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 tenure-track 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. The 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?
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