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  • Friday, October 29, 2021 11:30 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Call for Papers: Indigenous Borderlands in North America
    Nov. 3-4, 2022  University of New Mexico

    Scholars of borderlands have made important contributions to our understanding of contingent identities and encounters, the historical roles of local actors, and the ambiguous nature of power in North America. In recent years, scholarship on Indigenous sovereignty, kinship, and relationality has fostered new conversations about Native territoriality, place-making, and ways of belonging. Indigenous ideas of place and community are reframing how we understand histories of border spaces, boundaries, crossings, and border towns in North America. Together, scholars and Indigenous communities are making important interventions from the intersections of Indigenous histories, epistemologies, and politics in historical and contemporary borderlands in North America.

    This symposium invites paper submissions to develop new borderland and border-crossing approaches that center Indigenous peoples, homelands, political concerns, and related dynamics--temporally and spatially expanding borderlands frameworks. We particularly encourage papers that approach borderlands around a broad array of themes including (but not limited to):

    • Migrants and mobilities, including Indigenous peoples as migrants, exiles, and refugees engaged in expansion, relocation, and diasporas.
    • Kinship and intimacy, including issues related to gender, identity, families, and other-than-human relatives.
    • Shared and contested spaces, including networks and entangled spaces, protected spaces of nature (parks, national forests, marine sanctuaries), and environmental concerns (toxicity, petrochemical development, climate change).
    • Sovereignty and self-determination, including spaces of plural or nested sovereignties, political and spatial boundaries, jurisdictional issues, and political organizing.
    • Violence, unfreedom, and resistance, including border town violence, slavery, and the carceral state.
    • Frameworks and language that move beyond the settler-Indigenous binary to include Black, Asian, Asian American, Latinx, Pacific Islander peoples, and various other communities in the borderlands.

    We are particularly eager for proposals from tribal nations and Indigenous organizations or scholars working with Indigenous communities. We are also open to non-traditional proposals and formats that encourage us to think critically about Indigenous borderlands.

    We plan for this conference to be the first iteration of a set of symposia around the topic of Indigenous borderlands. These will include workshop experiences for the presenters and will result in an edited volume or special issue of a journal. Additional outcomes tied to the needs of Indigenous communities and Native nations will also be pursued.

    Paper abstracts of around 350 words and a two-page CV or resume (one per participant) should be submitted by November 10, 2021, to cntrsw@unm.edu. Abstracts will be reviewed and all participants notified by November 30, 2021. Accepted papers of 7,000-10,000 words should be submitted in early October 2022 and will be distributed in advance to symposium participants. They will be presented and workshopped at a scholarly colloquium at the University of New Mexico on November 3-4, 2022. Limited travel and accommodation support will be available.

    Symposium Coordinating Committee
    • Rani-Henrik Andersson, Department of Cultures, University of Helsinki
    • Boyd Cothran, History Department, York University
    • Elizabeth Ellis (Peoria Tribe of Indians of Oklahoma), History Department, New York University
    • Nakia D. Parker, History Department, Michigan State University
    • Joshua L. Reid (Snohomish Tribe of Indians), History and American Indians Studies Departments, Director of the Center for the Study of the Pacific Northwest, University of Washington
    • Samuel Truett, History Department, Director of the Center for the Southwest, University of New Mexico

  • Wednesday, October 27, 2021 7:00 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Please read below for the message from University of Washington History Department chair Glennys Young regarding the passing of Linda Nash: 

    "It is with deep sadness and a heavy heart that I write to let you know that our colleague Linda Nash passed away early Sunday morning [October 17, 2021]. Our caring thoughts and deepest sympathy are with her husband, Jim Hanford, their children Helen and Peter, and the rest of their family. We mourn her passing.

    Linda was a brilliant historian, an outstanding teacher, and a generous colleague. She earned her Ph.D. in History in 2000 from our Department, and worked with Richard White, John Findlay, and other members of our DepartmentShe also held a B.S. in Civil Engineering and an MS in Energy and Resources.

    Her prize-winning book, Inescapable Ecologies: A History of Environment, Disease and Knowledge, was published by the University of California Press in 2007. It was awarded the the American Historical Association's John H. Dunning Prize, the American Historical Association-Pacific Coast Branch Book Prize, and the Western Association of Women Historian's Serra-Keller Prize. She also wrote prize-winning articles.

