The Hines Prize is awarded to the best first book-manuscript relating to any aspect of the Carolina Lowcountry and/or the Atlantic World. The prize carries a cash award of $1,000 and preferential consideration by the University of South Carolina Press for the Carolina Lowcountry and Atlatnic World (CLAW) Program’s book series. If you have a manuscript on a topic pertaining to the Carolina Lowcountry and/or Atlantic World, please send a copy to CLAW Director Sandra Slater slaters@cofc.edu before May 15, 2021. If you have graduate students with potential manuscripts that could contend for the Prize, please make sure that they know of this biennial opportunity.

Previous winners of the Hines Prize:

· 2017—Dr. Michael Schoeppner- Regulating Moral Contagion: Black Atlantic Sailors, Citizenship, and Diplomacy in Antebellum America

· 2015 – Dr. Huw David – The Atlantic at Work: Britain and South Carolina’s Trading Networks, c. 1730 to 1790

· 2013 – Dr. Tristan Stubbs – The Plantation Overseers of Eighteenth-Century Virginia, South Carolina, and Georgia

· 2011 – Dr. Michael D. Thompson – Working on the Dock of the Bay: Labor and Life along Charleston’s Waterfront, 1783-1861

· 2009 – Barry Stiefel – Jewish Sanctuary in the Atlantic World: A Social and Architectural History

· 2007 – T.J. Desch-Obi – Fighting for Honor: The History of African Martial Art Traditions in the Atlantic World

· 2005 – Nicholas Michael Butler – Votaries of Apollo: The St. Cecilia Society and the Patronage of Concert Music in Charleston, South Carolina, 1766-1820

· 2003 – Bradford Wood – This Remote Part of the World: Regional Formation in Lower Cape Fear, North Carolina, 1725-1775

The winner of the 2019 Hines Prize was Dr. D. Andrew Johnson (Rice University), for his manuscript “Enslaved Native Americans and the Making of South Carolina, 1659–1739.” Seen through the lens of the early-Carolina slave trade, Dr. Johnson persuasively shows that Native Americans were not passive actors in forming the colony. Instead, Johnson reveals how the complex acculturation between Native Americans, Africans, and Europeans shaped agriculture and footways, as well as social and political formations.

Contact info: Professor Sandra Slater, Department of History, College of Charleston, 66 George Street, Charleston, SC 29424-0001, USA

Contact Email: slaters@cofc.edu

URL: https://claw.cofc.edu/hines-prize/

CONTAGIOUS CONNECTIONS: Epidemic disease in the Vast Early Americas


From the OIEAHC Website

The Omohundro Institute of Early American History & Culture invites proposals from scholars across academic disciplines and ranks for a series of workshops dedicated to revisiting and rethinking the history and historiography of epidemics in Vast Early America and the Atlantic World. Co-chaired by Ryan Kashnanipour (University of Arizona) and Claire Gherini (Fordham University), “Contagious Connections” will build from a series of conversations with established scholars in fall 2021 to a workshop in spring 2022. We invite proposals of works in progress on epidemics in the early Americas for that workshop. 

Epidemics were a foundational force in the early history of the Americas and the larger Atlantic World. Yet their interdisciplinary and comparative analysis has often been restricted by the imperial and temporal priorities of these regions’ subfields as well as older biomedical and demographic approaches to the study of disease. Rather than rehashing whether acquired immunity destined Native Americans to extirpation and Africans for slavery in the Americas, this series proceeds from the idea that epidemics are epistemological and ontological forces: they have a historical materiality but become epidemics of a particular disease when historical actors collectively decide to name and treat them as such. We invite paper submissions from scholars of any discipline writing on any region of either Vast Early America or the Atlantic World, 1400-1830 that engage with epidemics and/or infectious diseases beyond their biological attributes.

We are open to papers of many kinds, possible themes and questions might include:

The political and social ramifications, in particular times and places, of naming widespread infirmity an epidemic. How do such pronouncements and definitions work to mobilize resources? What populations do they render legible? Which figures and administrative bodies got to make these definitions?

