Virtual AHA FAQ

What is Virtual AHA?

Virtual AHA is a series of online opportunities to bring together communities of historians, build professional relationships, discuss scholarship, and engage in professional and career development. A service to our members as they navigate the current emergency, Virtual AHA provides a forum for discussing common issues, building research networks, and supporting community in dire circumstances. It also provides resources for online teaching and other professional and career development. We are developing a variety of content to help historians connect, while helping us learn more about what our members want and need. We hope Virtual AHA will allow us to serve our members as they navigate the current emergency. 

Virtual AHA content runs through June 2021 and will incorporate the AHA Colloquium, our name for content drawn from the canceled 2021 annual meeting. It will also include an online teaching forum, career development workshops, a series of contemporary History Behind the Headlines webinars, National History Center programming, and more.

Will there be a charge to participate?

No. Virtual AHA is free, and AHA membership is not required to register.

Is there a Code of Conduct for participants and attendees of Virtual AHA?

Yes. Webinars are covered by the Code of Professional Conduct at Officially Sanctioned AHA Activities; see our Virtual AHA Policies page for details.  We have also developed these tips on webinar etiquette.

I was accepted for the canceled 2021 annual meeting. How do I participate in AHA Colloquium? 

People originally accepted to be on the 2021 program will have a variety of options to share their work.  Feel free to contact us at virtualAHA@historians.org if you have any questions.

Because we will not not be running concurrent sessions over the course of a four-day “virtual meeting,” the AHA staff will instead produce about 30 webinars selected from the originally accepted program sessions. These sessions will be chosen in conjunction with the AHA Program Committee, and AHA staff will coordinate and host these virtual events throughout the year. Participants of these selected sessions will be contacted by mid-October 2020 to discuss scheduling the virtual webinar. 

For sessions not selected, we encourage participants to produce virtual sessions on their own. We imagine that some of the participant-produced sessions will be webinars that people can attend live, while others will be prerecorded. We hope that this model will allow for maximum flexibility and creativity to make the most of the virtual format. For example, formal panels could become pre-circulated paper sessions, with papers posted on the AHA website and live discussion via videoconference at a set time, or even on Reddit or Slack. 

Additionally, a PDF program--documenting all sessions accepted by the AHA Program Committee and the affiliated societies for the originally scheduled AHA annual meeting in Seattle--will be posted on the AHA website in the fall so that participants can document their acceptance for their CVs. Anyone who was expecting to deliver a prepared presentation will have the opportunity to post written remarks on the AHA website.

The AHA will list all AHA Colloquium content on our Virtual AHA calendar and our app. We will provide as much advice and support as we can for participant-produced sessions, within certain staff and technology constraints.  Staff are developing guides and procedures for participant-produced programming and will post details as we finalize our plans. Please let us know if there is any way we might be helpful, but perhaps haven’t thought of yet. This is new to all of us.

What will the process for submitting and scheduling self-produced webinars look like?

Staff are exploring multiple possibilities for web-based programming and will keep in touch as our plans develop. PDF presentations should be submitted by December 1. AHA staff have sent a link for submitting upcoming webinars for marketing and submitting recordings of sessions to people who were accepted for the program. Please contact virtualaha@historians.org if you need us to resend the link.

Are there detailed guidelines for self-produced webinars?

A detailed guide for considerations for putting together virtual sessions is forthcoming and will be posted here shortly.

I was accepted to present a poster at the canceled annual meeting in Seattle. Will I have a chance to present?

Poster presenters will be able to publish their posters on the AHA website. If there is enough interest, the AHA staff will consider coordinating online poster discussions. 

Will Virtual AHA offer opportunities to network and connect with fellow historians?

Yes. While nothing can replace meeting in person, the AHA plans to organize web-based networking events. 

Will there still be an exhibit hall?

The AHA Virtual Exhibit Hall launched on October 1 and will be available online through June 2021. The Virtual Exhibit Hall provides an opportunity to learn about the latest historical scholarship, take advantage of publisher discounts, and network with editors and press staff. If you normally look forward to the exhibits at the annual meeting, the Virtual Exhibit Hall offers a similar experience from the comfort of your home. Best of all, no name badge necessary: the Exhibit Hall is free and open to the public. Check it out at historians.org/ExhibitHall.