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2018 NEPCA Conference

NEPCA’s 2018 Fall Conference will be held at Worcester State University in Worcester, MA OCTOBER 19-20, 2018.

Proposals due before June 1, 2108.

Peter C. Rollins Book Prize

The deadline for publishers to submit nominations for the 2017 Rollins Prize is July 1, 2018. This prize will honor the best book written by a scholar working in New England or New York on a topic pertaining to popular or/and American culture during the year 2017.

Carol Mitchell and Amos St.. Germain Graduate Paper Prizes. Rolling date for consideration until July 1. Papers must be nominated by panel chair.

NEPCA’s 2018 Fall Conference

THE CALL FOR PAPERS for 2018 will be announced soon.

NEPCA’s 2018 conference will take place on the campus of Worcester State University, Worcester, Massachusetts on Friday October 19 and Saturday October 20, 2018.

Proposals are due before June 1, 2018. After this date NEPCA will only accept proposals that round out incomplete panels.

Periodic updates and information will be made on this site and can be viewed by clicking on the 2018 Conference tab above. 

University of Chicago Collections Research Grants

The University of Chicago Library invites applications for the Robert L. Platzman Memorial Fellowships for the summer of 2018.

Any visiting researcher, writer, or artist residing more than 100 miles from Chicago, and whose project requires on-site consultation of University of Chicago Library collections, primarily archives, manuscripts, rare books, or other materials in the Special Collections Research Center, is eligible.

Support for beginning scholars is a priority of the program. Applications in the fields of late nineteenth- or early twentieth-century physics or physical chemistry, or nineteenth-century classical opera, will receive special consideration.

Awards will be made based on the applicant’s ability to complete the proposed on-site research successfully within the timeframe of the fellowship.  Applicants should explain why the project cannot be conducted without on-site access to the original materials and the extent to which University of Chicago Library collections are central to the research.  Up to $3,000 of support will be awarded to help cover estimated travel, living, and research expenses.  Applications from women, minorities, and persons with disabilities are encouraged.

The deadline for applications is March 19, 2018.  Notice of awards will be made by April 10, 2018, for use between June 1, 2018, and September 28, 2018.

Applicants must provide the following information:

  • A cover letter (not to exceed one page) including the project title; a brief summary; estimated dates of on-site research; and a budget for travel, living, and research expenses during the period of on-site research
  • A research proposal not to exceed three double-spaced pages. Applicants should include references to specific archival finding aids and catalog records of particular relevance to their proposed project whenever possible.
  • A curriculum vitae of no longer than two pages
  • Two letters of support from academic or other scholars. References may be sent with the application or separately.

Submit application in one electronic file to:

Letters of reference in electronic form are preferred; print letters of reference can be sent to:

Robert L. Platzman Memorial Fellowships
Special Collections Research Center
The University of Chicago Library
1100 E. 57th Street
Chicago, IL 60637

For additional information contact: Daniel Meyer, Director, Special Collections Research Center.

Contact Info:

Daniel Meyer

Director, Special Collections Research Center

University of Chicago Library

Contact Email:

Cold War Research Travel Grants

New York University’s Center for the United States and the Cold War announces the Agnese N. Haury fellowships and travel grants for 2018-2019. The Center for the United States and the Cold War at NYU’s Tamiment Library supports research on the Cold War, especially on the ways in which this ideological and geopolitical conflict with the Soviet Union affected American politics, culture, and society. We will be offering a dissertation fellowship and several travel grants to scholars who are interested in using Tamiment’s holdings to further their research.

The dissertation fellowship program honors the late Agnese Nelms Haury, whose insightful generosity created and sustains the Center for the United States and the Cold War, whose purposes she believed in passionately. Applicants for the dissertation fellowship must have passed their comprehensive examinations and expect to complete their dissertations within two years of the start of the 2018-2019 academic year. The dissertation fellow/s will receive either a stipend of $15,000 for one semester or $30,000 for a nine-month academic year.

Haury Fellows will be expected to regularly participate in the Center’s Cold War Seminar series and lead a session where he/she will present their research to the Tamiment community. Applicants who are not selected for one of the Haury fellowships will be automatically considered for a travel grant that will support a shorter stay at Tamiment.

The Center’s Agnese N. Haury travel grants range from $500 to $3,000, depending on need, to support research in the holdings of the Tamiment Library. Research trips may last any length of time, however only scholars outside the New York metropolitan area will be considered. If selected, travel grant recipients must use their funds between August 1, 2018 and June 30, 2019.

