Saturday, June 24, 2017

CFP- Second NA’AMAT USA Research Fellowship in Honor of Elizabeth J. Raider.

Call For Proposals:

NA’AMAT USA is pleased to invite proposals for the Second NA’AMAT USA Research Fellowship in Honor of Elizabeth J. Raider. A lifelong member of NA’AMAT USA, Ms. Raider is the organization’s immediate past national president. The fellowship was inaugurated in 2015-16 and previously awarded to Dr. Pnina Lahav (Boston University) for her work on “The Political Leadership of Golda Meir: Pioneer Women and the Campaign for Jewish Statehood.”


The 2017-18 theme of the fellowship program is “Jewish Women’s Contributions to Israeli Society.Scholars from all academic disciplines working on Jewish women’s activism, critical engagement, and/or leadership in varied arenas including art, medicine, culture, history, education, politics, etc. are encouraged to apply. 
The fellowship carries an honorarium of $2500.

Applicants must propose a serious research plan that will result in one of the following: 
(a) chapter and/or substantial part of a Master’s thesis or doctoral dissertation,            or 
(b) a scholarly study of publishable quality. 

The fellowship recipient must commit to delivering one public lecture based on his/her research, submit a completed draft of his/her scholarly study, and provide a version of his/her work to be adapted for a popular audience and published on the NA’AMAT USA website and/or in the magazine NA’AMAT Woman.

How to Apply

To apply, submit a cover letter with a research plan, a current CV, and two letters of support, preferably from academic colleagues. In the case of graduate and doctoral students, one of the two letters must be from the thesis/dissertation advisor. Preference will be given to applicants who are ABD and early career scholars.

The fellowship committee members are Dr. Karla Goldman (University of Michigan), Dr. Daniel Greene (Northwestern University), Dr. Shirley Idelson (Independent Scholar), Dr. Laura Levitt (Temple University), and Dr. Mark A. Raider (University of Cincinnati). The deadline for applications is July 31, 2017. An announcement about the award will be made in August 2017. All application materials should be sent electronically in the pdf format to: Prof. Mark A. Raider (, NA’AMAT USA Research Fellowship Committee Chair, c/o History Department, University of Cincinnati.


 The Zionist women’s organization NA’AMAT USA, the sister movement of Na’amat Israel, is dedicated to enhancing the quality of life for women, children, and families in Israel, the U.S., and around the world. Founded in 1925, NA’AMAT USA (originally named Pioneer Women) has a rich and storied history. Over the course many decades, it has been instrumental in helping to create, build, and sustain the State of Israel.


Contact Info: 
Prof. Mark A. Raider, History Department, University of Cincinnati
Contact Email:

Friday, June 23, 2017

International Conference(With Travel Grant) -Harnessing Digital Technologies to Advance the Study of the Non-Western World by Digital Humanities Asia-April 26-29, 2018 Stanford University

Call for Proposals: 
Over the past decade, a powerful new suite of spatial, textual, and social network analysis tools – broadly understood as the Digital Humanities – has begun to reshape the methods that we as Humanists and Social Scientists bring to bear on our questions, and indeed the very questions we ask. Looking out over the terrain of Digital Humanities (DH) initiatives, the vista is a marvelous and dynamically changing one. At Stanford University alone, one can point to award-winning programs such as the Mapping the Republic of Letters project, myriad initiatives based at the Stanford Literary Lab, the Kindred Britain project, and the ORBIS Geospatial Network Model of the Roman World, to cite only a handful of examples. When we extend our view across the United States and worldwide, the roster of DH initiatives becomes ever more compelling and exciting.

At the same time, an impartial view of Digital Humanities scholarship in the present day reveals a stark divide between “the West and the rest.” With notable exceptions, such as the Markus platform, CText, the China Biographical Database Project, the Digital Islamic Humanities Project, and others, far fewer large-scale DH initiatives have focused on Asia and the Non-Western world than on Western Europe and the Americas.

