Category Archives: American HIstorical Association

January 5, 2015, 12:47 pm

The Rules Were Not Suspended: What Happened at the AHA Business Meeting

grumpy_noYesterday afternoon the members of the American Historical Association (AHA) present at the business meeting were asked to take up several resolutions proposed by Historians Against the War (HAW). These resolutions proposed that the AHA condemn the state of Israel for alleged violations of academic freedom against both US and Palestinian scholars; and for attacks on research centers in Gaza last summer. You can read the resolutions here; you can read accounts of the meeting at History News Networkin my Twitter feed (I was sitting right behind Rick Shenkman, so I guess we were the press section) and in The Chronicle of Higher Education.

The business meeting had been preceded by a session organized by the Mid-Atlantic Radical Historians Organization (MARHO). It too was organized late and was not on the program, although it was well publicized in the weeks leading up to the annual…

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January 3, 2015, 4:30 pm

Being a Public Intellectual: Historians and the Public

These are my prepared remarks from session 130, #AHA2015.monopoly-man-231x300

Tenured Radical was launched on October 18, 2006, in New Haven Connecticut. In a little more than seven years I have written 1,794 posts on topics as various as the humanities job market, national politics, sexual assault, books, writing, and the BDS movement. Although I began writing under a pseudonym, that only lasted for a few months, since I was quickly outed by my students. That turned out to be a good thing, however: not only has blogging brought me a great many opportunities in the old and new media worlds, it also became a place where I have been able to articulate my ideas and observations about higher education from the perspective of someone who has been in school, in some fashion, for over half a century now.

In the summer of 2010, I received a call from The Chronicle of Higher Education, asking me if I would…

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December 31, 2014, 1:57 pm

Going Gay at the AHA


Cary Grant models inappropriate convention wear for your edification.

Following up on yesterday’s suggestions for out-of-towners, we asked Flirtatious Freddie, our tenured ace reporter, where queer historians might want to make new friends or dance with old ones. We got this reply:

“The hottest club that seems to make NYC feel like NYC is Viva but the cover is $30–Saturday night,” Freddie tells us. Tenured Radical researchers looked it up and saw that “shirtlessness is encouraged but not required.” Use your judgement, full professors! “There is no cover but plenty of dancing at Industry in Hells Kitchen, only a few blocks from the Hilton,” Freddie continues, “while Atlas Social Club, also quite near, is good early — between 11pm and 1:30am most weekend nights. In general, there are a dozen bars in Hells…

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December 30, 2014, 11:23 am

Make Your Way Through AHA

MV5BMTU3MTQyOTU3NF5BMl5BanBnXkFtZTcwMDYyMzkxMQ@@._V1_SY317_CR4,0,214,317_AL_The Annual Meeting of the American Historical Association is a home game for Tenured Radical, so expect lots of juicy posts. Our reporting capacity here at the CHE and on Twitter @TenuredRadical will be enhanced by the free Wifi available at the conference.  How things have changed in only a few years! It used to be we had to have cell phone tethering, and good forbid that ones attended a session in a room with a steel support beam.

Other improvements this year include a really good conference app that allows you to build a schedule and (wait for it) tells you where the sessions are with pin drops! For some reason the app is not showing up on an iTunes search, but you can download it from iTunes here.

You will note an enhanced police presence near the Hilton, which means you should not even think of jaywalking, particularly since one part of the campaign against traffic deaths …

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January 4, 2014, 7:37 pm

AHA Day 3: Remember the Women

marriedPartly because I was blogging yesterday’s panel and doing a lot of important business, I missed the morning digital history panels I had planned to attend. I then blew off the afternoon DH panel to go to Generations of Women’s History, which was pretty full. Of women. The one I was sitting next to whispered “I have counted about ten men here.” (Um -HMMM. And three of them were gay.)

