The Society for Historians of American Foreign Relations (SHAFR) invites proposals for panels and individual papers at its annual conference, June 25-27, 2009, to be held at the Marriott Hotel in Falls Church, Virginia. Although proposals for individual papers will be considered, proposals for complete or nearly complete panels are encouraged and will receive preference. In order to receive full consideration, proposals should be submitted no later than December 1st, 2008.
The Program Committee welcomes panels and paper proposals that deal with the history of United States’ role in the world in the broadest sense. In order to complement SHAFR’s signature and continuing strengths in diplomatic, strategic and foreign relations history, particularly for the post-1945 period, the Committee especially encourages proposals that deal with non-state actors and/or pre-1945 histories, as well as proposals that involve histories of gender and race, cultural history, religious history, environmental history, transnational history and histories of migration and borderlands. The Committee also invites applications from scholars working in areas other than U. S. history, and panels that include work by such scholars. Finally, the Committee welcomes panels dealing with issues such as pedagogy and professionalization.
Panels can follow either of the following formats: (1) three or four papers, chair, and commentator or (2) a roundtable with a chair and participants. The committee also welcomes panels using innovative procedures, such as the circulation of papers prior to the conference to any interested conference attendees.
Panel submissions should total no more than three pages and must include the following information:
1) the name of each panelist as she/he would like it to appear on the program should the panel be accepted (please check the proper spelling of everyone’s name)
2) each participant’s institutional affiliation and status (graduate student, assistant professor, lecturer, professor, etc.)
3) the role of each panelist (presenter, chair, commentator, etc.)
4) contact information, including a working e-mail address and phone number for each participant.
Each proposal should include a brief rationale, the title of each paper, and a short description of the work to be presented. Each panelist should include a brief bio. Please adhere to the limit of three pages. One member of each proposed session should be designated as the contact person.
Electronic submissions are strongly encouraged, but paper submissions will also be accepted. If submitting electronically, please send a copy of your application as a single Word or WordPerfect file attachment to Paul Kramer, program chair, at firstname.lastname@example.org. If submitting a paper copy of your application, please mark “SHAFR 2009 Proposal” on the front of the envelope, and mail it to:
Department of History
280 Schaeffer Hall
University of Iowa
Iowa City, IA 52242
SHAFR Fellowship and Grant Programs
The Society for Historians of American Foreign Relations offers several grant and fellowship opportunities for graduate students who are conducting research on some aspect of U. S. foreign relations history.
Pending approval at the June 2008 Council meeting, SHAFR will inaugurate competition for eight new fellowships to cover travel and hotel expenses of up to $1,200 at the 2009 annual conference. The awards will be limited to scholars who have not previously presented at SHAFR. The criteria for the awards would be applicants who represent groups historically under-represented at SHAFR meetings and/or applicants who offer intellectual approaches that may be fruitful to SHAFR, but have been under-represented at the annual meetings. Although graduate student applicants will receive a preference, the awards will not be limited to graduate students. To further acquaint the winners with SHAFR, they will also be awarded a one-year membership with subscription to Diplomatic History and Passport.
- The Lawrence Gelfand-Armin Rappaport Fellowship ($2,000) defrays the costs of dissertation research travel. Annual deadline for applications: November 15.
- The Stuart L. Bernath Dissertation Grant ($2,000) defrays the costs of dissertation research travel. Annual deadline for applications: November 15.
- The Myrna F. Bernath Fellowship ($2,500) is awarded in odd years to a woman conducting research in the field. Biannual deadline for applications: December 1 (even years).
- The Michael J. Hogan Fellowship ($2,000) defrays the costs of studying foreign languages needed for research. Annual deadline for applications: February 1.
- The W. Stull Holt Dissertation Fellowship ($2,000) defrays the costs of travel, preferably foreign travel, necessary for dissertation research. Annual deadline for applications: February 1.
- Samuel F. Bemis Research Grants (various amounts) are awarded to graduate students, untenured faculty, and recent Ph.D.s working as professional historians to defray costs of travel necessary to conduct research in the field. Annual deadline for applications: February 1.
Complete information on all of SHAFR’s fellowship and grant programs may be found at http://www.shafr.org/prizes.htm.
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