What administrative differences between empires rendered such pronouncements and definitions easier to make and contest, as well as see in the archive?

How did the divergent temporalities of so-called crowd diseases’ (smallpox, yellow fever, measles for example) and those that are more chronic disorders (yaws, coco-bays, dropsy) shape official and quotidian responses to them?

Naming generalized infirmity an epidemic magnifies its visibility in the archive. Papers might explore the more quotidian types of infirmity that have been overlooked as a consequence and how they were managed and thought about by the communities affected by them.

Papers might use the uneven impact of different epidemics as a window onto the endemic nature of illness in the early modern Americas and underlying health disparities.

Sudden and widespread sickness tends to galvanize discovery of its modes of communication. To think about the materiality of epidemics, papers might focus on how these discoveries reconfigure mobility and daily habits of living. Or they might use authorities’ efforts to regulate or outlaw quotidian practices of bodily health or sustenance to recover what are often overlooked materials and practices that are central to gendered and racialized economies of care.

Papers might explore the development of new forms mourning, internment, and memorialization that communities developed to reckon with the new scale of death created by an epidemic.

We hope to see this series culminate in a community of scholars who might polish their works for collective publication. In spring 2022, between January and May, we will hold a series of workshops to discuss pre-circulated papers with select presenters, leading specialists, and scholars in the field. Papers should be chapter length (no longer than 10,000 words) drafts of works in progress. In summer 2022, should conditions allow, we may also convene for a week-long in person meeting to present revised versions of their papers for a second round of workshops.

Interested individuals are asked to submit an abbreviated CV no longer than three pages and an abstract no longer than 500 words by June 15, 2021:


For more information, please feel free to contact Ryan Kashanipour (rykash@arizona.edu) or Claire Gherini (cgherini@fordham.edu).  

MHR Call for Papers: Representation in American History

Proposal Deadline: 15 June 2020
From the Massachusetts Historical Society Website, March 24, 2021
Since its first volume in 1999, theMassachusetts Historical Review (MHR) has published original analytical essays, photo-essays, historical documents, and reviews for a general audience. Beginning in 2021, a new series of the MHR will devote each issue to a theme connected with Massachusetts history, although the essays in the volume need not be limited to Massachusetts or New England topics.  The publication of the third volume of the new series will coincide with the 250th anniversary of the Boston Tea Party.
On the evening of 16 December 1773, American colonists opposed to the Tea Act seriously escalated their decade-long protest against the authority of Parliament to make laws that affected the North American colonies. Having chanted “no taxation without representation” through several legal and economic clashes with Parliament, the Sons of Liberty led this raid on ships carrying British East India Company tea anchored in Boston Harbor. Heaving hundreds of chests of tea into the murky water, these individuals took matters into their own hands, setting the colonies and the metropole on a course that would culminate in revolution and war. In the decades and centuries since, the Boston Tea Party has become a productive image, used in support of numerous demands for representation in other times and contexts.  Using the Boston Tea Party as a starting point, volume 3 of the MHR’s new series will focus on the theme of representation, broadly conceived. Essays may address the theme in a variety of ways, including but not limited to political representation, cultural representation, and historical representation. However, the idea of representation must be integral to the material examined and must be addressed directly as a key aspect of the analysis/argument.
The MHR invites interested authors to submit proposals for original essays concerning representation in any era of American history and speaking to a general audience. Preference will be given to essays that connect in some manner to Massachusetts and New England. The journal welcomes submissions from authors pursuing research in history or related fields (such as American Studies or American Literature) at all career stages, including graduate students, tenured faculty members, and independent scholars.  Interested parties should submit a current curriculum vitae along with a one-page (double-spaced) proposal that outlines the subject the author seeks to pursue and its connection to the theme, the sources employed, and the intervention in relevant historical scholarship to mhr@masshist.org by June 15, 2021. By July 15, 2021, authors with successful proposals will receive an invitation to submit a completed draft of their essay for consideration. First drafts of essays selected will be due by December 1, 2021, and must be 7,500–10,000 words. All drafts will undergo a rigorous peer-review process by both MHS staff and outside readers prior to publication.
Questions? Please write to mhr@masshist.org.

