September 19, 2011
AHA news and updates for the history profession.
126th Annual Meeting
Preregistration now open!
Preregistration is now open for the AHA’s 126th Annual Meeting in Chicago, January 5-8, 2012. Preregister now and take advantage of discounted rates, before they increase on December 20, 2011.
AHA members can preregister by logging in to member services and clicking the link to “Registration” on the main Members Services page.
Check out the wide assortment of tours, meals and workshops that are available to add on to your registration. Some of the items are free, others have discounted member pricing available.
To book a hotel for the meeting, you must first register for the meeting. Once you’ve completed registration, you will receive an email acknowledging you’ve registered and providing you information on making a hotel reservation. Interested in booking a suite? Learn more here.
Know a student nonmember who is registering for the annual meeting? The difference between student nonmember preregistration ($115) and student member preregistration ($75) for the annual meeting is the price of joining the AHA as a student. Therefore, encourage students attending the meeting to join the AHA before preregistering, and they’ll receive both discounted registration pricing plus all the benefits of AHA membership.
Discounted preregistration rates last until December 19th. On December 20, 2011 the cost of registration will switch to the higher onsite rates.
A preliminary version of the Annual Meeting Program is now available online (though is subject to change). Members can expect to receive their paper Programin the mail in November.
Child Care Grants
In a pilot program for the January 5–8, 2012 Annual Meeting in Chicago, the Association will offer ten child care grants of up to two hundred dollars ($200 USD) to assist AHA members who are bringing children to the meeting. The grants are intended to help offset the cost of child care, enabling attendees with dependent children to attend the meeting.
Eligibility extends to history graduate students, adjuncts, and early-career historians (within five years of the earned degree), with priority to those who are on the program and/or who are interviewing at the meeting. The application period is from September 15 through November 1. All applicants will be notified no later than November 15, 2011.
Oxford University Press to Publish AHR
In an effort to open up new opportunities for the American Historical Review and its subscribers, the Association will shift publishing operations to Oxford University Press next summer. In the short term we do not expect members will note a substantial difference. Editorial responsibilities will remain with the Association, and the journal will continue to be delivered five times a year. But over the longer run, we expect this will offer a number of exciting new opportunities to make the journal more useful and accessible to our members.
According to Executive Director James Grossman, “The AHA is especially attracted to OUP’s online publishing resources and vision for the digital future”. He observed that “It was a very difficult choice, given our positive experience with our previous publisher,” but added that “Oxford University Press shares our vision and commitment to the scholarly community and is the ideal collaborator as we consider new ways to deliver the AHR to individual historians and the wide variety of institutions interested in historical scholarship.”
New AHA Publications:
Constitution and Global & Comparative History
The AHA recently published one new pamphlet in the New Essays on American Constitutional History series and six new pamphlets in the Essays on Global and Comparative History series.
New Essays on American Constitutional History
The new pamphlet in the New Essays on American Constitutional History series (co-produced with the Institute for Constitutional History) is:
Religion, Morality, and the Constitutional Order
by Linda Przybyszewski
Historically, debates over the meaning of religious liberty in the United States have taken place largely at the local level. Linda Przybyszewski examines the origins of this sociopolitical custom and how it changed in the late nineteenth and twentieth centuries as the Supreme Court opened the door to federal challenges to local religious interpretations of the First Amendment.
Essays on Global and Comparative History
The six new pamphlets released in the Essays on Global and Comparative History series (co-published with Temple University Press) include:
A Century of Environmental Transitions
by Richard P. Tucker
The Impact of the Two World Wars in a Century of Violence
by John H. Morrow Jr.
Locating the United States in Twentieth-Century World History
by Carl J. Guarneri
Women in the Twentieth-Century World
by Bonnie G. Smith
World Migration in the Long Twentieth Century
by Jose C. Moya and Adam McKeown
National History Center News
Washington History Seminar Considers Arab Spring
Renowned scholar of the Middle East Rashid Khalidi and Foreign Affairs Editor Gideon Rose will continue the Washington History Seminar’s emphasis on the Arab Spring in upcoming talks. A joint venture of the National History Center and the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars, the seminar convenes each Monday at 4 p.m. at the Wilson Center.
Khalidi will focus on Arab nationalism in a presentation on September 26. On October 3, Rose will examine why we “botch” the ends of wars and what that means for Libya. In the seminar’s first fall sessions, former New York Times correspondent Stephen Kinzer looked at the legacies of the 1953 U.S.-backed coup in Iran, while Wilson Center Vice President for Programs Robert Litwak explored the role of “rogue states,” including North Korea and Iraq as well as Iran and Libya.
Keep up with the latest information on history and the profession on the AHA’s blog, AHA Today. Recent posts include:
U.S. History Myths
George Washington chopped down a cherry tree. Christopher Columbus discovered North America. Abraham Lincoln owned slaves. While these three statements are all false, they're myths still perpetuated, often since childhood, through rumor and misunderstanding. Discover more U.S. history myths, and explanations of their origins, in the following posts we've rounded up. You may just learn something.
Oral History Association Seeks New Institutional Home
The Oral History Association (OHA), a longtime affiliate of the AHA, recently announced that it is seeking a new institutional home and a new executive director.
What We're Reading
The September 15, 2011 edition of What We're Reading includes articles JSTOR opening content from before 1923, the 2nd birthday of the Twitterstorians, a retiree earning a PhD, and more. For September 1, 2011 edition, we noted furor over a misquote on the new Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial, crowdsourcing a history article, and National History Day highlights.
Grant of the Week
Our most recent Grant of the Week posts include Omohundro Institute Postdoctoral Research Fellowship and the Richard & Diane Cummins Legal History Research Grant.
News from Washington
In addition to AHA Today, the Association also draws on the efforts of a number of coalitions that support the Association's agenda to keep track of issues in the nation’s capital that will be of concern to historians. Here are news updates from some of them.
National Humanities Alliance
The National Humanities Alliance announces the American Musicological Society & Library of Congress will host a Public Lecture-Recital September 10 event to discuss "What the Autograph Can Tell Us: Beethoven's Sonata in E Major, Opus 109."
The following items may be of interest to members. See the AHA Calendar for more upcoming meetings and seminars, research, awards and fellowships, internet resources, and upcoming exhibitions. Have a call for proposals, event, or award listing you’d like to submit? Simply send it in through our online form.
Conference: Arts & Humanities: Toward a Flourishing State?
The Association of American Colleges and Universities (AAC&U) presents "Arts & Humanities: Toward a Flourishing State?," a conference that will explore current realities and possible futures of the arts and humanities. The conference will situate the arts and humanities both in relation to each other and within the broader context of other disciplines and fields, within liberal education as a whole. Addressing big questions about the future of the United States as a democracy, the conference will emphasize the vitality and importance of the arts and humanities and ask how that vitality might be sustained and how the arts and humanities might evolve in the future. Campus educators, administrators, students, and community partners are invited to join with colleagues to consider anew the many ways in which the arts and humanities contribute to and reflect the history and culture of our nation and our connections to a vibrant global society.
Fellowship: Arts Practitioner/Writer Fellowship
The Stanford Humanities Center and the Stanford Institute for Creativity and the Arts (SiCa) are offering one year-long fellowship to an arts practitioner who is also a writer, scholar, or critic pursuing a research or critical project in the arts. Applicants should be interested in engaging with the intellectual life at Stanford and exploring connections with departments and other centers on campus. The recipient will be in residence with other fellows at the Humanities Center.
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Last Updated: September 19, 2011