Workshop in Cultural History

History 280U/285U

Fall 2011
Day & Time: 
W 9-12P

This seminar will allow students from to pursue any research topic that engages methodological and theoretical problems that we all encounter in the practice of writing cultural history broadly conceived. It will begin with several weeks of common readings. We then move into workshop mode. I offer step-by- step guidance through the process of identifying, researching, and presenting a manageable research project. The aim is to produce the kernel of a publishable paper and the seminar will constitute itself as a editorial collective that will read rough drafts and suggest revisions aimed at making the paper acceptable to our imaginary "journal." For those topics on which I can offer no expertise we will rely, as I have in the past in my 285s, on the expertise of colleagues in this and other departments. Given my own research interests I invite especially topics that examine (a) the history of humanitarianism and the ethical subject (b) histories of the institutional and structural infrastructure for the making, transformation, and exchange of knowledge, the arts, technology, or ethical norms-- printing and publishing; education; translation; travel; museums and concert halls; law and intellectual property, for example, and (c) histories of death and memory histories. That said, all topics are welcome. Small grants-in-aid for research material will be available as needed.


280.002 CCN 39785 285.002 CCN 39833