Graduate Courses

Spring 2021

EAS 527/HIS 522 Japanese Philosophy: A Modern History, 1600-1945 This seminar has two main goals. The first is to offer a survey of the philosophical production of Japan from the Tokugawa period to the end of the Second World War, with a focus on the socio-political and intellectual conditions that favored the development of sophisticated philosophical discourses, their terminology, recurring themes, and changing authorizing/legitimating strategies. The second is to investigate on the heuristic adequacy of the Western term "philosophy" to understand forms and style of speculative thinking in Japan. Instructor(s): Federico Marcon
EAS 568/HIS 568 Readings in Ancient and Medieval Japanese History This course is designed to introduce fundamental themes and debates about ancient and medieval Japanese history, and how conceptualizations of Japan have changed over time from the third century CE through 1600. Approximately two books, or a comparable number of articles, are required each week, and wherever possible, a brief passage of Japanese scholarship is presented as well. Reading knowledge of modern Japanese is desirable. Instructor(s): Thomas Donald Conlan
HIS 524 Property in Modern Times Where does property come from? Is it a right grounded in nature or a human invention? This class considers these big questions as we look at key moments in the history of property. These range from the emergence of property rights in early Modern Europe to the very modern communist project of building a society without private property. Other episodes include property rights of women, the emergence of patent rights and the protection of scientific innovations, the formation of laws on inheritance and the rise of new forms of property, such as ownership of genetic capitals, identity, or airspace. Instructor(s): Ekaterina Pravilova
HIS 542 Marx and the Marxist Method of Analysis Common statements about Marxism: economic determinism at its worst; simplistically teleological; The Communist Manifesto sums it all up. Such assessments are common not just in the public sphere but also in learned environments. Let's test them. Let's take Karl Marx seriously, reading fundamental works by him and others to understand the method and properly assess it. This course first focuses on key works by Marx, Frederick Engels, Rosa Luxemburg and V.I. Lenin. After that, we investigate how scholars in different fields of history as well as in other disciplines have used the Marxist method to explain key processes in their domains. Instructor(s): Vera Silvina Candiani
HIS 543/HLS 543 The Origins of the Middle Ages This seminar explores the transition from the late ancient to the medieval world through the lens of law and legal practice from the late Roman to the Carolingian empire. We look at how the different codifications built on earlier legal models and traditions but adopted and adapted them in their respective circumstances. We explore these processes until the ninth century when the Carolingian rulers came to rule an Empire which comprised a variety of different Roman and post Roman legal traditions and laws and were confronted with the challenge to find new ways and strategies for their coexistence, compatibility and convergence. Instructor(s): Helmut Reimitz
HIS 544/MED 544 Seminar in Medieval History: Thirteenth-Century France Reading and research seminar on thirteenth-century France. Instructor(s): William Chester Jordan
HIS 549 Enlightenment and Revolution in France: Enlightenment and Revolution in France This course intensively investigates the relationship between the Enlightenment and the French Revolution, with a strong focus on primary sources. Instructor(s): David A. Bell
HIS 550 Davis Center Seminar: 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. The seminar complements the Davis Seminar theme of 'revolutionary change,' and students are encouraged to attend the Davis Seminar weekly. 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 562 British Histories and Global Histories, c.1750-1950 This seminar explores the inter-connected histories of Britain and the British Empire from the even broader perspective of global history, and in so doing examines the rise and fall of the British nation and empire as world hegemon. Topics to be covered include industrial revolutions, citizens, subjects and constitutions, empire and race, the First and Second World Wars as imperial conflicts, and the collapse of British world power thereafter. Instructor(s): Linda Jane Colley
HIS 581 Research Seminar in American History This course is intended to guide U.S. history PhD students through the research and writing of a scholarly paper. During the semester, each student writes one article-length research paper that might serve as the basis for a later publication. Along the way we discuss the historian's craft: how to go about initial research, create an argument, and write engaging narratives. Chiefly, students work closely with each other as well as with the instructor, offering comments and suggestions from the selection of a topic to revising the final draft. Instructor(s): Sean Wilentz
HIS 590 Readings in American History: World War I to the Present Fourth in a sequence of core courses in United States history, this course is designed to provide a comprehensive introduction to the literature and problems of American history since World War I. Instructor(s): Regina Kunzel, Rosina Amelia Lozano
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 595/MOD 564/HIS 595 Introduction to Historiography of Science The seminar introduces graduate students to central problems, themes, concepts and methodologies in the history of science and neighboring fields. We explore past and recent developments including the Sociology of Scientific Knowledge, Actor-Network Theory, the study of practice and experimentation, the role of quantification, the concept of paradigms, gender, sexuality and the body, environmental history of science, the global history of science, and the role of labor and industry, amongst others. Instructor(s): Katja Guenther
HOS 599/HIS 599 Special Topics in the History of Science, Technology, and Medicine: Experiments in Early Science What counts as an experiment and how did experiment become the arbiter of scientific discovery? Certain experiments have achieved iconic status: Galileo's pendulum, Boyle's air pump, Newton's 'crucial experiments.' But what happens when we reevaluate these from the perspective of 'borderline' practices: anatomical dissections, chemical recipes, medical cases, craft techniques? We draw on ancient, medieval and early modern sources, as well as the modern historiography of experiment, to explore the challenge of observing and testing nature. As far as possible, we attempt to recreate practices in class, from glassworking to alchemy. Instructor(s): Jennifer M. Rampling


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