The 2021 AASLH Online Conference will be held October 12-15 and registration is now open. While the Online Conference shares the theme Doing History/Doing Justice with the Little Rock meeting and is designed to be an inspirational and informative experience, it has a completely different lineup of sessions, both live and pre-recorded. The AASLH Online Conference offers flexibility and accessibility for your conference experience. With twelve pre-recorded sessions, you can review presentations on your schedule, then join live discussion groups for Q&A with speakers and other attendees. Our live interactive sessions allow speakers to share their stories, strategies, and expertise while connecting participants to each other. Pricing also makes this experience more accessible than ever before: $55 for members, $75 for nonmembers, and free access to three general sessions. You can find the full schedule here, and we’d like to share a few of the events we’re most looking forward to below.
Oct. 12: Session: Institutional Genealogy: The Role of Knowing Our Past in the Pursuit of Equity
This session guides participants through interactive peer-to-peer facilitated conversations about what it means when our organizational pasts intersect with systems of injustice and oppression. This session focuses on identifying lessons from the past and using them to build confidence in our home organization’s role in a more just future.
Oct. 13: General Session: Doing History, Doing Democracy
As history organizations work to be relevant, effective civic engagement is essential. As we do this work more deliberately, it makes sense to understand the landscape and to collaborate with others supporting the democratic project in our own country and abroad. This session will highlight current partnerships and prompt participants to identify their own strategies for engagement.
Oct. 14: General Session: From the Ground Up: Land and History
The historical importance of land to our communities is an essential element of many environmental organizations’ rationale for protecting it. This session explores our relationship to land, our perception of what it means to inhabit—or “own”—it, and how it has shaped people’s lives, past, and present.
Oct. 15: Session: Recovering Lost Communities: The Potential of Digital History
Presenters will demonstrate and discuss recently developed web environments for exploring local history by applying them to an understanding of communities that were lost to urban development, industrialization, or neglect.