103U.004 Spring 2017 Witches, Demons and Sex: Popular Religion in the Early Modern Atlantic World

This seminar explores the intersect between popular culture and the institutions of repression, 1500-1800. We will be reading a variety of primary sources, articles and monographs primarily drawing from evidence in the archives of the Inquisitions of Europe and the New World. Although some readings provide examples from Europe, the bulk of our readings are concerned with the New World including case studies from Brazil, Columbia, Peru, and Mexico.

103U.003 Spring 2017 Frontier History

From Hadrian's Wall and the Roman limites, to the American West in the 19th c., to contemporary Chinese jurisdictional claims in the South China Sea, borders and frontiers are universal phenomena best understood from a broadly comparative perspective.

103U.001 Spring 2017 Comparative Genocides

This senior seminar is an introduction to the field of genocide studies from an interdisciplinary, comparative, and thematic perspective.  Its main characteristics follow.  First, this seminar will not focus on any single genocide; instead, it will try to provide a good understanding of the extreme diversity of this form of mass killing.

103U.002 Spring 2017 Law and Comparative Empire

This comparative course explores the roles that law played in the development of political communities in the ancient world, with particular focus on Rome and China.   What was the political impact of writing down laws?  In what ways did law facilitate negotiation and settling of disputes between both individuals and communities?  How did legal norms shape ideas about gender, sexuality and family?  We survey recent scholarship on law and empire, complementing these readings with careful study of ancient evidence, primarily but not exclu

39R Fall 2016 Freshman/Sophomore Seminar: The History of Heaven

Higher Learning begins with the study of heaven. Heaven provides humanity the foundation of its knowledge and political order. One simply cannot understand what knowledge is or how politics function without basic understanding of the ways of heaven. This course examines those ways. Specifically, it examines the function heaven serves in the founding of order against the void in nature through the establishment of conventional systems of time and space and the role heaven has played in the promulgation of political propaganda.

103U.002 Fall 2016 History of Women in the Ancient Mediterranean and Medieval Europe (Proseminar in Comparative History)

Ancient and medieval historians paid little attention to women. When they did, it was either to praise them lavishly or disparage them irredeemably. Since the 1970s scholars have done much to change this two-dimensional presentation through new readings of visual and textual sources as well as through innovative new theories and methods. In this class we’ll engage this rich scholarship with several objectives in mind.

103U.001 Fall 2016 Introduction to Military History (Proseminar in Comparative History)

An introduction to global military history from the late eighteenth century to the late twentieth century, with emphasis on the interplay between strategic paradigms, technology, and society. The format is a seminar: regular and active participation is required. Each student will produce a stand-alone research paper that is suitable as a thesis proposal.

280D.001 Fall 2016 Gender, Medicine & Science

This seminar comprises a selective overview of the scholarship on gender and sexuality as the subject of medical and scientific study and practice. Specifically, we will explore how physicians, sexologists, biologists, psychiatrists and other researchers have sought to explain sexual difference and sexuality in scientific terms and how these differences have in turn affected medical and scientific practices. The course emphasizes three interlocking questions: How have medical and scientific concepts of the body informed notions of masculinity and femininity?

C187 Fall 2016 The History and Practice of Human Rights

What are human rights? What institutions, norms, and practices have people used to advance them, and what have been the effects? In this course, we will examine the processes through which human rights have been conceptualized, defined, violated, and vindicated.

100U.001 Fall 2016 Special Topics in Comparative History: World War II

The Second World War was true to its name. It was not the first war fought on a world scale or to shake the established order among powerful states and their empires. Indeed the second followed the first by less than two decades and is inexplicable without reference to that conflict, including its terms of settlement. But the second, which merged two vast conflagrations in Europe and Asia, was destructive on a scale all its own.


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