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Job Posting: Multiple Positions–open rank African American Material Culture Studies and/or African American Public Humanities (Review Process begins 12.2.2017)

Job Posting: African American Material Culture Studies and/or African American Public Humanities, University of Delaware

Multiple Positions, Open Rank

We have been approved for multiple positions–open rank, but with a special interest in senior scholars–for a major initiative in African American Material Culture Studies and/or African American Public Humanities.  Joint appointments or single-department appointments are available among the departments participating in this cluster hire, including the Departments of Africana Studies, Art History, English, and History–with established, rich interdisciplinary collaborations possible among and beyond these interconnected scholarly communities.  As you will see from the job ad, we are engaged in a number of innovative and ambitious initiatives, all of which enjoy strong support at all levels of the administration.  This is an opportunity, in other words, to be part of a dynamic community of scholars dedicated to interdisciplinary work and innovative approaches to higher education, at both the undergraduate and the graduate levels. 0

Application portal here: https://apply.interfolio.com/47136


The College of Arts & Sciences at the University of Delaware invites applications for multiple positions–open rank, but with a special interest in senior scholars–for a major initiative in African American Material Culture Studies and/or African American Public Humanities. Joint appointments or single-department appointments are available among the departments participating in this cluster hire, including the Departments of Africana Studies, Art History, English, and History–with established, rich interdisciplinary collaborations possible among and beyond these interconnected scholarly communities. Successful candidates will have a demonstrable commitment to inclusive excellence and diversity–including a readiness to contribute to ongoing efforts to recruit and retain under-represented students and faculty–and will have a strong record of excellence in scholarship and teaching in African American Material Culture and/or Public Humanities Studies, as well as a commitment to contributing to the development of initiatives in these fields at the University of Delaware.

The University of Delaware is home to several interdisciplinary centers and initiatives that have significant administrative and grant support. Particularly important for the positions we seek to fill are the Center for Material Culture Studies and the African American Public Humanities Initiative (AAPHI), an interdisciplinary graduate study project supported by a major NEH Next Generation grant and Luce Foundation funding. We are home as well to the award-winning Colored Conventions Project, a digital humanities initiative that is recovering the archives and mapping the history of the African American state and national convention movement in the nineteenth century. The Special Collections and Museums of the UD Library offer strong collections in African American art, literature, history and culture shared through exhibitions in the library and museums galleries–including the Paul R. Jones Collection of African American Art–and classes. These collections that are made available to all faculty and students upon request for group or individual study, with a dedicated postdoctoral position established to facilitate these efforts for our African American collections. We are also home to one of the world’s top art conservation programs. Through partnerships with the HBCU Library Alliance and the Alliance for HBCU Museums and Galleries, we are introducing HBCU students to careers in art conservation and allied fields while also working to preserve the rich cultural treasures in HBCU’s libraries, archives, and museums. Our Center for the Study of Diversity provides support and a collaborative community for faculty research, community initiatives, university programming, and administrative planning. Through these initiatives and institutional centers and many others, UD researchers and students have opportunities for local, national, and global collaborations and partnerships. Beyond UD, our faculty have access–supported by well-established institutional ties–to important regional archives, including the Winterthur Museum, Gardens & Libraries, Folger Library, Hagley Museum, The Library Company of Philadelphia, and the Smithsonian Institution, among many others.

The University of Delaware is committed at every level to secure, sustain, and support a diverse community to enrich the experience of our faculty and students and to support and extend our academic mission. We are committed to attracting and retaining employees with varying identities and backgrounds, and we strongly encourage applications from scholars from under-represented groups. UD provides equal access to and opportunity in its programs, facilities, and employment without regard to race, color, creed, religion, national origin, gender, age, marital status, disability, public assistance status, veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity, or gender expression. A recipient of an NSF ADVANCE Award for racial and gender equity, UD is responsive to the needs of dual career couples,

supports work-life balance through an array of family-friendly policies, and is dedicated to broadening participation in higher education in all areas of university life. The University of Delaware is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer with inclusive excellence and diversity as core values.