As you can see from my Storified account below, I did have a few problems with the panel (see tweets below about the dominance of a heteronormative trajectory in some of the reflections.) I actually was called on, and did ask the question, about how the panel might have looked different had it included a lesbian, but it didn’t gain much traction.

That said, the panel had many high points. Darlene Clark Hine and Crystal Feimster were fantastic on the project of contemporary African-American women’s…

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January 4, 2014, 10:30 am

AHA Day 2: Fun With The Humanities

Elephant SittingYesterday morning I tweeted a terrific session sponsored by the NEH, hung out with a Colorado group clustered around blog pal Historiann, went to the business meeting of the Committee on Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender History, went to lunch with an old friend I met years ago at Nancy Cott’s Schlesinger Library Summer Camp, and then attended the CLGBTH evening reception. 

After the helper-skelter of the fall on the Internet Highway, the American Historical Association Annual Meeting is downright soothing. Lots of coffee, conversations, and evening drinks, dropping into great panels and spontaneous meetings with old friends are reminding me why a conference is fun. The big work on Day 2 was a panel on the American Academy of Arts and Sciences Report on the Humanities and Social Sciences, with Earl Lewis, Susan Griffin, Anthony Grafton, James Grossman, Estevan Rael-Galvez a…

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January 1, 2014, 11:06 am

What to Pack — And What Not To Pack — For #AHA2014


For some of you it is just New Year’s Day, but for those of us with workshops and panels tomorrow, Day 1 of the American Historical Association Annual Meeting in Washington, D.C., it’s travel day. After hemming and hawing about the wisdom of getting up at 4 a.m. tomorrow to catch a shuttle, I capitulated and made plane reservations for late this afternoon. Bad news? Missing a long, leisurely day at home filing the rest of my health care receipts for 2013, finishing up the hardback book that is too heavy to carry, and watching football. Good news? Not being exhausted in my morning workshop, and not worrying that this incoming weather system is going to lock me down in New York so long that I miss my second panel too. (Bonus points for flying in and out of handy Reagan National which is usually clogged with Congressmen and lobbyists.)

Fans of both the Radical and my blogpal

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August 11, 2013, 12:12 pm

Cyber History Fun in Jinan, China, 2015

travel-the-world-routes-to-asiaTwo more weeks of vacation — well, that is two more weeks of vacation for most of you. I’m on sabbatical this year, so summer lasts all year here at chez Radical.

But I would like to cheer everyone else up! Here is a fun thing to put on your agenda as you try to distract yourself from going back to work:

Send in a proposal to go to China with me in August 2015! That’s right, yours truly is teamed up with Francis Blouin of the University of Michigan to coordinate an American Historical Association-sponsored program of digital history panels at the 2015 meeting of Le Comité international des sciences historique (CISH) in Jinan. Our CFP (otherwise known as out appel à contribution) is here; submissions are due November 30 2013.

Don’t just fantasize — send something in! If you are planning on submitting a whole panel, remember the “international” part. We are serious about…

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May 22, 2013, 4:59 pm

Being Good Web Citizens


If I were alive I would tweet Engels. Just saying.

Listen up! Vanessa Varin is trying to start a convo about ethical web practices over at the American Historical Association’s Perspectives on History. She was kind enough to solicit the opinions of the #twitterstorians about the practice of live tweeting panels, and has written a couple of good pieces which aren’t getting enough attention. This may be because the comments section isn’t working. Varin’s new piece, “Being a Good Web Citizen” is also now up, and worth a look as well.

All of us who were solicited for comment came out against #snark while live tweeting a panel, you’ll be glad to know. Twitter seems to be more vulnerable to the regrettable riposte than blogging is, and since the emergence of Storify, it’s far harder to take back. Varin cites…

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January 3, 2013, 12:13 pm

Day 1 of the AHA: In Case You Hear Someone Shout “BINGO!!!!” In The Middle Of A Panel……

It’s because that person is playing AHA Bingo!!! (Invented by the clever youngsters at Jacksonian America.)