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.

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

Can public history play? A conference pop-up preview

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Photo credit: Rick Harrison

It’s the week of the National Council on Public History Annual Meeting, and you’re getting ready to jet off to the Volunteer State.

You’ve watched the requisite Tennessee-based movies: The Thing Called Love, Inherit the Wind, and The Blind Side.

You’ve got your must-do list all set–a visit to the Grand Ole Opry (wait, since when is that in a suburban shopping center?), a night out at the Blue Bird Café, and a lunch date with your college roommate at The Wild Cow.

Now, like all good public historians, you pull up the program and begin to map out your conference schedule.

  • THATCamp NCPH Boot Camp on Wednesday afternoon? Check.
  • “History on the Cutting Edge” on Saturday and the Nashville Crime Walking Tour Friday? Add those to the list.
  • And speed networking on Thursday morning? You definitely want to make time for that.

But wait. You have a free two hours on Thursday afternoon. How will you ever fill the time? Continue reading

Professional opportunities April 7, 2015

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Whose Regional and Local Histories?”/ Centre for Regional and Local History (CRLHR) conference – Sept. 11-12, 2015, Middlesbrough, U.K.
DEADLINE: April 30, 2015

CFP:Global Perspectives on the Holocaust” – Oct. 20-23, 2015, Murfreesboro, Tennessee, U.S.
DEADLINE: May 12, 2015

CONF: Symposium on Environmental History, Ecology, and Sustainability in Public Lands – April 22-23, 2015, Fort Collins, Colorado, U.S.

CONF:Taking Action for Improvement, Growth, and Social Change,” Visitor Studies Association conference – July 14-18, 2015, Indianapolis, Indiana, U.S.

REV:Slave Breeding: Sex, Violence, and Memory in African American History” (Smithers)

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Professional opportunities March 31, 2015

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CFP:Memory and Migration“/10th anniversary conference of the International Committee for the Collections and Activities of Museums of Cities – Sept. 2-4, 2015, Moscow, Russia
DEADLINE: April 30, 2015

CFP: Revolution, Reform, and Rebellion: The Role of Agency and Memory in Historical Understanding”/The Great Lakes History Conference – Oct. 9-10, 2015, Allendale, Michigan, U.S.
DEADLINE: June 1, 2015

CFP:What Does Heritage Change?”/Association of Critical Heritage Studies third biannual conference – June 7-10, 2016, Montreal, Quebec, Canada
DEADLINE: July 1, 2015 (sessions) and Nov. 1, 2015 (papers)

CONF: Canadian Association for Conservation of Cultural Property Annual Conference & Workshops – May 26-30, 2015, Edmonton, Alberta, Canada

EDU: Gilder Lehrman Center announces fourth annual Yale Public History Institute for graduate students, historians, and the staff of public history institutions interpreting African American history – July 19-23, 2015, New Haven, Connecticut, U.S.
DEADLINE: April 3, 2015

EDU: Online classes from LYRASIS in April and May including “Digital Collection Policy Development and Content Selection/Prioritization,” “Going Digital Free Webinar,” and “Introduction to Preservation Metadata”

EDU: Introduction to Oral History Workshop Series, May 2015 from the Oral History Centre, Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada

FUNDING: Fulbright U.S. Scholar awards available focusing on Cultural Resource Management in Ukraine, Cultural and Heritage Studies in Zimbabwe, Cultural History in Lithuania
DEADLINE: Aug. 3, 2015

REV:Witnessing Witnessing: On the Reception of Holocaust Survivor Testimony” (Trezise)

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Project Showcase: Lakota Emergence

PrintThe Center for American Indian Research and Native Studies (CAIRNS) in South Dakota will present an innovative exhibit in early May 2015 called “Lakota Emergence.” The exhibit focuses entirely on the short Lakota emergence narrative titled “How the Lakota Came Upon the World,” published in 1917. The exhibit divides the 1,251-word narrative into 16 “passages,” and pairs each passage with an outstanding example of a practical or artistic object from the Sioux Indian Museum (one of the three Indian Arts and Crafts Board museums in the United States). The selected objects span a period of time from before the 1868 Fort Laramie Treaty all the way to the early 1970s. All were created by Lakotas and were collected from within the boundaries of the 1868 Treaty, including what is now Pine Ridge, Rosebud, and Standing Rock Reservations, as well as the community of Rapid City.