    The book project she had been working on is, as Linda put it, is "The Materials of Empire: American Engineers in the West and Afghanistan’s Helmand Valley," under contract to Oxford University Press. This book tells an environmental and postcolonial history of development,” connecting the US’s approach to the postwar world to the nation’s settler colonial history in the American West, by demonstrating how the United States’ materially intensive approach to appropriating the dry landscapes of the trans-Mississippi West in the nineteenth- and early twentieth centuries shaped American responses to dry regions across the world for several decades. Through a transnational study of two large American engineering projects, one domestic (the Columbia Basin Project in Washington State) and one foreign (the Helmand Valley Project in Afghanistan), The Materials of Empire emphasizes the centrality of natural environments and material flows to all aspects of modern life both within and beyond the borders of the US."

    Her article, “The Nature of ‘Know-How’: American Engineers in Afghanistan’s Helmand Valley,” is forthcoming in Transplanting Modernity? New Histories of Poverty, Development, & Environments, ed. Thomas Robertson and Jenny Leigh Smith, Pittsburgh: University of Pittsburgh Press.

    Linda's teaching of US Environmental History was legendary, and inspired her students, who included department colleagues who audited her courses. She was also an exceptionally generous departmental citizen.

    It is my hope that we will soon be able to come together to remember and honor Linda's career, and life."   

    With deepest sympathy,

    Glennys Young
    Chair, Department of History
    Professor of International Studies
    University of Washington

  • Tuesday, October 19, 2021 9:00 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    The Natural History Museums of Los Angeles County (NHMLAC) seeks a Curator (Assistant or Associate level) of the American West to build a program largely focused on, but not exclusive to, the William S. Hart ranch and collection (Hart Museum).  The program will encompass the oversight and interpretation of the collections, scholarly research on the collections and their historical context, and development of content—in collaboration with Southern California’s multi-cultural communities—for a variety of public programs. 

    NHMLAC’s Hart Museum is a Spanish Colonial Revival mansion located in Newhall, a suburb of Los Angeles and home to the Fernandeño Tataviam Band of Mission Indians.  The Hart Museum offers free year-round programming and tours to approximately 34,000 annual visitors and school groups. It is the former home of silent movie star William S. Hart (1864-1946), which he bequeathed to the County of Los Angeles for the purpose of creating a museum, and features a large collection of objects, works of art, photographs and documents, and furniture and memorabilia from his career as a star of early westerns. The Hart collection is complemented by more than 2,000,000 historical and anthropological objects and documents, with a focus on Southern California and spanning 13,000 years of human occupation, under the purview of NHMLAC’s History and Anthropology Departments. 

    The current presentation of the Hart Museum focuses on an interpretation of Hart’s legacy that is not reflective of the ways in which his films misrepresented the American West’s multi-cultural past, embraced the narrative of Manifest Destiny, and did not fully engage communities whose cultural resources are a part of the Hart collection. However, decolonizing the narrative of the Hart Museum is beginning, through existing research and outreach focused on the history of Southern California and the strengthening of existing relationships with local organizations and communities. The Curator (a position within NHMLAC’s History Department) is expected to work with these communities in uplifting their stories through a reinterpretation of the complex history of the American West and its intersections with William S. Hart and early Hollywood films. The successful candidate will be paramount for the transformation of the Hart Museum into a gathering space of public conversations, critical research, timely exhibitions, and inclusive public programs focused on the unheard voices of the communities marginalized by a narrative of the American West that too often has ignored its cultural diversity. The Curator will join a community of NHMLAC’s scholars and experts on the cultural and natural history of Southern California. 

    The successful candidate will have a record of outstanding research, excellent communication skills, and a demonstrated ability to engage the public and stakeholders; experience with the care, digitization, management, and operation of cultural collections is highly desirable. A Ph.D. and a strong track record of scholarly publications focusing on the American West are required. The Curator will be expected to build an active and publicly appealing research program, to oversee the management of the Hart collection including efforts for expanding accessibility through digitization, and to supervise staff and volunteers. Additionally, the successful candidate is expected to develop working relationships with local universities and cultural organizations, mentor interns and students, strengthen NHMLAC’s presence in key community and governmental networks, and maintain and sustain research through competitive grants and/or other funding from external sources. The Curator will be expected to participate actively in a broad range of museum activities, including exhibits, education, community-based programs, educator and volunteer training, public communications, media interactions, and fundraising activities. The Curator must have the vision and capability to build a scholarly program that can be integrated with NHMLAC’s ongoing efforts to understand regional history through the voices of Los Angeles’ multicultural communities, and to shape the collections and research in ways that activate their multi-cultural and public appeal. 

