Announcements and Events

GRANT OPPORTUNITIES
The Association for the Study of the Middle East and Africa (ASMEA) is offering the following Grant Opportunities (https://asmea.nonprofitcms.org/c/conferences/5/pages/grantprograms) in conjunction with the Tenth Annual ASMEA Conference (https://asmea.nonprofitcms.org/c/conferences/5/pages/overview) on October 19 - 21, 2017 in Washington, D.C. 

The ASMEA Research Grant program seeks to support research on topics in Middle Eastern and African studies that deserve greater attention. Applicants may submit paper proposals on any topic as long as it is relevant to the five broad areas that can be found on our website, and constitutes new and original research. Successful research grant applicants are required to present their research at the Tenth Annual ASMEA Conference and provide ASMEA the right of first refusal for potential publication in our peer-reviewed Journal of the Middle East and Africa.

Separately, ASMEA offers Conference Travel Grants of up to $750 to assist members whose paper proposals have been accepted for presentation at the Annual Conference. 

Applicants can apply for both grants but will only be awarded one. The application deadline for both grants is March 31, 2017.


SYMPOSIUM

Poster

DISSERTATION PRIZE
ICMH AndreĢ Corvisier Prize for PhD Theses on Military History

  1. The International Commission of Military History (http://www.icmh.info/?selectLanguage=en) awards the “André Corvisier Prize for PhD theses on Military History”, named after the distinguished French scholar who was for ten years President of ICMH and then President of Honour.
  2. The PhD title can be obtained not necessarily in Military History, but also in other disciplines. However, the thesis must deal with Military History in the broadest sense: the history of warfare, of military campaigns, of the armed forces, of military thinking, diplomatic aspects of conflicts, causes and effects of wars, defence economics, civil-military relations, military technology, military leadership, and demographics of military forces.
  3. For the 2017 edition, the prize will be awarded for a PhD thesis discussed and approved in 2015 and 2016 in a recognized University.
  4. The amount of the Prize is fixed at € 3.000, plus a maximum of € 1.500 to cover the recipient’s expenses for participation at the award ceremony during the XLIII ICMH Congress in Douala.
  5. Participants must send a scanned certificate of the PhD title, a curriculum vitae, and a PDF copy of their thesis to the Secretary General of ICMH, Lt. Col. Dr. Kris Quanten (Kris.Quanten@mil.be) by the 31st of March 2017
  6. The thesis may be in any language; however, a translation in any of the ICMH official languages (English, French, German, Italian and Spanish) is required if the language employed is different. This applies also to the scanned certification of the PhD title and to the curriculum vitae
  7. The Prize will be awarded by a Jury of seven persons, chaired by the President of ICMH and including the members of the ICMH Executive Board and the President and the Secretary of the ICMH Educational Committee. With the approval of the President of ICMH, members of the Jury unable to participate may designate a substitute. The Jury may decide not to award the Prize if no thesis is considered worthy or may decide to award it ex aequo to two Doctors, dividing the amount of money. The Jury’s decisions are taken by simple majority.
  8. Requests for any further information should be addressed to Dr. Quanten.


OSPREY BOOK COLLECTION FOR SALE
From SMH member Alex Bielakowski:

I am currently trying to sell my Osprey collection that it took me 20+ years to accumulate to start a college fund for my daughters.  I have a complete run of three different series and I wish to sell them as collections.  The first collection is Osprey's Men-at-Arms series issues 1-476 complete.  These currently retail for $18 each, which would be $8568 for the set.  I am asking $5000 ($10.50 each). The second series is Osprey's Elite collection issues 1-186 complete.  These currently retail for $18 each, which would be $3340 for the set.  I am asking $2000 ($10.75 each).  The final collection is Osprey's Warrior series issues 1-161 complete.  These currently retail for $18 each, which would be $2898 for the set.  I am asking $1750 ($10.86 each).  Anyone interested in purchase any of these three series can contact me at: abielak@yahoo.com.


SUMMER INSTITUTE
2017 Civil War Institute Summer Conference

For over 35 years, the Civil War Institute at Gettysburg College has hosted an annual summer conference bringing leading historians and public audiences together for battlefield tours, small group discussions, lectures, and roundtable conversations about the Civil War era. Sessions, lodging, and meals are held on the 200-acre college campus. The 2017 CWI Conference will explore the Civil War era from all angles, offering something for everyone, from longtime students of the war to those who are new to Civil War history.

