From the 2002 Annual Meeting column in the November 2001 Perspectives
2002 Annual Meeting Highlights
Sharon K. Tune, November 2001
The 116th annual meeting of the American Historical Association will be held in San Francisco January 3–6, 2002, at the Hilton San Francisco, the Renaissance Parc 55 Hotel, the Westin St. Francis, and the Hotel Nikko San Francisco. Over 876 scholars, including 91 from abroad, will appear on the program. In addition, nearly 50 affiliated societies and other groups will cosponsor sessions or hold separate luncheons, sessions, and meetings. Affiliate events are listed in the front portion of the Program, beginning on page 20. A detailed listing of affiliate and AHA-sponsored sessions begins on page 73. Noted below are sessions and events sponsored by Association divisions and committees. Numbers in the parentheses are session numbers and not page numbers.
The AHA Teaching Division is sponsoring several sessions, including two workshops on Saturday, January 5, "Laws, Courts, and Contracts in Hammurabi's Empire" (55) and "Early American History." (82). Sessions sponsored by the division include: "AHA Preparing Future Faculty Project" (2); "Old Media, New Media, and Students' Perception of History: Three Explorations of the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning" (3); and "The Death of the Textbook?" (134). The division will also sponsor "Building Collegiality between Teachers and Professors" (30) in conjunction with the National Council for History Education and the Society for History Education.
The division will cosponsor the Advanced Placement History luncheon on Saturday, January 5 with the College Board, the National Endowment for the Humanities, and the World History Association. Janet Abu-Lughod (New School Univ.) will speak on "Before European Hegemony: The World System, 1250–1350."
For the 12th year, the AHA Professional Division will continue its sponsorship of a workshop on "Interviewing in the Job Market in the Twenty-First Century" (1) in conjunction with the Coordinating Council for Women in History and the AHA Task Force on Graduate Education. The session is scheduled for Friday, January 4, 9:30–11:30 a.m. Session attendees will be divided into small interviewee groups, each led by a college or university faculty member or a public historian who will conduct mock interviews and lead a discussion of successful interview strategies. In the Friday afternoon time slot, the division will sponsor a roundtable, "Book Publishing for Historians" (28), chaired by Peter Stansky (Stanford Univ.) with panelists representing several publishers and literary agencies. The Professional Division will also sponsor a session on Sunday, January 6. Offered in the 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. time slot, "Telling Rhode Island's Story: Innovative Collaborations in Public and Academic History" (133) features panelists Al Klyberg (Heritage Harbor Museum), David S. Lux (Bryant Coll.), Don Gardner (Rhode Island Historical Society), Bob Scappini (Central Falls High School, Rhode Island), and Rowena Stewart (American Jazz Museum). Judy Barrett Litoff (Bryant Coll.) will chair and Jane
Lancaster (independent scholar) and Linda Shopes (Pennsylvania State Historical and Museum Commission) will
The AHA's Research Division will sponsor "The Cultural Politics of Horror: A Debate on Peter Novick's The Holocaust in American Life" (29) in the afternoon time slot on Friday, January 4. Panelists include David Biale (Univ. of California at Davis), David A. Hollinger (Univ. of California at Berkeley), and Anson Rabinbach (Princeton Univ.). Gabrielle M. Spiegel (Johns Hopkins Univ. and vice president, AHA Research Division) will chair and Peter Novick (Univ. of Chicago) will comment. The division will sponsor two sessions on Saturday, January 5. In the morning time slot, "'Human Subject' Protections and Historical Research" (54) will feature presentations by Janet Golden (Rutgers Univ. at Camden), Jonathan Knight (American Association of University Professors), Greg Koski (Office for Human Research Protections, U.S. Dept. of Health and Human Services), Dawn P. Jackson (health policy director and senior legislative assistant for Rep. Diana DeGette, D-Colo.), and Donald A. Ritchie (U.S. Senate Historical Office). An afternoon session on "The Play of Scale" (81) will feature presentations on "Microhistory" and "Macrohistory."
The Committee on Minority Historians is sponsoring the session "Revisiting the Frontier: Freedom, Diaspora, and the Discourses of Minority History" (4). Gloria Miranda (El Camino Community College) will chair the session and Lisbeth Haas (Univ. of California at Santa Cruz), Michael Witgen (Univ. of Washington), and Tiya Miles (Univ. of California at Berkeley) will present papers. Philip J. Deloria (Univ. of Michigan) will comment. Minority graduate students and first-year faculty are invited to join the committee for a discussion of life in the profession and a complimentary continental breakfast on Friday, January 4 from 7:30 to 9:00 a.m. in the Hilton's Mason Room. E-mail Peleg Tal by December 10 to register. The CMH also invites minority scholars, graduate students, and others attending the annual meeting to a cash-bar reception on Saturday, January 5, beginning at 5:30 p.m. in the Parc 55's Barcelona 1.
The Committee on Women Historians in conjunction with the Coordinating Council for Women in History, is sponsoring the session "Globalizing Women's History" (107). Ralph Croizier (Univ. of Victoria) will chair. Donna Guy (Univ. of Arizona), Asunción Lavrin (Arizona State Univ.), Bonnie Smith (Rutgers Univ.), Margaret Strobel (Univ. of Illinois at Chicago), and Judith Zinsser (Miami Univ.) will present papers. The CWH will also hold its annual breakfast on Saturday morning. Bonnie Smith (Rutgers Univ.) will give the keynote address. Preregistration is required; see the AHA registration form in this issue or on the AHA's web site (www.theaha.org/annual).
The AHA Task Force on Graduate Education will sponsor a session on "Tackling the Publishing Frontier: The Tools for Article and Manuscript Publication" (83). The panel will feature Michael Grossberg (Indiana Univ.), editor of the American Historical Review, on getting published in history journals; Meredith Morris-Babb (Univ. Press of Florida) on turning a dissertation into a book; Elaine Maisner (Univ. of North Carolina Press) on the manuscript review process; and Kate Wittenberg (Columbia Univ. Press) on digital technology and historical scholarship.
The task force will also cosponsor sessions with AHA divisions. With the Teaching Division, it will sponsor "AHA Preparing Future Faculty Project" (2). The TFGE will cosponsor "Interviewing in the Job Market in the Twenty-First Century" (1) with the AHA Professional Division and the Coordinating Council for Women in History.
On Friday, January 4, beginning at 5:30 p.m. in the Hilton's Union Square 1 and 2, the task force will sponsor an Open Forum to discuss issues of interest to graduate students. Immediately following the forum, all graduate students are invited to attend a reception in their honor beginning at 6:30 p.m. in the Hilton's Union Square 3 and 4.
Other AHA committees will also sponsor events at the meeting. The Committee on Graduate Education will sponsor an open forum to discuss the current state of graduate training and the progress of the committee's research. The forum will take place in the Hilton's Union Square 12 on Friday, January 4, starting at 2:30 p.m. The Task Force on Public History will hold an open forum for people interested in public history on Saturday, January 5 at 12:30 p.m. in the Hilton's Union Square 13. The Committee on Part-time and Adjunct Employment will sponsor a reception on Saturday, January 5 in the St. Francis' Elizabethan Room A beginning at 7:30 p.m.
—Sharon K. Tune is convention director of the AHA.