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NEH-Mellon Fellowships for Digital Publication

WASHINGTON (February 29, 2016) — The National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) and the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, the two largest funders of humanities research in the United States, today announced a new joint fellowship opportunity to support high-quality “born digital” research in the humanities.

NEH-Mellon Fellowships for Digital Publication seek to encourage scholars engaged in humanities research that requires digital formats and digital publication. Eligible projects must be conceived as digital because the nature of the research and the topics addressed demand presentation beyond traditional print publication. For example, for scholarship in fields like art history, musicology, or media studies, an interactive digital publication may allow the author to use multimedia to make arguments or illustrate critical points that would be otherwise difficult or impossible in traditional print formats.

“Over the past five decades NEH and the Mellon Foundation have supported some of the most important books in the humanities through our respective fellowship programs,” said NEH Chairman William D. Adams. “Today we are pleased to join together to help foster new forms of scholarship that take advantage of the unique possibilities afforded by digital tools, formats, and methods. Our hope is to spur innovation and experimentation that will take humanities research beyond the printed page.”

“Research in the humanities is increasingly exploring the richness of human expression in digital form and in audio and visual materials, which can be represented digitally but not so easily in print,” said Earl Lewis, Mellon Foundation president. “Scholars are also recognizing the need to reach audiences using new digital media. These digital publication fellowships are designed to help scholars in the humanities both convey the results of their research on new media and reach new audiences.”

NEH-Mellon Fellowships for Digital Publication are designed for individual researchers and scholars and support continuous full-time work for a period of six to twelve months. Successful applicants receive a stipend of $4,200 per month, with a maximum stipend of $50,400 for a twelve-month period.

Application guidelines for NEH-Mellon Fellowships for Digital Publication are available at The application deadline for the initial cycle of NEH-Mellon Fellowships for Digital Publication is April 28.

The NEH-Mellon Fellowships for Digital Publication special opportunity is part of the National Endowment for the Humanities’ agency-wide initiative The Common Good: The Humanities in the Public Square, which seeks to demonstrate and enhance the role of the humanities and humanities scholarship in public life.

Keystone Digital Humanities

Please consider submitting a proposal to participate in the Keystone Digital Humanities Conference:

The Keystone Digital Humanities conference will be held in the Kislak Center for Special Collections, Rare Books and Manuscripts at the University of Pennsylvania Libraries, July 22-24, 2015.

Proposals are now invited for the following, in all areas of digital humanities:

  • Long presentations (20 minutes)
  • Short presentations (7 minutes)
  • Project showcases (10 minutes)

Presentations may take the form of interactive presentations, short papers, project demos, or panel discussions. We welcome proposals from emerging and veteran students, teachers, and scholars.

In addition, we are thrilled to announce that Dr. Miriam Posner, Coordinator and Core Faculty of the Digital Humanities Program at UCLA, will be presenting the keynote lecture, “What’s Next?: The Radical, Unrealized Potential of Digital Humanities.”

The community will be invited to vote on proposals that they would like to see included in the program. The 10 proposals with the highest scores are guaranteed a slot at the conference. The Program Committee will curate the remainder of the program in an effort to ensure diversity in program content and presenters. Community votes will, of course, still weigh heavily in these decisions.

Please send your name, email address, and a proposal of 200-300 words to The proposal deadline is January 2, 2015, and community peer review will run from January 15-February 15. Proposers will be notified by March 1.

Edited Collection on Twentieth Century Black Women’s Internationalism

Editors: Tiffany M. Gill (University of Delaware) and Keisha N. Blain (Penn State)

The scholarship on the Black International has been predominately male-centric, emphasizing individuals such as W.E.B. Du Bois, George Schuyler, Paul Robeson and C.L.R. James. With few exceptions, black women have been marginalized in historical narratives of black internationalism, which center on the global visions of black people in the United States and their sustained efforts to forge transnational collaborations and solidarities with people of color from across the globe. This volume is a collection of essays that analyze the gendered contours of black internationalism and explore the creative and critical ways women articulated black internationalism during the twentieth century. Highlighting the writings, speeches, performances, activism, and overseas travel of a diverse range of female actors, this collection moves black women from the margins to the center of the historical narrative. However, this anthology does more than just expand the paucity of scholarship on black women and internationalism. Indeed, this volume is both an assessment of the field as well as an attempt to expand the contours of black internationalism theoretically, spatially, and temporally. In contrast to studies that confine black internationalism to foreign policy agendas and political insurgencies, this collection captures the shifting meanings, complexities, and varied articulations of the term.