Speaker Highlights
• T.J. Stiles, “The Trials of George Armstrong Custer” AND “Jesse James: Last Rebel of the Civil War”
• Barton Myers (Washington & Lee University), “Robert E. Lee on the Front Lines of Battle”
• Lorien Foote (Texas A & M University), “Escaping Confederate Prisons: The Journey of Union POWs”
• Kenneth Noe (Auburn University), “Reluctant Rebels: The Confederates Who Joined the Army After 1861”
• Harold Holzer (Hunter College), “Lincoln as a War President”
• John Marszalek (Mississippi State University), “Henry Halleck”
• John Coski (American Civil War Museum), “The Confederate Flag”
 
Tour Highlights
• Mosby’s Confederacy (Dennis Frye and Richard Gillespie)
• Antietam (Carol Reardon and Tom Vossler)
• Battle of Gettysburg Introductory Tour (Brooks Simpson)
• The Last March of the Iron Brigade (Jennifer Murray)
• Armistead’s Brigade at Gettysburg (Wayne Motts and Jim Hessler)
 
Roundtable Highlights
• Myths & Realities of Civil War Battle Tactics
• Debating George Gordon Meade
• Debating William Tecumseh Sherman

See the full schedule of events at http://www.gettysburg.edu/cwi/conference/schedule.dot. Both full-time and part-time registration options are available; rates and registration information available at http://www.gettysburg.edu/cwi/conference/registration/.


PRIZE COMPETITION
Annual Essay Prize Competition 2017

The Society for Army Historical Research (SAHR) aims to identify, from appropriately submitted pieces of work, the best essay written on the History of the British Army. This includes any aspect of the Army and its activities, including its Reserve or Auxiliary formations or the civil offices and institutions which supported them. Candidates may also deal with the same material in respect of the armies of the countries of the British Empire/ Commonwealth including forces maintained by non-Crown bodies within the Empire, such as the East India Company, or forces allied to and forming an integral part of the land forces operating on behalf of the Crown (First Nations/Native Americans, for example).

The competition is open to both University Undergraduates and Sixth Form School Students. The Competition will award a prize of £300 for the winner and a prize of £100 for the runner-up, along with a Certificate, in each of the two classes, Sixth Form and Undergraduate. Prize winners will be invited to the subsequent Templer Medal and Prize event to be held in London in April 2017.

The submissions should be about 3000 words in length. Additional instruction for authors, including the style guide and cover forms, can be downloaded from: http://www.sahr.co.uk/essay.html

Essays should be submitted electronically to Dr. Ilya Berkovich at ilya.berkovich@mail.huji.ac.il by the deadline of 15 February 2017.

Informal enquiries about the essay competition can be made to Mr. Philip McCarty at philmccarty@yahoo.com

SAHR also runs a research grant competition. It is intended primarily for graduates, but advanced undergraduates can also apply. This link has all the information: http://www.sahr.co.uk/Grants.html.


SEMINAR SERIES
Washington History Seminar
Historical Perspectives on International and National Affairs
 
We are pleased to announce the Washington History Seminar schedule for the Winter/Spring 2017. The Seminar thanks the Society for Historians of American Foreign Relations (SHAFR) and the George Washington University History Department for their generous support.

