News and Events
The Kitchen Debate and Cold War Consumer Politics
AHS members Shane Hamilton and Sarah Phillips announce the publication of The Kitchen Debate and Cold War Consumer Politics: A Brief History with Documents with Bedford/St. Martin's Press. Details here.
Gwynn E. Jones MERL Fellowship
Applications are now being invited for the Gwyn E. Jones MERL Fellowship scheme for 2014-15, tenable for up to twelve months, to support research in subject areas associated with the Museum of English Rural Life (MERL) at the University of Reading. The closing date is 1 May 2014. Successful proposals attract a stipend of up to £10,000 for a maximum period of twelve months. Applications for shorter periods of research are welcome but would attract a commensurately smaller stipend. The funding can be used to offset teaching and administration costs, and other research-related expenses. Fellows are encouraged to participate in the academic programmes of the Museum. For further details of the scheme and information about how to apply please click on the following link: www.reading.ac.uk/merl/research/merl_fellowships.aspx
Those interested in undertaking research at MERL may also be interested in other collections-based research opportunities within the University of Reading. For further details see: http://www.reading.ac.uk/collectionsresearch/cbr-home.aspx
CFP: Rural Women's Studies Association Triennial Conference 2015
“The Local is Global”: Gender and Rural Connections across Time and Place
Rural Women's Studies Association Triennial Conference 2015
Hosted by Texas State University, San Marcos, Texas
February 19-21, 2015
The theme of the 2015 conference “The Local is Global”: Gender and Rural Connections across Time and Place emphasizes the importance of rural women’s local activities and experiences – both historical and contemporary - to global affairs. At the same time, it highlights the gendered impacts of and reactions to global processes – including globalization, international and transnational trends, policies and programs, and climate change –at the local level. It especially aspires to explore how these different scales are connected across time and space.
RWSA is an international association for the advancement and promotion of research on rural women and gender in a historical perspective. Worldwide, the Association aims to encourage research, to promote existing and forthcoming scholarship, and to establish and maintain links with contemporary organizations around the interests of rural women, rural communities and the rural environment, including farming and the agricultural sector, from a gender perspective. RWSA welcomes academic scholars, public historians and archivists, graduate students, and representatives of rural organizations and communities to be association members and conference participants.
Along with paper presentations and panels, proposals for workshops, interactive sessions, posters, open discussions, performances, readings, audiovisual presentations are very much encouraged. Especially welcome are those with inter-, trans- or multi-disciplinary approaches, and/or that connect rural women's / gender history and present-day political, ecological or social and economic concerns, worldwide. We are also looking for submissions that integrate creative work with the conference themes. We plan to have at least one evening dedicated to creative work, but are interested in integrating artists from visual, film, performative and literary genres into the fabric of the conference as well.
RWSA aims to discuss and further develop the thematic areas relevant to rural contexts, such as gender and labor, food, health, education, the professions, cultural heritage, leadership, migration, technology, communication, iconography and creative expression in rural contexts. Proposals for this conference are especially encouraged to also include:
• Rural women's voices as forms of power and arbiters of change;
• Differences and changes in rural femininities and masculinities;
• The intersection of rural women and/or gender with other socio-cultural dimensions such as wealth / class, ethnicity / race, age / generation, religion, sexuality, health status;
• Gender and/or women in social and other reform movements, social and welfare policy initiatives, rural grassroots organizations, especially with respect to rural communities, agriculture, the rural environment and natural resource management;
• International, transnational, governmental and/or non-governmental organizations and their gendered rural policies or gender-specific policies on rural women and men;
• Gender and/ or women in intersections between non-indigenous rural populations and indigenous peoples - commonalities in struggles, collaborative experiences, similarities, differences, breakthroughs, etc;
• Knowledge and scholarship in rural gender/women’s history and women’s integration in rural history.
Please submit the following information by 15 May 2014.
1. Title of paper/session/workshop/performance (working title is acceptable).
2. 400 word description/abstract of paper or proposed session/workshop, etc.
3. Brief vita/bio of presenter or session participants and complete contact information.
Please indicate if your proposal does not fit in the regular session time of 1.5 hour with three presentations and discussion. We will get in touch if the proposal has been accepted.
Submissions should be sent electronically to: RWSA2015@gmail.com.
If it is not possible to send your proposal electronically, please send by regular mail to the following address if you are submitting from the Americas:
History Department, University of North Dakota
221 Centennial Dr., Stop 8096
Grand Forks, ND 58202-8096
Submissions by post from elsewhere in the world should be sent to:
Margreet van der Burg
Rural History, Social Sciences, Wageningen University
Hollandseweg 1, NL-6706 KN Wageningen
For information on travel grants and letters of invitation, contact Rebecca Montgomery, firstname.lastname@example.org. For additional information on the RWSA, please go to the organization website, http://www.ohio.edu/history/rwsa/.
