Deadline approaching: 2020 Eudora Welty Research Fellowship (Deadline: 2.28.2020)

There is still time to submit an application for the 2020 Eudora Welty Research Fellowship.

This competitive fellowship of $2,000 will be offered for research conducted in summer 2020.


The deadline for applications is February 28, 2020. The application form and additional information are available on the MDAH website at http://www.mdah.ms.gov/welty/resources/welty-fellowship.php.

David M. Pilcher Director, Archives and Record Services Mississippi Department of Archives and History

Library Company of Philadelphia – NEW FELLOWSHIP (Deadline: 3.1.2020)

The Davida T. Deutsch / American Trust for the British Library/ Library Company of Philadelphia fellowship supports a research project drawing on the collections of both the British Library (in any of its departments) and the Library Company.  The fellow will be in residence at each library for at least two weeks (not necessarily consecutive) and will receive a stipend of $5,000, which may be applied to transportation and lodging expenses.  Applicants must be US citizens and graduate students or recipients of a doctoral degree within the previous year.  Preference will be given to women who are members of underrepresented racial and ethnic groups and working in the fields of women’s history or African American history.  For details and application instructions, see https://librarycompany.org/academic-programs/fellowships/

Call for Applications: Nebraska Cather Collaborative Research Grants for Willa Cather Scholarship (2020)

The Cather Project of the University of Nebraska-Lincoln (UNL) English Department, in cooperation with the Cather Archive of the UNL Libraries and the National Willa Cather Center (NWCC) in Red Cloud, announces the availability of research grants for visiting scholars. These grants provide financial support for scholars to travel to and reside in Nebraska for one to four weeks to conduct research on Willa Cather in UNL Archives and Special Collections and in the Archive of the NWCC. Scholars from advanced doctoral students through senior faculty are invited to apply (note the change from previous Woodress Scholars research grants program).

Proposed projects should reflect the need to conduct research in UNL Archives and Special Collections, although researchers are also encouraged to conduct research at the NWCC and to experience Cather’s Nebraska hometown during their residence. Red Cloud is 2 ½ hours from Lincoln by car. Successful applicants will be awarded $1,000 per week up to four weeks. The deadline for submission of materials is DECEMBER 1, 2019, and we will inform successful applicants by FEBRUARY 1, 2020. Weeks in residence, which need not be consecutive, should fall between March 1, 2020 and February 28, 2021.

The Cather Project will assist successful applicants with advice about travel and lodging. When successful applicants are in residence, they will receive advice and guidance from scholars associated with the Cather Project and the Cather Archive and, depending on schedule and availability, have the opportunity to present their work in progress.

The Cather Project produces the Willa Cather Scholarly Edition and Cather Studies, both published by the University of Nebraska Press. The Cather Archive (cather.unl.edu) is a digital project dedicated to study of Willa Cather’s life and writings and the home of The Complete Letters of Willa Cather. The Archives and Special Collections of the UNL Libraries holds the largest collection of letters from and to Cather; edited typescripts and manuscripts of her works; multiple editions of her works; and many other Cather-associated materials. For more on these collections, see the finding aids for the various Cather-related collections https://libraries.unl.edu/cather-collections. The growing archive of the National Willa Cather Center includes books, letters, photographs, and personal items. Information about these collections can be accessed here: https://www.willacather.org/learn/collections-and-archives-national-willa-cather-center

These grants are funded by the Willa Cather Fund and the Roberta and James Woodress Fund, both of which are administered by the University of Nebraska Foundation. When schedule and availability permits, the NWCC will provide In-kind support in the form of housing in Red Cloud.

To apply, please send to Beth Burke (eburke3@unl.edu), Cather Project Specialist, as e-mail attachments the following items:

  • your c.v. (please limit to 2 pages)
  • an application statement of no more than 3 pages describing your proposed research project and the importance of materials and resources at UNL and the NWCC to your project (please be specific).

In addition, one professional letter of recommendation should be sent directly by your recommender to Beth Burke (eburke3@unl.edu). The letter should be specific to the fellowship and proposed project rather than a general letter of recommendation (such as a letter from job placement dossier).

Please address questions about these grants to Professor Melissa J. Homestead, Director of the Cather Project (mhomestead2@unl.edu).

The University of Nebraska does not discriminate based on race, color, ethnicity, national origin, sex, pregnancy, sexual orientation, gender identity, religion, disability, age, genetic information, veteran status, marital status, and/or political affiliation in its programs, activities, or employment.

