Friday, 9 September 2011

Applications Invited for 2012 Decolonization Seminar

Applications Invited for 2012 Decolonization Seminar
Applications must be received by November 1, 2011

The National History Center invites applications from early-career scholars to participate in the seventh international summer seminar on decolonization, which will be held for four weeks, from Sunday, July 8, through Saturday, August 4, 2012, in Washington, D.C.

As in the previous six seminars in the series, the participants will engage in the common pursuit of knowledge about various dimensions of 20th-century decolonization in Asia, Africa, and the Caribbean.

The 15 participants selected to participate in the four-week seminar will receive a small stipend to cover daily living expenses (food, local travel, and so on). The Center will arrange and pay for participants' accommodation in Washington. 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.

The seminar will be an opportunity for the participants 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; to exchange ideas among themselves and with the seminar leaders; and to produce a draft article or chapter of a book with the guid-ance of the faculty leaders, who, together with the participants themselves, will offer comments and critiques on the evolving draft papers.

That is, significant time will be allocated during the seminar to discussions (collective as well as individual), while participants will also be given time to conduct research in local libraries and archives.

Wm. Roger Louis, Kerr Professor of English History and Culture and Distinguished Teaching Professor at the University of Texas at Austin (and the founding director of the National History Center), will direct the seminar. Other seminar leaders will include Jennifer Foray (Purdue Univ.) Dane Kennedy (George Washington Univ.), Philippa Levine (Univ. of Texas at Austin), Jason Parker (Texas A & M Univ.), and Pillarisetti Sudhir (AHA).

Applicants should preferably have a recent PhD 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 agree that they will actively participate in the seminar, including all required meetings and events, for its entire duration.

For further information and complete application requirements, please check the website,

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