Opportunities

Paid Internship: Museum Resource Center for the National Park Service

National Capital Area, Museum Resource Center: This internship is open to all currently enrolled Johns Hopkins University Students. The intern will work in coordination with the Museum Resource Center (MRCE) staff as a museum technician assisting with collections inventories, conducting museum outreach, object rehousing, researching, processing, and database management with the collections of the National Capital Area (NCA).
The intern will be duty stationed at MRCE in Landover, Maryland assisting staff with projects that cover all aspects of museum work. This position will work with curators at the facility on collections from National Park Service sites throughout the National Capital Region, including Rock Creek Park, Chesapeake & Ohio Canal National Historical Park, and Clara Barton National Historic Site. Initial projects will include re-housing fragile collections for long-term storage, assist rectifying collections management database issues, assisting with park collections moves and assisting with collections inventories.
The internship will also focus on rectifying and updating documentation in our collections management database as well as performing basic housekeeping and environmental data collection.
The applicant should demonstrate strong computer, research, writing and organizational skills, a keen interest in solving curatorial mysteries, and a basic understanding of American history and museum studies.

The student will receive $16.00/hour and can request travel reimbursement and can work up to 19.9 hours a week during the academic semester and 40 hours a week during semester and summer break. While they will report to National Park Service staff on a day-to-day basis, they will be employees of Johns Hopkins University and must abide by their employment regulations.

All students must pass a basic federal background check.

Interested students should submit their resumes, cover letter, list references to Ashley Carter, National Park Service, National Capital Region, at ashley_carter@nps.gov by Monday, October 10, 2022.

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Graduate student position: Public Humanities Assistant

Fall 2022-Spring 2023 (Sept 20, 2022-May 20, 2023)

Stipend: $9,000 paid in monthly installments

The Winston Tabb Special Collections Research Center cultivates an exchange of knowledge between Johns Hopkins University and the greater Baltimore community through participatory action research, oral history initiatives, performances, and community-based learning. The Center is currently organizing arts & humanities projects in collaboration with Baltimore’s ballroom scene, LGBTQ oral history projects, a speaker series, and community fellowships. 

The Tabb Center seeks a Public Humanities Assistant who will help organize our speaker series, assist community fellows, and staff public events, including our annual Peabody ball competition. Student workers will make their own hours but must be responsive to the needs and schedules of our Baltimore-based collaborators. The workload will likely range from 4-10 hours per week. If desired, this position could be shared by multiple students working collaboratively. 

RESPONSIBILITIES:

  • Provide administrative and logistical assistance for projects and events including the Peabody Ballroom Experience, oral history initiatives, public workshops, etc.
  • Help organize and publicize an “Engaged Humanities” speaker series by communicating with speakers, booking rooms, managing travel and catering, etc.  
  • Assist community fellows in navigating JHU’s payment system. 
  • Those interested in gaining public humanities experience may attend oral history trainings, conduct interviews, and participate more substantively in project planning and design.

REQUIREMENTS:

  • Candidates should ideally have experience with or interest in public-facing projects.
  • Candidates should have demonstrated cultural competency and/or experience with community-based work centering social justice, anti-racism, and LGBTQ politics. 
  • Candidates should be reliable, detail-oriented, and able to work independently.

Please apply by submitting 1) a brief cover letter outlining your specific interest in this position and 2) a CV via SMILE, the JHU Experiential Learning platform, job number 12742.

Questions? Contact Joseph Plaster, Tabb Center director, at jplaster@jhu.edu.

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Call for applications for BHC Doctoral Colloquium/2023 BHC Detroit

The BHC Doctoral Colloquium (DC) in Business History will be held on March 8th and 9th, 2023.  The participants will be invited for a welcome dinner in Detroit on March 7th. During the days of DC, there will also be professional development sessions scheduled. Typically limited to ten students, the colloquium is open to doctoral candidates who are pursuing dissertation research within the broad field of business history from any relevant discipline (e.g., from economic sociology, political science, cultural anthropology, or management, as well as history).

Most participants are in year 3 or 4 or their degree program, though in some instances applicants at a later stage make a compelling case that their thesis research had evolved in ways that led them to see the advantages of an intensive engagement with business history. We welcome proposals from students working within any thematic area of business history. 

Topics (see link for past examples) may range from the early modern era to the present, and explore societies across the globe. Participants work intensively with a distinguished group of BHC-affiliated scholars (including the incoming BHC president), discussing dissertation proposals, relevant literatures and research strategies, and career trajectories.

