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A. Elizabeth Taylor Prize from the Southern Association for Women Historians
The Southern Association for Women Historians invites submissions for the A. Elizabeth Taylor Prize, which is awarded annually for the best article published during the preceding year in the field of southern women’s history. Articles published in journals and anthologies between January 1, 2013, and December 31, 2013 are eligible. Entries must be written in English, but the competition is open to works published outside the U.S. Editors, authors, and other scholars are invited to nominate eligible articles for the prize.

The Taylor Prize carries a cash award of $500 and will be announced at the SAWH annual address in Atlanta, Georgia in November 2014.

To nominate an article for the Taylor Prize, please submit a copy to each of the following, postmarked no later than May 1, 2014:

Sara Sundberg, Chair
Department of History and Anthropology
Wood Bldg 136
University of Central Missouri
Warrensburg, MO 64093

Cherisse Jones-Branch
Department of History
Arkansas State University
P.O. Box 1690
State University, AR 72467

Barbara Krauthamer
History Department, Herter Hall
University of Massachusetts-Amherst
161 Presidents Drive
Amherst, MA 01003

To ask questions about the Taylor Prize, you may contact the SAWH executive secretary at sawh@esu.edu.

CFP: Cotton in the American South & Beyond
Call for Papers by the Institute for Southern Studies
University of South Carolina
“Cotton in the American South & Beyond”

22-24 October 2015

Cotton, as the registered trademark of Cotton, Inc. announces, is “the fabric of our lives.” It is examining cotton’s fabric—the myriad ways that cotton has shaped, and continues to shape, the lives of Southerners and the history of Southern culture—that our conference “Cotton in the American South & Beyond” plans to explore. We envision three days of multi- and inter-disciplinary presentations and conversations centered on the regional and global significance of cotton.

We welcome proposals for both individual papers (20 minutes) and panels (75 minutes, three or four participants) from any discipline or perspective. Broad topics might include, but are not limited to, plantation culture, race relations, immigration, genetic engineering, the environment, public health (in the fields and the mills), trade, public policy, labor relations, textiles and fashion, global trade, and representations in film, literature, and music.

Please send 250- to 500-word abstracts no later than 30 July 2014 to:

Robert H. Brinkmeyer
cottonconference2015@gmail.com

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CFP: "Cotton in the American South & Beyond"
Call for Papers by the Institute for Southern Studies
University of South Carolina
“Cotton in the American South & Beyond”

22-24 October 2015

Cotton, as the registered trademark of Cotton, Inc. announces, is “the fabric of our lives.” It is examining cotton’s fabric—the myriad ways that cotton has shaped, and continues to shape, the lives of Southerners and the history of Southern culture—that our conference “Cotton in the American South & Beyond” plans to explore. We envision three days of multi- and inter-disciplinary presentations and conversations centered on the regional and global significance of cotton.

We welcome proposals for both individual papers (20 minutes) and panels (75 minutes, three or four participants) from any discipline or perspective. Broad topics might include, but are not limited to, plantation culture, race relations, immigration, genetic engineering, the environment, public health (in the fields and the mills), trade, public policy, labor relations, textiles and fashion, global trade, and representations in film, literature, and music.

Please send 250- to 500-word abstracts no later than 30 July 2014 to:

Robert H. Brinkmeyer
cottonconference2015@gmail.com



CFP: “The Local is Global”: Gender and Rural Connections across Time and Place
Call for Presentations and Papers
“The Local is Global”: Gender and Rural Connections across Time and Place

Rural Women's Studies Association Triennial Conference
Hosted by Texas State University, San Marcos, Texas
February 12-14, 2015

The theme of the 2015 conference “The Local is Global”: Gender and Rural Connections across Time and Place emphasizes the importance of rural women’s local activities and experiences – both historical and contemporary - to global affairs. At the same time, it highlights the gendered impacts of and reactions to global processes – including globalization, international and transnational trends, policies and programs, and climate change –at the local level. It especially aspires to explore how these different scales are connected across time and space.
RWSA is an international association for the advancement and promotion of research on rural women and gender in a historical perspective. Worldwide, the Association aims to encourage research, to promote existing and forthcoming scholarship, and to establish and maintain links with contemporary organizations around the interests of rural women, rural communities and the rural environment, including farming and the agricultural sector, from a gender perspective. RWSA welcomes academic scholars, public historians and archivists, graduate students, and representatives of rural organizations and communities to be association members and conference participants.
Along with paper presentations and panels, proposals for workshops, interactive sessions, posters, open discussions, performances, readings, audiovisual presentations are very much encouraged. Especially welcome are those with inter-, trans- or multi-disciplinary approaches, and/or that connect rural women's / gender history and present-day political, ecological or social and economic concerns, worldwide. We are also looking for submissions that integrate creative work with the conference themes. We plan to have at least one evening dedicated to creative work, but are interested in integrating artists from visual, film, performative and literary genres into the fabric of the conference as well.
RWSA aims to discuss and further develop the thematic areas relevant to rural contexts, such as gender and labor, food, health, education, the professions, cultural heritage, leadership, migration, technology, communication, iconography and creative expression in rural contexts. Proposals for this conference are especially encouraged to also include:
• Rural women's voices as forms of power and arbiters of change;
• Differences and changes in rural femininities and masculinities;
• The intersection of rural women and/or gender with other socio-cultural dimensions such as wealth / class, ethnicity / race, age / generation, religion, sexuality, health status;
• Gender and/or women in social and other reform movements, social and welfare policy initiatives, rural grassroots organizations, especially with respect to rural communities, agriculture, the rural environment and natural resource management;
• International, transnational, governmental and/or non-governmental organizations and their gendered rural policies or gender-specific policies on rural women and men;
• Gender and/ or women in intersections between non-indigenous rural populations and indigenous peoples - commonalities in struggles, collaborative experiences, similarities, differences, breakthroughs, etc;
• Knowledge and scholarship in rural gender/women’s history and women’s integration in rural history.

