Graduate Courses

Fall 2016

EAS 525/HIS 520 Ancient and Medieval Japanese History This course provides an introduction to the written sources of Japanese history from 800-1600. Instruction focuses on reading and translating a variety of documentary genres, and court chronicles, although some visual sources are introduced in class as well. Each week entails the translation of several short documents. Some research resources and methods are also introduced. In addition to weekly assignments, a presentation of the final research paper is required during the final class and a 12-15 page research paper is due at the end of the semester. Instructor(s): Thomas Donald Conlan
HIS 500 Introduction to the Professional Study of History A colloquium to introduce the beginning graduate student to the great traditions in historical writing, a variety of techniques and analytical tools recently developed by historians, and the nature of history as a profession. Instructor(s): Katja Guenther, Philip Galland Nord
HIS 501 Global History (1850s - Present) This seminar offers a history of global interactions roughly since the 1850s, combining an analytical framework with an overarching narrative. It singles out geopolitics, political economy, empire, networks and exchange, warfare and welfare, and oil. Key themes include the Anglo-German antagonism, the U.S.-Japan clash, the rise and fall of global communism, the German story and the European Union, the fall and rise of China, and America's global predominance and partnerships. Instructor(s): Stephen Kotkin
HIS 516 Atlantic Slavery The institution of slavery, in various forms, affected the lives of tens of millions of people throughout the world. This graduate level readings seminar introduces both classic and innovative new scholarship, largely but not exclusively focused on the experience of slavery in the Americas from the sixteenth through nineteenth centuries, delving into specific sites to understand how this global trade worked at a local level. Indigenous slavery, imperial slavery, and other forms of bonded labor are covered. Comparative readings also introduce alternate trajectories and models of slavery in Asia, Africa, and Europe. Instructor(s): Wendy Warren
HIS 527/EAS 522 20th-Century Japanese History Readings in Japanese political, social, and economic history. Topics include transwar continuity and change, political economy, labor, gender issues, culture and state, religion, Japanese expansion and colonialism, the Allied Occupation of Japan and "social management," and transnational-historical approaches to studying Japan. Some readings in Japanese (optional for those who do not specialize in Japanese history). Instructor(s): Sheldon Marc Garon
HIS 530/EAS 520 Modern China This seminar introduces students to major historiographical and methodological issues in twentieth-century Chinese history, with emphasis on the Republican period. Topics reflect theoretical debates and empirical questions, including: nationalism and citizenship, urban life, gender and sexuality, the Communist revolution, early PRC history. Instructor(s): Janet Y. Chen
HIS 538/NES 517 Readings in the Social, Cultural, and Intellectual History of the Modern Middle East This graduate reading seminar explores scholarly themes and debates that have shaped the historiography of the modern and contemporary Middle East. Students who wish to read more widely among the secondary literature in other European as well as regional languages are encouraged to do so, in consultation with the instructor. Instructor(s): Max David Weiss
HIS 544/MED 544 Seminar in Medieval History: Rural Society This course is an investigation of rural society in northern Europe during the High Middle Ages, covering issues like land clearance, agricultural technology, labor (including serfdom), crime, agricultural crises, etc.. Instructor(s): William Chester Jordan
HIS 553/HLS 553 The Syriac Tradition The aim of this course is to introduce students to the history of the Syriac language and Syriac-speaking Christians. We focus on important individual authors, key historical moments, and significant themes and aspects of the history of Syriac-speaking Christians in the Middle East. Since Syriac-speaking churches have traditionally been classified by Western authors as "heretics" we also examine the nature of orthodoxy and heresy. Students are introduced to and trained in the use of the most important instrumenta studiorum of Syriac studies. Instructor(s): Jack Boulos Victor Tannous
HIS 554 Global History of Capitalism, c. 1850-Present This course surveys capitalism beginning. It asks students to think about comparative responses to global economic integration. Topics include: European free trade and the "opening" of Asia and Africa, the gold standard and international finance, and commodity chains. We examine the economic consequences of world war and the Great Depression, the reconstruction and the experiment in multilateralism with the Bretton Woods system and its breakdown in the 1970s and origins of recent globalization. There are three running themes: the history of commodities, the changes in global finance, and the role of institutions. Instructor(s): Jeremy Ian Adelman
