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Enslaved database launching this year
Daryle Williams’ work on the Enslaved: Peoples of the Historic Slave Trade online database project is featured in the January 2020 issue of Smithsonian magazine. Daryle is one of the principal investigators on the project which launches this year. The project is based at the Center for Digital Humanities & Social Sciences of Michigan State University. Funding for the database was provided through a Mellon Foundation grant of $1.5 million. Enslaved will also serve as a hub for other digital projects relating to slavery such as Freedom Narratives. Read the full story here.
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Dolbilov Awarded IRSCA
Mikhail Dolbilov has received an Independent Scholarship, Research and Creativity Award (ISRCA) from the College of the Arts and Humanities.
Dolbilov's scholarship addresses Imperial Russia. His body of work has included topics such as the functioning of the tsarist state; the mentalities of tsarist state bureaucracy; imperial nationality; and tsarist confessional policies. The IRSCA grant will allow the completion of a project that uses political loyalty to explore the politics of Imperial Russia and rising nationalism in the lead up to the Russian Revolution.
Antoine Borrut has just shepherded a new issue of Al-‘Usur al-Wusta: The Journal of Middle East Medievalists (iAl-‘Usur al-Wusta means “The Middle Ages” in Arabic), a peer-reviewed and open-access journal that he has co-edited for several years, to publication. The journal has become a leading publication in the field.
The journal is very much a product of the History Department since our own freshly-minted PhD, Christiane Marie Abu Sarah, serves as managing editor. This new issue includes contributions from Janna Bianchini, Jonathan Allen, and Elizabeth Conner. Elizabeth, together with Gideon Avni and Alan Walmsley, contributed reminiscences of our late colleague Ken Holum .
Read the journal here. Download the full PDF file (376 pages) here. The full run of the journal (and as a bulletin prior to 2015) is here.
Jeffrey Herf has just published this essay on fictional narratives of the Soviet Union during the Cold War about first Israel, then later about the "euromissiles" in The American Interest. These narratives are reminders of the continuities between the Soviet Union and Putin's Russia. Read the essay here.
The American Interest also published on January 10, 2020 Herf's report on the vote at the American Historical Associations' annual business meeting to defeat two resolutions denouncing Israeli policies. Read the report here.
Herf's letter to the editors of The Washington Post about the absence of the secret ballot in the Iowa caucuses was published February 6:
"The Feb. 2 editorial “A fundamentally flawed system” rightly denounced the caucus system and called for adopting the novel idea of voting. Yes, the Iowa caucuses favor militants and others able to spend hours politicking and disfavor others who cannot do so. But the worst aspect of the Iowa caucuses, the absence of the secret ballot, was not mentioned. The secret ballot is indispensable to a free and democratic society. Without it, the worker in the same room with his or her boss and fellow workers, neighbors worried about offending neighbors, or indeed anyone who rightly fears ostracism, mere embarrassment, or perhaps losing a job for supporting the “wrong” candidate has very good reason not to participate in a caucus that forces them to reveal their sentiments. Forced public declarations of political sentiment grease the wheels of dictatorship. Iowa has billed itself as a bastion of democracy. On the contrary, the destruction of the secret ballot in the Iowa caucuses undermines what it purports to defend."
Piotr Kosicki has just published a volume of essays which he co-edited with Michael Gehler and Helmut Wohnout. The book, entitled Christian Democracy and the Fall of Communism, was published by Leuven University Press in November, 2019. Kosicki also contributed an essay and wrote the conclusion for the volume.
Marsha Rozenblitt published a book review, of Peter Appelbaum, Loyal Sons: Jews in the German Army in the Great War (London: Vallentine Mitchell, 2014) in First World War Studies 10, #1 (September 2019): 134-135.J
Julie Taddeo's review of the film Downton Abbey was published by Film & History: An Interdisciplinary Journal in the Winter 2019 issue. The full review is here.
Colleen Woods is continuing her work with the "Duty to Country" website project which tells the story of Filipino veterans of the U.S. Military in WWII and their struggle for recognition and promised benefits. The website includes an interesting video. See the website here.
