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Call for Entries: SHFG Thomas Jefferson Prize
The Society for History in the Federal Government (SHFG) seeks entries for its 2016 Thomas Jefferson Prize for research tools published in 2014 or 2015. The prize recognizes the creator(s) of an outstanding research aid (e.g., inventory, index, finding aid, biographical directory, bibliography that facilitates the work of those researching the history of the federal government). It will be awarded at the SHFG annual meeting in Spring 2016. See for criteria, a list of past winners, and general requirements for all SHFG prizes.

A copy of each entry with a letter briefly stating its qualification and merits should be sent to each of the Jefferson Committee members by November 30, 2016:

1. Jennifer Ross-Nazzal, Ph.D., 2003 Seakale Lane, Houston, TX 77062
2. Alisa Whitley, 5212 Leeward Lane, Alexandria, VA 22315
3. Lincoln Bramwell, Ph.D., 1410 Woodman Ave., Silver Spring, MD 20902

The SHFG, founded in 1979, is a nonprofit professional organization that promotes the study and broad understanding of the history of the United States Government. It also serves as the voice of the Federal historical community.

Call for Chapter Proposals-"The Midwestern Moment: Essays in Early 20th c. Midwestern Regionalism"
Hastings College Press welcomes proposals for chapters for an edited volume focused on Midwestern regionalism during the first half of the twentieth century. The volume is tentatively entitled “The Midwestern Moment: Essays in Early-Twentieth Century Midwestern Regionalism.” Midwestern regionalism includes writers, artists, publishers, intellectuals, architects, journalists, filmmakers, magazines, journals, institutions, films, etc. Subjects may include but are not limited to

· Midwestern regionalism as a movement to highlight work that was produced in the Midwest and focused on the Midwest as a counter to the cultural dominance of the coasts, especially Boston and New York City
· Individuals or institutions that purposely sought to encourage or counter the theory that Midwestern intellectuals and writers “revolted” from their Midwestern villages
· Representations of the Midwest in popular culture or by non-Midwesterners
· Rejection or confirmation of the Midwest as the agricultural Heartland
· Controversies about the definition or geographical boundaries of the Midwest
· Midwestern ecologies

Proposals should be roughly 300 words, briefly explain the significance of the subject chosen and sources available, and be sent to Patricia Oman at The editor of the volume will be Jon K. Lauck. All proposals are due by August 1, 2015. If a proposal is accepted, the resulting chapter, not exceeding 6,000 words (including notes), shall be due June 1, 2016.

Call for Proposals Atlantic Environments in the American South
The History Department at Rice University invites proposals for a two-day symposium on the intersection of Atlantic History and Environmental History in the American South. Over the past couple decades Atlantic History and Environmental History have been two of the most dynamic fields in the discipline, yet the two rarely overlap. This conference, in short, explores why this intersection has deep untapped potential. By placing this intersection in the American South, we hope to engage a discourse in the flow of peoples, commodities, and ideas, along with their political, economic, social, and cultural implications in a region that has served as the setting for a number of rich Atlantic and Environmental studies. This conference will be primarily concerned with how people altered, interacted with, and thought about the terrestrial, maritime, and atmospheric environments of the South and the Atlantic and will look, for example, at how cotton, sugar, tobacco, rice, and a host of other commodities moved between the southern United States and the larger Atlantic world. By analyzing the environmental implications of these currents both into and out of this region, we hope to better understand how such flows were made possible by larger, Atlantic-wide networks.

We will convene on Friday, February 5, 2016 at Rice University in Houston, TX, with a keynote address from W. Jeffrey Bolster, Professor of History at the University of new Hampshire, and conclude on Saturday, February 6 with a keynote address from Paul Sutter, Associate Professor of History at the University of Colorado Boulder.

Proposals may consider the ways the environments of the American South and greater Atlantic interacted, and we hope to attract papers that look from the South outward and from the Atlantic inward. Possible topics include:
• Commodity flows
• Production/consumption networks
• Ideas of the environment
• Local/regional/national/international scales
• Nation building
• Migration
• Enslaved and free labor
• Cultural formation
• Imperial/inter-imperial relations
• Weather and climate

We invite proposals that investigate the myriad interactions and connections between the environments of the Atlantic and the South. But we self-consciously do not prescribe any set chronological boundaries. While many Atlantic studies are concerned with the development and deepening of transoceanic interactions from the 15th through the 19th centuries, many environmental and southern histories focus on the 19th and 20th centuries. Thus we invite proposals from these many periods and urge presenters to think deeply about these temporalities. Proposals should be no more than 300 words and include a CV. Additionally, papers presented will be considered for inclusion in an anthology to be published by a major university press.

Atlantic Environments and the American South will take place on the campus of Rice University and has been made possible thanks to the generosity of the Rice University Humanities Research Center, School of Humanities, and Department of History.

