Institute of Historical Studies
Institute of Historical Studies

Looking Ahead: Workshops and Guest Presenters in 2009-2010

Wed, July 8, 2009

The Institute for Historical Studies will host a number of workshops in 2009-2010 arranged around the theme of Global Borders. Below are brief biographies of workshop presenters. Please visit our Upcoming Events page for additional information about these events and RSVP instructions.


The Death of Pietro Paolo Boscoli
presented by Dr. Alison K. Frazier, UT History
Monday, September 14, 2009 • 12:00 PM • GAR 4.100

Dr. Frazier is the author of Possible Lives: Authors and Saints in Renaissance Italy (Columbia University Press, 2005), which won the Gordon Prize from the Renaissance Society of America for the best book in Renaissance Studies in 2006.
Among several forthcoming works, Dr. Frazier is currently working on “Candiano Bollani’s Hexameral Commentary,” an article from her book-project tentatively titled The Beginning of the World in the Italian Renaissance on fifteenth-century approaches to Genesis 1-3.
Professor Frazier, who earned the President’s Associates Teaching Excellence Award in 2003, teaches courses on the Italian Renaissance 1350-1550 and Saints’ Lives as Historical Sources, which focuses is on Christianity to 1700 with attention to precedents and analogies in Judaism and Islam.

Responder: Wayne Rebhorn, Professor of English at UT Austin.
Professor Frazier's Faculty Page
and Home Page

Globalization and Empires, 1783-1914

presented by Dr. Antony G. Hopkins, UT History
Monday, September 28, 2009 • 12:00 PM • GAR 4.100

Professor and Walter Prescott Webb Chair of History, Dr. Hopkins’ current work on the history of globalization is represented by two edited volumes, Globalization in World History (2002) and Global History: Interactions between the Universal and the Local (2006). In 1996 Professor Hopkins was elected as a Fellow of the British Academy. He has served as Professor of Economic History at the University of Birmingham; Smuts Professor of Commonwealth History at the University of Cambridge (1994-2002), and is Emeritus Fellow of Pembroke College, Cambridge. This workshop, "a broad overview of Western Empires including (briefly) the US and is intended to set the scene for two longer chapters dealing specifically with the US."

In 1996 Professor Hopkins was elected as a Fellow of the British Academy. He has served as Professor of Economic History at the University of Birmingham; Smuts Professor of Commonwealth History at the University of Cambridge (1994-2002), and was Emeritus Fellow of Pembroke College, Cambridge.

Responder: H.W. Brands, Dickson, Allen, Anderson Centennial Professor

Professor Hopkins’ Faculty Page
Global History Book Release Article

Signs of the Cross: Violence and Symbolic Diplomacy in the Seventeenth-Century Indian Southwest presented by Dr. Juliana Barr, University of Florida
Monday, October 12, 2009 • 12:00 PM • GAR 4.100

Dr. Juliana Barr, Associate Professor of History at the University of Florida, is the author of Peace Came in the Form of a Woman: Indians and Spaniards in the Texas Borderlands (University of North Carolina Press, 2007). Barr's book has received major awards including the 2008 Berkshire Conference First Book Prize from the Berkshire Conference of Women Historians; the 2007 Liz Carpenter Award from the Texas State Historical Association; the 2007 Murdo J. MacLeod Prize, Latin American and Caribbean Section, of the Southern Historical Association; and the 2007 Charles S. Sydnor Award of the Southern Historical Association.

Responding will be Paul Conrad, Ph.D. candidate in the History at UT Austin. Paul is currently a fellow at the McNeil Center for early American studies in Philadelphia. His dissertation focuses on the forced migration of Apache Indians from the Southwest Borderlands to central Mexico and Cuba during the late 18th century.

Professor Barr’s Faculty Page
Review of Peace Came in the Form of a Woman

What Global Capitalism Leaves to the Nation: Coca-Cola in Latin America and Corporate Strategies for Localizing the Global and Globalizing the Local
presented by Dr. Julio Moreno, University of San Francisco
Monday, October 26, 2009 • 12:00 PM • GAR 4.100

Dr. Julio Moreno is Associate Professor of History, Associate Director of the Center for Latino Studies in the Americas, and Program Coordinator of Latin American Studies at the University of San Francisco.

A specialist in modern Mexican history as well as the social and cultural history of Latin America, his book Yankee Don't Go Home! Mexican Nationalism, American Business Culture, and the Shaping of Modern Mexico, 1920-1950 (University of North Carolina Press, 2003) examines American business in mid-20th century Latin America.

He is currently writing two books: One looks at the fascinating history of Coca-Cola in Latin America and the other deciphers the nature of American business and diplomacy in Latin America during the Cold War.

