Professional opportunities May 18, 2015

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CFP: Society of Architectural Historians 2016 Annual International Conference – April 6 -10, 2016, Pasadena, California, U.S.
DEADLINE: June 9, 2015

CONF:
Collecting and Composing: An Oral History & Music Workshop” – June 23-28, 2015, Hudson, New York, U.S.

CONF:
Digital Directions: Fundamentals of Creating and Managing Digital Collections” -
Aug. 3-5, 2015, Raleigh, North Carolina, U.S.

FUNDING: Travel award for “new voices” at Society for the History of Technology conference in October 2015
DEADLINE: July 5, 2015

FUNDING: National Endowment for the Humanities Collections & Reference Resources grants to preserve and create access to collections.
DEADLINE: July 21, 2015

REV:Democracy without Justice in Spain: The Politics of Forgetting” (Encarnación)

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Professional opportunities May 12, 2015

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AWARD: ICOM International Committee for Audiovisual and New Technologies of Image and Sound – competition for audiovisual and multimedia projects by museums and cultural institutions.
DEADLINE EXTENDED: May 20, 2015

AWARD: Catherine Prelinger Award for women who have followed non-traditional scholarly paths and whose work contributes to the study or encouragement of women’s history.
DEADLINE EXTENDED: June 1, 2015

CFP: The Northeast Popular/American Culture Association (NEPCA) seeks proposals on “Storytelling: Constructing Oral and Written Narratives” – Oct . 30-31, 2015, New London, Connecticut, U.S.
DEADLINE: June 15, 2015

CONF:Archival Afterlives: Life, Death, and Knowledge-Making in Early Modern Scientific and Medical Archives” – June 2, 2015, London, U.K.

CONF:The Practice of Historical Research in Archives and Libraries: Continuity and Change in Producing Historical Knowledge from the 18th to the 19th century” – July 2-4, 2015, Berlin, Germany

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Professional opportunities May 5, 2015

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CFP:Gender, War, and Memory in the Anglo-American World” – Oct. 1-3 , 2015, Oxford, Mississippi, U.S.
DEADLINE: June 15, 2015

CFP:The Politics of Memory: Victimization, Violence and Contested Narratives of the Past” – Dec. 3-5, 2015, New York, New York, U.S.
DEADLINE: Sept. 15, 2015

CONF:Women’s History in the Digital World 2015” – May 21-22, 2015, Bryn Mawr, Pennsylvania, U.S.
REGISTRATION DEADLINE: May 15, 2015

NCH:
National Coalition for History Washington Update – Congressional History Caucus recruitment; new grant to digitize family records; major federal grant recipients announced; and more

PUB: The American Historical Review features an open-access exchange about “The History Manifesto,” a recent book of potential interest to public historians

PUB: New issue of CAMOCNews, the Newsletter of the International Committee for the Collection and the Activities of the Museums of Cities

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Professional opportunities April 28, 2015

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ANNCT:Staging Our Histories: History (a)Live: Pasts off the Page & on the Stage” – May 31, 2015, Ottawa, Ontario, Canada

CONF:Beyond the Professoriate: An online conference for PhDs in career transition” – May 2 and 9, 2015 (Online)
REGISTRATION DEADLINE: April 29, 2015

CONF:Archiving Women in Film & TV” – May 14, 2015, Leeds, UK

CONF:Museums, Coastlines and the Sea” – May 20-22, 2015, Norwich, UK

CONF:Visual Urbanism: Locating Place in Time” – May 29, 2015, London, UK

CONF:Unofficial Histories” – June 5-6, 2015, Amsterdam, Netherlands

EDU:Catching Stories” Oral History Institute – June 2-4, 2015, Gambier, Ohio, US
REGISTRATION DEADLINE: May 1, 2015

EDU: Bergen-Belsen International Summer School “Memory in the Digital Age” – Aug. 1-7, 2015
REGISTRATION DEADLINE: June 7, 2015

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Professional opportunities April 21, 2015

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ANNCT: Public History Discussion Group – “‘Negotiating control in the construction of the mental health recovery archive” (Anna Sexton) – April 25, 2015, London, U.K.

AWARD: 2015 Hazel de Berg Award for Excellence in Australian Oral History
DEADLINE: June 30, 2015

CFP: Special issue of The Public Historian (November 2016) to mark the centennial of the U.S. National Park Service
DEADLINE for abstracts: May 1, 2015

CFP:The Armenian Genocide and the World – Reactions, Legacy, and Memory” – Special issue of Levantine Studies
DEADLINE: May 2, 2015

CFP: National Council on Public History Mini-Conference on “Immigration, Migration, and Memory in Public History” – Oct. 10, 2015, San Marcos, Texas
DEADLINE: May 31, 2015

CFP:Oral History As a Method: Writing a History of Diverse Architectural Voices” – April 6-10, 2016, Pasadena/Los Angeles, California, U.S.
DEADLINE: June 9, 2015

CONF: 2015 Oral History Institute at Kenyon College – June 2-4, 2015, Gambier, Ohio, U.S.
EARLY REGISTRATION ENDS May 1, 2015

CONF:Chew on This: Interpreting Food in Massachusetts History” – June 1, 2015, Worcester, Massachusetts, U.S.

CONF: INTERCOM 2015: Leadership for a Sustainable Museum – Oct. 28-31, 2015, Washington, D.C., U.S.

REV:Atlanta, Cradle of the New South: Race and Remembering in the Civil War’s Aftermath” (Link)

REV:Home, Uprooted: Oral Histories of India’s Partition” (Chawla)

REV:Radical History and the Politics of Art” (Rockhill)

REV:Jewish Poland Revisited: Heritage Tourism in Unquiet Places” (Lehrer)

TOC: Oral History Review Vol. 42, No. 1 (Winter/Spring 2015) Table of Contents available online

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Report from the task force on public history education and employment

Graphic from public history employers' survey showing skills in demand for entry-level employees. Image credit: Public History Education and Employment Task Force

Graphic from public history employers’ survey, showing skills in demand for entry-level employees. Image credit: Public History Education and Employment Task Force

Are there too many public history programs? Where is the field going, and what can professional organizations do to ensure that it remains vital in the years to come? For the past year, a task force organized by the National Council on Public History (NCPH), the Organization of American Historians, the American Historical Association, and the American Association for State and Local History has investigated questions about the current landscape of public history training and employment. Inspired in part by Robert Weyeneth’s essay “A Perfect Storm?,” the task force is charged with gathering data on several key questions. We want to know what skills and abilities employers look for when hiring professionals in the early stages of their careers, where they see the field of public history going, and what skills and expertise will be more highly valued in the future. We want to know if training, particularly at the graduate level, is preparing students for professional employment and long-term career growth. Finally, we want to know what professional organizations can do to ensure production of well-trained public historians and ensure the general health of the field. At a time when concerns about the number of graduate public history programs and possible “overproduction” have become common, we need reliable information about these concerns. Continue reading