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.
Following the 2016 annual meeting in Atlanta, I argued in Perspectives that historians should try and engage in tweeting strategically in order to network most effectively at the meeting. Strategic tweeting includes, among other things, targeting tweets by using the appropriate hashtags. With so many different hashtags for the same subject fluttering about, however, how can historians with common interests reach one another?
How can digital tools help historians make sense of the Ottoman world, with its 25 languages, 8 alphabets, and a timespan of over 600 years? This is the question posed by the Digital Ottoman Platform (DOP) project, a collaborative effort of scholars working to create, among other resources, a gazetteer of the Ottoman world. The gazetteer will be “an essential tool for studying social and spatial networks in the Ottoman realm.”
Historians are used to delivering their research in the form of thoroughly expounded articles, papers, or books. The 20-minute talk had long been the standard conference format. In recent years, however, enthusiasm for a much more abbreviated form—the lighting round—has grown. In this format, presenters take the stage for 1, 3, perhaps 5 minutes each, to summarize their research or projects. Akin to the elevator pitch, this presentation format challenges scholars to delineate the highlights of their work and explain its importance in a very brief span of time.
Thanks to everyone who contributed a suggestion to the 2017 Name That Cocktail! contest. Out of over 50 suggestions we’ve aggregated our favorites and composed a Google Form to help facilitate voting. Vote for your two favorites. The top two will be available to order and enjoy at the Hyatt Regency Denver and Sheraton Denver Downtown!
The AHA’s annual meeting is known for showcasing the diversity of the historical profession. And one of the best places to see this diversity on display is at the Exhibit Hall, where attendees can see both where the discipline has come and where it is going. New titles hot off the press sit next to reprinted editions of your old favorites. And digital database demonstrations can give you new ideas for your future research and teaching.
Book Your Hotel
The deadline to reserve the AHA’s discounted conference hotel rooms is December 12. Rooms at the Sheraton Denver Downtown are still available, and attendees can use their Marriott rewards at this property.
Staying in the AHA’s housing block is a vital act of good citizenship. The AHA must fill a certain number of rooms to secure meeting space and other amenities, and fulfilling that obligation helps us offset some of the costs of organizing and holding the annual meeting.
By Nicholas L. Syrett
In the wake of the election of Donald Trump to the presidency, many queer people are fearful about losing the gains made in recent years in LGBT civil rights. Following the xenophobic and racist rhetoric emerging from his campaign, queer people of color, some of whom are undocumented or Muslim, are scared for what the future brings. At times like this, the work of queer historians is important in ensuring that the queer past is not erased altogether.