Linda Hall Library: Apply Now for 2022-23 Fellowships!

The Linda Hall Library is now accepting applications for its 2022-23 fellowship program. These fellowships provide graduate students, postdoctoral researchers, and independent scholars in the history of science and related fields with financial support to explore the Library’s outstanding science and engineering collections. Fellows also participate in a dynamic intellectual community alongside in-house experts and scholars from other Kansas City cultural and educational institutions.

The Linda Hall Library holds nearly half a million monographs and more than 43,000 journal titles documenting the history of science and technology from the 15th century to the present. Its collections are exceptionally strong in the engineering disciplines, chemistry, and physics. The Library also boasts extensive resources related to natural history, astronomy, earth science, environmental studies, aeronautics, life science, infrastructure studies, mathematics, and the history of the book.

The Linda Hall Library is offering three types of fellowships during the 2022-23 academic year:

– Residential fellowships (1-4 months) support scholars who travel to Kansas City to conduct research in the Library’s collections.

– The History of Science and Medicine fellowship (1 month) supports a doctoral student who travels to Kansas City to conduct research at the Linda Hall Library and the Clendening History of Medicine Library at the University of Kansas Medical Center.

– Virtual fellowships (1-4 months) support scholars working remotely using resources from the Library’s digital collections. Virtual fellows receive personalized research assistance from reference staff and may request complimentary scans of Library resources in accordance with our in-house digitization policies.

In each case, fellowship funding is offered at a rate of $3,000 per month for doctoral students and $4,200 per month for postdoctoral researchers. 

The Linda Hall Library is committed to fostering a diverse and inclusive research environment and encourages members of any groups that have traditionally been underrepresented in academia to apply for fellowship support.

Please share this announcement with graduate students, colleagues, or anyone else who might be interested in the Library’s fellowship program. All application materials are due no later than January 21, 2022. For further information, visit https://www.lindahall.org/fellowships/ or e-mail fellowships@lindahall.org.

Redistribution and Reparation in the History of Science: an Open Listening Session

Thursday, November 18, 12-1:15pm CST

Register for this session here and submit a short pre-session survey here.

Where’s the money (and value and recognition)? 

We invite you to join an open listening session on redistributing scholarly resources to support early-career and underrepresented scholars and scholarship. We invite scholars who hold forms of academic capital, and early career and underrepresented scholars, to talk about how historians of science and the History of Society Society (HSS) allocate value and resources. Where is value situated at different stages of the career, and where should it shift? What are scholars’ needs at different stages, places and positions? How can we think about redistribution and reparation in the history of science?

We invite discussion about where resources and value are located, and how they might be reallocated. This session follows on from the HSS Futures and related panels at last year’s virtual HSS. The conveners include two journal editors, two HSS standing committees and two Co-Chairs of an HSS special interest group. Collectively we have small amounts of money, some gatekeeping functions, some control over symbolic value and recognition, and our own labor time for mentoring and support. We are seeking feedback from early career and underrepresented scholars as to how those resources can be re-deployed. More broadly, we welcome a conversation about how resources in the field and the Society might be redirected to support early career and underrepresented scholars and scholarship.

Co-sponsored by the Forum for the History of Human Sciences, Isis, the Journal for the History of the Behavioral Sciences, Graduate and Early Career Caucus and the Committee on Diversity and Inclusion. This meeting is open to all, regardless of Society membership or conference registration status.

Post-Ida Support – More Places to Donate

Hurricane Ida took a disproportionate toll on Indigenous peoples in southern Louisiana. Extreme weather events only exacerbate ongoing existential threats facing some Nations, as their lands are eroded and rendered uninhabitable by climate change and environmental racism. For example, The Isle de Jean Charles Band of Biloxi Chitimacha Choctaw have already faced resettlement, and have created resources for others facing the same. The Grand Caillou/Dulac Band of Biloxi Chitimacha Choctaw report they “lose an average of a football field of land every 100 minutes” even without the effects of Ida. 


Please consider donating to one of the Native nations on whose land we would have met: The federally recognized Chitimacha Sovereign Nation, the Coushatta Tribe of Louisiana, and the Tunica-Biloxi Tribe of Louisiana; the state recognized Grand Caillou/Dulac Band of Biloxi-Chitimacha-Choctaw, the United Houma Nation, the Pointe-au-Chien Indian Tribe, and Isle de Jean Charles Band of Biloxi-Chitimacha-Choctaw, as well as the Atakapa-Ishak Nation.

