Comments on: What I saw at the AHA 2014: Who are the ladies? http://www.historiann.com/2014/01/08/what-i-saw-at-the-aha-2014-who-are-the-ladies/ History and sexual politics, 1492 to the present Tue, 23 Sep 2014 01:47:33 +0000 hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=3.9.2 By: Mooks talking MOOCs: Our AHA MOOC panel comments are now online at Perspectives : Historiann : History and sexual politics, 1492 to the present http://www.historiann.com/2014/01/08/what-i-saw-at-the-aha-2014-who-are-the-ladies/comment-page-1/#comment-1917441 Wed, 05 Feb 2014 21:21:48 +0000 http://www.historiann.com/?p=22223#comment-1917441 […] Taylorization of the Historians’ Workplace.”  (Regular readers will recall that Jonathan put together a panel on “How Should Historians Respond to MOOCs” at 2014 annual…, last […]

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By: Michael http://www.historiann.com/2014/01/08/what-i-saw-at-the-aha-2014-who-are-the-ladies/comment-page-1/#comment-1901854 Mon, 13 Jan 2014 00:42:17 +0000 http://www.historiann.com/?p=22223#comment-1901854 On the bow tie thing, I started teaching for the first time this past fall and decided to give the bow tie a shot (even though I am not a bow tie kind of person and have never even known one). Like Eduardo, my students loved it. More than one mentioned them in my evaluations with one just flat-out stating, “Bow ties are cool!” I can appreciate the whole laid-back, casual thing, but, being new to it, I wanted to convey to my students that I took class and them seriously. However, I tempered it by being laid-back and relaxed in my classroom manner and interactions with them. So the trick, for me at least, seemed to be: Wear a bow tie, but don’t act like you’re wearing a bow tie.

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By: cgeye http://www.historiann.com/2014/01/08/what-i-saw-at-the-aha-2014-who-are-the-ladies/comment-page-1/#comment-1901130 Sun, 12 Jan 2014 04:12:06 +0000 http://www.historiann.com/?p=22223#comment-1901130 This article says something chilling: Either universities exist, and have some reasonable oversight over their departments, or they are a fiction papered over for the sake of marketing, revealed only when liability issues force administrators’ hands:

http://www.washingtonmonthly.com/college_guide/blog/tar_heel_scandal_and_the_myth.php

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By: Susan http://www.historiann.com/2014/01/08/what-i-saw-at-the-aha-2014-who-are-the-ladies/comment-page-1/#comment-1900929 Sat, 11 Jan 2014 23:24:23 +0000 http://www.historiann.com/?p=22223#comment-1900929 Report from MLA interviewing: the uniform for women is still black or grey jacket and trousers or skirt; most wore a colorful shirt of some kind for interest. The men varied more — some suits, some just a nice sportsjacket; all wore ties.

I dress pretty formally when interviewing because I figure if the candidate has to dress up, my dressing up a bit shows respect for their effort. I mean, if the job candidate got dressed up, I shouldn’t look as if I just rolled out of bed. . .

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By: Shane in Utah http://www.historiann.com/2014/01/08/what-i-saw-at-the-aha-2014-who-are-the-ladies/comment-page-1/#comment-1899520 Fri, 10 Jan 2014 16:03:38 +0000 http://www.historiann.com/?p=22223#comment-1899520 FWIW: For teaching and conferences alike, I tend to wear slacks or nice jeans, a nice button-down shirt, and sometimes either a sports jacket or a v-neck or cardigan sweater. I haven’t worn a tie since I last interviewed for a job 8 or 9 years ago, and I’m sort of hoping I go to my grave without ever wearing one again. If I want to dress up an outfit, I find nice shoes a far better way to do so. (Unlike many of my male colleagues in English, who wear hiking boots year round.) And it sounds like the AHA provides ample evidence that wearing a tie doesn’t necessarily make you look nice…

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By: truffula http://www.historiann.com/2014/01/08/what-i-saw-at-the-aha-2014-who-are-the-ladies/comment-page-1/#comment-1898802 Thu, 09 Jan 2014 20:29:10 +0000 http://www.historiann.com/?p=22223#comment-1898802 I agree with Kathie about the value of color (and diversity) in attire.

I once gave a presentation to a large audience that I knew would include a group of people who were very hostile to what I had to say, and with whom I’d had run-ins in the past. With this confrontational element in mind, I had some lovely, flowery, designs inked on my hands and wrists using jagua. It’s like henna but black. I have real tattoos as well but I liked this because it was both “in your face” and girly at the same time. I wanted to display to myself and those very angry men that I was both a competent professional and bad-@ss who was not going to be pushed around. The people who were there to engage the subject material responded well and the jerks were jerks.

My undergraduate students thought this was an excellent, self-affirming, way to handle the situation while some graduate students thought I should have “tired harder” to appease the angry men.

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By: quixote http://www.historiann.com/2014/01/08/what-i-saw-at-the-aha-2014-who-are-the-ladies/comment-page-1/#comment-1898762 Thu, 09 Jan 2014 18:56:50 +0000 http://www.historiann.com/?p=22223#comment-1898762 Matt_L “stuck in the land of jeans and no-iron shirts.”

You mean there are other things one can wear? ??

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By: Kathie http://www.historiann.com/2014/01/08/what-i-saw-at-the-aha-2014-who-are-the-ladies/comment-page-1/#comment-1898738 Thu, 09 Jan 2014 18:16:15 +0000 http://www.historiann.com/?p=22223#comment-1898738 Regarding dress, I like my African Studies Association meetings because many attendees – both men and women – wear African attire, or at least one piece (a shirt or a shawl) that is clearly African. It gives all of the sessions a much more colorful and even festive appearance than most scholarly meetings!

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By: Historiann http://www.historiann.com/2014/01/08/what-i-saw-at-the-aha-2014-who-are-the-ladies/comment-page-1/#comment-1898702 Thu, 09 Jan 2014 17:10:17 +0000 http://www.historiann.com/?p=22223#comment-1898702 With bow ties, the quality and condition of the shirt are very important b/c we see so much more of it.

Tenured Radical looked very dapper and youthful in her shirt, long necktie (not bowtie), and sweater on top on Friday–kind of like a grown-up Hogwarts student.

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By: Northern Barbarian http://www.historiann.com/2014/01/08/what-i-saw-at-the-aha-2014-who-are-the-ladies/comment-page-1/#comment-1898652 Thu, 09 Jan 2014 15:33:43 +0000 http://www.historiann.com/?p=22223#comment-1898652 On dress: I too have noticed that my colleagues who wear old pants and downright shabby shirts are a) all male and b)expressing attitude. My department is one of the more formally-dressed on this campus, except for our fashionable South Asianist who looks spectacular in silk saris. I, alas, look rumpled no matter what I wear, but for my midlife crisis I’m experimenting with the new line of men’s suits cut to fit women’s bodies. Not sold on the bow tie yet, although Britteny Griner is making them fashionable for lesbians.

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