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Fellowships, Prizes, & Grants

Charles Koch Foundation offers dissertation support grants for PhD students whose research agendas focus on U.S. foreign policy, U.S. grand strategy, and America’s role in the world. The link to that call for proposals can be found here:

We would also like to note our other foreign policy RFPs posted on the CKF website. We are especially interested in proposals pertaining to managing the US-China relationship in both the trade and security dimensions. A complete list of those RFPs is available here:

While we anticipate these RFPs being open long-term, we do reassess our priorities on an annual basis. All open RFPs from our organization can always be found on this webpage:

Center for Science and Society Course Development Grants for Co-teaching, Columbia University

Rolling Deadline. Lecturers and tenured/tenure-track faculty at Columbia University are encouraged to submit proposals for co-taught courses in “science and society” for undergraduates and graduate students. Courses must be led by one instructor from a STEM field and one instructor from a non-STEM discipline. The Center will provide financial and administrative support. 

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The School of Historical Studies is now publishing Call Outs for Post-Doctoral Fellowships 2021-22:

The American Philosophical Society Library & Museum (Philadelphia, PA) invites applications for its two-year Andrew W. Mellon Post-Doctoral Curatorial Fellowship, beginning July 2021.

Announcing Dumbarton Oaks Fellowships and Grants in the Humanities

2021-2022 Apply Now 

Dumbarton Oaks Research Library and Collection is an institute in Washington, D.C., administered by the Trustees for Harvard University. It supports research and learning internationally in Byzantine, Garden and Landscape, and Pre-Columbian studies.

Cosin’s Library Fellowships at Durham University                                                  

£1,800 bursary towards travel, accommodation, and subsistence whilst undertaking research in Durham, UK

Closing date: midnight BST 27 September 2021

Full details and how to apply:

Enquiries: Dr Danielle Westerhof (

The Cosin’s Library Project is pleased to offer two Cosin Fellowships to enable high-quality research into any aspect of Bishop John Cosin’s life or the library he established on Palace Green, Durham, in 1669 and/or that make extensive use of the archives, manuscripts and books that are associated with Cosin and his library.

The expected model for each fellowship is one month full-time. However, enquiries and proposals for alternative models are welcome, for example part-time over a longer period (before the end of February 2022 and with the same funding).

The fellowships are open to scholars at any stage of their academic career and from any discipline, provided there is evidence of a sustained interest in the intellectual, cultural, religious, or political history of seventeenth-century Britain and France, or a relevant aspect of the history of the book or the history of libraries.

2022-2023 U.S. Student Program. The Fulbright U.S. Student Programs provide U.S. students to study, to do research or to teach English at the universities in Turkey.

U.S. Student Study/Research Award, Fulbright/Turkish Universities Master’s Program Award, English Teaching Assistant (ETA) Award, Fulbright Greece-Turkey Joint Research Award programs are accepting applications for the 2022-2023 academic year through October 12, 2021. Attached please find the posters for all programs.

Please feel free to reach out with any questions you may have. Our colleagues at the Institute of International Education (IIE) can also help you with the application process. Their contact information is listed in the Fulbright online website.

For more information please visit . U.S. students should apply through the . 

If you have questions about any of our U.S. citizen grants, you can contact the American Programs Unit of the Commission at .

Applications for Sankofa Tzedek are now open! Applications will be accepted on a rolling basis until Friday, October 16 at noon EDT.

Sankofa: From the Akan tribe in Ghana, symbolizing a quest for knowledge based on critical examination and intelligent, patient investigation. Sankofa recognizes that as a people moves forward, the knowledge of the past must never be forgotten. (Carter G. Woodson Center)

Tzedek: Hebrew word for “justice” as found in the biblical phrase “Justice. Justice. Shall you pursue.” (Deuteronomy 16:20)

Questions? Please review our frequently asked questions. You can also email us at

Find more information as well as the application here:


HKU main round of postgraduate admission (2022-2023), a new round of Hong Kong PhD Fellowship Scheme (HKPF), and the new HKU Presidential PhD Scholarship Program (HKU-PS) which offers the most generous package to outstanding full-time PhD students.  The Hong Kong Institute for the Humanities and Social Sciences at the University of Hong Kong is part of this program, and we are accepting applications now. Attached are the posters for more information.

