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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.

Grants, Fellowships and Prizes: Lydia Maria Child Society (5.1.16)

Lydia Maria Child Society Prize

The LMCS is pleased to announce two awards in keeping with our society’s goal of honoring and continuing Lydia Maria Child’s vision of and work toward social justice: 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.

Applications should be sent as Word documents and should not exceed 15 pages.  While we will be happy to receive submissions that consider Child directly, Child need not be included in order for projects to be eligible; we welcome projects on a variety of authors, genres, periods, and concerns.  Winners will be recognized at the upcoming ALA conference and will receive a monetary award of $100, though they need not be present at the conference in order to be eligible for the award.  We look forward to reading your submissions.

Prizes: SSAWW Graduate Student Paper Awards Announced

SSAWW Graduate Student Paper Awards

The Society for the Study of American Women Writers is pleased to announce the winners of its 2015 Graduate Student Paper Awards, which recognize the exemplary work that graduate students presented at the recent SSAWW conference in Philadelphia, PA. This contest is separate from the best paper award sponsored by Legacy. Awards include a prize of $250 for first place and $150 for second place. 
The following winning papers were selected among 32 entries:
First place
Julia Dauer, University of Wisconsin-Madison, “Maureen Cummins: Bookmaking and the Nineteenth-Century Archive”
Second place
Kimberly Farris, UNC Chapel Hill, “Educating the Nation: Pedagogical Nationalism and Female Utopias in Augusta Jane Evans’s Macaria
Honorable Mention 
Faune Albert, University of Massachusetts Amherst, “(Re)writing Histories in the Crossing: Natasha Trethewey and the Poetics of the Miscegenated Body”
Mark B. Kelley, University of California, San Diego, “‘An Offense without Feeling’: Confederate Pirates of Sympathy and Maria Cummins’s Haunted Hearts (1864).”
SSAWW thanks the 2015 Graduate Student Award Committee members: Conseula Francis (College of Charleston), Lisa West (Drake University), and Amy Hobbs Harris (Central State University). 
All 2015 award winners are recognized on SSAWW’s website: https://ssawwnew.wordpress.com/awards/2015-awards/
Kristin J. Jacobson
Associate Professor of American Literature, American Studies, and Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies
Stockton University

Grants, Fellowships, and Prizes: RSAP Article Prize for Early-Career Scholars (3.10.16)

RSAP Article Prize 

The Research Society for American Periodicals announces the $1000 article prize for 2016.

The prize will be awarded to the best article on American periodicals by an early-career scholar – that is, one who is pre-tenure, non-tenure, or independent, within five years of degree conferral – published in a peer-reviewed academic journal between January 1, 2014 and December 31, 2015.

The prize winner will be announced at the 2016 American Literature Association (ALA) conference, to be held in San Francisco, CA May 26-29, 2016.

Articles will be judged by a panel of three scholars appointed by the RSAP Advisory Board.

Applicants must  submit a registration form (details below), CV, and one .pdf file copy of their articles to Cynthia Patterson at cpatterson@usf.edu by midnight March 10, 2016. The winner will be notified by April 1, 2016 and announcement of prize winners will be made at the RSAP reception at the ALA conference. The first place winner will be awarded a prize of $1000 to help finance his or her trip to the ALA conference. Applicants to the RSAP article prize must be current members of RSAP when they submit their articles. Members join RSAP by subscribing to the journal American Periodicals, published by the Ohio State University Press. Information on subscribing can be found on the journal’s web site: https://ohiostatepress.org/index.htm?journals/ordering/ap-order.html To request an article prize registration form, and for further information, please contact Cynthia Patterson at cpatterson@usf.edu

2016-17 Ella Baker Visiting Professor Fellowship in Undergraduate Research (UCSB Department of Black studies in California)

The University of California at Santa Barbara seeks an Advanced Assistant or beginning Associate Professor to serve as the Ella Baker Visiting Professor in Undergraduate Research, a one-year, non-tenure track appointment in the Department of Black Studies, with an affiliated appointment in at least one other department in the Social Sciences, Humanities, Engineering, or Sciences on campus for the 2016-17 academic year.


Massachusetts Historical Society Research Fellowships Reminder: The deadline for MHS-NEH support is January 15, 2016!

Massachusetts Historical Society Research Fellowships
Reminder: The deadline for MHS-NEH support is January 15, 2016!

The Massachusetts Historical Society will offer more than three dozen research fellowships for the academic year 2016-2017, including two MHS-NEH Long-term Fellowships made possible by an award from the National Endowment for the Humanities. In 2015 their stipend, governed by an NEH formula, was $4,200 per month for a minimum of four months and a maximum of twelve months. MHS Short-term Fellowships carry a stipend of $2,000 to support four or more weeks of research in the Society’s collections. The Boston Athenaeum and the MHS will offer one Suzanne and Caleb Loring Fellowship on the Civil War, its Origins, and Consequences for at least four weeks at each institution. This fellowship carries a stipend of $4,000. The Society also participates in the New England Regional Fellowship Consortium of twenty-one organizations. These grants provide a stipend of $5,000 for eight or more weeks of research at participating institutions.

For more information, please visit www.masshist.org/research/fellowships, email fellowships@masshist.org or phone 617-646-0568. MHS-NEH application deadline: January 15, 2016. New England Regional Fellowship Consortium deadline: February 1, 2016. Suzanne and Caleb Loring Fellowship deadline: February 15, 2016. MHS Short-term Fellowship deadline: March 1, 2016.



The Department of English at Rutgers University, which has a long history of scholarship and teaching in African American Literature and Literature of the African Diaspora, announces two Postdoctoral Fellowships for scholars pursuing research in these fields.



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