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Fall 2021 Graduate Courses

(Tentative schedule; subject to change)

Course No. & Name Professor/Lecturer Day/Time Course Description
200J - Advanced Historiography: Near East: Historiography of Modern Middle East Gelvin, J.L. W 2:00P-4:50P Introduction to most important ideas and debates in field of modern Middle Eastern history, and placement of those ideas and debates within context of Anglo-American historiographic trends, with concentration on approaches. Part one of two-part study; second part not required. Only both parts fulfill Middle East field historiography requirement.
201B -Topics in History: Ancient Rome: Romans and Their Slaves Woolf, G. M 9:00A-11:50A Enslaved persons were present in every sector and level of Roman society, from labor in mines and mills to highest levels of imperial administration. Slavery was ever-present, too, in Roman imaginary from love poetry to way that imperial subjects were described and treated. Examination of many uses to which Romans put their slaves, moral and economic dimensions of institution, and how it was represented in law and literature. Material studied is textual and archaeological, artistic and literary. Study follows tangled history of Roman slavery from its origins in regal period to late antiquity. Study looks also at Greek, Jewish, and other slave systems it absorbed. Consideration of how relations between free, freed, and slave intersected with structures of patriarchy and race. Some of most thoughtful Roman history has been written on these topics. Students report on common readings and develop individual research projects.
201I -Topics in History: Latin America: Seminar 1 Summerhill, W.R. M 3:00P-5:50P Seminar, three hours. Graduate course involving reading, lecturing, and discussion of selected topics. May be repeated for credit. When concurrently scheduled with course 191, undergraduates must obtain consent of instructor to enroll. S/U or letter grading.
C201N - Topics in History: Africa: Things in History, History of Things: New Approaches to Researching African History Lydon, G.E. R 9:00A-11:50A Salt, gold, rubber, cloth, cell phones: mere mention of any one of these goods or commodities conjures processes in world history that speak to shared human experience. Focusing on number of these things is fun and creative way to learn about African and world history. Tracing historical itineraries of certain commodities and emblematic things, and their places in history, generates fascinating questions about consumerism and evolving developments in common needs of people in Africa, around world, and across centuries. Introduction to key popular and scholarly works on history of consumerism, and trading systems in and out of Africa that supported far-flung exchanges of things. Consideration of how quest, trade, and diffusion of certain goods can explain large swaths of history. Students work on research project focused on history of one remarkable thing in African history.
C201P - Topics in History: History of Religions: Muslims, Saints, and Social History Green, N.S. M 2:00P-4:50P Stories of Muslim saints began to be written down in 11th century in what is now Iraq and Iran. In the following centuries such writings spread as far as Africa, India, Indonesia, Inner Asia, and Mediterranean. Through detailing interactions of Muslim holy men (and sometimes women) with people of all backgrounds, including non-Muslims, these hagiographical writings in such languages as Arabic, Malay, Persian, Turkish, and Swahili form some of most fascinating and diverse sources on social history in various world regions. From sultans and soldiers--to poets, tribesmen, women, villagers, poor, and members of other religions-- stories of saints allow students to access concerns, conceptions, and operations of vernacular social life in many world regions. Study uses translated texts in English to uncover beliefs and lifeways of ordinary people from Africa, Asia, and Middle East between medieval and modern periods. No Islamic history background required.
204A - Departmental Seminar: Approaches, Methods, Debates, Practices Pestana, C.G. F 2:00P-4:50P Seminar, three hours. 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. S/U or letter grading.
246A - Introduction to U.S. History: Colonial Period Yirush, C.B. W 2:00P-4:50P Seminar, three hours. 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.
282A - Seminar: Chinese History: Seminar 1 Von Glahn, R. W 2:00P-4:50P Seminar, three hours. Course 282A is requisite to 282B. In Progress grading (credit to be given only on completion of course 282B).
288A- Seminar: South Asia The Historiography and Ethnography of the Colonial State: The British in India Lal, V. W 2:00P-4:50P Though most of the primary source material will be drawn from colonial India, this advanced seminar in historiography will be of interest to students interested in colonialism more generally, in the politics of knowledge systems, and in historiography, philosophy of history, ethnography, the problems of Orientalism, and hermeneutics. Primary source material will include 17th-early 20th century histories, reports of census commissioners and committees of inquiry, works in colonial ethnography, and polemical tracts, and there will be secondary readings from Ronald Inden, Edward Said, Johannes Fabian, Walter Mignolo, Foucault, historians of the subaltern school, and so on.