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2016 Election Now in Progress
All current members as of March 23, 2016 should have received an electric ballot via email from executive secretary Jim Giesen on March 28, 2016. If you did not receive it, please check your junk mail folders. If you still can't locate it, please email Jim (JGiesen@history.msstate.edu). The election will close on April 24, 2016.

Call for Presenters for the Sixth International Conference on Food Studies
The conference will be held 12-13 October 2016 at the University of California at Berkeley in Berkeley, USA.

Founded in 2011, the conference provides a forum for research and practice-based discussions, in a time of growing public and research awareness of the relations among diet, health, and social well-being. The conference provides an interdisciplinary forum for the discussion of: agricultural, environmental, nutritional, social, economic, and cultural perspectives on food.

We invite proposals for paper presentations, workshops/interactive sessions, posters/exhibits, colloquia, virtual posters, or virtual lightning talks. For more information regarding the conference, please visit http://food-studies.com

Henry Ford Museum Seeks Curator of Agriculture and the Environment
The Henry Ford in Dearborn, MI is currently looking to hire a full time Curator of Agriculture and the Environment effective immediately.

The Curator of Agriculture and The Environment manages and participates in the development, research, and interpretation of The Henry Ford’s world-class American agricultural collections. These collections—dating from the 18th century to the present day—document the range of crafts, techniques, and technologies used to raise, harvest, process, and develop crops, livestock and other life forms. The collections are especially strong with regard to the impact of technology and industrialization in the late nineteenth and early to mid- twentieth century. Responsibilities also include participation in exhibition and program development—particularly living history programs—as well as other relevant initiatives at The Henry Ford.

For more information visit: https://www.thehenryford.org/about/employment/job-postings/?category=Historical+Resources

Midwestern History Association Call for Nominations
The Midwestern History Association invites nominations for the Dorothy Schwieder Prize for the best article in midwestern history published during the 2015 calendar year. The winner will be announced in fall 2016 at the annual meeting of the Midwestern History Association.


All articles on midwestern history that were published in peer-reviewed journals dated 2015 are eligible for the prize. For this purpose, “the Midwest” includes the twelve states of the region as defined by the US Census: Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Ohio, Nebraska, North Dakota, South Dakota, and Wisconsin.


Please submit articles for consideration to Dr. Lisa Ossian, chair of the Schwieder Prize Committee, at llossian@aol.com. Nominations should include author, title, and the title, volume, and issue number of the journal, along with a pdf of the published article, or, in the case of digital-only publications, a url. Please do not send print submissions.


Deadline for submissions: March 1, 2016.

Call for Proposals, Crossing the Line: Women of Anabaptist Traditions Encounter Boarders and Boundaries
Call for Proposals
Proposals due September 1, 2016

Crossing the Line: Women of Anabaptist Traditions Encounter Borders and Boundaries
June 22-25, 2017
Eastern Mennonite University
Harrisonburg, VA

It has been twenty years since the watershed conference The Quiet in the Land? Women of Anabaptist Traditions in Historical Perspective took place in 1995. New topics, approaches, and viewpoints invite further examination of the constructions of gendered experience within groups in the Anabaptist tradition. Crossing boundaries and borders can and should encompass a wide range of disciplines, approaches and topics, and we seek submissions from scholars, students, activists, and literary, performing and visual artists.

Crossing might entail traversing the lines between...

...public and private spaces
...church/community and “the world”
...quietism and activism
...expected decorum/silence and speaking out
...gender constructions
...sexualities and gender self-identities
...race, ethnicity and class
...religious and theological belief systems
...nation states in the making of transnationalism
...disciplinary expression.

Conference participants are encouraged to think creatively about how Anabaptists, Mennonites, Amish and related groups have crossed and continue to cross lines, borders and boundaries.

Please submit a one-page CV and a 250-word abstract for a paper, a creative performance or presentation, or a complete panel/workshop session (with presenters indicated).

Proposals should be submitted to crossingtheline@gmail.com.

The deadline for submitting proposals is September 1, 2016. The program committee will send out its decisions of acceptance by January 1, 2017.

Program Committee: Rachel Epp Buller, Bethel College; Marlene Epp, Conrad Grebel University College, University of Waterloo; Kerry Fast, Independent Scholar; Luann Good Gingrich, York University; Rachel Waltner Goossen,Washburn University; Julia Spicher Kasdorf, Pennsylvania State University; Kimberly Schmidt, Eastern Mennonite University; Jan Bender Shetler, Goshen College; Mary Sprunger, Eastern Mennonite University.

