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SSRC-ACLS International Dissertation Field Research Fellowship Program 2001

The Council is pleased to announce the 2001 competition of the International Dissertation Field Research Fellowship Program, which provides support for humanists and social scientists to conduct dissertation field research in all areas and regions of the world. Up to fifty fellowships will be awarded in 2001. The program is administered by the Social Science Research Council in partnership with the American Council of Learned Societies. Funds are provided by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.
The fellowships enable doctoral candidates to use their knowledge of distinctive areas, cultures, languages, economies, polities, and historical experiences, in combination with their disciplinary training, to address issues that transcend their disciplines or area specializations.
Fellows participate in multi-disciplinary workshops upon completion of their field research. Workshops highlight fellows' research agendas and address themes that resonate across cultures and regions. They are intended to facilitate networks and cross-disciplinary exchanges, and to help fellows engage in issues beyond their doctoral research.

The program is open to full-time graduate students in the humanities and social sciences-regardless of citizenship-enrolled in doctoral programs in the United States. The program invites proposals for field research on all areas or regions of the world, as well as for research that is comparative, cross-regional, and/or cross-cultural. Proposals that identify the U.S. as a case for comparative study are welcome; however, proposals that require no field research outside the United States are not eligible. Proposals requesting support for a second year of field research will be funded only under exceptional circumstances.
Applicants must have completed all Ph.D. requirements except the field research component by the time the fellowship begins or by December 2001, whichever comes first.

The IDRF program helps promising young scholars launch their careers with substantive knowledge about societies, cultures, economies, and/or polities outside the United States. It promotes scholarship that treats place and setting in relation to broader phenomena as well as particular histories and cultures.
Applicants are expected to write in clear, intelligible prose for a selection committee that is multi-disciplinary and cross-regional. Proposals should display a thorough knowledge of the major concepts and methods relevant to the research, both in the applicant's discipline or subfield and in other fields where appropriate. The proposed research will be assessed in terms of the probability that it can inform debates that go beyond the specific topic and place chosen for study. Applications should exhibit a grounding in the methods and theories of a particular discipline or subdiscipline, but also must of demonstrable cross-disciplinary interest.
Applicants should specify why an extended period of field-based research is critical to the successful completion of the proposed doctoral dissertation. The research design of proposals should be realistic in scope, clearly formulated, and responsive to theoretical and methodological concerns. Applicants should provide evidence of having attained an appropriate level of training and skill to undertake the proposed field research, including evidence of a degree of language fluency adequate to complete the project.


November 13, 2000

An application form should be requested well before the submission deadline by email, fax, or phone. Applications sent by fax or electronic means, or received after the deadline will not be accepted. All materials must be typed or computer-printed according to the instructions on the application. A digital copy of the application may be downloaded from the SSRC website, but applications must be submitted by mail.
Applicants are strongly encouraged to submit a single application packet consisting of completed application forms, a proposal, three letters of references, language evaluation(s), and graduate school transcripts. Proposals should be no longer than ten pages, followed by a one or two-page bibliography or bibliographic essay.

Contact information:
IDRF Program - Social Science Research Council
810 Seventh Avenue, 31st Floor
New York, NY 10019 USA
Phone: (212) 377-2700
Fax: (212) 377-2727
E-mail: idrf@ssrc.org

Southern Conference on Slavic Studies

The thirty-ninth annual meeting of the Southern Conference on Slavic Studies will be held March 1-3, 2001 in Washington D.C. The conference, hosted by George Mason University, will meet at the Radisson Hotel Old Town Alexandria. Panel and paper proposals are due by 1 December 2000 and should be sent to Amy Nelson, Department of History, Virginia Polytechnic Inst. and State Univ, Blacksburg, VA 24061 or to Tom Ewing, Department of History, Virginia Polytechnic Inst. and State Univ, Blacksburg, VA 24061. For further information see the SCSS web site

Call for Chapters- Sybiraki / Global Polonia

Through WWII, about 1.5 million Poles were forcibly deported to exile in Soviet labour camps or kolhozes. Some fled or were permitted to leave during the brief "amnesty" period 1941-42. Some repatriated to Poland after the war. Others, for various reasons, remained in the Soviet Union, or trickled out in later years.