Established by the Research Grants Council (RGC) of Hong Kong in 2009, the Hong Kong PhD Fellowship Scheme aims at attracting the best students to pursue their PhD studies in Hong Kong’s tertiary institutions.  New applicants to full-time PhD programs in government-funded institutions in Hong Kong, irrespective of their country of origin and ethnic background, are eligible to apply. Applicants should demonstrate outstanding academic performance, research ability/potential, communication and interpersonal skills, and leadership abilities. Successful PhD fellowship awardees will receive an attractive monthly stipend plus conference grants from the Research Grants Council.

The new HKU Presidential PhD Scholarship Program (HKU-PS) works on the same principle with more attractive packages.

Candidates admitted through the HKU Main Round without the two prestigious fellowships will receive the normal university scholarship which is also quite generous.

Anyone interested in applying for the above fellowships and to the postgraduate programs of the Hong Kong Institute for the Humanities and Social Sciences at the University of Hong Kong should submit an online application before the deadline on 1st December 2021, at 12:00 noon (Hong Kong Time).

For more details, please visit the following websites.

HK PhD Fellowship Scheme:

HKU Presidential PhD Scholarship Program:

Admission to HKU Postgraduate Programs (Main Round):

Call for Abstracts, Proposals, & Papers
MJLS’ inaugural issue on the theme of Sovereignty, States, and Inclusion asks writers and reviewers to think critically about the meaning of both sovereignty and the state, broadly conceived. We are interested in how these concepts operate in the present and how they developed and transformed historically. Submissions should recognize that no state is a monolith, and that we often cannot understand states to act in a neat, unilateral, top-down manner. Exploring different dynamics of power and the relationship between various aspects of states, public rights, and identities may also reveal inflection points, helping us to make sense of the past and of our own turbulent times. 
The Michigan Journal of Law & Society is the nation’s first law-school journal to focus on the intersections of law, history, and the social sciences. MJLS is also the nation’s first law-school journal to incorporate law students, PhD students, and a faculty editorial board into its review and editorial processes. 
MJLS’ faculty editorial board consists of thirteen members spanning multiple disciplines, such as Heather Ann Thompson, Professor of History and Afroamerican and African Studies at the University of Michigan and Pulitzer Prize winning author of Blood in the Water: The Attica Prison Uprising of 1971 and Its Legacy; William Novak, Charles F. and Edith J. Clyne Professor of Law at the University of Michigan Law School and author of The People’s Welfare: Law and Regulation in Nineteenth-Century America; and Sandy Levitsky, Arthur F. Thurnau Professor and Associate Professor of Sociology at the University of Michigan, author of Caring for Our Own: Why There Is No Political Demand for New American Social Welfare Rights. 

 As always, please email me or if you have any questions.

We are pleased to announce that EPOCH, the postgraduate history magazine supported by the History Department at Lancaster University, is accepting proposals for upcoming issues. We welcome submissions from all disciplines provided that the topic has a historical foundation. We publish postgraduate research in a friendly format, aiming to make academic history accessible. Our goal is to give postgraduates and early careerists a platform to showcase their work and to engage with wider audiences worldwide. You can find the full set of submission guidelines and common questions on our website.  

Our issues under development pursue the themes of food and travel, violence and conflict, and material culture; although, we are happy to accept proposals on any topic. We are also currently looking for reviews on popular books, films, television series, and video games that have a historical slant. 

Please reach out if you have any further questions, and we look forward to hearing from you. 

Meredith Guthrie
Coordinating Editor, Medieval Specialist, and PhD Candidate
Twitter: @HistoryEpoch

CALL FOR PAPERS Cambridge Political Thought & Intellectual History Graduate Workshop Convenors: Michael Kretowicz (, Elena Yi-Jia Zeng (, Aldri Cela ( Our workshop offers PhD and MPhil students the opportunity to present and discuss results from their current research in an informal and supportive environment. It is intended as a home for all graduate students whose work intersects in some way with the broad field of intellectual history, taken as the historical study of ideas, concepts, discourses, beliefs, and knowledge.  The workshop draws impetus from the diversifying scene of intellectual history at Cambridge, as demonstrated by recent graduate conferences on “Science, Certainty and Expertise in the History of Political Thought” (2020) and “Education and Educators in Political Thought” (2021), and the regular seminar series on Political Thought and Intellectual History, Early Modern Scholarship and Religion, and Global Intellectual History.  We welcome papers on topics from all periods and regions of the world that are engaged in intellectual history broadly construed, including papers on the history of social, economic, political, religious, cultural, or aesthetic thought, contemporary political philosophy, critical theory, the history of scholarship and the book, and beyond. We hope to run the workshop in a hybrid format (in-person & online), so non-UK-based graduates are strongly encouraged to apply. Please submit your abstract (250 words maximum), together with a short academic CV, to the organisers by Wednesday 22nd September.

