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Cornell University College of Human Ecology History of Home Economics Fellowship
The College of Human Ecology at Cornell University is accepting applications for the 2017 Dean's Fellowship in the History of Home Economics. To learn more about the history of the fellowship visit:

We invite faculty members, research scholars, and advanced graduate students (must be eligible to work in the United States) with demonstrated background and experience in historical studies to apply for this post-graduate opportunity. The fellowship recipient will receive an award of $6,500 for a summer or sabbatical residency of approximately six 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. 

At the conclusion of the residency the fellowship recipient will provide a final report to the dean, including a bibliography of research pursued, and preservation recommendations for pertinent library and archival holdings. In addition, the recipient will be invited to give a public presentation on their research at a later date. Research projects should be intended for publication.

Relevant historical subject areas may include, but are not limited to: the role of women in the family and society, the history of women in higher education, the history of food, nutrition, housing, consumer economics, the family, child development, design, clothing and textiles among other key topics in American social history. We welcome applications in which the historical subject area may inform the investigation of contemporary societal issues.

The deadline for receipt of all application materials is Friday, March 2, 2018.  For additional information, see: Please circulate this announcement to your professional networks.

Call-for-Proposals: New Book on Midwestern Politics
Scholars, commentators, and political analysts are asked to submit proposals of 500 words or less outlining a proposed chapter for a volume on the history of Midwestern politics since 1945. Given the recent election outcome, in which major Midwestern states such as Wisconsin, Iowa, Michigan, and Ohio switched their support from previous election cycles, the editors believe this is an important moment for a deeper exploration of the dynamics of Midwestern politics and the political culture of the region. The editors also believe this is the key moment to bring together two emerging and critical trends in American historiography, namely the burgeoning of scholarly work on the growth of political conservatism in the United States in the late 20th century and the recent upsurge of interest in the history of the Midwest. Topics for the volume could include, but are certainly not limited to, the following: cross-regional dynamics such as the farm economy, industrial labor organization and strife, key political sub-regions (such as Dutch Michigan, Western Iowa, Appalachian Ohio, the Driftless, the Upper Peninsula, Little Egypt, Appalachian Ohio, the Iron Range, the Cutover of Wisconsin, etc), various Cold War dynamics, the politics of deindustrialization, the tendency or failure of once strongly-Republican Midwestern states to “re-align” or become Democratic in the decades after the New Deal, the decline of major urban centers such as Detroit, urban versus out-state conflicts (Chicago, Detroit, and Minneapolis, for examples, versus the more rural parts of Illinois, Michigan, and Minnesota), varying and evolving forms of conservative or economic populism, the relationship between the industrial economy and the farm economy, the working class culture of cities such as Youngstown, the history of the Midwest as a political swing region, the presence and political impact of African-Americans in Midwestern states, the impact of conservative activism in Midwestern states, profiles of prominent Midwestern politicians which reveal important components of Midwestern political culture, the political culture of the Midwest as expressed in literature, music, etc, the rise of the Christian right, the activities of the Left in the Midwest (Madison, Ann Arbor, etc), white flight from urban areas and the subsequent impact on regional politics, immigration from Asia, Latin America, and Africa and its impact on politics, the evolution of religion/decline of mainline churches/rise of more conservative churches, changing forms of media and the lessening of rural isolation, the impacts of wars such as Korea, Vietnam, and Iraq/Afghanistan on politics, responses in the Midwest to social changes of the 1960s/70s, the impact of Reaganism in the Midwest, various aspects of the culture wars in the Midwest, the influence of the military or military spending on local and state politics, etc. Jon Lauck of the University of South Dakota and Catherine McNicol Stock of Connecticut College at will serve as volume editors. All proposals should be sent to Jon Lauck at and to Catherine McNicol Stock at by September 1, 2017 and include a vita pasted at the end of the proposal (please include the proposal and vita in one document). If a proposal is accepted, the final version of an author’s chapter will be due on August 1, 2018. The University Press of Kansas has expressed preliminary interest in the volume. Publication is expected, but not guaranteed, during the summer of election year 2020.

