Deadline Extended: 2023-2024 Fellowship Opportunities in Native American and Indigenous Studies, Library & Museum of the American Philosophical Society 

The Library & Museum of the American Philosophical Society in Philadelphia invites applications for sabbatical, postdoctoral, predoctoral, and short-term research fellowships to support research projects utilizing its collections.

The APS’s Library & Museum houses one of North America’s oldest and largest collections of archival, audio-visual, digital, and printed materials relating to the languages, cultures, and histories of Indigenous people of the continent and neighboring regions. The collections date from 1553 to 2022 and include materials relating to early colonial periods, extensive documentation of hundreds of Indigenous languages, anthropological and ethnographic fieldwork, and materials produced by past and present Indigenous individuals documenting a broad range of lived experience.

The APS’s Library & Museum is home to three research centers: the Center for Native American and Indigenous Research (CNAIR), which has worked with over 80 Native American and Indigenous communities since 2014; the Center for Digital Scholarship, which interprets and expands access to APS collections through digital projects and open source data; and the David Center for the American Revolution, a partnership with the David Library of the American Revolution that formed a new research center for the American Revolution at the APS.

The Indigenous Subject Guide provides extensive information to begin exploring the archival collections at the APS relating to Indigenous peoples and languages at https://indigenousguide.amphilsoc.org

Additional searchable guides and finding aids to our collections are available online at https://www.amphilsoc.org/library/search-collections and http://amphilsoc.pastperfectonline.com/.

See individual fellowship descriptions below for more information and instructions on how to apply. For a complete listing of all APS grant and fellowship opportunities, visit www.amphilsoc.org/grants/fellowships.

Call for Sessions: Native American Art Studies Association

The NAASA Program Committee (John Lukavic (chair), Miranda Belarde-Lewis, Christina Burke, Emily Moore, Jami Powell, and Yatika Fields) invites formal proposals for organized sessions at the 2023 conference.

Proposed sessions may focus on a particular body of material and present perspectives for further understanding of a topic. We are open to receiving proposals in the fields of contemporary and customary art, or interdisciplinary panels that encourage dialogue among artists, art historians, anthropologists, collectors, and museum professionals. Session proposal abstracts must be received by the end of the day on February 5, 2023.

Send session proposals by email to: JLukavic@denverartmuseum.orgClick here for information about the porposal requirements. Check out our December 2022 newsletter here for additional information on the call for sessions.

Internship Opportunity: Art Bridges Summer 2023, Crystal Bridges Museum

Art Bridges is the vision of philanthropist and arts patron Alice Walton. The mission of Art Bridges is to expand access to American art in all regions across the United States. Since 2017, Art Bridges has been creating and supporting programs that bring outstanding works of American art out of storage and into communities. Art Bridges partners with a growing network of over 215 museums of all sizes and locations to provide financial and strategic support for exhibition development, loans from the Art Bridges collection, and programs designed to educate, inspire, and deepen engagement with local audiences. The Art Bridges Collection represents an expanding vision of American art from the 19th century to present day and encompasses multiple media and voices.

Art Bridges summer interns will live and work in Bentonville for the eight-week session (June 5-July 28, 2023; 35 hours per week). Art Bridges will provide travel to and from Bentonville and housing for the duration of the internship. Applicants from all regions across the United States are encouraged to apply. Art Bridges is committed to a diverse workforce and to providing training for the next generation of museum professionals. Students from historically underrepresented groups are encouraged to apply. We do not require prior internship experience or an art-related major.

More here.

Position Announcement: Assistant Professor, Indigenous Museology and Public History

The Institute of Comparative Studies in Literature, Art, and Culture (ICSLAC) and the Department of History invite applications from qualified Indigenous candidates for a preliminary (tenure-track) cross- appointment at the rank of assistant professor, beginning July 1, 2023, specializing in Indigenous practices in museology, broadly defined.

The ideal candidate will demonstrate an engagement with Indigenous cultures, histories, or art-making practices, and how these have been represented or performed in institutional and/or non-institutional spaces and sites. Relevant areas of expertise include History, Art History, Anthropology, Indigenous Studies, Museum Studies, Heritage Studies, Cultural Studies, Digital Humanities, or a related discipline. The geographical focus of specialization is Turtle Island, the lands now called Canada, the United States, and Mexico. This is an Indigenous-specific position. First Nations, Métis, and Inuit scholars are particularly welcome, but Indigenous scholars globally are eligible to apply.

