Oral History Jobs in the Chicago Area

HistoryMakers is offering oral history jobs in the Chicago area.

The job description reads:


The HistoryMakers seeks to hire a full time Oral History Researcher to complete in-depth research for its video oral history interviews across a wide variety of occupations and fields (i.e. STEM, law, art, education, music, etc.). The researcher/writer will be responsible for:

• Conducting background research on outstanding African Americans to locate their contact information and biographical information prior to interviews using the Internet and online resources.

• Researching and preparing detailed research outlines as well as long and short biographies in accordance with The HistoryMakers style.

• Evaluating and processing The HistoryMakers interviews consistent with The HistoryMakers standards

Candidates must have strong administrative (type 60 wpm) and organizational skills. They must be strong researchers, writers and adept at proofreading. Prior experience with detailed paper file and desktop management is critical as well as proven experience in a non-profit setting. Candidates must also demonstrate their interest in furthering The HistoryMakers mission and growth

The HistoryMakers is a growing and dynamic 501 (c)(3) not-for-profit organization dedicated to creating an unprecedented national video oral history archival institution recording the stories of both well-known and unsung African American HistoryMakers. The goal is to record at least 5,000 oral history interviews and to expose this material to the public through strategic media, technology, academic and community partnerships. In June 2014, the nation’s foremost repository—the Library of Congress—announced that it will serve as the permanent repository of The HistoryMakers collection.

The full job announcement is available on H-Net.

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Spanish Paleography Workshop

The Center for Renaissance Studies at the Newberry Library is hosting a Spanish Paleography Workshop this fall. The workshop, led by Carla Rahn Phillips offers faculty and graduate students an introduction to reading Spanish-language manuscripts of the early modern period.

Here is the Newberry Library’s announcement:


Friday, September 30, 2016 – Saturday, October 1, 2016

9 am to 5 pm Friday; 9 am to 3:30 pm Saturday

Room 101

Directed by Carla Rahn Phillips, Emerita, University of Minnesota
Application deadline August 1
Center for Renaissance Studies Programs
Mellon Summer Institutes in Vernacular Paleography

This workshop will provide participants with an introduction to reading and transcribing documents written in Spain and Spanish America from the late fifteenth to the early eighteenth centuries. Although the course sessions will be taught primarily in English, all of the documents will be in Spanish.

About the institute’s director: Carla Rahn Phillips, Emerita, University of Minnesota.

Eligibility: The institute will enroll 18 participants by competitive application. First consideration will be given to advanced PhD students and junior faculty at U.S. colleges and universities, but applications are also accepted from advanced PhD students and junior faculty at Canadian institutions, from professional staff of U.S. and Canadian libraries and museums, and from qualified independent scholars.

Check out our list of paleography resources for Latin, English, French, Italian, and Spanish.

Faculty and graduate students of Center for Renaissance Studies consortium institutions may be eligible to apply for travel funds to attend CRS programs or to do research at the Newberry. Each member university sets its own policies and deadlines; contact your Representative Council member in advance for details.

For further information, see the Newberry Library website.

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American Responses to the Brexit Vote

In the aftermath of last week’s Brexit vote in the United Kingdom, Americans seem to have rediscovered Europe. Frantic news reports warn of dire economic consequences for American banks and investors, even as journalists attempt to explain the complexity of British Parliamentary politics and the basic structures of European Union federalism to a somewhat bewildered American public.


Of course, many Americans already know Europe as study abroad students and tourists. But, these probably represent a small minority of Americans, since only approximately 20 percent of Americans even hold a passport. Americans are suddenly confronted with shifting European politics that threaten to derail the European Union project and disrupt the American relations with European nations and markets.

Ivo Daalder, President of the Chicago Council on Global Affairs, argues that “This is a defining moment for American diplomacy. The vote by Britain to leave the EU poses a grave risk to the European project. It is profoundly in America’s interest to work closely with all of its European allies, especially Germany, to forestall the unravelling of that project, which has produced unprecedented peace and prosperity to Europe over the past 70 years.”

Americans are ill-equipped to respond to the rapidly developing Brexit crisis, however, since European Studies are undervalued in the United States.