  • January 23: Thomas Blanton (National Security Archive) and Svetlana Savranskaya (National Security Archive), the Last Superpower Summit
  • January 30: Marcia Chatelain (Georgetown University) on “Fast Food, Civil Rights: McDonald’s and Black America in the Post-King Years”
  • February 6: Marc Levinson (independent scholar) on An Extraordinary Time: The end of the Postwar Boom and the Return of the Ordinary Economy
  • February 13: Edward Balleisen (Duke University) on Fraud: From Barnum to Madoff
  • February 20: President's Day: No Seminar
  • February 27: Timothy Breen (Northwestern University) on An Appeal to Heaven
  • March 6:: Walter A. McDougall (The University of Pennsylvania) on The Tragedy of U.S. Foreign Policy
  • March 13: Julia Young (The Catholic University of America) on Mexican Exodus: Emigrants, Exiles, and Refugees of the Cristero War
  • March 20: Luis Campos (University of New Mexico) on Radium and the Secret of Life
  • March 27: Jenna Weissman Joselit (Georgetown University) on Set in Stone: America's Embrace of the Ten Commandments
  • April 3: Michael Kazin (Georgetown University) on War against War: The Rise, Defeat, and Legacy of the Peace Movement in America, 1914-1918
  • April 10: Passover: No Seminar
  • April 17: Courtney Fullilove (Wesleyan University) on The Profit of the Earth: The Global Seeds of American Agriculture
  • April 24: Frank Settle (Washington and Lee University) on General George C. Marshall and the Atomic Bomb
  • May 1: Alice Kaplan (Yale University) on Looking for a Stranger: Albert Camus and the Life of a Literary Classic
  • May 8: Gregg Brazinsky (George Washington University) on Winning the Third World: Sino-American Competition during the Cold War
  • May 15:  Jason Parker (Texas A&M) on Hearts, Minds, Voice: U.S. Cold War Diplomacy and the Formation of the Third World
Mondays at 4:00 p.m. 
Woodrow Wilson Center, 6th Floor Moynihan Board Room
Ronald Reagan Building, Federal Triangle Metro Stop

The seminar is co-chaired by Eric Arnesen (George Washington University) and Christian Ostermann (Woodrow Wilson Center) and is organized jointly by the National History Center of the American Historical Association and the Woodrow Wilson Center’s History and Public Policy Program. It meets weekly during the academic year.


ACLS DIGITAL EXTENSION GRANTS
The American Council of Learned Societies (ACLS) is pleased to invite applications for the 2016-17 ACLS Digital Extension Grant competition, which is made possible by the generous assistance of The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation. It is hoped that these grants will help advance humanistic scholarship by enhancing established digital research projects and extending their reach to new communities of users.

This program aims to extend the opportunity to participate in the digital transformation of humanistic inquiry to a greater number of humanities scholars. To this end, projects supported by ACLS Digital Extension Grants may:

  • Extend established digital projects and resources with content that adds diversity or interdisciplinary reach
  • Develop new systems of making established digital resources available to broader audiences and/or scholars from diverse institutions
  • Foster new team-based work or collaborations that allow scholars from institutions with limited digital infrastructure to exploit digital resources
  • Create new forms and sites for scholarly engagement with the digital humanities. Projects that document and recognize participant engagement are strongly encouraged
  • Support projects aimed at preserving and making sustainable established digital projects and content.
ACLS will award up to six Digital Extension Grants in this competition year. Each grant provides funding of up to $125,000 to support a range of project costs, including, where necessary, salary replacement for faculty or staff. As this program places special emphasis on extending access to digital research opportunities to scholars working at US colleges and universities of all categories, applicants also may request up to an additional $25,000 to fund concrete plans to collaborate with and build networks among scholars from US higher education institutions of diverse profiles. Thus each grant carries a maximum possible award of $150,000.

The deadline for applications is 9pm EST, January 25, 2017. Applications will be accepted only through ACLS’s Online Fellowship and Grant Application (OFA) system.  

Additional information about the eligibility criteria and terms of ACLS Digital Extension Grants is available at www.acls.org/programs/digitalextension/. Questions may be directed to fellowships@acls.org. For more information about ACLS programs, visit www.acls.org


STUDENT ESSAY PRIZE AND RESEARCH GRANTS
The Society for Army Historical Research (SAHR) aims to identify, from appropriately submitted pieces of work, the best essay written on the History of the British Army. This includes any aspect of the Army and its activities, including its Reserve or Auxiliary formations or the civil offices and institutions which supported them. Candidates may also deal with the same material in respect of the armies of the countries of the British Empire/ Commonwealth including forces maintained by non-Crown bodies within the Empire, such as the East India Company, or forces allied to and forming an integral part of the land forces operating on behalf of the Crown (First Nations/Native Americans, for example).

The competition is open to both University Undergraduates and High School Students. The Competition will award a prize of £300 for the winner and a prize of £100 for the runner-up, along with a Certificate, in each of the two classes, High School and Undergraduate. Prize winners will be invited to the subsequent Templer Medal and Prize event to be held in London on 25 April 2017.