Princeton Journal of East Asian Studies (PJEAS). 

PJEAS is a student academic journal with the official support of the East Asian Studies Program at Princeton University. We publish works of scholarship written by both undergraduate and graduate students from around the world on political, economic, social, and cultural issues pertaining to the East Asian region (China, Korea, Japan, Mongolia, etc.).

We are currently reminding and inviting all interested students to submit their academic work for publication in our Fall 2021 Volume (XV), scheduled to be published in December 2021. Upon submission, a student’s paper will be reviewed under a blind process. A member of our operational staff will then contact the student within a short period of time to confirm that his or her paper is under review.

Students should refer to the attached submission guidelines and fill out the Google submissions form at by September 30, 11:59PM, 2021 for the PRIORITY DEADLINE or October 20, 11:59 PM, 2021 for the FINAL DEADLINE. A kind reminder to students: we are accepting articles on a rolling basis this year, so the earlier you submit your article, the likelier that it will be accepted for publication. 

If you have any general inquiries, please email Gene Chou ( An earlier volume of the journal, Volumes XIV, is attached in this email for interested readers.

Call for Papers Saturday, February 26, 2022 University of Florida (Gainesville, FL) Fifth University of Florida Classics Graduate Student Symposium At the Margins: New Perspectives on the Ancient Mediterranean Many of the traditional research trajectories in the field of Classics focus on limited perspectives that hinder a robust understanding of the societies that comprised the Ancient Mediterranean. As Classics seeks to address the concerns of the 21st century, some long ignored or forgotten elements of ancient studies are helping paint a more vivid and accurate image of the realities we study. To continue the conversation that frames the Ancient Mediterranean in a full context, we seek pioneering approaches to inquiries on the ancient world. How should “Ancient Mediterranean” and “Classics” be defined? Who has been historically categorized as “other,” and what are the consequences of such distinctions? Whose overlooked perspectives (non-canonical authors, marginalized ethnic or social groups, disenfranchised individuals, etc.) can illuminate less-explored aspects of the Greco-Roman world (and beyond)? How can our field(s) benefit from such perspectives, and what are some methods with which we can begin to center them in our classrooms? We invite papers that will discuss such topics from the fields of classics, art history, literature, and archaeology with a focus on Ancient Mediterranean cultures. Pressing issues we seek to discuss include hearing the voices of oppressed peoples, observing overlooked or neglected accomplishments and narratives, understanding marginalized groups in light of modern methods, and viewing the ancient world from a non-elite, decolonized lens. While our focus is on the Ancient Mediterranean, we encourage submissions that compare these cultures to other ancient, medieval, or modern cultures. Interdisciplinary submissions are also encouraged. Topics may include but are not limited to: • Archaeological or socio-cultural studies examining liminal groups such as women, children, prostitutes, differently abled persons, prisoners, laborers, foreigners, etc. • Textual or visual approaches from the ancient or modern world with the main subject matter concerning marginalized groups • Literary and/or linguistic approaches to lesser-known works of literature, particularly those authored by writers of commonly disregarded groups • Topics focusing on societies located at or beyond the margins of the major empires of classical study (Greece and Rome) • Traditional research trajectories explored through modern lenses such as feminist or Marxist criticism • Methods to incorporate the study of marginalized groups in modern educational settings • Reception of the Ancient Mediterranean by ancient or modern cultures, specifically those less represented in classical scholarship Please submit an abstract of no more than 250 words by October 1, 2021 by emailing a .docx attachment to Please include your name, affiliation, and the title of your abstract in the body of your email. Final papers should be no longer than 20 minutes. Selected proceedings completed via a double-blind peer review process will be published by the UF Smathers Libraries Press. Any questions should be addressed to the same email address. N.B. The Symposium is currently scheduled to be hosted in person at the University of Florida, following any remaining university, local, or national pandemic restrictions. However, we can accommodate participants who would prefer to present remotely. If necessary, we are also prepared to host the entire Symposium online


