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Call for Nominations for the 2017 MES Book Award
Mar 15 all-day

The Middle East Section is now accepting nominations for its biennial book award. This award is given to an anthropological work (single- or multi-authored, but not edited volumes) that speaks to issues in a way that holds relevance beyond our subfield. Criteria may include: innovative approaches, theoretical sophistication, and topical originality.

Books submitted for the 2017 MES book award must have a publication date of 2015 or 2016.

To nominate a work, please send one copy of the book to each of the three committee members listed below.

All submissions must be received by March 15, 2017.

Send any inquiries to the MES Book Award Chair, Ilana Feldman:

2017 MES Book Award Committee Members:

Ilana Feldman

Anthropology Department

George Washington University

2110 G St. NW

Washington, DC 20052

Amahl Bishara

Radcliffe Institute

8 Garden Street, #219,

Cambridge, MA 02138

Arzoo Osanloo

Law, Societies, and Justice Program

M256 Smith Hall/Campus Box 353565

University of Washington

Seattle, WA 98195-3565

CfP: Africa and Africans in National, Regional and Global Dimensions
Mar 15 all-day

On October 17-20, 2017 in Moscow the Institute for African Studies of the Russian Academy of Sciences, in co-operation with the Research Council for the Problems of African Countries, holds the 14th African Studies Conference titled: “Africa and Africans in National, Regional and Global Dimensions.” The Conference main events will take place on the premises of the Institute for African Studies of the Russian Academy of Sciences. The working languages are Russian and English.

The list of Panel proposals can be found attached or in our website ( The deadline for paper proposals (in the form of abstracts within 300 words in Russian or English) is March 15, 2017. The proposals should be sent directly to the respective panel convener(s) who is (are) to inform the applicant about his (her) application’s fortune by April 1, 2017 – the date by which the panel conveners are to submit their compiled panels to the Organizing Committee.

The Organizing Committee would appreciate your familiarizing the members of your research/teaching unit, as well as all interested colleagues, with the present Announcement.

National Humanities Conference
Mar 15 all-day
The National Humanities Alliance works to promote understanding of and support for the humanities on college campuses and in communities around the country.

The National Humanities Conference, which NHA co-hosts with the Federation of State Humanities Councils, plays a key role in these efforts. This conference brings together scholars and public humanities practitioners to explore how we can achieve broader public impact and increase support for the humanities.

This year’s conference will take place in Boston, November 2nd-5th. The Call for Proposals asks:

  • What role can and do the humanities play in re-envisioning public life?
  • How can collaborations within and beyond the humanities community magnify the public role of the humanities?

The deadline to submit proposals is March 15th. Please contact Beatrice Gurwitz ( with any questions.

We hope you will consider submitting a proposal and joining us in November!

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National Humanities Conference Call for Papers Deadline
Mar 15 all-day

The Call for Proposals for the 2017 National Humanities Conference is now available. The conference, to be held November 2-5, 2017 in Boston, will explore how we can deepen, expand, and re-envision the public role of the humanities.

The National Humanities Conference, co-sponsored by the NHA and the Federation of State Humanities Councils, brings together higher education-based scholars, state humanities councils, and other public facing humanities organizations.

We encourage you to submit proposals and recruit others to do the same.  Please contact Beatrice Gurwitz at with any questions or for support in building sessions.

Indiana University Institute for Advanced Study 2017 Summer Repository Research Fellowship
Mar 20 all-day

The Indiana University Institute for Advanced Study is now accepting applications for its 2017 Summer Repository Research Fellowship. In partnership with repositories on the IU Bloomington campus and supported by the Office of the Vice Provost for Research, the program funds a short-term fellowship for a faculty member or community scholar to conduct in-depth research in the collections of one or more of our partner repositories. Applicants from Minority Serving Institutions, community colleges, and source communities are welcome. Preference will be given to applicants who are collaborating with Indiana University Bloomington faculty members.

This initiative is intended to support research in the rich collections of the IU Bloomington campus and to build partnerships between scholars at and beyond IUB.  The fellowship provides funding for travel costs, accommodation, per diem, and a two-week stipend.  Please note: This fellowship is intended to support research in IU Bloomington’s unique collections; the application should focus on materials that cannot be accessed elsewhere.

More than a dozen partner repositories will be participating in Summer 2017; a full list of these partners is available on the IAS website at Applications are due by March 20, 2017. For application materials and additional information, please visit our website at

Projects focusing on items that can be purchased, borrowed through interlibrary loan, or utilized effectively from a distance via digital surrogates are not within the scope of this program.