    NHMLAC values and endeavors to support diversity, equity, inclusion, and access within its organization and communities. Candidates who identify as Black, Indigenous, or a Person of Color (BIPOC), neurodiverse, a woman, a person with a disability, a veteran, and/or a part of the LGBTQAI+ community are welcome and encouraged to apply. This is a full-time position with a salary and title commensurate with experience. 

    Application deadline is December 15th, 2021Applicants should send a cover letter, vision statement, curriculum vitae, and contact information of at least three professional references as a single PDF documentNHMLAC is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

    To apply: https://bit.ly/3ARVskS

  • Tuesday, October 19, 2021 8:00 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    The Department of History at the Université de Montréal invites applications for the full-time, tenure-track position of Assistant Professor in United States History. 

    Requirements:

    • Ph. D in History (by the time of job commencement). All research areas (from the colonial period to the present) of interest to the Department of History and International Studies Program will be considered.
    • Excellent publication and research record in American history.
    • Demonstrated ability to provide high quality university teaching
    • An adequate knowledge of the French written and spoken language or a strong commitment to mastering the proficiency level required, in accordance to Université de Montréal’s Language PolicyAn institutional learning support program is offered to all professors wishing to learn French or improve their communication skills.

    Required Materials:

    • cover letterApplication must include in the cover letter one of the following statements: “I am a citizen/ permanent resident of Canada.” or “I am not a citizen or permanent resident of Canada.”
    • curriculum vitae;
    • Recent publications or research papers;
    • Your teaching philosophy (maximum one page);
    • presentation of your research program (maximum two pages);
    • Three letters of recommendation are also to be sent directly to the department chair by the referees.

    Application Deadline: November 15, 2021

    For the complete English job posting: https://bit.ly/3lQ5gY3

    For the complete French job posting: https://bit.ly/3n95GZj

  • Tuesday, October 19, 2021 7:00 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    The Department of Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies at the University of Kansas seeks an Assistant Professor of Trans and/or Queer Cultural Studies for Fall 2022. This position is a full-time, tenure-track, academic-year (9-month) appointment. The successful candidate must have research and teaching expertise in trans and/or queer cultural studies and/or theory.  Applications from all trans/queer cultural studies scholars are invited with a particular interest in areas of queer of color critique, transnational, global South, or post-colonial analysis. A Ph.D. in Women, Gender and Sexuality Studies, or equivalent is highly preferred. A Ph.D. in a related field plus graduate work in WGSS or similar will also be considered.

    The Department of Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies at the University of Kansas, born out of student protests in 1972, is among the oldest in the country. It remains a center for thought and action on critical issues of gender and sexuality on campus with five undergraduate programs (two majors, two minors, and a certificate), a Master’s program, a graduate certificate, and is one of only twenty-six departments globally to offer a Ph.D. in WGSS. The department’s core faculty has more than doubled in number in the last decade. An interdisciplinary group of scholars, WGSS core faculty span the humanities and social sciences and focus on both the past and the contemporary world. 

    The University of Kansas actively encourages application from members of under-represented groups. The University of Kansas values candidates who have experience working with students from diverse backgrounds and possess a strong commitment to improving access to higher education for historically marginalized peoples. We are committed to fostering an inclusive and supportive educational environment for all students, faculty, and staff. The successful candidate will have experience with diversity, equity, and inclusion in higher education.

    The University of Kansas is located in the beautiful, historic, and culturally vibrant city of Lawrence, a thriving community 40 minutes from the Kansas City metropolitan area and 30 minutes from the state capital, Topeka. Lawrence, a progressive college town of 95,000, boasts a lively downtown with many music venues, award-winning restaurants, and a nationally celebrated independent bookstore among its many independently owned small businesses. The College of Liberal Arts and Sciences is the largest school within the campus and plays a central role within the University. Founded in 1865, KU is a designated Carnegie comprehensive doctoral and research university and is one of only 34 public members of the prestigious Association of American Universities (AAU). The University enrolls more than 28,000 students and offers students and faculty opportunities to collaborate in its graduate and professional programs, which include education, public health, medicine, law, and a number of allied social science and humanities disciplines. 