To see the full position posting, please visit Carleton University’s Deputy Provost’s website at https://carleton.ca/deputyprovost/jobs/academics/.

Call for Submissions: Indigenizing Archives as Reparative Practice

Archival Research and Education Institute (AERI) 2023,

School of Library and Information Science, Louisiana State University

Baton Rouge, June 19-23, 2023

(Full details about AERI below our call)

Panel Organizers:

Lydia Curliss (Nipmuc Nation), University of Maryland

Ia Bull (ᎦᏚᏩᎩ & Natchez), University of Maryland

Amanda Sorensen, University of Maryland

Diana Marsh, University of Maryland

Keywords: Indigenization, reparative practice, decolonizing methodologies, Tribal archives

Panel Abstract: 

Shifting practices and scholarship in the archival field is moving towards what has been termed a “reparative turn” (Sedgwick 1997), defined by the Society of American Archivists as the “remediation of practices or data that exclude, silence, harm, or mischaracterize marginalized people in the data created or used by archivists to identify or characterize archival resources (SAA Dictionary of Archives Terminology). While this work is gaining traction in “mainstream” archival spaces, in Native and Indigenous archival work, decolonizing frameworks, Indigenous data sovereignty, Tribal archives, and community archives are driving the development of specific knowledge organizations, ontologies, and platforms that reflect Indigenous knowledges and epistemologies, and which are often locally or regionally tailored (Littletree and Metoyer 2015; Christen 2020; Smith 2021). These Indigenous knowledge ontologies and descriptive practices reframe core Western archival principles. Aligned with these reparative and decolonizing approaches, there are movements toward Indigenizing theoretical frameworks. Indigenizing, as defined by the University of Canada Alberta:

…is a collaborative process of naturalizing Indigenous intent, interactions, and processes and making them evident to transform spaces, places, and hearts. Indigenization benefits not only Indigenous students but all students, teachers, staff members, and community members involved or impacted by Indigenization.

While the concept of Indigenizing has not gained as much traction in archival spaces, examples of Indigenizing work includes work that focuses on communities’ needs and priorities such as reparative descriptions, working towards archival material return, or engaging with communities to build out projects that center and benefit community needs.

This panel seeks to highlight new work and research in archival spaces seeking to Indigenize archival concepts, systems, collections, or wider practices. We are looking to highlight the work particularly of those who are engaged in Indigenizing practices, in their own institutions or partner repositories, and scholarship that engages with these ideas through examining theoretical, pedagogical, and methodological perspectives.

Abstracts should be submitted by email to Ia Bull (iabull@umd.edu) by Friday, January 27 with the following information:

* Name

* Tribal or Indigenous affiliation (if applicable)

* Institutional affiliation and title/role

* Paper title

* 250-word abstract

* Email contact information

About AERI:

The School of Library & Information Science (SLIS) at Louisiana State University (LSU) is proud to host the fifteenth annual Archival Education and Research Institute (AERI), the first to be held in-person and in-hybrid formats since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic. The annual week-long summer Archival Education and Research Institutes (AERIs) are working Institutes are designed to strengthen education and research and support academic cohort-building and mentoring. The Institutes are open to faculty and graduate students working in Archival Studies as well as to others engaged in archival education and scholarship, both nationally and internationally. Past institutes were held at UCLA in 2009, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor in 2010, Simmons College in 2011, UCLA in 2012, University of Texas at Austin in 2013, the  University of Pittsburgh in 2014, the University of Maryland, College Park, in 2015, Kent State University in 2016, and the University of Toronto in 2017, the University of Alabama in 2018, and at the Liverpool University Centre for Archive Studies (LUCAS) in 2019. AERI 2020, 2021, and AERI 2022 have been held virtually due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

About the AERI Initiative:

The Archival Education and Research Initiative is a collaboration among the leading archival education programs in the U.S. and worldwide to train and support future archival faculty and enhance the education of archival professionals. AERI’s goal is to stimulate the growth of a new generation of academics in archival education who are versed in contemporary issues and knowledgeable of the work being conducted by colleagues. The initiative seeks to nurture and promote the state-of-the-art in scholarship in Archival Science, broadly conceived, as well as to encourage curricular and pedagogical innovation in archival education across the United States and worldwide. The project was initially developed with the support of two four-year grants (2008-2014) from the U.S. Institute of Museum and Library Services – Laura Bush 21st Century Librarian Program. It was directed by a consortium of eight U.S. universities with doctoral specializations in archival studies.

