Research Fellowship in Latin American Art and Science

The Huntington Art Collections and Research Division invite applications
for an 18-month full-time research fellowship as part of the project
“Visual Voyages: Latin American Nature from Columbus to Darwin.” This
project, led by Catherine Hess (Chief Curator of European Art at The
Huntington) and Daniela Bleichmar (Associate Professor of Art History and
History at USC), will explore the ways in which Europeans and Americans
envisioned and depicted Latin American nature from the Columbian voyages
through the nineteenth century. In this period, nature provided incentives
for exploration and settlement, commodities for trade, medicines and
specimens for scientific investigation, sources for literary narratives,
objects for collections, pigments for art and industry, as well as a
constant stream of representations. The texts, images, and objects produced
in and about Latin America burst with representations of nature, whether
fantastic animals, lavish flora, landscapes of military and spiritual
conquest, or specimens to furnish the physical cabinets and mental
categories of the natural sciences.

The fellow will work closely with the project leaders conducting primary
and secondary research to identify images, objects, and texts on this topic
in preparation for a major exhibition to be held at the Huntington in 2017.
The fellowship may involve national or international travel to collections.
The fellow will have a Ph.D. in art history, history, history of science,
or a related humanistic discipline; an expertise in topics directly related
to the research project; and fluency in Spanish. The fellowship will begin
no later than October, 2014 and last for eighteen months. The yearly
stipend is $55,000 without fringe benefits.

Interested candidates should submit a letter of application describing
their qualifications for the position including research and/or curatorial
experience; a curriculum vitae; a writing sample (not to exceed 50 pages);
and the names of three referees to by 5pm on
Friday, March 28th. The referees should email their recommendation letters
directly to that email address by the deadline. Please submit all of the
above information in PDF format. Questions about the position should be
directed to Catherine Hess ( and Daniela Bleichmar (


METROPOLITICS – Seventh Biennial Conference of the Urban History Association (UHA) October 2014

The Seventh Biennial Conference of the Urban History Association (UHA)
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
October 9-12, 2014

The Urban History Association Program Committee seeks submissions for sessions on all aspects of urban, suburban, and metropolitan history.
We welcome proposals for panels, roundtable discussions, and individual papers, and are receptive to alternative session formats
that foster audience participation in the proceedings.

The Program Committee is pleased to announce that the University of Pennsylvania will serve as the local host for this year’s conference,
which will be held on October 9-12, 2014.

We particularly encourage papers that explore the theme of Metropolitics, although submissions are not restricted to the conference theme. The year 2014 marks the beginning of a series of fiftieth anniversaries of major political events impacting cities, including the Civil Rights Act, the War on Poverty, the founding of the Department of Housing and Urban Development, the Voting Rights Act, the Hart-Celler Immigration Act, and the Elementary and Secondary Education Act. The Program Committee therefore invites papers that reflect broadly on the relationship between the state and local actors. We also seek contributions that make global comparisons and explore metropolitan politics in Latin America, Europe, Asia,
Australia, the Middle East, and Africa. Sessions on ancient and pre-modern as well as modern periods are welcome. Graduate student submissions are encouraged. Graduate student papers presented at the conference will be eligible for the UHA-SAGE Graduate Student Paper

We prefer complete panels but individual papers will be considered. Please designate a single person to serve as a contact for all
complete panels. For traditional panels, include a brief explanation of the overall theme, a one-page abstract of each paper, and a one- or
two-page c.v. for each participant. Roundtable proposals should also designate a contact person and submit a one-page theme synopsis and a
one or two page c.v. for each presenter. Proposals involving alternative formats should include a brief description of how the
session will be structured.

All those submitting individual papers should include a one-page abstract and a one or two page c.v. E-mail
submissions by March 1, 2014 to Andrew K. Sandoval Strausz at and Victoria Wolcott
Submissions should be included in attachments as Word or PDF documents.

As part of the conference the UHA will organize workshops for graduate students writing dissertations in urban and suburban history. Students
who have written a prospectus and who wish to participate in a workshop should apply with a two to four page letter of interest by March 1, 2014 to