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Call for Papers: Australian and New Zealand American Studies Association Conference

The University of Auckland, New Zealand

14-16 July 2019

The 2019 ANZASA conference committee welcomes proposals for individual papers or panel sessions on the conference theme of community, conflict, and “the meaning of America” as well as on any topics in American Studies and related fields, including US culture, history, literature, media, politics, and foreign policy or where the United States figures in a global or transnational context. 

The deadline for proposals is 15 January 2019, but we will be reviewing proposals as they are submitted and providing timely responses to aid advance planning and preparations. All proposals must include the presenter’s name, e-mail address, and affiliation; an abstract of 250 words; and a brief biography of 250 words. For panel session proposals, please provide the session organizer’s name, e-mail address, and affiliation; a title for the panel; an abstract of 250 words for the session as a whole; and relevant information for each presenter.

Please submit your proposals as well as any questions to Jennifer Frost, Associate Professor of History, The University of Auckland, j.frost@auckland.ac.nz.

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Posted: September 11, 2018
Tagged: Calls for Papers


2018 Conference on Illinois History

The 2018 conference includes sessions, panels, and workshops that feature topics such as Abraham Lincoln, archaeology, Civil War, digital resources, early statehood, immigrations, museums, politics, race and popular culture. The mid-day presentation on Thursday is a roundtable discussion on Illinois Bicentennial Exhibits and will include speakers from prominent state museums and archives.

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Posted: September 7, 2018
Tagged: Meetings, Conferences, Symposia


Franklin Research Grants

The American Philosophical Society’s Franklin Research Grants support the cost of research leading to publication in all areas of knowledge. Applicants are expected to have a doctorate or to have published work of doctoral character and quality. The Society is particularly interested in supporting the work of young scholars who have recently received the Ph.D. APS has two-upcoming fellowship opportunities.

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Posted: September 6, 2018
Tagged: Grants


Phillips Fund for Native American Research

The Phillips Fund of the American Philosophical Society provides grants to fund research in Native American linguistics, ethnohistory, and the history of studies of Native Americans in the continental United States and Canada. Application deadline is March 1, 2019.

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Posted: September 6, 2018
Tagged: Grants


From ‘Holocaust by Bullets’ to Auschwitz: Regional Dimensions of the Final Solution

CALL FOR PAPERS: The conference aims to attract students and scholars with new ideas, new perspectives, and creative approaches toward the understanding of the Holocaust. The organizers hope to host scholarly papers as well as foster discussions between various disciplines and scholars and students. Therefore, two forums are organized through which individuals can participate in the conference: (1) paper presentations, and (2) round-table discussions. Participants are encouraged to engage in both forms of scholarly exchanges!

Please complete the form below:

Name of the presenter or registrant (include official or scientific title):

Name of the co-presenter: if any

Home Institution (university or scholarly institution):

Email Address:

Phone (optional): for emergency purposes

Title of the Presentation:

An Abstract (200 words):

Participation in Roundtable Discussions:
Participants strongly encourage to join one or several of the discussion groups which will be moderated by leading scholars.
Select from the list of themes and topics you would be interested in participating in the round-table discussions. 

Participation in Optional Trips:
Indicate if you are interested in joining in any of the optional trips organized by the conference. (see list above).

Deadline for sending a proposal, with title and abstract: February 8, 2019. Results will be announced by March 1, 2019.
Send proposals or conference registration to:
Ms. Sivan Perdue
Email: education_pro@hotmail.com
Tel: 585 (309) 1717
Website: www.frombulletstoauschwitz.com

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http://www.frombulletstoauschwitz.com

Posted: September 6, 2018
Tagged: Calls for Papers


Boston Seminar on Modern American Society and Culture

The Boston Seminar on Modern American Society and Culture is pleased to announce our 2018-2019 series, with seven sessions held monthly from September to April. Sessions are generally held on the fourth Tuesday of each month and start at 5:15 PM. Subscriptions are now available at www.masshist.org/research/seminars

What do MHS seminars offer? Access to the most recent scholarship on a range of topics, stimulating conversations that can inform your own work, and networking! The seminars comprise a welcoming community of scholars from throughout the region, and the format of the sessions leaves plenty of time to socialize over a light buffet supper. 

