The Community College Humanities Association (CCHA) invites 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, in partnership with the American Historical Association and 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
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
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 at the address listed below. 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.
David A. Berry, Project Manager
Ford Seminar, Community College
Essex County College
303 University Avenue,
Newark, NJ 07102
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