September 1, 2017

Call for Papers (revised): Rural Women's Studies Association
Surviving and Thriving:  Gender, Justice, Power, and Place Making
Rural Women’s Studies Association Triennial Conference
Hosted by Ohio University, Athens, Ohio
May 17-19, 2018
The theme, “Surviving and Thriving: Gender, Justice, Power, and Place Making,” emphasizes the role of gender in rural community formation and survival. It allows for exploration of the ways that gendered identity (as women, men, or bi- and trans-) and raced identity (within separatist communities, segregated neighborhoods, or integrated spaces) affected personal power, individual choice, and community development. These subjects lend themselves to exploration of rural activism, business development, cultural expression, self-governance, and collective experiences—both historical and contemporary—locally, regionally, nationally, and globally.
RWSA is an international association founded in 1997 to promote and advance farm and rural women’s/gender studies in a historical perspective by encouraging research, promoting scholarship, and establishing and maintaining links with organizations that share these goals. RWSA welcomes academic scholars, public historians and archivists, graduate students, and representatives of rural organizations and communities as conference participants and members.
Presentations take many forms at RWSA conferences, including workshops, panel sessions, tours, interactive sessions, roundtable discussions, poster presentations, open-mic discussions, performances, readings, and audiovisual presentations. The RWSA encourages inter-, trans- or multi-disciplinary approaches that connect rural women's/gender history and present-day political, ecological, or social and economic concerns, worldwide. The RWSA seeks to integrate creative work with the conference theme, and we encourage artists working in visual, film, performative, and literary genres to submit their ideas to make the conference most dynamic.
The theme: Surviving and Thriving encourages exploration of several sub-themes:
• coping with change using creative and alternative strategies
• ecofeminism; natural resources; environmental legacies, livelihoods and politics
• sustainable development, feminism, activism and social justice
• rural economics; gendered and spatial analysis of poverty, economic inequality, and wealth
• folkways, tangible and intangible cultural heritage, and cultural identities
Please submit the following information by 31 May 2017 EXTENDED to 15 June 2017.
1. Title of paper/panel/poster/workshop/performance (working title is acceptable).
2. 200 word description/abstract of paper, panel, poster, workshop, performance, etc.
3. Brief vita/bio of presenter or panel participants and complete contact information for all.
Please indicate if your proposal does not fit in the regular session time of 1.5 hour with three presentations and discussion.

We will acknowledge receipt of proposal and the status of your submission (accepted or requests for revisions or rejection) after June 15, 2017.
Submissions should be sent electronically (as a single word document) to:
OR can be submitted electronically at:
If it is not possible to send your proposal electronically, please send by regular mail to:
Cherisse Jones-Branch
Professor of History
Department of History
P.O. Box 1690
State University, AR 72467
p: (870) 972-3291

Program committee co-chairs: Cherisse Jones-Branch, Arkansas State University
Debra A. Reid, The Henry Ford (Dearborn, Michigan)

Program Committee members: Mary Larson, President of the Oral History Association and Oklahoma State University; Maggie Weber, Iowa State University; Suzie Acord, Athens County Rural Action; Amy McKinney, Northwest College; Rebecca Montgomery, Texas State University; Catherine Wilson, University of Guelph, ex officio member.

For information on travel grants and letters of invitation, contact Katherine Jellison . For additional information on the RWSA, please go to the organization website,

Call for Contributors: Tennessee Women in the Progressive Era


We invite abstracts for chapters for an upcoming anthology on the work of Tennessee Progressive Era women, to be published by the University of Tennessee Press in 2019, in time for the 2020 centennial of the ratification of the Nineteenth Amendment. Building on Tennessee Women in the Progressive Era: Toward the Public Sphere in the New South (UT Press, 2013), the editors wish to expand and deepen understanding of women’s work across Tennessee during the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries.

Explicitly not a collection of women’s biographies, the upcoming volume seeks to be comprehensive in scope; to encompass a wide range of issues; to be intersectional; to broaden research beyond work on urban, white, elite women; to showcase women’s work geographically across and within as many sectors of Tennessee as possible; and to shed light on women’s activities in Tennessee’s non-elite communities and rural counties.

Critical themes of the analogy are the foundational aspects of women’s work toward Progressive reforms and women’s actions that generated, or demonstrated, societal changes. Whereas in the 2013 collection, we intentionally excluded suffrage campaigns, in the upcoming volume woman suffrage efforts are very welcome, especially those that move beyond the “Perfect 36th” ratification narrative. We envision contributions to scholarship in at least six general areas: business/labor; education; social clubs/community associations; church/synagogue outreach; politics/government/law; and civic engagement, broadly defined. Surprise us; what have we missed?

