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Historians in the Field: Ramblers at the 2019 AHA Conference

At the beginning of this month, the American Historical Association (AHA) held their annual meeting in Chicago, IL. This year’s hometown conference saw many Loyola History Department students and faculty attending the gathering to present their work, meet with peers, and learn about developments in the field.

PhD student, Nathan Ellstrand, shared his experience attending and contributing at this year’s conference:"I am so glad to have the opportunity to attend AHA because of the department.  I was able to go to a combination of sessions at the conference, roughly half on professional development and the other half on my historical field of interest - transnational US-Latin American history.  I was also invited to be part of a roundtable discussion titled, "What Everyone Needs to Know about Central America in an Age of Deportation: Views from the United States." I presented on my research about the sanctuary movement in Chicago alongside faculty from across the country."

A number of Loyola faculty members and students presented their own work as part of conference panels and learning sessions. Opening the first day of the conference on January 3, 2019, Professor Timothy Gilfoyle chaired the “Secret Liaisons and Disloyalty: Space and Gender in Progressive-Era New York” session. Professor Alice Weinreb also presented her paper, “An Appetite for Violence: The Industrial Food System and the Making of the “Great War” in Imperial Germany” on the “Globalization and Industrialization: History and Food” panel on Thursday. PhD Candidate, Chelsea Denault, was asked to participate in a panel addressing internships at the History PhD level. Loyola alum and instructor, Dr. Tim Lacy participated in a roundtable discussion of “Hofstadter's Ghosts: Reconsidering Populism, Extremism, and Conservatism in 20th-Century History” to round out Loyolans participation on the conference’s first day.

Friday, January 4th, saw another wide number of panels, sessions, and receptions to which the Ramblers contributed. Professor Theodore Karamanski served on the panel: “Charting Public History Careers: Findings from "Career Paths in Public History: A Report.” Dr. John Pincince chaired the roundtable discussion: “John F. Richards Prize Roundtable Discussion of Audrey Truschke's Culture of Encounters: Sanskrit at the Mughal Court.” As the day continued, PhD Candidate Ruby Oram served on the panel “The Making of the Graduate Working Class: Perspectives on University Activism and Responsibility” Professor Anthony Cardoza served as the commentator on the “Friends, Family, and Finance: Transnational Networks and the Shaping of an Italian Nation” session. Loyola Professor Emerita Barbara Rosenwein also commented on the “Transatlantic Loneliness: A Social, Political, and Cultural Inquiry” panel. Professor Elizabeth Shermer chaired and commented on the panel: “On the Margins in Reagan's America.” Professor Kyle Roberts participated on the session: “Digital Approaches to Book History: A Roundtable.” The busy day ended with a Public Historians Reception which was co-sponsored by Loyola’s History Department, Center for Textual Studies and Digital Humanities, the College of Arts and Sciences, the LUC University Libraries, the Chicago History Museum, and the DePaul School of Education.

On Saturday, January 5th, Professor Gema Santamaria delivered her paper “Tracing the Loyalty of Vigilantes: In the Name of Nation, Religion, and Community” as part of the “Exploring the Loyalties of Perpetrators of Violence in 20th-Century Mexico” panel. PhD Student, Nathan Ellstrand, participated on the roundtable discussion: “What Everyone Needs to Know about Central America in an Age of Deportation, Part 2: Views from the United States.” Three Loyola Undergraduates also participated in the Undergraduate Poster Session on Saturday. Norman Frazier presented his paper “Common Volk: Centuries-Old Ideals in Contemporary German Conservatism.” Mark Neuhengen presented his paper “Ottoman Influences on Jesuit-Muslim Relations in Mughal India.” Penelope Revis presented her work “History of Chicago Public Schools: 1960s Segregation, Politics, and Protests.”

On the final day of the conference, Sunday, January 6th, PhD Candidate Ruby Oram co-led a tour of Chicago’s Public Schools as Urban History.

Along with these contributions, Loyolans also turned out in large force to attend panels and gain knowledge of the field. The number of Ramblers at the conference was noted by Dr. Roberts, "I think Loyola might have been the best represented History department at the conference. Every time I turned around I saw a Loyola student or faculty member in the hallway, explaining a poster, or at a panel. It was great to see so many participating!"

Congratulations to all who presented their work, contributed to panels, commented, and chaired sessions!