The Place of LGBTQ Scholars in the Historical Profession

AHA Session 219
Saturday, January 5, 2019: 3:30 PM-5:00 PM
Williford A (Hilton Chicago, Third Floor)
Leah DeVun, Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey
Jim Downs, Connecticut College
Gregory Rosenthal, Roanoke College
Hanna Howard, North Carolina State University

Session Abstract

This panel discussion considers the place of LGBTQ scholars in the historical profession. In recent years, academic institutions and professional organizations like the AHA have made strides toward inclusivity by planning more conference panels devoted to gender and sexuality, creating more LGBTQ-focused fellowships and faculty positions, and by reviewing and improving nondiscrimination policies, but how do we assess the impact of those efforts? Does the profession provide sufficient space and support for LGBTQ students, faculty, and their work? This panel invites historians at various career stages to discuss the progress and the shortcomings of the profession’s efforts toward LGBTQ inclusivity. Panelists will discuss a range of issues of particular concern to LGBTQ faculty and graduate students, including but not limited to the challenges of specific disciplinary (or interdisciplinary) appointments, departmental and university-wide service loads, added mentoring obligations, the ways in which public engagement or activism work is weighed in hiring and tenure and promotion decisions, and the challenges of LGBTQ visibility in departments that are overwhelmingly straight, white, and cis-gendered.
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