Agricultural History Society Sponsorship and American Historical Association Annual Meetings
We encourage members who plan to submit session proposals to the AHA on topics related to agriculture, food, rural life and environment to consider listing the Agricultural History Society as a co-sponsor of their panels. Having sessions co-listed on the AHA program provides extra visibility for your session and increases the visibility of AHS within the profession. If you are interested, please send a copy of your proposal to Jim Giesen (email@example.com) and Anne Effland (firstname.lastname@example.org).
Editorial Assistantship Announcement
Agricultural History is pleased to announce the Mort Rothstein Editorial Assistantship. This is an opportunity for scholars to work on an academic journal of record.
The position is open to graduate students or undergraduates with a standing of junior or above. It will run for eight weeks during the summer. Compensation includes dorm housing and a stipend. For details and to apply, go to https://www.rollinsjobs.com/postings/1445. Application deadline is February 28, 2014.
Workshop for the History of Environment, Agriculture, Technology and Science
February 7-9, 2014
The Agricultural History Society is pleased to be a sponsor for this years WHEATS at the University of Kansas from February 7-9, 2014.
WHEATS began in 2004 at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, with the goal of bringing together graduate students (or very recent PhDs, space permitting) from across the US and Canada who are studying the topics contained under its heading. Since then it has been successfully hosted at the University of Western Ontario, the University of Virginia, the University of Georgia, Kansas State University, Mississippi State University, the University of Wisconsin, and University of Pennsylvania. While the workshop was originally designed for graduate students in historical disciplines, in recent years it has welcomed students from allied disciplines such as geography and anthropology who are doing work of a historical nature.
Participants receive feedback on pre-circulated papers from fellow students and senior scholars. The format is particularly suitable for the presentation of work in progress. Past participants have found the event to be extraordinarily helpful in refining their work, networking with colleagues, and building a cohort of scholars working on related themes. Now in its tenth year, the Workshop welcomes back its own alumni as discussants and speakers. WHEATS prides itself on its bootstrap ethos, and has remained, since its inception, an event put together by graduate students, for graduate students.
Job Posting: Arkansas State University, Heritage Studies
Arkansas State University (ASU) is recruiting applicants for the position of Associate or Full Professor (tenure-track) to begin Fall, 2014 in Historic Preservation and Heritage Studies at Arkansas State University. Position will be twelve months with teaching limited to the Heritage Studies Ph.D. Program coordinated with the public history track of the master's degree in history. Responsibilities assigned by the Director of Arkansas Heritage Sites such as grant writing, fundraising, and program planning as well as overseeing graduate assistantships and doctoral research, will be an extensive part of this professional appointment. Ph. D. in appropriate academic field required. Candidates should have experience initiating and leading historic preservation projects. Candidates who also have experience working with intangible cultural heritage in programs that support cultural conservation are especially encouraged to apply. A record of grant writing, academic publication, college-level teaching, community outreach, and public program management is expected.
Arkansas State University is a public, multi-campus higher education system with enrollment in excess of 22,000 students. The Jonesboro campus has a diverse student body with an on-campus enrollment eclipsing 14,000; through outreach via web-based instruction and the upcoming establishment of a campus in Querétaro, Mexico, the university is making a global impact. A-State educates leaders, enhances intellectual growth and enriches lives in Jonesboro, Ar. A regional metropolitan city with a population of more than 68,500, Jonesboro is located 70.8 miles northwest of Memphis, Tenn. Today, the institution has more than 70,000 alumni.
CV, letter of application and writing sample as the "other document" and the names and contact information of three references must be provided by attaching online.
In addition, contact information for three references must be included with the online application. The reference will be sent an automated email for request of letter based on the information provided by the applicant on his/her online application.
Review of applications will begin on January 15th, 2014 and continue until the position is filled.
The position is housed on the Jonesboro campus. Visit https://jobs.astate.edu/ for detailed information and to apply for position F00029.
Erik Gilbert, email@example.com
Ruth Hawkins, firstname.lastname@example.org
Call for Abstracts: American Society for Microbiology (ASM) General Meeting
American Society for Microbiology (ASM) General Meeting
May 17-20 2014
Abstracts are invited for a History of Microbiology Poster Session at the American Society for Microbiology (ASM) 2014 General Meeting, from 17-20 May in Boston, MA. The poster session is sponsored by the Center for the History of Microbiology/ASM Archives.
Deadline for abstract submission: 14 January 2014.
For further details and instructions: www.asm.org/choma-history-posters
Or, contact Mr. Jeff Karr (email@example.com) or firstname.lastname@example.org
The American Society for Microbiology is the oldest and largest single life science membership organization in the world. Membership has grown from 59 scientists in 1899 to more than 39,000 members today, with more than one third located outside the United States. The members represent 26 disciplines of microbiological specialization plus a division for microbiology educators.
