H-France Forum on A Theater of Diplomacy

H-France has just published a new H-France Forum, edited by Hélène Bilis, on Ellen R. Welch’s A Theater of Diplomacy: International Relations and the Performing Arts in Early Modern France (Philadelphia: University of Pennsylvania Press, 2017).

I enjoyed participating in this H-France Forum and contributing a review essay on the book.

My review essay is available online at the H-France Forum, 12:3.

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International Research Award in Global History

The Universities of Munich, Basel, and Sydney have issued a call for proposals for an International Research Award in Global History.

“The successful applicant will receive up to €10,000 towards the organization of an international symposium at the History Department of the University of Munich. Applications are accepted until September 30, 2017.”

The call for proposals reads: “Over the last two decades global history has emerged as an important sub‐discipline in the broader field of historical research, encompassing a wide range of methodological and thematic approaches, including transnational, international and world history. The International Research Award in Global History and the award symposium have been initiated jointly by some of the leading researchers in the field, in order to support innovative young researchers. The award aims to give them the intellectual freedom and the financial means to bring together scholars from all over the world to engage with a topic of their own choice and design. Our aim is to make the scholarly work of the awardee visible in the scientific community and put them in closer contact with established colleagues in their field. Beyond supporting the research and academic networks of the prize‐winning scholar, the award symposium will contribute to the field’s ability to critically reflect and intellectually replenish itself. The award also aims to reach out to an academic public beyond the sub‐discipline of global history and provide a broader stage for the pioneering research currently undertaken in the field. The purse of up to €10,000 attached to the award will be used to host an international symposium on a topic proposed by the successful applicant. In 2018, the symposium will take place at the University of Munich, Germany, in late September/early October. The awardee will be responsible for organizing the panels and inviting the speakers. Chairs and discussants will come from the initiating institutions at Basel, Munich and Sydney. Organizational support will be available.”

For the eligibility requirements and the full announcement, see the website at the University of Basel.

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Postdoctoral Opportunity in France

A postdoctoral opportunity in genealogical studies in France for recent PhDs:

The postdoctoral fellowship is on “The child and family genealogical stories: globalisation of practices, new issues, counter-archives” (L’enfant et le récit généalogique et familial : mondialisation des pratiques, nouveaux enjeux, contre-archives) at the Université Bretagne Loire (Angers).

For more information, see: https://u-bretagneloire.fr/dossiers/postdoc/candidatures



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Religious History Fellowships in Florence

Istituto Sangalli (Sangalli Institute) is offering postdoctoral fellowships in religious history at the Medici Archive Project in Florence.

The brief description reads:

“The Sangalli Institute for the history and religious cultures offers the opportunity of a short research stay in Florence to young fellows of any nationality (included the Italians) affiliated to foreign universities and research centers, in order to create an effective and productive dialogue between the great cultural heritage of Florence and the world of the international researchers in the humanities specialized in the history of religions and religious studies, with special attention to the interfaith dialogue and interdisciplinary approaches. For the first semester of the academic year 2017-2018, the Sangalli Institute offers 3 residential fellowships for young scholars of 1 month of duration (worth 2,000 euro each), to help covering living expenses and accommodation.”

For further information, see the call for applications at the Medici Archive Project website or see the Istituto Sangalli website.

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The State of Illinois is Destroying its Future

Illinois high school graduates are fleeing the state in record numbers, largely due to the continuing lack of a state budget in Illinois.

State universities in Illinois will lose even more students as the Illinois high school graduates of 2017 head to Iowa, Wisconsin, Indiana, and Michigan over the State of Illinois’s continued failure to fund state universities and MAP Grants (state financial aid) to Illinois residents.

No higher ed funding, fewer students….


Image credit: Chicago magazine.

My own university, Northern Illinois University has shrunk by 25 percent over the past 6 years, a trend accelerated greatly by the lack of state budget (or “Budget Impasse” as the media continues to call it) in Illinois over the past year and a half.

The State of Illinois is destroying its future.

Chicago magazine provides the latest report on the breakdown of state funding for higher education and the resulting loss of undergraduate students in Illinois.

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Battlefield Emotions Volume

Battlefield Emotions, 1500-1800: Practices, Experience, Imagination, ed. Erika Kuipers and Cornelis Van Der Haven (Palgrave Macmillan) is now in production and about to hit the bookshelves.


My chapter on “‘His Courage Produced More Fear in His Enemies than Shame in His Soldiers’: Siege Combat and Emotional Display in the French Wars of Religion,” appears in this collective volume.

A book description is available at the Palgrave Macmillan website.

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Review of War and Conflict in the Early Modern World on H-Net

The first review of War and Conflict in the Early Modern World, 1500-1700 (Polity, 2016) has now been published on H-Net Reviews.


I am pleased to see that Professor Frederic J. Baumgartner (Virginia Tech) has reviewed the book for the H-Diplo list on H-Net.  Professor Baumgartner is a fellow early modern French historian, who has published on early modern French bishops, the French Wars of Religion, and declarations of war. I respect his work and welcome his review of my book.

The review is available at H-Net Reviews.

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