After the war, masses of Poles were scattered around the world, resettled from Argentina to Australia, in many instances called to labour for their freedom. Many encountered established Polish communities. Others created new Polonia communities.

But what has happened with these Poles? How have they contributed to their work, family, and community life, both as Polonia and as new citizens in new homelands? And what of the experiences of the repatriated Poles and those remaining in the former Soviet Union?

I am editing a book on Sybiraki / Global Polonia and am seeking chapters on the topic of global Polonia in the above context. Welcome approaches include sociological, historiographical, political, some poetry/prose and visual art. Chapters should be about 2,500 - 5,000 words and might consider the following either as "stand-alone" or in comparative discussion. Other proposals are also welcome.

- repatriated Poles
- Poles in diaspora; British Africa, India, Middle East, etc.
- Poles in the former Soviet Union [kresy]
- consideration of similar deportations; of Poles in relation to other ethnic groups
- orphans
- efforts of international aid agencies
- immigration patterns and policies of receiving nations
- organizational dynamics of Polonia
- comparative consideration between two or more receiving countries, post-WWII
- labour/class/gender consideration
- socio-economic analysis
- women's experience
- Polishness in relation to new or emerging national identities
- subsequent generations; consideration of ethnicity, identification with Polonia
- intergenerational relations
- Anders' Army
- memory / oral history

Deadline for paper copy: 01 January 2001
Send proposal to: hmacdonald@trentu.ca
Helen Bajorek MacDonald
Frost Centre, Trent University
Peterborough, ON K9J 7B8 CANADA

Princeton University Library Short-Term Fellowships

The Friends of the Princeton University Library anticipate awarding up to ten short-term fellowships for 2001-2002 to promote scholarly use of the research collections. The fellowships, which have a value of up to $2,500 each, are meant to help defray expenses in traveling to and residing in Princeton during the tenure of the fellowship. The length of the fellowship will depend on the applicant's research proposal, but is ordinarily one month. This round's fellowships are tenable from May 2001 to April 2002. The deadline is 15 January 2001.

Applicants are asked to submit a completed application form and budget form, a resume, and a research proposal not exceeding three pages in length. Application forms are available from our website or by writing to the address given below. Applicants must also arrange for two confidential letters of recommendation to be sent directly to the Fellowship Committee at the Library address.

The proposal should address specifically the relevance of the Princeton University Library collections to the proposed research. Prospective fellows are urged to consult the Library's home page for detailed descriptions of the collections, especially those in the Rare Books and Special Collections Department, and for the names of curators and reference staff. Applicants should have specific Princeton resources in mind-not simply a desire to make use of a major research library-as they prepare their proposals.

A committee consisting of members of the faculty, the library staff, and the Friends will award the fellowships on the basis of the relevance of the proposal to unique holdings of the library, the merits and significance of the project, and the applicant's scholarly qualifications. Awards will be made before 1 April 2001.

Application materials and letters of recommendation are to be mailed to Fellowship Committee, Princeton University Library, One Washington Road, Princeton, NJ 08544. Materials mailed to the committee must be postmarked no later than 15 January 2001. Facsimile transmissions may be sent to (609) 258-2324. Electronic communications to the Committee may be sent to delaney@princeton.edu. Materials submitted by e-mail or facsimile must be received no later than 15 January 2001.

For further information, please write Fellowship Committee, Friends of the Library, Princeton University Library, 1 Washington Road, Princeton, NJ 08544. E-mail: delaney@princeton.edu, or check our website


The program committee for the 31st annual conference of the CONSORTIUM ON REVOLUTIONARY EUROPE invites proposals for panels or individual papers to be presented at the Consortium's Annual Conference, February 22-24, 2001.

The conference will be hosted by Auburn University, and will meet in Auburn, Alabama.

Proposals in any area of European history in the period 1750-1850 will be welcomed. These should be addressed, along with any inquiries, to:

Professor Hines H. Hall
Program Chair, CRE
Department of History
Auburn University
Auburn, AL 36849-5207
Tel.: 334-844-6637
Fax: 334-844-6673
E-mail: hallhin@auburn.edu

Deadline for receipt of all proposals is October 1, 2000. Selected conference papers will be published in the CRE Proceedings upon the recommendations of referees.

