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Fall 2023 Courses

(Tentative schedule; subject to change)

Course No. & Name Professor/Lecturer Day/Time Course Description
HIST 200J: Advanced Historiography: Near East: Historiography of Modern Middle East I Prof. J. Gelvin W, 2pm-4:50pm Overview of most important trends in historiography of modern Middle East. Topics range from social and cultural history; to studies of space, gender, and narrativity; to contributions of Foucault, Gramsci, and Said. Part one of two-part study; second part not required. Only both parts fulfill Middle East field historiography requirement.
HIST C200K: Topics in Historiography: India: Subaltern, Postcolonial, and Post-Subaltern Histories of India Prof. V. Lal M, 2pm-4:50pm Study revolves around work of Ranajit Guha, Ashis Nandy, Subaltern Studies Collective, and some recent debates in Indian historiography. Though no previous knowledge of Indian history is required, students who work in Indian history area, modern Indian studies, postcolonial theory, colonialism and comparative colonial studies, and historiography are more likely to benefit from this topic. Students read intensively into work of Shahid Amin, Dipesh Chakrabarty, Partha Chatterjee, Guha, and Nandy; but also pay some attention to work of scholars such as Christopher Pinney and Balgangadharan. Study includes assessment of subaltern studies 2.0.
HIST C200Q: Topics in Historiography: Theory of History: Marx's Capital Prof. W. Marotti T, 5pm-7:50pm Examination of theorization of modernity, history, and peculiar form of social domination in Karl Marx's Capital: A Critique of Political Economy. Students read Volume I as immanent critique, examining its categorial analysis and its consequences for time, thought, gender, equality, environment, and global interrelations.
HIST 201B: Topics in History: Ancient Rome: Romans and the Sea Prof. G. Woolf M, 1pm-3:50pm Consideration of Romans' engagement with the sea, from early Republic to late antiquity. Study based on material traces of those engagements, supplemented where possible by documentary evidence. Among other topics, discussion of exploitation of marine resources; and development of maritime technologies, shipping, harbors, and other facilities. Warfare, piracy, trade, and travel are considered; as well as aquaculture and fishing. Discussion of place of the sea in Roman social imagination. Study draws on mass of new data including shipwreck evidence and key new underwater archaeology studies, and blue humanities more widely.
HIST 201E: Topics in History: Modern Europe: Globalizing Modern European History Prof. G. Penny W, 2pm-4:50pm Study asks what it means to globalize modern European history. Questions include whether it is merely effort to move beyond traditional histories of European colonialism and empire toward more inclusive history of Europe in modern world; something akin to provincializing European history; or even part of decolonization process. Perhaps it is something else altogether. Exploration of recent efforts--intentional and inadvertent--to globalize European history. Readings include histories of environment, heritage movements, indigenous studies, labor, migration, science, transport, travel, and tourism. In these studies, global trends inform local actions within national, transnational, and often transcultural contexts. Eclectic readings are meant to encourage students to rethink, or even recognize, ways in which they approach their own subjects by placing them into global comparisons and trends
HIST 201L: Topics in History: China: Economic and Social History of China, 750 to 1750 Prof. R. Von Glahn M, 2pm-4:50pm Introduction to English-language scholarship on economic and social history of late imperial China, designed for those broadly interested in Chinese history. Consideration of main interpretive narratives that have shaped Western scholarship on Chinese socioeconomic history over long term from circa 750 to circa 1750. Examination of consequences of Tang-Song transition on agriculture, demography, trade, and urban development; impact of civil service examinations on social power, family strategies for success, and emergence of gentry rule; environmental change and human ecology; changes in property rights and women's legal status; development of corporate lineage as social and economic institution; new kinship practices and their impact on village society; structure of household economy and its division of labor; and economic organization and market institutions.
HIST C201M: Research in Japanese History Prof. K. Hirano W, 3pm-5:50pm Each student writes research paper about any topic in Japanese history. Graduate students may use topic to write prospectus draft or to explore topics for dissertation thesis. Students share their writings, discuss their progress, and receive instructor feedback.
HIST C201N: Topics in History: Africa: Africa and Indian Ocean Prof. H. Wint (schedule lists as H. Frederick) Thrs, 2pm-4:50pm Fernand Braudel's claim that Mediterranean had "no unity but that created by the movement of men, the relationships they imply, and the routes they follow" has often been applied to Indian Ocean. Yet as useful as thalassological frameworks have been for interrogating boundaries of national (and nationalist) histories and of area studies, Braudel's claim may have been taken too literally: Indian Ocean has most often been written as historical space formed by movement of elite men trading commodities and commodified people. Critical examination of Indian Ocean as historical space, and oceanic regions as conceptual frameworks. Study engages feminist methodologies and theories of racial capitalism, and explores wide range of primary sources.
HIST C201P: History of Religions: Mystics, Rebels, and Messiahs in Modern Muslim World Prof. N. Green M, 2pm-4:50pm While 19th and 20th centuries are often seen as age of Islamic modernism and reform, they also witnessed rise of new mystical and messianic movements. Survey of selection of such movements that emerged from Middle East, India, and Africa; and then in some cases expanded to Europe and America. By placing these Muslim mystical and messianic movements into their sociopolitical contexts, examination of tensions between tradition, authenticity, and innovation that reshaped Islam between ages of colonization and decolonization.
*HIST 204A: Departmental Seminar: Approaches, Methods, Debates, Practices (*required for first year students) Prof. K. Terraciano T, 2pm-4:50pm Required of all first-year departmental graduate students. Introduction to range of important methodological approaches and theoretical debates about writing of history that are influential across fields, geographical contexts, and temporal periods to stimulate conversation and connection across fields, inviting students to think collectively and expansively about study and praxis of history. Introduction to sampling of scholarship produced by department faculty members with whom students may work.
HIST 213A: History of Women, Men, Sexuality Prof. K. Marino T, 1pm-3:50pm Readings include historiography and theory, as well as classic and new historical studies drawn widely from U.S., European, Latin American, Middle Eastern, and Asian history to have diversity of interests and perspectives represented and discussed.
HIST 246A: Introduction to U.S. History: Colonial Period Prof. C. Pestana W, 2pm-4:50pm Graduate survey of significant literature dealing with U.S. history from the Colonial period to the present. Each course may be taken independently for credit.