We’ll kick off our series on the history of modern America on September 25 with an essay by Victoria Wolcott of the University at Buffalo, SUNY, “Radical Nonviolence and Interracial Utopias in the Early Civil Rights Movement.” Other sessions will focus on residential segregation, the rise of black empowerment, the adoption of Muslim place names in rural America, post-World War II Italian immigration and assimilation, and the role of technology in teaching after the war. A March 26 panel discussion will focus on different aspects of carceral culture.

Attendance is free, but you can subscribe online ($25) for the convenience of advance online access to the papers in FOUR series: this, our new Boston African American History Seminar, the Boston Area Early American History Seminar, and the Boston Environmental History Seminar.

Subscribe online at www.masshist.org/research/seminars. RSVP by emailing seminars@masshist.org.

We look forward to seeing you at the seminar!

For more information: 

https://www.masshist.org/2012/calendar/seminars/modern-american

Posted: September 4, 2018
Tagged: Meetings, Conferences, Symposia


Boston Seminar on the History of Women, Gender, & Sexuality

The organizers of the Boston Seminar on the History of Women, Gender, & Sexuality could not be more excited by the series we have to offer you this year. This longstanding collaboration between the Schlesinger Library on the History of Women in America at the Radcliffe Institute and the Massachusetts Historical Society has yielded five sessions in 2018-2019: a discussion of a work-in-progress and four panel presentations.

Fall sessions will take place in the Knafel Center at the Radcliffe Institute: the panels “Reproducing Race in the Early Americas” and “Transgender History and Archives: An Interdisciplinary Conversation.” In January, we’ll meet at the MHS to consider an essay by Sonia Gomez of the University of Chicago on American Red Cross “bride schools” in Japan following WWII. February will find us back at Radcliffe for the panel “Feminist Economics” before we conclude the year at the MHS to consider “The Long 19th Amendment.” Please see below for our full schedule, including presenters. Light refreshments and the opportunity for informal networking will follow each program.

Attendance is free and open to everyone, though we ask you to email us and reserve a place at each session. Subscribers who remit $20 for the year will receive online access to any pre-circulated materials via a password-protected interface. Pre-circulated materials will be available to non-subscribers who have RSVP’d for a session on the Monday prior to the program. Subscribers help to underwrite the cost of planning and presenting this free series, including the reception that follows each program.

RSVP for individual sessions at seminars@masshist.org or by phoning 617-646-0579. Subscribe online at https://www.masshist.org/research/seminars.

We look forward to seeing you at the seminar!

For more information: https://www.masshist.org/2012/calendar/seminars/women-and-gender

Posted: September 4, 2018
Tagged: Meetings, Conferences, Symposia


Boston Seminar on African American History

New series! The Massachusetts Historical Society and the College of Fine Arts, Humanities, and Social Sciences at the University of Massachusetts Lowell are pleased to announce a new seminar series, the Boston African American History Seminar. Five sessions are being planned for dates between October and April. The first sessions will be held at the MHS at 1154 Boylston Street in Boston’s Back Bay. To be added to an email list that will announce these programs, please email seminars@masshist.org.

Our goal is to spotlight some of the most exciting new work in the field of African American History. MHS seminars offer stimulating conversations that can inform participants’ own work and are designed to facilitate networking. The seminars comprise a welcoming community of scholars from throughout the region, and the format of the sessions leaves plenty of time to socialize over a light supper. 

Two sessions have already been planned for the fall. On October 18, Kellie Carter Jackson at Wellesley College will present “Losing Laroche: The Story of the Titanic’s Only Black Passenger.” On November 15, Christina Davidson of the Charles Warren Center at Harvard University will present “An ‘Organic Union’: Ecclesiastical Imperialism and Caribbean Missions.” These are complemented by at least five sessions in three other MHS series that will be of interest to scholars of African American history from the colonial period to the present day. Please see the attached schedule for details.

Attendance is free, but you can subscribe online ($25) for the convenience of advance online access to the papers in FOUR series: this, the Boston Area Early American History Seminar, the Boston Environmental History Seminar, and the Boston Seminar on Modern American Society and Culture. Subscribe online at www.masshist.org/research/seminars. RSVP by emailing seminars@masshist.org. Follow our activities on Twitter @MHS_Research. 

