[Humanist] 30.842 research grant for history of communication technologies

Humanist Discussion Group willard.mccarty at mccarty.org.uk
Thu Mar 23 08:29:12 CET 2017

                 Humanist Discussion Group, Vol. 30, No. 842.
            Department of Digital Humanities, King's College London
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        Date: Wed, 22 Mar 2017 17:46:27 -0400
        From: Andrew Butrica <abutrica at EARTHLINK.NET>
        Subject: Pam Laird Research Grant 2017

The Mercurians once again is offering the Pam Laird Research Grant 
(US$1,000) to defray the cost of travel and housing to use a research 
collection to pursue research in the history of communication technologies.

We have added this new initiative to encourage and reward 
high-caliber research in the history of communication technologies, 
broadly defined. One of the Mercurians' missions is to encourage 
scholarship in the history of communication technologies. There is no 
research 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 research grant is awarded in alternating years. We 
awarded two such grants during the 2011 SHOT annual meeting in 
Cleveland. The winners were Carmen Krol, a PhD candidate in the 
Department of Science & Technology Studies at Cornell University, and 
Michael Lemon, a PhD student in Latin American History at Indiana 
University (Bloomington). The Mercurians announced during the 2013 
SHOT meeting in Portland, Maine, that Ian Johnson, a PhD student in 
the History Department at Ohio State University, had won. 
Subsequently, we announced that James Risk, a PhD student in the 
University of South Carolina History Department, won the 2015 Pam 
Laird Research Grant. We are looking forward to awarding this 
important research grant again in 2017 and announcing the winner 
during the SHOT meeting in Philadelphia.


The grant is intended for and limited to junior scholars-meaning 
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 grant is May 1, 2017.

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

Good luck!

Andrew J. Butrica
ANTENNA Newsletter
mercurians at earthlink.net

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