    The successful applicant must have appropriate authorization to work in the U.S. before employment begins.

    Required Qualifications:

    • Ph.D. in WGSS (or equivalent) OR a Ph.D. in a related field plus graduate work in WGSS or similar field is expected by the start date of appointment.
    • Academic specialization in trans/queer cultural studies.
    • Demonstrated commitment to excellence in research as evidenced by graduate coursework, dissertation research, publications, and/or externally funded research grants.
    • Demonstrated ability to teach effectively at undergraduate and graduate levels. 

    Application Details:

    For a complete announcement and to apply online, go to https://employment.ku.edu/academic/20430BR.  Applicants should submit the following items: (a) a letter of interest detailing graduate training in WGSS, research trajectory, teaching experience, and dedication to DEI work (b) full curriculum vitae, (c) research statement, and (d) contact information for three academic references. A writing sample and letters of reference will be requested of short-listed applicants.

    In addition to the above, learning about each applicant's contribution and engagement in areas of diversity and inclusion is an important part of KU's mission. As a result, applicants will be presented the following question at the time of application. Each response must be within 4,000 characters or less.

    Describe your experiences working with people from diverse backgrounds, and explain how those experiences reflect your commitments to diversity, equity, inclusion and belonging (DEIB). 

    Completed applications must be received no later than November 15, 2021 to be considered. Questions may be sent to the search committee chair, Associate Professor Katie Batza at batza@ku.edu.

  • Wednesday, September 22, 2021 11:30 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Assistant/Associate/Full Professor - Cluster Hire in Latinxs and Democracy - University of California, Berkeley

    Position titles:

    • Assistant Professor of Sociology, Political Science, Public Health, Social Welfare, and/or Demography

    • Associate or Full Professor of Chicana/o and Latina/o Studies

    Anticipated start: July 1, 2022

    APPLICATION WINDOW

    Open July 14th, 2021 through Thursday, Sep 30, 2021 at 11:59pm (Pacific Time)

    POSITION DESCRIPTION

    The University of California, Berkeley seeks applicants for four tenure track (Assistant Professor) positions and one tenured (Associate or Full Professor) position in the area of “Latinxs and Democracy.” Successful junior candidates will be invited to join one or more of the following units: College of Letters and Science (Departments of Sociology, Demography, and Political Science), School of Social Welfare, and School of Public Health. The senior, tenured position will be in the Chicana/o and Latina/o Studies Program in the Department of Ethnic Studies (College of Letters and Science).

    The Latinxs and Democracy Cluster initiative brings together units in the social sciences and professional schools to address the US-centered Latinx experience within three overarching themes: migration and citizenship, civic and political participation, and social inclusion and wellbeing. These themes speak to central concepts in the imagining and practicing of democracy because at their core they tell us about how the state distribution of political power, through policy and practice, affects a myriad of social issues, from racial inequality to health disparities. Junior candidates for the Sociology, Political Science, Demography, and Public Health positions will be expected to be able to research and teach about the US Latinx experience (i.e. Latinx Politics, Latinx Health, Latinx Communities). Applicants at the non-tenured level should select up to two unit(s) they wish to be considered by. Should applicants at the non-tenured level wish to be considered for a joint appointment with Demography, they should select that as an additional, joint-appointment choice. Senior candidates for the Chicana/o and Latina/o Studies Program search will be considered at the Associate and Full Professor levels.

    Public Health: Berkeley Public Health will recruit an assistant professor focused on examining the impact of public policies on the health of U.S. Latinx populations. Health policy researchers come from diverse social science backgrounds, including public policy, health policy, epidemiology, and health services research, as well as economics, sociology, demography, and political science.

    Political Science: The Department of Political Science will recruit an assistant professor with a research focus on the dynamics of Latinx politics in the United States, broadly understood. This could include a focus on political participation and behavior, representation and policy responsiveness, political institutions, and/or changes in political coalitions. Although the U.S. should be a core focus, comparative approaches/perspectives are welcome. In addition to an active research agenda in this field, qualified candidates will be expected to teach courses in Latinx politics.