Located in scenic Newark, Delaware, within 2 hours of New York, Philadelphia, Baltimore, and Washington, D.C., the University of Delaware is a state-assisted, privately governed institution that enrolls approximately 17,000 undergraduates and 4,000 graduate students.

Applicants should upload a letter of application, a curriculum vitae, and three letters of recommendation to http://apply.interfolio.com/. Application materials should make clear the applicant’s record of excellence in scholarship and teaching as well as the applicant’s commitment to inclusive excellence in professional practice. The review process will begin December 2, but screening will continue until the position is filled. For further information, contact search committee chair Dr. John Ernest at jrernest@udel.edu.

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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

New Books: Learning Legacies: Archive to Action through Women’s Cross-Cultural Teaching by Sarah Robbins

Robbins, Sarah Ruffing. Learning Legacies: Archive to Action through Women’s Cross-Cultural Teaching.

University of Michigan Press, 2017.

The book is available in hardback, paper, and digital editions:

Learning Legacies spotlights women writer-educators of the past whose stories can inspire community building today. One chapter highlights work by African American teachers and students from Spelman College. Another revisits settlement house collaborative learning in urban Chicago. Robbins also honors Native women educators’ nurturing models. Overall, Learning Legacies  shows readers women’s leadership in American education and in writing about that vital work.​

MLA Workshop – Graduate Students encouraged to participate/attend

Recounting Evidence in African American Digital Studies (REAADS)

For more info & registration:

https://github.com/REAADS

Scholars of African American experiences have long insisted that we shift perceptions about evidentiary privilege. Now, in tapping historical and contemporary humanities data, how do notions about evidence and recovery change when we reconsider what gets labeled “absent” or “present?” What are the advantages of meaning-making at the margins? From Colored Conventions to Ida B. Wells to the recent #SayHerName movement, subjects and figures once considered invisible are now core to varied approaches to studying the intersection of race, class, and gender.

Building on models in the field, this workshop aims to foster a community of scholars interested in developing digital projects in African American studies. We will do so by igniting a conversation about evidence and data that challenges popular ideas about obscurity and ubiquity connected to Black intellectual enterprises. Along the way, participants will also learn about practices in data curation, mapping, and text analysis.

Join us as we gather at the Studio@Butler to examine these case studies. No previous experience in digital humanities is needed, but those with digital humanities experience at any level are welcomed.

In this workshop participants will take up the questions about how digital methods can extend or reconstruct the ways that we have thought about, collected, and analyzed evidence. How do we interpret graphs, maps, and more to situate them within larger critical conversations about identity, technology, and evidentiary privilege, thereby transforming African American cultural studies as well as digital humanities?

The workshop will be led by an interdisciplinary collective focused on nurturing and exploring humanist approaches to the documentation, preservation, and interpretation of African American history and culture.

Initial collaborators include:

  • Caitlin Pollock (Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis)
  • Trevor Muñoz (African American History, Culture, and Digital Humanities, University of Maryland)
  • Katie Rawson (Emory University)
  • Sarah Patterson (Colored Conventions Project, University of Massachusetts, Amherst)
  • Jim Casey (Colored Conventions Project, Princeton University)

C19 Podcast S01E02: “Modern Slavery?” How 19th Century Slavery Can Speak to 21st Century Trafficking

Please enjoy listening to the amazing work of Anna Mae Duane and her team.

Listen, review, and subscribe on iTunes or Soundcloud. Inspired? I’ve attached our CFP if you’re interested in submitting a proposal. You do not need prior experience in podcasting! Don’t hesitate to reach out to me with any questions you might have. Our next review cycle is coming up at the end of this semester.

 
Can 19th-century approaches to slavery provide a map for thinking about 21st century trafficking? In this episode, Anna Mae Duane (UConn)leads a dialogue about how we can–and can’t–bring the nineteenth century to bear on the current phenomenon largely referred to as “Modern Slavery”–a term that is itself deeply controversial. The conversation centers around the edited collection, Child Slavery Before and After Emancipation: An Argument for Child-Centered Slavery Studies (Cambridge UP, 2017). Editor Anna Mae Duane interviews three contributors to that project, Karen-Sánchez Eppler (Amherst), Micki McElya (UConn) and Sarah Winter (UConn). Together they think about what constitutes a usable past when thinking about modern forms of oppression, and about how focusing on children can help us to rethink questions of property, memory, and freedom.