Please share this information with your professional colleagues and students who may wish to participate. For additional information on the Center for the History of Microbiology/ASM Archives (CHOMA), visit www.asm.org/choma
DEADLINE EXTENDED! Southern Forum on Agricultural, Rural, and Environmental History 2014
CALL FOR PAPERS
Southern Forum on Agricultural, Rural, and Environmental History
The seventh annual Southern Forum on Agricultural, Rural, and Environmental History (SFARE) will be held at Rollins College in Winter Park, FL on March 28-29, 2014. Sponsored by the Department of History and Political Science at Rollins, with support from the Center for the History of Agriculture, Science, and the Environment of the South (CHASES) at Mississippi State University and Agricultural History, the forum’s goal is to provide a welcoming and collegial environment for students and established scholars to present new material that pushes the boundaries of agricultural, rural, and environmental history.
Dr. James C. Giesen will give the keynote address. Giesen is an associate professor of history at Mississippi State University, where he directs the graduate program in Agricultural, Rural, and Environmental History. He is the director of CHASES and executive secretary of the Agricultural History Society. His 2011 book, Boll Weevil Blues: Cotton, Myth, and Power in the American South, won the 2012 Deep South Book Prize. His keynote address will come from his new project, a study of the cultural economy of cotton in the South.
Conference organizers have scheduled a field trip to Lake Apopka for the “Toxic Tour.” Lake Apopka, less than thirty minutes from Rollins, was once the site of some of the richest farmland and best fishing in Florida. However, in order to control agricultural pests and diseases, area farmers heavily treated the land with pesticides and toxins (including DDT). Fertilizer and pesticide runoff eventually overwhelmed Lake Apopka, making it a dead zone. The federal government bought the farmland in the late 1990s; cleanup and restoration efforts continue.
The organizers intend this event to be a place for scholars of all ranks to try out innovative ideas in an informal, supportive, and constructive setting. Toward that end, we ask that participants plan on attending all sessions to generate quality discussion for all presenters (the sessions will be non-concurrent). Work on all geographic locations and time periods is welcome. Faculty and students are invited to submit session, roundtable, or single-paper proposals on any topic dealing with rural, agricultural, or environmental history. Please submit a one-hundred-word paper proposal or a two-hundred-fifty-word session proposal, and brief biographical sketch or CV electronically to Annabel Tudor, Managing Editor, Agricultural History, email@example.com. The deadline for submissions is January 1, 2014. Presenters will be notified by February 1, 2014.
Cornell University College of Human Ecology History of Home Economics Fellowship
The College of Human Ecology at Cornell University is accepting applications for the 2014 Dean's Fellowship in the History of Home Economics. We invite faculty members, research scholars, and advanced graduate students with demonstrated background and experience in historical studies to apply. One award of $6,000 is available for a summer or sabbatical residency of six continuous weeks to use the unique resources available from the College and the Cornell University Library system in pursuit of scholarly research in the history of Home Economics and its impact on American society.
Relevant historical subject areas include:
History of food, nutrition, housing, the family, child development, design, clothing and textiles, consumer economics, and history of women in higher education among other key topics in American social history.
The deadline for receipt of all application materials is March 4, 2014. For additional information, see: http://www.human.cornell.edu/Fellowship/index.cfm
Please circulate this announcement to interested individuals.
Mark Finlay (1960-2013)
Mark Finlay died on October 6, 2013 at the age of 53. He was a longtime member of the Agricultural History Society and served on its Executive Committee and as Book Review Editor. We have published our obituary here.
Center for the History of Microbiology/ASM Archives (CHOMA) Travel Grants
The Center for the History of Microbiology/American Society for Microbiology Archives (CHOMA), housed at the University of Maryland Baltimore County (UMBC), announces two History of Microbiology Travel Awards of $1500 each for research at the ASM Archives in the area of the history of microbiology. All applications must be submitted no later than November 15, 2013.
Specific information on the collection can be found at the website, http://www.asm.org/index.php/choma3 or by contacting the American Society for Microbiology (ASM) Archivist at firstname.lastname@example.org
The grants support research of the awardees' choosing, in areas that can be supported by materials in the CHOMA collections. The CHOMA collections include 9,000 volumes on microbiology and related topics; photographs of scientists and microbes; topical files on various aspects of microbiology; biographical materials; instructional materials, including slides and motion pictures; records of the Society from its founding in 1899 to the present, including journals and proceedings of meetings; and several collections of personal papers.
Application Materials can be found at: http://www.asm.org/index.php/choma3
If you have any questions, please contact: email@example.com
Click here to view more AHS news.
The Editorial Office
Claire Strom, Editor
1000 Holt Avenue - 2762
Winter Park, FL 32789