American academics and policymakers have arguably neglected European history, culture, and politics since the Fall of the Berlin Wall in 1989 and the collapse of the Soviet Union. The research focus on Russian and Eastern European Studies, which had grown up within American academic and policy institutions during the Cold War, has contracted since 1989. Western European studies have also shrunk, as Asian Studies, Middle Eastern Studies, and Global Studies have expanded rapidly in the 1990s and 2000s. Some new research groups on European Union Studies have been created in American universities and think tanks, but positions in European history, politics, and culture seem to have shrunk overall.

The Council for European Studies website currently lists 48 affiliated research centers and institutes across the United States, far fewer than the 115 research universities that hold a Carnegie R1 (Highest Research) rating.

Foreign language requirements have been trimmed or eliminated from many general education curricula at American universities and colleges. Foreign language programs in French, German, Italian, Russian and other European languages have been cut back or eliminated as “unnecessary” or “wasteful.”

European Studies in Political Science, History, Sociology, Cultural Studies, Foreign Languages and Literatures need to be reinvigorated within the American academic and policy communities in order to inform the public about European politics and society. American colleges and universities have a duty to educate citizens and to train a new generation of analysts to address American-European relations in the twenty-first century.

Ivo Daalder’s article, “America Must Move to Save the European Project,” appears in Financial Times online.

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Summer Archival Studies Seminar

The Medici Archive Project is offering a Archival Studies Seminar in Florence this summer.


The call for applications reads:

The Medici Archive Project (MAP) is pleased to announce the call for participation in our summer seminar in archival studies and early modern Italian palaeography in Florence, Italy. Taught in a series of lectures and supported by MAP’s resident faculty and visiting scholars, students will be immersed into Italian archives (with particular emphasis on Florentine archival collections); examine in-depth various documentary typologies; read diverse early modern scripts; and learn how to plan research in archives and libraries across Italy. This seminar is especially relevant for advanced graduate students studying Renaissance and early modern topics. Participating students will be taught at the Archivio di Stato in Florence, as well as at other archives in Florence and Rome. Aside from the lectures regularly taught by the MAP staff, this seminar will also feature three guest lecturers.

Guest Instructors:

Tamar Herzig is Associate Professor of Early Modern European History, specializing in the religious history of fifteenth- and sixteenth-century Italy and in gender history. She serves as Director of Tel Aviv University’s Morris E. Curiel Institute for European Studies. The guest lecture will be entitled Letters and Registers in the Este and Gonzaga Archives.

Marcello Simonetta is Professor of European Political History at Sciences Po and at the American University of Paris. His interests are in the political and diplomatic history of early sixteenth-century Italy, particularly Florence. His guest lectures are on the Mediceo avanti il Principato: The Pre-history of the Medici and Le Carte Strozziane: The Missing Link in Medici History.

Brendan Dooley is Professor of Renaissance Studies at University College Cork. Professor Dooley works on the histories of culture and knowledge with reference to Europe and especially to Italy and the Mediterranean world.  The guest lecture is on Avvisi and Newsletters in Early Modern Italy.


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Graduate Seminar at the Newberry Library

The Center for Renaissance Studies at the Newberry Library is hosting a dissertation seminar for early modern historians in Fall 2016.

Doctoral students at Newberry Consortium members, such as Northern Illinois University, as encouraged to participate.

Here is the Newberry Library’s announcement:


Fall 2016 Dissertation Seminar for Historians

Led by Craig Koslofsky and Robert Morrissey, both of the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Places in this seminar have recently opened up, so we are accepting new applications through July 1, 2016.

The seminar will meet from 2 to 5 pm on four Fridays: September 16, October 21, November 18, and December 9.

Apply online here: https://www.newberry.org/09162016-2016-dissertation-seminar-historians

This seminar is devoted to creating a broad-based community of graduate students who are at the beginning stages of working on their dissertations in the history of Europe or the Atlantic World, c. 1400-c. 1750. The goal is to provide comments and criticisms from a larger group of specialists than would be available on any single campus. Discussions will focus on methods and comparisons, with an eye to helping PhD candidates articulate the larger intellectual and historical significance of their specialized research.