CFP: Current Trends in Graduate Historical Research Book Series
Attention Professors, Doctoral Candidates, and Graduate Students:

We are pleased to announce that Eastern Illinois University has partnered with Common Ground Publishing to publish the first in a yearly series of peer reviewed edited collections consisting of original historical research by graduate students. Applicants will be expected to participate in the peer review and will gain experience in the publishing process while competing for publication in a professional edited collection. We seek papers in all periods and fields of history and are particularly interested in original and innovative primary research projects that make demonstrated contributions to the relevant historiography.

Students in masters and doctoral programs are invited to submit proposals from between 5,000 to 10,000 words on any historical topic. Suggested proposals include prior class research papers, independent study papers, and thesis chapters. Please, no historiography essays or book reviews.

Individual proposals should include a 250 word abstract and a CV. Please submit proposals to GraduateHistory@commongroundpublishing.com no later than February 15, 2016.

Please address any inquiries to GraduateHistory@commongroundpublishing.com. Authors will be notified on decisions for the next stage of peer review by March 16, 2016. Accepted authors can expect to revise their submissions based on the peer review from April to August 2016. Publication is expected in December 2016.

CFP Extension: Agricultural History Society 2016 Annual Meeting
The Agricultural History Society has extended the deadline for paper and panel submissions for the 2016 annual meeting at City College of New York and Briarcliff Manor. The extended deadline is December 4, 2015. For more information, see http://www.aghistorysociety.org/meetings/

Call for Proposals: Under Western Skies 2016
Under Western Skies 2016

Water: Events, Trends, Analysis

September 27-30, 2016
Mount Royal University
Calgary, Alberta, CANADA

Under Western Skies (UWS) is a biennial, interdisciplinary conference series on the environment. The fourth conference organizers invite prospective researchers, authors, artists, and presenters to consider submitting proposals for oral and poster presentations as well as workshops and panels.

The conference theme, Water: Events, Trends, Analysis, will be threaded through four inter- and transdisciplinary conference tracks:

(1) Policy, programs, planning, and management: trends and emerging topics in this track include history of water, integrated water management, business risk, stakeholder engagement, governance, jurisdictions and law, instruments and tools, science and technology, informing decision makers, innovative interventions and practices, monitoring and assessment, education, urban planning and design, and lessons learned.

(2) Safety, reliability, and sustainability: trends and emerging topics in this track include human rights to water, borders and transnational issues, resilience and adaptation to climate change, catastrophes and disasters, alpine and glacial change, tensions in sustainability, invasive species, conservation, and human health and wellbeing impacts.

(3) Environmental Humanities Issues and Interfaces: trends and emerging topics in this track include water representations in law and public policy; in history and environmental
history; in world religions, global literature, film, and drama; in the cultures of science; and in collaborative projects involving the sciences and humanities.

(4) Agricultural and Industrial Use: trends and emerging topics in this track include water commodification, rural and Indigenous communities, water technologies and treatment, impact of scale, transportation, oil and gas development, mining, fisheries and oceans, and hydropower.

Under Western Skies 2016 is pleased to confirm the following participants:

Bruno Latour
Gaia Global Circus (Chloé Latour, Frédérique Aït-Touati, Olivier Vallet & Company)
Niigaanwewidam James Sinclair

The UWS Committee look forward to receiving contributions from all environmental fields of inquiry and endeavor, including but not limited to the humanities, natural and social sciences, public policy, business, and law. Non-academic proposals are also welcome.

Please submit your panel or individual proposal at https://underwesternskies.submittable.com/submit, by January 31st, 2016.

The UWS conference series is the 2015 recipient of the Environmental Community Organizer (ECO) Award conferred by the Environmental Studies Association of Canada (ESAC) (http://esac.ca/eco-award/).

Cornell University College of Human Ecology History of Home Economics Fellowship
The College of Human Ecology at Cornell University is accepting applications for the 2016 Dean's Fellowship in the History of Home Economics. We invite faculty members, research scholars, and advanced graduate students (must be eligible to work in the United States) with demonstrated background and experience in historical studies to apply for this post-graduate opportunity. The fellowship recipient will receive an award of $6,500 for a summer or sabbatical residency of approximately six weeks to use the unique resources available from the College and the Cornell University Library system in pursuit of scholarly research in the history of Home Economics and its impact on American society.

At the conclusion of the residency the fellowship recipient will provide a final report to the dean, including a bibliography of research pursued, and preservation recommendations for pertinent library and archival holdings. In addition, the recipient will be invited to give a public presentation on their research at a later date. Research projects should be intended for publication.

Relevant historical subject areas may include, but are not limited to:
history of food, nutrition, housing, consumer economics, the family, child development, design, clothing and textiles, and history of women in higher education among other key topics in American social history.

The deadline for receipt of all application materials is March 4, 2016. For additional information, see:http://www.human.cornell.edu/fellowship/ Please circulate this announcement to interested individuals.

