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Fall 2019, Graduate Courses

Updated February 6, 2019. If you see any discrepancies between times listed below and the YES schedule please notify Susan Hilderbrand. The YES schedule is always correct.

If you would like additional information on the following courses, please contact the instructor by clicking the email link beside their name.

HISTORY 6100 Introduction to Historical Methods and Research, Thursday, 9:10-noon, Benson 200. Professor Moses Ochonu

This course examines major trends in historical writing, from ancient to recent times. It seeks to introduce students to the "historian's task" and the various ways scholars/writers have approached it.

HISTORY 6510 Readings in Modern Latin American History: New Political History. Tuesday, 12:10 – 3:00 pm, room TBA. Professor Celso Castilho.

This is a readings seminar designed to introduce students to the scholarly literature on the “new political history” of Latin America. Drawing on scholarship produced both in Latin America and the US, and thus in English, Spanish, and Portuguese, we will reckon with the historiographical questions and current geopolitical developments that are animating this broader rethinking of the histories of citizenship, state-formation, and public spheres. Additionally, we will focus on how the process of reconceptualizing the political arena has in turn also yielded new insights into cultural, intellectual, and economic history. We will read broadly across the region, with an emphasis on the long nineteenth century (1780s-1930s).

HISTORY 8050 Studies in Comparative History: European Seminar - History from the Margins. Tuesday, 9:10 am – 12:00 noon, Benson 200. Professors Emily Greble and Ari Joskowicz

This seminar will explore how historians working on marginalized groups and regions make broader arguments about society and politics. We will consider how scholars challenge and rethink historical narratives by beginning from the perspectives of marginal communities, by analyzing peripheral regions, and by integrating sources created from the margins of society. The course will interrogate how such approaches establish new conceptual frameworks, methodologies, and questions.  Although the majority of the texts will come from cultural theorists and historians of Europe (broadly-defined), the methods and the problems we address are common to non-European historiographies as well, and graduate students in all areas are welcome.

HISTORY 8100 Studies in the History of Medicine, Science, and Technology: Bodies in Global Perspectives. Wednesday, 3:10 – 6:00 pm, room TBA. Professor Ruth Rogaski.

Consideration of materiality and experience of bodies from ancient worlds to the twentieth century. Examples drawn from scholarship on the US, Asia, Europe, Africa, and the Atlantic World. Themes considered include perspectives on anatomy, physiology, pain, the senses, chronic illness, and healing. Discussion of the challenges of doing “embodied” histories in multiple subfields.
Readings: Shigehisa Kuriyama, The Expressiveness of the Body and the Divergence of Greek and Chinese Medicine; Jonathan Sawday, The Body Emblazoned: Dissection and the Human Body in Renaissance Culture; Dorothy Ko, Cinderella’s Sisters: A Revisionist History of Footbinding; Keith Wailoo, Pain: A Political History; Pablo Gomez, The Experiential Caribbean; Mary Felstiner, Out of Joint. A Private & Public Story of Arthritis; Caroline Jan Acker, Creating the American Junkie. Addiction Research in the Classic Era of Narcotic Control.

HISTORY 8200 Third Year Dissertation Seminar, Tuesday, 3:10 – 6:00 pm, Benson 200. Professor Celia Applegate.

Note that this course meets intensively during May 2019 and then on Tuesday evenings August - October up to VU Fall break.

HISTORY 8350 Studies in Early Modern English History: The Post Reformation condition, Tuesday, 6:10 – 9:00 pm, Benson 200. Professor Peter Lake.

The course will concern itself with the social cultural, political and religious impact of the reformation in England, ending with a consideration of the English revolution as England's second reformation. While organized around a political narrative, the course will concern itself with central themes in the socio-cultural, and religio-political landscape of post reformation England. Canticle topics will be cheap print and providentialism; social relations and the reformation of manners; iconoclasm and iconophobia; the emergence of religious pluralism; martyrdom and the good death; the emergence of various religious stereotypes and labels -- puritan, papist, church papist. 

HISTORY 8640 Readings in Global History: Pre-Modern Economic History in Global Perspective (600-1600 CE), Wednesday, 12:10-3:00 pm, Benson 200. Professor William Caferro.

The course examines premodern economic history with emphasis on situating Europe in a larger global context. Topics include the rise of commerce, the so-called “commercial” and “agricultural” revolutions; the development of trade networks; “world systems” and premodern “capitalist” activities. 

HISTORY 8750 Studies in American History. Monday, 12:10 – 3:00 pm, Benson 200. Professor Sarah Igo.

This seminar explores the enterprise of cultural and intellectual history: What roles do ideas play in history, and with what consequence?  Are texts always bound to their social contexts, or might they escape them?  Can one measure intellectual influence, or extract precise meanings from cultural discourses?  And how should the historian go about discerning the felt experience, cultural sensibilities, and world views of those in the past?  Throughout, we will ask what difference formal ideas and more diffuse sorts of knowing make to the study of politics, economics, law, social movements, diplomacy, and everyday life.  Although the course will for the most part rely on American examples, it will deal in theoretical and historiographical concerns, and students working in all fields are welcome.