Seeking Freedom: The Underground Railroad in the Mid-Atlantic   

Lincoln University, Pennsylvania 

March 31, April 1-2, 2022  

The Lincoln University Center for the Study of the Underground Railroad and Voices Underground, an organization focused on preserving and sharing the Underground Railroad’s story, welcomes proposals for its inaugural 2022 conference, Seeking Freedom: The Underground Railroad in the Mid-Atlantic. The conference will take place at Lincoln University on March 31, April 1-2, 2022.  We welcome proposals from all fields and disciplines, from historians, preservationists, independent scholars, social scientists, community leaders, undergraduate, and graduate students. Of particular interest are the lower eastern middle states of Pennsylvania, Delaware, Maryland, New Jersey, and southern New York.  We encourage individuals who are researching sites of memory, the role of historically black colleges and universities (HBCUs) such as Lincoln University and Cheyney University, and the importance of the free and enslaved African American community through the end of the Civil War to submit. We also desire papers that explore any or all the diverse complexities of the UGRR, including known and unknown physical sites (homes, corridors, routes) and those that extract the voices of the unheard, invisible, and underrated. As such, we welcome research that demythologizes the story and memory of the UGRR. Individuals may also suggest and write on topics that are not listed if the subject falls within this symposium’s overall theme. The following list provides possible areas of inquiry. 

  • African Agency 
  • Architecture 
  • Biographies 
  • Community Organizing 
  • Economy 
  • Law in the 19th century 
  • Literature 
  • Politics 
  • Propaganda 
  • Preservation 
  • Religious Institutions 
  • Resistance and Violence 
  • Spirituals/Songs 
  • Women in the UGRR The organizing committee will consider individual papers, panels, and roundtables. Panels and roundtables must designate or suggest a commentator and moderator separate from the presenters. Each participant will be allotted twenty minutes to present. Proposals for panels and roundtables should include a brief session description (one to two pages), the theme, a 300-word maximum abstract for each participant’s paper, and a short bio (200 words max) of each participant including the moderator, chair and/or commentator. Proposals for individual presentations should also include a 300-word abstract and a short bio (200 words max). All submissions should include each person’s C.V. or résumé (5-page max) including contact information (complete mailing address, the institution or organization’s name (if applicable), an email address, and phone number). Please use the following link to submit.  Participants are responsible for their own lodging and transportation.  Priority will be given to prospective participants who submit by October 15, 2021. After this date, the committee will review submissions on a rolling basis. We plan to announce the acceptance of regular submissions by December 15, 2021.  Inquiries can be sent to Dr. Nora Lynn Gardner at  For further information please visit 

Sangalli Institute Award for the Religious History: in collaboration with the Department of University and Research of the Municipality of Florence, it offers to young Italian and foreign researchers the possibility of publishing two books concerning the religious history from Middle Ages to the Contemporary Era, in an inter-disciplinary and inter-religious perspective. The essays will appear in a dedicated book series of the Firenze University Press. Deadline: 1st November 2021.

Here is the link to the notice:

Job Listings (teaching; assisting with research; tutoring; etc.) & Internships

We are pleased to invite new writers to contribute to Synapsis: A Health Humanities Journal. Synapsis is an online publication designed to bring together humanities scholars and students from across institutions and disciplines in a “department without walls.” The site is founded and edited by Arden Hegele, a literary scholar, and Rishi Goyal, a medical doctor.

We are looking for 10-12 PhD candidates, junior faculty, and health professionals whose work intersects with the medical humanities to become regular writers for our publication. The commitment is one piece of writing every two months. These pieces can intersect with your research, or be one-off creative explorations. Contributions need not be long (500 to 1,000 words is ideal). 

Please see the journal site for the kind of work our writers produce. In particular, we recommend looking at our special issues on COVID-19, Justice-in-Education, and the Pandemic in Prison for how we have responded particularly to the events of the past year. More information about Synapsis is also available in the document attached below.

To apply, please complete the application form and upload a CV. The deadline to apply for a writing position is September 15, end of day. Questions in the meantime may be directed to our managing editor, Lilith Todd, at We look forward to hearing from you and learning more about your work and ideas! 


Historifans is looking for contributors who want to geek out and write articles about the connections between contemporary pop culture and their scholarly interests. Historifans is a popular culture history site that seeks to create conversations that link current historical research with contemporary fandoms. We are currently in the process of building a pipeline of articles in preparation for our launch in early 2022. We highly encourage graduate students, early career academics, alt-ac professionals, non-traditional scholars, and people from historically marginalized and excluded groups to submit articles.  


