Getting Psyched for WAWH 2015!

California State Capitol Building at Dusk

On Thursday I’m headed to Sacramento to participate in the Western Association of Women Historian’s annual conference. WAWH (pronounced “wawa”), is an awesome organization. While it’s possible to find other organizations where grad students are held in high regard, I’ve found WAWH to be uniquely interested in issues of mentorship and equity. It’s the kind of organization where senior scholars don’t just remember your name, they invite you to play poker with them after the fancy conference dinner. And then they nominate you to serve as one of the Graduate Student Representatives on the Executive Board. Which you do, happily.  

This will be my third WAWH conference in as many years, and the end of my term on the Executive Board. I suspect it will be a while before I get to attend another WAWH conference, so I’m determined to cram as much fun into this one as I possibly can.

This will be surprisingly easy to do. I can say without reservation that WAWH conferences are actually fun. The people are fun, the conversations—if often serious in nature—are fun, and, of course, the singing is fun. Yup, you read that right. This conference comes with a sing-a-long portion. Try not to be too jealous.

This is kind of what a WAWH sing along looks like... kind of.

This is kind of what a WAWH sing along looks like… kind of.

This year’s WAWH conference is being held in Sacramento. In theory this should be very exciting, because I’ve never visited Sacramento; in reality I know that it’s unlikely I’ll escape the Hilton for more than an hour or two. The good news there is it won’t be hard to find me! If you’re attending the conference and want to meet up, shoot me an email, tweet me @MyPenHistorical, or hunt me down in person!

I will be presenting a paper on Friday afternoon as part of the “Methods of Memorializing” panel. Here’s the lineup:

Methods of Memorializing: Monuments, Art, and Media

Chair: Chelsea Vaughan, University of California, Riverside

“Memorialization and History: The Monuments of Early Christian Jerusalem” Alison Turtledove, University of California, Santa Barbara

“Covering Feminism as a Less Than Newsworthy Crusade, 1968-1970” Kate L. Flach, University of California, San Diego

“Bury Me Furiously: An Analysis of Mark Lowe Fisher’s Political Funeral” Andrea Milne, University of California, Irvine

I’m really excited to see connections emerge between what, on face, seem like disparate topics. In reality, I expect our talks will fit together quite comfortably.

Now, if you’ll excuse me, I need to get back to freaking out about all the work that needs to get done before I leave town!

“The Six Million Dollar Scholar” is the personal blog of Andrea Milne, a Ph.D. candidate in modern U.S. History at the University of California, Irvine. To get the story behind the blog’s name, click here.

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