Archived Events

Please click on the term below to access the list of presentations. To listen to or watch recorded lectures, please click on highlighted titles (if available; most are restricted to University of Michigan account holders).

Winter 2014

Thomas LaMarre, McGill University, "From Cyberspace to Mobile Phones: A History of Extended Television" (seminar); Lisa Sapnar Ankerson, University of Michigan (commentator); Lisa Nakamura, University of Michigan (commentator); Leslie Pincus, University of Michigan (chair); January 16, 2014.

Thomas LaMarre, McGill University, "One Frame at a Time: Decoding Anime," January 17, 2014.

Nancy Hunt, University of Michigan, "Form = Material ??? Flywhisks and Catastrophe Logic in a Colonial Milieu," January 30, 2014.

Benjamin M. Schmidt, Northeastern University, "History for the Digital Future: Digital Forms of Historical Scholarship," January 31, 2014.

Juliana Barr, University of Florida, "Cross Cultures: Spanish Travelers on Indian Highways in the 16th-Century Southwest," February 13, 2014.

Roger Bagnall, New York University, "Materializing Papyrology," March 13, 2014.

Elizabeth Edwards, De Montfort University, "Folded in Time: Thoughts on a Photograph Album," March 27, 2014.

"Detroit Plural" (roundtable); Maria Cotera, University of Michigan (panelist); Austin McCoy, University of Michigan (panelist); Stephen Ward, University of Michigan (panelist); Charlie Bright (chair); April 3, 2014.

Kathryn Babayan, University of Michigan, "'Libraries of the Mind': Cultures of Literacy in 17th-Century Isfahan," April 10, 2014.  

 

Fall 2013

Paolo Squatriti, University of Michigan, "Exotic Plants, Biological Invasions, and the Medieval Mediterranean as Historical Materials," September 12, 2013.

Adeline Masquelier, Tulane University, "Possession: Stories of Spirits, Loss, and Appropriation in Nigerien Schools," September 26, 2013.

Walter Johnson, Harvard University, "On Agency and Material Life" (seminar); Tiya Miles, University of Michigan (commentator); Rebecca J. Scott, University of Michigan (commentator); Jay Cook, University of Michigan (chair); October 10. 2013.

Valerie L. Garver, Northern Illinois University, "The Power of Cloth: The Roles of Clothing and Textiles at the Court of a Carolingian Ruler," October 24, 2013.

Deirdre de la Cruz, University of Michigan, "The Rose Petals of Lipa," November 7, 2013.

Karen R. Merrill, Williams College, "Real and Ineffable Properties: Resource Politics and the Modern American West," November 21, 2013.

Winter 2013

Dario Gaggio, University of Michigan, "Rural Modernities: The Politics of Landscape in Postwar Tuscany, " January 17, 2013

Victor Lieberman, University of Michigan, "Southeast Asia and Eurasia During a Thousand Years," January 31, 2013

Lynda Coon, University of Arkansas, "Dark Age Jesus," February 14, 2013

Anne Gerritsen, University of Warwick, "Shards for Sale: Manufacturing a Global History from Fragments" February 28, 2013

Sudipta Sen, University of California, Davis, "The Ultimate Journey: Origins of the River Ganga and the Himalayan Pilgrim Trail," March 14, 2013

Sharad Chari, University of the Witwatersrand, "From Progressive Segregation to the Ruins of Revolution: Ruinous Dialectics in Durban," April 4, 2013

Geoff Eley (University of Michigan), Terrence J. McDonald (University of Michigan), "History's Retro/Prospects: Reflecting on the Pasts, Presents, and Futures of Historical Studies," April 18, 2013.

