging narratives in the American past including race and racism, conquest, enslavement, economic exploitation, violence, abuse, exclusion, and stigmatization. 

For an application form, email: gilder.lehrman.center@yale.edu
Application deadline: April 1, 2019

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Posted: March 19, 2019
Tagged: Meetings, Conferences, Symposia

CFP: Ohio Valley History Conference; Contested Histories in the Public

Now in its 35th year, the Ohio Valley History Conference (OVHC) is open to historians and advanced graduate students from all time periods and specializations, including public and digital history. This year’s theme, Contested Histories in the Public, will examine the ways in which historians, public history professionals, and historical affinity organizations affectively research, interpret, and teach difficult histories. The OVHC welcomes proposals for individual papers, full panels, roundtables, and volunteers to chair panels or provide comment. Graduate students are particularly encouraged to attend and present.

The Kentucky Historical Society in Frankfort, Kentucky, will host the conference on October 3–5, 2019.

Possible topics can include but are not limited to:

Submission Process: For a panel or roundtable, please submit the panel title, a 100-word abstract of each paper, and a 1-2 page CV for each participant. For individual papers, please submit a 250-word abstract and a 1-2 page CV. Volunteers to chair sessions or provide comment should submit a 1-2 page CV indicating areas of interest and expertise. All proposals should be in a Word document and include the affiliation and contact information of each participant.

The deadline for submissions is June 15, 2019. Please send proposals to KHSpublications@ky.gov

Keynote Speaker: We are proud to announce the Friday night keynote speaker will be Dr. Hasan Kwame Jeffries from The Ohio State University. Dr. Jeffries’s research examines the Civil Rights and Black Power Movement. He is the author of the 2009 Bloody Lowndes: Civil Rights and Black Power in Alabama’s Black Belt, which tells the remarkable story of the African American freedom movement in Lowndes County, Alabama. Dr. Jefferies’ current book project, In the Shadow of Civil Rights, examines the black experience in New York City from 1977 to 1993. Dr. Jeffries’s has worked on several public history projects. From 2010 to 2014, he was the lead historian and primary scriptwriter for the $27 million renovation of the National Civil Rights Museum at the Lorraine Hotel in Memphis, Tennessee, the site of the assassination of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. He hosts the podcast “Teaching Hard History: American Slavery,” a production of the Southern Poverty Law Center’s Teaching Tolerance Project.

Location and Accommodations: The Kentucky Historical Society (KHS) is conveniently located in Frankfort, a short drive from airports in Louisville and Lexington. A block of rooms will be available the Capital Plaza Hotel, within walking distance of KHS. Several chain hotels are also located near the two Frankfort exits off I-64, along with a number of local Airbnbs. Visit https://history.ky.gov/ for directions to KHS.

Posted: March 19, 2019
Tagged: Calls for Papers

In Memoriam: Dr. Richard H. Brown (1927-2019)

Dr. Richard H. Brown (Dick) passed away on January 16, 2019, in Chicago, Illinois, at the age of 91. He received his Ph.D. is U.S. History from Yale Graduate School of Arts and Sciences in 1955. In the early 1970's Dr. Brown joined the staff of Chicago's Newberry Library. It is said that he is one of the handful of people responsible for crafting the modern independent research library. Dr. Brown believed that the humanities were for everyone, he worked to make history relevant to the general public and "to bring history and historical thinking to young people." in 1973, Brown became the associate director of research and educational programs. He went on to become Newberry's first academic vice president in 1983. Brown is known for his 1964 book The Hero and the People: The Meaning of Jacksonian Democracy. 

For further details and obituary, click here>> 

Posted: March 13, 2019
Tagged: In Memoriam

In Memoriam: Dr. Phillip Earl Myers (1944-2017)

Dr. Phillip Earl Myers passed away November 3, 2017, at the age of 73. He received his Ph.D. from the University of Iowa. He was a preeminent Civil War Historian with a focus on European Diplomacy. In 2008 he authored Caution and Cooperation: The American Civil War in British-American Relations as well as his 2015 Dissolving Tensions: Rapprochment and Resolution in British-American-Canadian Relations in the Treaty of Washington Era, 1865-1914. 

For full details and obituary, click here>> 

Posted: March 13, 2019
Tagged: In Memoriam

Utah History Day Judges Needed: Join Us!

Do you love history? Are you great with kids? Join us as a Utah History Day judge this spring! More than 7,000 students participate in Utah's National History Day program each year, and our judges play a critical role in making this experience valuable and positive for each child. By serving as a judge, you can help foster a lifelong appreciation for history in young people. As a judge, you will read/view student projects, meet and interview the students, then provide written feedback on their work. Judge training, materials, and lunch are provided. In return, you will learn from them and share in their excitement about history. It's rewarding, and it's fun.

