The topic for the Charles Warren Center Fellowships at Harvard for 2007-08 is particularly fitting for many legal historians: Politics and Social Movements. Next year's workshop will be run by Lisa McGirr (History) and Daniel Carpenter (Government), at Harvard. Applicants must have a Ph.D. or equivalent, so this one is not for grad students. The description begins: This workshop will explore the theme of “Politics and Social Movements.” The intention is two-fold. First, we wish to bridge divides between social and political history by assembling a group of scholars whose work addresses the intersection of civil society and the state. In particular, we are interested in exploring how, when, and why various groups of women and men in North America during the past three hundred years have collectively organized to press their claims and influence the political process – and, in turn, what influence social mobilization had on the state. Second, we hope to bridge traditional disciplinary boundaries between historians, sociologists, and political scientists by encouraging interdisciplinary approaches. We are interested, in particular, in supporting investigations that concentrate on the origins, development, and strategies of social movements, the relationship between political institutions and the state to non-states actors – both elites and grassroots – and, most generally, how society and the political process have interacted and shaped one another. While the primary focus will be on North American history, we welcome comparative and transnational projects.
The deadline is January 15, 2007.
For more info and application information, go here.