Responder: Antony G. Hopkins, Professor and Walter Prescott Webb Chair of History
Professor Moreno’s Faculty Page

Social Death and Political Life in the Study of Slavery
presented by Dr. Vincent Brown, Harvard University
Monday, November 2, 2009 • 12:00 PM • GAR 4.100

Dr. Vincent Brown, Professor of History and of African and African American Studies at Harvard University, is a multi-media historian with a keen interest in the political implications of cultural practice.  He teaches courses in Atlantic history, African diaspora studies, and the history of slavery. Brown is the author of The Reaper's Garden: Death and Power in the World of Atlantic Slavery (Harvard University Press, 2008) and producer of an audiovisual documentary about the anthropologist Melville J. Herskovits to be broadcast on PBS in 2009.

Professor Brown’s History Faculty Page
Professor Brown’s African and African American Studies Faculty Page

The IHS will host a film screening of the critically acclaimed Herskovits at the Heart of Blackness documentary on the evening of November 2, 2009, at 6:30pm in GAR 0.102. The film is free and open to the public.

About the film Herskovits at the Heart of Blackness
Watch a clip of the documentary

The IHS will also have a conversation about Brown's recent prize winning book, The Reaper's Garden: Death and Power in the World of Atlantic Slavery, on Tuesday, November 3 at 12:30, in Garrison 4.100.

About the book The Reaper's Garden

Agriculture, Water, and Senses of Time in Colonial Egypt
presented by Dr. Jennifer Derr, American University in Cairo
Monday, November 16, 2009 • 12:00 PM • GAR 4.100

Dr. Jennifer Derr, Modern Egyptian historian and Assistant Professor of History at the American University in Cairo, earned a Master of Arts in Arab Studies, with distinction, at Georgetown University in 2001, and a PhD at Stanford University in 2009. Professor Derr has also spent some 6 years researching and living in Egypt.

Her dissertation, “The Geography of Authority: Environmental Infrastructure, Cash Crop Agriculture, and Property Relations in Southern Egypt, 1868-1931,” has been described as “both empirically rich and conceptually sophisticated” by Dr. Joel Beinin, Professor of Middle East History at Stanford.

“My dissertation is at once a critical examination of state authority, as shaped by environmental infrastructure, private business, and competing colonial interests, and a detailed discussion of the trajectory of Upper Egypt during the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries,” Dr. Derr writes, “As Egyptian history is currently defined as the history of Egypt’s north, my work broadens the analytical lens by exploring the historical experiences of the south and how they were connected to and disassociated from those of northern Egypt.”

'Ocean of Business': Enterprising Voyages and the Geography of Pacific Commerce, 1770-1848
presented by Dr. David Igler, University of California-Irvine
Monday, December 7, 2009 • 12:00 PM • GAR 4.100

Dr. David Igler, Associate Professor of History at the University of California-Irvine, has published in the fields of environmental history, the American West, and Pacific History.  His most recent publications analyze the emergence of a “Pacific world” during the late eighteenth and early nineteenth centuries.  This current research explores the links between commerce, environment, and cultures and how these connected the American Far West to the Pacific Basin.

His current book project examines how the Pacific came to be a cross-cultural meeting ground in the 1820s, when only a half-century before it was a vast area with disconnected indigenous populations.

Professor Igler’s Faculty Home Page

The 'Long Church' Movement: Anglican Humanitarianism, 1690-1730
presented by Dr. Brent Sirota, North Carolina State University
Monday, January 25, 2010 • 12:00 PM • GAR 4.100

Dr. Brent Sirota , Assistant Professor of History at North Carolina State University and IHS Fellow, earned his PhD from the University of Chicago in 2007.  His work examines the relationship between the Church and the State in eighteenth-century England, including different contours of religious thought.

Professor Sirota’s Faculty Home Page

The Defense of Abstract Painting in Moscow, after The Thaw
presented by Jane Ashton Sharp, Rutgers University
Monday, February 8, 2010 • 12:00 PM • GAR 4.100

Dr. Jane Ashton Sharp is Associate Professor of Twentieth Century Art, Russian and Soviet Art, and Nonconformist Art in the Department of Art History at Rutgers University and Research Curator of the Dodge Collection at the Zimmerli Art Museum.  Dr. Sharp teaches classes on Avant-Garde art movements, sculpture as a conceptual art, and Cubism/Futurism, among other subjects.

Her book, Russian Modernism Between East and West: Natalia Goncharova and the Moscow Avant-Garde, 1905-1914, is forthcoming from Cambridge University Press. Her current research involves art in the post-war Soviet period, late twentieth-century abstract panting in the former Soviet Union, and Russian avant-garde painting before the revolution.

