From the Annual Meeting 2007 column of the October 2005 Perspectives
Call for Proposals: The 2007 Annual Meeting of the AHA
By Carolyn Brown and Barbara Welke
The 121st annual meeting of the American Historical Association will be held January 47, 2007, in Atlanta. The AHA is a capacious organization, unique among learned societies in its devotion to the full range of historical scholarship and practice across all boundaries of time and place. It is important that our annual program reflect this strength. The Program Committee welcomes proposals from all members of the Association (academic and nonacademic), from historians working outside the United States, from scholars in related disciplines, and from affiliated societies seeking to organize joint sessions with the AHA. The committee welcomes proposals on all historical periods and topics and from all chronological and geographic areas of specialization. To stimulate more focused discussion of important historiographic issues, the Program Committee has chosen for the annual meeting the featured theme of "Unstable Subjects: Practicing History in Unsettled Times" (elaborated in the box on this page). While we encourage proposals that engage with or relate to the theme, papers and sessions on all topics will, as always, be welcomed and considered regardless of their relation to the meeting theme.
The 2007 Program Committee embraces the recommendations of the AHA's Research Division for making the annual meeting a vital forum for stimulating exchange. With this goal in mind, we encourage new ways of presenting scholarship. In addition to traditional sessions in which panelists present formal papers, we encourage alternative formats, including sessions in which papers are made available electronically in advance of the meeting, thematic workshops, roundtable discussions, poster presentations, and other experimental formats. These are discussed in some detail in the article by Roy Rosenzweig, "Should the AHA Annual Meeting Be Changed? AHA Members and Council Say ‘Yes!'" (Perspectives, September 2004).
All proposals (for papers and panels in any format) must be submitted online at the dedicated proposals web page, which can be reached through a hyperlink at http://www.historians.org/annual.
Proposals must be submitted by midnight, Pacific Standard Time, on February
15, 2006. It will not be possible to submit proposals after that date. Those
contemplating the holding of workshops (multiple sessions revolving around
a single theme) should particularly note that such formats may require special
organizational arrangements. They should, therefore, inform the Program Committee
chairs (by e-mailand not through the web-based system) by December 15,
2005, of their intention to propose such sessions. They can then send formal
proposals for specific workshops (with all the required details) through the
online proposal system (by the deadline of February 15, 2006).
The committee will consider only complete panels or workshops (that is, those that include multiple presenters focusing on a topic or theme). Single-paper proposals for individual presentations will be considered only for poster sessions. Scholars wishing to find prospective co-panelists for putting together complete panels may find the "Panel Locator" (at http://www.historians.org/annual) helpful.
All persons appearing on the program must be members of the AHA; the only exceptions are foreign scholars and scholars from other disciplines. Questions about the content of proposals should be directed to the Program Committee co-chairs Carolyn Brown (firstname.lastname@example.org) and Barbara Welke (email@example.com).
Questions about the electronic submissions process may be e-mailed to the AHA with "2007 Annual Meeting" in the subject line. Questions about new policies and new modes of presentation may be e-mailed to Robert Townsend, AHA assistant director for research.
Carolyn Brown (Rutgers Univ.) and Barbara Welke (Univ. of Minnesota) are co-chair and chair of the 2007 Program Committee.
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