Monthly Archives: December 2011

Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, and Queer History at the 126th Annual Meeting

2012 logoThe American Historical Association’s 2012 annual meeting will feature a diverse array of sessions on LGBTQ history, sponsored by the AHA Program Committee and the Committee on Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender History, an AHA affiliate.

Offerings include discussions of the challenges and opportunities of LGBTQ oral history and public history, a curator-led tour of the Chicago History Museum’s new exhibit on LGBTQ life in the city, and sessions discussing queer history in the context of sexuality, gender, medicine, urban history, race, and military history.

Be sure to attend the open forum sponsored by the AHA LGBTQ Historians Task Force on Friday evening. Task force members will discuss the preliminary results of their survey of LGBTQ historians and historians who study LGBTQ topics and solicit feedback on plans for the final report they will submit to the AHA Council in June 2012.

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Friday, January 6

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Sunday, January 8

What We’re Reading: December 22, 2011

This week we link to articles on history graduate school education, cuts from Congress for history programs, Lynn Hunt’s suggestions for 5 books on the French Revolution you should read, chef José Andrés’ appointment to the Board of Directors of the National Archives, and a new website on Virginians in the Civil War.

Contributors: Elisabeth Grant, Matthew Keough, and Robert B. Townsend

Teacher Continuing Professional Development Units at the 126th Annual Meeting

Teachers registered for the 126th annual meeting can earn Continuing Professional Development Units for attending sessions and workshops. The Illinois state form will be provided daily to be completed by the teacher for each day attended. Teachers from outside the state of Illinois may be able to use the form for their own state’s requirements. A new form will be available each day in Registration located in River Exhibition Hall B in the Sheraton Chicago Hotel & Towers.

See also our past blog post, Teaching Sessions at the 2012 Annual Meeting, for a complete list of workshops, luncheons, receptions, and sessions for teachers and those with a special interest in teaching—featuring at least one activity in every time slot from Friday morning through Sunday.

Session of the Week: James M. McPherson: A Life in American History

“Few historians have written about the American past with more profound insight and impact than James M. McPherson,” states the abstract of session 198, James M. McPherson: A Life in American History, scheduled to take place Sunday at the AHA’s upcoming 126th annual meeting.

A panel of distinguished scholars will come together in this session to discuss historian James McPherson’s varied and influential career in the history profession, including his work in African American history, Civil War history, and scholarship on Abraham Lincoln. At the conclusion of the session, McPherson will add his own remarks.

Learn more about this session below:

James M. McPherson: A Life in American History
AHA Session 198
Date: Sunday, January 8, 2012, 8:30–10:30 a.m.
Location: Sheraton Ballroom V (Sheraton Chicago Hotel & Towers)

Chair: Vernon Burton, Clemson University

Catherine Clinton, Queen’s University Belfast
J. Matthew Gallman, University of Florida
Joseph T. Glatthaar, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
Thavolia Glymph, Duke University
James Oakes, City University of New York, Graduate Center
Sean Wilentz, Princeton University

Comment: James M. McPherson, Princeton University

Session Abstract: Few historians have written about the American past with more profound insight and impact than James M. McPherson. This panel will evaluate McPherson’s lifetime of scholarship and contributions to the historical profession. Topics will include his pioneering work in AfricanAmerican history; his part in reintroducing the study of the South into the national historical conversation; his groundbreaking reinterpretation of abolitionism and its legacy; his work on education; his new synthesis of Civil War history which defined the conflict as a Second American Revolution; and his reappraisal of Abraham Lincoln and his role in bringing that revolution to pass. The panelists will also discuss McPherson’s influence upon the writing of history through his invigoration of the narrative form and integration of traditional and “new” historical approaches, as well as his call for academic historians to reach general audiences and participate actively in the public market of ideas. The panel will conclude with remarks by James McPherson.

Also, check out other these other sessions of the week:

From the Archives Wiki: Navigating Indonesian Permits and Archives

Archives Wiki IndonesiaThe process for getting a research permit for Indonesia is lengthy, laborious, and opaque, but it seems to depend heavily on a clear statement by the researcher of exactly what he or she will study once in country. This produces a bit of a catch-22: historians cannot know what exactly they will study until they have been allowed in to survey archive holdings, but they cannot get a visa to survey archive holdings until they know exactly what they will study.

