2009 Decolonization Seminar Applications Now Being Accepted

The National History Center is now accepting applications for the fourth international summer seminar on decolonization in the 20th century, which will be held July 5 to August 1, 2009, in Washington, D.C.

The international seminar, organized by the National History Center in collaboration with the American Historical Association and the John W. Kluge Center at the Library of Congress, is funded by a generous grant from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation. In the fourth seminar in the series, as in the previous three, fifteen participating historians will engage in the common pursuit of knowledge about various dimensions of decolonization, primarily 20th-century transitions from colonies to nations in Asia, Africa, and the Caribbean At the same time, participants will conduct research in the Library of Congress, the National Archives, and other repositories of research materials in Washington, D.C.

Wm. Roger Louis, chair of the National History Center’s board of trustees, Kerr Professor of English History and Culture, and Distinguished Teaching Professor at the University of Texas at Austin, will direct the seminar. Other seminar leaders will include Dane Kennedy (George Washington Univ.), Philippa Levine (Univ. of Southern California), Jason Parker (Texas A & M Univ.), and Pillarisetti Sudhir (AHA).

Applications and all supporting materials should reach the Administrative Officer of the National History Center by November 3, 2008. They may be e-mailed to decol09apply@nationalhistorycenter.org or mhauss@historians.org. If e-mailing is not possible, the applications may be mailed to The National History Center, 400 A Street, SE, Washington, DC 20003-3889.

General Seminar Information: The 15 participants selected to participate in the four-week seminar will receive a small stipend that is intended to cover daily living expenses (food, local travel, and so on). The Center will meet the costs of accommodation that the Center will arrange. The Center will also reimburse (subject to limits) travel costs incurred by the selected participants for traveling between their workplace or place of normal residence and Washington, D.C., and back.

Aims: The seminar will be an opportunity for the participants (a) to pursue research at the Library of Congress, the National Archives, and other repositories of historical research materials in Washington, D.C., on projects within the overarching theme of decolonization; (b) to exchange ideas among themselves and with the seminar leaders; (c) to produce a draft article or chapter of a book with the guidance of the faculty leaders, who, together with the participants themselves, will offer comments and critiques on the evolving draft papers.

Requirements: Applicants should preferably have a recent PhD (that is, one obtained after January 1, 2002) and be at the beginning of their careers. Applications from advanced PhD students who are nearing completion of their dissertations are also encouraged.

Applicants should note that all the academic activities (including discussions and written work) will be in English. Applicants must, therefore, be fluent in English.

Those selected will have to undertake that they will actively participate in the seminar for its entire duration.

Selected foreign participants must make their own arrangements to obtain the necessary U.S. visas; the National History Center will provide any documentation that may be required.

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