New: Postdoctoral Fellowship in Black Studies at TCU

TCU’s Department of English is thrilled to share information about a new Postdoctoral Fellowship in Black Studies (African American literatures, Africana literatures, and/or Cultural Rhetorics). Details about the position are here.  

The Postdoctoral Fellow will be joining English faculty working in Black Studies, including Carmen Kynard, who joined the department as the Lillian Radford Chair of Rhetoric and Composition this year, Brandon Manning, who publishes on Black masculinities, and Stacie McCormick, author of the recent published Staging Black Fugitivity.  Departments in Women and Gender Studies and Comparative Race and Ethnic Studies at TCU also provide intellectual communities for faculty doing intersectional research. 

Questions about the position should be directed to Dr. Whitnee Boyd at w.boyd@tcu.edu.

CFP: The Barbara L. Packer Fellowship for Transcendentalist Scholarship (Deadline 1.15.2020)

The Barbara L. Packer Fellowship is named for Barbara Lee Packer (1947-2010), who taught with great distinction for thirty years in the UCLA English department. Her publications, most notably Emerson’s Fall (1982) and her lengthy essay on the Transcendentalist movement in the Cambridge History of American Literature (1995), reprinted as The Transcendentalists by the University of Georgia Press (2007), continue to be esteemed by students of Emerson and of the American Renaissance generally. She is remembered as an inspiring teacher, a lively and learned writer, and a helpful friend to all scholars in her field—in short, as a consummate professional whose undisguised delight in literature was the secret of a long-sustained success. In naming the Fellowship for her, the Ralph Waldo Emerson Society offers her as a model worthy of the attention and emulation of scholars newly entering the field. The Barbara L. Packer Fellowship is awarded to individuals engaged in scholarly research and writing related to the Transcendentalists in general, and most especially to Ralph Waldo Emerson, Margaret Fuller, and Henry David Thoreau. Ph.D. candidates, pre-tenure faculty, and independent scholars are eligible to apply.

The application deadline is January 15, 2020. Additional information, along with application materials, can be found on the AAS website: https://www.americanantiquarian.org/short-termfellowship.

CFP: Woodress Scholar Research Grants – Willa Cather (Deadline: 12.30.2018)

Woodress Scholar Research Grants (2019)

Willa Cather

The Cather Project of the University of Nebraska-Lincoln announces the availability of a Research Grant for visiting scholars. This grant provides financial support for scholars to travel to and reside in Lincoln, NE, for four consecutive weeks, in order to conduct research on Willa Cather using Cather resources in Nebraska and at UNL.

Applications are invited from early career scholars, advanced graduate students, recent PhDs, and faculty not yet tenured. Projects should reflect the need for research at the UNL Archives and in Nebraska. Each Woodress Research Grant is $4,000 and the scholar is expected to be in residence in Lincoln for four consecutive weeks during March 1 – December 20, 2019. The Cather Project will assist with advice about travel, lodging, and a trip to the Willa Cather Foundation in Red Cloud, Nebraska (2 ½ hours by car) to enable the scholar to research materials in the Foundation’s archives and visit the area of Cather’s childhood.

The Cather Project produces the Willa Cather Scholarly Edition and Cather Studies, both published by the University of Nebraska Press. The Archives and Special Collections of the UNL Libraries hold the largest collection of Cather letters to and from her; edited typescripts; manuscripts; multiple editions of her works; and many other Cather-associated materials.

Funding for the grants is from the Roberta and James Woodress Fund (created from a gift by Roberta and James Woodress; Mr. Woodress was an eminent Cather biographer and emeritus professor of English at University of California-Davis).

To apply, please send, as e-mail attachments, to Beth Burke at eburke3@unl.edu, the following items:

  • your c.v.
  • a statement of no more than 3 pages describing the proposed research project and the importance of materials and resources at UNL to your project
  • a sample of scholarly writing (20-25pp: preferably focusing on Cather, though not necessarily exclusively)
  • In addition, two letters of recommendation should be sent directly by your recommenders to Beth (eburke3@unl.edu). Letters should be specific to the fellowship and proposed project rather than general letters of recommendation from your job placement dossier.

The deadline for submission of materials is DECEMBER 30, 2018 and we will inform successful applicants by FEBRUARY 1, 2019.