    Social Welfare: The School of Social Welfare seeks an assistant professor committed to multi-level practice in areas such as Latinx civic and political engagement, public policy and institutions, immigration, and the social problems associated with, but not limited to, families and the feminization of poverty. An MSW is preferred and/or community-facing translational scholarly research attuned to professional practice.

    Sociology: The Department of Sociology will recruit an assistant professor with a research focus on Latinx immigration and/or Latinx communities in the United States. This could include attention to racialization processes, immigration patterns and Latinx demography, civic and political participation, and Latinx social mobility. While the US Latinx experience should be a main focus, candidates who employ a transnational/transborder lens are also welcome to apply.

    Demography: The Department of Demography seeks a dual-appointed assistant professor that will be shared with any of the departments/schools listed above.

    Chicana/o and Latina/o Studies: The Chicana/o and Latina/o Studies Program in the Department of Ethnic Studies seeks a tenured (Associate or Full) professor in the Social Sciences whose dynamic research agenda focuses on the US Latinx experience. This can include a focus on US Latino communities, immigration, political participation, demography, and racialization experiences in any historical or contemporary time period. The scholar should have an established record in Latinx Studies and the Social Sciences, and will be expected to lead the new Latinxs and Democracy Cluster along with affiliated senior faculty. Qualified candidates will have a history of excellent research, teaching, and mentorship and will be expected to teach relevant social science methods courses within the program.

    School of Social Welfarehttps://socialwelfare.berkeley.edu/home

    School of Public Healthhttps://publichealth.berkeley.edu/

    Department of Political Sciencehttps://polisci.berkeley.edu/

    Department of Sociologyhttps://sociology.berkeley.edu/

    Chicana/o and Latina/o Studies Programhttps://ethnicstudies.berkeley.edu/areas-of-study/area/chicano-latino-studies/

    Department of Demographyhttps://www.site.demog.berkeley.edu/

    QUALIFICATIONS

    Basic qualifications (required at time of application)

    J.D., Ph.D., M.D., (or equivalent international degree), or enrolled in J.D., Ph.D., M.D., or equivalent international degree‐granting program at the time of application.

    Preferred qualifications

    Successful applicants are expected to develop a nationally recognized program and collaborate across disciplines to develop research initiatives in the realm of Latinx Studies. We seek rising leaders from diverse fields including, but not limited to, the Social Sciences, Social Welfare, and Public Health. Candidates should demonstrate evidence of strong research productivity, potential for securing extramural funding, and a commitment to excellence in teaching and mentoring of undergraduates, graduate students, and post-docs. We are particularly interested in scholars with a commitment and track record of promoting diversity, equity and inclusion in the realms of research, teaching and/or service. For candidates interested in the School of Social Welfare, an MSW is preferred and/or community-facing translational scholarly research attuned to professional practice.

    APPLICATION REQUIREMENTS BY LEVEL

    ASSISTANT PROFESSOR

    Position title: Assistant Professor of Sociology, Political Science, Public Health, Social Welfare, and/or Demography

    The untenured assistant professor positions are available in the Department of Sociology, the Department of Political Science, the School of Public Health, and the School of Social Welfare, with a possible joint appointment with the Department of Demography. Applicants at this level should select up to two units that they wish to be considered by. Should applicants wish to be considered for a joint appointment with the Department of Demography, that would be an additional, third choice. Please note applicants at this level should not select Chicana/o and Latina/o Studies Program as that is a tenured position only.
    Individuals should submit their application at this level if they meet one of the following conditions: Current or recent PhD candidate or graduate; current or recent postdoc; current assistant professor (including those who are “senior” assistant professors near tenure). Please note that this level determination is only for application review purposes, not the ultimate appointment level of the finalist.

    Document requirements

    • Cover Letter

    • Curriculum Vitae - Your most recently updated C.V.

    • Statement of Research - Statement of research, including past research accomplishments and proposed research at Berkeley.

    • Statement of Teaching and Service - Statement of teaching and service, including prior teaching experience, teaching philosophy, future teaching interests, prior and proposed academic, professional and/or community service.

    • Statement on Contributions to Advancing Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion - Statement on your contributions to diversity, equity, and inclusion, including information about your understanding of these topics, your record of activities to date, and your specific plans and goals for advancing equity and inclusion if hired at Berkeley (for additional information go to https://ofew.berkeley.edu/recruitment/contributions-diversity).

