GRADUATE SEMINAR OFFERINGS DEPARTMENT OF HISTORY, FALL 2013
Updated May 13, 2013
HISTORY 300A Introduction to History Methods and Research, Tuesday, 9:10-noon in Benson 200. Professor Bill Caferro.
HISTORY 303a Readings in Colonial Latin America, Wednesday, 12:10-3:00 pm, Benson 200, Professor Jane Landers
This seminar provides graduate students with an overview of the field of Colonial Latin American history through key readings that include historiographical essays and a selection of monographs and articles designed to acquaint you with the best and most recent scholarship in the field.
HIST 305 Studies in Comparative History: Imperialism and the Colonial Other, Tuesday, 12:10-3:00 pm, Furman 202. Professor Yoshi Igarashi.
This seminar is designed as an introduction to various theories about and historical studies of imperialism and (post)colonialism. Most of the readings are chosen from works that have attained canonical status not only in the field of (post)colonial studies but also in the humanities and the social sciences in general. We will examine cases in various geographical sites as well as a wide range of academic fields. The seminar’s main focus is to assist the participants in understanding the creative tension between theories and practices in recent (post)colonial studies.
HIST 343 Studies in Early Modern English History: Post Reformation Politics Circa 1520-1642, Wednesday, 6:10-9:00 pm, Benson 200. Professor Peter Lake.
The course will examine the interaction between religious change and politics in the period after the reformation. The focus will be on the Elizabethan and early Stuart periods. Emphasis will be given to questions of ‘political culture’; the ways in which the peculiar exigencies of the Elizabethan regime, in Collinson’s phrase ‘the Elizabethan exclusion crisis’, led to various experiments in the ways in which politics was conducted. Central here will be the notion of the monarchical republic of Elizabeth 1 and the politics of popularity and the various monarchical reactions thereby provoked. The doings of both catholics and puritans will be examined and a wide range of primary sources will be consulted. Various literary texts will also be used.
HISTORY 374 Studies in Recent American History: Politics and Society in Twentieth-Century America, Wednesday, 3:10-6:00 pm, Buttrick 222, Professor Gary Gerstle
This course examines new approaches to American political history from the Gilded Age to the present. It defines political history broadly to include not simply institutions of governance but also struggles among contending groups in society—rich and poor, whites and nonwhites, men and women, among them—for liberty, equality, and power. The course, in other words, is deeply informed by social history and explores works that integrate politics and society in creative and illuminating ways. The course eschews the more familiar chronological approach to twentieth-century history (decade-by-decade, war-by-war, reform movement-by-reform movement) in favor of a topical approach that permits single themes to be explored across a substantial stretch of time. Three to four weeks will be devoted to each of the following topics: capitalism labor, and reform; marriage, sexuality, and the state; civil rights as a global struggle; and civil liberties and executive power. The course begins with an examination of the social and political struggles unleashed by capitalist development during the Gilded Age and the Progressive Era and concludes with a consideration of the regimes of surveillance and incarceration that became an increasingly prominent feature of America’s political landscape during the era of the Cold War and the War on Terror.
HISTORY 383 Studies in U.S. International History: Race and the History of Capitalism, Thursday, 12:10-3:00 pm, Furman 202, Professor Peter Hudson
This course considers the relationship between the history of capitalism and the historical development of modern racial ideologies. Focusing on the transnational history of the United States, the course will examine questions including: the debate over the emergence of capitalism and the political economy of slavery; the function of race-thinking in the history of colonialism and neocolonialism; the impact of neoliberalism on the urban environment; sovereignty and the legal foundations of the racial state; corporations and the production of racial difference; and notions of development, accumulation and imperial expansion. Readings will be drawn from history, political economy, and cultural theory, with a special emphasis on the critical tradition of scholars from the African Diaspora and the Third World.
HIST 397a Third Year Dissertation Seminar, Tuesday, 4:10-6:00 p.m., Buttrick Hall 308, Professor Gary Gerstle
HIST 398 01 Dissertation Seminar, Tuesday, 4:10-6:00 p.m., Benson 200. Professor James Epstein
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WGS 301 Gender and Sexuality: Feminist Approaches, Tuesday, 3:10-6:00 p.m., Buttrick 316. Professor Katherine Crawford
Interdisciplinary introduction to the major debates, theoretical terms, and research methods in feminist, gender, sexuality, and queer studies.