Graduate Courses

Spring 2018
275B: 20th Century Europe
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John Connelly
2303 Dwinelle
Tu 2-4
Class #: 25022
275F: The Tang Dynasty

Historiographic survey of English-language scholarship on the Tang Dynasty

Nicolas Tackett
2231 Dwinelle
Th 10-12
Class #: 41966
280A: Greek Economies: The Documentary Evidence

The ancient economy is a particularly vibrant field of study within ancient history now, its dynamism and energy deriving both from methodological innovations and discoveries of new empirical evidence. Much of this new evidence has come to us in the form of inscriptions, while texts long known have been subject to significant reinterpretation in recent years. This course will accordingly introduce participants to the economic activities of the ancient Greek world through a focused study of the epigraphic evidence for them. We shall begin with a discussion of major historiographical approaches to the subject and current methodologies, and then turn to reading a sequence of epigraphic texts, from the Archaic to the early Hellenistic period, organized thematically. The epigraphic evidence will be supplemented by a reading of several ancient literary sources of particular importance to our knowledge of the Greek economy. Topics will include public economies, mining, coinage and money supply, banking and credit, trade, temples and sanctuaries as repositories and managers of wealth, island economies and piracy. Knowledge of ancient Greek is required; secondary source readings will be above all in English and French, with some material in German and Italian as student knowledge allows.

Emily Mackil
308C Doe Library
W 1-4
Class #: 25023
280B: Modern Germany

This graduate seminar will explore the history of everyday life in the 20th century German history. It will trace the origins of the history of everyday life as perspective in the 1970s and 1980s including the early debates on this approach. The seminar seeks to provide an overview of central concepts such as the history from below, social practices, the shift from “the masses” to “the many”, appropriations and Eigensinn. We will then discuss recent case studies focusing on the history of everyday life. Topics include industrial work around 1900, food riots in World War I, popular culture, political milieus in the Weimar Republic, denunciations during National Socialism, consumerism, the history of tourism and of migration after 1945, and the history of private life in the GDR and FRG. Secondary source readings will be in English and German

Isabel Richter
2231 Dwinelle
W 10-12
Class #: 32887
280B: Capitalism

This graduate seminar seeks to provide an overview of recent and established research on the history of capitalism and political economy, roughly from the 18th century to the present. Under the label of “history of capitalism,” historians have recently revisited the history of economic life in all its aspects. Often, such newer contributions are deeply informed by insights about the importance of culture, ideas, law, and social practices. Others have returned to older questions but cast answers in new ways for instance by placing capitalism and the rise of Europe and North America in a global context. Topics include early modern long-distance networks, the Industrial Revolution, capitalism and slavery, speculation, bubbles, and crises, capitalism and empire, Communist/Socialist alternatives, women, gender, and capitalism, humanitarianism and development politics, inequality, and neoliberalism. Readings necessarily includes literature on Europe (and North America) but will deliberately move beyond the ‘West.’ Along the way, the course questions whether capitalism is really a useful category of historical analysis, and what biases and limitations the to date largely Americanist lens on the ‘new history of capitalism’ entails. Students interested in taking this as a research seminar should contact me in advance.

Vanessa Ogle
Evans 65
Tu 12-2PM
Class #: 25024
280B: “Year Books” and Global Early Modern History

This course takes seriously the conceit of academic and popular historical writing that makes use of the unit of the year – annus mirabilus – as a moment or “event” of structural transformation and/or as revelatory of some grand historical process., including globalization itself. This course focuses on “year books” written about the Early Modern period, from the 15 th to the end of the 18 th century. It is organized around canonical years (eg, 1492) and unexpected ones (eg, 1668). We will use these monographs – some more scholarly than others – to reflect on event, process, and structure in a global perspective.

Peter Sahlins
3104 Dwinelle
W 2-4
Class #: 32888
280B/285B: Antisemitism: From the Age of Tacitus to the Age of Trump

Hatred of Jews and Judaism is an enduring prejudice. Its chronological limitlessness is matched by its apparent lack of geographical boundaries. We will chart that history and Jewish responses to it from the age of Tacitus to the age of Trump. Among the themes we will examine are the old forms of religious anti-Judaism, the many medieval charges brought against Jews, the iconography of antisemitism, as well as modern, racist antisemitism and the myriad conspiracy theories about Jews that still grip the fevered imagination of antisemites. Throughout the course we will pay attention to the multiple ways Jews and Judaism have been used throughout history by religious and social critics to describe their own disaffection with the age in which they lived.

