In today’s episode I’m discussing my experiences attending three different virtual conference in October. I talk about online conference formats, recording and giving presentations, and interaction in online conference spaces.
I’m currently at the National Council on Public History annual meeting (yay!) and with conference season ramping up I’ve been thinking a lot about networking. In this episode I discuss networking as an introvert, conference survival tips, and small steps to building a strong network. I also chat about virtual colleagues, asking for help, and reaching out to people you don’t know.
I would love to hear about your conference plans for this year and your favourite conference tips, leave a comment or send me a message on Twitter.
The schedule looks fantastic with a great mixture of walking tours, panels, roundtables, and workshops. I’m really looking forward to learning from folks and connecting with public historians from across the United States and Canada.
I haven’t selected which panels I will be attending during the conference but there are a number of events that I will definitely be participating in either as a facilitator or as a participant. If you’re interested in connecting with me during the conference feel free to contact me before hand. Otherwise, you can look for me at the following events:
Membership Committee Twitter Chat focused on all things #npch2018. This virtual event will be held on April 3rd from 11:30-12:30 ET on twitter. Join us using the hashtag #ncph2018 to share your conference survival tips or to ask questions.
Wednesday April 18
First Time Attendee and Conference Connections Meetup (5:30-6:00pm). Great opportunity to ease into the conference if you are new!
Opening Reception (6:00-7:30 pm). There will be food!
Thursday April 19
My term on the NCPH Board doesn’t start until after the end of this year’s annual meeting, but as a learning opportunity I’ll be sitting in on the Board of Directors meeting from 8am to 1pm.
Pop-Up: What does NCPH mean to you? (3:00-3:30pm) Hosted by the membership committee, this pop-up is a great change to talk about why you love public history and where you see the public history field going in the next ten years.
Poster Session and Reception (5:00-7:00pm)
Friday April 20
Membership Committee Meeting (8:30-10:00am)
Sharing the Power: The Role of Public History in Reconciling Indigenous-Settler Narratives (10:30am-12:00pm) I’m speaking on this panel with a lot of other fantastic folks. You should come.
Public Plenary: Breaking Barriers in Public Storytelling (6:00-7:30pm)
New podcast episode! In this week’s episode I discuss effective moderation techniques and the role of a good moderator. I try to answer the questions: How do you become a moderator? What does a moderator actually do? What skills do you need to bring to the table as a moderator?
Do you have good or horrible moderation experiences to share? Leave a comment or send me a message on Twitter.
Last week I had the opportunity to attend the Canadian Historical Association (CHA) annual meeting held at Ryerson in Toronto, Ontario. This is the first time I have had been back to CHA in six or more years and I happy to say it was a worth while experience. Though I’m still a die hard NCPH fan I can see that CHA has it’s place and value, especially to those practicing history within the academy.
CHA highlights for me included:
Meeting with Active History editorial collective and discussing the future of the Active History project. The last time I saw many of the other editors was in 2015 at the Active History conference, so it was great to be able to connect in person.
The “Decolonize 1867: Stories from the People event” was a great way to start my CHA experience. The session was organized by Stacy Nantion-Knapper and Kathryn Labelle and featured Catherine Tammaro, Brittany Luby, Naomi Recollet, Helen Knott, Jessie Thistle, and Carolyn Podruchny. The session was conversational in nature and included presentations focused around visual art, poetry, and storytelling. The words of the presenters invoked discussions of land, the ongoing impacts of colonialism, and a critical look at commemoration. Helen Knott’s poem “Indigenous Diaspora: Out Of Place In Place” was a beautiful and thought provoking discussion of land, colonialism, and resilience. Similarly, Naomi Recollet’s presentation of the “Unceded” video showcased the varying views Indigenous communities have to land, legislation, and government relationships.
One of the panels I really enjoyed was the The Indian Act: A Contested Technique of Colonial Governance, 1876-Present panel. This panel featured four presenters focusing on different aspects and interpretations of the Indian Act and the Act’s impact on Indigenous communities. Many of the papers on this panel subverted the standard colonial narrative and were looking for Indigenous perspectives on the Indian Act – either through oral history, finding archival sources written by Indigenous leaders, or reading government documents against the grain. The panel featured: Chandra Murdoch, “Mobilization of and against Indian Act elections on Haudenosaunee Reserves, 1870-1924”; Anne Janhunen, “Government Responses to Indigenous Political Organizing and Legal Representation in Southern Ontario, 1903-1927”; “Genevieve R. Painter, “Cutting Costs and Constructing Canada: A History of Sex Discrimination in the Indian Act”; Jacqueline Briggs “#PolicyFail: How the Department of Indian Affairs negotiated the dissolution of the assimilation and management projects in the 1960s”
I also enjoyed the “Recovering Indigenous Law in Ore-Confederation Land Conveyances to the British Crown, 1764-1864” panel. In particular, Jeffrey Hewitt’s discussion of “Wampum as Treaty Text” and the idea of looking beyond written text for historical information was something that resonated strongly with me. Hewitt also discussed the need for settlers to develop literary beyond the written word – and the need to view wampum belts, songs, and dances as valid sources of information.
