Comments on: Checking in on the AHA-hahahahaha? (Lolsob.) http://www.historiann.com/2010/01/07/checking-in-on-the-aha-hahahahaha-lolsob/ History and sexual politics, 1492 to the present Sat, 20 Sep 2014 20:19:58 +0000 hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=3.9.2 By: What We're Reading: 124th Annual Meeting Edition - American Historical Association http://www.historiann.com/2010/01/07/checking-in-on-the-aha-hahahahaha-lolsob/comment-page-1/#comment-1576727 Fri, 26 Jul 2013 15:29:45 +0000 http://www.historiann.com/?p=9030#comment-1576727 [...] Checking in on the AHA-hahahahaha? (Lolsob.) [...]

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By: The academic life: movin’ on, part II : Historiann : History and sexual politics, 1492 to the present http://www.historiann.com/2010/01/07/checking-in-on-the-aha-hahahahaha-lolsob/comment-page-1/#comment-562902 Wed, 24 Feb 2010 16:40:56 +0000 http://www.historiann.com/?p=9030#comment-562902 [...] know how there are no jobs in history this year?  Well, unfortunately for me, my friends who are Associate Professors are finding jobs and leaving [...]

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By: “Graduate school in the humanities is a trap.” « More or Less Bunk http://www.historiann.com/2010/01/07/checking-in-on-the-aha-hahahahaha-lolsob/comment-page-1/#comment-554669 Fri, 12 Feb 2010 16:05:24 +0000 http://www.historiann.com/?p=9030#comment-554669 [...] of you who were following the dust-up over this post by Marc Bousquet from about a month ago probably remember the division that me and [...]

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By: From the Department of False Analogies: reforming professional training in the humanities : Historiann : History and sexual politics, 1492 to the present http://www.historiann.com/2010/01/07/checking-in-on-the-aha-hahahahaha-lolsob/comment-page-1/#comment-535183 Tue, 19 Jan 2010 16:12:13 +0000 http://www.historiann.com/?p=9030#comment-535183 [...] Things Considered last night?  On the one hand, he gave some important context for understanding that the academic job crisis in the humanities is nothing new–like Historiann, he sees it as directly linked to the halt of the massive [...]

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By: Friday food fights! Plus evidence of my evildoing, with links. : Historiann : History and sexual politics, 1492 to the present http://www.historiann.com/2010/01/07/checking-in-on-the-aha-hahahahaha-lolsob/comment-page-1/#comment-532360 Fri, 15 Jan 2010 16:32:56 +0000 http://www.historiann.com/?p=9030#comment-532360 [...] Checking in on the AHA-hahahahaha!  (Lolsob.) [...]

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By: some aha reflections « parezco y digo http://www.historiann.com/2010/01/07/checking-in-on-the-aha-hahahahaha-lolsob/comment-page-1/#comment-529575 Tue, 12 Jan 2010 01:44:27 +0000 http://www.historiann.com/?p=9030#comment-529575 [...] in the days before the conference. I really like the critiques of that report in the posts by Historiann and Marc Bosquet. It is simply galling to blame an overproduction of PhDs for the disjunctures of [...]

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By: The History Enthusiast http://www.historiann.com/2010/01/07/checking-in-on-the-aha-hahahahaha-lolsob/comment-page-1/#comment-528582 Sun, 10 Jan 2010 17:13:55 +0000 http://www.historiann.com/?p=9030#comment-528582 Tom: I didn’t interpret your comment as negative either. We just have slightly different perspectives on the matter, so no worries!

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By: Historiann http://www.historiann.com/2010/01/07/checking-in-on-the-aha-hahahahaha-lolsob/comment-page-1/#comment-527946 Sat, 09 Jan 2010 17:05:54 +0000 http://www.historiann.com/?p=9030#comment-527946 If you’re out in San Diego, have a great time, ADM. I think your comments about having worked in other industries are important. I’m glad you found a place where your experience is (rightly) valued. (I’ve heard some grim stories from friends who had other careers who felt that it not only wasn’t valued, but that they were the objects of age discrimination to boot.)

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By: Another Damned Medievalist http://www.historiann.com/2010/01/07/checking-in-on-the-aha-hahahahaha-lolsob/comment-page-1/#comment-527945 Sat, 09 Jan 2010 16:55:32 +0000 http://www.historiann.com/?p=9030#comment-527945 Gods, I hate the AHA. And it saddens me, because it’s pretty much the only conference besides Berks where I can see a bunch of my non-medievalist-non-Europeanist colleagues (I see bunches of the Europeanists in London, at least). My first AHA I had a couple of interviews and it was weird – I started talking to someone at a crosswalk (This was in Philly), and it turned out he was another medievalist blogger who had 13 interviews! Medieval Islam, natch. We had a great conversation. But the job room, and coming out of the interview suites, I said, “good luck” to people I met coming in, and just got filthy looks and grunts.

Last year, I also interviewed at the AHA, and coming out, I saw a medievalist I knew slightly in the hall waiting. We said hi, and wished each other luck. As it turns out, the job went to a young scholar I met and for whom I chaired a panel at Kalamazoo. She and I have had a growing friendship since, and we have a ton of very good friends in common. I’m really happy for her, and would like to think I would be if I hadn’t already had a job.

All of which kind of brings me to the point I was rambling towards. I’ve said it before, and I’ll say it again — there is nothing more useful to me than having had really well-paying jobs outside academia. I’ve been jobless in several markets! But seriously, knowing that, if I couldn’t get a job doing what I love, I could still find work that used my skills and that I enjoyed and even paid better than being a prof? Priceless. I think it gives an air of confidence that sets one apart from many interviewees, and every at job I’ve had (two visiting before this one) I was told that my non-academic experience was one of the reasons they hired me, because it was seen as something that helped me to empathize with today’s student population AND was necessary for dealing with new accreditation standards.

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By: AHA report: Put on a giant smiley-face mask, if you have to : Historiann : History and sexual politics, 1492 to the present http://www.historiann.com/2010/01/07/checking-in-on-the-aha-hahahahaha-lolsob/comment-page-1/#comment-527938 Sat, 09 Jan 2010 16:22:16 +0000 http://www.historiann.com/?p=9030#comment-527938 [...] be filed from this year’s meeting of the American Historical Association, I thought I’d draw your attention to a comment from The History Enthusiast, who said that everyone in the pit on Thursday was a real Debbie [...]

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