BAAS Digest 2 October 2016
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  1. JOB: Lecturer in American History, University of Hull
  2. JOB: Chairperson and Professor in the Department of Women, Gender and Sexuxlity Studies, University of Kansas
  3. CFP: Border Control: On the Edges of American Art
  4. CFP: BrANCA Panel at BAAS Conference 2017
  5. EVENT: Gender and History in the Americas Seminar
  6. EVENT: Cambridge American History Seminars
This week in US Studies Online: 2015-16 BAAS Postgraduate Travel Award winner Sabina Peck gives her advice on applications. 

The School of Histories, Languages and Cultures at the University of Hull seeks to appoint a Lecturer in American History who will contribute to the strong reputation for teaching and research in the American Studies programme at the University. The post commences January 2017.

The appointment will complement our existing provision in American history, literature and culture. The successful candidate will be able to work in a team-based and interdisciplinary context. We are seeking an enthusiastic and proactive early-career scholar with a passionate commitment to teaching and learning who can also demonstrate an emerging track record of excellent research.

The post-holder must have expertise in American history suitable for delivering a new module on the history and culture of the American Civil War, as well as designing their own courses on other regional and/or racial aspects of US histories.

In your covering letter please refer directly to the criteria, given in the person specification. Applications are assessed by the selection panel according to these criteria.

For questions or an informal discussion about the position, please contact the Subject Group Head, Dr David Eldridge ( Further details including the person specification are available at:


Chairperson and Associate or Full Professor of the Department of Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies (WGSS)
The Department of WGSS invites applications for the position of Chairperson and Associate or Full Professor of the department, expected to begin as early as August 18, 2017.  The successful candidate will qualify for a tenured appointment with the rank of Full or advanced Associate Professor with research and teaching expertise in the field of women, gender, and sexuality studies (research specialization is open.)  The position requires a nationally recognized program of research in the discipline of women, gender, and sexuality studies that includes a sustained record of publication and external funding, with the promise of continued productivity.  The Chairperson also must communicate effectively, manage interpersonal relations, and contribute to a collegial work and learning environment.  Applications should demonstrate a commitment to and experience in academic administrative roles.  Candidates must also have a commitment to teaching excellence and mentorship at the undergraduate and graduate level.
The Department of WGSS began in 1972 as a result of activism by students, faculty, and community members and now boasts nine tenure-track faculty and over 70 affiliated faculty members.  The department offers undergraduate majors and minors in Women, Gender and Sexuality Studies and in Human Sexuality, and a vibrant graduate program, granting M.A. and Ph.D. degrees, as well as a graduate certificate.
The University of Kansas is especially interested in hiring faculty members who can contribute to the climate of diversity in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences and four key campus-wide strategic initiatives: (1) Sustaining the Planet, Powering the World; (2) Promoting Well-Being, Finding Cures; (3) Building Communities, Expanding Opportunities; and (4) Harnessing Information, Multiplying Knowledge. For more information, see
The University of Kansas (KU) is located in Lawrence, Kansas, a bustling and progressive college town of around 94,000 located 40 miles west of Kansas City.  Lawrence offers numerous cultural events, sports and recreational opportunities, local shops, and a wide range of great restaurants.
For a complete announcement and to apply online, go to: A complete online application includes the following materials: (1) letter of application describing experience and accomplishments; (2) record of productivity in research, teaching, and service as noted in CV; (3) research statement and supplemental materials (e.g., representative publications); (4) teaching statement and supplemental materials (e.g., teaching portfolio, sample syllabus, peer evaluations, student evaluations); and, (5) the names and contact information for three professional references.
Questions may be directed to Professor Marta Vicente, Search Committee Chair, Women, Gender and Sexuality Studies Department, Blake Hall, 318 Blake Hall, 1541 Lilac Lane, Lawrence, KS 66045-7594; e-mail:  Initial review of applications begins November 16, 2016, and continues as needed to ensure a large, high quality, and diverse applicant pool.
The University of Kansas prohibits discrimination on the basis of race, color, ethnicity, religion, sex, national origin, age, ancestry, disability, status as a veteran, sexual orientation, marital status, parental status, retaliation, gender identity, gender expression and genetic information in the University’s programs and activities. The following person has been designated to handle inquiries regarding the non-discrimination policies and is the University’s Title IX Coordinator: the Executive Director of the Office of Institutional Opportunity and Access,, 1246 W. Campus Road, Room 153A, Lawrence, KS, 66045, (785) 864-6414, 711 TTY.


Border Control: On the Edges of American Art
Thursday 25 and Friday 26 May 2017
Tate Liverpool, Albert Dock, Liverpool Waterfront, Liverpool L3 4BB, UK