We look forward to seeing you at the seminar!

For more information: https://www.masshist.org/calendar/seminars/african-american-history

Posted: September 4, 2018
Tagged: Meetings, Conferences, Symposia


Boston Seminar on Environmental History

The Boston Environmental History Seminar is pleased to announce our 2018-2019 series, with seven sessions held monthly from October to April. Sessions are generally held on the second Tuesday of each month and start at 5:15 PM. Subscriptions are now available at www.masshist.org/research/seminars

What do MHS seminars offer? Access to the most recent scholarship on a range of topics, stimulating conversations that can inform your own work, and networking! The seminars comprise a welcoming community of scholars from throughout the region, and the format of the sessions leaves plenty of time to socialize over a light buffet supper. 

We’ll kick off the environmental series on October 9 with a panel conversation on Native American Environmental History featuring Lisa Brooks of Amherst College, Strother Roberts of Bowdoin College, Ashley Smith of Hampshire College, and Thomas Wickman of Trinity College and moderated by Cedric Woods of the Institute for New England Native American Studies, University of Massachusetts Boston. Other sessions will consider recreational landscapes of Civil War memory, black labor at the dawn of Jim Crow, biological exchange in Pacific sugarcane plantations, environmental racism and justice in Boston, and more.

Attendance is free, but you can subscribe online ($25) for the convenience of advance online access to the papers in FOUR series: this, our new Boston African American History Seminar, the Boston Area Early American History Seminar, and the Boston Seminar on Modern American Society and Culture.

Subscribe online at www.masshist.org/research/seminars. RSVP by emailing seminars@masshist.org. Follow our activities on Twitter @MHS_Research. 

We look forward to seeing you at the seminar!

For more information: https://www.masshist.org/2012/calendar/seminars/environmental-history

Posted: September 4, 2018
Tagged: Meetings, Conferences, Symposia


Boston Area Seminar on Early American History

The Boston Area Early American History Seminar is pleased to announce our 2018-2019 series, this year with eight sessions held monthly from October to May. Sessions are generally held on the first Tuesday of each month and start at 5:15 PM. Subscriptions are now available at www.masshist.org/research/seminars

What do MHS seminars offer? Access to the most recent scholarship on a range of topics, stimulating conversations that can inform your own work, and networking! The seminars comprise a welcoming community of scholars from throughout the region, and the format of the sessions leaves plenty of time to socialize over a light buffet supper. 

We’ll kick off the early American series on October 2 with an essay by Erik Seeman of the University at Buffalo, SUNY, “The Protestant Cult of the Dead in New England, 1800-1848,” with comment by Kenneth Minkema of Yale University. Other sessions will explore the 17th-century concept of “plantations,” the circulation of money, the separation of church and state, New York Loyalists, the opium trade, and Parson Weems, before we conclude the series with a panel discussion, “After the Fighting.” This session will reexamine the aftermath of war and the first phase of the Revolution, reconsidering the standard chronologies and exploring religious and cultural issues.

Attendance is free, but you can subscribe online ($25) for the convenience of advance online access to the papers in FOUR series: this, our new Boston African American History Seminar, the Boston Environmental History Seminar, and the Boston Seminar on Modern American Society and Culture.

Subscribe online at www.masshist.org/research/seminars. RSVP by emailing seminars@masshist.org. Follow our activities on Twitter @MHS_Research. 

We look forward to seeing you at the seminar!

For more information: https://www.masshist.org/2012/calendar/seminars/early-american-history

Posted: September 4, 2018
Tagged: Meetings, Conferences, Symposia


Newberry Library Long-Term Fellowship Opportunities

The Newberry Library’s long-standing fellowship program provides outstanding scholars with the time, space, and community required to pursue innovative and ground-breaking scholarship. In addition to the Library’s collections, fellows are supported by a collegial interdisciplinary community of researchers, curators, and librarians. An array of scholarly and public programs also contributes to an engaging intellectual environment. We invite interested individuals who wish to utilize the Newberry’s collections to apply for our many fellowship.

