Native American and Indigenous Studies Association

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Family, Kinship and Households:
New Perspectives
The Ohio State University  2015-2017 Program
The OSU Center for Historical Research will present a two-year program
(2015-2017) devoted to a broad exploration of the theme, “Family, Kinship and
Households.” The program will feature a series of seminars and lectures by
leading scholars from the United States and abroad, as well as workshops
designed to explore theoretical and methodological issues in the field. In
conjunction with this program the CHR will host residential fellows.
New approaches to the study of families, kinship and households have
emerged over the past couple of decades. The history of the family has been
revitalized by scholars interested in the history of race, gender and sexuality,
documenting some of the ways in which the family across time and place has
been a site of dynamic change laden with cultural meaning. Simultaneously, the
incorporation of age and generation as analytical categories in historical
scholarship has spurred new studies of the dynamics of social and cultural
change, and the operations of power in families and households. Recent
interest in the history of children and childhood has also drawn renewed
attention to families and households, and to the ways in which kinship has been
produced, and reproduced across time and place. Finally, the ‘material turn’ in
history and the resurgence of economic history has brought renewed attention
to the complex relationship among domestic spaces, family structures, and
changing economic conditions. The CHR program is designed to bring these
separate, and often distinct, new fields of inquiry into conversation with each
other and examine the contours of what might be called a New Family History.
FELLOWSHIPS and the CHR SEMINAR: We invite fellowship applications and
seminar presentation proposals for the 2015-2016 academic year from scholars
of all disciplines whose research encompasses the theme of “Family. Kinship
and Households.” Application information for fellowships can be found on our
website,, and applications are due by January 31, 2015.
Those interested in making presentations at the seminars should contact the
Program Chair, Birgitte Søland (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.). The Ohio State University
is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. Women, minorities,
veterans, and individuals with disabilities are encouraged to apply. We welcome
applications from the United States and abroad, and from all disciplines.