Fall 2012

Jay Cook, University of Michigan, "Finding Otira: On the Geopolitics of Black Celebrity, 1770-1930, " September 13, 2012

Karl Schlögel, Europa-Universität Viadrina Frankfurt (Oder), "Narratives of Simultaneity: Questions for a Topographically Sensitive Historiography," September 27, 2012

Derek Gregory, University of British Columbia, "Deadly Embrace: War, Distance, and Intimacy," October 11, 2012

Mrinalini Sinha, University of Michigan, "The Abolition of Indenture and the Space-Time of Global History," October 25, 2012

Jennifer Jenkins, University of Toronto, "Weltpolitik on the Persian Frontier: Germany and Iran 1906-1918," November 8, 2012

Seth Rockman, Brown University, "Negro Cloth, Planters Hoes, and the Geographies of Plantation Provisioning in Antebellum America," December 6, 2012

Winter 2012

Geoff Eley, University of Michigan, "Empire, Ideology, and the East: thoughts on Nazism's Spatial Imaginary," January 12, 2012

Tim Cresswell, Royal Holloway, University of London, "Visualizing Mobility in the Work of Eadweard Muybridge," January 26, 2012

Kathleen Canning, University of Michigan, "Aftermaths and Future Visions: Gender and the Meaning of Revolution in Germany 1918-19," February 2, 2012

Sharon Zukin, Brooklyn College and the Graduate Center, City University of New York, "The Social Production of Upscale Cosmopolitanism: Identity and Belonging on an Amsterdam Shopping Street," February 16, 2012

Nile Green, University of California, Los Angeles, "Making Space: Saints and Settlers in Early Modern India," March 15, 2012 (recording cut short due to storm)

Nicholas Purcell, Brasenose College, University of Oxford, "Becoming Maritime: The Comparative History of Orientation Toward the Sea," March 29, 2012

Fall 2011

William Hanks, University of California, Berkeley, "Reducción in the Making of Colonial Yucatec Maya," September 22, 2011

Ellen Muehlberger, University of Michigan, "The Ignoble Death of Heretics and the Ingressive Memory of Place in Christian Historiography," October 6, 2011

Matthew Connelly, Columbia University, "'General, I Have Fought Just as Many Nuclear Wars as You Have': Forecasts, future Scenarios, and the Politics of Armageddon," October 20, 2011

Christian de Pee, University of Michigan, "The City as Nature: Textual Geographies and Urban Space in Eleventh-Century China," November 10, 2011

Judith Walkowitz, Johns Hopkins University, "'Schleppers and Shoppers': Jews, Street Markets, and Ready-to Wear Fashion in Interwar London," December 1, 2011

Winter 2011

Steven Mintz, Columbia University, "The American Journey through Adulthood," January 13, 2011

Gabrielle Hecht, University of Michigan, "Uranium from Africa and the Power of Nuclear Things," January 27, 2011

Dan Segal, Pitzer College, "Economic Knowledge, Capitalist Mythologies – About Supply and Demand, For Instance:  How Economic Textbooks Have Come to Teach Students to Not Think about Labor Exploitation," February 10, 2011

Sandra Sherman, Fordham University, "A Pedagogic Revolution: Early English Culinary Texts and the Common Reader," March 10, 2011

Alice O'Connor, University of California, Santa Barbara, "Narrating the Crisis: The Great Recession, the "Money Trust," and the Politics of Economic Reform," March 24, 2011

Fernando Coronil, The Graduate Center, City University of New York, "The Future in Question: History and Utopia in Latin America (1989-2010)," April 7, 2011

Fall 2010

Nelson Lichtenstein, UC, Santa Barbara, "The Return of Merchant Capitalism," September 9, 2010

Laurent Dubois, Duke University, "The Aftershocks of History in Haiti," September 23, 2010

Valerie Kivelson, University of Michigan, “Torture and the Moral Risks of Excess in Muscovite Witch Trials,” October 7, 2010

Elizabeth Thompson, University of Virginia, “Poor People's Movements and the Cold War in the Middle East,” October 21, 2010

Matt Lassiter, University of Michigan, “Innocence Lost: Crime, Drugs, and Double Standards in Suburban America,” November 4, 2010

Tony Ballantyne, University of Otago, New Zealand, “Economic Systems, Colonization and the Production of Difference: Thinking Through Southern New Zealand,” December 2, 2010

Winter 2010

Matthew Countryman, University of Michigan, “Who Needs the Bullet When You’ve Got the Ballot’: African-American Mayors and the Politics of Race in the Post- Civil Rights Era,” January 14, 2010

Steven Conn, Ohio State University, “False Starts: Native Americans, Representation and Museums,” January 28, 2010

Thomas Trautmann, University of Michigan, “Does India have history? Does history have India?” February 4, 2010