The submissions should be about 3000 words in length. Additional instruction for authors, including the style guide and cover forms, can be downloaded from:

http://www.sahr.co.uk/essay.html

Essays should be submitted electronically to Dr. Ilya Berkovich at ilya.berkovich@mail.huji.ac.il by the deadline of 15 February 2017.

Informal enquiries about the essay competition can be made to Mr. Philip McCarthy at philmccarty@yahoo.com

As in previous years, SAHR will award a number of grants to encourage and support original research undertaken by those studying at University. For application guidelines and a list of previous grant winners, please consult the society website:

http://www.sahr.co.uk/Grants.html


SUMMER INSTITUTE
Summer Institute on Objects, Places and the Digital Humanities June 19-23, 2017 & June 2018

The Summer Institute on Objects, Places, and the Digital Humanities at the National Humanities Center in Research Triangle Park, North Carolina will focus on the theory and practice of digital work for topics in art, architectural, urban history or material culture.  The two-year Institute will provide “hands-on” training with tools for geospatial mapping, 3D modeling, photogrammetry, and data collection and visualization. 

Participants will develop a digital component to a research project related to the lives of things as interrogations of meaning, circulation, and change over the long life of places and objects. Participants will examine how modeling, database and mapping tools can move research in new directions, reframing evidence towards new questions and expanding scholarship into new arenas of research and public outreach. 

The workshop is intended for mid-career scholars engaged in research that can be expanded to include a digital dimension.  No previous experience in digital scholarship required.  The Institute will be led by Caroline Bruzelius and Mark Olson, both in the Department Art, Art History &Visual Studies and co-founders of the Wired! lab at Duke University. Application may be made until midnight February 21, 2017. Instructions are available via http://nationalhumanitiescenter.org/sidh/index.htm


NEW PRESS
Lever Press, a peer-reviewed, open access press sponsored by leading liberal arts colleges, issues call for works and series
 
The Lever Press, a peer-reviewed, open access publisher of scholarly monographs in the humanities, the arts, and the humanistic social sciences, has officially launched.

Conceived by an initiative of the Oberlin Group, a consortium of eighty liberal arts colleges across the nation, the Lever Press is made possible by funding commitments from more than forty college and university libraries within and beyond Oberlin’s membership, and run by a partnership of two established scholarly publishers—the Amherst College Press and Michigan Publishing at the University of Michigan. Lever Press is guided by a cross-institutional, multidisciplinary editorial board of distinguished scholars: 

  • Darin Hayton, Associate Professor and Chair, Department of History, Haverford College
  • Nicolle Hirschfeld, Associate Professor of Classical Studies, Trinity University
  • Matthew Johnson, Assistant Professor and Chair of East Asian Studies, Grinnell College
  • Rebecca Futo Kennedy, Associate Professor of Classical Studies and Interim Director of the Denison Museum, Denison University
  • Frederick Knight, Professor and Chairman of History, Morehouse College
  • Karil Kucera, Associate Professor of Art History and Asian Studies and Chair, Asian Studies St. Olaf College
  • Jason Mittell, Professor of Film and Media Culture and American Studies and Faculty Director, Digital Liberal Arts Initiative, Middlebury College
  • Mary Crone Odekon, Professor and Chair, Department of Physics, Skidmore College
  • J. Aaron Simmons, Associate Professor of Philosophy, Furman University
  • Lisa Trivedi, Professor of History, Hamilton College
  • Josephine Wright, Professor of Music, The Josephine Lincoln Morris Professor of Black Studies, and Chair, Department of Africana Studies, The College of Wooster
In giving shape to its emerging editorial program, Lever Press has developed a “Guidance to Authors” signaling an interest in works characterized by three qualities:

  1. Exhibit the deep commitment to interdisciplinarity that is native to smaller academic communities where faculty members daily collaborate across field boundaries. We are particularly interested in projects that connect perspectives from the sciences, arts, and humanities.
  2. Engage with major social issues facing our communities. Founded on strong ethical and religious principles, liberal arts colleges are the location of important debates about the grand challenges that face our society which we hope to manifest in our publications.
  3. Blur the traditional lines between “research” and “teaching,” creating resources ideally suited for experiential learning environments. Liberal arts colleges have reinvented the pedagogy of engagement and our publications will reflect that commitment. Among other things, we are interested in projects curated by faculty members that involve undergraduates in the process of creation and highlight their contributions.
 Proposals for new works and new series are now being welcomed at the Lever Press website. Information and instructions for submissions may be found at http://www.leverpress.org/authors/.


