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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

For more information: 

http://www.frombulletstoauschwitz.com

Posted: September 6, 2018
Tagged: Calls for Papers


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


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


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


Call for Papers | Empire Studies

CALL FOR PAPERS

The Journal of Empire Studies is an open-access online journal featuring topics in the rise and fall of empire. We are looking for papers in a broad range of fields, from literature to military science, architecture to sociology. 

We feature interviews with the authors as well as visuals and a review. This journal is intended for teachers and students, to bridge the gap between new scholarship and the classroom. It has grown out of my experience teaching a course in Empire and Literature. 

We also need an Associate Editor to expand the journal’s capacity, both in content and digital reach. I can pay a small honorarium of $300 per month for three months.
More information here

Posted: July 19, 2018
Tagged: Calls for Papers


Funding available for research at the British Library

Funding available for research at the British Library

The Eccles Centre at the British Library supports research into the Library’s North American collections (covering Canada, the United States and the greater Caribbean). The Centre offers funding to scholars based in North America, as well as the UK and Europe, to cover research visits to the British Library to use the North American collections. 

The Fulbright-British Library Eccles Centre Scholar Award offer US-based scholars the opportunity to work at the Library for 6 months on a project which requires sustained use of the North American collections. Application deadline: 1 August 2018. Find out more: https://www.bl.uk/eccles-centre/fellowships-and-awards/fulbright-scholarship 

The Centre’s Visiting Fellowships are open to academic and non-academic researchers, and offer up to £2,500 to support one month’s research at the Library. Application deadline: 4 January 2019. Find out more: https://www.bl.uk/eccles-centre/fellowships-and-awards/fellowships 

About us:
The Eccles Centre for American Studies works to increase awareness and use of the British Library's extensive collections of books, manuscripts, maps, journals, newspapers and sound recordings related to the United States, Canada and the Caribbean.

Founded in 1991 by David and Mary Eccles, the Centre works in collaboration with the Library's Americas curatorial team and external partners interested in the promotion of North American studies in the UK. The Centre runs a lively and diverse events programme, funds research and offers training in the North American collections, and produces bibliographic guides and web exhibitions designed to introduce the quality and breadth of the collections.

Posted: July 19, 2018
Tagged: Fellowships


Call for Papers The Bulletin of the Fort Ticonderoga Museum 2019 Issue

Fort Ticonderoga seeks submissions for the 2019 issue of The Bulletin of the Fort Ticonderoga Museum. Published since 1927, the Bulletin has been a resource for historians, scholars, and the public for over 90 years, publishing a wide range of articles on North American military history. After a 15-year hiatus, The Bulletin returned to print in 2016 as an illustrated, annual publication and, with the 2019 issue, will become a peer-reviewed journal.

The Bulletin seeks proposals for new research on military history and culture during the long 18th century (roughly 1609-1815). We seek contributions that explore the complexities of waging and sustaining war in the early modern period. While we encourage articles on the military events of northeastern North America, we are interested in a range of topics and perspectives that can connect or contextualize North American military operations and institutions with broader trends and themes. Continuing the mandate of the original Bulletin we welcome contributions from a range of disciplines such as history, art history, material culture, archeology, anthropology, and public history. 

Articles may include or engage:

• Material culture and object studies
• Biographical analysis
• Social and cultural histories of early modern warfare
• Annotated transcriptions/translations of primary sources
• Archaeological approaches and case-studies
• International and Indigenous Perspectives

To submit an article for consideration please review our guidelines here: https://www.fortticonderoga.org/education/workshop-seminars/bulletin/style-sheet. Submissions may range from 4,000-8,000 words. Authors are responsible for obtaining permission to publish any copyrighted material, and for bearing the costs of obtaining or reproducing illustrations. Accepted authors will have free access to illustrations from Fort Ticonderoga’s collections. Submissions receive peer-review after an initial screening and authors will be informed of acceptance by October 1, 2018 with an anticipated publication date of May 1, 2019.