Long-Term Fellowships are available to postdoctoral scholars for continuous residence at the Newberry for periods of 4 to 9 months; the stipend is $4,200 per month. Applicants must hold a PhD by the application deadline in order to be eligible. Long-Term Fellowships are intended to support individual scholarly research and promote serious intellectual exchange through active participation in the fellowship program. The deadline for long-term fellowships is November 1.

Many of the Newberry’s fellowship opportunities have specific eligibility requirements; in order to learn more about these requisites, as well as application guidelines, please visit our website. Questions should be addressed to research@newberry.org.

for more information: http://research@newberry.org

Posted: August 30, 2018
Tagged: Fellowships


Newberry Library Short-Term Fellowship Opportunities

Short-term Newberry Library fellowships are available to support one to two months research. Applications are due December 15, 2018.

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Posted: August 30, 2018
Tagged: Fellowships


OAH Issues Academic Freedom Guidelines and Best Practices

The OAH Committee on Academic Freedom has prepared a set of guidelines and best practices, which are now posted on our website.

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Posted: July 31, 2018
Tagged: News of the Organization, News of the Profession


Amplified Initiative

The OAH Amplified Initiative, with the support of the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation was launched at the Annual Meeting in Sacramento, California, April 12–14, 2018. The aim of the project was to amplify the content presented within the confines of the conference rooms to a wider audience. Whether you missed a session, were unable to attend, or want to revisit a session you enjoyed, you can now explore it all at your leisure. Our post-conference surveys show that attendees attend an average of four to six sessions per conference. The 2018 OAH Annual Meeting had a total of 224 sessions meaning most attendees missed about 98 percent of the content! Your OAH membership gives you the opportunity to access all available content simply by logging in to the OAH User Portal and clicking on the link for the Amplified Initiative.

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Posted: July 20, 2018
Tagged: News of the Organization, Grants


2019 International Residencies

Information on 2019 residency programs in China, Germany, and Japan is now available: http://www.oah.org/programs/residencies/

New! Funding from the University of Augsburg will include an extension of the Germany residency program at the University of Augsburg.

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Posted: July 9, 2018
Tagged: None


In Memoriam: Ira Berlin

It is with great sadness that the OAH notes the passing of Ira Berlin.

Professor Berlin was a long-time member of the OAH (having joined in 1986) and served as OAH President from 2002-2003. Professor Berlin was Distinguished University Professor at the University of Maryland and was well known for his scholarship on the history of slavery. Obituaries in the Washington Post and New York Times can be found at https://goo.gl/rJKxQK and https://www.nytimes.com/aponline/2018/06/06/arts/ap-us-obit-ira-berlin.html

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Posted: June 7, 2018
Tagged: In Memoriam


Call for Proposals: U.S. Catholic Historian--Suburban Catholicism

U.S. Catholic Historian seeks submissions for a future issue on the topic of Suburban Catholicism.

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Posted: May 31, 2018
Tagged: Calls for Papers


Australian and New Zealand American Studies Association Conference

The 2019 ANZASA Conference, "Community, Conflict, and 'the Meaning of America'" will be held at the University of Auckland on July 14-16, 2019.

In 1939, Perry Miller published the first volume of The New England Mind, a foundational text in American Studies. Looking back, he regarded this book as part of his life’s study of “the meaning of America.” Eighty years later, the 2019 Australian and New Zealand American Association (ANZASA) Conference will engage with Miller’s intellectual endeavor.

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Posted: May 30, 2018
Tagged: Meetings, Conferences, Symposia


Martha Hodes Awarded Guggenheim and Cullman Center Fellowships

Martha Hodes, Professor of History at New York University, has been awarded a John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation Fellowship and a fellowship at the Cullman Center for Scholars and Writers at the New York Public Library. She will be writing a book, under contract with HarperCollins, exploring history and memory through a 1970 airplane hijacking, in which she was a twelve-year-old passenger held hostage in the Jordan desert for a week.

Posted: May 30, 2018
Tagged: Clio's Kudos


Call for Proposals: U.S. Catholic Historian--Immigration after 1880

U.S. Catholic Historian seeks submissions for a future issue on the topic of the New Immigrants: Catholic Arrivals after 1880.

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Posted: May 30, 2018
Tagged: Calls for Papers