The More Things Change, The More They Stay the Same

I was at the American Historical Association (AHA) annual meeting from Thursday to Sunday.  I had a good time and attended some interesting sessions. Most people attending an AHA meeting fall into two groups: job interviewers and job seekers.

I first attended an AHA about thirty years ago when I was a relatively new graduate student. At that time, most of the people seemed to be middle-aged white men. This year, in Boston, it still seemed like mostly white men. There were more women but it was overwhelming white. I am not sure why that it is. It is little startling considering it is 2011.

The history profession as always been a conservative one and that has not changed. Bu conservative, I don’t mean politically. Rater it is a stylistic term. Apparently 60’s radicals taking over the academy hasn’t caused things to change that much.

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