The Research Center for Urban Cultural History at the University of Massachusetts Boston is offering a 3-4 week short-term visiting fellowship for Spring 2013. The RCUCH Flaherty Visiting Fellow will pursue a research project pertaining to urban cultural history; the project must be interdisciplinary, and be focused on the cultural history of cities, urban life, urban networks, urban materials or urban experience.
We define urban cultural history broadly; projects treating pre-urban sites as well as contemporary situations fall within the fellowship’s parameters. During the fellowship period the Fellow is required to offer a Faculty Lecture for the RCUCH on work-in-progress related to the research project, and to provide a talk for a graduate seminar or student group where this can be arranged; other than these lectures, and the research project itself, the Fellow will also have numerous opportunities to attend on-campus lectures and symposia, and to take advantage of lectures, exhibits, and other events in Boston and its environs, The RCUCH invites applications, giving preference to scholars at associate professor rank or above.
The University of Massachusetts Boston is located on Columbia Point, just south of downtown Boston and accessible by the Red Line subway or by car. Adjacent to the university are the Massachusetts State Archives and the JFK Presidential Library and Museum. The Massachusetts Historical Society, the Colonial Society of Massachusetts, the New England Historic Genealogical Society, the Boston Public Library at Copley Square, the Museum of Fine Arts, the Museum of African American History, Boston Symphony Hall, and the Boston Athenaeum are all nearby in downtown Boston.
The fellowship includes travel and a stipend of $2000. The RCUCH Fellow will also have use of a desk in the RCUCH Office and internet service, as well as a university library card, access to the Healey Library’s resources and databases, and interlibrary loan privileges. A housing allowance is not included in the fellowship.
Those interested in applying should send a 500-600 word project proposal indicating the proposed dates of stay, a c.v., and two letters of support. The proposed fellowship stay should take place between January 30 and May 1, 2013. Fellowship applications should be sent by email to the RCUCH Director at Elizabeth.Fay@umb.edu; application deadline is September 1, 2012.