Call for Chapters: Midwest/Great Plains Borderlands Book
The Center for Western Studies seeks chapter proposals for "In Search of the Interior Borderlands: Where Does the Midwest End and the Great Plains Begin?,” an edited collection focused on exploring the dividing line, or imagined dividing line, between two of the nation’s understudied regions: the American Midwest and the Great Plains. This interior border has yet to become a significant point of discussion in the broader movement to analyze the borderlands of the United States and this volume is designed to advance the discussion in this direction. Proposals should explain the author’s general approach to the topic and include the sources to be consulted as well as the author’s curriculum vitae. Topics to be explored include, but are by no means limited to, historical understandings of the Midwest/Great Plains dividing line; the geographical and topographical approaches to designating a dividing line; literary or other cultural understandings of a dividing line; analyses of the regionalist thought and practices which have contributed to belief in a dividing line; agricultural practices which help explain the dividing line; environmental factors such as rainfall, glaciation, river development, and grasses which help to delineate a dividing line; historic and more recent discussions of the taxonomy of American regions, especially the real and imagined boundaries between the Midwest, the Great Plains, and the West; the understandings of Native Americans, American settlers, immigrants, political leaders, environmentalists, geographers, political scientists, and others which help explain the dividing line.

Chapter proposals will be due November 20, 2015. If a proposal is accepted, the author’s chapter will be due October 21, 2016. Final chapters should be approximately 5,000 words, including notes, and in Chicago style. All proposals should be sent to Harry Thompson, Executive Director of the Center for Western Studies: harry.thompson@augie.edu The editor of the collection will be Jon K. Lauck, President of the Midwestern History Association. The edited collection will be published by the Center for Western Studies. http://www.augie.edu/center-western-studies/publishing/proposals-sought-new-book-on-midwestgreat-plains-debate

Call for Papers: Okra to Opera 3
OKRA TO OPERA 3: SOUTHERN STORIES

April 8 & 9, 2016
Converse College, Spartanburg, SC

FEATURED SPEAKERS: JOE NEWBERRY & LAUREL HORTON

“Long before I wrote stories, I listened for stories.”
- Eudora Welty, One Writer’s Beginnings

The focus of O2O 3 will be storytelling; approaches that take an interdisciplinary approach are especially welcome. As in the past, we are conceiving this topic broadly – stories are passed along through oral traditions, of course, but stories also are told in the ways families interact, the way communities function, in churches, synagogues, and other religious settings, around campfires and the dinner table. For better or worse, in our modern digital age, stories are told from a multitude of platforms. Books, television shows, and movies often tell stories about the south, and sometimes we experience them as true, sometimes we do not. We welcome proposals that examine all these diverse aspects of storytelling in and about the south.

We envision this conference as a place to pull many threads together in unusual and perhaps innovative combinations to examine larger questions. We welcome proposals that employ both traditional and non-traditional approaches to larger scholarly questions. To further ensure that this conference provides a place for interdisciplinary and non-traditional examinations of Southern Culture we would prefer single paper proposals rather than full panel proposals.

We invite papers from scholars and professionals working in the fields of literary studies, creative writing, folk culture, history, performing arts, social sciences and material culture, as well as students and practitioners of the art of storytelling in its many forms.


Possible topics include, but are not limited to:

Oral traditions
Music as storytelling
Southern writers
Stories of the dinner table
Material culture and storytelling
Stories about the south in popular culture
Southern filmmaking
Television in and about the south
Storytelling in diverse religious traditions
Digital storytelling

About the speakers: Joe Newberry is a North Carolina musician and teacher of traditional music and song, Joe is a frequent guest on Garrison Keillor’s Prairie Home Companion, and for the last six years he has served as coordinator of Old-Time Week at the Augusta Heritage Center in Elkins, WV.

Laurel Horton is an independent quilt researcher, writer, and editor; she attended the U of Kentucky and UNC Chapel Hill and is the author of Mary Black’s Family Quilts: Memory and Meaning in Everyday Life. Her current research focuses on quilts and counterpanes as documents of women's expressive culture.

Please send 250-word abstract as an email attachment, along with a brief CV (Word or PDF, with O2O 3 proposal in the subject line) to:

Anita Rose, Conference Chair @ Anita.rose@converse.edu
Please check back on this webpage, www.converse.edu/okratoopera, for schedule and registration information.

DEADLINE: DECEMBER 15, 2015

Article of Interest to Agricultural Historians
"The Big Rust and the Red Queen: Long-Term Perspectives on Coffee Rust Research", by Stuart McCook and John Vandermeer, chronicles coffee rust epidemics, the social and ecological conditions that produced them, and the evolving responses. Published in Phytopathology, this paper is open access through 15 October
http://apsjournals.apsnet.org/doi/abs/10.1094/PHYTO-04-15-0085-RVW

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