Modern Language Association Convention CFP
Mar 20 @ 6:54 pm – 7:54 pm



Association for Documentary Editing Session

Modern Language Association Convention, 4-7 January 2018, NYC

He Said WHAAT??!! Editing Oral Texts for Print Publication

The Association for Documentary Editing invites proposals for a session about editing oral texts for print. We encounter oral texts in interviews, committee meetings, speeches and lectures, legal proceedings, recorded performances, anthropological fieldwork, and the like. What constitutes appropriate representation of these utterances in print?  Should pauses, ungrammatical phrasings, and other features be recorded punctiliously, whether spoken by a politician, an athlete, a preacher, a newscaster, or a story-teller?  How much of an utterance should be included?  Should standards vary according to the kind of publication (e. g. whether it is popular or scholarly)?  Papers might consider the technical problems and/or the judgments required in such editorial situations.

Please submit a 300-word abstract, short CV, and your contact information by 20 March to Carol DeBoer-Langworthy ( or David Vander Meulen ( Inquiries also to either person.

Mellon/ACLS Public Fellows Application Deadline
Mar 22 @ 12:00 am – Jun 6 @ 8:00 pm

In 2017, the seventh annual Mellon/ACLS Fellows program will place up to 22 recent humanities PhDs in two-year positions at the nonprofits and government agencies listed below. Public Fellows will participate in the core work of these partner organizations while benefiting from professional mentoring and other career building opportunities. The fellowship carries a stipend of $67,500 per year, as well as individual health insurance and $3,000 toward professional development activities.

This year’s Public Fellows will take up positions in the fields of program evaluation, digital strategy, political advocacy, public policy, and communications (among many others) and will work on issues such as immigration, affordable housing, civil rights, environmental conservation, Internet and press freedom, and diversity in higher education. The placements are located in New York, Newark, NJ, Boston, Washington, New Orleans, Chicago, Minneapolis and St. Paul, Denver, Los Angeles, San Francisco, and Seattle.

The 2017 hosting organizations and positions are:

  1. Association of American Colleges & Universities – Associate Director for Diversity, Equity, and Student Success
  2. Association of College & Research Libraries – Program Manager
  3. Boston Housing Authority – Program Analyst
  4. Brooklyn Academy of Music – Program Analyst, Education and Community Engagement
  5. Community Partners – Program Evaluator
  6. The Feminist Press – Development Manager
  7. The Field Museum – Public Engagement Manager, Diversity and Inclusion
  8. Free Press – Campaign Organizer
  9. Humanities Action Lab – Program Manager
  10. International Student Exchange Programs – Student Success Officer
  11. Minneapolis Institute of Art – Content Analyst
  12. The Moth – Marketing Manager
  13. National Conference of State Legislatures – Legislative Policy Specialist
  14. National Women’s Law Center – Policy Analyst
  15. Natural Resources Defense Council – International Campaign Advocate
  16. New America – Editor
  17. NYC Mayor’s Office of Immigrant Affairs – Policy Analyst
  18. The Public Theater – Strategic Communications Manager
  19. Seattle Office of Arts & Culture – Impact and Assessment Manager
  20. Twin Cities PBS – Strategic Impact Analyst
  21. Vera Institute of Justice – Senior Program Associate
  22. Yerba Buena Center for the Arts – Community Organizing Manager

Applicants to the Public Fellows program must possess US citizenship or permanent resident status and have a PhD in the humanities or humanistic social sciences conferred between September 1, 2013 and June 18, 2017. Applicants must have defended and deposited their dissertations no later than April 6, 2017.

Further information about the application process and this year’s positions is available at  All applications must be submitted through ACLS’s online application system ( by 8 pm EDT on March 22, 2017.

I have attached a program flyer, which I hope you will share with your communities. If I can provide you with any additional information or materials, please let me know. Questions about the program may be addressed to me or to

Luce/ACLS Program in Religion, Journalism & International Affairs: Grants for Universities
Mar 23 all-day

Luce/ACLS Program in Religion, Journalism & International Affairs: Grants for Universities

The American Council of Learned Societies (ACLS) invites proposals for grants to be funded by the Luce/ACLS Program in Religion, Journalism & International Affairs (RJIA). In 2017, ACLS will make three grants of up to $60,000 each to promote interdisciplinary collaboration at US-based institutions of higher education with existing strengths in the study of religion (in any humanistic or social science field) and journalism and communications. RJIA is made possible by a grant from The Henry Luce Foundation.