Guy Reynolds, Director, The Cather Project 309 Andrews Hall

University of Nebraska-Lincoln

Lincoln, NE 68588-0396

(402) 472-1919; http://www.cather.unl.edu

Call for Nominations: 2017 Susan Koppelman Award for Best Anthology, Multi-Authored, or Edited Book in Feminist Studies in Popular Culture or American Literature (Deadline 12.31.2017)

2017 Susan Koppelman Award for Best Anthology, Multi-Authored, or Edited Book in Feminist Studies in Popular Culture or American Culture

CALL FOR NOMINATIONS 2017 Susan Koppelman Award for Best Anthology, Multi-Authored or Edited Book in Feminist Studies in Popular or American Culture published in 2017, The award is sponsored by the Popular Culture Association/American Culture Association. The award will be announced at the 2018 PCA National Conference from 28-31 March 2018 in Indianapolis, IN.

Deadline for submissions is 12/31/2017

This award is for feminist editorial work. Is the editorial rationale for the choices clear? Did the editor(s) structure a book competently, imaginatively, cohesively, innovatively, coherently, and responsibly? Is the edited book a creation or a conglomeration? Is the book an important groundbreaking contribution or is it “follow-up” work? Further information about the criteria is available at susanhuddis@hotmail.com.

The Awards will also be posted on the PCA/ACA web site: www.h-net.org/~pcaacca/, on other appropriate websites, and in other media forums. Recipients need not be present at the conference to receive an award. Recipients who choose to attend will receive a $500 travel grant.

Submissions and Nominations Procedures: Books published in 2017 are eligible for consideration for this year’s award. Books may be nominated by publishers or authors & editors of books.

Please send one copy of each nominated book(s) to each of the Award Committee members below:

 

Susan Koppelman, Ph.D.

4375 E. Coronado Ridge Lane

Tucson, Arizona 85739

send questions to susanhuddis@hotmail.com

Reverend Dr. Virginia Bemis

722 King Ridge Drive

Ashland, Ohio 44805

Professor Barry Mehler

Department of History

Caryn Mehler

(one copy to this address for both judges)

216 Rust

Big Rapids, Michigan 49307

Professor Cari M. Carpenter

Chair, Women’s and Gender Studies

West Virginia University

637 Madigan Ave.

Morgantown, West Virginia 26501

Recent Award Winners

  1. Foremothers of the Women’s Spirituality Movement: Elders and Visionariesco-edited by Miriam Robbins Dexter and Vicki Noble. Teneo Press, Amherst, New York. and The Newspaper Warrior: Sarah Winnemucca Hopkins’s Campaign for American Indian Rights, 1864-1891 co-edited by Cari M. Carpenter and Carolyn Sorisio.  University of Nebraska Press, Lincoln and London.
  1. Graphic Details: Jewish Women’s Confessional Comics in Essays and Interviews ed. Sarah Lightman, McFarland.
  1. Women and the White House: Gender, Popular Culture, and Presidential Politics eds. Justin S. Vaughn and Lilly J. Goren, University of Kentucky.
  1. Contested Images: Women of Color in Popular Culture.Edited by Alma Garcia. Lanham, Maryland: AltaMira Press.
  1. Treacherous Texts: U. S. Suffrage Literature, 1846-1946. Edited by Mary Chapman and Angela Mills. New Brunswick, New Jersey: Rutgers University Press.
  2. Black Venus 2010: They Called Her “Hottentot”.Edited by Deborah Willis. Philadelphia, PA: Temple University Press.
  1. The Fat Studies Reader. Edited by Esther Rothblum and Sondral Solovay. New York, New York: NYU Press.
  1. Teatro Chicana: A Collective Memoir and Selected Plays.Edited by Laura E. Garcia, Sandra M. Gutierrez, and Felicitas Nuñez. Austin, TX:  University of Texas Press.
  1. After the Revolution: Women Who Transformed Contemporary Art.Edited by Eleanor Heartney, Helaine Posner, Nancy Princenthal, and Sue Scott. New York, New York: Prestel Press.

  1. Daughters of Earth: Feminist Science Fiction in the Twentieth Century. Edited by Justine Larbalestier. Middletown, CT: Wesleyan University Press.

Earlier award winners include:

Dangerous Men and Adventurous Women: Romance Writers on the Appeal of the Romance by Jayne Ann Krentz, Cecilia Reclaimed: Feminist Perspectives on Gender and Music by Judith Tsou, Kate M. Cleary: A Literary Biography with Selected Works edited by Susanne K. George, Feminism and Methodology: Social Science Issues edited by Sandra Harding.

