Department of History



Department of History Newsletter

April 17, 2015

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Graduate student Marc Antone presented at a roundtable discussion, "Is there a 'new' history of Chiapas?," at the Rocky Mountain Council for Latin American Studies in Tucson, Arizona.

Graduate student Jennifer Boles screened her film The Beginning of My End (60 minutes) at the Rocky Mountain Council for Latin American Studies in Tucson, Arizona.

Maria Bucur's blog entry "The Century of Women" appears on the Provost's page, Through the Gates:

From April 9 to 11, Ke-chin Hsia participated in the workshop "The Imperial Austrian Civil Service and Its Aftermath, 1848-1933: New Directions of Research," which was organized by Institut für Neuzeit- und Zeitgeschichtsforschung of the Austrian Academy of Sciences and the Department of Global Political Studies at Malmö University (Sweden), in Vienna, Austria. In the workshop he presented the paper "Not Merely 'Maintaining Public Calm and Order' in the Days of 'New State-Founding': Austrian Welfare Officials in the Revolution of 1918/1919."

Owen V. Johnson (emeritus, journalism/media school) will deliver the principal address, April 18, at a ceremony to commemorate the 70th anniversary of the death of World War II correspondent Ernie Pyle. The ceremony will be held at the "Punchbowl" cemetery in Honolulu, where Pyle is buried.

Jessie Kindig will speak on a roundtable panel “Histories of Violence: State of the Field” at the Organization of American Historians conference in St, Louis this Saturday, April 18th.

Lara Kriegel planned the two-day conference, “History Vexed and Sexed: A Symposium in Honor of Judith R. Walkowitz,” which was held at The Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore, Maryland, on April 10 and 11, 2015. She gave the concluding remarks, entitled “Beginnings and Endings.”

Graduate student Kathryn Lehman presented a paper titled "'You Don't Catch a Jaguar by the Claw:' Violence and Resistance in the Rubber Tappers' Movement in Acre, Brazil" at RMCLAS in Tucson, Arizona.

Ed Linenthal delivered a keynote address at the University of Oklahoma, Monday, April 13, for the conference, “Terror, Trauma, Memory: Symposium Dedicated to the 20th Anniversary of the Oklahoma City Bombing.”

Graduate student Alaina Roberts has been awarded the Center for Research on Race and Ethnicity in Society's Graduate Student Research Grant for Summer 2015.

Rob Schneider has been appointed as Directeur d’Etudes Invité, at the Ecole des Hautes Etudes, Paris, for a month during the academic year 2015-16.

Fei-Hsien Wang attended “New Directions in Global History: Rethinking Scale & Temporality,” a conference she co-organized at the University of Chicago, on April 9th. Bringing together distinguished internal and visiting historians and social scientists, including C.A. Bayly, David Armitage, and Dipesh Chakrabarty, this conference aims to foster a public dialogue on the new directions of writing global histories among some of its most critical practitioners in the discipline of history and beyond. She served as a panel discussant on Arnulf Becker Lorca’s “Mestizo International Law.” She also gave a lecture entitled “Is ‘Copycat’ A Necessary Evil? The Past and Present of Piracy in China” on April 16th in Chinese Tidings Lecture Series at Indiana University. Chinese Tidings is a lecture series presented entirely in Chinese. It is sponsored by IU’s Chinese Flagship Center.

Graduate student Jonathan Warner presented a paper titled "The Development of West Indian Black Internationalism and the Panamanian Political Response, 1920-1930s" at the Rocky Mountain Council for Latin American Studies in Tucson, Arizona. He was also awarded a GPSO conference travel award to attend the conference.
Ellen Wu is the recipient of the Immigration and Ethnic History Society's inaugural First Book Award for The Color of Success: Asian Americans and the Origins of the Model Minority (Princeton, 2014).

The Journal of American History is excited to introduce Process, the new blog of the Organization of American Historians, JAH, and The American Historian. This blog is the result of the OAH’s ongoing initiative to engage with the vibrant community of historians, historically-oriented scholars, and educated readers that has developed on the Internet over the past decade. We will present interesting, original submissions from a wide-ranging and diverse digital community of public historians, teachers, academics, students, and researchers. As our name suggests, we are interested in the process of doing U.S. history, and our blog content will reflect the multifaceted ways of engaging with U.S. history—as a professional, a lifelong student, an advocate, a researcher, a teacher, an activist, a scholar, and an OAH member. Please visit the blog at and join the conversation!