This divide runs very deep, and is not primarily a question of scholarly interest or orientation. The “Asia deficit” within Digital Humanities is in no small part the outcome of more entrenched divides within the platforms and digital tools that form the foundation of DH itself. Digital databases and text corpora – the “raw material” of text mining and computational text analysis – are far more abundant for English and other Latin alphabetic scripts than they are for Chinese, Japanese, Korean, Sanskrit, Hindi, Arabic, and other Non-Latin orthographies. This deficit, in turn, derives in large part from the widespread unavailability of Optical Character Recognition (OCR) platforms, text parsers, and tokenizers capable of handling and processing Non-Latin scripts – not in any way due to the paucity of primary source materials. As a result, when we look at DH in Western Europe and the Americas, we find a vibrant intellectual environment in which even college and university undergraduates – let alone more advanced researchers – can download off-the-shelf analytical platforms and data corpora, and venture into new and cutting-edge research questions; while, in the context of Asian Studies, we find an environment in which many of the most basic elements of DH research remain underdeveloped or non-existent.

The objective of this multi-day conference is to advance a new era in Non-Western Digital Humanities by bringing together leading and emerging scholars of East, South, Southeast, and Inner-Central Asia working in the Humanities, Social Sciences, Computer Science, Applied Mathematics, and Engineering.

With support from the American Council of Learned Societies, the Chiang Ching-kuo Foundation for International Scholarly Exchange, and multiple departments, centers, and divisions at Stanford University, the conference will focus on four (4) areas of research that represent both the core of DH as a whole, as well as areas in which Asian Studies scholars have been underserved and under-resourced:
 (1) the Spatial Analysis of Asian Human Geographies, 
(2) Text Mining and Computational Analysis of Asian & Non-Latin Scripts,
(3) Network Analysis of Non-Western social formations, and 
(4) the development of Digital Humanities tools and platforms designed for the unique challenges of Asian Studies scholarship.
DHAsia is seeking paper proposals for its 2018 Summit Meeting focused on East, South, Southeast, and Inner/Central Asia.


The DHAsia 2018 conference will take place April 26-28, 2018 on the campus of Stanford University.

Scholars working on Asia, in all disciplines and time periods, are welcome to apply. We are particularly eager to identify early-career candidates, ranging from the advanced PhD level (post-comprehensive/oral examination) through Assistant Professor rank or equivalent. All ranks are eligible and encouraged to apply, however.

Confirmed Speakers during this 2018 DHAsia Summit Meeting include:

- A. Sean Pue, Michigan State University
- Anatoly Detwyler, Penn State University
- Elias Muhanna, Brown University
- Hilde De Weerdt, Leiden University
- Hoyt Long, University of Chicago
- Javier Cha, Leiden University
- Liu Chao-Lin, National Chengzhi University
- Matthew Thomas Miller, University of Maryland
- Michael Stanley-Baker, Max Planck
- Paul Vierthaler, Leiden University
- Ruth Mostern, University of Pittsburgh
- Tina Lu, Yale University


The deadline for applications is July 15, 2017.

 Materials should be submitted via email/attachments to Tom Mullaney ( with the subject header “DHASIA 2018 APPLICATION.” (This subject header is REQUIRED.)
Applications should include:
I. Cover letter summarizing field of study, research, and Digital Humanities experience
II. Title, 250-word Abstract of Proposed Conference Paper
III. CV (3-page)
IV. Two references including contact information (please do NOT request or provide letters of recommendation – but references may be contacted as part of application review process)


A limited number of travel stipends will be offered to help offset cost of travel to Stanford.

The Sahapedia - UNESCO Fellowships 2017

About the Fellowship

To provide enthusiasts, students and scholars an opportunity to engage with cultural heritage and follow their pursuit of the knowledge systems of India, Sahapedia is pleased to announce its Fellowship programme.

“Saha”, Sanskrit for “together with”, is an invitation to explore together the richness of our cultural landscapes. The Sahapedia – UNESCO Fellowship programme is an extension of this invitation to engage with the rich and diverse range of arts, heritages and cultures of India.

