Publication Date

September 1, 1992

Perspectives Section

AHA Annual Meeting

The 1994 annual meeting of the Association will be held in San Francisco, California January 6–9, 1994. The Program Committee welcomes proposals by all members of the Association, by scholars in related disciplines, and by affiliated societies. The program for the annual meeting seeks to promote excellence in research and teaching and the discussion of significant professional issues, rights, and responsibilities. The Program Committee seeks presentations that address the entire community of historians and provide opportunities to examine the larger concerns of the profession. The 1994 Program Committee consists of Linda Levy Peck, chair, University of Rochester; Stanley Engerman, co-chair, University of Rochester; Elizabeth Clark, Duke University; Sherman Cochran, Cornell University; Mark U. Edwards, Harvard Divinity School; Rachel Fuchs, Arizona State University; Evelyn Brooks Higginbotham, University of Pennsylvania; Marilynn Jo Hitchens, Wheat Ridge High School, Denver, Colorado; Gary Kulik, National Museum of American History; Patrick Manning, Northeastern University; Francisco Scarano, University of Wisconsin.

The guidelines for the annual program adopted by the Council, May 5, 1991 include the following provisions:

The Program Committee has autonomy in the selection of programs and participants, subject to the following limitations:

  1. All participants, except for foreign scholars and those from other disciplines, must be current members of the Association;
  2. Individuals should not participate two years in succession in any capacity, except under extraordinary circumstances;
  3. Except under extraordinary circumstances, participants in any annual meeting program should be limited to one appearance. Presentation of a paper, comment on a session, or chairship of a session shall constitute an appearance. …
  4. The Program Committee will actively seek to avoid gender-segregated sessions. It shall encourage proposers of individual sessions to ensure that whenever possible sessions include members of both sexes;
  5. The Program Committee shall likewise encourage proposers of sessions to include participants representing the full diversity of the AHA membership, such as ethnic and racial minorities and junior historians.

The three divisions of the Association (Professional, Research, and Teaching), the Committee on Women Historians, and the Committee on Minority Historians shall each have the opportunity to present relevant and timely matters of concern to the profession in a panel session. These committees must meet all applicable deadlines for program preparation.

The Program Committee will inform the affiliated societies of its program plans and will solicit program suggestions. Final authority over the program will remain vested in the Program Committee, but it will give special consideration to joint sessions proposed by the affiliated societies. The Program Committee will apply to sessions proposed by affiliated societies for formal inclusion in the program (joint sessions) the same criteria for acceptance as are applied to all other proposals. Affiliated societies will, as in the past, be encouraged and assisted to hold sessions of their own in conjunction with the annual meeting; these sessions will be listed separately in the printed program. The societies in question will be responsible for all organizational and financial details of such ancillary sessions, and for keeping the AHA central office informed of their plans.

Panels usually consist of three papers with a commentator and a chair or two papers and two commentators and a chair. Occasionally, the committee will consider a single major paper with three commentators and a chair. All proposals for panels should include:

  1. a one-page statement explaining a) the significance and purpose of the session and b) the content of each presentation;
  2. a brief curriculum vitae for each participant; and
  3. names, addresses (including summer addresses), and telephone numbers for all participants

The deadline for panels to be considered at the Program Committee’s first meeting in November is OCTOBER 31, 1992. Proposals should be mailed to Linda Levy Peck, Department of History, University of Rochester, Rochester, NY 14627.

The final deadline for the submission of completed proposals is February 8, 1993.