Student Groups and Workshops

American Political Economy/History of Capitalism Working Group | Berkeley Digital Humanities Working GroupBerkeley Japan Studies Working GroupBerkeley Urban History Working Group | Der Kreis | Environmental Science and History Working Group | History Graduate Student Pedagogy Group (HGSPG) | Intellectual History and Theory

American Political Economy/History of Capitalism Working Group

Description:
The interdisciplinary group reads classic and contemporary works in the field as well as reads and critiques the dissertation chapters of its members.

Contact:
Daniel Robert  (daniel.m.robert@berkeley.edu)

Berkeley Digital Humanities Working Group

Description:
When it was formed in 2011, the Berkeley Digital Humanities Working Group provided a key institutional space for Digital Humanities on campus.  Since then, the Social Sciences D-Lab and the DH at Berkeley Program have emerged as institutional centers of Digital Humanities training and project development, and members of the DH Working Group have been involved in the development of both.  Today, the Working Group exists as an important link among those and other units and departments on campus, with the goal of supporting Digital Humanities research, at all levels and broadly defined.  Membership tends to consist of junior faculty, graduate students, librarians, and staff from a number of disciplinary backgrounds, and meetings focus on sharing research (at all stages), discussing new technologies, and planning DH-related events.  To be informed of upcoming meetings and events, please sign up for the mailing list (digital-humanities@lists.berkeley.edu) and look for announcements on Twitter: @dhberkeley.  

Contact:
Scott McGinnis (spmcginnis@berkeley.edu)

Berkeley Japan Studies Working Group

Description:
Sponsored by the Townsend Center for the Humanities, with additional support from the Center for Japanese Studies, offers UC Berkeley graduate students an ongoing forum for intellectual exchange and collaboration centered on the study of Japan, past and present. Through discussion, close reading of texts, student presentations, and the coordination of presentations by outside scholars, this working group explores key themes and concerns in Japan-focused scholarship. In its inaugural year, the Berkeley Japan Studies working group invites graduate students to consider any aspect of science and technology (and their concomitant epistemologies, ontologies, practices, politics, histories, and ideologies) in relationship to Japanese society. In particular, we aim to consider the emergence and application of the concept of techno-orientalism in relationship to Japan.

Schedule:
Friday, August 28th 2015, 4:30pm in the IEAS conference room (5th floor of 1995 University Avenue, at intersection of Milvia St and University Ave)
Friday, September 11th, 2015, 5pm in the IEAS conference room
Friday, September 18th, 2015, 4pm in Doe Library, room 180
Friday, October 2nd, 2015, 5pm in the IEAS conference room
Thursday, October 15th, 2015, 4:30pm, Dwinelle room 3335: Robert Stolz talk 
Friday, November 6th, 2015, 5pm, IEAS conference room
Friday, November 20th, 2015, 5pm (location TBD)
Friday, December 4th, 2015, 5pm, IEAS conference room

Contact:
Justus Watt  (justusw@berkeley.edu)

Websites: 
http://townsendcenter.berkeley.edu/programs/working-group/japan-studies-... and http://www.berkeleyjapanstudies.org/

Berkeley Urban History Working Group

Description:
The Berkeley Urban History Working Group convenes scholars from History, Rhetoric, Geography, and Architecture to study the city across time and space. By gathering scholars with a common interest in the city, we hope to identify and begin to address the big questions and problems that transcend the constraints of discipline, time period, or geography. While our expertise is broad, our concerns are sharply focused. The working group will commit itself to framing and responding to a few questions common to urbanists and their sites of inquiry.

Schedule:
Wednesdays from 2-3pm in Dwinelle 1229 on the following dates: September 16th - September 30th - October 14th - October 28th - November 18th - December 2nd

Contact:
Katherine Zubovich and Erica Lee (keady@berkeley.edu and ericalee@berkeley.edu)

Website:
http://townsendcenter.berkeley.edu/programs/working-group/urban-history-working-group-

Der Kreis

Description:
Der Kreis aims to bring together an interdisciplinary community of scholars interested in German history of the nineteenth and twentieth centuries. The groups intends to provide a forum for both students and faculty to engage with trends in current historiography as well as to present their own research.