Dr. Susan Koppelman was the first woman to be honored with a life-time achievement award by the American Culture Association Governing Board Award for Outstanding Contributions to American Culture Studies. The Women’s Joint Caucus for the American & Popular Culture Associations established the annual Susan Koppelman Award for Best Anthology, Multi-Authored, or Edited book in Feminist Studies in Popular Culture in her honor. The first award was announced in 1985.

Susan Koppelman is a feminist literary historian and is the editor of ten ground-breaking critical collections of U. S. women’s short stories. In 1972, she edited the first anthology of feminist literary criticism, Images of Women in Fiction: Feminist Perspectives. In 1967 she taught one of the first Women’s Studies courses in the USA.

Emily Dickinson International Society Fellowships (Deadline: 1.30.2018)

2018 Dickinson Scholar Award

The Emily Dickinson International Society invites applications for the 2018 Dickinson Scholar Award, which supports new research on Dickinson. The project need not be devoted solely to Dickinson, but her work should be a substantial focus. The award of $2,000 may be used for any expense incurred to advance the project. Applicants must have completed the PhD. To apply for the award, please submit: a cv, a cover letter, a 600-800 word project proposal, a brief bibliography, and a preliminary budget to Michelle Kohler at mkohler@tulane.edu. Deadline for applications is January 30, 2018. Applicants will be notified of final decisions by March 1. For more information, see www.emilydickinsoninternationalsociety.org

 

2018 Emily Dickinson International Society Graduate Student Fellowship

The EDIS announces a fellowship award of $1,000 in support of graduate student scholarship on Emily Dickinson. The project need not be devoted solely to Dickinson, but her work should be a substantial focus. The award may be used for any expense incurred to advance the project. Preference will be given to applicants in the dissertation stage or writing a work aimed at publication. To apply, please send a cv, a cover letter, a 600-800 word project description, a brief bibliography, and contact information for two references to Michelle Kohler at mkohler@tulane.edu. Applications are due by January 30, 2018. Applicants will be notified of final decisions by March 1. For more information, see www.emilydickinsoninternationalsociety.org

Awards: Lydia Maria Child Society Student Award Deadline Extended to May 8

Lydia Maria Child Society Student Award Deadline Extended to May 8

Dear colleagues,

The Lydia Maria Child Society’s executive board has so enjoyed reviewing the nominations we’ve received for our first social justice award.  While we’ve received many nominations of scholars at the professorial level, though, we have not yet received any for our student award, for high school or undergraduate scholars. 

We are extending the deadline for the student award, so if you have a student you would like to nominate, please feel free to do so by Sunday, May 8.  The original award announcement is below:

In keeping with our society’s goal of honoring and continuing Lydia Maria Child’s vision of and work toward social justice, the Lydia Maria Child Society is pleased to offer two awards recognizing work on American literature that furthers social change: one for literature scholars at the graduate level and beyond and one for high school and undergraduate students.  Child routinely wrote on behalf of the marginalized, emerging as a passionate advocate for slaves, Native Americans, prisoners, prostitutes, and even animals, among a host of others.  Our society aims to recognize academic writing that, like Child’s, speaks to pressing social causes, as well as pedagogical endeavors and other projects that foreground the voices of (oftentimes neglected) authors who have worked to produce such writing.  To apply for either award or to nominate a colleague, friend, or student, please send to lydiamariachildsociety@gmail.com by May 1, with “Social justice award” as the subject line of your email, a letter detailing the ways in which your own or your nominee’s literary scholarship engages with current social justice concerns.  You are also welcome, though not required, to include a writing sample that demonstrates this engagement.  These samples may take the form of essays (or essay excerpts), course syllabi, or descriptions of projects that explore the intersections between American literature and social justice outside the academic classroom.  Continue reading

Post Doctoral Researcher in Special Collections and Digital Humanities (The University of Delaware)

The University of Delaware Library and the College of Arts and Sciences invite applications for a Postdoctoral Fellow of Special Collections and Digital Humanities. We seek an untenured scholar in the humanities (PhD received January 2010 – June 2016). The mission of the Fellow is to promote primary sources related to African American culture found in Special Collections at the University of Delaware Library through collaborative instruction, programming, creative outreach, and project development. The fellowship is a residential one-year academic appointment (September 2016-August 31, 2017), renewable up to three years. The PhD is the only eligible terminal degree. We are looking for an engaged humanist whose educational background suits her or him to work at the intersection of the classroom, the museum and/or archive, and the digital realm. Relevant training in programming, library sciences, computer graphics, computational linguistics, or other fields relevant to digital humanities research is desirable but not required.
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