I am soliciting contributors and sub-editors for an ABC-CLIO publishers hard-cover encyclopedia of world military history. This work, which will contain some 2,000 entries dealing with topics dating from the earliest recorded military events to almost the present time, will run to some 600,000 words in length. The entries will be compact, averaging some 500 words. The volume will also contain illustrations, maps, an index, chronology, and a descriptive list of contributors. It is part of a multi-volume encyclopedia of warfare, which includes (in addition to the three-volume set on military history) multi-volume-volumes on naval warfare and on air power. Dr. Spencer Tucker, John Biggs Professor of Military History at Virginia Military Institute, is Editor-in-Chief for the entire project. I am the editor of the military history volumes, and there will be several sub-editors. (Sub-editors will be compensated.)

Stanley Sandler
Conquest Chair in the Humanities

Challenges to Political Parties Europe since 1870: A Multidisciplinary Retrospective
A Graduate Student Workshop Minda de Gunzburg Center for European Studies, Harvard University April 20-22, 2001

At the end of the twentieth century European political arena can be characterized by political innovation and change. New actors have emerged across the political spectrum, from the greens on the left to neo-nationalists on the right. In some countries these parties have profited solely from protest votes; in others they have garnered enough electoral strength to gain seats in the legislature, and even in coalition governments. Parties face structural challenges due to a changing institutional system at the domestic level and the exigencies of European Union at the supranational. The traditional role of grassroots activism seems eclipsed by the growth of high-tech campaigning. As the fundamental link between individual constituent and representative is increasingly called into question, voting rates have dropped across Europe. Some observers even fear for the survival of party-based democracy.

Yet sudden transformations in the European political fabric are nothing new. From the last decades of the nineteenth century, the party political landscape was fundamentally changed by the arrival of mass suffrage, new kinds of parties and new forms of party organization. Socialists, clericals and right-wing populists riding waves of resurgent nationalism established themselves across the contintent after 1870. Then, after the watershed of the First World War, Communist and Fascist parties were able to challenge the very legitimacy of the European parliamentary system. In the wake of the Second World War, the party political spectrum was again reshaped, if not as violently, by the emergence of powerful Christian Democratic Parties and more recently by varying constellations of environmentalists, regionalists and territorialist xenophobes.

This conference will bring together papers from different disciplines which examine the changes and constants in the continental party system since the late-nineteenth century and suggest original approaches for examining European parties and party politics. Graduate students will have an opportunity to discuss their work with student and faculty participants.

Paper applications addressing the following themes are particularly encouraged:
*The emergence and institutionalization of non-traditional political parties or movements e.g. the radical-nationalist right or special interest organizations (class-based, regionally-based or environmental parties)
*The relationship of parties to civil society (including interest groups, constituencies, voting and other forms of representation)
*Internal challenges to party organization, including the mass-elite relationship, membership, resources, etc.
*International and supranational challenges to the party system
*The relationship of parties to the state, the economy or democracy
*Political culture and party ideologies

Participation in the workshop is competitive and by application and will be limited to advanced standing doctoral students in North America and Europe. To be considered, proposals should clearly relate to research on Europe or European countries, to broader theoretical debates in the fields of anthropology, history, political science or sociology and should focus on the modern period. Submitted applications will include:
1) a curriculum vitae,
2) a three-page summary of dissertation research and
3) a one-page paper proposal.

Complete applications must be received by December 15, 2000.

Accepted papers will be due on March 15, 2001 for pre-circulation.
Please send your application materials to:
Lisa Eschenbach,
Minda de Gunzburg Center for European Studies, Harvard University,
27 Kirkland Street, Cambridge, MA 02138
Tel: (1 617) 495 4303 x231

Travel and accommodations for participants will be provided by the Minda de Gunzburg Center for European Studies, Harvard University.

The Workshop is organized by Eric Kurlander and Bonnie Meguid and advised by Professors David Blackbourn, Torben Iversen and Cindy Skach.

To announce a call for papers in CER, contact Joanna Rohozińska