CFPs of Interest

This page lists upcoming calls for conferences, collections, and articles that may be relevant to the eighteenth-century Caribbean. If you have a CFP or CFC that you would like to share, email me at

Call for Applications: 2018-2019 New York Public Library Short-Term Research Fellowships

The New York Public Library is pleased to offer short-term research fellowships to support graduate-level, post-doctoral, and independent researchers.  Individuals needing to conduct on-site research in the Library’s special collections to support projects in the humanities, business, and the fine and performing arts are encouraged to apply.

Fellowship stipends are $1,000 per week for a minimum of two and maximum of four weeks.  Each fellow is expected to be in residence at the Library for the duration of their fellowship and to write a blog post for about their work with the Library’s collections.

The Manuscripts and Archives Division of The New York Public Library holds over 29,000 linear feet of material in over 5,500 collections, with strengths in the papers and records of individuals, families, and organizations, primarily from the New York region. These collections support research in the political, economic, social, and cultural history of New York and the United States.

The Rare Book Collection contains over 350,000 printed volumes, pamphlets, broadsides, and newspapers, in addition to thousands of pieces of ephemera.  It is especially rich in fifteenth century printing, Americana, voyages and travels, early Bibles, and literature.

Visit for more information about these and other divisions available for fellowship research.

Detailed program information can be found at, and Library holdings can be explored at and

To apply, submit an online application at  Fellowships are open to U.S. citizens, permanent residents, and foreign nationals who have been resident in the United States for the three years as of January 31, 2018.  Fellows must reside outside the New York metropolitan area.

Application Deadline:  February 15, 2018

Notification Date:  March 31, 2018

Fellowship Period:  June 1, 2018 – May 30, 2019


FUND: Gilder Lehrman Center Fellowship Applications Due March 1, 2018

The Gilder Lehrman Center for the Study of Slavery, Resistance, and Abolition, part of the MacMillan Center at Yale University, is pleased to announce that we are accepting applications for the following fellowships.

For 2018-2019, the GLC is offering two types of postdoctoral and faculty fellowships that advance the study of slavery, its role in the creation of the modern world, and its legacies. They are: the Postdoctoral and Faculty Fellowships (one-month and four-month) and the annual Human Trafficking and Modern Day Slavery Fellowships (academic year). These are in-residence positions. During their time in New Haven, fellows have access to Yale University libraries and resources, office space at the Gilder Lehrman Center, give a public lecture, and participate in the intellectual life at the Center.

The deadline for applications for the 2018-2019 fellowships is March 1, 2018. For further information regarding specific fellowships and the application process see the Gilder Lehrman Center website:

Gilder Lehrman Center One-month and Four-month Postdoctoral and Faculty Fellowships
CLOSES: Mar 1, 2018

Human Trafficking and Modern Day Slavery Fellowship in 2018-2019
CLOSES: Mar 1, 2018

Contact Info:

Gilder Lehrman Center for the Study of Slavery, Resistance, and Abolition
The MacMillan Center at Yale University
PO Box 208206
New Haven, CT  06520


Transatlantic Studies Association
17th Annual Conference
University of North Georgia, Dahlonega, Georgia, USA
9-11 July 2018

Call for Papers

The TSA is coming to America. For the time since it was established in 2002, the TSA is holding its annual conference on the other side of the Atlantic. TSA is a broad network of scholars who use the ‘transatlantic’ as a frame of reference for their work in political, economic, cultural, historical, environmental, literary, and IR/security studies. All transatlantic-themed paper and panel proposals from these and related disciplines are welcome.

This conference thus welcomes papers in the following areas:

  1. History
  2. International Relations and Security Studies
  3. Literature, Film, and Culture
  4. Planning and the Environment
  5. Economics
  6. Proposals that investigate the ‘transatlantic’ and explore it through frames of reference such as ideology, empire, race, religion, migration, political mobilisation, or social movements
  7. Proposals that incorporate perspectives that involve north-south and south-south transatlantic connections, as well as north-north

Both panel proposals and individual papers are welcome. Panel proposals are encouraged to include a discussant. New members and junior scholars are especially welcome.

Please send individual paper proposals (a 300 word abstract + brief CV) and complete panel proposals (300 word overview + 300 word abstracts for the papers + brief CVs) to the conference email:

Deadline for panel and paper proposals: 2 February 2018

Conference proposals should be directed to the conference address:

For further information or enquiries please contact the following:

Chair of TSA / Local Organiser: Christopher Jespersen:

Further details will soon be posted to the Association’s website:

Library Company of Philadelphia 2018-19 Short-term, Dissertation, and Post-Doctoral Fellowships

The Library Company of Philadelphia invites applications for short-term, dissertation and post-doctoral fellowships for 2018-2019. The fellowships support on-site research on topics related to the collections of the Library Company and other local archives as noted below.

The Library Company of Philadelphia and The Historical Society of Pennsylvania will jointly award approximately 25 short-term (usually one-month) fellowships for research in either or both collections, with a stipend of $2,000, for residencies between September 1, 2018, and May 31, 2019.

The Albert M. Greenfield Foundation Dissertation Fellowship supports dissertation research at the Library Company, with a stipend of $20,000.  The award may be divided between two applicants, each of whom would receive $10,000 for the period September 1, 2018, to January 15, 2019, or January 15 to May 31, 2019.

The Library Company’s Program in Early American Economy and Society (PEAES) offers both short-term and dissertation fellowships that are designed to promote scholarship in early American economy and society, broadly defined, from its colonial beginnings to the 1850s.  Applicants may submit proposals based not only on the Library Company’s collections but also on those of other institutions in the Philadelphia area. The stipends and tenure of the awards are the same as for the short-term and dissertation fellowships described above.

