AHA 2010 Roundtable Proposal:
“Seas, Islets, Peninsulas: Using the Periphery to Inform Teaching of Global History””
Next year, the American Historical Association is structuring the conference in pursuit of a broad theme: “Oceans, Islands, Continents.” Global history helps us as historians to emphasize the grand, sweeping trends that affected the world around us; but what about historians who work outside the centers of these trends? I’m putting together a teaching roundtable for the 2010 AHA annual convention (San Diego, January 7-10) that focuses on how research on peripheral topics can help inform teaching global history.
As a teaching roundtable, formal presentation of research is intended to give way to a more informal (and briefer) presentation of teaching techniques. Central issues that the panel is intended to fulfill includes the challenges of incorporating research specialties on the “periphery” into teaching global history and how incorporating these areas can inform or enrich teaching on this subject. (A guide to relevant primary document sources and bibliography for use by a broader teaching audience would be an excellent supplement, as a handout.)
Final panel format would likely be dependent on a quick discussion in early February on whether to give short individual presentations, or to open up the roundtable to create a more interactive forum with the audience.
For the panel, preference is for those who have taught a global history survey (or upper-level undergraduate course) and for those working on topics that are considered “peripheral” to their major geographic center of research (e.g., Scandinavian history within European history).
If interested, please email James Frusetta (firstname.lastname@example.org) by February 1st; no formal abstract is requested, but a brief statement about your area of research and how you’d be interested in speaking about how it informs your research is requested. Invited panelists will be contacted by February 5th, with final submission of the panel due to the AHA by February 14th.
Department of History
College of William and mary
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