Conducted via e-mail from June 25, 2014, to December 19, 2014, and at the Council Meeting on January 2 and 5, 2015.
Through e-mail conversation from June 25, 2014, to December 19, 2014, the Council of the American Historical Association made the following decisions or actions:
- Approved the nomination of John Martin (Duke Univ.) to serve on the Board of Editors of the American Historical Review.
- Issued a statement endorsing a bill proposed by Senator Dick Durbin (D-IL) to expand student loan forgiveness to adjunct faculty.
Starting in 2013, the scope of the George L. Mosse Prize will be expanded to cover “the intellectual and cultural history of Europe since 1500.”
The prize was originally established by a number of Mosse’s students to recognize work on “the intellectual and cultural history of Europe since the Renaissance,” which some members found rather nebulous. Our consideration of this question started when an author wrote AHA staff seeking for clarification of the period covered by the prize. He observed that the Renaissance is “a term of periodization that functions somewhat differently in art and music history as well as the history of philosophy and the history of science.” He also noted that the rise of the category of the “Late Renaissance,” which extends into the 17th century, could be a further source of confusion.
At its June meeting, the AHA Council made a number of changes to the Association’s guidelines for the annual meeting.
In response to an unusually large number of requests this year, the revisions now codify and explain a long-standing practice barring the submission of single papers, noting (in Guideline 4.2.E) that “Due to the overwhelming number of complete session proposals that the Program Committee must sort through, we will not be able to accept single paper proposals and assemble them into complete sessions.”
In item 5.1.B, the Guidelines clarify the responsibilities of the session chairs.
Starting next year, the eligibility dates for AHA book prizes will be aligned with the calendar year listed on the book’s copyright page.
Currently, eligibility for each award runs from May 1 to April 30. For example, under existing rules, books published from May 1, 2011, to April 30, 2012, were eligible for prizes to be awarded at the January 2013 meeting. Members of book prize committees and some publishers report, however, that these dates are a significant source of confusion.
At its mid-year meeting, held in Washington, D.C., on June 2nd and 3rd 2012, the Council of the American Historical Association made the following decisions:
- Approved the selection of the 2012 Roosevelt-Wilson Award Nominee (to be announced in October).
- Approved the selection of members for the 2014 Program Committee: Julia Clancy-Smith (Univ. of Arizona); Sarah Cline (Univ. of California, Santa Barbara); Peter A. Coclanis (Univ. of North Carolina, Chapel Hill); Joshua H. Cole (Univ. of Michigan); Rex Ellis (National Museum of African American History and Culture); James Harris (St.
The following action items were approved at the two Council meetings, January 5 and 8, 2012, at the 126th annual meeting.
- Approved the minutes of the June 2011 meeting.
- Approved the selection of 2012 Honorary Foreign Member (to be conferred at the 2013 Annual Meeting).
- Approved nominations from the AHA Committee on Committees for 2012.
- Approved a clarification of the conflict of interest statement for all prize and program committees.
- Approved a revision to the application process for the Asher Prize.
The AHA Council met June 4 and 5, 2011, and made the following decisions:
The American Historical Association deplores recent efforts by the deputy executive director of the Wisconsin Republican Party to intimidate William Cronon, a distinguished professor of history at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, and the incoming president of the AHA.