  • 280B: Class #41556
  • 285B: Class #25034
John M. Efron
2303 Dwinelle
Th 10-12
280B/285B: The Christianization of Early Medieval Europe

This class will begin by focusing on four specific complexes of problems surrounding the Chrisitianization of early medieval Europe. The basic exposition of these problems should take six to eight weeks, after which we will turn to issues of more specific interest to students sparked by our discussions of these four problems. The first problem concerns Boniface’s precise role in the Christianization of continental Europe and the development of the Carolingian reform. The second examines “bracteates,” approximately 1¼ inch gold medallions from late 5th through early 7th-century southern Scandinavia (and Kent), usually depicting Odin but often depicting stories from Nordic mythology otherwise textually attested only centuries later. The third addressess the pastoral mission of bishops and priests locally in the late 8th and 9th centuries, concentrating on episcopal capitularies and Carine van Rhin’s important Shepherds of the Lord (2007). The fourth will present recent research on the sacralization of Christian space in the late 10th and early 11th centuries: that is, the bounding of cemeteries, dioceses and parishes, and the nucleation and identification of settlements around churches — a process that Michel Lauwers has called inecclesiamento (to contrast with Giovanni Tabbaco’s incastellamento). Primary source readings will be almost entirely in Latin — fairly basic Latin, but Latin nonetheless. Secondary sources will be in English, French, and German. A final paper is required, emphasizing untranslated primary sources if the class is taken as a 285, emphasizing multiple-language secondary sources if taken as a 280.

  • 280B: Class #32885
  • 285B: Class #25035
Geoffrey Koziol
2303 Dwinelle
Tu 9-12
280D: Medicine & Society
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Sandra Eder
3104 Dwinelle
Tu 10-12
Class #: 25025
280E: Latin America & The Caribbean
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Elena A. Schneider
2231 Dwinelle
W 12-2
Class #: 25027
280F: Modern India Topic
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Nicholas Dirks
2231 Dwinelle
M 2-4pm
Class #: 41968
280F: Chinese History
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Brooks Jessup
2231 Dwinelle
Th 2-4
Class #: 32340
280H/285H: Africa
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  • 280H: Class #25030 
  • 285H: Class #41217
Tabitha Kanogo
122 Wheeler
Tu 2-4
280U: Mary: A Global Icon

The objective of this graduate seminar (undergraduates are welcome) is to offer a global view of the Virgin Mary that cuts across periods and faiths as well as national and geographic divides. The first part of the seminar traces the conography and veneration of the Virgin Mary from theological and historical perspectives. The Byzantine, Western medieval, and the Islamic traditions are to be examined. The second part considers the later history of Marian images and veneration through case studies from around the world: the Black Madonna, the Virgin of Guadalupe, icons of Mary in Ethiopia, and the miraculous statue of the Virgin in the Philippines.

Diliana Angelova
2303 Dwinelle
W 9-12
Class #: 41570
280U/285U: Politics, Culture and the City at the Dawn of the Modern World

What is the relationship between the built environment of the city, the cultures of its inhabitants, and the practices of their politics? How did cities around the world become the crucible in which modern political regimes were forged? This course examines these questions through the study of the politics and cultures of the early modern city. It has two related objectives. We will study the ways in which historians have narrated the history of early modern cities; in this way, we will seek to understand differing paths to the modern world through the city as both spatial and conceptual entity. As part of this inquiry we will read a wide variety of historical studies of early modern cities around the globe, paying close attention to themes of both comparison and connection. This course will require regular weekly responses from all participants and culminate in a twenty-page final research paper on either a city or a theme of particular interest.

  • 280U: Class #25031
  • 285U: Class #32944
Abhishek Kaicker
2231 Dwinelle
Th 12-2
283: Methodology
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Ethan H. Shagan
3104 Dwinelle
M 2-5
Class #: 25032
285D: Nineteenth-Century America

This seminar will serve as a writing workshop for students engaged in independent historical research projects set in the United States (or in lands that would later fall under the sovereignty of United States) during the long nineteenth century. Research projects need not overlap in theme, focus, or approach, and we will not discuss secondary literature on the period. Instead, our group meetings and collective work will be geared entirely toward the task of helping one another produce an interesting, original, and well-written essay on a historical question of individual interest.

David Henkin
2231 Dwinelle
W 2-4
Class #: 25037
285U: European Cultural History
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Thomas W. Laqueur
2231 Dwinelle
Tu 10-12
Class #: 41571
290: Science Colloquium
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Massimo Mazzotti
470 Stephens
Th 4-6
Class #: 41572
C251: Science and Technology Studies Research Seminar

This interdisciplinary seminar is aimed at graduate students in the field of science and technology studies who are undertaking significant writing projects, such as dissertation chapters, journal articles, or conference papers. This seminar will serve two functions. First, it will act as a writing lab in which students will share their projects for discussion, critique, and feedback from the perspective of science and technology studies literature as well as students’ home
disciplines. Second, it will help develop students’ professional skills, particularly the ability to speak across academic disciplines about one’s areas of expertise. Above all, the seminar will be grounded in a collaborative learning community where students will share their knowledge, ideas, and tips with each other in a highly interdisciplinary, constructive environment.

This is one of the two required courses for the designated emphasis in STS, and these students are given enrollment priority. However, graduate students are welcomed from any discipline in the humanities, the social sciences, engineering, the natural and physical sciences, and professional schools across campus, even if they are not in the designated emphasis, subject to the availability of space in the class. Ideally students will have passed their PhD examinations and
advanced to candidacy.

Morgan G. Ames
2303 Dwinelle
M 12-2
Class #: 25021