ASPHS local meeting subventions

At the business meeting at the Association for Spanish and Portuguese Historical Studies (ASPHS) 2013 annual meeting in Albuquerque, the membership voted in a new program to provide members with small subventions for regional and local gatherings for activities related to ASPHS’s mission to promote the scholarly study of Spain and Portugal through History and related disciplines

For the 2016-2017 academic year, there will be two funding cycles. The first deadline will be October 28, 2016. The second will be March 1, 2017. The total funds available for disbursement in each cycle will be $1000.

Members who wish to apply for subventions should prepare a proposal of no more than one page explaining the nature of the event and its connection to ASPHS’s mission. Proposals should be accompanied by a budget explaining how the requested funds will be expended. Please note that funding is intended to support workshops or gatherings; it will not be granted to support individual travel or research. Please send both the proposal and the budget to the members of the Executive Committee (;;;;;;;;;; ) on or before the deadline of each funding cycle. You must be a current member of ASPHS for your proposal to be considered.

Questions? Contact Sandie Holguín, General Secretary, at (Disregard the initial bounce-back message you might receive).

The Portuguese-Speaking World: Its History, Politics and Culture

The Series Editors

António Costa Pinto (University of Lisbon)
Onésimo T. Almeida (Brown University)
Miguel Bandeira Jerónimo (University of Coimbra)

This new series will publish high-quality scholarly books on the entire spectrum of the Portuguese-speaking world, with particular emphasis on the modern history, culture, and politics of Portugal, Brazil, and Africa. The series, which will be open to a variety of approaches, will offer fresh insights into a wide range of topics covering diverse historical and geographical contexts. Particular preferences will be given to books that reflect interdisciplinarity and innovative methodologies.

The editors encourage the submission of proposals for single author as well as collective volumes. A proposal from can be downloaded from the Press website at, and following the link to “Publishing your book with SAP.”

Journal of Medieval Iberian Studies: Best Article Prize (2016)

The editors of the Journal of Medieval Iberian Studies (JMIS) and Routledge are delighted to offer an annual $500 prize for the most outstanding article published in JMIS each year. All articles published in JMIS will automatically be considered for the Best Article Prize, and all submissions received during each calendar year will be considered for publication in the following year.The Journal of Medieval Iberian Studies (JMIS) is an interdisciplinary journal for innovative scholarship on the multiple languages, cultures, and historical processes of the Iberian Peninsula, and the zones with which it was in contact.

Institute for Advanced Studies: Opportunities for 2017-2018

The Institute is an independent private institution founded in 1930 to create a community of scholars focused on intellectual inquiry, free from teaching and other university obligations.  Scholars from around the world come to the Institute to pursue their own research.  Candidates of any nationality may apply for a single term or a full academic year.  Scholars may apply for a stipend, and again for the 2017-18 academic year we will be offering a John Elliott membership to support a scholar pursuing research in the history and culture of Early Modern Spain.  Those with sabbatical funding, other grants, retirement funding or other means are also invited to apply for a non-stipendiary membership.  Some short-term visitorships (for less than a full term, and without stipend) are also available on an ad-hoc basis.  Beyond the John Elliott membership noted above, scholars in all fields of historical research are welcome to apply for membership.  The principal interests of the School of Historical Studies are the history of western, near eastern and Asian civilizations, with particular emphasis upon Greek and Roman civilization, the history of Europe (medieval, early modern, and modern), the Islamic world, East Asian studies, art history, the history of science and philosophy, modern international relations, and music studies, but each year some scholars are selected in other fields of historical research.   Residence in Princeton during term time is required.  The only other obligation of Members is to pursue their own research.  The Ph.D. (or equivalent) and substantial publications are required.  Further information about the John Elliott membership can be found on the web at:  The full announcement of our membership program can be viewed the web at  Inquiries sent by post should be addressed to the School of Historical Studies, Institute for Advanced Study, Einstein Dr., Princeton, N.J. 08540 (E-mail address: Deadline: November 1 2016.

GIS Manual

For those of you who are curious about the use of geographic information systems (GIS) for historical research but who lack training in the use of the technology, Jack Owens announces the publication of a GIS training manual for historians and historical social scientists. The manual may be downloaded free of charge, along with all of the data necessary for the exercises, and you may also download the free, open-source GIS software, which is used for the first 10 of 14 exercises. You will find all of this material at the URL: 

Olivia Remie Constable Fund

The friends and family of Olivia Remie Constable invite you to join them in establishing the Olivia Remie Constable Award for junior, adjunct and unaffiliated scholars, to be presented annually in her memory. Remie was a consummate scholar who was aware that gaps in funding exist for emerging scholars. The Constable Award, which will be administered by the Medieval Academy of America, will be awarded annually to an emerging junior faculty member, adjunct or unaffiliated scholar (broadly understood: post-doctoral, pre-tenure) for research and travel. The award is meant to reflect the high standards of Remie’s scholarship as well as her broader interdisciplinary interests in Medieval Studies (as exemplified by her teaching, her leadership, and her service to the discipline). Remie’s family agree that this award will be an appropriate and effective way to honor her memory.  Click here for more information and to donate.