Applications are due by Friday December 9th, 2022, via email to Carol Lockman (clockman@Hagley.org). Questions about the colloquium should be sent to its director, Prof. Eric Godelier (eric.godelier@polytechnique.edu).

Applicants will receive notification of the selection committee’s decisions by Monday January 16th (2023). If they travel to Detroit, all participants will receive a stipend that partially defrays travel costs to the annual meeting. Colloquium participants have a choice of pre-circulating one of the following:

  • a 15-page dissertation prospectus or updated overview of the dissertation research plan; or
  • a draft dissertation chapter, along with a one-page dissertation outline/description.

Participants should choose the option they feel will most assist them at this stage in their research and writing. We will need either the prospectus/overview or a chapter draft and outline by February 27th.  Those will then be posted on a Colloquium webpage on the BHC website and shared with all participants to read in advance.

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Call for Papers: “Minority science” in the short 20thcentury: Imagining science from the margins of academia. March 30-31, 2023, Prague.

When the roars of World War I went silent, the process of redrawing social, cultural, and geographic borders began. Gradually, continental empires seemed a thing of the past, and the idea of the national state seemed to have prevailed – even if overseas empires still remained strong.Socialism became a legitimate approach in academia, with various versions in different countries. Women were increasingly accepted as academics and researchers, a process proceeding at different speeds across the globe.

The process of redrawing and rethinkingwas obviously a slow one, with a wide geographical variety. In Central Europe, states born from empires were multicultural but not automatically open to scholars of other national identifications/loyalties. Czechoslovakia, home to Czech, Slovak, German, Ukrainian, Russian, and Jewish scholars, can be contrasted with Poland, where more Ukrainian scholars taught at clandestine institutions than at official ones. Other countries, like France or Great Britain, retained their colonies and followed policies of imperial othering. Depending on the country and political situation, Socialist scholars could be part of the academia or expelled from it due to their convictions (Horthy-Era Hungary or McCarthy-Era USA). In Socialist countries, on the contrary, liberal but also conservative scholars were excluded or at least othered.

While historians often look at these processes based on the binary exclusion versus inclusion, others have claimed that being an “other” can also be a privilege, allowing a more distant and critical perception of one’s surrounding society. Michel Foucault, Simone Weil, and Jacques Derrida are examples of scholars for whom the outsider position is more a blessing than a curse. A less prominent example is Stefan Baley (Stepan Balej), Polish-Ukrainian psychologist, the author of a number of publications on personality and science. “Minority,” “other,” or “otherness” are of course not innocent concepts, yet they are not set in stone either; they mix legality, ascription, self-perception, numbers, statistics, and individual biographies. Therefore, an integral part of our endeavour is to uncover how (academic) power relations are entangled with those in the society at large.

Our conference wants to look at how cultural outsiders, émigrés, refugees, and members of minorities imagined the sciences and their own position in them. We are interested in contributions discussing scholars who were (and/or regarded themselves as) outsiders/minorities on account of their cultural, gender, political or social identifications. Questions include, but are not limited to:

  • How did minority scholars see their position within academic scholarship and its institutions? How did they define their minority-ness and otherness (e.g. representatives of “small nations” seeing themselves as a minor part of international science, members of ethnic and/or national minorities within nationalising states, etc.).
  • What strategies did these scholars pursue to meet their goals (epistemic, political, career-oriented)?
  • What alternative epistemologies did minority scholars develop or propose? How did they respond to epistemic proposals by mainstream scholars?
  • How did minority institutions position themselves to the state-dominant institutions?
  • How did minority and majority scholars differ in their strategies of asserting credibility, building networks, publishing, etc.? For instance, did they demonstratively publish in mainstream media to assert their status within the state, did they search for alternatives, or both?
  • Can we talk about the specificity of a “minority science,” and how can the mainstream science narrative – our received narrative – be challenged through it?

Please send your abstract of no more than 350 words and a short biographical note by 15 October 2022 to Jan Surman (surman@mua.cas.cz).The conference is organised by the project “Images of science” in Czechoslovakia 1918-1945-1968, financed by Lumina Quaeruntur fellowship of the Czech Academy of Sciences and hosted by the Masaryk Institute and Archives of the Czech Academy of Sciences.The conference will take place 30–31 March 2023, in Prague, Czech Republic. Travel costs and accommodations for speakers will be provided. We plan the conference to be in person. Language of the conference is English.