Please email submissions by September 1, 2018, to Richard M. Strum, Director of Academic Programs: rstrum@fort-ticonderoga.org.

Posted: July 19, 2018
Tagged: Calls for Papers


Call for Papers: "Stonewall at 50 and Beyond"

CFP: “Stonewall at 50 and Beyond" (3-5 June 2019)

International conference: “Stonewall at 50 and Beyond: Interrogating the Legacy and Memory of the 1969 Riots”
University of Paris-Est Créteil & Paris-Dauphine University (Paris-Sciences-et-Lettres)
June 3rd–5th, 2019

In the night of June 27th to 28th, 1969, gay and transgender patrons of the Stonewall Inn, a Greenwich Village bar in New York, refused to comply with one more among countless occurrences of police harassment. For five days and nights the neighborhood was the theater of a rough confrontation between demonstrators and police. In the following weeks and months, the resulting mobilization reinforced the already burgeoning movement for gay liberation. The first commemoration that took place the very next year, Christopher Street Liberation Day, eventually gave birth to the LGBTQ pride marches that we know today.
The fiftieth anniversary of Stonewall in 2019 is an opportunity to reexamine its legacy and lasting impact on the creation of an LGBTQ movement in the United States and worldwide. This conference aims to interrogate the processes of memorialization and patrimonialization, as well as the political legacy and the cultural and activist representations of Stonewall.


Full CFP and submission details at: https://stonewallat50.sciencesconf.org/
Submission deadline: 15 October 2018

Posted: July 19, 2018
Tagged: Calls for Papers


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


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 Papers Fort Ticonderoga Seminar on the American Revolution September 21-23, 2019

Fort Ticonderoga seeks proposals for the Sixteenth Annual Seminar on the American Revolution to be held Friday-Sunday, September 20-22, 2019. 

The 250th anniversary of the American War of Independence looms on the horizon, but the anniversary of the political, social, and military events of the broader American Revolution are already upon us. Reflecting on the antecedents to the War itself may help scholars and historians to frame new approaches and contextualize the period better in the coming years.

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 September 1, 2018, to Richard M. Strum, Director of Academic Programs: rstrum@fort-ticonderoga.org

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Posted: June 6, 2018
Tagged: Calls for Papers


Malamy Fellowship Available at the Peabody Essex Museum

The Phillips Library at the Peabody Essex Museum is pleased to announce the availability of a Francis E. Malamy fellowship for 2018. All application materials, including references, must be received by June 15, 2018. All materials may be submitted electronically to research@pem.org or via post to 161 Essex Street, Salem, MA 01970. Please ensure your application includes specific references to Phillips Library collection material, as found through our online catalog.

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Posted: June 1, 2018
Tagged: Fellowships


Call for Proposals: Living Well: Histories of Emotions, Wellness, & Human Flourishing

Living Well: Histories of Emotions, Wellness, & Human Flourishing, A special issue of the Journal of the History of the Behavioral Sciences

Organized by the Forum for History of Human Science in honor of historian John C. Burnham (1929-2017), this special issue will bring together historical studies that analyze how the social and behavioral sciences have attended to the meanings and conditions of living well and human flourishing. We are interested in accounts that consider what these sciences, as well as popular works that draw on them, have said about living well, in its spiritual, psychological, cultural, social, economic, and/or political dimensions.

Submission deadline: November 1, 2018

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Posted: June 1, 2018
Tagged: Calls for Papers


Submissions Now Being Accepted for Arline Custer Award

Mid-Atlantic Regional Archives Conference (MARAC)

The Arline Custer Memorial Award recognizes the best books and articles written or compiled by individuals and institutions in the District of Columbia, Delaware, Maryland, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, Virginia and West Virginia. Works must be relevant to the general public as well as the archival community. They also should be original and well-researched using available sources.

DEADLINE: July 31, 2018

Read here for more information about this award and how to apply.

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Posted: June 1, 2018
Tagged: Awards and Prizes