Big news from Williamsburg!

How many times have you seen that in a headline in this century? 

First of all, there’s a Visiting Assistant Professor position in early American history for academic year 2011-12 “with the possibility of renewal.”  The job carries a 2-3 course load and a wonderful community of other early Americanist faculty and graduate students.  One year in Williamsburg seems just about right.  (It reminds me of that old W.C. Fields joke:  “First Prize, one week in Philadelphia!  Second Prize, two weeks in Philadelphia!”)

Secondly, we see that the deadline is nigh for short-term fellowships from the Colonial Williamsburg Foundation for projects that are closely related to the collections of the John D. Rockefeller, Jr. Library, “with its distinguished collection of primary and secondary sources relating to eighteenth-century Williamsburg, the colonial Chesapeake, African American studies, decorative arts and material culture through 1830, archaeology, architectural history, digital history, and historic preservation. An important component of the work of the Foundation’s Division of Research and Historical Interpretation, Rockefeller Library fellowships primarily support research on topics related to British America, the American Revolution, and the Early Republic.” 

The application deadline is May 1, 2011, and the Foundation is looking to support junior scholars (graduate students and the untenured) “working on topics related to the American Revolution, Early Republic, or ideas and philosophies of America’s founding fathers,” and any scholars working on “topics related to African and African American history, including the Atlantic slave trade, the development and practice of slavery, the experience of free blacks, the formation of early black institutions and economies, and the emergence of African American expressive culture.” 

Some readers of this blog might want to note in particular this fellowship:

The Fellowship in 3D Visualization is a two-month residential appointment awarded once each year to explore innovative ways in which 3D visualization technologies can enhance our understanding of Early American history or a closely-related field. The fellowship, intended for doctoral candidates and junior scholars, can be used for projects at any stage of development. The Fellow will be based in the Digital History Center’s 3D Visualization Lab at the John D. Rockefeller, Jr. Library and will work alongside staff engaged in the ongoing Virtual Williamsburg 1776 project. Successful proposals will clearly demonstrate the potential for the creative use of 3D visualization technologies for enhancing new or ongoing research. Applicants are not required to have 3D modeling experience, but preference will be given to those who have some familiarity with computer-aided drafting and/or spatial technologies and applicants should clearly describe their technical expertise in their proposal or CV.

So, c’mon everyone:  buff your CVs, request those letters of recommendation, grab your Felicity dolls and go!  (Dressup for humans is optional, of course.)

0 thoughts on “Big news from Williamsburg!

  1. Ha! That’s my school! I can vouch for the quality of the students and colleagues – so many interesting methodologies, concentrations, and questions, and for early American history you simply can’t beat the location. Good luck to all applicants! Go TRIBE!


  2. As a guy who used a lot of maps and wrote a lot about space and place, I wish there had been something like this for me. As it was, I spent a lot of time putting tiny colored dots on old road maps (which I then xeroxed because those damn dots would come off all the time). But I thought it mattered to know exactly how many bars, hotels, motels, gas stations, tire stores, and laundromats a tourist (or local visitor) to Gallup encountered driving in and out and where they were concentrated and that was the only way I could figure it out. And it changed a whole lot after the highway came in. I’m contemplating having my kids use Sketch-up to put in the buildings for the maps of the blocks of Philadelphia that they research using fire insurance maps from and 1880-1920-1960. The maps have enough info that they could get reasonable fascimilies. And Sketch-up is supposed to be super easy, but I haven’t played with it yet to know.

    And you better grab that Felicity doll, I heard she was on the to be discontinued list.


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