The Library Company of Philadelphia’s Program in African American History (PAAH) is now accepting applications for its Mellon Scholars Fellowship Program, which aims to promote research in the collections of the Library Company and to enhance the production of scholarly work in African American history of the 17th, 18th, and 19th centuries. The Mellon Scholars Program is made possible with the support of the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation and is designed to increase the participation of scholars from underrepresented backgrounds and others in the field of African American history prior to 1900. The following PAAH fellowships are offered for 2018-2019, with dates of tenure as above:

· A Dissertation fellowship, with a stipend of $25,000, which may be divided between two applicants.  Applicants must be in the later stages of research or writing.

· Short-term (one month) fellowships, for doctoral candidates and senior scholars, with a stipend of $2,500.

· A Post-doctoral fellowship, with a stipend of $50,000, which may be divided between two applicants.  Recent recipients of the Ph.D. as well as senior scholars may apply, but applicants must hold a Ph.D. by September 1, 2018.

The application deadline for all fellowships is March 1, 2018, with a decision to be made by April 15.

To apply, go to, fill out a required electronic cover sheet, indicating all the fellowships you wish to apply for, and submit a brief résumé and a 3-5 page description of the proposed research. For short-term awards please submit one letter of recommendation; for dissertation and post-doctoral awards also submit a writing sample of about 25 pages and a second letter of recommendation.

More detailed information is available at  For further information about the general fellowship program, contact James Green at ; for PEAES fellowships, contact Cathy Matson at ; for PAAH fellowships, contact Erica Armstrong Dunbar at era@udel.ed

Contact Info:

Clarissa Lowry

Program Coordinator


CFP: Visualizing Blackness in Latin America and the Caribbean, 16th to 19th centuries

29th May, Institute of Latin American Studies, School of Advanced Study, London

Keynote speaker: Dr. Tamara J. Walker, University of Toronto

Recent years have witnessed a rich wave of scholarship examining representations of Blackness in the visual cultures of the Atlantic world. This avenue of enquiry is particularly germane to Latin America and the Caribbean, home to the world’s largest African diasporic populations. Whilst the theme of black people’s invisibility is deeply inscribed in both the history and scholarship of the region, the study of visual and material culture presents new avenues for understanding both the complexities of the black experience, and the ways in which notions of Blackness and peoples of African descent have indelibly shaped the cultures and societies of Latin America and the Caribbean.

This conference invites scholars to reflect on the ways in which Blackness was imagined in the cultural production of the hispanophone, lusophone, and francophone Americas, from the 16th to the 19th centuries. We use Blackness in its broadest sense, encompassing its hegemonic configuration as a signifier of difference, its articulation as a largely fluid category across Latin America and the Caribbean, and its transformative capacity through acts of agency, self-fashioning and political and cultural resistance.

We seek to bring together an interdisciplinary group of scholars working across the fields of visual and material culture, art history, cultural studies and history to explore the multiplicity of meanings ascribed to Blackness across the region; from early modern, colonial conceptions rooted in lineage and bloodlines, to the pseudo-scientific construction of race as an immutable, material and biological ‘fact’ in the 19th century. We invite papers that explore the myriad ways in which Blackness is configured and remade, through representations of Afro-descendants in the visual arts, and the production and use of material culture in black self-fashioning and collective identities.

Possible themes or lines of inquiry include, but are not limited to:

  •     Strategies of self-representation and self-fashioning
  •     Patronage, taste, display, and consumption
  •     Religious culture and black sanctity
  •     Enlightenment discourses, classification and the disciplinary gaze
  •     Slavery and abolition
  •     Republican iconographies and national imaginaries: regional ideologies of mestizaje, mesticagem, mulataje and creole nationalism
  •     Visibility, hyper-visibility and invisibility
  •     Whitening, browning and blackening
  •     Imperial contexts and transatlantic themes/precedents

We welcome proposals for 20 minute presentations. Please send an abstract of up to 250 words and a CV to Helen Melling and Kathryn Santner at by 31 January 2018.  Candidates will be informed of acceptance by 15th February.

For further information, please see the conference website:

Contact Info:

Helen Melling and Kathryn Santner (Institute of Latin American Studies, School of Advanced Study)


Massachusetts Historical Society Research Fellowships

The Massachusetts Historical Society will offer more than forty research fellowships for the academic year 2018-2019. The first deadline, for MHS-NEH fellowships, is January 15. Start your application and mark your calendar with the deadlines below!

The Society will offer at least two MHS-NEH Long-term Fellowships made possible by an award from the National Endowment for the Humanities. The stipend, governed by an NEH formula, is $4,200 per month (plus an additional stipend of over five hundred dollars a month for housing and professional expenses) for a minimum of four months and a maximum of twelve months continuous tenure. These fellowships are for scholars studying in the Society’s collections who have completed the terminal degree in their field (typically a Ph.D.) by the application deadline.

MHS Short-term Fellowships carry a stipend of $2,000 to support four or more weeks of research in the Society’s collections. One application automatically puts you into consideration for any applicable short-term fellowships. Graduate students, faculty, and independent researchers are welcome to apply. We will offer more than twenty short-term fellowships in the coming year!

For those studying the U.S. Civil War, its causes, or its memory, the Boston Athenaeum and the MHS will offer one Suzanne and Caleb Loring Fellowship on the Civil War, its Origins, and Consequences. Fellows spend at least four weeks at each institution. This fellowship carries a stipend of $4,000.

The Society also participates in the New England Regional Fellowship Consortium. Twenty-five cultural institutions will offer a minimum of eighteen fellowships in 2018-2019. These grants provide a stipend of $5,000 for a total of eight or more weeks of research conducted at three or more participating institutions. See the Consortium website for a list of member organizations and email them to discuss possible itineraries!