1/8/2020 – CFP: Collaborative Quarantine: Critical Essays on Co-created Literature and Art of the American Pandemic

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15/05/2020. Call for papers: “Pandemic, Crisis, and Modern Studies: The Intersection of Your Research with the Pandemic/Crisis. A Twitter Conference

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08/05/2020 – Call for papers BrANCH conference

What, when & where

Call for Papers Annual BrANCH Conference

Madingley Hall, Cambridge, 9-11 October 2020

BrANCH 2020 and COVID-19

BrANCH is assuming, or at least very much hoping, that the current Covid-19 pandemic will be over by October 2020 and, with it, the travel restrictions between the US and the UK (and indeed anywhere else) will be lifted. So we encourage you to submit your panel and paper proposals as normal by the original Call for Papers deadline of Friday 8th May. We will continue to monitor the situation, and will make a decision on how best to manage registration, which would not normally open until June in any event. We can assure you that if we have to cancel BrANCH2020, a full refund for conference fees will be given. We cannot cover travel costs and/or losses, however, so we advise later than usual booking, perhaps, to ensure confidence that you can fly. The BrANCH Conference Secretary, Liz Barnes, has ensured that she has the dates to cancel by firmly in her diary, so we will let you know promptly (by the end of August, if not earlier) if there is any risk of BrANCH2020 at Madingley not going ahead. Please all take care in this current crisis.


Deadline & how to apply

The BrANCH committee is pleased to invite proposals for our 27th annual conference, to be held at Madingley Hall, Cambridge, 9-11 October 2020.

The Parish Lecturer for 2020, we are delighted to announce, is Professor Adam Smith, author of The Stormy Present: Conservatism and the Problem of Slavery in Northern Politics, 1846-1865 (UNC Press 2017) and No Party Now: Politics in the Civil War North (OUP 2006).

The BrANCH Keynote for 2020, we are equally delighted to announce, is Professor Elaine Frantz, author of Ku-Klux: The Birth of the Klan during Reconstruction (UNC Press 2016) and Manhood Lost: Drunken Men and Redeeming Women in the Nineteenth-Century United States (John Hopkins University Press 2003).

The BrANCH Committee would like to invite both panels and individual papers on all aspects of U.S. history from the period 1789 to 1917. We particularly encourage panels that open new lines of communication between established thematic specialties as well as individual papers that cut across traditional categories of historical inquiry in imaginative and innovative ways. Sponsored panels and postgraduate contributions are especially welcome.

In line with BrANCH’s diversity initiative, proposals for single-gender panels are unlikely to be accepted. Sponsored panels and postgraduate contributions are especially welcome. Due to limitations of space on the programme we are also unlikely to accept paper proposals from those who presented at our last two conferences (Edinburgh, 2019 and Missouri, 2020); this does not prevent them from chairing a panel however.

Other info, Links & conditions

Subsidies for UK-based postgraduate participants are available for those not in receipt of support from their home institutions. These will be offered on a first come first served basis.

We are pleased to introduce a childcare/carers bursary for postgraduates and ECRs with caring responsibilities. Full details to follow on our website.

Please send a brief CV and a summary of the proposed paper or panel (no more than 3 speakers per panel and 300 words per paper, please) by Friday 8th May 2020 to the Conference Secretary at: branchconference2020@gmail.com.

Please note that all programme participants will be expected either to be members or register as BrANCH members before the conference.

Further information on membership can be found here, and please see our Twitter feed (@Branch19th) for regular updates, or you can email the Chair, susan-mary.grant@ncl.ac.uk.


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EAAS Postgraduate Travel grant + Warsaw conference grant


EAAS and the EAAS 2020 Warsaw conference organizers have established a fund to support broad participation at the Warsaw conference by offering a number of small conference travel grants. The eligibility for these grants will be restricted to early career scholars and/or scholars from countries with a nominal GDP of less than 30,000 USD per capita (according to the most recent IMF list). Please review the following points before applying:
•applications must be submitted electronically to EAAS Vice-‐President, Professor Zuzanna Ladyga (z.ladyga@uw.edu.pl; vice‐president@eaas.eu), by March 15, 2020;
•applicants can apply for a maximum of 200 EUR, to cover travel and/or accommodation and/or meals;
•applications presenting a brief budget covering the planned attendance(travel, meals, accommodation), and indicating other anticipated sources of support to attend the conference, should only be made after receiving confirmation of acceptance onto the conference program;
•applicants should indicate whether they are full-‐time or part-‐time post-‐graduate students, how their degree studies are funded, and whether they are in academic employment;
•successful applicants will be notified by March 20, 2020 and should then promptly confirm their attendance;
•successful applicants should submit a personal receipt outlining the expenses covered by the grant to EAAS Treasurer, Professor Adina Ciugureanu (treasurer@eaas.eu),within two months of the conference travel (by June 30, 2020).


The deadline for receipt of this application is 28March 2020. All documents need to be submitted electronically to Prof. ZuzannaLadyga at vice-president@eaas.euand cc-ed to z.ladyga@uw.edu.pl. See the PDF attached.

