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The Center for the Study of History and Memory and the School of Global and International Studies
IUB Faculty Fellowships for 2013-14

"The Global Legacy of World War I" Fellows Chosen for 2013-14

World War I trench warfareWorld War I launched the template of the twentieth century. Seldom discussed today, and pushed from public view by the catastrophic events of the 1940s, "The Great War" completely remade the politics and culture of its time. It presented humanity with the spectacle of mass slaughter and upset the political order of the entire globe. National borders were redrawn in Europe and the Middle East; international relations were profoundly remodeled by the League of Nations. Nationalist challenges to colonial rule emerged in Asia and Africa. Arguments over the use of colonial armies and women in war foregrounded controversies over racialized and gendered conceptions of citizenship. In defeated nations fascist leaders won support to go to war again. Writers and filmmakers eagerly took up the global project to reimagine human suffering and the costs of war itself.

To promote the study of World War I and its impact on the occasion of the centennial of the Great War, the CSHM and the School of Global and International Studies will fund two faculty research fellowships during the 2013-14 academic year. Each fellow selected will receive a deposit of $2000 to their research accounts. Faculty fellows will present papers on their topics at a spring semester program to observe the centennial of the First World War.  This is the second year the CSHM has awarded faculty fellowships.  See below for information about our 2012-2013 topic and fellows.  This year’s winners are:

Roberta Pergher, Assistant Professor in the Department of History, was awarded a fellowship for research on her topic, “Roped into Combat: Alpine Soldiers and Chronicles of the First World War.”  Professor Pergher is currently working on a cultural and social history of World War I in the Alps. Her study will analyze the war amidst Alpine cliffs and glaciers and its meaning for the soldiers as well as for the people living in the valleys below. Tentatively titled The Battle for the High Ground: Nationalism, Technology, and Nature on the Alpine Front in World War I, the book will build on memoirs, military sources, photographs, and on-site visits.

Julia Roos, Associate Professor in the Department of History, was awarded a fellowship for her project on “Debates about Propaganda: The Campaign against the ‘Black Horror on the Rhine,’” a racist campaign against the stationing of French colonial soldiers from Africa in the German Rhineland after World War I. She is a historian of modern Europe with a special focus on twentieth-century Germany, gender, and sexuality. She has already published a book on the history of prostitution in the Weimar Republic (1919-1933) that explores how shifts in established gender relations and sexual mores after the First World War affected the stability of Germany’s first experiment in liberal-democratic government.

Faculty Fellowships for 2012-13: "Memory and Civic Contention"

The first year of the IUB faculty fellowships presented by the Center for the Study of History and Memory was on the theme “Memory and Civic Contention.”  Anger and incivility permeate many societies. While there can be disagreements over the causes of this contention, the notion that things have "gotten worse"--in terms of our ability to articulate and address collective changes without losing our way in bitterness and personal invective--seems to be one of the few propositions that unites partisans across the spectrum of political, social, and cultural differences. Have public anger and uncivil discourse increased over time? Do narratives of decline create an imagined past in which civility reigned? And how do constructions of such a past color our diagnosis of current dilemmas?

In Fall 2012, our CSHM Visiting Faculty Fellow was Sebastian Carassai, Research Associate at the National Scientific and Technical Research Council (CONICET) in Buenos Aires, Argentina. He teaches Modern and Contemporary Philosophy at School of Social Sciences in the University of Buenos Aires. His recent works on political theory and Argentine cultural history have been published in the Journal of Latin American Cultural Studies, The Americas, the Journal for Cultural Research, Prisma Jurídico, and América Latina Hoy. He has contributed chapters to several books published in Argentina and Chile. His dissertation, The Argentine Silent Majority: Middle Classes, Violence, Political Culture, and Memory (1969-1982), recently won the Esther Kinsley Ph.D. Dissertation Award for 2011-2012 and will be published by Duke University Press in 2013.  His lecture was held in IMU Persimmon Room, and was entitled: "The Dark Side of Social Desire: Representations of Violence in Argentina (1969-1975)."  The event was co-sponsored by the Center for Latin American and Caribbean Studies.

Our IUB Faculty Fellows were Robert Schneider (History) and Oana Panaite (French & Italian).  Both the winning topics examined aspects of French history.  Robert Schneider’s paper was entitled: “Remembering and Forgetting: The Legacy of the Wars of Religion in Seventeenth-Century France.”  Oana Panaite’s paper was entitled: “From Memory Wars to Anger Consensus: French Algeria Fifty Years Later.” They presented their papers in February 2013 in the Faculty Room of the University Club in the Indiana Memorial Union with a welcome by CSHM co-director John Bodnar.  Commentary on the papers was provided by Rebecca Spang of the Department of History.

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