The dissertation fellowship and travel grant recipients are selected on the basis of the applicant’s scholarly qualifications and the scholarly significance of the project to the Center’s mission to support research on the Cold War. Preference will be given to those projects that rely heavily on Tamiment’s collections on the Left, the labor movement, or the Alger Hiss case and the politics of the early Cold War.

All fellowship applicants should submit curriculum vitae, a short project description (5 pages maximum), three letters of recommendation from professional references and a short statement describing the relevance of the collections of the Tamiment Library to the project. Applicants for the travel grants should send a curriculum vita, a short project description (3 pages maximum), one letter of professional reference, a travel budget and a short statement regarding the relevance of the collections of the Tamiment Library to the project.

Please submit all materials by March 31, 2018 to Timothy V Johnson, Tamiment Library Director and Co-Director, Center for the United States and the Cold War at When submitting a dissertation fellowship application, please use the following format in the subject line: Cold War Center Fellowship Application LAST NAME. For travel grants, please use the subject line Cold War Center Travel Application LAST NAME.

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New York Public Library Research Fellowships

The New York Public Library is pleased to offer short-term research fellowships to support graduate-level, post-doctoral, and independent researchers.  Individuals needing to conduct on-site research in the Library’s special collections to support projects in the humanities, business, and the fine and performing arts are encouraged to apply.

Fellowship stipends are $1,000 per week for a minimum of two and maximum of four weeks.  Each fellow is expected to be in residence at the Library for the duration of their fellowship and to write a blog post for about their work with the Library’s collections.

The Manuscripts and Archives Division of The New York Public Library holds over 29,000 linear feet of material in over 5,500 collections, with strengths in the papers and records of individuals, families, and organizations, primarily from the New York region. These collections support research in the political, economic, social, and cultural history of New York and the United States.

The Rare Book Collection contains over 350,000 printed volumes, pamphlets, broadsides, and newspapers, in addition to thousands of pieces of ephemera.  It is especially rich in fifteenth century printing, Americana, voyages and travels, early Bibles, and literature.

Visit for more information about these and other divisions available for fellowship research.

Detailed program information can be found at, and Library holdings can be explored and

To apply, submit an online application at  Fellowships are open to U.S. citizens, permanent residents, and foreign nationals who have been resident in the United States for the three years as of January 31, 2018.  Fellows must reside outside the New York metropolitan area.

Application Deadline:  February 15, 2018

Notification Date:  March 31, 2018

Fellowship Period:  June 1, 2018 – May 30, 2019

Contact Info:

Meredith Mann | The New York Public Library

Stephen A. Schwarzman Building
Brooke Russell Astor Reading Room for Manuscripts, Archives, and Rare Books
476 Fifth Avenue, New York, NY 10018

Contact Email:

Race and Yoga

The full issue of Race and Yoga 2.1 (2017) is available now.  This special issue titled “Sassin’ Through Sadhana”, guest edited by Drs. Rachel Panton and Stephanie Y. Davis, features 7 personal narratives by Black women yoginis and teachers.  Check out this important contribution by Black women whose voices and bodies are under-represented in mainstream yoga and wellness circles.  These essays sit at the intersection of critical yoga studies, Black women’s health, trauma recovery and healing, spiritual practice, anti-racist thought, and Black feminism/womanism.  They are short enough to assign a few (or the whole issue) to a class you may be teaching this upcoming semester.
​Full issue available here:

Reminder:​ Our next CFP deadline is approaching:

DUE : January 15, 2018 
CFP 3.1 (2018): “Decolonizing Yoga? & Unsettling ‘Social Justice'”

Race & Sports in Canada Conference

Telling the Stories of Race and Sports in Canada: A Symposium, to be held at University of Windsor, Windsor, Ontario, Canada, September 28-9, 2018

by Miriam Wright

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Call for Papers
January 31, 2018
Ontario, Canada
Subject Fields:
Canadian History / Studies, Sport History & Studies


We are calling for contemporary and historical papers that focus on Canadian experiences that address sports, broadly defined, in the context of a racialized world. Papers may focus on individuals, teams, or deal with themes that address sports and race in relation to: community, nation, and identity; social justice; gender and class; region; sport as a manifestation of cultural practices. It may focus on local amateur, grassroots, or elite play, and cover local, regional or international activities.  Presenters from all disciplines are invited.

