AHA members are involved in all fields of history, with wide-ranging specializations, interests, and areas of employment.
Live-tweeting at conferences is growing in popularity, but should there be limits? While at the annual meeting this year, I had the opportunity to talk with bloggers and self-described “Twitterstorians” who expressed concern over the lack of live-tweeting etiquette. Not sure what live-tweeting is or why historians are concerned? Here is a quick rundown of the issue:
The 2013 Job Center was a positive experience for the large majority of participants, according to 104 job candidates who responded to our annual survey. Over 86 percent reported that they were satisfied or very satisfied with their interviews, while also indicating that in-person interviews are invaluable in the process of finding a job in the history profession.
AHA President William Cronon’s Thursday night plenary session at the AHA annual meeting, “The Public Practice of History in and for a Digital Age,” was taped by C-SPAN and will air this weekend on American History TV.
The panel featured Edward L. Ayers (University of Richmond), Niko Pfund, (Oxford University Press), Michael Pollan (University of California, Berkeley) Claire Bond Potter (New School for Social Engagement), and Mary Louise Roberts (University of Wisconsin–Madison).
Watch on C-SPAN 3, Saturday February 9, 10:00 am – 12:00 pm EST; or on Sunday, February 10, 5:00 pm – 7:00 pm EST.
This month’s Perspectives on History, now in the mail and online, features a look back, through articles and photos, at the 127th annual meeting in New Orleans. A photo essay by Chris Hale displays some of the best images captured at the meeting, and many more are available now for tagging and viewing on our Facebook page.
AHA President Kenneth Pomeranz makes the case for going to the next annual meetings in his column. Beyond the benefits of hearing new ideas and seeing old friends, there’s a new sense of urgency at these meetings due to transformations in the job market, publishing, research, and the political environments.
In December, the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation awarded the American Historical Association and the Modern Language Association grants for broadening the career horizons of humanities PhDs. At its 2013 annual meeting in New Orleans, the AHA hosted the project’s initial conversations. Dozens of directors of graduate studies, university administrators, and contingent faculty members met with AHA past president Anthony Grafton, senior project advisor Robert Weisbuch, and project director Julia Brookins. They discussed the implications of what we already know—and do not know—about the careers of history doctorates who are not postsecondary teachers.