2015 Annual Meeting

Show, Don’t Tell: Conference Posters and the Crafting of History

The winner of the 2015 annual meeting conference poster contest is Christine Axen, who will receive free registration for the 2016 meeting in Atlanta. Axen is in the History Department at Boston University completing a dissertation on the religious landscape of medieval southern France, entitled “Mapping the Bishop of Avignon: Sources of Episcopal Power in the Thirteenth Century.” Here, Axen reflects on the experience of presenting her research in the poster format at AHA 2015.

Historians and Material Culture

This is one of a series of AHA Today posts on subjects of importance to the history profession that were discussed at the 2015 annual meeting. The author, Sarah Jones Weicksel, is a PhD candidate in US history and a fellow at the Center for the Study for Gender and Sexuality at the University of Chicago. She is currently at work on her dissertation, entitled “The Fabric of War: Clothing, Culture and Violence in the American Civil War Era.” She received an MA from the Winterthur Program in American Material Culture at the University of Delaware and a BA in history from Yale University.

AHA 2015 “Understanding Ferguson” Airs on C-SPAN, Monday 8:00 p.m. ET

This Monday, January 19, at 8:00 p.m., C-SPAN’s American History TV will broadcast the panel “Understanding Ferguson: Race, Power, Protest, and the Past,” which convened on January 5, 2015, in New York at the AHA 2015 annual meeting. The speakers included Marcia Chatelain (Georgetown Univ.), William Jelani Cobb (Univ. of Connecticut), Colin H. Gordon (Univ. of Iowa), Khalil Muhammad (Schomberg Center for Research in Black Culture, New York Public Library), and Heather Ann Thompson (Temple Univ.).

January 16, 2015

Women in Public History

The roundtable “Interpreting and Representing Women’s History to the Public” from the recent AHA annual meeting will be broadcast on C-SPAN 3 on Monday, January 19 at 10:00 a.m. and 6:00 p.m. This roundtable featured four presentations on the challenges and opportunities in developing public history exhibits about women’s history, from temporary exhibitions to websites and permanent museums.

Louise Mirrer, director of the New-York Historical Society, described the opportunities presented by having a rich collection of historical materials demonstrating women’s creativity and overall historical agency.