American Historical Association (AHA) Annual Meeting
Atlanta, January 7-10, 2016
Global Migrations: Empires, Nations, and Neighbors
The AHA welcomes you to the 130th annual meeting in Atlanta, January 7–10, 2016.
The American Historical Association’s annual meeting is the largest gathering of historians from all fields and professions. It represents an unparalleled opportunity to discover the latest trends and knowledge in all areas of history.
Attending the Annual Meeting Will Help You:
Increase Your Institution’s Profile
The AHA annual meeting is the perfect opportunity to make connections with your peers and colleagues. Not only will you be increasing your own network and standing, but as a representative of your institution, you will increase its profile within the history community. You’ll be able to represent your institution at presentations, panel discussions, roundtables, receptions, and other informal social events.
Become a More Effective Advocate for History
The theme for the 2016 annual meeting is Global Migrations: Empires, Nations, and Neighbors, and you’ll meet both historians and professionals from other disciplines who share your concerns and interests. Exchange ideas during the meeting and learn new strategies for promoting the discipline.
Expand Your Network
The AHA annual meeting offers numerous networking opportunities, at sessions and discussion groups, poster sessions, informal conversations, and receptions and tours. Study the participants’ index and pick out some likely people to contact.
Bring Back What You’ve Learned
By allowing you to attend, your institution is showing its clear commitment to professional development and continuous learning. Perhaps there is a burning issue in your department, or something that you feel you should know more about. Study the online program (to be posted later in the year) to compile a list of sessions to attend on behalf of your department, and explain how you will share the information afterwards.
Rejuvenate Your Work and Advance Your Professional Goals
Consider your own professional interests and identify sessions that will directly enhance your own research and development. Many presses will have editors attending who are keen to discuss new projects. If you are working on a piece for publication, meet many potential publishers all in the one place.
Refresh Your Strategies for the Classroom
For educators, there is an extensive Teaching and Learning track during the conference. Many of the sessions will provide practical ideas that can be taken straight back to the classroom. Not only will your students benefit from fresh new approaches, but by sharing the ideas with your colleagues all of their students will benefit too.
Keep your Institution’s Resources Cutting-Edge
The meeting’s Exhibit Hall will feature over 75 publishers of journals, books, databases, and many other resources for historians. Allow some time to browse the exhibits to discover the latest new titles and preview new texts and electronic resources. Make a list of interesting titles to recommend to your subject or faculty librarian.
Become a Mentor
With the student group rate program, members can bring up to three students for an additional small fee. This is a great way to mentor students and clearly demonstrate to both students and other attendees your institution’s commitment to mentoring and developing future historians. Participation will advance the students’ pursuit of their own educational and professional goals.