UNESCO’s Convention for the Safeguarding of the Intangible Cultural Heritage 2003 (referred to as UNESCO 2003 Convention hereafter), refers to “importance of the intangible cultural heritage as a mainspring of cultural diversity and a guarantee of sustainable development.” The Sahapedia - UNESCO Fellowships are a part of the efforts to raise -- at local, national, and international levels -- awareness of the importance of intangible heritage, and accessibility of the same to communities, groups and individuals. The content documented and curated as a part of this fellowship programme is expected to fulfill, in part, the aims and objectives of the UNESCO 2003 Convention.

Through this initiative, Fellows will be encouraged to carry out documentation and critical research in diverse areas of cultural knowledge, while interacting with and enhancing networks that contribute to the creation of the same. This research of the Fellows will be published on the Sahapedia web portal, contributing to the online resource.

The Fellowship programme offers two variants currently – the Sahapedia Project Fellowship and the Sahapedia Research Fellowship. This gives the applicant the option of participating either at the level of primary documentation or of the content curation process.


Sahapedia Project Fellow (SPF):
• The Project Fellow shall coordinate the contribution of different kinds of multimedia content revolving around a particular theme.
• The module to be created on the theme could be in the format of one core article, a couple of allied articles, an image gallery and/or video recording, interviews and quick facts, for instance. *
• The project taken up is expected to be fulfilled in the period of 12 weeks.

Sahapedia Research Fellow (SRF): 
• The Research Fellow position is meant for both academic engagement and primary field-work and documentation. The Research Fellow shall submit a minimum of three or four elements surrounding one or multiple topics.
• The deliverables for scholars and field-workers could involve, for instance, interviews with other scholars or practitioners, review of scholarship, interview discussing key issues of the topic, overview or introductory material or primary multimedia documentation on the topic. *
• Students and young researchers could potentially work on the documentation process (through field photos/videos, plans, sketches, and the like), transcription and translation of interviews, and/or compilation of quick facts (like filmographies, compositions, choreographies, etc.). *
• The tasks taken up are ideally to be completed in the period of 8 weeks.

A 400-word proposal has to be submitted during the time of application with details of the work the applicant aims to carry out and relevance of this work to Sahapedia, and a tentative list of deliverables specific to the assignment in question. Young scholars and researchers may enlist the guidance of teachers, professors or mentors, in this application, if required. The exact deliverables shall be discussed and fixed for each Fellow based on this proposal, on their being shortlisted.

*For pointers, find a list of links to different kinds of content on Sahapedia (Annexure – 1) and a note of ways to use the Representative List and Urgent Safeguarding List of the UNESCO 2003 Convention (Annexure – 2). We hope these will act as starting points for applicants to conceptualise their contribution to Sahapedia.


The Fellowship is available to post-doctoral scholars, doctoral candidates, post-graduates, and graduates (including those students due to graduate in the summer of 2017). It is expected that the area or domain being applied for by an applicant is their area of expertise, or that this area has been the focus of one of their pursuits. Fellows are free to work jobs or engage in professional or academic work, as long as they find sufficient time to finish the projects taken up as a part of the Sahapedia Fellowship.

The project taken up by the Fellow is expected to be completed in the time-frame of twelve weeks for the SPF and of eight weeks for the SRF.


The SPF shall be granted an award of Rs. 40,000 and the SRF an award of Rs. 15,000. Once the deliverables have been fixed for individual Fellows, a detailed plan is to be drafted for submission, including an expenditure plan. The first installment (20%) of the award will be paid after the approval of the plan. The subsequent installments shall be paid on completion of specific elements in the assignment plan.

Through this programme, Fellows shall receive an opportunity to work and conduct research in their area of interest, while receiving access to networks of scholars and professionals in the heritage sector. Their work will be made visible on the Sahapedia portal, making it accessible to wider audiences.

Application Guidelines
The following materials are to be submitted as a part of the application:
1. Resume or curriculum vitae;
2. A proposal of not more than 400 words; **
3. A writing sample (previously written essay).

Please find attached the terms and conditions, providing details of the contractual agreement (Annexure - 3), and a time-line of the process (Annexure -4) for your benefit.

**If the resources provided by Sahapedia are to be utilized for work already in progress, a note explaining this work with a brief description of how this will be developed into publishable material should be provided.

Application Closes on 15th July 2017.

The documents listed above should either be emailed to:
Or sent to:
C-1/3, First Floor,
SDA (Safdarjung Development Area)
New Delhi – 110016.