HIS 556 The Russian Empire: 1672-1917 This seminar covers major topics of Russian history from the late 17th century to 1917: political cultures and the institutions of autocracy; Russia in the age of Enlightenment; Nationalism and the policy toward non-Russian nationalities; Russian Empire in comparative perspective; Church and State in Imperial Russia; Russian village before and after the emancipation of peasants; social, legal, and cultural reforms; revolutionary movement and the development of Russian political thought. Instructor(s): Ekaterina Pravilova
HIS 575 Readings in German History This course provides a comprehensive introduction to the literature and problems of German History from 1700 to the mid-20th century. Instructor(s): Yair Mintzker
HIS 576 Comparative Race/Ethnicity in the United States This course examines the historical approaches to multiracial and multiethnic interactions in the United States. By focusing on the constructions of race and ethnicity through a comparative lens, privileges and societal hierarchy becomes more pronounced and difference more nuanced. Some of the central themes of the course are identity, empire, citizenship, and migration. The majority of readings are from 1850 to the present. Instructor(s): Rosina Amelia Lozano
HIS 577/AAS 577 Readings in African American History This course is designed to introduce graduate students to the literature of African-American History, from the colonial era up to more recent times. Major themes and debates are highlighted. The course should help students to define interests within the field to pursue further study and research and also to aid preparation for examinations. Instructor(s): Tera W. Hunter
HIS 589 Readings in American History: Reconstruction to World War I A comprehensive introduction to the literature and problems of American History from the end of the Civil War through World War I. Instructor(s): Rebecca Ann Rix
HIS 735 East Central Europe in the 20th and 21st Century No description available Instructor(s): Jan T. Gross
HIS 736 Reading and Religious Revolution in Early Modern Europe No description available Instructor(s): Anthony Thomas Grafton
HIS 737 German Religion and Society, 1500-1650 No description available Instructor(s): Yair Mintzker
HIS 738 Readings in Comparative Legal History No Description Available Instructor(s): Anthony Thomas Grafton
HIS 739 Readings in Early Modern Dutch History No description available Instructor(s): Anthony Thomas Grafton
HIS 740 Readings in The Old Regime and French Revolution No Description Available Instructor(s): David A. Bell
HOS 591/HIS 591 What Is / What Was: Alterity and Alternatives Together we work to sift out and attend upon alternative ways of engaging the past, i.e., modes of historical consciousness, experience, production, and expression that are not easily assimilated to current disciplinary forms. In the process, we refine our understanding of contemporary professional historiographical norms, emphasizing their genealogy, and, where relevant, surfacing critical contingencies. Where might the practice of history go from here? Themes to be explored include: anachronism and nostalgia; historical fiction/metafiction; reenactment, personification, and embodiment; Dionysian; historiography and ritual; etc. Instructor(s): D. Graham Burnett
HOS 594/HIS 594 History of Medicine: The Cultural Politics of Medicine, Disease and Health A broad survey of major works and recent trends in the history of medicine, focusing on the cultural politics of disease and epidemics from tuberculosis to AIDS, the relationship of history of medicine to the history of the body and body parts, the politics of public health in comparative national perspective. Surveying key controversies at the intersection of biology and medicine, the intellectual and political logic of specialization in fields such as genetics, health and political activism, and the relationship of class, race, and gender to shifting notions of disease and identity. Instructor(s): Keith Andrew Wailoo
HOS 599/HIS 599 Special Topics in the History of Science, Technology, and Medicine: Risk & Fortune Notions of risk have been important to human societies for centuries. Soothsaying, insurance, medical prognostication, financial investment, and gambling all contend with (or try to contain) possible losses. Conversely, good fortune has had its talismans and theorists throughout history. How have different cultures tried to tame chance, or comprehend its whims? To what degree have the practices of commerce relied upon, or alternatively reified, risk? This seminar examines risk and fortune in arenas of human society as diverse as economics, science, religion, industry, statistics, and agriculture. Instructor(s): Angela N. H. Creager


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HOS 590: Global Psychoanalysis

This seminar explores the reception history of Freudian ideas across the globe. Considering both recent secondary and representative primary sources, it attempts not only to assess the reach of psychoanalysis in the past century and today, but also aims to probe the limits of taking a trans-national approach to medical and intellectual history.

Instructor(s): Katja Guenther

CLA 598 / MED 598 / HLS 598: Methods in Byzantine Literature and Philology

This course emphasizes proficiency in post-Classical and Medieval Greek language through close readings and translations of literature. In addition to surveying the principal genres of literature and the questions surrounding them, it also introduces Ph.D. students to the instrumenta studiorum of Late Antique and Byzantine philology, such as palaeography, codicology, text editing, databases and bibliography.

Instructor(s): Emmanuel C. Bourbouhakis