Department of History



Department of History Newsletter

September 25, 2015

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On Wednesday, September 23, Konstantin Dierks presented “Digital History: From Design to Construction to Management to Maintenance,” in the Fall 2015 Digital Library Brown Bag Series at the Wells Library.

Marissa Moorman held a "Moving Conversation" (public interview) with renowned Angolan musician Paulo Flores, June 15, 2015 at Kings College London. On July 8, 2015 she presented the paper “Sonic Colony: Radio Clubs, Whiteness, and Fast Cars, 1933-1974,” at the European Conference on African Studies, Paris, France, July 8, 2015. And an interview she conducted jointly with Michael T. Martin with filmmaker Jean-Marie Teno was published in June as “The Civilising Mission of Globalisation: Technology, African Cinematic Practice and Overcoming Neocolonialism - a Conversation with Film-maker Jean-Marie Teno,” in Third Text 29 (1-2), 2015: 61-74.

Mark Roseman published “Lebensfälle: Biographische Annäherungen an NS-Täter”, in Frank Bajohr (ed.) Deutschland und der Holocaust (Fischer Verlag Schwarzer Reihe, 2015), 186-212. He also gave the paper “On biographical writing” at the conference Writing the Biography of Gershom Scholem: An International Workshop Indiana University, Bloomington, in cooperation with University of California at Davis, September 17-19, 2015

Tatiana Saburova’s article: “The Patriotic War of 1812 in the Commemorative Practices and Historical Memory of Russian Society from the Nineteenth to the Early Twenty- First Centuries,” has appeared in the volume Russia and the Napoleonic Wars: War, Culture and Society 1750-1830 (Palgrave-Macmillan, 2015); Papers from a conference held in Riga, Latvia in 2014. On Sept. 17 she gave a paper: “Photographing Landscape and People: Political Exiles and Visual Representations of Siberia in Late Imperial Russia,’ at the conference: Photographing Asia at the Ludwig-Maximilians Universitat in Munich.

Ellen Wu is co-chair (along with IU Sociology PhD Rashawn Ray) of this year's Conference of Ford Fellows, held on Septmeber 25-26 at the National Academy of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine in Washington DC. The theme for this year's conference is "Thinking Forward: Empowerment Through Intellectual Activism and Social Justice."


Monday, September 28, 5:30 pm, Ballantine Hall 330

The History Graduate Student Association will hold its first HGSA meeting for the academic year.

Tuesday, September 29, 3:30 pm, IMU Oak Room

Colin Johnson will present “Creature Comforts”, sponsored by the Gender Studies Graduate Association and Department of Gender Studies.

Monday, October 5, 12:00-1:30 pm, IMU Sassafras Room

Investigative journalist Lara Pawson will talk about her book In the Name of the People: Angola’s Forgotten Massacre, which is the story of her determined search to uncover the horrific 1977 massacre in Angola. Sponsored by African Studies, Department of History, the Media School, and School for Global and International Studies.

Wednesday, October 7, 7:00-900 pm, Buffalouie’s

The History Graduate Student Association invites History faculty and graduate students to their fall social event at Buffalouie’s. Cost is $5 for individuals, $8 for couples, and $10 for families.

Friday, October 9, 12:00-1:00 pm, IMU Persimmon Room

The U.S. History Workshop will feature the work of Jacob Lee on Friday, October 9th from 12:00-1:00 pm in the IMU Persimmon Room. If you would like to be added to the Canvas site to access the workshop papers, please email Adrienne Chudzinski at, Daniel Story at, or Jordan Taylor at

Sunday, October 11, 5:30-6:30 pm, IMU Oak Room

“Self-Interest, ‘Difference’, and the Making of Europe’s Commercial Society: Jewish-Christian Credit Relations before Emancipation.” Keynote speech by Francesca Trivellato, Frederick W. Hilles Professor of History, Yale University, in conjunction with the Workshop “Jewish Commercial Cultures in Global Perspective.”

Monday, October 12, 10:00 am, IUPUI Library UL 4115P

“Evaluating digital scholarship in public history”: Seth Denbo, AHA’s Director of Scholarly Communications. As with so many aspects of our lives the web influences, in profound ways, the communication between public historians and their audiences. Likewise public history and it's practitioners have greatly contributed to the advance of digital methodologies in the wider discipline. From mobile-enhanced gallery guides to crowd-sourced online exhibits of local history have changed how historians engage our audiences. Work of this kind has been ongoing for some time, and many departments are developing guidelines for professional credit for both public history and digital methodologies. Please join us for a discussion of rigorous assessment of digital projects in the context of making history public and researching public history approaches using digital methodologies. We will be arranging carpools up to IUPUI for interested IUB faculty and graduate students. Please contact Kalani Craig,

Monday, October 12, 5:30 pm, IMU Maple Room

Institute for the Study of Contemporary Antisemitism Lecture “Antisemitism and State-Formation: The Case of Modern Greece,” Paris P. Chronakis, Lecturer in Modern Greek History at the University of Illinois, Chicago.

Monday, October 12, 7:00 pm, IU Cinema

The documentary film Miners Shot Down will screen at 7pm on October 12 at IU Cinema as part of the Themester 2015 film series. Miners Shot Down tells the story of the 2012 platinum miners’ strike at Marikana in South Africa, which met with a brutal police response that resulted in 34 deaths and many injuries. Director Rehad Desai is scheduled to participate in a Q&A session with Professor Alex Lichtenstein after the screening. This event is co-sponsored by the College’s Themester 2015 program, the Department of History, the Department of Political Science, and the African Studies Program. The event is free, but ticketed through the IU Auditorium.

Tuesday, October 13, 10:00 am, IMU Redbud Room

“Evaluating digital history scholarship”: Seth Denbo, AHA’s Director of Scholarly Communications. New guidelines from the American Historical Association on evaluating digital scholarship aim to help departments with the assessment of scholarship as the work done by historians extend beyond traditional modes of research and publication. With greater numbers of historians moving beyond the journal article and book into interactive formats, it is more crucial than ever that the discipline develop better means for evaluation and awarding professional. Please join us for this informal presentation and discussion of those guidelines as they affect the research trajectories of academic historians in a variety of career paths.

Tuesday, October 13, 4:00 pm, Wells Library Hazelbaker Hall

“Data is the new black: Scholarship and citizenship in a connected world”: Seth Denbo, Director of Scholarly Communication, American Historical Association. Big data, big history, distant reading, the return of the longue durée—digital scholarship in the humanities favors large-scale and long-term approaches. Using data-driven methods, we can now explore texts and sources in previously unimaginable magnitudes, but do these experimental avenues of inquiry give us new insights into human culture? Can digital methodologies help us to better understand human interaction and lived experience? And with ever-intensifying pressure on the humanities to justify its value, how can scholars utilize network technologies to engage diverse audiences and to provide context for understanding and action to address social issues? Co-sponsored by the Department of History, UITS Research Technologies, and the Institute for Digital Arts and Humanities, under the Office of the Vice Provost for Research.

Thursday, October 15, 2:30-4:00, Woodburn 009

Horizons of Knowledge presents “Journeys with Baron Ungern: Empire and Biography in the Russian Revolution,” presented by Willard Sunderland, Associate Professor of History at the University of Cincinnati, and an alumnus of Indiana University.