Proposals must be received by September 15, 2015 and should be sent via email to or mailed to
Atlantic Environments and the American South

℅ D. Andrew Johnson
Department of History – MS 42
Rice University
PO Box 1892
Houston TX 77251-1892

Limited support for participants’ travel and lodging may be available for presenters.

For more information, contact the conference conveners, Thomas Blake Earle ( and D. Andrew Johnson ( or go to

Call for Proposals: American Society for Environmental History 2016 Conference
The American Society for Environmental History (ASEH) is now accepting proposals for its annual meeting in Seattle, March 30-April 3, 2016. Deadline for proposal submissions is July 8, 2015. For more information, including the online submission form, see:

Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences (SLU) Seeks Faculty Professor in Agrarian History
SLU is Sweden’s leading university in research on biological natural resources, and offers a stimulating environment for research and education. For twenty years there has been a professorship in agrarian history at the university. The professorship is located at the Department of Urban and Rural Development in new and modern facilities. The Department of Urban and Rural Development is central to SLU’s efforts to develop social sciences and humanities in research and education at SLU.

Agrarian history is a historical discipline that covers the development from earliest times to the present. The subject deals with agricultural production, technological development, social and economic conditions, people in agrarian societies and their relation to nature, landscape and society at large. Emphasis is on research and education on northern European conditions, including Sweden, even though a wider international agrarian history also plays a role in the subject area.

For more information, go to

Call for Proposals for Chapters in South Dakota Book Series
Writers in the fields of history, political science, geography, and related fields are invited to submit chapter proposals for volume three of The Plains Political Tradition: Essays in South Dakota Political Culture series, published by the South Dakota Historical Society Press.

Proposals must provide a detailed description of what will comprise the chapter, including descriptions of the sources to be used, the topics to be explored, and the contributions the chapter will make to the understanding of South Dakota political culture.

The selected chapters must be formatted to the Chicago Manual of Style, thoroughly documented with end notes, contain original research, and be appealing to both popular and scholarly audiences. Graphs, tables, charts, and photographic suggestions are welcome as attachments to the essay. Chapters on political actors, parties, pressure groups, organizations, legislation, outcomes, events, campaigns, the media, political socialization, ideas, rhetoric, social-economic-cultural transitions, and other elements of politics that help explain South Dakota’s political culture are invited. Comparative studies which place South Dakota within the broader purview of other states, the region, or the nation will be especially welcome, as will synthetic studies that place the material in the broadest possible context of place and time. Special attention should be paid to how the subject being discussed reflects or contributes to a deeper understanding of the political culture of South Dakota. For additional direction, prospective authors are strongly encouraged to review the chapters in the previous two volumes of The Plains Political Tradition series, published in 2011 and 2014 by South Dakota Historical Society Press.

The editors for volume three will be Jon K. Lauck, John E. Miller, and Paula M. Nelson. Proposals for chapters are due on June 1, 2015, and they should be submitted by electronic mail to Paula Nelson at If a proposal is accepted, the final chapter will be due March 1, 2016. Final chapters should range from 6,000 to 8,000 words (not counting notes), be double-spaced, and be submitted as a word document in 12 pt Bookman Old Style font. Authors who are selected for inclusion in the new volume will be invited to participate in a book release conference to be held in March 2018 in Sioux Falls, South Dakota.

Call for Papers for ESSHC 2016 Session: The Impact of Wars: Political Mindsets on Food and Agriculture
Rural History Network at European Social Science History Conference
30 March - 2 April 2016

Session: The Impact of Wars: Political Mindsets on Food and Agriculture

Wars have many consequences, not in the least on countries’ food supply and their agricultural policies, for example due to import cut-offs, land destruction or food shortages.

The session aims at laying bare in what respects wars, nearby or further away, influenced societal and political ideas about farmers and farming, food supply and consumption during the 19th and 20th centuries, in Europe and beyond (for instance the Crimean War, Balkan Wars, two world wars, Korean War etc.). For this session we are thus looking for papers that focus on the consequences of wars on discourses with regard to agriculture and food.

(How) did governments adjust their postwar agricultural and food policies to war experiences (f.e. state intervention in cultivation, supply/stock formation, protection, international cooperation…)? Which actors (state agents, political parties, merchants, food industry, farmer’s organizations, consumers….) and which terms, concepts and arguments played a role in the (re)shaping of postwar agricultural and food policies? To conclude we want to (re)open and broaden the debate about the notion of “war as a turning point” from both an agricultural and food perspective.

Organizers: Leen Van Molle (KU Leuven), Yves Segers (KU Leuven, ICAG), Sara Mispoulier (KU Leuven), Laura Eskens (KU Leuven)

Interested to propose a paper? Send an abstract (100-500 words) of your paper to Laura Eskens (

Deadline for submission: 14 May 2015

( Please note: This CFP is NOT an official submission to the ESSHC. ESSHC first requires submitters to put together a session.The lead submitter will send in the session proposal for potential approval for the conference.)