Convened by Julia Tatiana Bailey (Tate) and Alex J. Taylor (University of Pittsburgh)
Supported by the Terra Foundation for American Art
Recent histories of American art have strived to cross its boundaries and expand its limits. As migration and expatriatism have come to be understood among its defining characteristics, once carefully delineated edges between the national and the foreign seem increasingly porous. This shift corresponds with the dissolution of other kinds of borders. Artists have long transgressed the limits of artistic movement, medium specificity and other imposed restrictions, sometimes sneaking well outside the bounds of art itself. Historians of American art have also begun to more actively cross the disciplinary limits that once constrained the field.
This two-day conference will bring together new scholarship exploring the edges and borders of American art before 1980, the varied acts of traversal and attempts at containment that have shaped its histories. Presented as the culmination of the three-year Tate Research project Refiguring American Art, and to coincide with a related display at Tate Liverpool, the conference will bring together historians of art and visual culture engaging with American art in its global contexts. The conference will embrace scholarship that attends to the boundaries of American art in the broadest visual, historical and conceptual terms, including the fractious politics by which borders of many kinds are crossed and controlled. How have such dynamics altered the way artists work, or the way particular works of art look? What has been the impact of such barriers on the canon, and the various revisions of its limits?
Topics may include:
– Borders, margins and edges as formal strategy in American art
– Frontiers and walls in the American cultural imagination
– Migration, travel and the artistic impacts of border crossings
– Conduits and obstacles in the global traffic of American art and artists
– Art at boundary lines, border zones and other thresholds between places
– The protection and dissolution of borders between movements and periods
– Marginal styles and mediums, and their art historical regulation
– Contested boundaries between artistic and non-artistic practices
– Interdisciplinary dialogues and disputes between American art and its others
– Creative encounters with the barriers of isolationism and exceptionalism
– Artistic entanglements in American cultural and geographical expansionism
– Cultural practices on the borders of gender, sexuality and ethnicity
– Containment and the ideological ends of American art and artists
The conference will take place on Thursday 25 and Friday 26 May 2017 at Tate Liverpool. A contribution towards travel costs will be made available to speakers, and Tate can provide letters of support for selected speakers to seek further support towards participation.
To propose a paper, please email an abstract of 200 words or less and a 50-word biography in a single Word document to by Sunday 6 November 2016.

Papers should be 15–20 minutes in length.
Speakers will be notified by Friday 16 December 2016.
Find out more at


BrANCA Panel at BAAS Conference 2017

The British Association of American Studies (BrANCA) invites proposals for a special panel at the British Association for American Studies Conference, 6-8 April 2017 at Canterbury Christchurch University.

Each year BrANCA hosts a special panel at BAAS showcasing progressive, interdisciplinary work on the United States in the long nineteenth century.

We invite proposals for papers for this year’s panel from all researchers working in the field. We are particularly interested in global, hemispheric and transatlantic approaches to key themes in nineteenth century literary studies, and papers that propose new ways of conceiving the field. Researchers at all stages are welcomed, and papers from postgraduates are particularly encouraged.

250 word proposals for 20-minute presentations, with a provisional title and brief CV, should be sent to Dr. Tom F. Wright, University of Sussex at by Tuesday 25 October. Queries should also be directed to this address.


The Gender & History in the Americas seminar begins its 2016/2017 programme soon. Join us on Monday 3rd October for a roundtable discussion on Hillary Clinton, gender and the US election. Professor Iwan Morgan (UCL), expert on the US Presidency, and Dr Sylvia Shaw (University of Westminster), socio-linguist with expertise on gender and language in political institutions, will share their perspectives on the election campaign. The event takes place at 5.30pm at the Institute of Historical Research, University of London in room 204, Senate House North Block. All are welcome to attend and to join us for drinks and dinner afterwards.


Dear Colleagues,

We are delighted to announce our 2016 Michaelmas term Cambridge American History Seminar schedule. The details (including which seminars have pre-circulated papers) are included below, and in an attached pdf document. They can also be found on the CAHS webpage.

Sincerely yours,

Gary Gerstle

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Michaelmas Term
Tuesday 4 October (Room G.04, English Faculty West Road), 4:30pm:
Mark Greif, Associate Professor of Literary Studies, The New School, New York City
Book Launch: Against Everything: Essays (Penguin Random House, 2016)
Hosted by the Cambridge American Literature Research Seminar
10 October:
Thomas A. Foster, Professor of History, DePaul University
Queering Enslaved Men's Experiences: Same-Gender Intimacy and Sexual Vulnerability
17 October:
Pekka Hämäläinen, Rhodes Professor of American History, University of Oxford
Iktómi’s Children: The Rise and Fall of the Lakota Empire
Discussion will be based on a pre-circulated paper
Thursday 20 October (Trinity Hall, Room TBC), 6:00pm:
Manisha Sinha, Draper Chair in American History, University of Connecticut
Book Launch: The Slave’s Cause: A History of Abolition (Yale University Press, 2016)
Hosted by the Trinity Hall History Society
24 October:
Nick Witham, Lecturer in US Political History, University College London
Remembering 1968: Life Writing, Politics and Protest
31 October:
Bronwen Everill, Lecturer in History, Gonville and Caius College, University of Cambridge
Free Produce, Free Labour, and the Africa Question
Discussion will be based on a pre-circulated paper
7 November (Room TBC):
  Eric Foner, DeWitt Clinton Professor of History, Columbia University, and Michael O’Brien Distinguished Historian, University of Cambridge
Gateway to Freedom: The Hidden History of the Underground Railroad
Tuesday 8 November (Knox Shaw Room), 5pm:
Workshop with Professor Foner to discuss his work and career (further details forthcoming)
14 November: 
Darren Dochuk, Professor of History, University of Notre Dame
Blood on the Earth: Wildcat Religion and Oil in America’s Age of Civil War
Discussion will be based on a pre-circulated paper
Thursday 17 November (Room TBC):
Seth Fein, Historian and Filmmaker, Seven Local Film
Film Screening: Between Neighborhoods
Seth Fein’s new film is a history of Queens (New York City) as a transnational hub for people and commerce from the 1964 New York World’s Fair until today.
21 November:
Seth Archer, Mellon Fellow in American History, University of Cambridge
Throwing Away the Gods: Hawai‘i, 1818-1825
Discussion will be based on a pre-circulated paper
28 November:
Loïc Wacquant, Professor of Sociology, University of California, Berkeley, and 2016-17 Pitt Professor, University of Cambridge
Peculiar Institutions: Four Centuries of Race-Making in the United States
Discussion will be based on a pre-circulated paper

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