Schedule:
Every other Wednesday from 6:00 to 8:00pm in 201 Moses

Contact:
Elena Kempf (elenakempf@berkeley.edu)

Website:
derkreis.moonfruit.com/

Environmental Science and History Working Group

Description:
The Environmental Science and History Working Group brings together scholars broadly interested in environmental history, and the development of environmental science and policy. Our research interests span a broad range of disciplines, methodologies, and historical periods. The working group meets several times per month to share and discuss writing in progress, review new published works in environmental history and related disciplines, and discuss classic texts. Members are encouraged to workshop their projects and propose readings, as the goal of the working group is to create a community of scholars.

Schedule:
Every other Wednesday at 3pm in Stephens Hall 470

Contact:
Bathsheba Dem
uth and Sophie Fitzmaurice (bathsheba.demuth@berkeley.edu and sophie.fitzmaurice@berkeley.edu). Join the mailing list herehttps://calmail.berkeley.edu/manage/list/listinfo/environmental_science_and_history@lists.berkeley.edu

Website:
http://cstms.berkeley.edu/working-groups/environmental-science-history-working-group/  or http://townsendcenter.berkeley.edu/programs/working-group/environmental-science-history

History Graduate Student Pedagogy Group (HGSPG)

Description:
This group is for graduate students who are passionate about how history is taught at the undergraduate level. HGSPG’s regular meetings and workshops have two goals: to share and develop best practices in teaching, and to cultivate our professionalization as teachers. HGSPG also maintains an online forum where members can access and share teaching resources, including sample lesson plans, statements of teaching philosophy, and articles on history pedagogy. We encourage participation by students at all levels, from novice Graduate Student Instructors to experienced graduate students entering the job market.

Schedule:
Wednesday, September 16th in 3401 Dwinelle; early December (date/time TBD)

Contact:
Natalie Mendoza 
and Sarah Gold McBride (mendozan21@gmail.com and sarahgoldmcbride@berkeley.edu

Intellectual History and Theory

Description:
The Intellectual History and Theory Working Group is a platform for scholarly exchange in the subjects and methods of intellectual history. It brings together a community of students and faculty interested generally in the study of ideas, intellectuals, and intellectual patterns over time. Our group engages current scholarship by hosting lectures that feature the latest research of local and visiting faculty members; workshopping dissertation chapters, book chapters, and articles in progress; and discussing recently published books and articles by leading scholars of intellectual history. It is our aim to further discussions on contemporary historiographical trends and the philosophy of history. 

Schedule:
Wednesday, September 9: 4-6PM in 3401 Dwinelle; Mark Bevir, “On Meaning” from The Logic of the History of Ideas (1999) and “The Logic of the History of Ideas—Then and Now” (2011)
Wednesday, September 23; 6-8PM; Readings TBA
Tuesday, October 27; 4-6PM in 3335; “The Biopolitics of Dignity” Camille Robcis, Cornell University (History Department Colloquium)
Wednesday, October 28; 6-8PM Camille Robcis, Cornell University Chapter workshop and discussion with IHT
Wednesday, November 4; 6-8PM Graduate Student Workshop: Sheer Ganor, “Hannah Arendt and the Appeal of Jewish Combativeness”
Wednesday, November 18; 6-8PM “The Arriving World: Derrida on The Inhuman Otherness of Time as Real Messianic Hope” Discussion with Pheng Cheah
Wednesday, December 2; 4-6PM Discussion with Martin Jay
Wednesday, December 16; 6-8PM; Discussion with Kerwin Klein

Contact:
Gloria Yu (gloria.yu@berkeley.edu )

Last updated 27 October 2015