Publication Date

May 1, 1994

Perspectives Section

AHA Annual Meeting

The 1996 annual meeting of the Association will be held in Atlanta, Georgia, January 5–8. The Program Committee welcomes proposals by all members of the Association (academic and nonacademic), by scholars in related disciplines, and by affiliated societies. The program for the annual meeting seeks to promote excellence in research and teaching and 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. (See Program Committee Guidelines, page 21.)

The 1996 Program Committee consists of Renate Bridenthal, chair, Brooklyn College, City University of New York; Patrick Manning, co-chair, Northeastern University; Edmund Burke, III, University of California at Santa Cruz; Thomas J. Davis, State University of New York at Buffalo; Barbara A. Engel, University of Colorado at Boulder; Harvey Green, Northeastern University; Donna Rogers, Clayton (Mo.) High School; David Harris Sacks, Reed College; Patricia Seed, Rice University; Susan M. Stuard, Haverford College; Anand A. Yang, University of Utah; and Margaret Strobel, 1997 chair, University of Illinois at Chicago.

In addition to encouraging panels in traditional areas and periods such as medieval Europe and colonial America, the Program Committee particularly encourages proposals on the theme, “Polities in Flux: Citizenships in Transformation.” Changes in various historical state formations—from city-states through empires and nation-states—have affected the definitions and practices of citizenship: People have been included or excluded from the polity on the basis of class, gender, race, religion, sexual orientation, and immigration; entitlements and obligations have responded to changes in polities undergoing fragmentation or integration. The committee also encourages proposals to consider the interaction of research and teaching.

Proposals for entire sessions, panels, or workshops are preferred; however, individual paper proposals will be considered for possible matching. Participants in the 1995 program will not be eligible to appear on the 1996 program. Sessions usually consist of three papers with a commentator and a chair, or two papers with a commentator and a chair. Occasionally, the committee will consider a single major paper with three commentators and a chair. All proposals for sessions should include:

  1. A one-page outline of the session similar to the information printed in the program, including session title, name and affiliation for the chair, titles of papers, names and affiliations of presenters, and name and affiliation of commentator.
  2. A one-page statement of purpose for the session, including objectives, issues to be raised, methodologies to be employed, pedagogical implications, and brief abstracts for each paper or presentation.
  3. A short c.v. (education, employment, and recent publications) for each participant who has consented to be considered for participation on the program.
  4. A one-page list of names and addresses (including summer 1995 addresses if different), phone and fax numbers for each participant.

The first deadline for proposals is October 28, 1994. Kindly mail four copies of each proposal to Renate Bridenthal, Ph.D. Program in History, Graduate School of the City University of New York, 33 W. 42nd St., New York, NY 10036-8099.