Professional opportunities July 8, 2014

CFP: One week left to submit a proposal for the 2015 National Council on Public History conference – April 15-18, 2015, Nashville, Tennessee, U.S.
DEADLINE: July 15, 2015

CFP:Learning Together Conference – Museums and Cities of Culture for All” – Sept. 11-12, 2014, Limerick, Ireland
DEADLINE: July 16, 2014

CFP:The Life of Things”/18th Annual WIP (Work-In-Progress) Conference – Sept. 29-30, 2014, Brisbane, Australia
DEADLINE: July 31, 2014

CFP: “Visible Lives in Material Things: Visual and Material Culture and Irish Cultural History” – contributions sought for edited volume
DEADLINE: Sept. 1, 2014

EDU: Online Oral History Workshop from Baylor University – Aug. 13 and 20, 2014

PUB: Shadows of the Slave Past: Memory, Heritage, and Slavery (Ana Lucia Araujo)

PUB: Journal of the History of Collections, Vol. 26, No. 2 (July 2014)

REV: Remembering the Revolution: Memory, History, and Nation Making from Independence to the Civil War (McDonnell, Corbould, Clarke, and Brundage, eds.)

Project showcase: “Cotton Memories” sessions

Cotton Kingdom SymposiumAs part of a larger project focusing on the history and legacy of cotton-picking and sharecropping in the Mississippi Delta, the non-profit organization Khafre, Inc. is holding weekly sessions throughout the summer of 2014 to gather memories and oral histories from people with roots in the Delta region, especially older African Americans with first-hand knowledge of work in “America’s Cotton Kingdom.” Khafre is based in Indianola, Mississippi, and is led by C. Sade Turnipseed, an educator and cultural preservationist who is compiling the data for a doctoral dissertation in the Public History program at Middle Tennessee State University.

Khafre, Inc. and Turnipseed are working to inspire a “community-driven historic preservation” movement that brings together heritage tourism with community empowerment and commemoration. They hope to reframe public perceptions of cotton-picking, sharecropping, and tenant farming through public education programs and the establishment of a “place” planned as the Cotton Pickers of America Monument complex (Sharecroppers’ House Museum and Sharecroppers Interpretive Center), designed by sculptor Ed Dwight for Mound Bayou in Bolivar County.

This fall will see the third annual “Sweat Equity Investment in the Cotton Kingdom” symposium and Cotton Pickers Ball event at Mississippi Valley State University in Itta Bena, a gathering that combines performance, scholarship, memorializing, and fund-raising. (The poster for the 2013 event is shown above.) The summer 2014 “Cotton Memories” sessions will take place in two locations: da’ House of Khafre in Indianola on Wednesday afternoons and at Mound Bayou City Hall on Thursday afternoons. More information about the sessions and the larger project can be found on Khafre’s website.

Professional opportunities June 24, 2014

ANNCT: American Association for State and Local History Announces 77 2014 Leadership in History Award Winners

CFP: Remembering Jerusalem – Nov. 6-7, 2014, London, U.K.
DEADLINE: July 1, 2014

EDU: Introduction to Museum Security online course from Northern States Conservation Center – July 7-Aug. 1, 2014

CONF: House and Home, Northeast Historic Film Symposium – July 24-26, 2014, Bucksport, Maine, U.S.

CONF:I Resolved Never to Be Conquered”: Women and the Underground Railroad, 2014 National Underground Railroad Conference – July 16-20, 2014, Detroit, Michigan, U.S.

