• 05 Sep 2023 10:24 AM | Daniela Sheinin (Administrator)

    See the LA History & Metro Studies Group's 2023-2024 schedule of events HERE

    The LA History & Metro Studies Group fosters the study and understanding of southern California history and the history of metropolitan areas more broadly. Through seminars on scholarly works-in-progress, book lectures, and panel discussions on contemporary issues facing southern California and American cities, our goal is to promote urban history scholarship as a means of enriching the field and informing policy-making toward a more just, equitable future for our urban regions.

  • 31 Jul 2023 7:43 AM | Daniela Sheinin (Administrator)

    Deadline: October 31, 2023

    We invite chapter proposals for a forthcoming scholarly book on suburban studies. This interdisciplinary book aims to explore the complex, diverse, and dynamic nature of suburbs, their histories, and their futures. The book will seek to engage with a wide range of topics and themes related to sub/urban spaces, cultures, politics, and environments.

    We welcome proposals from scholars across various disciplines, including but not limited to literature, sociology, history, anthropology, urban studies, geography, geoinformatics, urban planning, environmental studies, and cultural studies. We are interested in contributions that critically examine suburbs as spaces of social, economic, and political inequality and exclusion, as well as spaces of creativity, innovation, and resistance. We encourage authors to engage with debates and discussions around issues such as suburbanization, gentrification, racial and ethnic segregation, environmental sustainability, and suburban history, cultures, and identities.

    See HERE for full detail and submission instructions. 

  • 31 Jul 2023 7:41 AM | Daniela Sheinin (Administrator)

    Deadline: October 30, 2023

    We invite scholars and researchers from various disciplines to submit papers for an upcoming interdisciplinary conference on Suburban Studies that takes place on May 13-14, 2024 at Palacký University, Olomouc, Czech Republic. The conference aims to explore the intersection between various scholarly fields and the suburban experience, and how literature and other media have portrayed, shaped, and reflected suburban life and its evolution.

    Suburbanization has been a dominant trend in global urban development in the past century, with urban spaces and suburbs becoming the residence of choice for millions of people around the world. This transformation has had a profound impact on the social, cultural, economic, and political dynamics of urban areas. Literature, history, sociology, psychology, geography, geoinformatics and other disciplines have provided the methodology and research that has been important for the examination, critique, and celebration of the modern suburban experience, from its inception in the early 20th century to the present day.

    See HERE for full detail and submission instructions. 

  • 29 Jun 2023 10:05 PM | Daniela Sheinin (Administrator)

    In 2021, the Living New Deal established the New Deal Book Award to recognize and encourage nonfiction works about the New Deal era, 1933-1942, the remarkable decade between the nadir of the Great Depression and U.S.’s entry into World War II. 

    See HERE for full detail. 

    Deadline: November 15, 2023

  • 29 Jun 2023 3:32 PM | Daniela Sheinin (Administrator)

    The Albert Lepage Center for History in the Public Interest at Villanova University is funding five grants of up to $5000 this year related to the theme of "Cities in Historical Perspective." 

    The Center will fund up to 5 projects that creatively engage with the broad range of questions, concerns, policies and practices raised by the study of the role of cities in history, and how historical study can further public understanding of the present moment.

    This theme could encompass any number of historical topics, connecting subject matter or data points across time and space. Examples might include the effects of urbanization on notions of community in a given country, or the effects of urbanization on ecology in a given region; cities as warzones across the Cold War; the impact of immigration; political culture; caste, class, race, and gender in the history of a city or compared notions in different cities. This is by no means an exhaustive list, merely examples about the flexibility inherent in the theme. What is most important is historical focus and methodology.

    Each grantee will receive up to $5,000 depending on scope, size and need.

    The Lepage Center sponsors an annual public grant program that supports individuals and institutions pursuing historical projects in the public interest. The Center seeks to inspire a wide range of submissions from a diverse pool of applicants that are original and imaginative in content and form. Examples of the types of projects include a series of blog posts, a series of podcast conversations, digital and in-person exhibits, an oral history project, an initiative with a local newspaper to write a series of op-eds, a mapping project, a digital timeline, a crowd-sourced syllabus, an educational workshop, a multimedia resource, a collaboration with local activists, and other creative ideas.

    Applications are due to the Lepage Center by 11:59 p.m. EST on September 25, 2023. Applications should be emailed as a single attachment (PDF) to and should not exceed 15 pages.