Tom Zeller Zeller published a peer-reviewed paper, “Loving the Automobile to Death? Injuries, Mortality, Fear, and Automobility in West Germany and the United States, 1950-1980,” The paper draws on his research project and appeared in the journal Technikgeschichte 86 (2019): 201-226. echnikgeschichte is the oldest extant scholarly journal in the history of technology. While based in Germany, the journal publishes papers in English and German. The paper grew out of a presentation at a workshop on the historical relationships between technology and fear, held at the Max-Planck-Institute for Human Development (Berlin) in October of 2018. It is Zeller's first foray into the history of emotions.
Rick Bell appeared on CSPAN's BookTV December 14, 2019 to discuss his new book Stolen: Five Free Boys Kidnapped into Slavery and Their Astonishing Odyssey Home, (Simon & Schuster, 2019). See the video here. He appeared on WJZCBS Baltimore's "Coffee with. . ." segment on December 24, 2019. See the vidoe here. Bell was also a guest on the Historically Thinking podcast on December 30, 2019. You can listen to the episode here.
Bell has given numerous talks on the new book and has even more scheduled through the spring. He also continues to talk about the musical Hamilton and history as well as the genius of Benjamin Franklin.
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Chris Bonner joined Rick Bell in a conversation about Rick's new book Stolen on February 13 at the East City Bookshop on Capitol Hill.
Bonner's class on "Power in Antebellum Slave Societies" was aired by CSPAN on February 8. The class addresses the different ways owners and enslaved people exerted or expressed their will. I also looks at how these dynamics played out in the context of individual plantations. Bonner discusses how the invention of the cotton gin and resulting expansion of both slavery and the cotton industry impacted the relationship between owners and the enslaved.See the video here.
In January and February, Sarah Cameron gave talks on her book, The Hungry Steppe: Famine, Violence, and the Making of Soviet Kazakhstan, at the Inner Asian and Uralic National Resource Center at Indiana University and at the Davis Center for Russian and Eurasian Studies at Harvard University. Cornell University Press has announced that they will release a paperback version of the book this fall.
Julie Greene gave a talk at Towson University, "Race, Diaspora, and the Building of the Panama Canal" in November. 2019 Greene also presented a paper at the Washington DC Labor and Working-Class History Seminar, "Rethinking the Boundaries of Class: Lessons from Transnational Labor History and the Neoliberal University." This will also be Greene's Presidential Address for the Labor and Working-Class History Association, which she will present at the OAH in April.
Jeffrey Herf lectured in German about the recently published German translation of his 2016 book Undeclared Wars with Israel: East Germany and the West German Far Left, 1967-1989. The German title is: Unerklaerte Kriege gegen Israel: Die DDR und die radikale westdeutsche Linke 1967-1989 (Wallstein Verlag, 2019). The lectures were to chapters of the Young Forum of the Deutsch-Israelische Gesellschaft (Germany-Israel Society) in Berlin, January 12; Leipzig, January 15; Hamburg, January, 17; Bremen, January 19; and Frankfurt/Main, January 21; to the Federal Foundation for Coming to Terms with the Dictatorship of the Socialist Unity Party in Berlin (Bundestiftung zur Aufarbeitung der SED-Diktatur), January 13; to the Antonio-Amadeu Foundation and the Centrum Judaicum in Berlin, January 14; and to a seminar at the Department of History of the University of Bielefeld, January 16. The Zentrale für politische Bildung in Leipzig, as well as in Hamburg co-sponsored my talks there. The talk in Hamburg was also sponsored by the Hamburger Studienbibliothek. Herf was pleased to note the interest in the book and the issues it raises when the talks were scheduled at universities as was the case in Leipzig, Bielefeld, Hamburg and Frankfurt/Main.
On January 14th, the Antonio Amadeu Foundation and the Centrum Judaicum in Berlin co-sponsored a workshop devoted to discussion of four of Herf's previous works (Reactionary Modernism; Divided Memory; The Jewish Enemy; and Nazi Propaganda for the Arab World).
On January 15, Herf delivered a noon talk about his work in progress on opposition within the U.S. State Department in 1947 and 1948 to the establishment of the state of Israel to the Simon Dubnov Institute for Jewish History in Leipzig.