Apply Now for 2022–2023 Huntington Library Research Fellowships

The Huntington Library will begin accepting Research Fellowship Applications for the 22-23 fellowship year for Long-Term Fellowships, Short-Term Fellowships, and Travel Grants on August 31, 2021, until 12PM Noon PST on November 15, 2021.

Resources

The Huntington is a collections-based research and educational institution, which promotes humanities scholarship on the basis of its library holdings and Art Collections.

The Library holds more than 11 million items that span the 11th to 21st centuries. Its diverse materials center on fourteen intersecting collection strengths.

Support

The Huntington offers fourteen Long-Term Fellowships for nine to twelve months in residence, each with a stipend of $50,000. Although nine of these are open to scholars working on projects in any area where The Huntington’s collections are strong, there are specific awards for the study of Octavia E. Butler (the Butler fellowship), maritime history (The Kemble Fellowship), the history of medicine (The Molina Fellowship) and the history of science (The Dibner Fellowships). Three awards (the Thom Fellowships) are reserved for recent post-doctoral scholars.

Approximately 140 Short-Term Fellowships are available for one to five months in residence and carry monthly stipends of $3,500. They are open to scholars in any field where The Huntington’s collections are strong.

Recipients of all fellowships are expected to be in continuous residence at The Huntington and to participate in, and make a contribution to, its intellectual life.

Six Travel Grants for Study Abroad are available in any of the fields in which The Huntington’s own collections are strong and where the research will be carried out in libraries or archives outside of the United States or Canada, especially those in the UK, continental Europe, or Latin America.

We also offer nine Exchange Fellowships with Corpus Christi, Jesus, Linacre, Lincoln, and New Colleges, Oxford; Trinity Hall, Cambridge; Trinity College Dublin/Marsh’s Library; the University of Durham; and the John Rylands Research Institute and Library at The University of Manchester (funding available starting Aug. 22). The intention is to encourage projects which can be developed both in The Huntington’s collections and in archives across the world.

For details of eligibility and the applications process, see https://www.huntington.org/fellowships.

Application

Applications ae submitted online. It is advisable to begin your online application well before the application deadline. You may revise your application at any time until the deadline. For more information, see Fellowship FAQs or email Fellowships@huntington.org.

Update on Isis submissions and gender during the pandemic

The co-editors of Isis have posted their semiannual report on submissions and editorial decisions organized by gender. It can be viewed here.

After a brief swing towards gender parity in the second half of 2020, submissions by women authors reverted back towards levels seen at the start of the pandemic. It is not yet clear to what extent this is a seasonal effect, or the result of structural inequalities being aggravated by the pandemic.

HSS/SHOT Annual Meeting Regional Hub Grant

The HSS/SHOT joint meeting 18-21 November is an exercise in community. Even though we wish we could see each other in person, it doesn’t mean that local communities can’t get together. 

For some, particularly those in areas with unreliable personal wifi access, we wish to provide the opportunity to receive modest financial support to provide a “hub” for several attendees in one area.

The proposed hub should nominate one person to fill out the application and serve as the point of contact for HSS. This person should, prior to filling out the application, ascertain how many attendees they anticipate inviting to take part in their hub experience, obtain permission from the facility in question, and include funding for both in their proposal. For instance, a university’s dean may want to activate a regional hub and can assume the participation of 12 local attendees (from the same region or country). A potential hub proposal might, for example, request:

  • Wifi support (to boost the wifi capabilities of the host site or university for the weekend in which the conference takes place), and
  • funding for food & beverage over four days.

Base your application on your group’s specific needs. Receipts and a final budget accounting for costs, with receipts, must be submitted upon the conclusion of the conference.

To apply to host a regional hub, your application must meet the following requirements:

  1. You have at your disposal a moderately sized conference venue, such as a university classroom with wifi capabilities and a place to congregate for meals, AND
  2. You as host are a current member of HSS or SHOT in good standing, AND
  3. You are in a part of the world where you can gather safely in small groups without putting others at risk for COVID-19 transmission (we do not want to encourage activities that will endanger the health of our members and attendees).

Please note that each attendee who attends via a virtual hub MUST register individually for the HSS/SHOT Annual Meeting. The hub does not bypass individual registration requirements; it merely provides a means for which those with unreliable wifi at home can join together in person in a regional location, to experience the conference in a small group setting.