T. Jackson Lears, Rutgers University, “Making a Spectacle of Ourselves: Rethinking the American Sublime,” February 19, 2010

William Cronon, University of Wisconsin, “The Portage: Time, Memory, and, Storytelling in the Making of an American Place,” March 25, 2010

Ulrike Strasser, University of California, Irvine, “Economies of Death and Salvation: German Jesuits in Seventeenth-Century Oceania,” April 8, 2010

Fall 2009

Rebecca Scott, University of Michigan (with respondent Mamadou Diouf, Columbia University), “Microhistory Set in Motion: Six Generations of a Creole Family,” September 17, 2009

Kenneth Pomeranz, University of California, Irvine, “Land Rights, Resources, and Chinese Development in Long-run and Comparative Perspective,” October 1, 2009

William H. Sewell, Jr., University of Chicago, “The Nines: Brinks, Cusps, and Perceptions of Possibility—from 1789-2009,” October 15, 2009

George Sánchez, University of Southern California, “Population Removals in Times of Crisis: Mexican Repatriation and Slum Clearance in the (Last) Great Depression,” October 29, 2009

Sharon Farmer, University of California, Santa Barbara, “Landscapes of Power, c. 1300: Social and Cultural Interactions at the Garden-Park of Hesdin,” November 19, 2009

Miranda Johnson, University of Michigan Society of Fellows, “When the Settlers Don’t Go Home: Indigenous Rights and the Re-Founding of Settler Societies,” December 10, 2009

Winter 2009

Timothy Tyson, Duke University, "Violence, Nonviolence, and the 'Redemptive' South," January 15, 2009

Kate Brown, University of Maryland, "Lethal Landscapes: The Still-Secretive History of Plutonium, Radiation and the Communities which Learned to Love the Bomb," January 29, 2009

Peter Perdue, Yale University, "The Rhetoric of Violence in Chinese Nationalism," February 12, 2009

Hitomi Tonomura, University of Michigan, "Samurai and Their Women: Violence, Gender and the State in Premodern Japan," March 5, 2009

Michael Watts, University of California Berkeley, "Economies of Violence: Some thoughts on Oil Insurgency and Petro-Pirates," March 19, 2009

Angela Zito, New York University, "Re-reading Foucault from a Distance: Li, Danwei, Discipline and the Person in China," April 2, 2009

Fall 2008

Isabel Hull, Cornell University, "Imperial Germany and International Law in the Great War, 1914-1918," September 11, 2008

Benedict Anderson, Cornell University, "Premonitions and Utopias," September 25, 2008

Pablo Piccato, Columbia University, "All Murder is Political: Homicide in the Public Sphere in Mexico," October 9, 2008

Susan Juster, University of Michigan, "What's 'Sacred' About Violence in Early America," October 23, 2008

Nikhil Singh, University of Washington, "Genealogies of Rollback: Race and War in US Globalism," November 6, 2008

Mark Pegg, Washington University, St. Louis, "Holy War and Sacred Violence in Latin Christendom," November 20, 2008

Timothy Mitchell, New York University, "Carbon Democracy," December 4, 2008

Winter 2008

Frederick Hoxie, University of Illinois, "Making the Private Public:Sarah Winnemucca's
Response to 19th Century Violence Against American Indians," January 10, 2008

Damon Salesa, University of Michigan (with Antoinette Burton, University of Illinois),
"The Future Ruins of London: Victorians, the British Empire, and the Wars of Race," January 24, 2008

Lyndal Roper, University of Oxford, "The Fat Doctor: Luther and Biography," February 14, 2008

David Anderson, University of Oxford, "Atrocity and Empire: Courtroom or Confessional," March 13, 2008

Ian Buruma, Bard College, "Sticks and Stones: The Limits of Verbal Violence," March 20, 2008

Robert Donia, Independent Scholar, "Feasting at the Pity Party: Violence and Nationalism in Post-Yugoslav Southeastern Europe," March 27, 2008

Veena Das, Johns Hopkins University, "On Violence and Naming," April 10, 2008

Fall 2007

Linda Kerber, University of Iowa, "Stateless in America," September 6, 2007

Dominick LaCapra, Cornell University, "Witnessing, Trauma, and the Sublime," September 20, 2007