    • Publication/Writing Sample #1 - Journal article, book chapter, dissertation chapter, or other appropriate products

    • Publication/Writing Sample #2 - Journal article, book chapter, dissertation chapter, or other appropriate products

    • Publication/Writing Sample #3 - Journal article, book chapter, dissertation chapter, or other appropriate products

    Reference requirements

    • 3 required (contact information only)

    Letters of reference will solicited at a later stage.

    Apply link: https://aprecruit.berkeley.edu/JPF02941

    ASSOCIATE PROFESSOR, FULL PROFESSOR

    Position title: Associate or Full Professor of Chicana/o and Latina/o Studies

    The tenured professor position is only available in the Chicana/o and Latina/o Studies Program (Department of Ethnic Studies).
    Individuals should submit their application at this level if they meet one of the following conditions: Current tenured professor or position equivalent to tenured professor. Please note that this level determination is only for application review purposes, not the ultimate appointment level of the finalist.

    Document requirements

    • Cover Letter

    • Curriculum Vitae - Your most recently updated C.V.

    • Statement of Research - Statement of research, including past research accomplishments and proposed research at Berkeley.

    • Statement of Teaching and Service - Statement of teaching and service, including prior teaching experience, teaching philosophy, future teaching interests, prior and proposed academic, professional and/or community service.

    • Statement on Contributions to Advancing Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion - Statement on your contributions to diversity, equity, and inclusion, including information about your understanding of these topics, your record of activities to date, and your specific plans and goals for advancing equity and inclusion if hired at Berkeley (for additional information go to https://ofew.berkeley.edu/recruitment/contributions-diversity).

    • Publication/Writing Sample #1 - Journal article, book chapter, dissertation chapter, or other appropriate products

    • Publication/Writing Sample #2 - Journal article, book chapter, dissertation chapter, or other appropriate products

    • Publication/Writing Sample #3 - Journal article, book chapter, dissertation chapter, or other appropriate products

    Reference requirements

    • 3 required (contact information only)

    Letters of reference will solicited at a later stage.

    Apply link: https://aprecruit.berkeley.edu/JPF02941

    Help contact: anniev@berkeley.edu

    CAMPUS INFORMATION

    Diversity, equity, inclusion, and belonging are core values at UC Berkeley. Our excellence can only be fully realized by faculty, students, and academic and non-academic staff who share our commitment to these values. Successful candidates for our academic positions will demonstrate evidence of a commitment to advancing equity, inclusion, and belonging.

    The University of California, Berkeley is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, age, or protected veteran status. For the complete University of California nondiscrimination and affirmative action policy see: http://policy.ucop.edu/doc/4000376/NondiscrimAffirmAct

    In searches when letters of reference are required all letters will be treated as confidential per University of California policy and California state law. Please refer potential referees, including when letters are provided via a third party (i.e., dossier service or career center), to the UC Berkeley statement of confidentiality (http://apo.berkeley.edu/ucb-confidentiality-policy) prior to submitting their letter.

    As a condition of employment, you will be required to comply with the University of California SARS-CoV-2 (COVID-19) Vaccination Program Policy https://policy.ucop.edu/doc/5000695/SARS-CoV-2_Covid-19. All Covered Individuals under the policy must provide proof of Full Vaccination or, if applicable, submit a request for Exception (based on Medical Exemption, Disability, and/or Religious Objection) or Deferral (based on pregnancy) no later than the applicable deadline. For new University of California employees, the applicable deadline is eight weeks after their first date of employment. (Capitalized terms in this paragraph are defined in the policy.)

    JOB LOCATION

    Berkeley, California


  • Monday, September 20, 2021 2:30 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Dear WHA members,

    It with a heavy heart that I regretfully write to inform you that Dr. Walter Nugent, former WHA President and western history scholar, died on September 8, 2021, in Seattle, Washington. He was 86 years old. You can access his obituary, carefully crafted by his family, through this link. They included a picture of Walter from January 2021 on page 5.  

    Dr. Nugent was incredibly active in the WHA from the 1980s through the 2010s and served on numerous committees. He had positions on the WHQ Board of Editors, the WHA Council, the 2014 Program Committee, and the W. Turrentine Jackson, Billington, and Caughey Award Committees. Dr. Nugent served as the organization's President in 2005-2006.

