IAMHIST-Challenge for early career researchers and professionals

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The challenge of this year is closed and the winners are here.

See you next year for the second edition.

Edition no. 1,  2016

Deadline for proposals: September 15, 2016

The International Association for Media and History is an organization of scholars, filmmakers, broadcasters and archivists dedicated to historical inquiry into film, radio, television, and related media.

We encourage scholarly research into the relationship between history and the media, as well as the production of historically informed documentaries, audio-visual essays, television series, podcasts, websites and other media texts. We take special pride in involving younger scholars and media professionals in our activities through our annual master class, special events for grad students at IAMHIST conferences, and awards for junior scholars. In 2016, the IAMHIST board decided to launch a yearly IAMHIST Challenge for early career researchers and professionals who are interested in setting up a local event on a media-and-history topic. This can be a one-day symposium, a master class, a workshop…. This initiative should be spearheaded by an early career researcher or media professional.

Eligible proposals will be original and relevant to the field of media and history. A jury, assigned by the Executive Council of IAMHIST, will select one or more proposals and reward them with a grant. The total budget of the IAMHIST challenge is 5,000 USD. This amount may be given to one applicant or be distributed among several applicants.

Proposals (max 2500 words) should include

  • A concise project title
  • A short introduction on the topic and its relevance to the field of media and history
  • If applicable: preliminary call for papers
  • The date the event will take place. Please note the event needs to take place before 15 September 2017.
  • A preliminary practical outline of the event: line-up of invited speakers, what their contribution will be (paper, keynote, coaching…), debates and roundtables, hands-on sessions…
  • A preliminary budget (incl. any additional funding you might have). The budget should make clear the amount of money you would expect from IAMHIST (max. 5,000 USD) and what the grant will be used for
  • The composition of the scientific and organizing committee (if applicable)
  • A rationale – why should IAMHIST sponsor this event?
  • An official letter of institutional backing (not included in the word limit)
  • A letter from a senior staff member attesting to the applicant’s ability to carry out and complete significant projects on schedule (not included in the word limit)
  • A short CV and contact details of the applicant (not included in the word limit)

Proposals should be sent to IAMHIST secretary general dr. Leen Engelen (info-contact@iamhist.org) by September 15, 2016. The winner(s) will be notified by September 30th 2016.

Regulations IAMHIST Challenge

  1. We welcome proposals on a wide variety of media historical topics.
  2. The principal initiator of the event should be an early career researcher. You can only apply as a Master/PhD student and/or in the first 3 years after obtaining your MA or PhD (date of degree), calculated from September 1 of the year of applying. Early career media professionals are equally eligible.
  3. Individual applicants and/or their institutions should be IAMHIST members.
  4. Proposals should be in tune with the IAMHIST mission to encourage and facilitate research in the use of audio-visual media and materials as sources for the study of history and the social sciences, including research into the development and impact of audio-visual media in mass communication, to further research into the use of audio-visual media and materials at all levels of historical education; to improve the preservation of audio-visual materials as documents and to improve access to archival institutions and collections housing audio-visual materials, to promote the international exchange of information and the development of international projects within its field of interest.
  5. The event should take place within 12 months after the initial deadline for proposals.
  6. A IAMHIST board member will be appointed as a liaison to follow up on the organization of the event and offer guidance where needed. At least one board member will attend the event. (The travel and/or lodging costs of this board member will be borne by IAMHIST and should not be budgeted.)
  7. If, in the course of the organizational process, the event changes substantially and no longer abides to the rules set for the IAMHIST challenge, IAMHIST retains the right to withdraw its support.
  8. The event should be branded as a IAMHIST event and the IAMHIST logo should be used on all public documents regarding the event. The event will be advertised through the IAMHIST website and social media. All information to make this promotion possible should be provided by the organizing committee in a timely fashion.
  9. The decisions of the IAMHIST jury (regarding the acceptance of proposals and the attribution of grant money) are final. The jury reserves the right not to award the prize.
  10. A maximum of six weeks after the event, a complete financial (including receipts) and substantive debriefing will be sent to the IAMHIST liaison, including a testimonial and photographs of the event for the IAMHIST website
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