The AHA Archives Wiki can help to alleviate this problem by letting historians survey the broad strokes of the holdings digitally. For the country’s flagship archives, the Arsip Nasional Republik Indonesia, the wiki lists all of the post-independence collections by the donor institution or individual (something unavailable on ANRI’s website), and includes information on how to search the incomplete online catalog. For other collections, such as the surprisingly extensive Arsip Propinsi Sulawesi Selatan and the little-known Yayasan Perpustakaan dan Museum Ali Hasjmy, the wiki gives a survey of what is available and lists a few highlights that are worth special consideration.

With contributions from more researchers (and archivists in Indonesia who want to spread information about the collections where they work), the Archives Wiki has the potential to do more than just provide research tips. It could save foreign researchers significant time and frustration in the research permit process and identify collections worthy of further historical attention.

Kevin Fogg is currently a PhD candidate in History at Yale University, studying the fate of Muslim nationalism in independent Indonesia. His research has taken him through 16 of Indonesia’s provinces, several of its finest Minang restaurants, and to the peaks of Gunung Merapi (Bukittinggi), Gunung Merapi (Jogja), Gunung Dempo, and Gunung Singgalang. (Well, maybe the eating and the hiking weren’t research, strictly speaking.)

Institute for Constitutional History Invites Applications for Two Robert H. Smith Seminars

The Institute for Constitutional History (ICH), the nation’s premier center dedicated to the exploration of the historical development of the U.S. constitution, invites applications—to be submitted by January 15, 2012—from advanced graduate students and early-career faculty who are interested in taking part in two Robert H. Smith seminars that the institute is organizing in spring 2012. There will be no tuition or other fees for participation in the seminars (although books and other necessary study material will have to be acquired by the participants themselves).

Institute for Constitutional History - Revolutionary OriginsThe seminar with the theme of “The Revolutionary Origins of American Constitutionalism,” will be led by Pauline Maier, the William Rand Kenan, Jr., Professor of American History at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and by R. B. Bernstein, Distinguished Adjunct Professor of Law at New York Law School. This seminar, which will explore the origins of American constitutionalism and law in the Anglo-American past and the arguments and achievements of the revolutionary period (c. 1764–1789), will meet on Friday afternoons, 3:00–5:00 p.m., February 17 and 24, March 2, 9, 16 and 23, at the New-York Historical Society, in New York City.

Institute for Constitutional History - Equal Justice Under LawThe seminar with the theme of “Equal Justice under Law: The Enduring Legacy of the Warren Court, 1953–1969” will be led by Stephen Wermiel, a fellow in law and government at American University’s Washington College of Law. This seminar, which will examine the Warren Court of the 1950s and 1960s, will meet Thursday evenings, 6:00–8:00 p.m., on February 9 and 23, March 1, 8, 22, and 29 at the George Washington University Law School, Washington, D.C.

Details about the seminars can be obtained by e-mailing Maeva Marcus, director of the ICH, at Details about the institution and its programs, as well as the two seminars can be found online here.

Jobs for Historians – New Session at the 126th Annual Meeting

A new session, Jobs for Historians: Approaching the Crisis from the Demand Side, has been added to the 126th annual meeting, and will take place Friday, January 6 from 1 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. in the Sheraton’s Chicago Ballroom VI.*

Anthony Grafton is chair of the session, while Jesse Lemisch (John Jay College of Criminal Justice, CUNY), Edward Balleisen (Duke University), John Dichtl (National Council on Public History), and Lynn Hunt (UCLA) make up the panel.

*Please note this room change. Originally, the session room was listed as Sheraton Chicago Ballroom VII

Sandra Day O’Connor to be Honored with AHA Roosevelt-Wilson Public Service Award

Roosevelt Wilson AwardJudge Diane P. Wood will accept the eighth Theodore Roosevelt-Woodrow Wilson Public Service Award on behalf of the recipient, Sandra Day O’Connor, Associate Justice, Supreme Court of the United States (retired), at the AHA’s 126th annual meeting in Chicago.

Since her retirement in 2006 Justice O’Connor has tirelessly promoted public understanding and teaching of history through civics (and civics through history), especially at the secondary school level. She has consistently placed historical knowledge and understanding at the center of civic competency, and argued that the ability of citizens to guide their society thoughtfully into the future depends on actively educating people about their history.

The presentation of the Theodore Roosevelt-Woodrow Wilson Public Service Award will take place during the General Meeting on Friday, January 6, beginning at 8:30 p.m. in the Sheraton Chicago Hotel & Towers, Chicago Ballroom VI.

Please note, the Roosevelt-Wilson award was originally scheduled to be presented on Thursday, January 5, and appears that way in the print Program. The Plenary Session on Thursday, January 5 will begin a 8:00 p.m.