As usual, The Way of Improvement Leads Home will be providing extensive coverage of the annual meeting of the American Historical Association this weekend in New York City. Check the blog often for updates on sessions and other conference happenings. We will be blogging at all hours. Follow us on Twitter @johnfea1 and keep an eye on the conference hashtag: #aha2015
Check out some previous coverage of AHA conferences: 2013, 2014
This year, we have five correspondents who will be writing posts throughout the weekend. They are:
- Erin Bartram is a Ph.D candidate in history at the University of Connecticut. She is working on a dissertation which examines privileged New England women converts to Roman Catholicism. Erin is writing under the direction of Richard Brown. Check out Erin's posts from the 2013 AHA.
- Christian James is a MLS Candidate at University of Maryland, College Park and Digital Curation Fellow at the National Agricultural Library. He earned his MA in History from George Mason University and has worked for the Center for Population Economics at the University of Chicago and ProQuest
- Christine Kelly is a Ph.D student in history at Fordham University and a graduate of the History Department at Messiah College. Her recent research addresses the role of folk song as political activism in what historians call the "new folk revival" as it operated within these movements. Check out Christine's posts from the 2014 AHA.
- Michael Limberg is a Ph.D candidate in history at the University Connecticut. He is working on a dissertation entitled "The Best Versions of Themselves: U.S. Aid and Development in the Middle East, 1919-1939."
- Mandy McMichael is Assistant Professor of Religion at Huntingdon College. She is currently working on a book based on her Duke University dissertation (supervised by Grant Wacker): "From the Runway to the Altar: Religion and Pageantry in the American South." Mandy will be doing most of her reporting from the meeting of the American Society of Church History.
I am really, really excited about this team. Expect some great coverage.
As for me, right now I am trying to get to the following sessions:
3:30: "Buying and Selling History: Some Perspectives on the Marketplace" (AHA) or "Doing History" (ASCH). I am really undecided here.
2:30: "Being a Public Intellectual: Historians and the Public" (AHA)
9:00: I will be chairing and commenting at an ASCH session entitled "American Religion Online: How Digital Projects Can Change How Teach, Research, and Interpret Religious History."
11:30: "Whither the History Major?" (AHA)
I also hope to make it to the reception for history bloggers and twitterstorians on Friday night.