Competitions are held statewide through Aprill. Sign up for one convenient to you. 

Contact utahhistoryday@gmail.com with any questions.

For contest dates and sign up, click here>>

Posted: March 13, 2019
Tagged: Meetings, Conferences, Symposia

CFP: U.S. Catholic Historian: U.S. Catholics and Non-Christians

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:

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

Summersell Short-Term Fellowship for Southern History

The Summersell Center offers short-term research fellowships intended to assist scholars from outside the Tuscaloosa area with their use of the archival collections and resources held on the University of Alabama campus. Endowment of these fellowships allows us to continue them indefinitely and possibly to expand the number of them we can offer, while freeing up resources for other projects.

To support the study of southern history and promote the use of the collections housed at the University of Alabama, The Frances S. Summersell Center for the Study of the South, In partnership with the University of Alabama Libraries, offers a total of eight fellowships in the amount of $500 each for researchers whose project entails 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 in other University of Alabama collections.

Applications should include two copies each of the following:

The deadline for applications to be received by the Summersell Center is April 15, 2019. Decisions regarding awards wil be made by May 15, 2019, and research may be conducted anytime between June 1, 2019 and May 31, 2020.

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, eligibility is restricted to researchers living outside the Tuscaloosa area.


Send all completed application materials to:

The Frances S. Summersell Center for the Study of the South 

c/o The University of Alabama Department of History 

Box 870212 

202 Ten Hoor Hall

Tuscaloosa, AL 35487-0212


Materials may also be submitted electronically to jmgiggie@ua.edu

Any questions about the fellowships may be directed to Dr. John Giggie, Director of the Summersell Center: jmgiggie@ua.edu or 205-348-7100

For futher information, click here>> 

Posted: March 13, 2019
Tagged: Fellowships

In Memoriam: Dr. James R. Reckner (1940-2018)

Dr. James R. Reckner passed away November 16, 2018, in Dallas, Texas, at the age of 78. Dr. Reckner served as a sailor in the U.S. Navy and completed two tours in Vietnam. After retiring from the Navy in 1978 Dr. Reckner received his Ph.D. from the University of Auckland. He taught at Texas Tech University for 20 years. During that time, he founded the Vietnam Center and Archive that is housed there. Dr. Reckner is known for his 1988 work Teddy Roosevelt's Great White Fleet. 

For full details and obituary, click here>>

Posted: March 13, 2019
Tagged: In Memoriam

Iowa Women’s Archives Travel Grant

Linda and Richard Kerber Fund for Research in the Iowa Women’s Archives

Deadline: April 15, 2019

In honor of Linda and Richard Kerber’s enduring support for scholarship in the history of women, the Iowa Women’s Archives (University of Iowa Libraries) announces a grant of $1,000 to fund travel to Iowa City, Iowa, to conduct research in the Iowa Women’s Archives. We welcome applicants from a variety of backgrounds, including graduate students and academic and public historians, although preference will be given to graduate students. The grant is intended to offset travel and lodging expenses of researchers whose work will benefit from using collections in the Archives. Strengths of collections in the Archives include the history of the women’s movement, political activism, African Americans, rural women, and Latinas, especially in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries. Search the holdings of the Iowa Women’s Archives to learn more about the collections:


Contact the Archives staff to discuss your research topic and the collections you propose to use: lib-women@uiowa.edu or 319-335-5068

For further information, click here>>

Posted: March 11, 2019
Tagged: Grants

In Memoriam: George Athan Billias (1919-2018)

Author, husband, Professor emeritus, father, Bronze star recipient. These are just some of the titles that George Athan Billias held during his 99 years. Dr. Billias passed away on August 16, 2018, at his home in Worcester, Massachusetts. He received his first teaching position at the University of Maine in Orono, where he taught until 1961. The following year he accepted the position of director of the American history graduate program at Clark University. He taught there for 27 years and held the title of Jacob and Frances Hiatt Professor of History. Billias authored, edited, and coedited fourteen volumes. He is most noted for his work American Constitutionalism Heard Round the World, 1776-1989; A Global Perspective.

For full details and obituary, click here>>

Posted: February 19, 2019
Tagged: In Memoriam

CFP: The New Populisms and the White Working Class

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.

