Since Historiann will be remaining at least 1,750 miles away from the American Historical Association’s annual meeting, y’all will have to keep me informed about what’s going on in New York. What did you see or hear? Who did you run into? Did you see any interesting panels or discussions? Do you feel like slitting your wrists or enrolling in truck driving school now, or are you infused with love of the life of the mind and appreciation for your fellow historians?
Does holding the annual meeting in New York City mean that historians dress any better, or are they just as square and dowdy as ever? (Wait, wait–don’t answer that–I think I know!) Well, I suppose most dudes can’t pull off Historiann’s daring look (above right.)
Before you conference-goers unpack and start trolling the book exhibition looking for editors who might buy you a meal, try this food for thought from GayProf, who has written up some excellent tips for search committees, and how they should strive to actually read the candidates’ files, avoid violating state and federal laws in their interviews, and look like good future colleagues that anyone would want to work with. The money quote: “Lastly, remember to play nice. You don’t want to end up as the committee that becomes a dreadful story on a future academic blog.” You’ve been warned, friends. Also, a little belatedly, here’s some more good advice from Tenured Radical for job-seekers approaching their first AHA convention interviews–see especially her advice on how to answer the “do you have any questions for us?” question.
Anyhoo–enjoy those concrete canyons if you’re in New York this weekend. Me, I like the ones we’ve got here in snowy Colorado, but I’ve got a few cowboys on the ground who should be telegraphing their dispatches from the AHA. Check back here later this weekend for more reports from Historiann’s special correspondents! (If any other readers want to send along their impressions, please do–you know how to whistle, don’t you?)