Dr. Sharp’s Faculty Home Page
The Dodge Collection of Nonconformist Art, The Zimmerli Art Museum

Responder: Dr. Joan Neuberger, Professor of History

Prospero's Books: From Machiavelli to Disney in Eisenstein's Theory of History
presented by Dr. Joan Neuberger, UT History
Monday, February 22, 2010 • 12:00 PM • GAR 4.100

Dr. Joan Neuberger, Professor of History at the University of Texas at Austin and IHS Fellow, received her Ph.D. from Stanford University. Professor Neuberger studies modern Russian culture in a social and political context and has published five books, including the textbook Europe and the Making of Modernity, 1815-1914 (with Robin Winks), and most recently an edited volume on Russian visual culture entitled Picturing Russia: Explorations in Visual Culture (Yale University Press, 2008)

Dr. Neuberger’s current work examines the work of the Russan film director and theorist Sergei Eisenstein, with an emphasis on his historical epic Ivan the Terrible.  A forthcoming book chapter by Dr. Neuberger is entitled: “Eisenstein’s Cosmopolitan Kremlin: Drag Queens, Circus Clowns, Slugs, and Foreigners in Ivan the Terrible.”

Professor Neuberger's Faculty Page and Home Page

Responder: Dr. Sabine Heike, Professor and Texas Chair of German Literature and Culture

Selling Africa to African Americans: The Birth of Roots Tourism in the Age of Decolonization
presented by Dr. Tiffany Gill, UT History
Monday, March 8, 2010 • 12:00 PM • GAR 4.100

Dr. Tiffany Gill, Assistant Professor at the University of Texas at Austin and IHS Fellow, earned her Ph.D. from Rutgers University in 2003.  Her current work explores African American beauticians and beauty salons and their role in twentieth-century social, political, and economic movements.

Professor Gill’s Faculty Home Page
Responder: Dr. Jemima Pierre, Assistant Professor of Anthropology and African and African-American Studies

Shooting in Harlan: Documentary Work and New Left Politics
presented by Dr. Grace Elizabeth Hale, University of Virginia
Monday, March 22, 2010 • 12:00 PM • GAR 4.100

Dr. Grace Elizabeth Hale is an Associate Professor of History and American Studies at the University of Virginia and an IHS Fellow.  She is the author of Making Whiteness: The Culture of Segregation in the South, 1890-1940 and the forthcoming Rebel, Rebel: Why We Love Outsiders and the Effects of This Romance on Postwar American Culture and Politics.  Her current research investigates the intersection of documentary filmmaking and union organizing in the U.S. South in the 1960s and 1970s.

Professor Hale’s Faculty Home Page
Responder: Dr. Elizabeth Engelhardt, Associate Professor, American Studies

The Saint and the Chopped-Up Baby: The Cult of Vincent Ferrer and
the Religious Life of the Later Middle Ages

presented by Dr. Laura Smoller, University of Arkansas at Little Rock
Monday, April 5, 2010 • 12:00 PM • GAR 4.100

Dr. Laura Smoller, Professor of History at the University of Arkansas at Little Rock, is the author of History, Prophecy, and the Stars: the Christian Astrology of Pierre d’Ailly, 1350-1420.  She serves on the Editorial Board of History Compass and has received fellowships from the Naitonal Endowment for the Humanities and the John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation.

Professor Smoller’s Faculty Home Page

The Object of Diaspora: African Art and Postwar Cultural Politics in the U.S.A.
presented by Dr. Sarah Van Beurden, Ohio State University
Monday, April 26, 2010 • 12:00 PM • GAR 4.100

Sarah Van Beurden (Ph.D. University of Pennsylvania, 2009) is Assistant Professor of History in the Department of African-American and African Studies at the Ohio State University. She conducts research in the US, Belgium and the Democratic Republic of Congo. Currently, she is a Fellow at the Institute for Historical Studies at the University of Texas, in Austin, where she is working on a book entitled "Authentically African: African Arts and Postcolonial Politics."

Professor Van Beurden's Faculty Home Page

Responder: Dr. Laurie B. Green, Associate Professor of History.

Drowning Gods and Developing Prayer Sites: the Building of Glen Canyon Dam and the Fate of Rainbow Bridge National Monument
presented by Dr. Erika Bsumek, UT History
Monday, May 3, 2010 • 12:00 PM • GAR 4.100

Dr. Erika Bsumek is Associate Professor of History at the University of Texas at Austin.  Her current research explores the impact of large construction projects—including dams, highways, and suburbs—on the American West.  Her current book project is entitled The Concrete West: Engineering Society and Culture in the Arid West, 1900-1970.

Professor Bsumek’s Faculty Home Page
Description of Dr. Bsumek’s first book, Indian-Made



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