Friday, April 17, 12:00 noon, Walnut Room, IMU

European History Workshop presents Professor Donna Harsch, Department of History, Carnegie Mellon University, "'The Best Indicator of Social Health?' The Reduction of Infant Mortality in Cold War Germany". All papers will be posted in advance as a resource on Oncourse. If you have questions about the workshop, or if you would like us to add you to the Oncourse site for the EHW, please contact the organizers, Roberta Pergher ( and Julia Roos (

Friday, April 17, 2:00 pm, IMU University Club President Room

Dhar India Studies Program Trivedi Memorial Lecture, Dipesh Chakrabarty, University of Chicago, “Historical Research: The Indian Career of a European Ideal.”

Friday, April 17, 6:00 pm, Maurer School of Law Room 122

Horizons of Knowledge Lecture and keynote to the conference “Religion, Conflict, & Boundary Maintenance,” Dr. Sean McCloud, University of North Carolina at Charlotte, “The Impurities of Purification: Marking Boundaries and Demonizing the Other in Third Wave Spiritual Warfare.”

Wednesday, April 22, 5:00 pm, College Arts and Humanities Institute (1211 E. Atwater)

Please join us for drinks, snacks, and reflections on Rob Schneider’s contributions to the American Historical Review.

Friday, April 24, 3:00-4:30 pm, Ballantine 006

Historical Teaching and Practice Event, “Journalism and the Academy.” The crossover between academic scholarship and journalism, whether through the publicizing of new research or as a result of the rising public profile of academics through their own media publications, poses a number of questions that panelists will address, including: interactions between academics and journalists, and the issues and potential consequences that may arise from these interactions; the responsibilities of academics and journalists in these engagements, to their fields, to one another, etc.; ways academics (including graduate students, who are assuming ever more public profiles) might best prepare for these interactions; questions of documentation of sources, etc.Panelists include Nathan Ensmenger (INFO), Ilana Gershon (CMCL), Christoph Irmscher (ENGL), Elaine Monaghan (JOUR), and Lea Shaver (McKinney School of Law, IUPUI). This event is co-sponsored by the IU Department of History and the Department of American Studies.

Tuesday, April 28, 3:00 pm, Social Science Research Commons, Woodburn 200

Department of Political Science present the Charles S. Hyneman Lecture by Sidney G. Tarrow, Cornell University, “Seeking Peace in Wartime, Opposing War in Peacetime: Dilemmas of Antiwar Activism in the Age of ‘New Warfare’”.

Wednesday, April 29, 11:45 am, Frangipani Room, IMU

Department of History Awards Luncheon for outstanding undergraduate and graduate students, by invitation only. RSVP to Nick Roberts by April 20 (

Thursday, April 30, 2:30-3:45 pm, First Nations Educational and Cultural Center, 712 E. 8th St

“Rethinking Columbus Day, Envisioning Indigenous People’s Day: An Art Exhibit.” This exhibit highlights IU undergraduates who have created artwork that encourages residents of Bloomington to reconsider Columbus Day in light of perspectives and experiences of Indigenous peoples. Refreshments will be served at the opening reception. Artwork will remain on display at the FNECC from April 30 to May 8, 2015.


Position Open: Editorial Assistant, American Historical Review
Major Field, Western Europe or Ancient and/or Medieval European History

The American Historical Review is seeking a graduate student in the IU History Department or a related department to serve as one of seven Editorial Assistants. This is a half-time position (20 hours/week F.T.E.). The successful candidate will be expected to make at least a two-year commitment. Training starts June 17, 2015 (actual start date July 1, 2015).

We seek a specialist in the history of modern or early modern Western Europe or ancient and/or medieval European history.

An Editorial Assistant assesses and processes books for review; assists in the selection of reviewers; fact-checks, edits, and proofreads copy for the review sections; proofreads articles; and creates and updates records in a computer database.

Applicants should have completed their requirements for the M.A. degree and have proficiency in languages and general knowledge appropriate to the fields the assistantship covers. Proficiency in French is essential, and knowledge of Italian is highly desirable.

Current compensation is about $1,736 per month; the job covers twelve months, with a fee scholarship for students with fewer than 90 hours. The position is renewable annually for up to three years.

The extended deadline for applications is Friday, May 1, 2015.

Please send a letter of application, a vita, and two letters of recommendation to:

Prof. Robert A. Schneider, Editor
American Historical Review
Indiana University
914 E. Atwater Avenue
Bloomington IN 47401
(812) 855-7609

For more information, contact us via e-mail at