Please submit the following information by 15 May 2014.
1. Title of paper/session/workshop/performance (working title is acceptable).
2. 400 word description/abstract of paper or proposed session/workshop, etc.
3. Brief vita/bio of presenter or session participants and complete contact information.
Please indicate if your proposal does not fit in the regular session time of 1.5 hour with three presentations and discussion. We will get in touch if the proposal has been accepted.

Submissions should be sent electronically to: RWSA2015@gmail.com.
If it is not possible to send your proposal electronically, please send by regular mail to the following address if you are submitting from the Americas:
Cynthia Prescott
History Department, University of North Dakota
221 Centennial Dr., Stop 8096
Grand Forks, ND 58202-8096
USA
Submissions by post from elsewhere in the world should be sent to:
Margreet van der Burg
Rural History, Social Sciences, Wageningen University
Hollandseweg 1, NL-6706 KN Wageningen
The Netherlands

For information on travel grants and letters of invitation, contact Rebecca Montgomery, rm53@txstate.edu. For additional information on the RWSA, please go to the organization website, http://www.ohio.edu/history/rwsa/.

CFP: Scholarly Symposium & Extension Exhibition on the Centennial of the Smith-Lever Act of 1914
CALL FOR PAPERS
Scholarly Symposium & Extension Exhibition on the Centennial of the Smith-Lever Act of 1914
September 24 – 25, 2014
West Virginia University
Morgantown, WV

Century Beyond the Campus: Past, Present, and Future of Extension
A century ago, the Smith-Lever Act of 1914 established the United States Cooperative Extension System, a partnership of the Department of Agriculture, land-grant colleges, and state and local governments. This historic legislation provided federal support to land-grant colleges in “cooperation with the Department of Agriculture ... in order to aid in diffusing among the people of the United States useful and practical information . . .” The Smith-Lever Act was the culmination of years of fledgling outreach efforts by land-grant colleges to extend the educational, social, and economic benefits of higher education beyond the campus to serve the people. County extension agents and land-grant extension faculty delivered scientific knowledge and new technology, promoted local education, health and wellness programs, provided life-long learning, engaged in community development, and reoriented land-grant colleges as a public good. To mark this anniversary, we look back for insights and inspiration to the legacy of the Smith-Lever Act, and consider the promise of extension in the twenty-first century.
Research Symposium
This centennial symposium provides an opportunity for scholars to consider the legacy, present condition, and future directions of cooperative extension, as well as the engagement mission of public higher education. We invite papers in two areas:
a) HISTORICAL: histories of cooperative extension, higher education outreach, land-grant college / community partnerships; biographical treatments of extension educators, staff, and leaders; histories of rural development programs; and histories of “beyond the campus” programs and services (i.e. 4-H, short-courses, summer programs, nature studies, correspondence courses, agricultural fair exhibitions, etc.).
b) CONTEMPORARY ISSUES AND FUTURE DIRECTIONS: contemporary scholarship across the disciplines on the missions, policies, and practices of cooperative extension and community engagement; research on administrative and institutional frameworks for higher education engagement and/or higher education for the public good; papers that consider faculty and student roles in extension and/or engagement activities (i.e. service-learning, engaged scholarship, continuing education, problem-based research / learning, 4H, public health services, etc.); critical appraisals of the financing of extension and engagement in a post-recession economy; scholarship on the state and federal politics of extension; papers on extension and/or engagement for community development and/or the place of extension and/or engagement in technology transfer, innovation, and economic development; extension’s role in combating issues of food security, climate change, and rural poverty. The suggestions under these headings are not all-inclusive, and we invite scholarship that connects broadly with extension past or present.
Paper Submissions
Please send one-page paper proposal for the research symposium, including paper title, abstract, name, & institutional affiliation, to Dr. Nathan M. Sorber at nasorber@mail.wvu.edu.

Proposals will be considered until June 10, 2014; however early submission is recommended. Subsequent publication of selected papers in an edited volume is anticipated.

For Additional Information
Dr. Nathan M. Sorber
Assistant Professor
Higher Education Program
West Virginia University
Email: nasorber@mail.wvu.edu
Phone: (304) 293-1781

The Kitchen Debate and Cold War Consumer Politics
AHS members Shane Hamilton and Sarah Phillips announce the publication of The Kitchen Debate and Cold War Consumer Politics: A Brief History with Documents with Bedford/St. Martin's Press. Details here.