10/01/2020. Call for papers “United States / Disunited States”

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15/01/2020 – Terra foundation grants for American Art research

What, when & where

Terra Foundation for American Art Research Travel Grants. 

The Research Travel Grants will be awarded annually, providing support to doctoral, postdoctoral, and senior scholars from both the US and outside the US for research topics dedicated to the art and visual culture of the United States prior to 1980. 

“We are excited to expand our partnership with the Terra Foundation to provide continued support for scholars of American art,” said David Raizman, interim executive director of CAA. “Research funding for domestic and international scholars is essential to the vitality of the field, and these generous grants from the Terra Foundation will facilitate the advancement of their work. The inclusion of international scholars for these grants is especially gratifying, as it promotes new perspectives and engages the wider scholarly community.” 

The grants foster firsthand engagement with American artworks and art-historical resources; build networks for non-US-based scholars studying American art; and expand access to artworks, scholarly materials, and communities for US-based scholars studying American art in an international context. 


Awards of up to $9,000 will be granted on a per project basis by a jury formed by CAA. The first awards will be announced in March of 2020. 

Deadline & how to apply

The deadline for application materials is January 15.

All application materials (including letters of recommendation) must be submitted in English.  

Application components: 

  • Applicant information
  • A copy or scan of a government-issued picture ID (driver’s license, passport, etc.)
  • Two letters of recommendation (for doctoral students, one letter should be from their dissertation advisor or professor)
  • A project proposal which includes:
    • An overview of the research project, outlining which part of the research is expected to be accomplished during the travel period 
    • An explanation for why the research requires study in the US/outside of the US, highlighting the archives or other resources to be consulted 
    • An explanation for the need of the grant to complete the project successfully 
    • A summary of the anticipated outcomes of the travel period 
    • A detailed description of the proposed itinerary with destinations and travel dates 
  • An itemized travel budget 
  • A curriculum vitae

Eligibility Criteria

Projects eligible for consideration meet the following criteria: 

  • Research topics are dedicated to the art and visual culture of the United States prior to 1980 (i.e. visual art dating from c. 1500 to 1980, made by artists from what is now the geographic area of the United States).
  • All visual art categories are eligible except architecture and commercial film/animation. Projects should place objects and practices in an art-historical perspective. 
  • For projects with transnational or transcultural content, eligibility will be determined on the significance of the topic for US art history.

Eligible candidates include: 

  • For research travel grants to the US: doctoral students, postdoctoral scholars (having completed their degrees within the last 5 years), and senior scholars enrolled in or working at universities located outside the US or independent scholars with a PhD residing outside of the US.
  • For International research travel grants for US-based Scholars: doctoral students, postdoctoral scholars (having completed their degrees within the last 5 years), and senior scholars enrolled in or working at universities located in the US or independent scholars with a PhD residing in the US.

Note: Candidates that are not based in the country of their institutional affiliation should provide further clarifications on their funding needs. 

Unsuccessful candidates may reapply annually as desired. Recipients may not reapply for the same project in subsequent years; however, they may submit a new application for a substantially different project once every four years. 

Doctoral candidates who have applied for and received both research travel grants grants and TFAA-funded Immersion Semesters (administered by the Courtauld Insitute of Art, Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin, Université Paris Diderot, and Université Paris Nanterre) may only participate in one of the programs within a 12-month period. If an applicant is selected for multiple programs, they must select only one in which to participate. 

Questions? Please contact Cali Buckley, Grants and Special Programs Manager, at cbuckley@collegeart.org.

Information about Funding

Up to 25 grants are awarded annually as follows:

  • Up to $6,000 per grant for doctoral students from Europe, Canada, Australia, and New Zealand; 
  • Up to $7,000 per grant for doctoral students from Asia, Africa, and Latin America; 
  • Up to $9,000 per grant for all postdoctoral and senior scholars. 

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The Terra Foundation for American Art is dedicated to fostering exploration, understanding, and enjoyment of the visual arts of the United States for national and international audiences. Recognizing the importance of experiencing original works of art, the foundation provides opportunities for interaction and study, beginning with the presentation and growth of its own art collection in Chicago. To further cross-cultural dialogue on American art, the foundation supports and collaborates on innovative exhibitions, research, and educational programs. Implicit in such activities is the belief that art has the potential to both distinguish cultures and unite them. 

CAA’s administration of the Terra Foundation for American Art Research Travel Grants continues a long history at CAA of supporting travel and scholarship for professionals and students in the visual arts and design. Other grants offered by CAA include the Professional Development Fellowships for Graduate Students, the Terra Foundation for American Art International Publication Grant, the Wyeth Foundation for American Art Publication Grant, the Millard Meiss Publication Fund, the CAA Getty International Program, Travel Grants to the CAA Annual Conference, and introduced last year, the Art History Fund for Travel to Special Exhibitions. 

Now administered and juried by CAA, the Terra Foundation initiated this grant program in 2003 to fund European candidates. It was expanded to reach candidates worldwide in 2012 and opened to US-based researchers in 2017 to travel abroad, developing American art scholar networks around the world with a total of 173 grantees since its inception. 


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30/11/19 – call for papers “It was 50 years ago. An Academic Tribute to The Beatles”

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