    Applications must include:

    A title

    A project abstract (250 words)

    A project description, purpose, and its contribution to history in the public interest (1-2 pages)

    A plan of execution, including deliverables, partners, and expected outcomes (1-2 pages)

    A proposed budget (1 page)

    Resumes of principal participants (the total of resumes not to exceed 10 pages)

    Further details here:

  • 14 Jun 2023 5:50 PM | Daniela Sheinin (Administrator)

    Arline Custer Memorial Award, presented by the Mid-Atlantic Regional Archives Conference

    DEADLINE:  July 31, 2023

    The Arline Custer Memorial Award is presented by the MARAC Arline Custer Memorial Award Committee.  This award honors the memory of Arline Custer (1909-1975), MARAC member and editor of the National Union Catalog of Manuscript Collections.


    The Arline Custer Memorial Award recognizes the best books and articles written or compiled by individuals and institutions in the MARAC region – the District of Columbia, Delaware, Maryland, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, Virginia and West Virginia.

    Works under consideration include, but are not limited to: monographs, popular narratives, reference works and exhibition catalogs using archival sources.

    Individuals or institutions may submit up to two works published between July 1, 2022 and June 30, 2023.


    Works must be relevant to the general public as well as the archival community. They also should be original and well researched using available sources. In addition, they should be clearly presented, well written and organized. Visual materials, if used, should be appropriate to the text.

    Compiled works or works with multiple authors—such as edited volumes, co-authored works, or journals—will be reviewed in their entirety. Portions of a multiple-author work that do not meet award requirements may impact the submission’s final scoring.

    Preference will be given to works by archivists.


    Up to three awards may be given, with a maximum value of $200.00 for books and $100.00 for articles. The 2023 award(s) may be announced at a fall 2023 MARAC business meeting or shared with MARAC members via another means.

    Electronic Submission Instructions

    Electronic submissions are preferred. Please send a PDF of the entirety of the work along with a PDF of a letter of nomination to the Senior Co-Chair of the Arline Custer Memorial Award Committee:

    Tyler Stump


    Pennsylvania State Archives


    Physical Submission Instructions

    Please send two physical copies of each submission with a letter of nomination to the Senior Co-Chair of the Arline Custer Memorial Award Committee. Please email the Sr. Co-Chair to request the mailing address.


    Entries must be received by July 31, 2023


    For additional information about this award and a list of previous award winners, see the Arline Custer Memorial Award site:

  • 14 Jun 2023 5:47 PM | Daniela Sheinin (Administrator)

    Please see the link below to the full program for Sound, Language &The Making of Urban Space, August 24 and 25, 2023. 

    Conference Program

  • 25 Apr 2023 8:54 AM | Daniela Sheinin (Administrator)

    SACRPH Virtual Roundtable: Teaching Urban, Planning, and Architectural History in a Professional School

    Monday, May 8, 2023, 12:00 p.m. - 1:30 p.m. EDT

    On Zoom; please click here to register to receive the link

    Historians of cities and the built environment are often trained, and can be found teaching in, humanities departments such as history or art history. Equally often, however, they teach students pursuing a range of professional degrees—from city planning to architecture, public policy, education, and public health (among others). In this roundtable, a range of scholars who teach history in professional schools will reflect upon their experiences. In particular, they will consider the routes to arriving at such faculty positions, pedagogical decisions they have made in the classroom, the impact of a professional school setting upon their own research, and take-aways beyond the professional school classroom alone. Please join us if you are interested in learning more and joining the conversation!


    Merlin Chowkwanyun, Mailman School of Public Health, Columbia University

    Claire Dunning, School of Public Policy, University of Maryland

    Ansley Erickson, Teachers College, Columbia University

    Matthew Lasner, Architecture Division, California College of the Arts

    Katie Marages, College of Environment + Design, University of Georgia


    Francesca Russello Ammon, Weitzman School of Design, University of Pennsylvania

  • 25 Apr 2023 8:39 AM | Daniela Sheinin (Administrator)

    Mediapolis: A Journal of Cities and Culture is organizing a dossier on “Media and Urban Automobility” for their September 2023 issue. 

    Mediapolis is an interdisciplinary online journal that publishes scholarship from a range of academic fields addressing the complex and mutually constitutive relationship between media and the city. 

    For a full description and submission details, see here. 

    Deadline: June 1, 2023

  • 28 Mar 2023 1:30 PM | Daniela Sheinin (Administrator)

    The Virginia Museum of History & Culture’s (VMCH) inaugural public history symposium will take place on November 4, 2024. We welcome presentations, panels, and posters from public and academic historians alike that address the theme of “discovery” in Virginia history.

    Presentations can relate to either:

    1. historic discoveries made in Virginia or by Virginians

    2. research that represents pioneering storytelling in Virginia history

    Our symposium is an opportunity for historians to share their work in a supportive, public-centric environment that values accessibility and engaging storytelling. The VMHC looks forward to welcoming you to share new perspectives on the unparalleled history of Virginia.

    For full detail on the event and submitting a proposal, see here

    Deadline: April 14, 2023 

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