I’m helping put on the roundtable this year for the Andean Studies section of the Conference on Latin American History (CLAH). CLAH holds its yearly meeting simultaneous with the AHA. Happily, the AHA is meeting in San Diego this year, which promises much nicer climes to the normal Chicago/DC/NYC in January that I’ve come to expect.
Our idea for the roundtable this year is to hold a sort of “un-panel,” which will be dominated by discussion rather than presentation. Inspired by the success of conferences such as THATCamp, I thought it would be fun to construct a participatory panel within the midst of the AHA, and suggested that this year’s Andean Studies roundtable do just that on the topic, “The Future of the Andean Past/El futuro del pasado andino.” We’ve set up a blog on which official panel participants will publish 1500-word essays on what they see as the future of Andean History (defined broadly), and solicit any feedback in the form of comments. Then, in San Diego, we will hopefully enjoy a conversation on the future direction of Andean History on the shared basis of these prior dialogues. I really hope it works, because I’m very excited by the idea of panel discussions that break with the read-to-me-and-I’ll-try-to-squeeze-a-question-at-the-end model of most history conferences.
In the vein of gearing up for those essays, I’ve put up a poll of 16th-century Andean Historians, with Titu Cusi Yunpanqui, Juan de Betanzos, Cieza de Leon, and Sarmiento de Gamboa. Also there’s a space to suggest another name. Plan is to do this for the rest of the colonial period, the nineteenth century, and a couple for the 20th century as well.
So, go vote!