Call for Panelists: Roundtable—Practicing History Independently: From Surviving to Thriving.
The corporatization of the university and the recent economic recession have both made the equation of practicing history and holding a tenured or at least tenuretrack position in history increasingly tenuous. Although professional organizations in the field, most notably the American Historical Association, have become increasingly sensitive to this reality, the burden of gaining and maintaining legitimacy has remained largely on the shoulders of independent scholars themselves, who too often have worked in isolation with little support or community.
National Coalition of Independent Scholars, a new affiliate of the AHA, therefore, would like to propose a roundtable that could address at least some of the following issues: 1. By what ways can unaffiliated/marginally affiliated scholars seek equivalent career status with the familiar academic ranks? 3. How can professional organizations, large and small help aid and building this recognition that can in turn lead to more equitable treatment within said organizations? 3. How can independent scholars seeking to return to traditional employment “keep current” and otherwise help themselves? 4. How can the NCIS become a more effective voice and advocate for independent scholars in the history profession? If you would have ideas for a paper/presentation or panel, please contact Susan Breitzer at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Call for Panelists: Independent Scholars and Independent Scholarship in History
NCIS would also like to propose a more traditional session that explores and highlights the role of independent scholars in ages prior to when professional intellectual and scholarly activity became the almost exclusive province of universities. Although this panel is fairly broad in scope (and therefore may become more than one panel), we would especially be seeking papers that focus on European and U.S. History, though proposals from other geographical regions are also welcome. Chronologically, the focus would be from the Middle Ages to the midTwentieth century, though earlier examples.
Possible topics could include the following:
Sponsorship and Scholarship: The Role of Church and Crown in Creating Intellectuals;
Beyond Class: Public Intellectuals as Movers and Shakers;
Before University Research Labs: Reexamining Independent Scholarship in the Sciences.
If you have ideas for a paper/presentation or panel, please contact Susan Breitzer at email@example.com.