THE WESTERN SOCIETY for FRENCH HISTORY
Millstone, professor of French literature at the
University of South Carolina, was one of the prime
movers in the Western Society for French History during
the 1980s and 1990s. She served on the governing council
and distinguished herself in regular conference
presentations as a scholar of nineteenth- and
twentieth-century French popular culture. Through her
singular energies and enthusiasm, Amy drew together
diverse resources and personalities. In the process, she
helped orchestrate some of the most memorable moments in
the society's history. In 1989, Amy arranged for the
free use of two executive jets to fly a talented group
of musicians from the University of South Carolina to
perform on Napoleonic-era instruments at the New Orleans
meeting, a highlight of the society's bicentennial
commemorations. In 1996, she literally saved the annual
meetings in Charlotte, North Carolina by agreeing to
step in as local arrangements coordinator when the UNC
coordinator could not fulfill the obligation. She
secured a distinguished panel of guest speakers,
arranged hotel accommodations, and even stuffed
conference packets in the last hours before the
conference. At the same meetings in 1996, she dazzled
participants with a multi-media presentation, which
explored the fin-de-siècle chanson, Paris
landmarks and working-class identities. Her efforts were
all the more impressive because she was in the last
stages of a valiant battle with leukemia. Her life's
work on the nineteeth-century right-wing author and
independent woman, Gyp, was brought short by her
untimely death in January 1997, but her legacy continues
as a consequence of her generous bequest to the WSFH.
The Millstone Fellowship provides $2,500 for research in France. Eligibility is restricted to doctoral students, untenured and adjunct faculty members, and independent scholars who reside in North America and whose research related to French history and culture requires work in archives, libraries, or other repositories in France. Preference is given to doctoral students and scholars in the early stages of their academic careers. Applications should include the following: a curriculum vitae, including current contact information; a description of the project not to exceed five double-spaced pages, explaining its purpose and significance, its contribution to scholarship on France, and where and when the research is to be carried out; and two letters of recommendation. All materials should be submitted in electronic format as email attachments in Microsoft Word. Candidates are responsible for seeing that letters of recommendation arrive in a timely fashion. Proposals will be reviewed by a four-member committee chaired by the Vice-President of the Western Society for French History. The next winner will be notified in May 2013, and the award will be announced at the Annual Meeting in Atlanta, Georgia.
Application materials must be submitted by 1 March 2013 to:
Jeff Horn, Vice-President
2013. Cynthia Cardona, University of California -Irvine, "Abortion in France: Private Struggles and Public Debates, 1950-1985."
2012. Katherine Godwin, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, "Strategic Litigation: Legal Culture and Daily Life in Sixteenth-Century France."
Elizabeth Nelson, Indiana University, "Timeknots:
Archaic Madness and the Sciences of the Psyche in France
Meghan Roberts, Northwestern University, "Cradle of
Enlightenment: Philosophes, Family Life, and Knowledge
Making in Eighteenth-Century France."
2009. Heidi Sulzdorf, University of Michigan, “The Life Cycle of Cloth in Toulouse, 1271-1443."
2008. Rebecca P. Scales, George Mason University, "Sounding the Nation: Radio and the Politics of Auditory Culture in Interwar France, 1921-1939."
2007. Jeannette E. Miller, Pennsylvania State University, "The French State's Policies toward the Harkis from the End of the Algerian War to the Present: Shifts, Stagnations, and Contradictions."
2006. Diana K. Davis, University of Texas at Austin, "Des Plantations Civilisatrices: Forestry, Conservation and the Taux de Boisement."
2005. Melinda Rice, UCLA, "A Fool and His Money: Culture and Financial Choice during the Law Affair of 1720."
2004. Sheila Crane, University of California, Santa Cruz, "Mediterranean Borderlands at the Ends of Empire: Decolonization and Architectural Translations between France and North Africa."
2003. Leslie Tuttle, University of Kansas, "Conceiving Absolutism: Natalism in Old Regime France, 1666-1789."
2002. Katherine Crawford, Vanderbilt University, "The Sexual Culture of the French Renaissance."
2001. John Monroe, Iowa State University, "Evidence of Things Not Seen: Spiritism, Occultism and the Search for a Modern Faith in France, 1853-1920."