Examples of current articles in progress: 

·         Pedagogy: Building the Star Wars galaxy through hypothetical archives 

·         Locating Star Wars droids in Fanon’s The Wretched of the Earth 

    • Why Shango is a better god of thunder than Thor and would be a great addition to the Avengers after Thor retires 

·         Orientalism in the Potter-verse: A Case Study of Prof. Quirrell 

Articles should be no more than 1000 words long and must be accessible/readable for non-academic audiences. We are interested in articles that connect pedagogy, theory, sociology, history, anthropology, and/or other areas of inquiry to major fandoms including (but not limited to) Star Wars, Marvel, DC, Lord of the Rings, Harry Potter, Star Trek, Lego, and Doctor Who. We also welcome digital humanities articles/projects.  Every article that we receive will go through a full review process.  

Are you interested in pitching an idea? Please fill out this form: 

Please email if you have any questions.

Friends of New Jersey Heritage, a 501c(3) nonprofit that supports the stewardship of New Jersey’s historic resources, is seeking a social media intern for Journey Through Jersey, the state’s go-to website for all things heritage tourism initiated by the New Jersey Historic Trust. The intern will assist with social media accounts including Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram. The Journey Through Jersey website and complementary social media accounts were launched in February 2017 with the goal of encouraging more people to visit and engage with New Jersey’s historic sites.

This is a great opportunity for students interested in marketing, communications, tourism, history, or historic preservation. The expected time commitment is 15 hours/month, starting September 20, 2021 and continuing through January 10, 2022. Most of the work can be done remotely, but there may be times when we would like to meet in person. The intern will be compensated with a $1,000 stipend for their time. 

Cover letter and resumé should be sent to with the subject “Social Media Intern” by September 3, 2021.

Please see the attached document for details and share with students and your networks. 

Postdoctoral Fellowship opportunity: Continuing the work of the Columbia University and Slavery Project

Teach Reading Classes to Students of All Ages

Now Accepting Applications for Summer 2021

The Institute of Reading Development is now hiring summer teachers for our live online reading skills programs for students of all ages. Our programs provide students with the skills, books, and experiences they need to achieve greater success in school and beyond.

As an Institute teacher you will:

  • Earn between $600-$700 per week.
  • Improve your teaching skills and confidence during our comprehensive, paid training program.
  • Gain valuable teaching experience with a variety of age groups from 4-year-olds to high school students.
  • Help your students become successful readers with a love of great books.

We provide comprehensive training and ongoing support for our teachers, so we do not require teaching certification or experience to apply. All applicants must have a bachelor’s degree or higher and must be available to teach classes five days a week, including both weekend days. We are looking for full-time teachers with availability to work 37-40 hours per week during the summer. There will be some opportunities for continued employment with the Institute after the summer. 

Successful Institute teachers:

  • Have strong reading skills and read for pleasure.
  • Are responsible and hard-working, with strong communication and organizational skills.
  • Are comfortable and confident with technology.
  • Are patient and supportive with students and parents.

Apply Now

Learn more about us and our reading programs at

The Center for Teaching and Learning at the National Museum of African American History and Culture (NMAAHC) would like to announce the following paid opportunity for graduate students and postgraduate students of history. We ask if you would share this information with your networks. Please direct any questions  

Conference and Seminar Applications

Renaissance Palaeography Seminars

AY 2021-2022
University of Warwick

Application Deadline: September 21, 2021

The Center for Renaissance Studies is pleased to announce that The University of Warwick’s Centre for the Study of the Renaissance is once again offering courses in Renaissance palaeography (this year with an emphasis on either English or Latin texts) aimed particularly at graduate students and early career researchers. It is also once again offering a two-term course on Latin for Research in the Humanities, open to post-beginners.

The courses meet exclusively online and are open for booking until 21 September 2021 at the latest. They are being offered at times that should be convenient for participants in the UK, continental Europe, and the Americas.

Participants from institutions in the Newberry Library Consortium may be eligible to have their course costs partially or completely refunded through Newberry Renaissance Consortium Grants. Eligible participants should check with their local consortium representative for further details.

Both Palaeography courses provide some theoretical elements on manuscripts and prints, but strongly emphasize transcription practice and discussion within a seminar format. The Latin for Research course explores and compares writing styles and approaches of humanists from across Europe.