Call for Proposals: Register of the Kentucky Historical Society
“Environment and Environmentalism in Kentucky”
Guest Editors:
David Stradling (University of Cincinnati)
Richard Judd (University of Maine)

The Register of the Kentucky Historical Society invites manuscript proposals for a special issue on Kentucky environmental history, which will be published in 2017. Over the last several decades, U.S. environmental history has grown from a marginalized subfield to one which has increasingly influenced the ways in which historians approach U.S. history. Historians now recognize that the environment has affected the ways in which human societies have developed and changed over time, and, conversely, that humans have altered their environments in profound ways that have also shaped politics, culture, and society. Such hybrid environments—neither wholly natural nor cultural—have been explored by environmental historians in a variety of innovative ways. Yet, the environmental history of Kentucky has yet to be thoroughly examined, and the commonwealth is ripe for investigation by environmental historians. Paper topics can include but are not limited to:

Environmental impact of:
Mountain-top removal
Strip mining
TVA and dams
Industrial logging
Transportation systems
Energy production
Hunting and fishing

Possible chronological/thematic topics:
Pre-statehood Native American land use
Environment of frontier Kentucky
Slavery and plantation landscapes
Civil War landscape
Progressive-era conservation efforts
Development of the state-park system
Built environments
Environmentalists and environmentalism
Food sustainability
Politics of coal

The Register of the Kentucky Historical Society is a peer-reviewed, quarterly journal that publishes scholarly articles examining the history and culture of Kentucky and its people. It is published in both print form and electronically on Project MUSE and JSTOR. Anyone interested in participating in this project should submit an abstract of no more than six hundred words by May 1, 2015.
Electronic submissions are preferred. Authors should submit proposals to:

Editor, Register of the Kentucky Historical Society
100 West Broadway
Frankfort, KY 40601-1931
502-564-1792, ext. 4435

Old and New Worlds: the Global Challenges of Rural History International Conference
Call for Papers
Lisbon, January 27-30, 2016
Deadline for submissions of proposals: April 15, 2016

In the course of recent years, Rural History (broadly defined) has begun to move away from both its predominantly national or local focus and its interpretation bias towards Europe and the Western world. This is a very healthy shift, which we mean to uphold by choosing the relations between old and new worlds as the core subject for this Conference.

Such relations between civilisations and cultures across the globe have had multiple effects over the last 500 years on agriculture, property, natural resources and rural societies. They brought about the circulation of people, plants, animals and diseases; transfers of techniques, knowledge, institutions and juridical norms; changes in diet habits, land uses and landscapes; extensive appropriation and expropriation of landholding, land use and property rights; and changes in produce and factor markets (land, capital, labour) at a global scale.

The growing keenness to research these global dynamics also drives some of the major theoretical, methodological and historiographical challenges now facing rural history. On the one hand, because such studies call for a wider dialogue among historians of several continents. On the other, because it tends to widen rural history from a specific disciplinary area into a broad research field, on which converge the interests of several other disciplines: from environmental to cultural history, from social to legal history, from economic history to the history of science, among others.

The concern to open up and globalise research in rural history, in both the historical and the historiographical senses, draws the guideline for this international conference, which simultaneously harbours the VI Encontro Rural RePort and the XV Congreso de Historia Agraria de la SEHA, to be held in Lisbon, Portugal, hosted by ISCTE- University Institute of Lisbon, on the 27-30 January, 2016.

The conference is open to scholars of all nationalities, in all disciplinary areas and dealing with all historical periods. There will be three working languages: English, Portuguese and Spanish.

Agricultural History Seeks an Editor
Call for Proposals, Editor, Agricultural History

The Agricultural History Society, the second oldest professional historical association in the United States, invites bids to host and edit the society’s journal, Agricultural History. Currently in its eighty-ninth year, the journal publishes cutting-edge research in the history of agriculture, including scholarship about rural life, policy, gender, the environment, race, technology, food, labor, and animals.

The editor is responsible for actively soliciting manuscripts, working with authors, presses and typesetters, handling copyright matters, and dealing with the digital presentation and distribution of the journal. She or he also works closely with the executive offices of the society and therefore must be an active member of AHS. The editor will begin his or her term before December 31, 2016.

Strong institutional support is a must. The selected host institution will benefit from its association with Agricultural History in a range of ways. Whether for a small undergraduate college or a large research university, hosting the journal will mean exposure to scholars in a range of fields across the globe. The journal is read by tens of thousands of scholars on five continents. Agricultural History is published in print and electronic forms, and is available to virtually every connected library in the world. In addition, hosting the journal offers remarkable opportunities for undergraduate and graduate students, including hands-on work with authors, institutions, and manuscripts, as well as academic and professional training.

