Highlights of the 124th Annual Meeting

Sharon K. Tune, November 2009

The 124th Annual Meeting of the American Historical Association will be held January 7–10, 2010, in San Diego at the Manchester Grand Hyatt San Diego and the San Diego Marriott. More than 1,700 scholars, including 194 from other countries, will participate in 379 AHA and affiliate sessions. Forty-six specialized affiliated societies and other groups will cosponsor sessions or hold separate luncheons, sessions, and meetings. AHA and affiliate events are summarized in the front portion of the 2010 Annual Meeting Program.

Noted below are sessions and events sponsored by Association divisions and committees. Session numbers are indicated in parentheses.

The AHA Teaching Division is sponsoring four roundtables and sessions, including “Translating TAH in a Rural Setting Using Kentucky State Standards” (41), “Education Accreditation, Teacher Certification, and the Role of History Education in the University History Department” (209), and “Teaching European History: A Thematic Approach: Challenging Assumptions” (241). With the AHA Research Division, the division is sponsoring “Sites of Encounter: World History Professional Development in Southern California” (74).

With the National History Education Clearinghouse, the division is sponsoring for a second year an all-day workshop, scheduled for Saturday, January 9. The Center for History and New Media, George Mason University and the Stanford University History Education Group in partnership with the AHA and the National History Center created the Clearinghouse with funding from the U.S. Department of Education (Contract Number ED-07-CO-0088). See the 2010 Annual Meeting Program for complete details of the workshop’s six sessions, demonstrations, and speakers. For additional information on the Clearinghouse, visit its web site at http://teachinghistory.org.

The division will cosponsor the Advanced Placement luncheon on Saturday, January 9 with the College Board and the World History Association. William Beezley (Univ. of Arizona) will speak on “Latin American Popular Culture: It’s Been All around Us for Two Centuries.” Allison D. Clark of the College Board will preside. See the 2010 Annual Meeting Program for more on sessions and activities relating to history teaching.

For the 20th year, the AHA Professional Division continues its sponsorship of a workshop on “Interviewing in the Job Market in the Twenty-First Century” (36, in conjunction with the Coordinating Council for Women in History and the AHA Graduate and Early Career Committee). Scheduled on Friday, January 8, in the 9:30–11:30 a.m. time period, session attendees will be divided into small interviewee groups, each led by a college or university faculty member or a public historian who will conduct mock interviews and lead discussion of successful interview strategies. Vice President of the Professional Division David J. Weber (Southern Methodist Univ.) will preside.

The division is also sponsoring nine additional sessions and roundtables, “Land of the Free and Home of the Brave: Same-Sex Marriage in Canada” (2, with the AHA Working Group for Historical Perspectives on Same-Sex Marriage and the Committee on Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender History), “Gay Marriage and Proposition 8: Reflections” (71, with the AHA Working Group for Historical Perspectives on Same-Sex Marriage and the Committee on Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender History), “Access Denied: Comparative Biopolitical Perspectives on Marriage Restriction” (106, with the AHA Working Group for Historical Perspectives on Same-Sex Marriage and the AHA Task Force on Disability), “Becoming Helen Keller: Perspectives and Experiences Integrating Disability into U.S. Survey, Higher Education, and Secondary School Coursework” (140, with the AHA Task Force on Disability), “Reclaiming the Disabled Subject in Historical Research and Representation” (175, with the AHA Task Force on Disability and the Disability History Association), “Recursive Subjects: Sexuality and the “State” in South Asia” (176), and “Transatlantic Perspectives on the History of Disability” (208, with the AHA Task Force on Disability).

In the Saturday midday time period, two members of the division, Kristin L. Ahlberg (Office of Historian, U.S. Dept. of State) and Trudy H. Peterson (consulting archivist), will lead a forum for public historians to discuss issues of interest (141). That evening the division will sponsor two receptions. From 6:00 to 7:30 p.m., the division will co-host a reception for public historians and anyone with an interest in public history, with the American Association for State and Local History and the National Council on Public History. From 7:30-9:00 p.m. the division will sponsor a reception for part-time and adjunct faculty.

The AHA Research Division will sponsor nine sessions and roundtables. With the American Association for History and Computing the division is sponsoring “Is Google Good for History?” (3) and “What Becomes of Print in the Digital Age?” (142). With the AHA Working Group for Historical Perspectives on Same-Sex Marriage, the division is sponsoring two sessions: “Marriage, Race, and Sexuality in the Atlantic World” (38), and “Marriage, Gender, and Sexuality in Transnational Perspective” (173). With the AHA Teaching Division, the division will sponsor “Sites of Encounter: World History Professional Development in Southern California” (74). The Research Division will also sponsor a panel on “Whither History PhD Programs? The Education of Historians Report after Five Years” (108).