SUBMISSIONS SOUGHT
Joint Force Quarterly seeks history submissions for its “Recall” Section
 
Joint Force Quarterly, published by the National Defense University Press, is looking for articles of 2,500 - 5,000 words or less for its Recall section.  Recall focuses on historical issues often of contemporary relevance to the joint force.   JFQ is the Chairman's joint military and security studies journal designed to inform and educate national security professionals on joint and integrated operations; whole of government contributions to national security policy and strategy; homeland security; and developments in training and joint military education to better equip America's military and security apparatus to meet tomorrow's challenges while protecting freedom today.  Instructions for submission of articles is at: http://ndupress.ndu.edu/SubmitaManuscript.aspx.  Any questions can be sent to JFQ1@ndu.edu.


WAR AND SOCIETY IN NORTH AMERICA
Several books have been published in this series at Ohio University Press.

  • Geoffrey L. Rossano’s edited Hero of the Angry Sky: The World War I Diary and Letters of David S. Ingall’s, America’s First Naval Ace
  • Eugene D. Schmiel’s Citizen-General: Jacob Dolson Cox and the Civil War Era
  • Steven M. Baule’s Protecting the Empire’s Frontier: Officers of the 18th (Royal Irish) Regiment during its North American Service, 1767-1776
  • John A. Wood’s forthcoming Veteran Narrative and the Collective Memory of the Vietnam War
The series provides a venue for scholars of war and society in areas now comprising the United States and Canada from the pre-colonial period to the present. The scope is broadly conceived to include:
  • military histories of conventional and unconventional conflicts on the North American continent
  • studies of peace movements and pacifist attitudes in North America
  • biographies of individuals and groups from North America who fought around the world and returned from those wars
  • examinations of institutional, political, diplomatic, religious, cultural, economic, or environmental factors that affected warfare on the North American continent
  • comparative analyses of military conflicts in North America 
Proposals for outstanding dissertation monographs, surveys, anthologies, or edited primary source collections will be considered. Because this series originally focused on the Midwest, proposals will continue to be considered on the upper Mississippi River valley, the Ohio River valley, and the Great Lakes region.  The series is co-edited by Ingo Trauschweizer of Ohio University and David Ulbrich of Rogers State University.  The series' editorial advisory board includes Janet Bednarek, Michael Doyle, Nicole Etcheson, Joseph Fitzharris, John Grenier, John Hall, Paul Herbert, James Westheider, and Lee Windsor.  http://www.ohioswallow.com/series/War+and+Society+in+North+America


NEW BOOK SERIES ANNOUNCED
Brill has announced a new series whose overall aim is to offer new perspectives on the East-West conflict by building on recent and current historiographical developments in Cold War history. The series moves beyond traditional narratives by investigating the impact of both medium and lesser powers on the evolution of the Cold War. In addition to state actors, potential authors are also encouraged to focus on international organisations and non-state actors, such as national liberation movements, non-governmental organisations, and civil society groups. The geographical scope of the series is global and extends to all continents to cover also hitherto neglected (sub-)regions, notably in the so-called Third World. Methodologically, submissions should preferably be based on multi-archival historical research, and can draw on other related disciplines, such as (but not limited to) international relations and anthropology. While the editors privilege single-authored research monographs, they also welcome proposals for multi-authored volumes.

For more information, Contact: Prof. Jussi Hanhimäki, Graduate Institute Geneva; and/or Dr. Marco Wyss, University of Chichester.


CALL FOR WRITERS
Strategies & Tactics Press

We are looking to augment our current pool of writers at Strategies & Tactics Press. Founded in 1967, Strategy & Tactics magazine is the longest continually published military history magazine. In addition to Strategy & Tactics, we also publish World at War, which specializes in the Second World War and Modern War which specializes in Cold War/Current/Future conflicts.

All of periods of military history are desired. For submissions we are looking for the analytical aspect of the certain battle/conflict, not necessarily just the story or personal aspect of the battle (i.e. we focus on the “how and why” questions).

For more information, please contact:
Strategies & Tactics Press
Kyle Lockwood, Senior Editor
klockwood@strategyandtacticspress.com