Congratulations to doctoral candidate Georgia Brunner on receiving honorable mention for her paper “Chaos, Possibility, and Foreclosure for Women’s Futures in Revolutionary Rwanda” in the category of Graduate Student Paper Prize from the African Studies Association. Brunner’s scholarship examines gender and colonialism in Africa, particularly late colonialism and early postcolonialism in Rwanda. Her dissertation, “Building a Nation: Gender, Labor and the Politics of Nationalism in Colonial Rwanda, 1916-1962,” is advised by Drs. Clifton Crais and Mariana P. Candido.
Dr. Tamar Menashe, the Jay and Leslie Cohen Assistant Professor of History and Jewish Studies, has received the 2023 Preyer Award from the American Society for Legal History. Named for distinguished historian of the law of early America Kathryn T. Preyer, the award provides an honorarium and travel expenses for early career scholars to present a paper at the Society’s annual meeting. Menashe will deliver her paper, “A Person of the Imperial Supreme Court: Jewish Litigation in Speyer and the Struggle to Belong,” as a Kathryn T. Preyer Scholar at the late October 2023 meeting in Philadelphia.
History doctoral student Anjuli Webster was recently accepted to an international workshop at Brown University in June of 2023. Titled “Rivers on the Move,” the event will bring together environmental historians, hydrologists, and other historically-minded humanists and natural scientists to understand better how past and contemporary riparian change relate to social and political shifts, from economic development to legal frameworks. The workshop will result in an edited volume of interdisciplinary essays that aim to appeal to a wide range of riverine scholars and students. “Rivers on the Move” is organized by Bathsheba Demuth, Mark Healey,Giacomo Parrinello, and Larry Smith, with support from the Institute at Brown for Environment and Society, in collaboration with the project Shifting Shores, funded by an Emergence(s) grant of the City of Paris. Webster is currently conducting fieldwork for her dissertation, titled “Fluid Empires: Histories of Environment and Sovereignty in southern Africa, 1750-1900.”
Six History Honors students will present at the upcoming Undergraduate Honors Colloquium, convened by the Bill and Carol Fox Center for Humanistic Inquiry. The History majors featured and the titles of their talks are:
Scott Benigno: “Depicting Zulu: Race, Empire, and Zulu Representations in the British Metropole, 1820s-1910”
Bronwen Boyd: “Ceci n’est pas une signare: Locating Women in Nineteenth-Century Urban Coastal Senegal: Using French Representations of the Signares”
Hannah Charak: “Terror from the Top Down: Violence and Voter Suppression in the Postwar South”
Willie Lieberman: “The Mystery of England’s First Great Opera: Nahum Tate, Dido, and Womanhood”
Julien Nathan: “Who is the Nation: Democratization of Leftist Media in West Berlin”
Matthew Takavarasha: “Apostates of the Rechtsstaat: Jurisprudence between Weimar Democracy and Nazi Dictatorship”
The event will take place on Wednesday, April 6th, 2022, from 4-6pm EST in Ackerman Hall on the 3rd floor of the Carlos Museum.
Graduate student Anastasiia Strakhova will present on her research at the upcoming Brickman-Levin Symposium, organized by the Tam Institute for Jewish Studies and Laney Graduate School. Strakhova’s talk is titled “Selective Emigration: Border Control and the Jewish Escape in Late Imperial Russia, 1881-1914.” The symposium will take place via Zoom on Wednesday, April 6, at 7pm.
Assistant Professor of History Dr. Carl Suddler will host the first event in the inaugural 2021 Pellom McDaniels Sports History Lecture Series, “Bigger than Sports.” The event will include a conversation with Howard Bryant, an award-winning ESPN senior writer and author of nine books, including Full Dissidence: Notes from an Uneven Playing Field, and William C. Rhoden, an award-winning New York Times columnist, author of Forty-Million Dollar Slaves, and writer-at-large for The Undefeated. The event will take place via Zoom on February 4, 2021 at 4:30pm EST. Register here.
Dr. Adriana Chira, Assistant Professor of History, organized a roundtable for the recent virtual conference organized by the Conference on Latin American History. Titled “Freedom Before the Age of Revolution,” the conversation brought Chira into conversation with Fernanda Bretones (University of Florida), Mariana L. Dantas (Ohio University), Mary E. Hicks (Amherst College), and Alexandre Pelegrino (Vanderbilt University).
Dr. Sharon T. Strocchia, Professor of History, will present at the upcoming virtual conference “In Sickness and in Health: Pestilence, Disease, and Healing in Medieval and Early Modern Art.” Strocchia’s talk, “Picturing the Pox in Italian Popular Prints, 1550-1650,” centers on syphilis Renaissance Art. Read more below and register for the conference here.
History major Cameron Katz will present a paper at the National Undergraduate Literature Conference this March. In its 35th year, the conference will take place at Weber State University in Ogden, Utah. Katz’s paper is entitled, “‘Fear in a Handful of Dust’: Alienation in T.S. Eliot’s The Waste Land.“