In the interests of having a cohort of approximately comparable experience and abilities, applicants are required to fill out a brief questionnaire for each course. Places are limited, and early applications are strongly encouraged. For general details of the palaeography courses, see  

English Palaeography (Autumn 2021)
Instructor: Dr. Aidan Norrie

This course will familiarise students with English handwriting from the period 1500 to 1700. It will give students the skills to work with a range of English primary sources from the early modern period. Students will build a strong knowledge of early modern hands. The course will cover secretary, italic, and mixed scripts, both formal and informal. Students will learn common abbreviations used in handwritten documents, as well as the idiosyncratic letter forms that make primary sources from the period initially seem so difficult to transcribe. For further details and booking page, see 

Latin Palaeography (Autumn 2021)
Instructor: Prof. David Lines

This course aims to provide the tools necessary to read and accurately transcribe manuscript and printed sources (in Latin) from the late medieval period to the seventeenth century. Since these are written in various kinds of scripts (gothic, humanistic, etc.), some time will be spent examining each of these. The course starts from printed materials, which are somewhat easier to navigate and usually contain fewer abbreviations, and works its way back toward manuscripts and archival documents. It includes a variety of genres, from literary and philosophical/theological works to archival records. For further details and booking page, see 

Latin for Research in the Humanities (Autumn 2021 and Spring 2022)
Instructor: Mr Iván Parga Ornelas

This course helps participants (staff or students) develop the ability to read and understand Renaissance Latin  texts, while allowing them to brush up their Latin skills for research purposes. The weekly meetings of approximately 90 minutes focus on a selected number of Neo-Latin authors (this year: Petrarch, Erasmus, Leon Battista Alberti, and Thomas More) and will build familiarity with their particular styles and rhetorical practices. Sessions typically consist of the reading and translation of a fourteenth- to sixteenth-century text, supported by grammar and vocabulary revision. For further details and booking page, see 

Podcasting Workshops and Publishing Partnerships — Columbia University

Podcast Essentials brings industry experts to Columbia for a series of six workshops on all aspects of the podcasting lifecycle. Preview the fall workshops and register to attend the virtual events. Ready to publish your own podcast? Check out the Libraries Podcasting Partnership program to see if our services are a fit for you! Applications for new partnerships are due Friday, October 8. 

Publish your Journal with Columbia University Libraries

Columbia Libraries’ open access journals program publishes 30 faculty and student-led journals in a variety of disciplines. For a complete look at our active publications and partnership model, browse our journal showcase and view our partnership program and application. The application deadline for Fall 2021 partnerships is Friday, October 1. 

Outside Events
Doc Chat is a weekly, 30-minute program series from the New York Public Library that digs deep into the stories behind the Library’s most interesting collections and highlights ways that teachers can incorporate them into the classroom.
On Thursday 9/23 at 3:30pm, we kick off our fall 2021 season. NYPL’s Michelle Commander and historian Christopher Willoughby discuss the racialization of diseases Save & Exit in the late eighteenth and nineteenth centuries, analyzing a 1802 medical advice manual for treating enslaved people in the Caribbean and a 1799 pamphlet that argues that blackness (skin color) is a form of leprosy.
Register for this program here, and explore upcoming Doc Chat episodes here.
Miscellaneous (sublet offers; programs; new courses; etc.)


The Global Urban History Project (GUHP) invites applications from graduate students and early careers scholars in urban history to join one of four workshops it will run during the 2020-21 academic year as part of GUHP’s new Four Dream Conversations in Urban History.

Selected applicants will be paired with a senior scholar and GUHP member in their field and will participate in a series of events designed to facilitate intellectual engagement, offer feedback on research and writing, and promote peer and professional support. Workshop participants will be of course invited to all other public events in the four Dream Conversations series. The workshop will culminate in a spring symposium (date TBA). Exceptional papers may be recommended for publication in the Global Urban History Blog, journal special issues, or other venues.Participants will be expected to present the results of their project during the spring symposium. The symposium will be open to the wider GUHP community via video conference.

Workshop themes, structure, moderators, and timeline are detailed below. All activities will be held online, through video conferences, though some hybrid events may be scheduled as part of the critical Conversations series. Mentors, who may be moderators or other senior GUHP members, will be assigned once applications are accepted.
Applicants must be advanced graduate students or have completed their graduate degree in the past five years and must register as members of GUHP to qualify for the mentorship workshop.
Applicants must be GUHP members. If you are not a GUHP member, please sign up prior to applying. No-cost options are available.