Possible research areas that lend themselves to the anthology include the work of women’s social clubs, Jeanes teachers, women's academies, women in higher education, public health initiatives, municipal development, immigrant programs, penal system matrons, social work, rural women’s programs in their communities, journalism by women in small-town newspapers, Jewish women's leagues, NACW and other African American women's societies, unionization, shirt factory workers, additional labor groups, teachers' unions, Girl Scouting, National Congress of Mothers, legislative and legal campaigns, and many other areas of interest.

Proposals should be problem based and centered on movements or endeavors by women or women’s groups, emphasizing women as public actors in progressive (and regressive) efforts in Tennessee. Although we are not interested in biographies, highlighting the struggles of key individuals may be integral to your topic.

The anthology is state focused, but we understand that women’s intersecting missions often positioned them regionally and nationally with relationships, impacts, and implications beyond state circumscription. Relevant regional papers, therefore, with Tennessee linkages, are also welcome.

Chapter proposals should be in the form of a 250-500 word abstract with title and bibliography. Include name, full contact information, and brief c.v. Send chapter precis by August 1, 2017. We encourage open lines of communication and welcome your involvement. Please feel comfortable to call and discuss your ideas.

Mary Evins
Honors College and Department of History
Middle Tennessee State University, Box 267
Murfreesboro, TN 37137
(615) 904-8241

Minoa Uffelman
Department of History
Austin Peay State University, Box 4486
Clarksville, TN  37044
(931) 221-7704

Southern Labor Studies Call for Papers
Where: The University of Georgia, Athens, Georgia When: May 17-19, 2018
The Southern Labor Studies Association invites academics, activists, archivists, and others to
propose panels, roundtables, and workshops for our next conference, which will take place at the
Richard B. Russell Library at the University of Georgia (yes, that Richard B. Russell).
The theme of the 2018 conference is “Dirty Work.” This topic encompasses southern industries
(mining, timber, turpentine, farming, chicken processing, catfish, etc.); the service economy
(trash collection, domestic service, nursing, food service, etc.); bound labor (slavery, indenture,
and prison labor); as well as work deemed morally “dirty” – from sex work and drug-selling to
policing and overseeing. Panels discussing public history, archival projects, teaching, oral
history, important works in progress, and digital history are welcome. Southern labor studies
topics outside the “Dirty Work” rubric are welcome too.
The SLSA defines southern labor and working class studies broadly. We welcome historical and
contemporary topics, all relevant academic disciplines, non-academic participants, and regional
as well as comparative and transnational approaches. Our hope is to assemble a broad and
diverse set of participants on a wide range of subjects.
Session proposals should include an abstracts of the plan for the session (100-300 words) plus
abstracts for individual participants’ papers if papers will be presented. Please include 100 or so-
word biographical statements. Email proposals and other queries to Cindy Hahamovitch
The deadline for submitting proposals is August 1, 2017.

2017 Agricultural History Conference Registration Now Open
Registration is now open for the 2017 Agricultural History Society Conference in Grand Rapids, MI June 8-10. For more information and to register, click on the meetings page on the left.

State Historical Society of Iowa 2017/2018 Research Grants

The State Historical Society of Iowa (SHSI) announces a grant program for the 2017/2018 academic year. SHSI will award up to ten stipends of $1,000 each to support original research and interpretive writing related to the history of Iowa or Iowa and the Midwest. Preference will be given to applicants proposing to pursue previously neglected topics or new approaches to or interpretations of previously treated topics. SHSI invites applicants from a variety of backgrounds, including academic and public historians, graduate students, and independent researchers and writers. Applications will be judged on the basis of their potential for producing work appropriate for publication in The Annals of Iowa. Grant recipients will be expected to produce an annotated manuscript targeted for The Annals of Iowa, SHSI’s scholarly journal.