    Over the past few years the WHA community has lost a number of incredible scholars, treasured mentors, and wonderful friends. Delivering this news while reflecting on the contributions of our members (young and old) is probably the most difficult part of my position.  

    Sincerely,

    Elaine Nelson, WHA Executive Director


  • Monday, September 20, 2021 10:30 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Please join the Smithsonian Latino Center, the National Museum of the American Indian, and the National Museum of African American History and Culture for a virtual symposium, The Other Slavery: Histories of Indian Bondage from New Spain to the Southwestern United States. Please see below for information and program details:

    The Other Slavery: Histories of Indian Bondage from New Spain to the Southwestern United States

    September 24–27, 2021

    Available on-demand via: https://nmai.brand.live/c/the-other-slavery

    This symposium explores hidden stories of enslaved Indigenous peoples, focusing on the legacy of Spanish colonization in the Americas and Asia and its impact on what is now the southwestern United States. Experts from a range of academic disciplines, including Indigenous studies, anthropology, and history, examine untold stories of coerced labor and peonage and the long-term impact of Indian slavery. Panelists discuss the legacies of Native American enslavement with Indigenous community leaders and cultural workers. The symposium explores the different forms and complexity of human bondage that resulted in hybrid cultures, tangled economic practices, and intricate social relationships between the Spanish and Indigenous communities. This program seeks to give a comprehensive “first voice” to these hushed stories and living legacies. 

    The symposium is presented by the Smithsonian Latino Center, the National Museum of the American Indian, and the National Museum of African American History and Culture, in association with the Smithsonian’s initiative, Our Shared Future: Reckoning with Our Racial Past.



  • Sunday, September 19, 2021 1:09 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    STATEMENT ON HOLDING 2022 WHA ANNUAL CONFERENCE IN SAN ANTONIO


    In the wake of the passage of Texas Senate Bill 8—the most restrictive abortion ban imposed since the U.S. Supreme Court established the right to abortion in 1973—two Western History Association members asked the WHA to relocate our 2022 annual conference from San Antonio outside of Texas. One also mentioned voter suppression as an additional reason why the WHA shouldn’t meet in Texas. We assume this refers to Texas Senate Bill 1, which imposes new restrictions on how and when voters cast ballots, targeting in particular past initiatives to foster voter participation in Harris County, home to Houston, the most diverse city in the U.S.


    The WHA Executive Committee as well as the leadership team for the 2022 WHA annual conference have considered these requests. We are grateful to anyone who urges the WHA to maintain the highest ideals and practices of equity, inclusion, and diversity. We share deep concern about Senate Bill 8, Senate Bill 1, and other legislation that restricts the rights and threatens the well-being of women, people of color, immigrants, working people, and LGBTQ people in Texas. We are especially concerned with legislative attempts designed to restrict the teaching of race and history in public schools. But we do not think that moving the 2022 conference outside of Texas will promote the interests of those who remain most vulnerable to the sexist, racist, anti-immigrant, anti-worker, homophobic, and transphobic impulses that inform such measures. San Antonio is a majority minority city. Almost two-thirds of its residents identify as Latinx, and there are sizable African American, Asian American, Indigenous, and mixed-race populations there as well. Women, people of color, and LGBTQ people own small businesses near the conference site, and many more work in the corporate hotel and restaurant industry that flourishes in the Riverwalk area. We hope that the presence of up to a thousand conference-goers will bring some benefit to these communities, and, as we suggest below, we're actively seeking ways to engage with them in order to learn how we can best support their efforts to shape their own lives and the world around them. The 2022 Local Arrangements Committee is planning tours that highlight the histories of communities of color in San Antonio, and those tours will feature women and people of color as leaders and participants. The 2022 Program Committee is just beginning its work (the call for papers deadline is Dec. 5, 2021), but they’re exploring public forums that will highlight the history of struggles for reproductive and voting rights in Texas and the West and that will address attempts to restrict teaching about race and inequality in U.S. history. And the two committees are committed to working in concert, first, to identify local businesses, restaurants, galleries, and grassroots organizations that support the interests of vulnerable populations in San Antonio, and then, once identified, to support them in material ways.


