The Society for Historians of American Foreign Relations will hold its third annual summer institute, in Madison, Wisconsin, on June 17-23, 2010. Designed for advanced graduate students and young faculty members researching all aspects of international history, the program will place particular emphasis on exploring and expanding each participant’s research, preparing young scholars for the job market, and helping first-time authors prepare their work for publication. Each participant will receive travel, accommodations, and an honorarium of $500.
Jeffrey A. Engel of Texas A&M University and Mark A. Lawrence of the University of Texas-Austin will co-direct the institute, which will focus on the ways historical narratives are used in policy debates. Whether it is the supposed “lesson” of appeasement’s folly which motivated policymakers after World War II, or the more recent received wisdom that Ronald Reagan actively won the Cold War through military strength fused with inviolable principle, history is more than merely academic for many decision-makers. Policymakers and pundits alike employ particular readings of the past in order to understand their contemporary world and, more importantly, to buttress support for their particular choices about the future. For those faced with difficult decisions, history is often prescriptive.
Because studying the way decision-makers understood their past and thus their range of acceptable policy options improves an historian’s understanding of the past, participants in the 2010 institute will engage moments in which particular readings of the past directly informed policy debates. They will discuss such moments with scholars of this genre of international history, and with practitioners who employed history during the policy debates of their own careers.
The goals of the institute are mentorship, intellectual development, and professional fellowship. Participants will discuss assigned readings during the institute’s core sessions. Participants will also present their current research for discussion and critique in preparation for completing their dissertations and enhancing their subsequent employment prospects. Participants will also be exposed to entertainment and culture. The institute schedule is designed to enable participants to remain in Madison to attend the 2010 SHAFR annual meeting at the University of Wisconsin, on June 24-26.
The deadline for applications is February 1, 2010. Applicants should submit a cv along with a one-page letter detailing how participation in the institute would benefit their scholarship and career, to Griffin Rozell, Assistant Director of the Scowcroft Institute, at email@example.com. Additional information may be found at http://bush.tamu.edu/scowcroft/. Questions may be directed to firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com.
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