Applications for the 2017/2018 awards must be postmarked by April 15, 2017. Download application guidelines from our web site ( or request guidelines or further information from:

Research Grants
State Historical Society of Iowa
402 Iowa Avenue
Iowa City, IA 52240-1806

Phone: 319-335-3931

History of Science at 2018 AHA
The History of Science Society encourages individuals to collaborate and propose sessions on themes in the history of science for the 2018 AHA conference on a new wiki page. (

The 2018 AHA will take place in Washington DC, January 4-7. The theme is Race, Ethnicity, and Nationalism in Global perspective. (

Since AHA only accepts full proposals, the HSS has set up this Wiki so that members across different affiliate societies, with similar research interests, can find each other. Session organizers may seek the endorsement of affiliate societies (up to 5), and the HSS encourages organizers to seek multiple endorsements (endorsement does not guarantee a spot on the program). Organizers who would like their session to be considered by HSS, should send their proposals to by February 6.

Additionally, the HSS will be meeting in Toronto in Nov 2017, and welcomes proposals that deal with science, medicine, the environment, computing, technology and other facets of science. Please check HSS website ( for updates.

CFP: Symposium for History Undergraduate Research
An Undergraduate Research Symposium

The History Department at Mississippi State University invites undergraduate scholars to submit papers for the ninth annual Symposium for History Undergraduate Research (SHUR). The symposium will provide students with the opportunity to present their research in the format of an academic history conference and have their work discussed by Mississippi State history professors. The event is scheduled for April 28-29, 2017, on the Mississippi State University campus in Starkville.

Papers are welcome on any historical topic, but especially those that reflect the Mississippi State University History Department’s strengths in the history of science and technology; agricultural, rural, and environmental history; military and diplomatic history; the Civil War; gender history; African American history and civil rights; and the American South.

The paper should be based on original research in primary sources. Interested students should submit a proposal or abstract of not more than 400 words to Dr. Andrew Lang and Dr. Muey Saeteurn at by March 1, 2017. Students whose papers have been accepted will be notified by March 15, 2017. The History Department will offset the costs of one night’s lodging for presenters and provide a BBQ banquet dinner on the Symposium’s opening night.

SHUR is online at, and on Facebook at

Organic and Sustainable Agriculture History Research Grants
This research grant, supported by the Wisconsin Historical Society located on the University of Wisconsin-Madison campus, provides access to the resources of the Wisconsin Historical Society’s Archives and other UW campus libraries and supports research and writing on the history of the modern organic and sustainable agriculture movement in the United States. The Wisconsin Historical Society’s Archives has assembled a growing collection of documentation on organic and sustainable agriculture topics including significant individuals and organizations working in the area of organic and sustainable agriculture, organic certification, state and national organic standards development, marketing organic produce, and other related subjects. An updated list of the organic and sustainable agriculture collections in the Wisconsin Historical Society’s Archives may be found here:

Successful applicants will receive an award of up to $2000 in support of travel, living, and/or research expenses. Awards must be used between April 1, 2017 and September 30, 2017 and recipients must reside in Madison during the period of their awards. Successful applicants are expected to present their research at an event to be held at the Wisconsin Historical Society in 2018 and will receive an additional $500 stipend for this purpose. Up to three (3) scholarships will be awarded.


There is no special application form. Applicants are asked to submit a cover letter and brief research proposal not to exceed three pages. Applicants are also asked to submit a résumé or curriculum vitae. The proposal should emphasize the relationship of Wisconsin Historical Society and University of Wisconsin Libraries collections to the project and include the length and preferred dates of the visit. Send applications to:

Matt Blessing
State Archivist and Administrator
Division of Library, Archives, and Museum Collections
Wisconsin Historical Society
816 State Street, Madison, WI 53706

The deadline for applications is February 15, 2017. Successful applicants will be notified by March 15, 2017.

Newberry Library Fellowship: Deadline December 15
All short-term applications must be submitted by
11:59 PM CST on December 15 in order to be considered.

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 collection to apply for our many fellowship opportunities. Short-Term Fellowships are available to postdoctoral scholars, PhD candidates, and those who hold other terminal degrees. Short-Term Fellowships are generally awarded for 1 to 2 months, and unless otherwise noted the stipend is $2,500 per month. These fellowships support individual scholarly research for those who have a specific need for the Newberry's collection and are mainly restricted to individuals who live and work outside of the Chicago metropolitan area.

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

DEADLINE EXTENSION: Agricultural History Society Graduate Workshop
The Agricultural History Society has extended the deadline for paper submissions for the 2017 graduate workshop preceeding the annual meeting in Grand Rapids, Michigan. The extended deadline is December 15, 2016. For more information, see

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