    The WHA Executive Committee and the leadership team for the 2022 conference are also concerned for the long-term health of the WHA. The WHA contracts with hotels as conference venues several years in advance, long before we can know what issues will arise in a state or city that will concern our members. These are binding contracts. We use the conference organizing service INMEX (Informed Meetings Exchange), which ensures that we’re doing business with socially responsible hotels. The WHA has a policy of meeting in union hotels, considering exceptions only every seven years (the exception gives us the option of meeting occasionally in union-unfriendly places where many of our members nonetheless live and work). The Hyatt Regency Riverwalk in San Antonio is a union hotel whose workers are represented by UNITE HERE. If the WHA cancels its contract with the hotel, our organization will incur a penalty of $299,000. That money will stay in corporate Texas, continuing to enrich the state, even as local businesses and organizations will be deprived of revenue from conference-goers, low-wage workers will lose hours and tips, and San Antonio will not feel the presence of a progressive organization whose members not only study the history but also overwhelmingly support the interests of women, people of color, immigrants, working people, and LGBTQ people. Meanwhile, the WHA will have to contract on short notice with another hotel in another city, further depleting finite resources. The cost of doing so is too high and the benefits too uncertain. For all of these reasons, the WHA Executive Committee and the leadership team for the 2022 WHA conference, with the backing of the WHA Council, unanimously support keeping that meeting in San Antonio and honoring our contract with the Hyatt Regency Riverwalk and its union workers.


    WHA Executive Committee

    María E. Montoya, President (2021)

    Susan Lee Johnson, President-Elect (2022)

    Elaine Marie Nelson, Executive Director


    WHA 2022 Leadership Team

    Susan Lee Johnson, President-Elect (2022)

    Julian Lim, Program Committee Co-Chair

    Tyina Steptoe, Program Committee Co-Chair

    William Kiser, Local Arrangements Committee Co-Chair

    Omar Valerio-Jiménez, Local Arrangements Committee Co-Chair

    Lindsey Passenger Wieck, Local Arrangements Committee Co-Chair


    WHA Council

    Laurie Arnold

    Erika Bsumek

    B. Erin Cole

    Philip J. Deloria

    Anne M. Hyde

    Susan Lee Johnson

    Ari Kelman

    María E. Montoya

    Elaine Marie Nelson

    Erika Pérez

    Lynn Roper

    Martha A. Sandweiss

    Rachel St. John

    Jenni Tifft-Ochoa

    David Wrobel


  • Friday, September 17, 2021 7:00 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    The Center for Great Plains Studies (CGPS) at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln seeks a Postdoctoral Fellow with expertise in the history of African Americans in Oklahoma and/or African Americans in the American West to carry out both quantitative and interpretive research on Black homesteading in Oklahoma. The Fellowship will extend the work of the Black Homesteader project at CGPS. The Fellow will co-publish a report and academic articles and provide digital content to the National Park Service homesteading website. The Fellow will work with a team of researchers under the direction of supervisors at both the University of Oklahoma and the CGPS AT UNL. Position is for one year, but renewable for a second year. Remote working option available; some travel required.

    A PhD in African American Studies, American History, Ethnic Studies, or a related discipline relevant to the humanistic social sciences is required. Knowledge of the history of African Americans in Oklahoma and/or expertise in African Americans in the American West; familiarity with the history of federal land policies on the Great Plains; experience with quantitative census records research and archival government records; experience with data collection, archival research, and digital humanities research; and strong written and oral communication skills are preferred.

    Review of applications will begin September 27, 2021 and will continue until the position is filled or the search is closed. To apply, please go to https://employment.unl.edu/, requisition F_210105.  Click “Apply to this Job” and complete the Faculty/Academic Administrative Information form. Attach a letter of interest, curriculum vitae, names and contact information for three professional references, and a writing sample no larger than 9 MB.  

    As an EO/AA employer, qualified applicants are considered for employment without regard to race, color, ethnicity, national origin, sex, pregnancy, sexual orientation, gender identity, religion, disability, age, genetic information, veteran status, marital status, and/or political affiliation. See http://www.unl.edu/equity/notice-nondiscrimination.

    Note: Hiring date is flexible, but will be between November 1, 2021 and January 3, 2022 (at the latest). 

    Direct link: https://employment.unl.edu/postings/74597


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