“Disability Western History Scholar Award”
The study of Disability in Western History is to bring awareness to todays and future scholars about how American communities in the Western United States approached persons with sensory, physical, and neurological diverse disabilities in order to understand how and why current American communities and governments approach the contributions of disabled persons to their communities and how people in the past set attitudes about diverse inclusion and equality in society today.
The purpose of the “Disability Western History Scholar Award “is to promote the place of disability and all of the ramifications that disability diversity, equity, accessibility, and inclusion have had in the diverse peoples’ lives in Western History in the United States. It is important to promote and support scholars who study disability, whether these scholars have a disability or not. For example, there is a need to understand society’s perceptions of disability today, as well as yesterday. Many questions need answers, such as how and why certain laws were written about how persons with sensory, physical, and mental disabilities should be treated by their communities, families, and society in general. How did disability direct citizenship and voting rights, health care, education, employment opportunities? More and more academia is now bringing the subject of disability studies and history applying tools such as Digital Humanities (DH), into the sunlight. It has not been easy, but progress is being made. More awareness is now emerging, but it needs a boost, that is why the “Disability Western History Scholar Award” was established in 2021. The American West is peopled by many diverse transnational cultures, for example, people with diverse disabilities live and lived in the transcultural West. We know about Civil War amputees sometimes continued to serve in the U. S. Army with one arm, we have read about vocational education, such as training that Mary Ingalls, who was blind, received to support herself, she made face masks for horses to protect them from flies, and we have been learning about such artists as Crow painter White Swan who painted Native battle scenes in which he had participated. White Swan was deaf and walked with a crutch because of injuries that he had received in battle. It is time to support research to learn more and teach.
Application process for the “Disability Western History Scholar Award”:
The “Disability Western History Scholar Award” scholarship provides two $500 annual awards to be given to graduate students at the M.A. or Ph.D. level who are engaged in Disability Western History Scholarship to help lessen the burden of costs to attend the annual Western History Association conference. The intent of this award is to increase the awareness of disability history scholars by assisting their ability to research and present academic papers and network with other scholars at the annual WHA conferences.
Applicants should send in one pdf file to Each member of the Award Selection Committee.: 1) a letter of interest, 2) CV. Include your last name in the title of the pdf file. Applicants should request that their faculty advisor send a letter of support to each committee member.
-2022 Awards Cycle opens near the end of January 2022
-2022 Award Submission (Postmark) Deadline: July 15, 2022
The WHA office sends award notifications in August.