The Congress of the International Committee of Historical Sciences (CISH), which takes place every five years, is the largest world meeting of the international community of historians.
Eric Van Young (University of California at San Diego), chair of the AHA’s Committee on International Historical Activities (which also includes as members Leon Fink of the University of Illinois at Chicago, Emily Rosenberg of the University of California at Irvine, and Dror Wahrman, Indiana University), invites proposals—to be received by January 15, 2008—from all historians (members of the AHA and nonmembers alike) in all fields and practicing in the United States, to be considered for presentation at the 21st International Congress of Historical Sciences to be held August 22–28, 2010, in Amsterdam.
The October issue of Perspectives is out with more than 30 articles filling the pages (both in print and online) with news, AHA activities, Annual Meeting info, professional issues, and more. AHA President Barbara Weinstein starts things off with her article, “Washington For Historians,” which details the sites, sounds, and research opportunities available in D.C. during the upcoming Annual Meeting. Once in the meeting mood you’ll want to check out “Presidential Sessions at the 122nd Annual Meeting,” “Tours Organized by the Local Arrangements Committee,” and “Research Repositories in Washington, D.C.
As noted in a blog post at the beginning of this month, the deadline for suggesting themes for the 21st international congress of the International Committee of Historical Sciences (known usually by its French acronym, CISH) has been extended to December 15, 2006, and is now rapidly approaching. Historians can help set the conference agenda by proposing major themes, specialized themes, and roundtable themes for the 21st international congress. Send proposals for themes to Iris Berger, chair of the AHA’s Committee on International Historical Activities, through email addressed to Bethany Johnson (place “CISH” in subject line).
The November issue of Perspectives is now online. The theme of this issue is “Disability in History,” and a number of articles address the subject:
Linda K. Kerber’s article, “Enabling History,” begins the discussion and introduces the other articles on disability by Douglas Baynton, Catherine Kudlick, and Paul Longmore. She starts by mentioning that the history of disability is now included as a specialization category on the AHA membership form, and explains why that is important and relevant. She goes on to say, “disability history will enable all of us to understand not just a social movement, but all history better.”
Douglas Baynton raises the following question in “Disability in History”:
“Given the fundamental nature of physical experience, the life-altering power of an acquired disability, the human tendency to classify and rank others on the basis of appearance, and the ubiquity of body metaphors in everyday language, is it likely that disability would not have significance everywhere we look?”
Finally, Catherine Kudlick and Paul Longmore begin their article, “Disability and the Transformation of Historians’ Public Sphere,” by reflecting on philosopher Jürgen Habermas and how his speech disability affected the way he saw the world.
Deadline extended to December 15
One of the major functions of the AHA’s Committee on International Historical Activities is to provide liaison between the historical profession in the United States and the International Committee of Historical Sciences (known by its French acronym CISH).
CISH has begun to plan for its 21st international congress, to be held in Amsterdam in 2010. National Committees and International Affiliated Organizations have been requested to develop proposals for major themes, specialized themes and round tables for the 2010 meeting.