The editors seek historical essays that employ a gender analysis, foreground black women’s voices, and reveal the underappreciated importance of women in shaping black internationalist movements and discourse(s) during the twentieth century. We are especially interested in manuscripts that reconceptualize internationalism beyond narrowly defined notions of political struggle to include consumption practices, leisure, and artistic expressions. We also seek manuscripts that expand the scholarly discourse on black internationalism to include the ideas and activities of the black working class. We encourage potential contributors to submit articles that explore topics that include but are not limited to the following:

·         Black women’s travels

·         Black women’s international activism

·         Expressions of cosmopolitanism

·         International consumer practices

·         Global Feminism(s)

·         International cultural exchanges/ practices

·         Working-class internationalism

·         Gender and Pan-Africanism

·         Global religious expressions

·         Global black beauty culture and adornment practices

·         Global performative and artistic expressions

·         Black women’s engagement with the Black Atlantic/ Black Pacific

·         Black women’s internationalist writings

·         Black women and the military

·         Black women’s engagement with foreign policy

·         Anti-colonial/ Anti-imperial discourses

Completed manuscripts, due December 30, 2014, should be submitted electronically in Microsoft Word to<>. Essays should be no more than 35 typed, double spaced pages (12 pt. font), including endnotes. Citations should follow the latest version of the Chicago Manual of Style. All entries should be accompanied by a title page, abstract, and an abridged version of the author’s C.V. Please direct all inquiries to the editors via email at<>. For additional information, please visit our website:

Feminist Spaces, call for student work

*Feminist Spaces*, a publication sponsored by The University of West
Florida’s Women’s Studies Collective, has issued their first call for
works, titled Manifestas: Supporting Women’s Studies In Academia. *Feminist
Spaces* invites undergraduate and graduate students from universities
nationwide to submit academic essays, creative writing, or
multimodal/artistic pieces that investigate why Women’s Studies is
important to them individually, as well as to America’s educational
institutions. For this inaugural issue we are also soliciting 1-2 page
statements that are interested in the same inquiry. These statements will
be published in the Fall 2014 issue of our online journal. Please ensure
all written submissions adhere to the guidelines and conventions set forth
by the *Chicago Manual of Style* 16th Edition. All artistic submissions
must be submitted electronically as a JPEG or PDF file. Deadline for
submission is Friday, August 15th, 2014, with a tentative release date
scheduled for early September. Please send all works to

Graduate Assistants: Philosophy in an Inclusive Key Summer Institute (PIKSI)

*Graduate Assistants Call for Applications Deadline: March 1, 2014*

The seventh annual meeting of Philosophy in an Inclusive Key Summer
Institute (PIKSI) will take place from June 14June 21, on the campus of
the Pennsylvania State University in University Park, PA. At least* two
graduate students* will assist Ellen Feder, who will direct the Institute
this year. In addition, one graduate assistant will come from the Penn
State philosophy department. *We expect that, as was the case in previous
summers, the home institution of the other graduate assistants will fund
their positions.* (The philosophy departments of the University of Memphis,
Binghamton University, Villanova University, Michigan State University,
University of Colorado at Boulder, Stony Brook University, University of
Washington, Dalhousie, American University, DePaul University, University
of Oregon, and the University of Alberta, generously supported PIKSI
graduate assistants in 2006-2013.)

We invite those of you teaching in graduate programs to nominate graduate
student assistants for PIKSI. The applications will be screened according
to the graduate student’s accomplishments as a researcher, a teacher, and
mentor; the relevance of her or his research to the topics of the
institute; and the home institution’s willingness to fund the student
(approximately $2000, including travel, housing, and stipend).

