Deadline: February 15, 2011
I am putting together a panel for the 2012 AHA LGBT program that explores the intersection of LGBT identity, medicine, and health. The relationship between sexuality, health, and medicine is complex and includes topics such as AIDS, psychiatry, sex work, and pregnancy to name a few. This panel will examine how medicine shapes identity among sexual minorities over time and conversely, how sexual minorities inform medical practice and understandings of health in the 20th century. Depending on responses, I am open to including papers with a transnational focus.
As part of the Committee’s expanding online presence, we are encouraging participants in panels and conferences on LGBTQ history to prepare and share online short reports for those unable to attend. You’ll be able to find these reports in the Resources menu above, on the Conference Reports page.
Today, I’ve posted the first fruits of these efforts:
Many thanks to these contributors! I encourage you to have a look at their reports and continue the conversation in the comments.
If you’re participating in a panel or conference on LGTBQ history, please consider reporting on it. Contact me or Ian with any questions.
AHA Annual Meeting
Saturday, January 8, 2011
Report by Leila J. Rupp
This session offered three papers on different aspects of organizing around same-sex sexuality before the emergence of the contemporary gay liberation movement. Continue reading
AHA Annual Meeting
Friday, January 7, 2011
Report by Lucinda Grinnell
This panel focused on lesbian and feminist activism and transnational organizing in the waning years of the Cold War. This was a period when the lesbian and feminist movements were engaged in complex ideological, strategic, and tactical battles about the direction and the focus of the movement in the United States, and when lesbian and gay activists were initiating political battles in Latin America in the context of authoritarian regimes as was the case in Mexico or within liberation struggles as was the case in Nicaragua.
After a wonderfully successful Committee on LGBT History program in Boston this past weekend, it is indeed time to start thinking about panels for next year’s AHA meeting scheduled for Chicago. Proposals are due February 15, and the CFP is here. A couple quick things:
- After our reception with the Coordinating Committee for Women in History and the Peace History Society, the CCWH has approached us to not only co-sponsor a reception again next year, but also to sponsor panels & roundtables as well. If you are already forming a panel with CCWH support, or thinking of a panel that would be appropriate to be sponsored by both organizations, please let me know. Likewise, we can co-sponsor panels with other affiliated societies—we had an excellent panel on Mexican homosexualities co-sponsored by the Conference on Latin American History, and it’d be terrific to work with CLAH again, as well as with other societies.
- The affiliates program deadline will be a few months later—it has been in mid-May the last two years. For those of you working with visual sources, I would however encourage you to submit panels for the main AHA program. This is because the AHA will cover A/V costs for those panels, but not for the affiliates program, and at this point in time, the charges for A/V equipment and labor are prohibitively expensive for us to pick up.
126th Annual Meeting
January 5-8, 2012
Deadline: February 15, 2011
The 126th annual meeting of the American Historical Association will be held January 5–8, 2012, in Chicago. The Program Committee welcomes proposals from all members (academic and nonacademic) of the Association, from affiliated societies, from historians working outside the United States, and from scholars in related disciplines. The theme for the meeting, described in greater detail here, is “Communities and Networks.” While seeking proposals for sessions that explore facets of this broad topic, we also welcome submissions on the histories of all places and time periods, on many different topics, and on the uses of varied sources and methods. We also invite members to employ and to analyze diverse strategies for representing the past, including fiction, poetry, film, music, and art. The AHA is a capacious organization, unique among learned societies in its devotion to the full range of historical scholarship and practice. Our program will reflect this strength, and we will seriously consider any proposal that advances the study, teaching, and public presentation of history.
Members and friends of the Committee on LGBT History attending the AHA annual meeting are invited to join the Committee on Saturday, January 8, from 6:30-8 pm at The History Project, Boston’s LGBTQ community history project. Founded in 1980 by local activists, archivists, and historians, THP has been a pioneer in documenting LGBTQ community history, from a diverse range of exhibits to its full-length book, Improper Bostonians. On Saturday evening, THP volunteers will discuss their current exhibits and projects, and take questions from those in attendance.
The History Project is located at 29 Stanhope St. (on the fourth floor of the Living Center), about a ten-minute walk from the Boston Marriott Copley Place. Please meet us by the registration desk at the Marriott by 6:15 pm, and we will walk over as a group to The History Project. Members and friends of the Committee on LGBT History are also welcome to meet us at THP; if you are walking or taking other transit on your own to THP, please call upstairs (617-266-7733) to make sure someone can let you inside the building, in case the front door is locked.
After the event, some of us will go across the street for drinks at Club Cafe, one of Boston’s most popular LGBTQ nightspots.
No reservations required, although if you are planning to attend, please email Ian Lekus so that he can provide a rough estimate to The History Project as to how many people to expect.
The Committee is sponsoring or co-sponsoring nine sessions at the annual meeting of the American Historical Association in Boston, next January 6-9. Please click here for the full listing of participants, papers, and times and locations, as well as details regarding the annual reception and business meeting.