Eligibility: The seminar will be limited to 12 participants who have passed all examinations and achieved ABD status by the time of the seminar. Applicants should be near the beginning rather than the end of their dissertation research. Priority is given to students from Center for Renaissance Studies consortium schools.


Students from Center for Renaissance Studies consortium schools ( http://www.newberry.org/center-renaissance-studies-consortium-members ) have priority, in accordance with consortium membership benefits. Fees are waived for students from consortium institutions. Such students  may be eligible to apply for travel funds to attend ( http://www.newberry.org/newberry-renaissance-consortium-grants ). Each member university sets its own policies, limitations, and deadlines, and some may limit eligibility to certain departments or units within the institution; contact your Representative Council member in advance for details.

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War and Conflict in the Early Modern World Release

I am pleased to report that my new book, War and Conflict in the Early Modern World (Cambridge: Polity Press, 2016),  has been released in the U.K., Europe, Australia, and New Zealand.


Here is the brief book description (blurb):

In this latest addition to the acclaimed War & Conflict Through the Ages series, Brian Sandberg offers a truly global examination of the intersections between war, culture, and society in the early modern period. Sandberg traces the innovative military technologies and practices that emerged around 1500, then explores the different forms of warfare—including dynastic war, religious warfare, raiding warfare, and peasant revolt— that shaped conflicts during the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries. He explains how significant social, economic, and political developments transformed warfare on land and at sea at a time of global imperialism and growing mercantilism, forcing states and military systems to respond to rapidly changing situations.

Engaging and insightful, War and Conflict in the Early Modern World will interest scholars and students of world history, the early modern period, and the broader relationship between war and society.

Table of Contents

  • Contents
  • Preface
  • Introduction
  • Chapter 1: Innovative Warfare, 1450s-1520s
  • Chapter 2: Maritime Conflict and Colonial Expansion, 1490s-1530s
  • Chapter 3: Schism and Social Conflict, 1510s-1560s
  • Chapter 4: Dynastic War and State Development, 1520s-1580s
  • Chapter 5: Noble Violence, 1520s-1620s
  • Chapter 6: Sectarian Violence and Religious Warfare, 1560s-1640s
  • Chapter 7: Raiding Warfare, 1580s-1640s
  • Chapter 8: Peasant Revolt and Rural Conflict, 1590s-1650s
  • Chapter 9: Ethnic Conflict, 1620s-1660s
  • Chapter 10: Rebellion and Civil Warfare, 1630s-1660s
  • Chapter 11: Mercantile War, 1630s-1690s
  • Chapter 12: Territorial War, 1660s-1700s
  • Conclusion: c. 1700
  • Notes

War and Conflict in the Early Modern World will will soon be released in the United States (June 2016).  Pre-orders can be made at Wiley (the U.S. distributor) or on Amazon.

For exam copies and more information, see the Polity Press website.




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Armada Portrait Campaign

A fundraising campaign has been launched to purchase one of the famous “Armada Portraits” of Elizabeth I of England. The painting was originally owned by Sir Francis Drake and is now being sold by his descendants.


This painting presents Elizabeth I as victor over the Spanish Armada of 1588, one of the major naval campaigns during the European Wars of Religion.  The composition provides a powerful image of early modern feminine authority and assertive sovereignty.  The painting raises interesting questions regarding gender, religious politics, and warfare in early modern Europe.

“It is the painting that represents everything about the Elizabethan age, including Shakespeare, the moment when England began to rule the waves, and Elizabeth’s reign,” according to Christine Riding of Royal Museums Greenwich. Riding stresses that “It indicates a gear shift in the national identity, the idea of the plucky English, punching above their weight, of the mythology of Gloriana, and the idea of the queen as a strong and just woman.” Riding’s comments appear in an article in the New York Times (see link below).

The Royal Museum Greenwich now hopes to acquire the painting. The New York Times reports that “The Art Fund has pledged £1 million, and Royal Museum Greenwich said it would use its entire annual acquisition budget of £400,000 toward the purchase.”

The New York Times reports on the fundraising campaign.

Northern Illinois University students who have taken my course on European Wars of Religion, 1520s-1660s will recognize this painting.

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