Applications should include:

�          a cover letter from the graduate student which discusses why he
or she would like to be a GA for PIKSI

�          the graduate student’s CV

�          a letter of support from a faculty member

�          documentation of institutional support, if available

Please e-mail complete applications by March 1, 2014 to:

Ellen Feder
Department of Philosophy and Religion
American University
4400 Massachusetts Ave. NW
Washington, DC 20016-8056

If you have any further questions please contact Eva Feder Kittay, PIKSI
Board Chair, at ** <>, or Ellen
Feder, Director of PIKSI Summer 2014, at

Dirksen Congressional Center Research Grants

The Dirksen Congressional Center invites applications for grants to fund research on congressional leadership and the U.S. Congress. The Center, named for the late Senate Minority Leader Everett M. Dirksen, is a private, nonpartisan, nonprofit research and educational organization devoted to the study of Congress. Since 1978, the Congressional Research Grants program has invested more than $915,136 to support over 425 projects. Applications are accepted at any time, but the deadline is March 1 for the annual selections, which are announced in April.

The competition is open to individuals with a serious interest in studying Congress. Political scientists, historians, biographers, scholars of public administration or American studies, and journalists are among those eligible. The Center encourages graduate students who have successfully defended their dissertation prospectus to apply and awards a significant portion of the funds for dissertation research. Applicants must be U.S. citizens who reside in the United States.

The grants program does not fund undergraduate or pre-Ph.D. study. Organizations are not eligible. Research teams of two or more individuals are eligible. No institutional overhead or indirect costs may be claimed against a Congressional Research Grant.

Download the Word document — Congressional Research Grant Application — and complete the required entries. You may send the application as a Word or PDF attachment to an e-mail directed to Frank Mackaman at Please insert the following in the Subject Line: “CRG Application [insert your surname].” Thank you.

The Congressional Research Grant Application contains the following elements: Applicant Information, Congressional Research Grant Project Description, Budget, Curriculum Vita, Reference Letter (for graduate students only), and Overhead Waiver Letter.

The entire application when printed must NOT exceed ten pages. Applications may be single-spaced. Please use fonts no smaller than 10-point. This total does NOT include the reference letter (one additional page) or the Overhead Waiver Letter (one additional page).

All application materials must be received on or before March 1 of the current year. Grants will be announced in April.

Complete information about what kind of research projects are eligible for consideration, what could a Congressional Research Grant pay for, application procedures, and how recipients are selected may be found at The Center’s Website: PLEASE READ THOROUGHLY. Frank Mackaman is the program officer – fmackaman@dirksencenter.or

Working-Class Academics: Theories, Mythologies, Realities

Call For Papers, Rhizomes: Cultural Studies in Emerging Knowledge
Special Issue: Working-Class Academics: Theories, Mythologies, Realities
Rhizomes 28, papers due by July 1st.

Calling all academics from the working class.  Tired of hearing your
relatives and childhood friends denigrated by implication when the more
privileged assume everyone in their group is ignorant and prejudiced, of
seeing people from your background misrepresented through “reality” TV
minstrel shows, of being told that you are now middle-class because you
have a graduate degree and a college teaching job and so you should get
over your past — while you struggle to afford professional expenses
colleagues from the bourgeoisie pay with ease? Do you resent the
universalization of working-class experience across cultures and
national borders, so that all our diversity is erased?  When you hear
academe described as a meritocracy in which one’s origins don’t matter,
do you want to scream? Write back!