Call for Applications: editorial positions at COMMONPLACE

Commonplace is looking for 8-10 editorial potential board members and 1 editor.

See the announcement at http://commonplace.online/article/submissions-applications/

Submit applications and nominations, including a DEI statement and a list of three fields of expertise to commonplacejournal@gmail.com.

More information about Commonplace is available at http://commonplace.online/about/

EVENT: Moving Beyond the Monograph- New and Creative Models of Academic Publication Every Scholar of Humanities Should Know About

From H-Net Early America, March 3, 2021

by Avi Staiman

Dear H-Early-America 

I want to invite you to join me for my exclusive interview with Chris Harrison, Publishing Development Director of Humanities and Social Sciences at Cambridge University Press as part of our ongoing ‘Publication Success Interview Series’.

Chris will discuss how Cambridge is moving beyond the monograph to introduce new and creative publication models to fill the gap between academic articles and books. Register to learn more about how you can take advantage of this new forum to publish your research and advance your career.

March 17 at 6:30PM IST/ 4:30PM GMT/ 12:30 PM EST

Learn more and register

Can’t make it on the 17th? Register using the link above and we will send you a recording. 

Journée publications récentes REDEHJA – 26 mars 2021 (online)

Journée publications récentes REDEHJA

26 mars 2021

En raison de la situation sanitaire actuelle, cette journée est organisée entièrement à distance.

Veuillez vous inscrire à la date et l’heure qui vous conviennent le mieux (inscription préalable obligatoire) ici: https://u-paris.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZIocuGqpjksH9z2k7wDS0sCtcn2Wq0a3ej2

Après votre inscription, vous recevrez un e-mail de confirmation contenant les instructions pour rejoindre la réunion.


9h30: Accueil par Allan Potofsky, président du REDEHJA

9h35-10h: Session 1 / Publications nord-américaines 2019-2021
« Recent perspectives on the history of Early America and the early American republic », Auréliane Narvaez, Université Paris 1-Panthéon-Sorbonne

10h-12h: Session 2 / L’Atlantique des révolutions

Chair: Linda Garbaye, Université Clermont Auvergne

La Marche sur Yorktown, Bertrand Van Ruymbeke et Iris de Rode, eds. Monfaucon: JJ. Wuillaume, 2018.

Comments: Steve Sarson, Lyon 3.

Le Journal du Gouverneur Morris pendant la Révolution française. Texte traduit et annoté par Gérard Hugues/ Genève: Droz, 2018, tomes I et II.

Comments: Carine Lounissi, Université de Rouen.

12h-13h: pause déjeuner

13h-15h: Session 3 / Rebelles américain.e.s ?

Chair Monica Henry, UPEC

L’Amérique fantôme. Les aventuriers francophones du Nouveau Monde, Gilles Havard. Paris: Flammarion, 2019.

Men in the American Women’s Rights Movement, 1830-1890, Hélène Quanquin. New York: Routledge, 2020

Comments: Adeline Vasquez-Parra, Université de Lille

15h30: Assemblée Générale 2021 du REDEHJA

Organisation de la journée :
Anne-Claire Faucquez (Université Paris 8), Augustin Habran (Université d’Orléans), Carine Lounissi (Université de Rouen), Marie-Jeanne Rossignol (Université de Paris).

Crédits illustration: Wood engraving of proslavery riot in Alton, Illinois on November 7, 1837, which resulted in the murder of Elijah P. Lovejoy, by Unknown author – <http://www.state.il.us/HPA/lib/Images/LovejoyPaper.JPG, Public Domain, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=3579768>

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