Guidelines for bidding for Agricultural History:

1. The editor is of extraordinary importance for the future of Agricultural History. The bid should include a full profile of the proposed editor, including scholarly, academic, and editorial experience. Please include any experience supervising a staff, working with an executive board, marketing, and representing a journal or other institution. In addition to demonstrating this experience, please discuss all teaching responsibilities, committee assignments, and general workload. In addition, the proposal should include an editorial philosophy and vision, including a statement on how the journal might be changed and improved.

2. The proposal should include a detailed description of the host institution’s support for the journal, including office space, staff, and graduate and/or undergraduate student assistance. Please include a budget with salaries, in-kind support, and other items that demonstrate the institution’s commitment to Agricultural History.

Proposals will be reviewed by the Editorial Office Search Committee, comprised of:
James Giesen, Mississippi State University, Chair
Randal Hall, Rice University
Sarah T. Phillips, Boston University
Melissa Walker, Converse College

The Executive Committee of the AHS will select the new editor. Questions should be directed to James Giesen at

Proposals are due via email to James Giesen before October 1, 2015.

Call for Proposals: "Educating a Working Society" Book Chapters

We are approaching the centennial of the Smith-Hughes Act of 1917. Through the ways in which it defined and financed vocational education, the Smith-Hughes Act shaped profoundly the realm of secondary schooling in the twentieth-century United States. In key respects, it continues to shape how youth experience secondary schooling, and how we think about and operationalize “vocational education” – its purposes, forms, and intersections with other dimensions of schooling, education, and life.

Are you interested in researching, presenting, and publishing new work related to vocationalism in education? Do you have graduate-level students who might be? Jared Stallones, the book series editor for the Organization of Educational Historians, and I would like to use the Smith-Hughes Act as the organizing theme for an edited volume, to be published in 2017. Tentative title: Educating a Working Society: Vocationalism, the Smith-Hughes Act, and Modern America.

For this book, because we want to encourage fresh thinking, Jared and I are adopting a big-tent view of “vocational education” (generally, work-related, and encompassing schooling and non-school sites/experiences of learning). We have refrained from defining specific topics. As people propose and suggest different areas of interest, we will re-shape the book’s contours.

At the moment, we have identified several categories that we think could be fertile ground for inquiry. We are open to other possibilities.

1. Vocationalism in Education in the Nineteenth Century

2. Vocationalism in Education at the turn of the Twentieth Century

3. The Smith-Hughes Act of 1917 (origins, legislative history, provisions, implementation)

4. The Smith-Hughes Model and Federal and State Government Relations in Education

5. The Intersections of Work, Education, and Gender

6. The Intersections of Work, Education, Race, and Ethnicity

7. Changing Economic Conditions and Philosophies: Implications for Vocational Education

8. The American High School: Missions and Crises of Identity

9. Vocationalism in Education in the Twenty-first Century

10. American Vocationalism in a Global Context

At the upcoming OEH conferences (2015, 2016, 2017), we would like to have pre-arranged sessions (panel or roundtable) related to this topic. Note: for those people who teach graduate-level seminars, this could be a good theme for reading and inquiry.

If you know someone who might be interested in this project, pass along the word. If you are interested, please let us know. Send specific questions and comments to me via email

[ ]. After we make email contact, I will gladly talk to you on the telephone, too.

Dr. Glenn P. Lauzon

Indiana University Northwest

Past-President, Organization of Educational Historians

The Midwest: America’s Most Common Ground, April 30-May 1
Grand Valley State University
The Hauenstein Center

What can the culture and history of the Midwest tell us about the development of democracy, the expansion of industry, and the flourishing of pluralism in America?
In comparison to such regions as the South, the far West, and New England, the Midwest and its culture—the history of its peoples and places; its literature, music, and art; the complexity and richness of its landscapes—has sadly been neglected. And this neglect is both scholarly and popular: historians as well as literary and art critics tend not to examine the Midwest seriously in their academic work, while the myth of the Midwest has not, in the popular imagination, ascended to the level of the proud, literary South; the cultured, democratic Northeast; or the hip, innovative West Coast.
Nevertheless, the Midwest has a history and culture well worth exploring, analyzing, and bragging about. The purpose of our conference, titled “The Midwest: America’s Most Common Ground,” is to excite interest in the Midwest as a region with its own rich, nuanced, and varied history and culture. Our conference will feature keynote addresses and panel discussions on the history, literature, and art of the Midwest, Midwestern leadership and statesmanship, and the budding field of Midwestern Studies. We are inviting numerous scholars—historians, literary critics, geographers—to present on their work on Midwestern life and culture. With this summit we hope to start a conversation on the Midwest that engages the scholarly and popular imagination; most importantly, we hope to start a conversation that lasts.

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