[Humanist] 26.686 research grant, history of technology

Humanist Discussion Group willard.mccarty at mccarty.org.uk
Wed Jan 16 07:26:39 CET 2013

                 Humanist Discussion Group, Vol. 26, No. 686.
            Department of Digital Humanities, King's College London
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        Date: Tue, 15 Jan 2013 21:44:13 -0500
        From: Andrew Butrica <abutrica at EARTHLINK.NET>
        Subject: Pam Laird Research Grant

The Mercurians, a Special Interest Group of the 
Society for the History of Technology (SHOT), is 
offering the Pam Laird Research Grant, a grant of 
US$1,000 to defray the cost of travel and housing to use 
a research collection.

The Mercurians began meeting in 1986 for the 
purpose of generating networks between people who 
share work and interests in the history of 
communication technologies, defining the field 
broadly. Our activities include publishing a 
semi-annual newsletter, Antenna, meeting during 
annual SHOT conferences, organizing paper 
sessions for SHOT meetings, and pursuing contacts 
between meetings via our Google Groups list. The 
newsletter serves both as a clearing house for 
readers and an informal forum for their ideas.

We have added this new initiative to encourage 
and reward high-caliber research in the history 
of communication technologies. One of the 
Mercurians’ missions is to encourage scholarship 
in the history of communication technologies. 
There is no travel grant program (either within 
or outside SHOT) that we are aware of dedicated 
to supporting scholarship on the history of 
communication technologies. While the history of 
communication technology literature is vast and 
always growing, the quality of the research 
effort or resulting publication too often falls 
short of scholarly expectations.

In general, the travel grant is awarded in 
alternating years.  We already have awarded two 
such travel grants during the 2011 SHOT annual 
meeting in Cleveland.  The next grant (or grants) 
will be announced during the 2013 SHOT meeting in Portland, Maine.

The grant is intended for and limited to junior 
scholars­meaning either current graduate students 
or recent postgraduates (no more than three years 
beyond the terminal degree in their field).

Requirements and Application
Only travel to an appropriate archival collection 
to carry out research on an aspect of the history 
of communication technology, broadly defined, 
will be supported. The archive can be open to the 
public, private, or even closed, provided that 
necessary permissions have been obtained from the archive.

Complete the application form (available at: 
http://www.mercurians.org/grant-form.doc) and 
e-mail it and a curriculum vitae (no longer than 
3 pages) as attachments to the Mercurians c/o 
abutrica at earthlink.net Your curriculum vitae 
should include pertinent publications, 
fellowships, or accomplishments relevant to your 
proposed research, and professional societies and affiliations.

The deadline for submitting an application for 
the inaugural grant is May 1, 2013.

For further information or questions, please 
contact Andrew Butrica at abutrica at earthlink.net 
or visit our website: www.mercurians.org

Andrew J. Butrica, Ph.D.
Research Historian

Voice: (301) 656-3486
Fax: (301) 656-3486 (please call first)
E-mail: abutrica at earthlink.net

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Voltaire, Candide.

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