The Association for
History and Computing
|an organisation dedicated to the use of computers in historical research
The workshops of the AHC
Like many other smaller academic associations of
self-organized interest groups, the international Association for History and Computing is
organizing regular, more precisely: annual, international conferences, which attempt to
bring the membership together and to produce for a for a wide, open minded and unbiased
discussion of the area of interest for the association, i.e. History and Computing in
general. The chosen field of the association, however, is currently in such a stormy
development, that isolated annual meetings would be in danger to miss part of the ongoing
The international Association for History and Computing has,
therefore, established a program of workshops, which shall lend permanence and flexibility
to the intellectual efforts supported by the association. As a rule such workshops:
- Will be announced at the Annual General Meeting of the AHC,
when a member of the association notifies his or her intention to become a con ven or of
such a workshop to one of the officers of the association, who in due course contacts the
president of the association, who is to announce such an intention during his report on
next year's programme.
- Between any two annual conferences, a workshop may:
- Be "active". Such workshops are expected to produce
volumes of c.100 printed pages in a conference of two days or more as material for
discussion at the next annual international conference. Preparation of such a volume
automatically guarantees the right (and the duty) for the convenor to organize a full 90
minutes session at the next annual conference, reporting on the work of the workshop.
- Be "corresponding". Such workshops are expected to
organize academic discussion of their topic during the year between two annual
conferences. At the annual conference they are expected to produce a 45 minute
presentation, by at least two speakers of two different countries, covering the
international development of their subject during the preceding year.
- Be "dormant". A workshop can remain dormant for only
one year. As such it is expected to contribute nothing to the annual conferences, but will
still be announced to be in existence to the membership.
- If a workshop has produced no tangible results for two
successive years, it will be declared to be "disbanded" during the annual
general meetings. It is assumed that convenors of disbanded workshops show specific
reasons, why they should be entrusted with the organization of another workshop.
- If a workshop has been "active" for at least one
year, the convenor may ask the officers of the international association to recognize it
as having "fulfilled" its targets. Members active in a workshop having fulfilled
its targets, will usually be acknowledged for their activities by a vote of thanks by the
annual general meeting.
- As a rule, the meeting of a workshop should have not less than
six and not more than twelve participants. Rules are there to be broken: it is expected,
however, that the convenor justifies such a neglect of rules while reporting to the annual
- As a rule, not more than 40 % of the participants may come
from a single national or regional association; it is expected that a neglect of this
specific rule is justified in writing to the officers of the international association at
least one month before the international conference starts, at which such a workshop
- Convenors are expected to support members of the workshop in
participating in the actual meeting, which is supposed to prepare the volume to be
submitted to the annual conference. Usually it is assumed, however, that individual
participants will find ways and means to contribute to their participation. "Local
Hospitality", i.e., roughly covering the cost of local accomodation and possibly
local meals, has generally been considered to be sufficient, however.
- Convenors of recognized workshops will be expected to inform
the organizers of the annual international conference at least four months before the
start of the international conference, whether they will be active (i.e. organizing a full
90-minute session), corresponding (i.e. organizing a 45-minute session) or dormant during
the year preceding the conference. Conference organizers are required to provide
time-slots for activities announced properly in this way.
- Convenors of workshops will generally consider members of the
Association as participants in workshops: their primary duty, however, is to present a
true picture of the current state of the art or discussion in a specific field; not to
focus on placating individual members and their opinions. Reports prepared for the benefit
of the membership by non-members are, therefore, accepable.
- The officers of the international Association for History and
Computing, represented in this case by the President of the Association, are required to
make any reasonable effort to ensure that the proceedings of active workshops are being
made available to the membership at the annual conference.
- The President is expected to find an arrangement with the
organizers of the annual conference to include at least the first volumes to be submitted
in this way into the conference materials prepared for each fully paying participant of
the annual international conference. How many volumes are made available, depends on the
conference fee proposed by the organizers.
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