CFP: Coalition of Master’s Scholars on Material Culture (CMSMC)

Call for Papers
On behalf of the Coalition of Master’s Scholars on Material Culture, the editorial board is circulating a call for papers relating to the study of Material Culture. The mission of the Coalition of Master’s Scholars on Material Culture (CMSMC) is to provide a platform for emerging master’s scholars, who are at a crucial point in their academic careers, to publish their work and contribute to the expanding field of Material Culture. Drawing from the fields of Art History, Archaeology, History and Museum Studies, CMSMC seeks to foster interdisciplinary discussions and address a diverse pool of topics. The Coalition desires to amplify emerging voices who can bring fresh and diverse perspectives to the field. Furthermore, CMSMC is dedicated to disseminating information that is publicly accessible while maintaining rigorous academic standards.

CMSMC welcomes papers discussing Material Culture grounded in historical,archaeological, art historical, and/or museum studies approaches. Papers will be accepted on a rolling basis.

CMSMC seeks to amplify the voices and scholarship of Master’s scholars. We define a Master’s scholar as anyone who is currently enrolled in or has graduated from a Master’s program.

CMSMC is also open to publishing the work of PhD students who are in their coursework and working towards an MA in their program. PhD Candidates and higher are not eligible.

Submission Guidelines
In order to submit a paper to CMSMC, you will need to provide an abstract (up to 350words) as well as a partial bibliography,and CV. Please email these materials [email protected] ,with a subject line that reads as follows “last name_submission”All submissions must be cited in the​​Chicago Manual of Style​ Your submissions will be responded to once they are reviewed by a member of our team. Should your paper be accepted, you will be contacted by our Content chair, Hope Elizabeth Gillespie, who will connect you to your editor.Please note, in order to be considered for publication by CMSMC, your paper must be an original work and should not have been previously published.

Article Lengths and Criteria

1.) Short Article (1500-1700 words; 6-7 pages double spaced)
This piece will typically focus on either a single object, like an object biography,or will be a short review of a book/article/essay/exhibit etc. These pieces will be published weekly, and therefore will be accepted on a rolling basis. The editing process for these pieces will be fairly short, with an editor having only about a week of dialogue with the author prior to the publication date

2.) Medium Article (2,500-2,800 words; 10 pages double spaced)
These pieces will typically center around a particular theme or school of thought surrounding object theory, archaeology, art history, and museum studies. These pieces will be similar to conference papers in both length and style. These pieces will be published bi-weekly, and will also be accepted on a rolling basis. The editing process for these papers will typically be about 2-3 weeks, and that schedule will be worked out with your specific editor.

3.)Long-Form Article (4,000-5,000 words; 15-16 pages double spaced)
These pieces will be in-depth investigations on a variety of topics. While we encourage these pieces to be collaborative, these are the most flexible and author driven of our three article lengths. The editorial process for these pieces will vary;the editor will provide more guidelines and a schedule for publication as per each article submission. These pieces will be a monthly feature, and will also be accepted on a rolling basis.

CMSMC looks forward to receiving proposals in response to the call, and is happy to respond to inquiries from interested parties. Questions may be addressed to the Executive Board – Hope Elizabeth Gillespie, Sydney Sheehan, and Mary Kate Smolenski- via e-mail [email protected].

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Fulbright Postdoctoral Opportunities in Israel

The Fulbright U.S. Scholar Program  is the U.S. government’s flagship educational and cultural exchange program, providing faculty and professionals the opportunity to conduct research, teach, and carry out professional projects around the world.  The program is currently open and accepting applications until September 15, 2021.  There is still time to apply! 

For the 2022-23 academic year, Fulbright Postdoctoral Awards to Israel provide  recent PhD graduates and early career faculty up to two full academic years of funding to conduct research in a wide range of fields.  If you need assistance securing a letter of invitation, Fulbright Israel can help you connect with potential host universities.

2022-23 Postdoctoral Awards to Israel include:

Please note that you must be a U.S. citizen to apply.  For postdoctoral awards to Israel, eligible candidates must have received their PhD no earlier than August 2017.  Scholars may apply if they plan to complete their degrees during the 2021-22 academic year; degrees simply must be conferred prior to the grant start date.

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