The program features two interrelated components: a grant program for universities, and a fellowship program for humanities and social science scholars pursuing research on any aspect of religion in international contexts. ACLS will promote interaction between grantees and fellows by facilitating research residencies at grantee institutions and by funding program-wide symposia that will bring together fellows, key contacts at grantee institutions, and journalists who report on international affairs.

The RFP, which includes information about the terms of the grants and the application process, can be found at

Questions about the program may be submitted to, and the application deadline is March 23, 2017.

For more information about ACLS, visit More information about the Henry R. Luce Initiative on Religion in International Affairs, which sponsors this program, is available at

Conference on Winter Festivals and Traditions @ Institute of Social and Cultural Anthropology at Oxford University
Mar 25 all-day

The Institute of Social and Cultural Anthropology (ISCA) at Oxford University will be hosting a one-day conference on Saturday 25 March 2017. The conference will focus on “Winter Festivals and Traditions” as part of a larger research discussion on ritual, religion and secularism in modern-day Europe.

The objective of this conference is to bring together various disciplines and departments to reconsider how folklore can be interpreted in order to understand the reasoning behind modern traditions in society. Our guest speaker, Dr Cesare Poppi, PhD (Cantab) of la Scuola Universitaria Professionale della Svizzera Italiana (SUPSI), will contribute to an invigorating discussion based on his extensive research on masked rituals and traditions in South Tyrol and Trentino, Italy and North-western Ghana.

Picturing Milwaukee : Sherman Park @ University of Milwaukee-Wisconsin
Mar 27 all-day

Summer 2017 Buildings-Landscapes-Cultures Field School

Buildings-Landscapes-Cultures, School of Architecture and Urban Planning, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee

Class Dates: June 26 – August 5, 2017; Final exhibit: August 18, 2017

Preparatory Workshop (attendance required), June 23. 2014, 10:00 AM – 4:00 PM. School of Architecture and Urban Planning, UWM

This summer course provides students with an immersion experience in the field recording of the built environment and cultural landscapes and an opportunity to learn how to write history literally “from the ground up.”  The 2017 field school focuses on Sherman Park, a racially, economically and culturally diverse neighborhood known for its artist communities and active neighborhood groups. This summer we will study residential building types in this neighborhood—everyday residences, duplex and four squares, single- and multi-family units, boarded up homes, refabricated and reused homes, homes transformed into stores and workplaces, homes as works of art, homes remembered in family histories and homes in domestic worlds.

This project seeks to employ the enduring creativity of storytelling, the power of digital humanities, and depth of local knowledge to galvanize Milwaukee residents to talk about their homes as repositories of community memory, spaces of caring and markers of civic pride. Students will learn how to “read” buildings within their urban material, social, ecological and cultural contexts, create reports on historic buildings and cultural landscapes and produce multimedia documentaries.

The five-week course calendar covers a broad array of academic skills. Workshops during Week 1 will focus on photography, measured drawings, documentation and technical drawings; no prior experience is necessary. Week 2 will include archival and historical research focusing on the study of the built environment. Week 3 schedule includes workshops on oral history interviewing and digital ethnography. Week 4 is centered on mapping and archival research. Week 5 and 6 will be devoted to producing final reports and multi-media documentaries.

You may participate in this field school free as a community intern. However if you want university credits you will need to sign up for summer school classes at

We will be accepting a maximum of 15 students.  You may take a maximum of 6 credits.  Choose from the list below.

ARCH 190 Special Topics: Buildings-Landscapes-Cultures Field School.  –3 cr.

ARCH 534 Field Study. –3 cr.

ARCH 550: Building Types & Settings (Seminar)

ARCH 551: American Vernacular Arch

ARCH 553: Vernacular Buildings/Groupings

ARCH 561 Measured Drawing for Architects. –3 cr.

ARCH 562 Preservation Technology Laboratory. –3 cr.

ARCH 391/791 Independent Studies for Undergraduate/Graduate Students (Directed Research). –3 cr.

Nationally recognized faculty directing portions of this school include Jeffrey E. Klee, Colonial Williamsburg Foundation, Anna Andrzejewski, Associate Professor of Art History, University of Wisconsin-Madison, Michael H. Frisch, Professor and Senior Research Scholar, University at Buffalo, Guha Shankar, Folklife Specialist at the American Folklife Center, Library of Congress, Washington, D.C., and Arijit Sen, Associate Professor of Architecture, University of Wisconsin Milwaukee.

Documentary equipment, and supplies, will be provided, but students must be able to fund their own travel, meals and modest lodging accommodations (if they are from out of town). For more information please contact Prof. Arijit Sen at