For queries, write to or contact +918826622261.
OR Visit :

Thursday, June 22, 2017

International Conference on WOMEN & SECTARIAN VIOLENCE IN SOUTH ASIA: FICTION & REALITY 9-10 Nov, 2017, Central University of Gujarat, India

Centre for English Studies

School of Language, Literature and Culture Studies
Central University of Gujarat, Gandhinagar 

Concept Note
The conference aims to enquire how South Asian women, situationally, moving beyond the traditional notions of motherhood, family and ‘womanhood’, creates a trail of some yet unexplored trait. Is she trying to re-create the notion of ‘woman’ in her ‘context of situation’, region and gender? Has there been an insistent  attempt to re-contextualize herself?

The South Asian region has been witness to many-layered  onflicts: be it the Partition, the Sikh and other riots in India; the historical trajectory of violence in Afghanistan;, the ethnic violence in Sri Lanka; or the minority conflicts in Pakistan,, women have been the carnage, the sub-stratum through which Patriarchy has waged war. She has been torn, ravaged, mutilated, humiliated, and burnt. There is nothing more that she can fear or encounter. There is nothing more that she can remember to forget. She is inscribed by a violent earth, colonized by man, culture, religion, caste, ethics and morality. The historical and social/cultural terrain has had its role to play in the enormity perpetuated. There is a need to re-visit this territory and engage with it critically. One needs to ask whether ‘Literature’ has captured all this. Do writers remember to forget? Can one write to make our countries remember? Do we forget to remember? Nevertheless, the psychological dimension is something that one cannot afford to forget. 

In an area where censors, bans, riots and sectarian violence have historically been a part and parcel of everyday life, South Asian women have inspired the world by living through the trauma. Her body has become a contested site and the possibility of an imaginary is not yet born. Her ‘values’ are eroded on the streets and in the psyche, yet she has not given up.In the face of interminable violence, she is ‘abducted’, ‘returned’ and ‘recovered’. She traverses through this terrain, through tears, through fights, and perhaps through the yearning that one day, there might be light on the horizon. 

This conference is an attempt to re-discover this ‘traversing’, an attempt to understand her myriad moods and pathways, not roles. To dissolve, devour and evaporate the vicious circle that she is enmeshed in. The search stretches in as well as out, into the interiors of the mind and the land called South Asia. The aim is not to encase and embalm women in strict compartments, nor to stick to a particular genre, but to break boundaries and borders. An exercise to translate, transcreate and transliterate. It is also a calling out to women who have not been heard or published, women who cannot write, but who can only reproduce narratives. These are not just testimonies, oral/gendered histories, creative/critical writings, satires, poems, or short/long fiction. It is this and much more. The conference will have a section on the visual forms such as graphic images, paintings and photographs to explore this other ‘reality’.

Themes under discussion:
  • Sectarian violence and Women
  • Caste, Society and Violence
  • Women and the mutilated body
  •  Humiliation and Self
  •  After-rape: Recovery, Revival and Reconciliation
  •  Experience and Body: Vulnerable and Viable
  •  After-experience: Body, trauma, memory and forgetting
  •  War and Women
  • Widows, half-widows and war-widows
  • Visual culture and women
  • Cinematic (mis)representation of the traumatic woman
  •  Memory, history and women

Last date for abstract submission: 10th August, 2017
Registration charges:-
Students/ Research Scholars: Rs. 2000/-
Faculty Members: Rs. 3000/-

Guest Convener:
Prof. Rachel Bari
Kuvempu University
Contact No: 9448244273 
Prof Atanu Bhattacharya 
Dr. Ishmeet Kaur 
Contact No: 9974092042

Wednesday, June 21, 2017

Women in Technological History (WITH) SHOT Conference Grant

a Society for the History of Technology (SHOT) Special Interest Group (SIG) 


The Society for the History of Technology (SHOT) Special Interest Group (SIG) for Women in Technological History (WITH) announces its conference grant for 2017. Designed to defray some costs associated with attending the SHOT conference (such as lodging, meals, and other incidental expenses), the grant is open to individuals giving a paper at the 2017 annual meeting in Philadelphia. The reviewing committee prioritizes scholars whose presentations address women, gender, race, ethnicity, and/or difference in the history of technology. Women, minorities, international scholars, and those who are new to SHOT, are particularly encouraged to apply. 

