Flaherty Visiting Fellowship
- The deadline to apply for the RCUCH visiting fellowship for spring 2013 has passed.
Dr.Ciara Breathnach has been named the 2013 visiting Flaherty Fellow. Dr Breathnach holds a Lectureship at the Department of History, University of Limerick, where she is also Course Director for the MA (History of Family) since 2005. Breathnach is President of the Society for the Study of Nineteenth Century Ireland, and is Principal Investigator of a current IRCHSS award. Her publications include The Congested Districts Board of Ireland, 1891-1923, Poverty and Development in the West of Ireland (Four Courts Press, Dublin and Portland, 2005); Ciara Breathnach and Catherine Lawless (eds), Visual, material and print culture in nineteenth-century Ireland (Four Courts Press, Dublin and Portland, 2010); Ciara Breathnach (guest editor), Ireland: Church, State and society 1900-1975, The History of the Family: International Quarterly, Volume 13, Issue 4, 2008. Ciara Breathnach (ed.), Framing the West: images of rural Ireland 1890-1920 (Irish Academic Press, Dublin and Portland, 2007). Ciara Breathnach and Aoife Bhreatnach (eds.), Portraying Irish Travellers: histories and representations (Cambridge Scholars Press, Newcastle upon Tyne, February 2007).
Each year, the Research Center for Urban Cultural History at the University of Massachusetts Boston is offers a three to four week short-term visiting fellowship for the spring semester. 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 $2,000. 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. There is no application form. 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.
RCUCH Hosted Fellows
The Research Center for Urban Cultural History also hosts visiting scholars who have institutional or external funding to conduct research. As with the Flaherty Visiting Fellow, hosted fellows will 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. The RCUCH will also sponsor a faculty lecture if the fellow so wishes.