Keynote Speakers:

Bob Dawson, Ottawa ON: speaker, writer, athlete (member of first all-Black line in Atlantic Interuniversity Hockey League – SMU 1970)

Colin Howell, Centre for the Study of Sport and Health, Saint Mary’s University

Janelle Joseph, Faculty of Kinesiology and Physical Education, University of Toronto

Ornella Nzindukiyimana, Doctoral Candidate, School of Kinesiology, Western University


Because the Symposium will last only two days and participation will be limited to those who can attend, we want to extend the life and research of the event through the creation of an open access website called “Telling the Stories of Race and Sports in Canada: A Digital Archive and Resource Centre.” We have a team developing a Digital Archive to share, make accessible, and preserve research and stories on race and sports in Canada. We will post shorter, accessible versions of the symposium presentations, but we also see this as a site that will evolve and incorporate other scholarly and community research in the future. We will devote part of the symposium to workshop ideas on how this site can be developed, and can be useful for a range of audiences – scholars, students, teachers, and community members.


The Organizers:

We are a collaborative of University of Windsor faculty (from History, Leddy Library, Kinesiology, English) and community members (Chatham-Kent Black Historical Society, Essex County Black Historical Research Society) who are committed to making visible and accessible stories and research on race and sports in Canada.

This symposium and outreach builds on, and expands work done with the “Breaking the Colour Barrier: Wilfred ‘Boomer’ Harding and the Chatham Coloured All-Stars” project:


Paper Proposal SubmissionNote: deadline extension to January 31, 2018

We welcome proposals for individual papers (20-minute presentations) as well as poster presentations. Please send a max. 250-word abstract and a one-paragraph bio to by January 31, 2018. All presenters will be contacted by March 1, 2018. If you have any questions, please contact Miriam Wright, Department of History, University of Windsor:

Horror Deadline Fast Approaching

CFP: Horror Comes Home

Deadline for Abstracts: 1/15/18; Essays: 8/1/18

The horror genre in film and television is no stranger to images of home. As Carol Clover notes, most horror occurs within a “terrible place,” often a space that, in fact, represents home, transforming it from a refuge to a prison or a supernatural battleground.

How do our understandings of home shift within the horror genre when “home” might mean a coffin, a sideshow, a hotel, a tent, or transitory refuge? What happens to notions of home when it is the site of physical or psychological violence or contamination? This volume seeks to engage with the spectrum of these representations of home within the horror genre.

We seek proposals for intelligent, accessible chapters—rigorous scholarship and innovative ideas expressed in clear, vigorous, jargon-free prose—that examine and critically analyze the concept of “home” as it is portrayed in the horror genre across a range of films and eras.  Proposals for both topical essays and close readings of a single text are welcome. Proposals on films produced outside the US are very welcome. Previously unpublished work only, please.

Essays might explore topics including, but not limited to:

Haunted houses in horror films

·      Psychological states projected onto home spaces

·      Menacing homes

·      The womb as horrific home

·      Familial relationships in horror

·      The hotel or hostel as a transitory home site

·      Threats to the home

·      Gendered or racially defined home spaces as liminal spaces within the genre

·      Class relationships as they inform home and horror

·      How sites become “home” in relationship to horrific events

Please send your 500-word abstract to all three co-editors, Cindy Miller (, Bow Van Riper (, and Susan Kerns (


Publication Timetable:


Abstracts – January 15, 2018

First Drafts – August 1, 2018

Revisions – November 1, 2018

Submission – February 1, 2019

Acceptance will be contingent upon the contributors’ ability to meet these deadlines, and to deliver professional-quality work.  Contributors who, without prior arrangement, do not submit their initial draft by the deadline will, regrettably, be dropped from the project.

New England Consortium Awards

New England Regional Fellowship Consortium

Application deadline: February 1, 2018.

The New England Regional Fellowship Consortium (NERFC), a collaboration of twenty-five major cultural agencies, will offer at least twenty awards in 2018-2019. Each grant will provide a stipend of $5,000 for a total of eight or more weeks of research at three or more participating institutions between June 1, 2018, and May 31, 2019. Graduate students, faculty, and independent researchers are welcome to apply.

For information on the NERFC fellowship competition and to apply online, visit Questions? Email

Participants include:  Baker Library, Harvard Business School; Boston Athenaeum; Boston Public Library; Colonial Society of Massachusetts; Congregational Library and Archives; Connecticut Historical Society; Francis A. Countway Library of Medicine, Harvard Medical School; Harvard Law School Special Collections; Harvard University Archives; Historic Deerfield; Houghton Library, Harvard University; John Hay Library, Brown University; Maine Historical Society; Massachusetts Historical Society; Mystic Seaport; New England Historic Genealogical Society; New Hampshire Historical Society; Rauner Special Collections Library, Dartmouth College; Rhode Island Historical Society; Schlesinger Library, Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study; Sophia Smith Collection, Smith College; and Vermont Historical Society.


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