With the Center for History and New Media at George Mason University the division is offering a two-part session on Friday, January 8, on “Humanities in the Digital Age.” Part 1 is a digital poster session (40), and will provide participants with an overview of different digital tools and services and how historians are using them for research, teaching, and collaboration. After brief introductions to the various posters, participants can spend time at various stations, talking with presenters and other participants. Part 2 in the afternoon time period will be a hands-on workshop (73). Participants are urged to bring their own laptop to learn to use some of the specific tools displayed at the morning session such as setting up a blog, creating a course web site, doing some basic text mining, or creating a model student web site.

The AHA Committee on Minority Historians will cosponsor the sessions “Underground Archives of Native American and African American History” (109) and “Thinking about Race, Sexuality, and Marriage: A Roundtable on Peggy Pascoe’s What Comes Naturally” (207, with by the AHA Working Group for Historical Perspectives on Same-Sex Marriage and the Coordinating Council for Women in History).

The CMH invites minority graduate students and first-year faculty to a complimentary continental breakfast on Friday, January 8, from 7:30 to 9:00 a.m. If interested in attending, e-mail Noralee Frankel, by December 11, 2009. The CMH also invites minority scholars, graduate students, and others attending the Annual Meeting to a reception on Saturday, January 9, beginning at 6:00 p.m. The committee will invite those present to share memories of John Hope Franklin.

The AHA Committee on Women Historians will sponsor a roundtable in celebration of Blanche Wiesen Cook (39, with the AHA Working Group for Historical Perspectives on Same-Sex Marriage). Jane S. De Hart (Univ. of California, Santa Barbara) will chair and speakers include Lawrence S. Wittner (Univ. at Albany, SUNY), Marcia M. Gallo (Univ. of Nevada at Las Vegas), Debra L. Schultz (Graduate Center, CUNY), and Paula Giddings (Smith Coll.). Professor Cook (John Jay College of Criminal Justice, CUNY) will be present to offer comment.

The committee also invites attendance to its annual breakfast on Saturday morning, January 9. Margaret A. Strobel (Univ. of Illinois at Chicago) will preside and John A. D’Emilio (Univ. of Illinois at Chicago) will speak. The breakfast is sponsored with the AHA Working Group for Historical Perspectives on Same-Sex Marriage; preregistration for the 2010 Annual Meeting is required.

The AHA Graduate and Early Career Committee is sponsoring five sessions and roundtables: “Interviewing in the Job Market in the Twenty-First Century” (36, with the AHA Professional Division and the Coordinating Council for Women in History), “Grants and Fellowships: Want an Edge to Funding Your Opportunities?” (75), “The Art of the Article: Advice on Publishing in Journals in the Twenty-First Century” (110), “The Curious Life of the Post-Doctoral Fellow: Making a Post-Doc Work for You” (143), and “The Campus Visit: Strategies for Success in the Campus Interview Process” (177).

On Friday, January 8, beginning at 5:30 p.m., the committee will sponsor an open forum to discuss issues of interest to graduate students and early career professionals. Immediately following the forum, a reception begins at 6:30 p.m. See the 2010 Annual Meeting Program for additional sessions and events of special interest to graduate students and early career professionals.

The Task Force on Disability, which began its three-year term in June 2008, will co-sponsor the sessions “Access Denied: Comparative Biopolitical Perspectives on Marriage Restriction” (106 with the AHA Professional Division and the AHA Working Group for Historical Perspectives on Same-Sex Marriage) and “Becoming Helen Keller: Perspectives and Experiences Integrating Disability into U.S. Survey, Higher Education, and Secondary School Coursework” (140, with the Professional Division).

The AHA Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, and Queer Historians Task Force will sponsor two sessions with AHA Working Group for Historical Perspectives on Same-Sex Marriage, the AHA Professional Division, and the Committee on Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender History: “Land of the Free and Home of the Brave: Same-Sex Marriage in Canada” (2) and “Gay Marriage and Proposition 8: Reflections.” At its meeting on January 2, 2009, the AHA Council established this task force to gather information about the concerns of LGBTQ members and propose concrete practical solutions. David Weber (Southern Methodist Univ.) and Leisa Meyer (Coll. of William and Mary) of the AHA’s Professional Division co-chair with the following members: Jennifer Brier (Univ. of Illinois at Chicago), Marc Stein (York Univ.), and Susan Stryker (Indiana Univ.).

—Sharon K. Tune is the AHA convention director.