Successful applicants will receive an honorarium of $500.

GUHP’s Four Dream Conversations
Each of the Emerging Scholars Workshops will be associated with one of the Four Dream Conversations in Urban History, a series of events that will begin during the academic year 2021-22. More information on the Conversations is forthcoming. In the meantime, applicants should select a first and second choice of workshop from one of the Four Conversation topics.

Conversation #1: Theory For, Of, and By Urban Historians

What would happen if urban historians took an inventory of our theoretical vocabulary, checked its archaeology, reassessed its usefulness, exposed its blind spots, rediscovered alternatives we overlooked, especially from scholarship in the Global South, re-calibrated the proportion of concepts from different sources, searched elsewhere for useful theory, asked what we might do without theory, or even generated concepts of our own that feel better to us as primary researchers? Over the course of this Conversation, we hope to find answers to those questions.We also hope to begin suggesting theoretical approaches of our own that honor our complex archives and our professional commitment not only to spatial scales from the urban to the global but to change over time.

Conversation #2: Cities, Empire, and its (Dis)Contents
Our Conversation on “Cities, Empire, and its Discontents, c. 1500-2000 is particularly interested in, but not limited to inter-, trans-, post- and comparative imperial cases of the global urban. Examples include: anti-colonial, abolitionist, and decolonizing networks, methods and memories; inter-city competitions and hierarchies; inter-municipal relationships; compared urban “citizenship”; cities’ di- or synchronically governed by multiple empires; internationally governed cities; compared ambivalences; e.g. cities as sites of peak resistance and oppression or of great imperial confidence and doubt. We also have a particular interest in case studies and conceptual texts connecting imperial cases of the global urban to other burgeoning scholarly concerns, often comparatively. Examples are: cities as disconnectors; colonialism and vs. settler colonialism; urban-rural relations (where “is” the city?); environmental dimensions; and most broadly, how to (not) to square “the global” and “the imperial: through the lens of cities.

Conversation #3: Cities and Inequalities

This Conversation will foreground inequality in urban history, locating it within cities while remaining attentive to global patterns, connections, forces, and processes. Investigating inequality within such spaces and in the historical context of urbanization affords us the opportunity to contribute theories and models as historians of the global urban.In exploring the interplay between global connectivity, social differentiation and hierarchies, and cities, our GUHP conversation seeks to speak to the field of global history, and through it, to the broader social-science debates about inequality, from which historians have too often been absent.

Conversation #4: Cities and the Anthropocene
How can global urban historians engage the concept of the Anthropocene? Spatially, thinking about cities as creations and creators of the Anthropocene allows us to think of the built environment and its socio-cultural histories through rivers, marshes, oceans, hydrocarbons, and materials like dust, sand, and cement. Urbanization has played a central role in terraforming our planet, just as the planet is a foundational participant in acts of urbanization.Temporally, we need to operate at once on  the geological deep time of anthropogenic transformation and the limited time of politics. Thus, we need to re-investigate questions of inequality, rights to the city, and the right to water, food, land, labor, and wealth through the glaring challenges of climate change and its attendant issues of resource scarcity, displacement, land submergence, migration and the transnational movement of minerals, materials, goods, ideas, people, and capital as well as extension of imperial state power.

Tentative Schedule
  • October Open House for all workshop participants (applicants, mentors, and moderators)
  • October through April Individual Mentorship Sessions
  •  November-January Workshop Reading Discussions
  • February or March Draft Panel Discussion Each workshop will hold a separate mock symposium where applicants will present a first draft of their work to mentors and peers for feedback and discussion. It will be expected that drafts be shared with other workshop participants by Monday, December 1.
  • April – May Workshop Symposium
  • Throughout the year: Participants and mentors will attend events in the Four Dream Conversations series

To Apply
Please submit the following information in a single PDF file as an attachment to by Friday, September 23, 2021:

Name, affiliation, email, main area of research interest, whether applying as a graduate student or early career scholar, first and second choice of Dream Conversation you would like to join as your primary focus of this work, title of proposed symposium paper, a 500-800 word abstract, and an updated Curriculum Vitae.

Also: please arrange with an academic advisor to send one letter of recommendation under separate cover to the same email address,

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