Eric Love, University of Colorado, "Eleven Minstrels, Eight Ships, and A Corpse: Uncommon Coercions and the Opening of Japan," October 4, 2007

Sanjay Subrahmanyam, University of California-Los Angeles, "Métissage and Imperial Violence: Revisiting the Portuguese Indies," October 18, 2007

Laura Briggs, University of Arizona, "Body Snatchers and Homeless Waifs: Contesting Reproduction and Negotiating Foreign Policy in Transnational Adoption," November 1, 2007

Dan Smail, Harvard University, "Violence and Predation in Marseille and Lucca (Fourteenth Century)," November 15, 2007

Ron Suny, University of Michigan, "Breaking Eggs, Making Omelets: Explaining Terror in Lenin and Stalin's Revolutions," November 29, 2007

David Blight, Yale University, "A Slave No More: Two Men Who Escaped to Freedom,
Including their Own Narratives of Emancipation," November 8, 2007

Winter 2007

Mary Elizabeth Berry, University of California Berkeley, "Illustrating Work in Early Modern Japan: A New Subject for a New Society," January 11, 2007

Francois Brunet, Universite Paris Diderot, "The Democratic Promis of Photography in 19th-Century America," and Robin Kelsey, Harvard University, "Accident and Theater: The Photograph as History," with commentator John Carson, University of Michigan, and chair Rebecca Zurier, University of Michigan, colloquium, January 25, 2007

Deborah Willis, New York University, "Visualizing Black Culture 1850 to Present," February 17, 2007

Deborah Poole, Johns Hopkins University, "Cultural Suspects: Costume, Custom, and Excess in the Oaxacan Photographic Archive (Mexico)" (colloquium), with commentator Philip Deloria, University of Michigan, March 8, 2007 

Rudolf Mrazek, University of Michigan, "Writing Without Ear: The Soundly Historical in a Colonial Archive" (colloquium), with commentator Rebecca Scott, University of Michigan, March 22, 2007

Gyan Prakash, Princeton University, "Bombay: The Imagination of a Modern City," April 5, 2007

Vanessa Schwartz, University of Southern California, "Seeing Past History a Usual: Theses for a Philosophy of Visual History," April 19, 2007

Fall 2006

Victoria de Grazia, Columbia University, "Visualizing U.S. Cultural Hegemony in 20th Century Europe: A Big Problem," September 14, 2006

Philip Ethington, University of Southern California with Commentator Terrence J. McDonald, University of Michigan, "Seeing the Haunted Spaces of the Globe: Photography,Cartography, and the History of Los Angeles in Africa, Latin America and Asia, 1900-2001," September 28, 2006 

Patrick Wright, Nottingham Trent University, "Iron Curtain: From the Theatre to the Burning World," October 12, 2006

Webb Keane, University of Michigan with Commentator Tomoko Masuzawa, University of Michigan, "Global Christian," October 26, 2006

Helmut Puff, University of Michigan with Commentator William Glover, University of Michigan, "City in Ruins: Modeling German History," November 9, 2006

Ciraj Rassool, University of the Western Cape with Commentator David William Cohen, University of Michigan, "Heritage and the Post-apartheid Nation: The Memorial Complex, the Biographic Order and the Spectacle of History," November 30, 2006

Winter 2006

Laura Wexler, Yale University, "The Awakening of Cultural Memory," January 12, 2006

Johannes von Moltke, University of Michigan, "'Historical Reality' and 'Camera Reality:' From Film to History and Back Agaion with Seigfried Kracauer" (colloquium), January 26, 2006

Franny Nudelman, University of Virginia, with discussant David William Cohen, University of Michigan, "Winter Soldiers and Radical Scavengers: Documenting the War in Vietnam" (seminar), February 9, 2006

Sumathi Ramaswamy with discussant Anne Herrmann (all University of Michigan), "Of Maps, Mother Goddesses and Martyrdom: Visualizing Political Death in Modern India" (seminar), March 9, 2006 

Stella Nair with discussants Diane Hughes and Rebecca Scott (all University of Michigan), "The Disappearing Inca? Architecture as History in a Colonial Preuvian Parish" (seminar), March 23, 2006

