The American Historical Association is pleased to announce that Jill Wharton, a Mellon postdoctoral fellow, has joined our staff for the 2017–18 academic year.
Registration for the 2018 AHA annual meeting in Washington, DC, is now open! Those planning to attend can also make hotel reservations at discounted rates. AHA members can bring students to the annual meeting for an additional fee of only $10 for each K–12, undergraduate, and precandidacy graduate student. The 2018 meeting features a number of events specifically designed to engage undergraduate students in the life of the meeting.
By Emily Swafford and Dylan Ruediger
A few weeks ago, two leading higher education publications ran pieces reflecting on important trends in PhD education. Inside Higher Ed published a report highlighting new data released by the American Academy of Arts and Sciences’ Humanities Indicators project. The article drew renewed attention to the now familiar discrepancy between the number of PhDs earned in history each year and the number of new faculty positions in the discipline. The conclusion: “the job shortage won’t go away any time soon.” Meanwhile, in the Chronicle of Higher Education, AHA executive director Jim Grossman contemplated what new student orientation for PhDs could look like in five years if departments deepened their commitments to diversifying the career aspirations and options of their students.
The September issue of Perspectives will soon arrive in AHA members’ mailboxes. This is a very big deal for Perspectives, as it’s not every day that it gets a head-to-toe makeover. It’s eager to show off its new redesign to historians the world over.
The AHA is pleased to announce the winners of our 2017 AHA Today Blog Contest. Over the course of the summer, these historians will be writing for AHA Today about the archival research process and historical documents relevant to their dissertations.
The Committee on LGBT History is soliciting submissions for next year’s meeting of the American Historical Association in Washington, DC, January 4–7, 2018. We welcome scholarship focused on any region and period and especially encourage those working on areas outside of the United States and periods before the twentieth century.
AHA staff is thrilled to announce the winning names of this year’s “Name That Cocktail!” contest. Each year, historians submit names for signature cocktails to be served at the annual meeting hotel bars. The names can be historically thematic or play off the annual meeting location.
The AHA’s Committee on International Historical Activities invites historians to submit theme proposals and participate in the critical process of shaping the contours of the 23rd international congress of the International Committee of Historical Sciences (known usually by its French acronym, CISH), scheduled to be held in Poznań, Poland, in 2020. The congress is held every five years to discuss all aspects of history across temporal and spatial boundaries with the goal of instituting “a permanent dialogue between fields of knowledge and different cultures.” This is the most significant global gathering of its kind for historians.