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CISH Invites Paper Proposals for the 2010 Amsterdam Congress
The International Committee for Historical Sciences (known more commonly by the French acronym, CISH) is going forward rapidly with the organizational work for the 22nd International Congress of Historical Sciences, to be held August 22-28, 2010, in Amsterdam.
In keeping with its customary practice, the CISH Bureau has selected the themes, rubrics, and topics for the various sessions and has also chosen the organizers and discussants for them.
The bureau now invites individual scholars to submit--by February 1, 2009--proposals for individual papers for each type of session. The proposals will be forwarded to the session organizers who will have the final say on which proposals will be selected for presentation at the Congress.
Details about the congress, the preregistration process, and the proposal submission system are available online. Intending presenters should click on Register, and follow the instructions. Information about CISH is at http://www.cish.org/. AHA members interested in learning more about CISH and its activities can also see these Perspectives on History articles: Historians without Frontiers? and Getting Ready for Amsterdam.
Brothman/Moskowitz Grand Jury Records Released
In the latest news in the release of the Rosenberg case court records, which the AHA helped petition for, the Brothman/Moskowitz grand jury records were released Friday, October 24, 2008. See the AHA blog, AHA Today, for more information.
123rd Annual Meeting
January 2-5, 2009, New York City
This is a reminder that search committees who would like to reserve space for job interviews at the annual meeting need to do so by November 14. Reservation forms (in Rich Text Format) for the 2009 Job Center are available now. Job Center tables are free. Job Center rooms cost $125 for each half day or $200 for a full day. For reservation forms and more information visit the Job Center page on the AHA’s web site.
The AHA invites all history and social studies teachers to join us for the 123rd Annual Meeting, which will include a special series of sessions on teaching sponsored by the AHA & Affiliated Societies. A special registration rate of $50 will be given to middle school and high school teachers who bring up to five students to the AHA’s Annual Meeting. Undergraduate teachers who bring up to five students can register at the special rate of $100. These special rates are available during preregistration only (which ends December 19).
Teaching sessions at the meeting:
Friday, January 2
- Teaching and Learning through a Teaching American History Grant
- Across the Pedagogical Divide: Bridging Secondary School and Undergraduate Classrooms
- Globalizing the American History Classroom: Teaching History Abroad
- A Historical Conundrum: The Work of Historians Versus the Expectations of Secondary Education
Saturday, January 3
9:30 a.m.–4:30 p.m.
- Teaching Workshop for the National History Education Clearinghouse
This workshop is specifically designed for K–12 teachers and will have a variety of speakers and presentations, as well as lunch provided. Workshop registration must be done in advance.
- National Textbook Controversies in a Globalizing World
- Advanced Placement History luncheon
- The Research Habits of Historians: Practice and Teaching
Sunday, January 4
- From the Atlantic Slave Trade to the Harlem Renaissance: Stretching and Expanding Cultural Boundaries
- Students as Historians: Historical Thinking and Primary Sources in the American History Classroom
- Innovations in Collaboration: Building University-School Partnerships
11:30 a.m.–1:30 p.m.
- Sites of Encounter: Teaching the Muslim World and World War I
- History Education and Technology in Our Middle and High Schools
- Teaching History in the Digital Age
- Sites of Encounter: Thinking Historically about Early Human History
- Integrating Global Perspectives and World History into U.S. Department of Education Teaching American History Grant Projects
- Reform and Religion in the U.S. History Survey: A Global Perspective
- Teaching Historical Thinking Skills in Advanced Placement History
- The “California Method”? University of California’s Model for World Historical Research and Pedagogy—Past, Present, and Future
Monday, January 5
- The Environment and the Under-represented: Perspectives on the Early Modern to Modern Transition in World History
A number of sessions and activities are geared toward graduate students and early career professionals at the 2009 AHA annual meeting.
Friday, January 2
1:00 p.m.–3:00 p.m.
- Session 2: From Dissertation to Book: The Process as an Intellectual Dilemma (and Some Practical Advice Too) Hilton New York, Beekman Parlor. Session sponsored by the AHA Research Division and the AHA Graduate and Early Career Committee.