The concept of a white working class, as both an identifiable sub-class, and as an analytic concept, is, and should continue to be, troubling. For many scholars and researchers studying class formation, and questions of class and culture, there is an identifiable working class, understood by their position within the complex relationship of production, distribution, and consumption. Though the working class is bounded by and intertwined with race, ethnicity, and gender, class analysis in itself identifies a distinct group of people bearing similar relationships to capital. Yet the persistence of racism, inequalities of gender, sex, and race, and the magnification of xenophobia and ethnocentrism in public debate demand further reckoning with how class functions, how class identities are formed (or deformed,) and how class is represented.

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. We want to take the term apart, unpack its implication, understand its history, and if we are bold and creative enough, perhaps even come to a different, altered conception of this troubling and contentious phrase. The volume welcomes contributions from across the disciplines, and from a variety of ideological and analytic approaches. While the volume was inspired by events in the United States, we also welcome contributions from across the globe, particularly from non-majority white labor markets. Deadline for abstracts of no more than 500 words to wwcumich@gmail.com on March 1st; Deadline for full papers September 1st

For further details, click here>> 

Posted: February 18, 2019
Tagged: Calls for Papers

CFP: The Lost Alternatives of the 1960s

We seek to bring together scholars with diverse interests and from a variety of disciplines for a two-day conference on September 27 and 28, 2019, focusing on the ideas and legacy of the “counterculture.” The “counterculture” (defined broadly) was a formidable site of intellectual production and political debate, and an important part of the larger and longer history of twentieth-century American intellectual and political life.

We seek paper proposals on a range of topics focused on the “counterculture”: capitalism, poverty, wealth, distribution, and consumerism; race and ethnicity; gender and sexuality; the environment; medicine and pharmacology; health and wellness; spaces and architecture; education, expertise, and epistemology; spirituality and religion; and politics, institutions, and governance. What did the “counterculture” seek to make or remake, and how? What did it mean to be a “participant” in the counterculture, how did “participants” see themselves and what they were doing, how was their sense of self and mission captured in the production and presentation of their books and pamphlets, and how did other parts of society see them? Were the ideas and movements of the “counterculture” a culmination or something new? What was the legacy of the ideas of the “counterculture”? How can contextualizing the “counterculture” in the social, political, and economic moment of 1968 lead to fresh scholarly interpretations?

Stewart Brand’s Whole Earth Catalog (1968), Frances Moore Lappé’s Diet for a Small Planet (1971), and the Our Bodies, Ourselves Collective’s Women and Their Bodies (1970) were three texts among many others that reflected the ideas of the “counterculture.” While we are especially interested in papers that address the three core texts—The Whole Earth Catalog, Diet for a Small Planet, and Our Bodies, Ourselves—or the themes framed by them, there is no requirement that the papers specifically address those texts.

Submission Guidelines: Please submit (A) An abstract of no more than 500 words; (B) A biography of no longer than 100 words; (C) A CV.

Proposals are due by March 4, 2019. Applicants will be notified of their acceptance status by the third week of March, 2019.

For additional details, longer description, and to submit a proposal, click here>>

Posted: February 18, 2019
Tagged: Calls for Papers

AEJMC’s History Division Covert Award Call

Covert Award Call:

 AEJMC's History Division announces the 35th annual competition for the Covert Award in Mass Communication History.

The $500 award will be presented to the author of the best mass communication history article or essay published in 2018. Book chapters in edited collections also may be submitted.

The award was endowed by the late Catherine L. Covert, professir of public communications at Syracuse University and former head of the History Division. 

An Eletronic copy in pdf form of the published article/essay/chapter should be submitted via email to Professor Sheila Webb, sheila.webb@wwu.edu.

The deadline for submission is March 1, 2019.

The publication may be self-submitted or submitted by others, such as an editor or colleague.

Posted: February 18, 2019
Tagged: Awards and Prizes

Presidential and Congressional Academies for American History and Civics

The Center for Civic Education will conduct a five-year series of Presidential Academies for teachers and Congressional Academies for students that will include a two-week experience each summer in conjunction with exemplary scholars and mentor teachers. This year's Academies will take place July 7-20. Participants will be immersed in the study of constitutional history and principles following the intellectual framework of the We the People: The Citizen and the Constitution curriculum. The We the People program is an innovative course of study that focuses on the history and principles of the U.S. Constitution and Bill of Rights.

The project will provide:

The Academies will take place concurrently at Goucher College (Baltimore, MD), which is conducive to thoughtful lectures, discussions, and individual and collaborative work and is convenient for visits to numerous National Parks and the nation’s Capital.

Teachers will be selected from schools with strong administrative support for work with high-need students. For each teacher, two high-need students from that teacher’s school or school district will apply jointly and participate in the Academies. At most sessions the teachers and students will meet separately but there will be times for joint activities during the summer and school year.

 If you have questions, send them to Hale@civiced.org.