The episode was produced by Ali Oshinskie with the support of WHUS studios. Post-production assistance by Doug Guerra

CFP: “Recovering May Alcott Nieriker’s Life and Work”

The CFP for the one-day conference “Recovering May Alcott Nieriker’s Life and Work” is below.  Funded by the UK Arts and Humanities Research Council “CHASE” consortium of universities from the East of England (including the universities of Essex and East Anglia), this conference will be held at Université Paris Diderot on 28th June, 2018 and will be the first international conference on Nieriker: a nineteenth-century painter, prolific life-writer, and the younger sister of Louisa May Alcott. Abstracts should be submitted through the website www.mayalcottnieriker.com
We are also petitioning for a memorial plaque to be installed at the site of Nieriker’s remains at the Montrouge Cemetery in Paris where she lived for the last decade of her life:
Many thanks,
Azelina Flint (Chairman)
School of American Studies, University of East Anglia.

CFP: Pauline Hopkins Society at ALA (Deadline: 1.8.2018)

Call for Papers

Pauline E. Hopkins Society

American Literature Association

29th Annual Conference

May 24-27, 2018

San Francisco, CA

The Pauline Elizabeth Hopkins Society will sponsor two sessions at the 29th Annual Conference of the American Literature Association.

Panel One: Pauline Hopkins and Genre

Pauline Hopkins’s work is notable for its experimentation with genres.  Like W.E.B. Du Bois’s use of multiple genres in The Souls of Black Folk (1903), Hopkins’s writings in The Colored American Magazine encompass – and often blend – biographies, fiction, histories, and more in her attempt to combat the stereotypical depictions of blackness that were the norm in the mainstream press of the day.  Her novels engaged with a variety of literary genres in order to expose and subvert racism in the Jim Crow United States and to argue for a black history that is grounded in richness, depth, and beauty.  John Gruesser’s description of Of One Blood as a text that “combines elements from a number of popular genres” and thus “frustrates attempts to briefly summarize it” applies to many of her writings.  This panel welcomes papers on Hopkins’s use of genres in her novels and/or her other magazine work.  Comparative papers that analyze her use of genres in relation to other writers, such as Du Bois, are particularly welcome.

Questions to consider might include: What is the connection between Hopkins’s literary experimentation and her racial politics?  How does Hopkins align her work within genre conventions or subvert them?  How does her emphasis on genteel class politics intersect with her use of popular genres?  In what ways does her use of genre work to “frustrate” her readers?

 

Panel Two: Pauline Hopkins’s Activism in 2018

2018 will mark the 50th anniversaries of Dr. Martin Luther King’s assassination and the establishment of the first black studies department at San Francisco State.  It will also likely be a year that continues the conversations and activism around issues like mass incarceration and police violence against African Americans.  These instances of racial violence and the responses to that violence call attention to similar issues of the Jim Crow period – or, perhaps, it is more accurate to state that the racial violence and protests of the 21st century are themselves continuations of those of the late 19th century and early 20th century.  Where do Pauline Hopkins and her work – in her novels and in the magazines – fit into the current climate?  Papers that engage with Hopkins’s activism, particularly in relation to racial violence, are especially welcome.  Approaches to teaching Hopkins in the United States of 2018 are also welcome.

Instructions for proposal submission:

·        Abstracts for both panels should be no more than 300 words and accompanied by a brief CV.

·        Proposals for both panels should be sent to Eurie Dahn, Program Committee Chair, at dahne@strose.edu by January 8, 2018.

·        The subject line of the email should be “Hopkins/ALA panel one (or two).”

·        AV needs should be included in the proposal.

·        Membership in the Pauline E. Hopkins Society is required of presenters.

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