In addition to the passages and museum objects, original artworks by distinguished and emerging contemporary Lakota artists will be featured, thereby creating what are called “vignettes.” These 16 vignettes will recount the Lakota emergence narrative in written words, museum collections, and contemporary artworks. Dr. Craig Howe, director of CAIRNS and curator of Lakota Emergence, says “the exhibit was conceived to illustrate that the emergence narrative continues to be a source of creativity, and that Wind Cave was and always will remain a landscape of special significance in Lakota cosmology.”

Professional opportunities March 24, 2015

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AWARD: Public History Prize from the Canadian Historical Society for work that achieves high standards of original research, scholarship, and presentation; brings an innovative public history contribution to its audience; and serves as a model for future work, advancing the field of public history in Canada.
DEADLINE: March 31, 2015

AWARD: Archeological Institute of America seeks nominations for 2015 awards for Best Practices in Site Preservation and Conservation and Heritage Management.
DEADLINE: May 1, 2015

CFP:Affect: Memory, Aesthetics, Ethics” – Sept. 18-20, 2015, Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada
DEADLINE: April 6, 2015

CFP:Collecting and Collections – the Politics and Praxis of Social, Economic, and Intellectual Sustainability” – Oct. 26-31, 2015, Seoul, Republic of Korea
DEADLINE: April 20, 2105

REV:Zoned in the USA: The Origins and Implications of American Land-Use Regulation” (Hirt)

REV:Our Roots Run Deep as Ironweed: Appalachian Women and the Fight for Environmental Justice” (Bell)

REV:Stories of the South: Race and the Reconstruction of Southern Identity, 1865-1915” (Prince)

REV:Slave Breeding: Sex, Violence, and Memory in African American History” (Smithers)

TOC: Environmental History Vol. 20, No. 2 (April 2015) – Table of Contents now available online

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“What are you going to do with a history degree?” Helping students navigate a graduate degree and career in public history

Public History Navigator. Screenshot courtesy Adina Langer

Public History Navigator screenshot

Every history major is familiar with this question, and while a few undergraduates may have an answer at the ready, many aren’t exactly sure what they want to do with their degree. For the past year and a half, the NCPH New Professional and Graduate Student Committee has worked hard to create a resource to better prepare undergraduates and graduate students to enter and succeed in the public history profession:

The Public History Navigator: How to Choose and Thrive in a Public History Graduate Program

Section one of this two-part guide investigates how to choose and apply to a graduate program and encourages students to find the right program and degree for their ultimate career goals. The second section includes tips on making the most of graduate school and how students can make themselves more marketable for the job hunt. Continue reading

Professional opportunities March 17, 2015

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ANNCT: The Collaborative for Historical Information and Analysis (CHIA) announces the release of the World-Historical Dataverse, its online archive of available datasets

CFP: The New York Council for the Humanities invites applications for its new public engagement initiative, the Public Scholars program
DEADLINE: March 25, 2015

CFP:Africa and the First World War: Remembrance, Memories and Representations after Hundred Years” – Oct. 28-30, 2015, Cape Coast, Ghana
DEADLINE: April 30, 2015

CFP:Memory, Melancholy and Nostalgia,” 4th International Interdisciplinary Memory Conference – Sept. 17-18, 2015, Gdańsk, Poland
DEADLINE: June 15, 2015

EDU: Program in New England Studies from Historic New England – June 15-20 2015, Boston, Massachusetts, U.S. (Scholarships available)

PUB:Frames of Memory after 9/11: Culture, Criticism, Politics, and Law” (Bond)

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