CONF: Quarantine: History, Heritage, Place – Aug. 14-15, 2014, Sydney, Australia

EDU: Winterthur Institute 2014 – Sept. 8-19, 2014, Winterthur, Delaware, U.S. (Some scholarship funding available, application due July 18, 2014)
DEADLINE: Aug. 8, 2014

FUNDING: Fulbright Scholar opportunities for public historians
DEADLINE: Aug. 1, 2014
Cultural Resource Management/Ukraine
Cultural and Heritage Studies/Zimbabwe

PUB: Environmental History, Vol. 19, No. 3 (July 2014)

Professional opportunities June 17, 2014

CFP: ICTOP Conference Rethinking Museums & Sustainable Development for the Global Profession: Postcolonial Museology, Appropriate Capacity Building and Regional Engagement – Oct. 21-25, 2014, Ha Long Bay, Vietnam
DEADLINE: June 30, 2014

CFP:American Vernaculars,” New York Metro American Studies Association (NYMASA) conference – Nov. 15, 2014, New York, New York, U.S.
DEADLINE: July 15, 2014

CFP: Issue 4 of Contemporaneity: Historical Presence in Visual Culture
DEADLINE: Sept. 30, 2014

CONF: Preparing for Post-collapse? Environmental Humanities Symposium, Zurich, June 18-21, 2014

CONF:Documents without Borders,” 2014 Document Academy conference – Aug. 7-9, 2014, Kent, Ohio, U.S.

FUNDING: Charlton Oral History Grant – Baylor University Institute for Oral History
DEADLINE: July 4, 2014

Project Showcase: At Home in Holland

holland-screenshotAt Home in Holland,” a new digital history project by students at the University of Amsterdam, responds to the way that hostile reactions to immigrants have undermined the traditional idea of Dutch tolerance and hospitality in recent years. The current Dutch asylum policy was developed in the 1980s. In that same period, Amnesty International Netherlands held its first campaign to draw attention to the problems faced by refugees in the Netherlands. How did a human rights organization usually focused on the plight of people abroad end up campaigning against human rights abuses back at home? Continue reading

Professional opportunities June 3, 2014

CONF:A Monumental Task: Managing and Preserving Architectural Records” – July 27, 2014, Buffalo, New York, U.S.

EDU: Summer archeology project seeks volunteers (experience not necessary) for excavation at Wiawaka Holiday House – June 16-July 11, 2014, Lake George, New York, U.S.

EDU: Amplifying Unheard Voices: Summer 2014 Oral History Training for Classroom and Community Educators – June 23-26, 2014, Berkeley, California, U.S.

EDU:The Public Life of History” – Online graduate course in public history offered by University of Massachusetts at Amherst, July 7-August 15, 2014

NCH: National Coalition for History Washington Update, May 30, 2014 – Boston Public Schools Superintendent Confirms History Department is Not Being Eliminated
Full story on NCH website

REV: Cultural Heritage and the Challenge of Sustainability (Barthel-Bouchier)

REV: Heart and Soul of Florida: Sacred Sites and Historic Architecture (Gordon)

Professional opportunities May 28, 2014

AWARD: Friend of History Award from the Organization of American Historians for an institution or organization, or an individual working primarily outside college or university settings, for outstanding support of historical research, the public presentation of American history, or the work of the OAH.
DEADLINE: Oct. 1, 2014

AWARD: Erik Barnouw Award from the Organization of American Historians for outstanding programming on television, or in documentary film, concerned with American history, the study of American history, and/or the promotion of American history.
DEADLINE: Jan. 7, 2015

CFP: Victorian Cities Revisited: Heritage and History Conference – Oct. 15-16, 2014, Middlesborough, U.K.
DEADLINE: June 30, 2014

CFP: Validating Visual Heritage in Africa: Historical Photographs and the Role of the “Archive” – Jan. 26-31, 2015, Buea, Cameroon
DEADLINE: Aug. 15, 2014

CFP: Museums and Social Issues seeks contributions for a special issue on “Understanding and Engaging Multilingual Audiences”
DEADLINE: Aug. 25, 2014
For details, contact msi[at]

CONF: Data Driven 2014 is a conference on all aspects of digital humanities in the library – June 20-22, 2014, Charleston, South Carolina, U.S.

EVENT: Raphael Samuel History Centre Postgraduate and Early Career Historians’ Network gathering for junior historians with an interest in politically and socially engaged history – June 10, 2014, Oxford, U.K.