Studies of the working class abound.  And numerous autobiographical books
and articles have spoken back the reality of the lives of working class academics.
But so far there has been little published that theorizes what our presence means
to academe throughout the world, how it informs academic structures and practices,
if it does so at all.  And not much has been said about the inadequacy
to address the problems faced by academics that come from the working
class of current, contentious concepts of how social class is
determined. This special issue of Rhizomes aims to address these gaps in
our knowledge of working-class people in academe.  While we are well
aware of the class differences created by academic hierarchies,
especially the increasing dependence on adjuncts and temporary faculty
at many colleges, this is not the focus of this special issue.  Instead
we invite those with working class origins to contribute, regardless of
their current academic status.  Possible general topics include, but are
by no means limited to the following: historical changes, work ethic
differences, family responsibilities, expressions of sexuality,
epistemologies, pedagogies, race and minoritization, bourgeois
discourses as a second language, and diversity within the working class.

Essays should be between 20 and 40 pages, including notes.  Please
send all submissions as MSWord attachments to Carol Siegel at by July 1, 2014.

Phyllis Dain Library History Dissertation Award

The membership of the American Library Association’s Library History Roundtable created and endowed the Phyllis Dain Library History Dissertation Award to recognize outstanding work in our field by emerging library historians.  As chair of the committee to select the 2015 Dain Award winner, I am beginning the solicitation process for the submission of worthy dissertations.  The committee is using the solicitation period to promote library history research among doctoral candidates in library and information science programs as well as in university history departments.  We encourage doctoral students to pursue research on significant topics in the history of libraries, librarians, and librarianship and strongly encourage their faculty advisors to mentor and aid these historical explorations in order to promote interest and excellence in library history. I hope we can count on your active support.

Barry W. Seaver, Ph.D., American History Lecturer, Durham Technical Community College

The full description of the Dain Award and the submission process follows and is available at:

Phyllis Dain Library History Dissertation Award

The Library History Round Table of the American Library Association (ALA) sponsors the biennial Phyllis Dain Library History Dissertation Award. The award is offered only in odd-numbered years. The award, named in honor of a library historian widely known as a supportive advisor and mentor as well as a rigorous scholar and thinker, recognizes outstanding dissertations in English in the general area of library history. Five hundred dollars and a certificate are given for a selected dissertation that embodies original research on a significant topic relating to the history of libraries during any period, in any region of the world.

Eligibility and Criteria

Dissertations completed and accepted during the preceding two academic years are eligible. Dissertations from 2012-2013 and 2013-2014 will compete for the 2015 award. Entries are judged on: clear definition of the research questions and/or hypotheses; use of appropriate primary resources; depth of research; superior quality of writing; and significance of the conclusions. The round table is particularly interested in dissertations that place the subject within its broader historical, social, cultural, and political context and make interdisciplinary connections with print culture and information studies.

Submissions and Selection

The award winner will be selected by the Phyllis Dain Dissertation Award Committee appointed by the LHRT vice chair/chair elect. The winner will be announced in a press release on or about June 1st of the award year. A certificate honoring the author will be presented at the Library History Round Table awards ceremony during the American Library Association Annual Conference.

Four copies of the dissertation and a letter of support from the doctoral advisor or from another faculty member at the degree-granting institution are required. Submissions must be received by January 14, 2015.  Receipt will be confirmed within four business days.

Submit manuscripts to:

LHRT: Dain Award Committee
Office for Research and Statistics
American Library Association
50 East Huron St.
Chicago, IL 60611

Fax and e-mail submissions are not acceptable.

Pennsylvania Educational Technology Expo and Conference (PETE&C)

February 9-12, 2014

Hershey, PA

The Pennsylvania Educational Technology Expo and Conference (PETE&C) is a statewide event that provides quality programs focused on technology in the educational field. Each year, hundreds of exhibitors showcase their latest technology products and services to the vast audience of teachers, administrators, technology directors, school board members and more. Monday and Tuesday mornings kick off with keynote speakers that will both educate and inspire you. Throughout the three days, you can attend concurrent sessions, keystone poster sessions and student showcases. There is something for everyone at PETE&C!

Accepting program and preconference proposals.