How much will AERI 2023 cost?
The registration rates will be finalized and provided within the acceptance notice in March. The current draft rate ranges are $550-$650 (USD) for non-students and $350-$450 (USD) for students. The rates will include housing and several meals. The final rates may be lower due to sponsorships and other outside funding.

Fellowship Announcement: Postdoctoral Research Associate in Race and Ethnicity, Brown University

Brown University invites applications for a two-year Postdoctoral Research Associate in Race and Ethnicity to be jointly shared by the Watson Institute for International & Public Affairs and the Center for the Study of Race & Ethnicity in America. We seek a scholar with interests in racial inequality, structural, and/or systemic racism in the post-1970s U.S. in areas such as: urban poverty, social and cultural theories of racism, gender, segregation, education, wealth, or housing.

The successful candidate will teach one course per year in Africana Studies and/or a Watson Institute related program, and be expected to actively participate in the intellectual life of CSREA (including regular participation in the CSREA research seminar), the Watson Institute and the University as a whole.

More here.

Fellowship Opportunities: Native American and Indigenous Studies, Library & Museum of the American Philosophical Society

The Library & Museum of the American Philosophical Society in Philadelphia invites applications for sabbatical, postdoctoral, predoctoral, and short-term research fellowships to support research projects utilizing its collections.
The APS’s Library & Museum houses one of North America’s oldest and largest collections of archival, audio-visual, digital, and printed materials relating to the languages, cultures, and histories of Indigenous people of the continent and neighboring regions. The collections date from 1553 to 2022 and include materials relating to early colonial periods, extensive documentation of hundreds of Indigenous languages, anthropological and ethnographic fieldwork, and materials produced by past and present Indigenous individuals documenting a broad range of lived experiences.
The APS’s Library & Museum is home to three research centers: the Center for Native American and Indigenous Research (CNAIR), which has worked with over 80 Native American and Indigenous communities since 2014; the Center for Digital Scholarship, which interprets and expands access to APS collections through digital projects and open source data; and the David Center for the American Revolution, a partnership with the David Library of the American Revolution that formed a new research center for the American Revolution at the APS.
The Indigenous Subject Guide provides extensive information to begin exploring the archival collections at the APS relating to Indigenous peoples and languages at https://indigenousguide.amphilsoc.org
Additional searchable guides and finding aids to our collections are available online at https://www.amphilsoc.org/library/search-collections andhttp://amphilsoc.pastperfectonline.com.
See individual fellowship descriptions below for more information and instructions on how to apply. For a complete listing of all APS grant and fellowship opportunities, visit www.amphilsoc.org/grants/fellowships.

Fellowship Opportunity: Autry Museum of the American West Research Fellowships

The Autry Museum of the American West is now accepting applications for their research fellowships. The Autry offers one fellowship exclusively to UCLA graduate students, as well two others open to Ph.D. candidates, postdoctoral researchers, and independent scholars from across the U.S. Research Fellows must be U.S. citizens and in-residence at the Autry during June, July, August, or September 2023.

Interested applicants should apply by the January 30, 2023 deadline.

For more information on the different fellowships available, as well as application procedures and fellowship expectations, please visit the Autry’s Fellowships page here.

Call for Applications: African Museology International Exchange with the Smithsonian Institution’s National Museum of African Art

As the world’s largest museum, education, and research complex with a mission to increase and diffuse knowledge, the Smithsonian Institution (SI), based in Washington, DC (USA), is constantly examining how to share information and reach audiences in more accessible ways – and how to respond to our changing world. Building capacity and capability – of our own staff and of cultural and science sector colleagues globally – is central to how we operate and part of our ethos to advance global practice. In that vein, SI, with leadership from the National Museum of African Art (NMAfA), is examining many professional processes – including collections management and research – to better understand the role of museums in a fast-changing world. As an African art museum, with a large collection of historical and contemporary work from throughout the African continent, NMAfA is seeking to redress the historical reliance on Western knowledge frameworks and academic expertise to conserve, document, frame, and interpret our collection, at the near exclusion of the expertise of those from whom and where the collection originates (i.e., Africa and the African diaspora).

More here.