Another highlight for me was connecting with folks I only know online at CHA. It was great to see some archivists and public historians at the conference and so many inspiring women participating in the event.
Things I would like to see more of at CHA:
The roundtable format used at the social media panel and the public historians panel worked really well. The format was conversational and included ample time for discussion. I would love to see more sessions borrow from this model.
More creative based sessions such as the “Decolonize 1867” event which re-positioned historical narratives.
More community engaged scholars sharing their work – and community collaborators speaking alongside academics at CHA. Community voices have value and we need to listen. This is particularly important when talking about marginalized communities and needing to open up the space to make room for those voices.
There was one solid queer history panel but it would have been great to see more queer history throughout the program.
Next week I’ll be heading to Indianapolis for this year’s National Council on Public History conference. The agenda is filled with great sounding panels, roundtables, and workshops. I’m really looking forward to connecting with other public history professionals and digging into some public history.
I haven’t selected which panels I’ll be attending during the conference but there are a number of events that I’m helping facilitate as part of my role on the membership committee. There are also a number of broader conference events that I definitely plan on participating in. If you’re interested in connecting during the conference I will be at the following events:
Membership Committee Twitter Chat (Wednesday April 19, 11:30am-12:30pm) *Virtual – join the conversation using the #ncph2017 hashtag.
First Time Attendee and Mentoring Connection Meetup (Wednesday April 19, 5:30-6:00pm)
Opening Reception (Wednesday April 19, 6:00-8:00pm)
New Member Welcome (Thursday April 20, 7:30-8:30am)
NCPH Business Meeting (Thursday April 20, 1:00-1:30pm)
The National Council on Public History (NCPH) conference for this year is almost here. Next week I’ll be heading to Baltimore, MD for NCPH 2016. It looks like it’s going to be a great conference with a wide range of panels, walking tours, workshops, and other events. The full conference program is available on the NCPH website. I planning on taking in a variety of events including:
Wednesday March 16
8:00am-12:00pm “Daring to Speak Its Name” Workshop
5:30-6:00pm I’ll be attending the “First Time Attendee and Mentor/Mentee Pre-Reception” as a Mentor.
6:00-7:00pm Opening Reception
Thursday March 17
7:30-8:00am As part of the membership committee I’m attending the NCPH New Member welcome.
Friday March 18
10:30am-12:00pm I’ll be presenting as part of the “Finding the Embedded Archivist” panel. The panel is focusing on archival instruction, partnerships between faculty and archives, and teaching about archives in substantial ways.
1:30-3:30pm Membership Committee Meeting
6:00-7:00pm The Uprising in Focus: The Image, Experience, and History of Inequality in Baltimore public plenary.
Saturday March 19
8:00-10:00am NCPH Awards Breakfast and Presidential Address
I”ll also be attending a variety of sessions but if you’re at NCPH in Baltimore and want to connect I’ll definitely be at the above events.
I have a busy couple of weeks ahead of me with some personal and work related travel on the horizon. On the personal side I’ll be in Southern Ontario and Buffalo, New York. As usual while traveling I’ll be keeping an eye out for interesting public history initiatives.
Thursday October 1: Running a workshop on “Archives and the Truth and Reconciliation Commission” for high school and undergraduate students as part of Huron History Day.
Friday October 2: Jay Young and I will be delivering a workshop titled “Active History in the Archives.” A description of this workshop can be found in the conference program.
Saturday October 3: I am chairing the “Engaging Popular Conceptions of History” panel featuring Jason Ellis, Josh Cole, and Geoff Keelan.
Sunday October 4: I am also chairing the New Directions in Active History closing panel made up of Megan Davies, Alan Corbiere, and Hector MacKenzie.
Other than those fixed commitments I’m looking forward to connecting with the Active History editorial collective in person, taking in some of the great panels, and engaging in conversations around active history. I’m also looking forward to being back in London which I haven’t visited to since I graduated from Western.
Last year the National Council on Public History introduced the idea of topic proposals for its annual meetings. Topic Proposals allow individuals interested in submitting sessions to the conference to receive feedback on their ideas, recruit other panelists, and further develop their ideas with community input, prior to submitting their final proposals to the conference committee. The History@Work blog has written about last year’s success of the topic proposal idea.
This year the deadline for topic proposals was June 1st. A complete list of the 40 topic proposals received by NCPH can be found here. There are a lot of creative ideas and lots of people looking for feedback and potential collaborators. It’s a great way to connect with people who might have similar ideas for presenting at this year’s conference and connect with other like minded public historians.