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.