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May 17, 2018 to May 19, 2018
9:00am to 6:15pm
Royce 314
Lindsay King


Historical Epistemology:

Four Generations of Graduate Students Reflect on Their Craft


May 17 - May 19, 2018

Conference Schedule



May 17, 2018

Royce 314


9.00-9.20 Welcome Address: David Sabean, UCLA

9.20-9.40 Introductory Remarks: Simon Teuscher, University of Zurich

9.40-11.10 Panel 1: Trust, Emotion, and Creativity

Chair and Commentator: Jan Reiff, UCLA
Jesse Sadler (Independent), Trust as a Category of Analysis in Early Modern Economic Exchange

Britta McEwen (Creighton University), Emotion in Movement: Shame, Sympathy, and Single Motherhood in Vienna, 1880-1930

Ann Goldberg (University of California, Riverside), The Assembly Line and the Psychoanalyst’s Couch: Epistemology and the History of Creativity

11.10-11.40 Coffee Break

11.40-13.10 Panel 2: Experience and the Body

Chair and Commentator: Russell Jacoby, UCLA

Dana M. Polanichka (Wheaton College), “Because of my Continual Illnesses and Other Circumstances”: Sin and Illness in a Mid-Ninth-Century Carolingian Text

Robert Brain (University of British Columbia), Dominating the Body, Mastering the Past: Rudolf zur Lippe and the Epistemology of Modern History

Ritika Prasad (University of North Carolina, Charlotte), Missing Bodies? Questions about Quantification and “Experience”

13:10-14:10 Lunch Break (Royce 306 Patio)

14.10-15.40 Panel 3: Understanding Belief

Chair and Commentator: Scott Waugh, UCLA

Matthew Vester (West Virginia University), Knowing/Believing, Microanalysis, and Spatiality

Samuel Keeley (UCLA), Knowing Beliefs: Measuring the “Epistemic Concept” of Piety in Spaces of Communication

Emily Anderson (Independent Scholar), Evangelizing Socialism in Rural Japan: Imagining Utopia during the Russo-Japanese War

15.40-16.10 Coffee Break

16.10-18.00 Panel 4: Strategies of Representation and Narration

Chair and Commentator: Stefania Tutino, UCLA

Jay Goodale (Bucknell University), Strategies for Making Sense of Evidentiary Fragments and Constructing Micro-Histories

Alexandra Garbarini (Williams College), “Unprecedented”: Concepts and Narratives about Mass Violence and the Holocaust

Thomas Stock (UCLA), The Problem of Historical Conditions: Challenging Epistemological Assumptions in North Korean Studies

Jason Coy (College of Charleston), Historical Epistemology and Collective Memory: The Early Modern Witch-Hunts and Strategies of Representation



May 18, 2018

Royce 314


9.00-10.30 Panel 5: Practices and Production of Knowledge

Chair and Commentator: Andrea Goldman, UCLA

John Mangum (Houston Symphony), Beethoven’s Fifth in Contrasting Programmatic Contexts

Teresa Barnett (UCLA), Dancing about Architecture: Performing the Sensorium in Postwar Design

Kierra Crago-Schneider, (United States Holocaust Memorial Museum), Teaching the Holocaust in the Age of Contemporary Racial Violence

10.30-11.00 Coffee Break

11.00-12.50 Panel 6: Libraries and Archives

Chair and Commentator: Geoffrey Symcox, UCLA

Michael J. Sauter (Centro de Investigación y Docencia Económicas), Relocating “Global” Knowledge: Colonial Latin American Libraries and the European Spatial Imagination

Ben Marschke (Humboldt State University), Archives as "Epistemic Things." Early Modern Religious Movements as “Model Organisms.”

Roii Ball (UCLA), Inner Colonization and Settler-Colonialism: Initial Steps in Historical Epistemology

Jason Lustig (UCLA), Epistemologies of the Archive

12.50-14.30 Lunch Break (Royce 306 Patio)

14.30-16.00 Panel 7: Historical Knowledge and the Study of People

Chair and Commentator: Kathryn Norberg, UCLA

Richard Bowler (Salisbury University), Physiocratic Science and Reform in Eighteenth-Century Baden: Reconstructing the History of a Scientific Experience

Juan Garza (UCLA), Indians and Intellectuals, An Unconventional Ethnographic Event: Methods, Discourses and the Origins of Mexican Anthropology in the Nineteenth Century

Marjan Wardaki (UCLA), Circulation and Research in Transcultural Spaces: The Scientist as a Traveler, 1919-1945

16.00-16.30 Coffee Break

16.30-18.00 Panel 8: Interpreting Translation, Taste, and Obsession

Chair and Commentator: David Luebke, University of Oregon

Claire Gilbert (Saint Louis University), Inventing Translation and Translating History

Kevin Goldberg (Weber School), Epistemology in the Wine Trade

Lucia Staiano-Daniels (UCLA), What is Experience and why is Military History Obsessed with It?



May 19, 2018

Royce 314


9.00-10.30 Panel 9: The Exemplary, Singular, and Exceptional

Chair and Commentator: Peter Baldwin, UCLA

Daphne Rozenblatt (Max Planck Institute for Human Development), Symptoms Between Medical and Historical Epistemologies

Eric Hounshell (UCLA), The Singular Case

Jared McBride (UCLA), The Returns of Khaim Sygal

10.30-11.00 Coffee Break

11.00-12.30 Panel 10: Historical Epistemic Things

Chair and Commentator: Theodore Porter, UCLA

Robert Batchelor (Georgia Southern University), Ghost Shells or Sound Suits: The Tahitian Mourner and the Tungus Shaman Costumes as Epistemic Things

Amy Woodson-Boulton (Loyola Marymount University), The Idea of the Totem in the History of British Anthropology: Or, Disciplinary Development in the Age of Empire

Matt Matsuda (Rutgers University), Deep Blue Sea: Genomes and Genealogies in Oceania

12.30-13.30 Lunch Break (Royce 306 Patio)

13.30-15.20 Panel 11: Implications of the Tellings of History

Chair and Commentator: Muriel McClendon, UCLA

Adam Lawrence (Southern California Institute of Architecture), Geschichte in der Endzeit

Matthew Lauer (UCLA), The Indoctrinated, the Resigned, and the Restive: Three Archetypes of Microhistorical Narration Reflected in Korean Sources

Daniel Hurewitz (Hunter College), Visiting the Sins of the Fathers: The Ethical Implications of Historical Revelation

Claudia Verhoeven (Cornell University), The Terrible, Wonderful Roots of History 15.20-

15.50 Coffee Break

15.50-17.20 Panel 12: Histories and Critiques of Historical Epistemology

Chair and Commentator: Ivan Berend, UCLA

R. Joseph Holt (UCLA), Enlightenment Epistemology and/or Historical Epistemology: On Human Cognition in Adam Smith and Hans-Jörg Rheinberger

Jared Poley (Georgia State University), The History of Probability and the Probability of History

Lindsay Alissa King (UCLA), Fake News, Media Bias, and the Problem with Facts in the Rise of the Commercial Press

17.20-18.00 Concluding Remarks: Gadi Algazi, Tel Aviv University