- Science Research Council Information Session: SSRC Staff will discuss SSRC’s dissertation fellowships Hilton, Murray Hill Suite A.
Saturday, January 3
9:30 a.m.–11:30 a.m.
- Session 51: Interviewing in the Job Market in the Twenty-First Century, Hilton New York, Trianon Ballroom. Session sponsored by the AHA Professional Division, the AHA Graduate and Early Career Committee, and the Coordinating Council for Women in History
- Session 88: Perspectives on Public History: What Knowledge, Skills, and Experience are Essential for the Public History Professional? Sheraton New York, Empire Ballroom West.
5:30 p.m.–6:30 p.m.
- Graduate and Early Career Committee Open Forum Hilton New York, Concourse G.
6:30 p.m.–8:00 p.m.
- Reception for Graduate Students and Early Career Professionals. Hilton New York, Concourse A.
Sunday, January 4
9:00 a.m.–11:00 a.m.
- Session 103: Preparing for the Research Trip: What to Know Before You Go. Hilton New York, Mercury Ballroom. Session sponsored by the AHA Research Division and the AHA Graduate and Early Career Committee.
11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m.
- Session 133: The History Job Market: Opportunities, Problems, and Fixes. Sheraton, New York Ballroom East
2:30 p.m.–4:30 p.m.
- Session 155: Putting Historical Skills to Work: Careers Beyond Academe. Sheraton New York, Empire Ballroom East., Session sponsored by the AHA Graduate and Early Career Committee.
- Session 156: A Learning Process: Revisiting the Role of Graduate Coursework in the Making of a Historian. Sheraton New York, Central Park West.Session sponsored by the AHA Graduate and Early Career Committee.
The Job Center web page has some additional information for those interviewing. Please familiarize yourself with this material in advance of the meeting so that you make the most of your time at the AHA.
If you are planning to reserve a hotel room for the annual meeting, we suggest that you do so as soon as possible. There are still rooms available at the Sheraton, but should the hotel sell out, the AHA will not be able to reserve additional hotels at the conference rate. For more information on housing, see the Annual Meeting page.
We hope to see you in New York.
Preregistration and housing for the 2009 Annual Meeting opened on September 15. Two of the hotels in the AHA’s block have sold out on nights of the meeting, January 2–5, headquarters Hilton New York (1,300 rooms) and overflow property Waldorf=Astoria (100 rooms). The following is an availability status report as of October 31.
- Sheraton New York: 679 rooms available ($129 single and double) from original inventory of 1,500 roomst
- Doubletree Guest Suites Times Square: 10 available (at $199 per night; additional inventory has been and will continue to be added as needed)
To reserve a room or a suite for the annual meeting, members must first preregister for the meeting. They can begin this process by logging in at Member Services.
Final deadline for reserving a table or room for the Job Center.
Housing cut-off date for Doubletree Suites. Subsequent reservations taken on a space-available basis at convention rate.
Housing cut-off date for Hilton, Sheraton, and Waldorf=Astoria. Subsequent reservations taken on a space-available basis at convention rates.
Final deadline for canceling Job Center room reservations. Invoices will be mailed after this date, and no refunds will be given.
AHA preregistration closes; after 12 midnight December 19, attendees registering online pay onsite rates, or must register onsite.
Deadline to receive preregistration refund.
December 24 (noon): AHA headquarters office closes until January 8th to allow the staff time with family for the holidays before traveling to and from New York for the annual meeting.
2009 Annual Meeting opens at 12 p.m., Hilton New York and Sheraton New York
Survey of Public History Professionals
As mentioned in the last Fortnightly News, and on the blog, The AHA is currently participating in a Survey of Public History Professionals (SPHP), with seven other historical organizations. If you engage in public history work (including academic historians who do consulting or other public history work on the side) we ask that you take a few minutes to fill out the survey, if you haven’t already done so. The deadline is December 1, 2008.
Some recent posts on the AHA’s blog, AHA Today, include:
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Contributions to this issue of Fortnightly News came from:
Noralee Frankel, Elisabeth Grant, Arnita Jones, Pillarisetti Sudhir, Robert B. Townsend, and Sharon K. Tune
Last Updated: November 3, 2008