Gwynn E. Jones MERL Fellowship
Applications are now being invited for the Gwyn E. Jones MERL Fellowship scheme for 2014-15, tenable for up to twelve months, to support research in subject areas associated with the Museum of English Rural Life (MERL) at the University of Reading. The closing date is 1 May 2014. Successful proposals attract a stipend of up to £10,000 for a maximum period of twelve months. Applications for shorter periods of research are welcome but would attract a commensurately smaller stipend. The funding can be used to offset teaching and administration costs, and other research-related expenses. Fellows are encouraged to participate in the academic programmes of the Museum. For further details of the scheme and information about how to apply please click on the following link: www.reading.ac.uk/merl/research/merl_fellowships.aspx

Those interested in undertaking research at MERL may also be interested in other collections-based research opportunities within the University of Reading. For further details see: http://www.reading.ac.uk/collectionsresearch/cbr-home.aspx

Agricultural History Society Sponsorship and American Historical Association Annual Meetings
We encourage members who plan to submit session proposals to the AHA on topics related to agriculture, food, rural life and environment to consider listing the Agricultural History Society as a co-sponsor of their panels. Having sessions co-listed on the AHA program provides extra visibility for your session and increases the visibility of AHS within the profession. If you are interested, please send a copy of your proposal to Jim Giesen (jgiesen@history.msstate.edu) and Anne Effland (aeffland@ers.usda.gov).

Editorial Assistantship Announcement
Agricultural History is pleased to announce the Mort Rothstein Editorial Assistantship. This is an opportunity for scholars to work on an academic journal of record.
The position is open to graduate students or undergraduates with a standing of junior or above. It will run for eight weeks during the summer. Compensation includes dorm housing and a stipend. For details and to apply, go to https://www.rollinsjobs.com/postings/1445. Application deadline is February 28, 2014.

WHEATS 2014
Workshop for the History of Environment, Agriculture, Technology and Science

February 7-9, 2014

The Agricultural History Society is pleased to be a sponsor for this years WHEATS at the University of Kansas from February 7-9, 2014.

​WHEATS began in 2004 at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, with the goal of bringing together graduate students (or very recent PhDs, space permitting) from across the US and Canada who are studying the topics contained under its heading. Since then it has been successfully hosted at the University of Western Ontario, the University of Virginia, the University of Georgia, Kansas State University, Mississippi State University, the University of Wisconsin, and University of Pennsylvania. While the workshop was originally designed for graduate students in historical disciplines, in recent years it has welcomed students from allied disciplines such as geography and anthropology who are doing work of a historical nature.

Participants receive feedback on pre-circulated papers from fellow students and senior scholars. The format is particularly suitable for the presentation of work in progress. Past participants have found the event to be extraordinarily helpful in refining their work, networking with colleagues, and building a cohort of scholars working on related themes. Now in its tenth year, the Workshop welcomes back its own alumni as discussants and speakers. WHEATS prides itself on its bootstrap ethos, and has remained, since its inception, an event put together by graduate students, for graduate students.

Job Posting: Arkansas State University, Heritage Studies
Arkansas State University (ASU) is recruiting applicants for the position of Associate or Full Professor (tenure-track) to begin Fall, 2014 in Historic Preservation and Heritage Studies at Arkansas State University. Position will be twelve months with teaching limited to the Heritage Studies Ph.D. Program coordinated with the public history track of the master's degree in history. Responsibilities assigned by the Director of Arkansas Heritage Sites such as grant writing, fundraising, and program planning as well as overseeing graduate assistantships and doctoral research, will be an extensive part of this professional appointment. Ph. D. in appropriate academic field required. Candidates should have experience initiating and leading historic preservation projects. Candidates who also have experience working with intangible cultural heritage in programs that support cultural conservation are especially encouraged to apply. A record of grant writing, academic publication, college-level teaching, community outreach, and public program management is expected.

Arkansas State University is a public, multi-campus higher education system with enrollment in excess of 22,000 students. The Jonesboro campus has a diverse student body with an on-campus enrollment eclipsing 14,000; through outreach via web-based instruction and the upcoming establishment of a campus in Querétaro, Mexico, the university is making a global impact. A-State educates leaders, enhances intellectual growth and enriches lives in Jonesboro, Ar. A regional metropolitan city with a population of more than 68,500, Jonesboro is located 70.8 miles northwest of Memphis, Tenn. Today, the institution has more than 70,000 alumni.

CV, letter of application and writing sample as the "other document" and the names and contact information of three references must be provided by attaching online.

In addition, contact information for three references must be included with the online application. The reference will be sent an automated email for request of letter based on the information provided by the applicant on his/her online application.
Review of applications will begin on January 15th, 2014 and continue until the position is filled.
The position is housed on the Jonesboro campus. Visit https://jobs.astate.edu/ for detailed information and to apply for position F00029.
Contact:

Erik Gilbert, egilbert@astate.edu

Ruth Hawkins, rhawkins@astate.edu

Website: https://jobs.astate.edu/

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JGiesen@history.msstate.edu
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