Herf would like to thank the Abteilung Geschichtswissenschaft at the University of Bielefeld, the Hamburger Studienbliothek, the Jung Forum of the Deutsch-Israelische Gesellschaften in Hamburg, Bremen and Frankfurt/Main and the politische Zentral fuer politische Bildung in Hamburg. All were wonderful hosts and great audiences.
On January 27, the 75th anniversary of the Liberation of Auschwitz, Herf spoke with Lily Feldman and Nathan Stolfztus at the American Institute for Contemporary Studies in Washington, DC. Here is the text of his remarks: "Auschwitz is a Warning."
Julie Taddeo was invited back by China Global Television Network to discuss the Duke and Duchess of Sussex's break with the Royal Family. See the Interview below.
Stefano Villani presented a paper: “Modes of conversions and
acculturation strategies in Early Modern Italy” at the conference Imagining the Renaissance / Defining the Jews which he co-organized with Berny Cooperman. See more about the conference on pages 13 and 14.
Jonathan Allen currently a Mellon Post-Doctoral Fellow, published an article "Sanctifying Domestic Space and Domesticating Sacred Space: Readine Ziyãra and Tasliya in the Light of the Domestic in the Early Modern World," Religions 2020 11.2 : 59. Read the open acess essay here.
Marie Ito (BA) 1977, Magna Cum Laude, Phi Beta Kappa) is currently Scholar in Residence at American University's History Department. Some of her recent publiciations are: Review of Olivetta Schena and Sergio Tognetti, eds., Commercio, finanza e guerra nella Sardegna tardomedievale, Renaissance Quarterly, Spring 2019; "Work and Workplaces," Chapter 3, A Cultural History of Work in the Medieval Age (500-1500), ed. Valerie Garver (London: Bloomsbury Academic, 2019); Orsanmichele – The Development of a Florentine Urban Space to 1337: A Neighborhood, Court System, Grain Market, and Confraternity, 2 volumes, Brill, forthcoming.
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Nicole Mahoney is currently a McNeill Center for Early Aamerican Studies Consortium Dissertation Fellow. Her project is titled: “Liberty, Gentility, and Dangerous Liaisons: French Culture and Polite Society in the Early Republic, 1775-1800.” Nicole’s dissertation argues that Francophilia, not Anglophilia, governed the origins of American social and political identity after the Revolutionary War. She argues that American leaders adopted French genteel culture and aesthetics to cast themselves as more than unsophisticated provincials. Not content to be passive consumers of British goods or former colonists on the fringes of the British Empire, ambitious Americans wielded the symbolic authority of French culture in seeking legitimation following the Revolution. Keep up with Nicole@nlmahoney14
Christiane-Marie Abu Sarah (Field: GIE/Middle East–Europe, Advisor: Peter Wien) successfully defended her PhD dissertation in October 2019, and has accepted a tenure-track Assistant Professor position at Erskine College in South Carolina for Fall 2020. She was further awarded a postdoctoral position at the Zentrum Moderner Orient in Berlin, Germany, and is currently contributing to their "Thinking through Translocal Entanglements" project as a Visiting Fellow for Spring 2020.
Evan Ash (Advisor: Saverio Giovachinni) has a number of publications: Review of Comics in Wisconsin by Paul Buhle published in The Cleveland Review of Books (Read the review here.); Review of American Splendor, forthcoming in The Metropole, Urban History Association; his paper "Combat on Crusade: Religious Moral Advocacy in Green Bay, Wisconsin, 1953-1969," was accepted for presentation at the Midwestern History Association conference in May. "COMBAT on Crusade: Religious Moral Advocacy in Green Bay, Wisconsin, 1953-1969."
The Jews in Italy during the Long Renaissance
"Imagining the Renaissance/Defining the Jews"
Jerusalem, 12-15 January 2020
On January 12–15, Bernard Cooperman and Stefano Villani helped to organize the third, and concluding, conference, in a year-long series dedicated to the history of Jews in Early Modern Italy. After successful meetings in Rome last January (devoted to the messianic movement of Sabbatai Zvi) and in College Park and Baltimore (examining State Building and Minorities) in May, the organizers worked with Israeli and Italian counterparts to sponsor a three-day international conference focused on aspects of cultural history and the interactions between majority and minority groups in the greater Mediterranean.
