Technology Demos and other Proposals for the 2012 Annual Meeting

computerHave you submitted a proposal for the 2012 Annual Meeting in Chicago yet?

If not, the AHA 2012 Program Committee would like to encourage panel, roundtable, and demos of technology pertaining to research, communication, archiving, and other activities related to scholarship.  We welcome tech demos of new or developing technologies or digitization projects.  We also recommend roundtables to discuss such projects, their advantages and possible pitfalls.

Technology sessions are especially fitting for the 2012 Annual Meeting since the theme is “Communities and Networks.” As explained in an article in the       September 2010 issue of Perspectives on History:

The term “Communities” points to an interest in the formation of groups—ranging from the level of families and villages to institutional communities, such as confessional groups, corporations, and universities and to nations, empires, and virtual communities. The term “Networks” asks us to look at the linkages that tie and hold together all these communities. It refers to all types of interconnectivity, ranging from transportation, communication, and technology networks to all kinds of group relationships, such as mercantile partnerships and intellectual collaborations. These tightly interrelated topics can be approached from a number of methodological angles, ranging from the methods of social, cultural, or intellectual history to economic, diplomatic, military, or technological history. We believe that this theme will appeal to many scholars. Above all, we hope that it will attract interdisciplinary panels that show how these apparently disparate fields can cross-pollinate.

Of course the program committee will seriously consider proposals that are not related to the chosen theme as well. The deadline for proposal submissions is February 15, 2011.

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