Graduate Courses

Fall 2022

CLA 547/PAW 503/HLS 547/HIS 557 Problems in Ancient History: Obedience: Actualities, Limits, Alternatives In this seminar we analyze social compliance and the willingness to accept regulation or instruction, delivered person to person or by systemic prescription. We investigate what the consequences of the various results of such assessment may be for our understanding of social cohesion (or its weaknesses) and political stability (or lack thereof). How 'biddable' were the millions of inhabitants of 'the ancient world'? And how much did the level of their consent to direction by others matter for the purposes of community solidarity and continuity? Instructor(s): Marc Domingo Gygax
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): He Bian, Matthew Jason Karp
HIS 502 The Historian, the Informer and the Spy: Archives, Methods, Sources, Problems What is the relationship between the historian and her sources? What methodologies govern a historian's engagement with informers and spies? Can historians write about authoritarian pasts without developing some kind of relationship with the informers, spies and the secret police whose very existence defines the nature of these pasts? Using these questions as its rationale, this class will examine the place of the archive (broadly defined) in the work of the historian. Instructor(s): Jacob S. Dlamini
HIS 504/LAS 524 Colonial Latin America to 1810 We cover the history, historiography and theory of Latin America's early modernity. Canonical works are compared to recent literature in economic, social, political, environmental, and cultural history. Key questions: Why and how do historiographical modes change? Is colonization a class, national, or ethnic phenomenon? Why does Spanish colonization in the Americas differ from French, English, and Portuguese? Why did the peasantry survive in Latin America and not elsewhere in the continent? Was race structuring? How did Latin America become capitalist? Welcome, students of early modernity, empires, the Americas, global history, and pedagogy. Instructor(s): Vera Silvina Candiani
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 issues and methodological issues in China's twentieth-century history. The content is divided evenly between the Republic period and PRC history, with occasional forays back to the Qing dynasty. Topics reflect theoretical debates and empirical questions, including: nationalism, civil society, urban life, gender and sexuality, war and revolution, science, law. Instructor(s): Janet Y. Chen
HIS 533/EAS 523 Research in Modern Chinese History During the semester, students design an original project and develop a research agenda while pursuing one of two trajectories: 1) Produce a research paper that can become the basis for a published scholarly article or 2) Draft a prospectus for dissertation research. In close consultation with the instructor, students work with each other on different aspects of the research and writing process, including historiographical interventions, source selection, problems of interpretation, narrative, and argumentation. Instructor(s): Janet Y. Chen
HIS 537 Islam Across the Indian Ocean This seminar will consider Islam and mobility across the Indian Ocean, discussing ways that Southeast Asians, Africans, and Indians have created their distinct communities while nonetheless declaring themselves to be of one discrete entity: the Umma. Alongside discussions of knowledge creation, orientalism and nationalism, the seminar will also explore issues relating to global projects for religious and political reform, using Indonesia as a primary example. Instructor(s): Michael F. Laffan
HIS 540/HLS 545/NES 548 Themes in World History, 1300-1850: Ottoman History This course introduces students to the historiography of the Ottoman Empire. Instructor(s): Molly Greene
HIS 543/HLS 543 The Origins of the Middle Ages The seminar explores the cultural history of Europe from the 9th to the 12th c. and the emergence of a cultural convergence that allowed to imagine the Latin West as the Latin West. Our window into this process is the codification of various subjects in books and libraries and in the collection, arrangement and transmission of history books, legal handbooks, patristic, hagiographical or liturgical collections. In so doing the course introduces students to paleography, codicology, basic techniques of editing texts and the study of Latin manuscripts, scriptoria and libraries. Instructor(s): Helmut Reimitz
HIS 550 Topics in Historical Studies: The Theory and Practice of Revolution The seminar looks at the way political revolutions have been defined and understood throughout modern history, surveys major theories of revolution, examines key elements of revolutions such as violence and the transformation of social structure, and takes an in-depth look at two case studies: the French and Haitian Revolutions. Instructor(s): David A. Bell
HIS 552 International Financial History The course examines financial innovation and its consequences from the early modern period to present: it examines the evolution of trading practices, bills of exchange, government bonds, equities, banking activity, derivatives markets, securitization. How do these evolve in particular state or national settings, how are the practices regulated, how do they relate to broader processes of economic development and to state formation? What happens as financial instruments are traded across state boundaries, and how does an international financial order evolve? What are the effects of international capital mobility? Instructor(s): Harold James
HIS 560 After Empire This graduate seminar explores the postcolonial world in the aftermath of World War II, a period convulsed by the aftereffects of wartime upheavals, nationalist insurgencies, imperial retreat, and the onset of the Cold War. Focusing on the period from the end of World War II to Bandung and treating it as a distinct and bounded historical conjuncture, we examine decolonization as a global phenomenon, caught between the no longer and not yet, and sparking changes in imperial and anticolonial projects. Instructor(s): Gyan Prakash
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 and beyond. Instructor(s): Yair Mintzker
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 579 Readings in Carceral History The rise of the carceral state is one of the more striking features of U.S. contemporary society and increasingly in the world. This course examines the history of incarceration/imprisonment around the globe. It begins with recent studies of ancient and medieval imprisonment, and then examines the rise of the penitentiary in the late eighteenth-century, incarceration's relationship to slavery, and the emergence of mass incarceration. Instructor(s): Wendy Warren
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): Margot Canaday, Alison Ellen Isenberg
HIS 755 Late Medieval/Early Modern Intellectual No Description Available Instructor(s): Anthony Thomas Grafton
HIS 756 Medieval Urban and Institutional History No description available Instructor(s): William Chester Jordan
HOS 599A/HIS 599A Special Topics in the History of Science, Technology, & Medicine: Collecting Natures This seminar explores the changing intellectual grounds on which ideas about natural environments were forged, from the 18th century to the present day. The readings interweave accounts of how some places were deemed "natural" and came to be objects of scientific study and political concern together with attention to landscapes as places of refuge and a basis for social transformation. The aim of the seminar is to introduce a series of conceptual tools for analyzing these meanings, across a range of times and places - after all, the meanings cultures invest in ideas like natural, global, or environmentalism are far from stable or singular. Instructor(s): Erika Lorraine Milam
NES 547/HIS 546 Introduction to Arabic Documents An introduction to hands-on work with medieval Arabic documentary sources in their original manuscript form. Between 100,000 and 200,000 such documents have survived, making this an exciting new area of research with plenty of discoveries still to be made. Students learn how to handle the existing repertory of editions, documentary hands, Middle Arabic, transcription, digital resources and original manuscripts. The syllabus varies according to the interests of the students and the instructor. Experience reading Arabic is required; experience reading manuscripts is not. Instructor(s): Marina Rustow


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