Spring Semester 2011

Graduate Course Descriptions

History 60993
The Global Environment: Capitalism, Marxism, Fascism and Nature
MW 11:45 – 1:00
Course Reference Number: 29338

The global climate crisis is upon us, leading historians to ask how did we got to this point and what tools historical knowledge might provide for finding our way in the future. This course considers, first, the nature of “climate collapse” (as some term it) on a global scale. We then turn to the issue of what values and what modes of production and consumption have caused this dramatic transformation of our planet. Looking particularly to political and economic analyses of global history, we trace the effects of modern industrial development and colonialism. Food, water, and other basics of life are all at stake. Finally, we discuss possible responses to this crisis looking to a number of intellectual genealogies from left to right. The resources for the course will consist both of readings and films

History 83005
Research, Writing, Publishing
W 9:35 – 12:05
Course Reference Number: 24284

In this seminar students will focus on improving three skills that are crucial for professional historians: research, writing, and publishing. In consultation with a faculty adviser, each participant will research and write a publication-quality seminar paper. The analysis of exemplary works in diverse genres and collaborative peer review will inform those projects. This course is required for all first year students in the History PhD program.

History 83601
Europe and America through the 17th C.
T 3:30 – 6:00
Course Reference Number: 28175

This course provides an introduction to the history of the Americas during the age of European expansion. It focuses on topics in the history of Europe that bear upon colonization and it explores the intertwined histories of the three continents. Topics in continental European history during the Early Modern period provide the social, cultural, and ideological foundation for comparative views of religion, science, gender, race, and politics. Spanish, French, and English
(some semesters Portuguese) perspectives intersect with those of African and North and South American peoples.

History 83976
History of Science, Technology, and Medicine since 1750
W 3:00 – 5:30
Course Reference Number: 26127

This course examines the history of science since 1750, with a secondary emphasis on technology and medicine. The course will begin by reviewing the several distinct social contexts of late 18th century science, including its relations to technology and medicine. It will then trace the emergence of academic (or more properly, university-based) science, sanctioned by the state and characterized by the emergence of distinct professions, disciplines and/or ways of knowing in the 19th century. The second half of the course will be devoted to tracing these themes in the 20th century, giving particular attention to both theoretical transformations and to the relationships between scientific disciplines, between science and the state, and between science and industrial capitalism. Assignments include review essays and a final exam. Graduate standing or permission of instructor required.This course will introduce students to nationalism in a broad theoretical context. Specific case studies on now classic and more recent studies of nationalism and national identity (or the lack thereof) will follow in the second half of the course. Though the professor is a historian of modern Europe and many of the case studies will come from this context, the course will be designed so that students of other regions can benefit from the approaches, problems (both practical and theoretical) as well.

History 93250
Muslims & Christians in the Medieval Mediterranean World
M 3:00 – 5:30
Course Reference Number: 28177

This course will examine contacts between Christianity and Islam in the period from the seventh century to the fifteenth century. Although issues of religion will be addressed, the course is more concerned with diplomatic, economic, military, cultural, technological, and intellectual encounters and exchange. Special attention will be focused on the regions of Spain, and Sicily. The course is designed as a survey of the field, based mainly on recent secondary literature. Students may elect to write either a research paper or two historiographical essays. Regular student presentations will also be required.

History 93262
Women, Religion, and Writing from Hildegard of Bingen to Alijt Bake (d. 1455)
T 3:30 – 6:00
Course Reference Number: 28178

For the past generation medieval historians have given considerable attention to woman writers after generations of neglect. This course seeks to do two things: to acquaint students with this literature and selected matters under debate, and more particularly to ground this discussion historically. It will ask about how women could come to write, under what circumstances, with what training, with what patronage, with what limitations. Students will write an original research paper on an author of their choice, treated historically and contextually and using the original language (s) of the author. To participate in the class students must be able to read Latin. But there will also be extended readings in English so as to facilitate greater coverage.

History 93360
Debates in the History & Historiography of Early Modern England
R 3:30 – 6:00
Course Reference Number: 29179

This colloquium acquaints graduate students with significant scholarship on early modern Europe, in its political, social, cultural, and religious contexts. Students will lead class discussions, write book reviews, and produce a historiographical essay on a topic of their choice. Reading ability in languages other than English desirable but not required.

History 93610
U.S. Sex, Sexuality and Gender since 1890
R 3:30 – 6:00
Course Reference Number: 28180

This colloquium is intended to serve as an introduction to the fields of U.S. women's, gender and sexuality history. It will provide a basic background to some of the major current methodologies, approaches and topical interests in these fields, as well as acquainting students with the changing ways these histories have been written over the past forty years. Although the first half of the course will be organized chronologically, from colonial times through the twentieth century, the main focus will be historiographical. We will not attempt to "cover" all the important areas of this historiography. Students who wish to master this field, however, will emerge from the class with the requisite analytical tools to begin that task. Although most of our common readings will discuss the United States, some readings and/or papers may discuss women's/gender/sexuality history in other national, regional, or comparative histories

History 93910
Topics in Latin American Social History
W 2:00 – 4:30
Course Reference Number: 28181

In Spring 2011 this graduate seminar will examine new work in the social history of colonial Latin America. Topics will include gender and sexuality, race and ethnicity, and slavery. Graduate students are encouraged to utilize the written assignments to prepare for their exams and/or dissertations, and will be given the flexibility to do so.

History 93987
Latin Scientific Literature
F 9:00 – 11:30
Course Reference Number: 29262

This course is organized around the reading of Latin scientific texts, in the original language. We will read natural philosophical and scientific texts from antiquity to the seventeenth century, in a variety of genres (philosophical poetry, technical treatises, question commentaries etc.), working from manuscript and early printed editions, as well as modern editions. Equal emphasis will be paid to the content of the text, and linguistic or palaeographical issues.