National Coalition for History Washington Update for May 21, 2014 – Urge Your House Member to Join the Congressional History Caucus; NCH Proposes Changes to National Women’s History Museum Commission Bill
Read the full stories on the NCH website

PUB: New book by Payal Arora from Routledge Studies in Science, Technology & Society – “The Leisure Commons: A Spatial History of Web 2.0

REV: Memories of Absence: How Muslims Remember Jews in Morocco (Boum)

REV: The Cuban Missile Crisis in American Memory: Myths versus Reality (Stern)

Choosing a public history program survey results

The New Professional and Graduate Student Committee discuss the Public History Navigator in Monterey. Courtesy NCPH.

The New Professional and Graduate Student Committee discusses the Public History Navigator in Monterey.  Photo credit:  NCPH

We asked and you shared! One hundred sixty-six respondents participated in the NCPH New Professional and Graduate Student Committee survey, offering their input for creating a consumer’s guide to public history. Now officially titled “Public History Navigator: How to Choose and Thrive in a Graduate Program,” this exciting project will provide one tool to address shared concerns about the “perfect storm”–the phrase National Council for Public History Past President Bob Weyeneth used to describe the public history training and jobs crisis.

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Project Showcase: “The World Wars”

world-wars-headerThe TV network HISTORY announces a three-day series premiering this Monday (Memorial Day in the US) which treats the two world wars as a linked event—what Winston Churchill called “the second Thirty Years’ War.” Narrated by actor Jeremy Renner (The Hurt Locker), World Wars tells the story of three decades of conflict through the eyes of political and military leaders like Churchill, Hitler, Roosevelt, Tojo, and Mussolini. It will air on May 26, 27, and 29 at 9 pm Eastern Time. Later in the summer it will also appear in more than 160 countries and on H2, the cable channel formerly called History International, which now airs much of the documentary content once shown on the History Channel before its rebranding as HISTORY.

Dirk Hoostra, Executive Vice President and General Manager for HISTORY and H2, notes that the series keys off the start of the centennial of World War I and presents an opportunity “to tell one of the greatest stories of all time in a different way.” The episodes will draw on original footage, computer-generated imagery (CGI), and commentary from Senator John McCain, General Colin Powell, and others.

The series also incorporates a robust social media experience, with live-tweeting from @HISTORY during the episodes and a “War of Wits” trivia competition in partnership with QuizUp. The series hashtag is #WorldWars.

Professional opportunities May 21, 2014

ANNCT:The World Wars” on HISTORY presents World Wars I and II as linked events in three-part series airing May 26, 27, and 28 at 9 p.m. eastern time

CFP:Nigeria : 100 Years After the Amalgamation,” Historical Society of Nigeria – Sept. 22, 2014, Ibadan, Nigeria
DEADLINE: June 12, 2014

CFP: Urban chronotope: borderline post-war narratives – Oct. 16-18, 2014, Szczecin, Poland
DEADLINE: June 30, 2014

CFP: Mnemoscape Magazine seeks contributions for issue on “The Anarchival Impulse
DEADLINE: June 30, 2014

CFP: Reconstruction: Studies in Contemporary Culture journal seeks contributions for special issue, “Archives on Fire: Artifacts & Works, Communities & Fields
DEADLINE: Nov. 30, 2014

CONF: Registration now open for “Uniting in the Struggle: Labour and Social Movements” – June 18-20, 2014, Edmonton, Alberta, Canada

EDU: Digital Directions: Fundamentals of Creating and Managing Digital Collections – July 21-23, 2014, Portland, Oregon, U.S.

EDU: Workshop on Digital Methods for Military History – Oct. 10-11, 2014, Boston, Massachusetts, U.S.
DEADLINE: Aug. 1, 2014

PUB: Table of Contents available for The Oral History Review Vol. 41, No. 1
(Winter-Spring 2014)