For more information on SHOT 2017 in Philadelphia, see:

Awardees receive a check for $250 with the possibility of additional funds depending on stated need and WITH’s resources. Winners will be recognized in Philadelphia at the WITH luncheon meeting, where they will receive a check for the amount of the grant. Applicants should register and pay for the SHOT Conference and the WITH luncheon individually, prior to the conference registration deadline.

To apply, please send 1) a cover letter that incorporates a brief budget of anticipated expenses associated with your trip to Philadelphia, a list of any other grants or funding that may offset these expenses, and a brief abstract of your proposed paper, 2) evidence that your paper has been accepted by the SHOT program committee, and 3) a one page curriculum vitae. All application materials should be forwarded to

The application deadline for the WITH Travel Award is August 15th, 2017.

Applicants should also consider applying for a SHOT travel grant, a larger program intended to help cover the more substantial costs of airfare and basic conference registration, or an EDITH conference grant, which focuses on diversity and international participation at SHOT. You may receive both a WITH and EDITH conference grant and a SHOT travel grant in the same year. Scholars with higher travel expenses may be able to piece together funds from all three sources. 

SHOT travel grants are particularly intended for graduate students, independent scholars, and young professionals just beginning their careers, as well as SHOT International Scholars. Eligible members residing outside the US, Canada, and Western Europe are especially encouraged to apply. For more information on SHOT travel grants, please see:

For more information and contact information about EDITH conference grants, please see:
Contact Email: 

Tuesday, June 20, 2017

IHS Conference & Research Grant to cover travel costs and fees for career-related expenses - Graduate Students in the Humanities and Social Sciences

You’re a motivated graduate student who’s moving toward an academic career. You have an incredible paper that you’re going to be presenting at a conference. You’re ready to share your ideas with your professional community.
You’re also looking for resources to help you accomplish all of this.

The IHS Conference & Research Grant provides up to $750 to cover travel costs and fees for career-related expenses.

The Grant is awarded on a rolling basis to current graduate students advancing the principles of freedom through their career. Eligible activities include, but are not limited to:
  •   Presentations at academic or professional conferences
  •   Travel to academic job interviews on a campus or at professional/academic conferences
  •   Travel to archives or libraries for research
  •   Participation in career-development or enhancing seminars
  •   Submission of unpublished manuscripts to journals or book publishers
Please note, Conference & Research Grants cannot be used solely for conference attendance. Funding will only be considered for individuals presenting a paper or interviewing for a job at a conference.

If you have previously participated in an IHS academic program or discussed your academic career with a member of IHS staff, please apply through the Hayek Fund for Scholars

How Do I Apply?

Applications for the IHS Conference & Research Grant are accepted on a rolling basis, and must be submitted online, preferably three to four weeks before your event or activity. Applications should be submitted through your existing IHS account. You may save your application and return later to submit it. (If you have previously participated in an IHS academic program or discussed your academic career with a member of IHS staff, please apply through the Hayek Fund for Scholars.)

Your completed Conference & Research Grant application must include the following items:
  • A completed online application form
  • Your CV or resume
  • An itemized list of expenses
For those seeking the scholarship for career development you will also need:
  • A summary of your presentation, such as an abstract or copy of the paper you intend to present at a conference, a description of arranged interviews, or a description of your planned research (e.g., a dissertation proposal)
  • A brief essay, no more than 500 words, describing how your proposed activity will advance your career
  • A brief essay, no more than 500 words, describing how your proposed activity advances our understanding of the principles, practices, and institutions necessary for a free society or our understanding of the classical liberal or libertarian tradition
Applications for the IHS Conference & Research Grant are accepted year-round on a rolling basis.

Applicants will be notified of the committee’s decision within four weeks of submission. Preference will be given to applications received at least three to four weeks before the fundable activity.
Awards are disbursed after the awardee presents original receipts. 

Awards are only granted for future activities, and are not awarded retroactively.