The American Historical Association (AHA) and the Community College Humanities Association (CCHA) invite you to apply for a four-week summer research seminar, “EXPLORATIONS IN EMPIRE,” examining imperialism and colonialism in a global historical context. The seminar will be held July 9 – August 3, 2001, in Washington, DC.
CCHA and the AHA in partnership with the the Library of Congress will hold the summer seminar for twenty faculty members from community colleges. Seminar participants will be able to enrich their college teaching and engage in curriculum development and original academic research that deals with imperialism and colonialism. The seminar will draw on recent scholarship and benefit from the guidance of major scholars.
The seminar participants will be housed at George Washington University, Washington, DC, and conduct their research at the Library of Congress. During their stay in Washington, DC, participants will be expected to attend all seminar activities and conduct research leading to the writing of a paper that contributes to new scholarship in a chosen area related to imperialism and colonialism. After completing the program, participants will be expected to incorporate what they have learned into their course curricula, to publish their work and to participate in wide-spread dissemination activities. There will be opportunities to present the results of scholarly work at the conferences of the sponsoring organizations. The award to each participant includes a substantial allowance toward travel, housing at George Washington University and a $500 stipend. Meals are not included.
The goal of the seminar is to enable community college faculty to explore new approaches to the topics of imperialism and colonialism, by exchanging ideas with leading scholars and taking advantage of opportunities to pursue individual research projects at the Library of Congress. From antiquity to the present, campaigns of imperial expansion and regimes of colonial rule have profoundly influenced the experiences of the world’s peoples. The new imperialism of the nineteenth century led to European domination in much of the world, and set the stage for many of the contemporary world’s most difficult and intractable problems. By focusing attention on recent scholarly approaches to imperialism and colonialism, and by supporting research on imperial and colonial history, the seminar will help participants enhance their courses in world history and related areas. Participants are also encouraged to propose research projects on non-western imperialism.
Directors of the institute will be Jerry Bentley of the University of Hawaii and Nadine Hata of El Camino College. Lester Vogel, Office of Scholarly Programs at the Library of Congress, will serve as research director of the seminar, and coordinate the library staff to ensure that the participants are able to conduct their research projects as efficiently as possible.
Seven prominent scholars will serve as visiting faculty for the seminar. David O. Morgan (University of Wisconsin-Madison) will discuss premodern imperialism. Ann Stoler (University of Michigan) will deal with modern imperialism and colonialism. William Roger Louis (University of Texas and currently president of the American Historical Association) will examine the scramble for Africa as a case study in modern imperialism. Dane Kennedy (George Washington University) will consider British imperialism. Stephen Tanaka (University of California-San Diego) will address Japanese imperialism. Margaret Strobel (University of Illinois-Chicago) will discuss gender issues. And Prasenjit Duara (University of Chicago) will throw light on postcolonial perspectives.
The Library of Congress, whose collections number some 120 million items, is the world’s foremost repository of the accumulated knowledge and wisdom of humankind. With collections that support research in all subjects except clinical medicine and technical agriculture, the library provides those doing original research with a wealth of information in such formats as books, serials, manuscripts, rare materials, maps, sound recording, films, photographs and prints. Over half of the library’s materials are in languages other than English, and for many areas of the world, its collections are the finest and most comprehensive research collections outside the country of origin. Thus the library provides an excellent milieu in which the seminar will take place.
Applications are welcome from faculty at two-year colleges. Participants will be selected on the basis of their statement of purpose, on the potential contribution of their project to furthering scholarship on imperialism and colonialism, and to generating new curriculum initiatives. Foreign language competence is advantageous, but is not a criterion for selection. Participation is limited to twenty full-time and part-time (i.e. with three years continuous experience at one college) faculty members who are teaching at two-year colleges in the United States.
Institutional support for the applicant is expected to ensure full participation in the seminar and to encourage and support on-campus presentations during the fall semester/terms 2001 and spring 2002. A letter of support from an appropriate administrator satisfies this requirement.
The application deadline is March 1, 2001 and applications must be received on or before this date. Application packets are available from David A. Berry, Project Manager, Ford Seminar, Community College Humanities Association, Essex County College, 303 University Avenue, Newark, NJ 07102. We recognize that announcement of this opportunity does not allow you a great deal of time; please call – 973-877-3577 – or email – firstname.lastname@example.org – today for your application packet!
For questions about the seminar and the research component, contact Jerry Bentley, Project Co-Director, University of Hawaii at email@example.com or Nadine Hata, Project Co-Director, El Camino College at 310-660-3119 or email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
We look forward to hearing from you.
Project Manager, Ford Seminar
Community College Humanities Association
Essex County College
303 University Ave
Newark, NJ 07102
(973)877-3577 Email: email@example.com
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