WAWH 2015 Recap (with Storify!)

8 ball 3d illustration

My blogging has slowed to a crawl these days, which I regret tremendously, but the first chapter of my recently re-imagined dissertation is coming due, and I seem to have taken up residence behind the 8-Ball. I’m having much more fun than I anticipated, but I’m also writing slowly, and with far greater difficulty than I usually do. My colleagues in grad school used to resent the ease and speed with which I could churn out written work. No longer! Now that the stakes are high, the odometer is low. Such is life.

I’ve been struggling to determine how best to recap the 2015 WAWH experience, given the fact that I’m currently hoarding writing time, and have a bad case of end-of-year sloth. I can’t stress enough how good this conference was. It was my third year in a row at WAWH (for a reminder what WAWH is, check out this post), and I learned more, had more fun, and made more connections than even I thought possible. I didn’t want the event to get short shrift, but that’s pretty much all I have to offer.

Right before the conference it hit me: Storify the darned thing!! 


I’d never used Storify before, but it’s a great concept and I got the sense that it was pretty user-friendly, so why not give it a shot? It turned out to be incredibly easy to use, but the sheer magnitude of social media sources I’d acquired over two and a half days at WAWH meant I could have easily spent more time writing my “story” than I would have blogging. I had to sacrifice both quality and quantity, but the story I put together was still better than nothing.

The link I’m presenting, then, is a first draft of sorts. I say “of sorts,” because I’m not convinced I’m going to get around to writing a second draft. This first draft was crafted with the hope of capturing WAWH’s ethos; if I do write a second draft, it will delve into the nuts and bolts of the conference… tweets from panels, discussions of books presented at the reading, etc. We’ll just have to see how much stamina I have, and how difficult the dissertation-writing process decides it’s going to be.

For now, click here to enjoy the “storified” version of WAWH 2015!

“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.



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.