Both Historiann and Tenured Radical have posts about this weekend’s annual meeting of the American Historical Association. Although the conference is practically next door in NYC, I’m not attending, for a number of reasons, including but not limited to the following:
1. I just got back from a week in Ireland and am too tired and jetlagged. Plus, that laundry won’t do itself!
2. No travel money — yes, I’ve spent it all already and then some, traveling to Glasgow earlier this year.
3. I don’t really like this meeting — it’s too big, impersonal, and even if one is not on the job market oneself, the anxiety of job candidates is contagious. I’ve only attended if I’m on the program, interviewing candidates, or being interviewed myself (at my first AHA meeting in 1992).
4. I can go to NYC anytime I want — and do things that are way more fun than attending conference sessions.
5. I have a gig at church tomorrow. Will post a link to the audio file once it’s up.
6. I’ve got a backlog of Netflix stuff to watch, plus a baby blanket to finish. So, I’ll be knitting and watching DVDs by the fire.
So, fellow historians — are you attending the AHA, or are you sitting this one out like me?