The deadline to submit applications is March 1, 2019, and participants will be notified of the decision by April 1.

For further information, click here>>

Posted: February 18, 2019
Tagged: Meetings, Conferences, Symposia

Call for Graduate Student Submissions in Louisiana History

Call for Graduate Student Prize Submissions: The Hugh F. Rankin Prize is awarded by the Louisiana Historical Association each year to the graduate student in history who submits the best unpublished article-length essay in Louisiana history or a related topic. Applicants must be enrolled in an accredited graduate program at either the M.A. or Ph.D. level, and the essay must be based on original research and must have been completed during 2018. Part-time graduate students are eligible.

The award will be a cash prize, to be presented at the banquet of the LHA’s annual meeting (https://www.lahistory.org/2019annual-meeting/). The winning essay will be considered for publication in the LHA journal Louisiana History.

The deadline for submission is March 1, 2019.

Please send submissions to: Dr. Michael S. Martin, Managing Editor, Louisiana Historical Association: docmartin@louisiana.edu

For further information, click here>>

Posted: January 10, 2019
Tagged: Awards and Prizes

James K. Polk and His Time: A Conference Finale to the Polk Project

Join us in April to celebrate the completion of the James K. Polk Project. Begun in 1958, the project is about to finish its fourteen-volume letterpress and digital series of the Correspondence of James K. Polk. These volumes, featuring annotated transcriptions of thousands of letters from 1817–49, enable twenty-first-century readers to use the nineteenth-century documents. They have nurtured diverse scholarship on antebellum America.

Hosted by the University of Tennessee History Department, “James K. Polk and His Time: A Conference Finale to the Polk Project” will be held at the East Tennessee Historical Society, in Knoxville, on April 12–13, 2019. Academic scholars, public historians, and community members will take stock of what we now know about the eleventh U.S. president and assess the contributions of the project to historical study. Presentations will include a keynote address by Amy S. Greenberg, a roundtable of Polk experts chaired by John C. Pinheiro, and a screening of a Polk documentary by Brian Rose.

See the conference website to read the preliminary program, register (it’s free), and book your hotel room. Contact us with any questions at jameskpolk@utk.edu.

For further information, click here>>

Posted: December 27, 2018
Tagged: Meetings, Conferences, Symposia

Call for Proposals: Pacific Northwest Labor History Assoc. Conference

General Strike 1919-2019 – Radicalism, Repression, and Solidarity

2019 marks the 100th anniversary of a watershed year in American and Canadian labor history, especially in the West. The year was defined by the Seattle and Winnipeg General Strikes, the Centralia Massacre, and the wave of state sponsored repression of immigrant workers during the Palmer Raids. Reflecting on these events a century later encourages us to consider the significance of radicalism as well as ways that organized labor has both enforced and overcome racial and gendered barriers to solidarity.

The Pacific Northwest Labor History Association seeks presentations performances, and papers that examine labor history of the past 100 years, especially related to: Labor Radicalis; Patriarchy and Feminism; Employer and State Repression; Racism, including White Supremacy; Immigrant Workers and Xenophobia.
Full Call for Proposals at PNLHA website.

Proposals Due by January 7, 2019. 

For futher information, click here>>

Posted: December 18, 2018
Tagged: Calls for Papers

Continuing the Struggle: The ILO Centenary and the Future of Global Worker Rights

Washington, DC
Updated dates: November 21-22, 2019
Call for Participants with a new submission deadline of February 1, 2019 

October 29, 2019, will mark the one-hundredth anniversary of the first International Labor Conference (ILC), held in the Pan American Union Building in Washington, D.C., under the nascent International Labor Organization (ILO). This conference will mark the centenary of that watershed event. It will be both retrospective and prospective. It will look back to analyze and evaluate a century of efforts to advance workers’ rights around the globe. It will look forward to ponder the ways in which global supply chains, financialization, and the growth of the “gig” economy and other forms of non-standard work challenge the ILO system and raise questions about the very definition of employers and employees and the basis of labor relations. 

The conference invites participants who can contribute to the exploration of a range of themes related to the ILO’s work. These include: Global Workers, Global Supply Chains, Global Lives, Gender, Sexuality and Labor Rights, Building Workplace Power and Global Workers' Rights.
On Shifting Ground: Labor Standards, Policy and the Future of Work.

Please send paper, presentation, or panel proposals to kilwp@georgetown.edu
Deadline for submissions is February 1, 2019

For further information, click here>>

Posted: December 11, 2018
Tagged: Calls for Papers

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

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.

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Posted: December 4, 2018
Tagged: Calls for Papers, News of the Organization