Some Highlights of the 127th Annual Meeting
Sharon K. Tune, November 2012
The 127th Annual Meeting of the American Historical Association will be held January 3–6, 2013, in New Orleans at the New Orleans Marriott, the Sheraton New Orleans, the Hotel Monteleone, and the Roosevelt New Orleans. More than 1,800 scholars will participate in 423 AHA and affiliate sessions. Forty-four 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 print version of the Program, with details of sessions listed in the main body (for the online version of the Program, see AHA-sponsored session details and affiliated society sessions).
Noted below are sessions and events sponsored by Association divisions and committees (session numbers are indicated in parenthesis).
For the 22nd year, the AHA's Professional Division continues its sponsorship of a workshop on "Interviewing in the Job Market in the Twenty-First Century" (53, in conjunction with the AHA Graduate and Early Career Committee and the Coordinating Council for Women in History). Scheduled on Friday, January 4, 8:30–10:00 a.m., 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. Jacqueline Jones (Univ. of Texas at Austin), AHA vice president in the Professional Division will preside over the session.
The division is sponsoring a strand of sessions and workshops on the theme "The Malleable PhD" to promote broader thinking about careers for history PhDs. The sessions and the workshops are:
- The Entrepreneurial Historian (27)
- Front Lines: Early Career Scholars Doing Digital History (111)
- Exploring a Range of Careers outside the Academy (139)
- Academic Administration as a Career Path for History PhDs (166)
- Two-part Workshop: From C.V. to Resume and Finding and Loving a Government Job (p. 106)
- Transforming History Graduate Education to Make the PhD "Malleable" (195)
- Public History in the Federal Government: Continuing Trends and New Innovations (247, with the Society for History in the Federal Government)
The Professional Division will sponsor four additional sessions:
- Challenges Facing History Departments in the Twenty-first Century: Perspectives from Department Chairs (1)
- Disability History: Remembering a Past, Revisioning a Discipline, Part 1 and Part 2 (Sessions 55 and 82, with the AHA Advisory Committee on Disability)
- First Steps to Getting Started as a History Professional (196, with the Coordinating Council for Women in History and the Western Association of Women Historians)
The division is sponsoring with the AHA's Departmental and Organizational Services Program (DOSP) the Department Chairs' Luncheon on Friday, January 4. Department chairs are invited to share experiences, discuss common issues, and receive encouragement from their colleagues. Incoming, current, and former chairs are welcome to attend. Tickets are $25 for chairs of departments that participate in the AHA's DOSP and are $45 nonmembers. Tickets can be purchased in advance through meeting registration or at the meeting at the onsite registration counters.
On Saturday evening, the Professional Division will sponsor a reception for public historians and anyone with an interest in public history.
The AHA's Research Division will sponsor three sessions:
- Climate Change and Big History: From the Origin of Modern Humanity to the Little Ice Age (140)
- Meet the Editors: A Hands-on Workshop with History Journal Editors (141, with the AHA Graduate and Early Career Committee and the Conference of Historical Journals)
- Peer Review, History Journals, and the Future of Scholarly Research (197, with the American Association for History and Computing and the Conference of Historical Journals)
The AHA's Teaching Division is sponsoring three sessions:
- What Brain Science Can Teach Us about Our Students (83)
- The Oldest Alternative Profession: What Doctoral Programs Can Do to Improve History Teaching (112)
- Sacrifice for Freedom: The Normandy Institute—Telling the Stories of America's D-Day Soldiers, Sailors, and Marines (222)
See page 8 of the Program PDF for additional sessions and activities for those with a special interest in history teaching.
The Teaching Division is sponsoring Workshop on Undergraduate Teaching on Thursday, January 3; part 1 "Re-Thinking the History Major" is from 9:00–10:30 a.m., and part 2, "Tuning the History Curriculum: The Vision and the Reality" is from 10:45 a.m.–12:15 p.m. Space is limited; so complimentary advance registration is required via the meeting's registration process.
Although not sponsored with the division, attendees interested in teaching will want to look into an all-day workshop sponsored by the Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History on Saturday, January 5, "Teaching the American Story: Immigration and Migration." Starting at 9:00 a.m. in the Sheraton's Armstrong Ballroom, the workshop will feature five sessions and a keynote address on "Teaching Immigration and Migration" by Donna R. Gabaccia, University of Minnesota.
The AHA Committee on Minority Historians will cosponsor the session "Bodies of Evidence: Black Women's Bodies in the Atlantic World as Sites of Domination, Experimentation, and Resistance" (56).
The CMH invites minority graduate students and first-year faculty to a complimentary continental breakfast on Friday, January 4, from 7:30 to 9:00 a.m. Those interested in attending should sign-up during the preregistration process. The CMH also invites minority scholars, graduate students, and others attending the Annual Meeting to a reception on Saturday, January 5, beginning at 6:00 p.m.
The AHA Committee on Women Historians will sponsor the session "Negotiating Your Contract" (113) on Friday, January 4. The committee also invites attendance to its annual breakfast on Saturday morning, January 5, cosponsored with the Coordinating Council for Women in History. Leora Auslander (Univ. of Chicago) will preside and Atina Grossmann (Cooper Union) will speak on "Too Emotional? Or Queering the Genres: Mixing Family and Straight History." Preregistration for the continental breakfast is required. Tickets ($35 member; $45 nonmember, $15 student member; $30 student member) are available for advance purchase through the registration process, via printed form or online, until December 17, 2012. Each attendee's prepaid ticket will be printed and distributed with the meeting badge, available for pick up in the New Orleans Marriott's Mardi Gras Ballroom.
The AHA Graduate and Early Career Committee is sponsoring four sessions:
- Professional Development: Turning Your Dissertation into a Book (2)
- Interviewing in the Job Market in the Twenty-First Century (53, with the AHA Professional Division and the Coordinating Council for Women in History)
- Early Career Historian: Funding Your Research (84)
- Meet the Editors: A Hands-on Workshop with History Journal Editors (141, with the AHA Research Division and the Conference of Historical Journals (141)
On Thursday, January 3, beginning at 5:00 p.m., the committee will sponsor its annual reception for graduate students and early career professionals, who are invited to meet colleagues from other institutions as well as the Association's leadership. On Friday, January 4, 5:30 p.m., the committee will sponsor an open forum to discuss issues of interest to graduate students and early career professionals. See page 8 of the PDF of the Program for additional sessions and events of special interest to graduate students and early career professionals.
The Advisory Committee on Disability will sponsor with the AHA Professional Division a two-part session, "Disability History: Remembering a Past, Revisioning a Discipline" (55, 82).
The AHA's Two-Year College Faculty Task Force will sponsor a reception on Friday, January 4, beginning at 5:30 p.m. An open forum starting at 5:45 p.m. will be devoted to sharing ideas how the AHA can better serve two-year faculty.
Sharon K. Tune is the AHA's director of meetings.