Proposal submission information can be found at

Deadline for submission is October 13, 2013

International Conference on Information Society (i-Society 2013)

CALL FOR PAPERS ********************************************************************************** International Conference on Information Society (i-Society 2013) 24-26 June, 2013 University of Toronto, Hart House, Toronto, Canada ********************************************************************************* The i-Society is a global knowledge-enriched collaborative effort that has its roots from both academia and industry. The conference covers a wide spectrum of topics that relate to information society, which includes technical and non-technical research areas. The mission of i-Society 2013 conference is to provide opportunities for collaboration of professionals and researchers to share existing and generate new knowledge in the field of information society. The conference encapsulates the concept of interdisciplinary science that studies the societal and technological dimensions of knowledge evolution in digital society. The i-Society bridges the gap between academia and industry with regards to research collaboration and awareness of current development in secure information management in the digital society. The topics in i-Society 2013 include but are not confined to the following areas: *New enabling technologies - Internet technologies - Wireless applications - Mobile Applications - Multimedia Applications - Protocols and Standards - Ubiquitous Computing - Virtual Reality - Human Computer Interaction - Geographic information systems - e-Manufacturing *Intelligent data management - Intelligent Agents - Intelligent Systems - Intelligent Organisations - Content Development - Data Mining - e-Publishing and Digital Libraries - Information Search and Retrieval - Knowledge Management - e-Intelligence - Knowledge networks *Secure Technologies - Internet security - Web services and performance - Secure transactions - Cryptography - Payment systems - Secure Protocols - e-Privacy - e-Trust - e-Risk - Cyber law - Forensics - Information assurance - Mobile social networks - Peer-to-peer social networks - Sensor networks and social sensing *e-Learning - Collaborative Learning - Curriculum Content Design and Development - Delivery Systems and Environments - Educational Systems Design - e-Learning Organisational Issues - Evaluation and Assessment - Virtual Learning Environments and Issues - Web-based Learning Communities - e-Learning Tools - e-Education *e-Society - Global Trends - Social Inclusion - Intellectual Property Rights - Social Infonomics - Computer-Mediated Communication - Social and Organisational Aspects - Globalisation and developmental IT - Social Software *e-Health - Data Security Issues - e-Health Policy and Practice - e-Healthcare Strategies and Provision - Medical Research Ethics - Patient Privacy and Confidentiality - e-Medicine *e-Governance - Democracy and the Citizen - e-Administration - Policy Issues - Virtual Communities *e-Business - Digital Economies - Knowledge economy - eProcurement - National and International Economies - e-Business Ontologies and Models - Digital Goods and Services - e-Commerce Application Fields - e-Commerce Economics - e-Commerce Services - Electronic Service Delivery - e-Marketing - Online Auctions and Technologies - Virtual Organisations - Teleworking - Applied e-Business - Electronic Data Interchange (EDI) *e-Art - Legal Issues - Patents - Enabling technologies and tools *e-Science - Natural sciences in digital society - Biometrics - Bioinformatics - Collaborative research *Industrial developments - Trends in learning - Applied research - Cutting-edge technologies * Research in progress - Ongoing research from undergraduates, graduates/postgraduates and professionals Important Dates: Paper Submission Date: Extended March 10, 2013 Short Paper (Extended Abstract or Work in Progress): Extended March 01, 2013 Notification of Paper Acceptance /Rejection: Extended March 30, 2013 Notification of Short Paper (Extended Abstract/Work in Progress) Acceptance /Rejection: March 20, 2013 Camera Ready Paper and Short Paper Due: Extended April 20, 2013 Workshop/Tutorial Proposal Submission: Extended March 15, 2013 Notification of Workshop/Tutorial Acceptance: Extended March 25, 2013 Special Track Proposal Submission: Extended March 01, 2013 Notification of Special Track Acceptance/Rejection: Extended March 20, 2013 Poster/Demo Proposal Submission: March 31, 2013 Notification of Poster/Demo Acceptance: April 10, 2013 Participant(s) Registration (Open): January 01, 2013 to June 23, 2013 Early Bird Attendee Registration Deadline (Authors and Participants): January 01, 2013 to March 31, 2013 Late Bird Attendee Registration Deadline (Authors only): April 01, 2013 to May 18, 2013 Conference Dates: June 24-26, 2013 For more details, please visit