NOTE: Awardees (the person hosting the hub) will receive their hub grants before the conference, once they have submitted the appropriate materials below:

  • names of all attendees planned for the hub (all must be registered)  
  • revised (if necessary) budget for how the funds will be used  
  • receipts for catering or wifi arrangements made in advance

AFTER the conference, a revised and updated budget with all receipts (including proof of attendance for participants) will need to be submitted to the HSS Executive Office accounting for the use of all funds.

HSS will accept regional hub proposals until to 5 November 2021. Notifications of acceptance will go out on 10 November. If you have any questions or concerns about grants, please email morgan@hssonline.org.

Apply Today!

HSS Newsletter – October 2021

It is with a mixture of sadness and, dare I say, pride that I am writing this my last introduction to an issue of the HSS Newsletter. Sad because I’ve enjoyed checking in with everyone every quarter, but proud because it’s been a grand two -year run. The October issue is somewhat slimmer than what you’ve perhaps become used to seeing in the past year or two, but there is no lacking in its quality. We begin with a snapshot of our new Executive director, JP’s vision for the society, we welcome a new generation of prize-winning scholars to our fold and hear from an oral historian about his craft. We have news about HSS, including a nice bit about books from our bibliographer, news about our members, and last but not least from the profession at large. Thank you all, it has been a privilege to serve in this capacity.

Read the newsletter.

Download the pdf.

HSS Newsletter Editor

Neeraja Sankaran

HSS 2021 Annual Meeting Moving Online

Dear HSS members,


After extensive deliberations, the HSS Council has decided to move the 2021 Annual Meeting from 18-21 November, entirely online. It has become clear over the last few weeks that we could not deliver the experience of an HSS Annual Meeting and provide an inclusive and safe environment for attendees under the current COVID-19 conditions. 


This was an extremely difficult decision as we all yearn to see each other in person and want to be able to support our partners in New Orleans. This decision came from multiple rounds of discussion by Council, the Committee on Meetings and Programs, the Local Arrangements Committee, and the Program Chairs. The viewpoint was widely held that the uncertainties from COVID and the aftermath of Hurricane Ida made it too difficult to move forward. This is just a detour. We hope to return to New Orleans in the near future. We urge you to consider donating to a local charity to help with the recovery efforts in Southeast Louisiana. A list can be found here.


It is no easy feat to pick up what was designed to be experienced in person and drop it into a completely online format. The program will need some adjustment but was planned to be flexible for this possibility. I want to give my thanks to Christine von Oertzen, Soraya de Chadarevian, John Krige, and Don Opitz for their tireless work to make this meeting possible. Please have patience as we iron out the details to take our meeting online.

For those who have registered for the onsite meeting, your registration will be migrated to an online registration. 


HSS Annual Meetings are community exercises, and hosting this meeting online does not mean a lesser experience. We will use the tools of our platform and the spirit of New Orleans and its people to deliver a social, thoughtful, and intellectually stimulating experience.
I’m personally saddened that I won’t be able to see my friends and colleagues, but I look forward to our 2022 Annual Meeting in Chicago. This bump in the road will only make our Chicago meeting a homecoming like no other. 


Sincerely,

Jan Golinski, HSS President

Register for the 2021 HSS Annual Meeting here.

Hurricane Ida Recovery

New Orleans and other areas in Louisiana were devastated by Hurricane Ida. While power and repairs have begun in some places, many are still waiting, and overall the road to recovery is long. If you are able, please donate.

Catholic Charities (of Houma, LA): https://catholiccharitiesht.org/donate 

Jefferson Parish SPCA: https://www.jeffersonspca.org/donate

United Way: www.unitedwaysela.org/hurricane-ida-relief  

VAYLA: https://vayla-no.org/donate/

HSS Editorial Office Practicum program: Call for Applications

The HSS Editorial Office invites graduate students and early career scholars to apply for our Editorial Practicum program. 

Over the course of an eight-week term of study, attendees will shadow the co-editors of Isis and take part in the life of the journal. This online practicum will involve approximately four hours of scheduled time per week. The curriculum will feature discussion sessions and practical work on manuscript review, mentorship, and editorial craft. Depending on their background, participants may also have the option of preparing a book review for publication.

We anticipate that the Editorial Practicum will appeal to scholars interested in knowing more about the world of academic publishing generally, and in particular the history of science field as represented in Isis. This year’s program will be conducted via Zoom from October 11 to December 17, 2021. There will be one or two meetings per week, with a cohort of up to six participants.

To apply, please send a cover letter, curriculum vitae, and contact information for two references to isisjournal@history.msstate.edu. The deadline for applications is September 24. We will inform applicants of our decision by September 30.