[CFP] SHAFR Manuscript Workshops for Contingent Faculty

SHAFR Manuscript Workshops for Contingent Faculty
Call for Applications

At its meeting in June, SHAFR Council approved a proposal to fund three manuscript workshops for contingent faculty who are members of SHAFR and work in the U.S. foreign relations field.  These workshops may be familiar to those who have benefited from them: established scholars read the work of others, often junior scholars’ revised dissertations, then meet together to discuss the work, with an eye toward preparing it for publication.  To this point, few foreign relations historians who do not have tenure-stream jobs or coveted post-doctoral fellowships have had access these sessions.  This program aims to remedy that.

As authors and readers of the “The Academic Jobs Crisis: A Forum” (Passport, April 2021) know, the term “contingent faculty” has a broad definition.  Mentorship Program directors take it to mean principally those with heavy teaching loads but without permanent positions—that is, adjunct or part-time faculty who lack the institutional support and the time to return to scholarly projects that they aspire to publish.  Mentors for SHAFR’s program are all established scholars in the foreign relations field who volunteer to read and comment on manuscripts; at this writing, they include David Anderson, Kristin Hoganson, Richard Immerman, Warren Kimball, Melvyn Leffler, Robert McMahon, Andrew Rotter, and Michael Sherry. 

The program directors invite applications from all eligible candidates for mentoring workshops.  Successful applicants will be assigned two mentors, who will read candidates’ manuscripts in advance of the 2022 SHAFR conference in New Orleans.  Manuscript authors and their mentors will meet at the conference, for which the authors will receive a $1,500 subsidy for registration, travel, lodging, and meals.  Meetings, which will involve constructive and generous criticism of manuscripts, will take place on the Thursday prior to the conference, so that participants can attend a full slate of SHAFR sessions.   

To apply for a workshop subsidy, please send (1) your curriculum vitae; (2) a one-page intellectual biography; and (3) a summary of your manuscript or scholarly project (no more than six, double-spaced pages) to Andrew Rotter ([email protected]), co-director (with Richard Immerman) of the Workshops. Recipients should be prepared to send their full manuscripts to their mentors.  


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