The conference, “Imagining the Renaissance/Defining the Jews” explored evolving scholarly understandings of this remarkable period in history and the changing sense of identity and difference implicit in various approaches. The dedication of local organizer, Professor Yaacov Mascetti, of Bar-Ilan University, was largely responsible for the smooth proceedings and arrangements at the National Library of Israel on the campus of the Hebrew University in Jerusalem. In addition to Cooperman and Villani, the Department was also represented by Phil Soergel. Helping with the organization was Gail Russell.
Over thirty papers, given by participants from ten different countries provided food for thought and lively debate. The topics of the three keynote talks provide a sense of the range of themes and the direction of recent scholarship. Nicholas Terpstra (University of Toronto) described "Finding Cracks in the Wall: Exclusion, Engagement, and Position for Early Modern History;" Filippo de Vivo (University of London, Birkbeck College) explored "Communication, circulation, construction: Old and new paradigms in the history of early modern information and ideas," and Tamar Herzog (Harvard University) considered "Religious and Civic Neophytes: Iberian Conversos from an Italian Perspective."
The conference was supported generously by grants from various units at Johns Hopkins University, by University of Maryland’s College of Arts and Humanities, the Department of History, and the Joseph and Rebecca Meyerhoff Center for Jewish Studies, by the Italian Research Program of National Interest-PRIN 2015 devoted to “The Long History of Anti-Semitism, by EMoDIR (the scholarly society devoted to the study of Religious Dissent and Radicalism), by the International Rothschild Foundation, and by the Israeli Academy of Sciences and Humanities, and the Humanities and Social Sciences Fund.
A series of three volumes are planned with proceedings from the Conferences.
Fuego y Leña // Em fogo baixo: Food, Justice, and Sovereignty in the Americas
Latin American Studies Center
Conferência Anual dos Estudantes/Annual Student Conference
Universidade de Maryland/University of Maryland
30 de abril e 1 de maio de 2020/30 April-1 May, 2020
This year, the Latin American Studies Center Student Conference brings the theme "Fuego y Leña//Slow Burn: Food Justice, and Sovereignty in the Americas." Graduate student and advanced undergraduate students from all disciplines are welcome. The conference is scheduled for April 30-May 1, 2020, on the University of Maryland campus, and will include two days of panels, a keynote panel discussion (scholars, activists, and artists), and a music-filled closing reception. We look forward to your participation and attendance.
IRA BERLIN ROOM
TALIAFERRO HALL, ROOM 2110
February 8, 2020
The Archive of Immigrant Voices, one of the signature projects of the Center for Global Migration Studies, was recently featured in an immersive art experience in Indianapolis.
Anila Quayyum Agha, an award-winning artist working in mixed media, combined a sculptural artwork with clips of oral histories created by University of Maryland undergraduate students in her This is Not a Refuge: Voices project. Agha, born in Lahore, Pakistan, creates artwork that explores global politics, cultural multiplicity, mass media, and social and gender roles.
Established by the Center in 2012, the Archive of Immigrant Voices is home to scores of interviews with recent migrants. Transcripts and audio/visual files of the interviews have been downloaded hundreds of times and used by scholars, students, and artists. This semester, students in courses taught by Anne Rush and Robert Chiles will add to the collection.
Center for Global Migration Studies
Fall 2019 Commencement
Michel Painting Dedication
Monday, February 24 we will be dedicating “Donetsk,” an oil painting by Professor Emerita Sonya Michel to hang in Key 2115. Please join us for a sherry hour at 3pm that day as we welcome this new work of art.
National History Day / Breaking Barriers in History
Every year National History Day® frames students’ research within a historical theme. The theme is chosen for the broad application to world, national, or state history and its relevance to ancient history or to the more recent past. The 2019-2020 theme is Breaking Barriers in History. To enter the National History Day Contest start by reading the Creating a Project page and contacting your State/Affiliate Coordinator to inquire about entering at the local or school level of your contest. The top two entries in each category at the Affiliate Contest level will be invited to the National Contest.
The National Contest will be held June 14-18, 2020 at the University of Maryland, College Park. To be a judge at National History Day, you can sign up here.
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