James Scott, Yale University, "Why Civilizations Can't Climb Hills: Valley Peoples in Mainland Southeast Asia," March 30, 2006

Michael O'Malley, George Mason University, "Teaching Through Digital History: Stretching Historical Imaginations and Strengthening Analytical Skills," April 13, 2006

Roy Rozenzweig, George Mason University, "Digitizing the Past: Possibilities and Problems for History and Historians," with brief demonstrations and comments from Johan Lagae, University of Ghent, and Michael O'Malley, George Mason University, April 14, 2006

Fall 2005

"History and the Visual: Concepts, Meanings, Problems," with Panelists Chris Pinney, University of London, Celeste Brusati, University of Michigan, and Patricia Hayes, University of the Western Cape, September 15, 2005

Harry Harootunian, New York University, "Remembering the Historical Present," September 29, 2005

Patricia Hayes, University of the Western Cape, "Male Trouble: Realism and Phantasmagoria
in South Africa's Border War in Namibia, 1976-89" with Discussants Isabelle de Rezende (University of Michigan) and Damon Salesa (University of Michigan), October 13, 2005

Henk Schulte Nordholt, Royal Netherlands Institute of Southeast Asian and Caribbean Studies, "Recording the Future: An Audio Visual Archive of Everyday Life in 21st century Indonesia," October 27, 2005

Bryant Simon, Temple University, with Discussants Robert Fishman (University of Michigan) and Rebecca Zurier (University of Michigan), "Boardwalk of Dreams: Atlantic City and the Fate of Urban America," November 10, 2005

Katharine Park, Harvard University, with Discussants Val Kivelson (University of Michigan) and Yi-Li Wu (Albion College), "Visible Women:  Gender, Generation, and the Origins of Human Dissection," December 1, 2005

Winter 2005

"Putting Religion Back on the Historical Map," with Panelists Sue Juster, Bob Greene, Genie Deerman, and Paul Johnson (all University of Michigan), January 13, 2005

James Brooks, School of American Research, "Mesa of Sorrows: Archaeology, Prophecy, and the Ghosts of Awat'ovi Pueblo, January 27, 2005

Shirli Gilbert, University of Michigan, with Commentators Rob Genter, University of Michigan, and Nancy Hunt, University of Michigan, "Music and Memory in South Africa," February3, 2005  

Keith Nield, University of Hull, and Geoff Eley, University of Michigan, "From the Social to the Cultural:  How Should We Think About Class Now?," February 17, 2005

Richard White, Stanford University, "Dumb Growth: Counterfactuals, Contingency, and Alternative Pasts in Writing Corporations into the History of the Late Nineteenth-Century," February 17, 2005

"New Dimensions in Environmental History," with Panelists Paolo Squatriti, Doug Northrop, Maria Montoya, and Andrew Needham (all University of Michigan), March 17, 2005

William Sewell, University of Chicago, "Political Unconscious of Social and Cultural History, or, Confessions of a Former Quantitative Historian," March 24, 2005

Jesse Hoffnung-Garskof, University of Michigan, with Commentators David Pedersen (University of Michigan) and Rita Chin (University of Michigan), "The Best of Times, The Worst of Times:  Urban Crises in New York and Santo Domingoand the Shifting Terms of Dominican International Migration," March 31, 2005 

Natalie Zemon Davis, University of Toronto, "Liberty and License:  Three Women in Colonial Suriname," April 14, 2005

Fall 2004

Martha Jones, University of Michigan, with Commentators Susanna Blumenthal, University of Michigan and Jay Cook, University of Michigan, "Leave of Court: African-American Claims- Making and Citizenship in the Era of Dred Scott v. Sanford", October 26, 2004

Documentary Film Symposium with Panelists Stashu Kybartas, Derek Vaillant, David Hess, Catherine Badgley, Matt Lassiter, Gina Morantz-Sanchez (all University of Michigan)

Val Kivelson, University of Michigan, with Commentators Neil Safier, University of Michigan, and Michael Witgen, University of Michigan, "Exalted and Glorified to the Ends of the Earth' Christianity and Imperial Maps in Seventeenth and Early Eighteenth-Century Russian Siberia," November 16, 2004