According to a new policy adopted by the American Historical Association
, AHA members can now create "interest groups," or sub-societies under the AHA's auspices. All that's needed is an application and signatures from 50 AHA members.
I've argued before
for a Bloggers' Caucus at the AHA to push for more recognition of history blogging as a vital scholarly endeavor deserving of favorable consideration during the hiring and tenure processes. It seems to me the interest group setup would be ideal for such a caucus; bloggers could constitute themselves as a pressure group within the AHA while also sponsoring affiliated panels, lunches, and awards at the conference to promote blogging as scholarship.
All we'd need to get started is an organizer. I nominate Ralph Luker
, Jonathan Dresner
, or Claire Potter
for the position.
Labels: AHA, Jeremy Young
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Jonathan Dresner on 3/15/2010 3:45 PM:
Apparently Mr. Young is unaware of my history of failed leadership in history blogging projects.
Seriously, though, the AHA has set the bar fairly high: We'd need fifty petition signers, and a stable dues-paying (of which the AHA keeps a cut!) membership of 100+ within two years. I don't doubt that there are ten times that many history bloggers, probably a third to a half of whom are AHA members (pure guesswork, by the way; feel free to dispute that estimate with actual data), but attracting and sustaining membership when it costs money is a challenge.
We would also need bylaws and executive leadership -- some kind of governing council and a financial officer, to manage our dues.
The upside would be never having to wonder if there was going to be a blogger meet-up at the AHA, or a blogging panel: IGs get one panel per hundred members and meeting space (at which, I'm afraid, official business is supposed to be conducted, though the guidelines say nothing about sobriety).
on 5/14/2010 10:49 AM:
Nope - the AHA is out of touch. Let their old media nonsense molder on the shelves.
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