What We’re Reading: 123rd Annual Meeting Edition
For both those who missed the annual meeting and those who’d like to read a range of takes on it, we present a roundup of some blog posts and articles on various aspects of the event. If we’ve failed to link to someone who covered the meeting we apologize, please feel free to contribute more links in the comment section.
- AHA Today
To keep you up-to-date as best we could during the annual meeting, AHA Today presented posts on daily overviews (Friday, Saturday, Sunday, and Monday), the opening of the meeting, the general meeting, the Council resolution, and more.
- Historians TV
Attendees at the meeting probably noticed large TVs around the conference space, and special channels in their hotel rooms broadcasting interviews from the annual meeting and sponsored segments on history departments and organizations. Much of this content is available online at historianstv.com.
Inside Higher Ed
Articles from Inside Higher Ed covered topics of graduate coursework, the history job market, transnational history, and the Council’s resolution for the 2010 annual meeting.
- Seeking Purpose in Graduate Course Work
- The Depressed History Job Market
- History Beyond the Nation-State
- Historians Reject Proposed Boycott
Most of the Chronicle’s articles on the annual meeting focused on the history job market, but two of their blogs (their News Blog and Stan Katz’s section on the Brainstorm blog) tackled topics on the Bush administration, Gabrielle Spiegel’s presidential address, the future of the annual meeting, and the drama in the State Department’s Historical Advisory Committee.
- A Checklist for Candidates Hoping to Zip Up a Job
- Jobs Are Down but Attendance Is Up at This Year’s Historians’ Meeting
- Economy’s Toll on Job Market Is Evident at Historians’ Meeting
- The Legacy of the Bush-Cheney Years: Trends That May Linger
- After Postmodernism: A Historian Reflects on Where the Field Is Going
Alas the staff of the AHA finds itself stretched thin during the annual meeting, inhibiting the amount of blogging we’d really like to do. Luckily a number of meeting attendees hit the blogosphere with their takes on sessions, events, and the annual meeting in general. Below, arranged in alphabetical order, are links to these blogs. If you feel we’ve missed anyone please let us know in the comments below.
- 2008 Cliopatria Awards – The 2008 Cliopatria Awards for History blogging were presented during the AHA Meeting. Find information on and links to all the winners online.
Since Historiann couldn’t make it to New York she turned to her correspondents “Hotshot Harry” and “Classy Claude” for musings on the meeting. She also put together her own roundup of annual meeting blog posts, including linking to some whose profanity left them out of what AHA Today would consider professional discourse.
- AHA open thread
- Hotshot Harry from Tucumcari’s first dispatch from AHA HQ
- Hotshot Harry, day 2 at the AHA: “A photo of the candidates in the job center might be worthy of Walker Evans”
- AHA blogging round-up: how will we keep them down on the ranch, now that they’ve seen NYC?
- Tales From the Pit, part deux: Classy Claude files his report on AHA 2009
Cameron Blevins of the History-ing blog brought a unique perspective to the annual meeting considering Cameron is 22 and attended the meeting with “no job interviews, no papers to present, no potential colleagues I need to glad-hand.”
Rick Shenkman, editor of HNN, reports on the meeting, links to articles and blog posts, and presents a number of videos from a Historians Against the War panel.
Kelly in Kansas
Kelly Woestman notes the sessions she attended, the panel she was a part of, and the people she met up with while at the annual meeting.
Legal History Blog
Mary L. Dudziak sums up the annual meeting session “Doing Transnational History.”
Sterling Fluharty looks back at this year’s annual meeting experience and also posts the paper that he presented at “The History Job Market: Opportunities, Problems, and Fixes” session. Also be sure to check out his twitter page for brief comments and observations about specific sessions and the annual meeting in general.
AndrewMc “rambles” (his own word) about the AHA annual meeting and Job Center (formerly the Job Register) and gets a response in the comment section.
Claire B. Potter spent most of her meeting interviewing job candidates in a hotel room, but did find time to blog a few observations (job market sessions are “making people unnecessarily hysterical”) and once she returned home wrote about the Council’s resolution for the 2010 meeting (and her take on how to react to the situation).
- Wrap-up of AHA Day 1: The Radical Hasn’t Been To A Session Yet
- AHA Day 3: A Cautionary Tale
- Hello, American Historical Association: My Name Is The Tenured Radical And I Am Here To Recruit You
What Else We’re Reading
Believe it or not we did find time to read a few non-annual meeting related articles and posts. Check them out below.
- Doing the Math to Find the Good Jobs
The Wall Street Journal presents their list of the best and worst jobs (out of 200 they researched). Guess which profession made the top ten?
- Jubilee: MLK, Obama and Overcoming at the Anacostia Community Museum
The Washington Post’s Express Nightout site profiles some events and artifacts available at the Anacostia Community Museum.
Contributors: David Darlington, Elisabeth Grant, and Vernon Horn
This post first appeared on AHA Today.
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