Department of History



Department of History Newsletter

August 22, 2014

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Maria Bucur presented "Commemorating World War I--Changes, Points of Interest, Omissions," as keynote talk at the Summer school organized by the Romanian Society for Historical Sciences, July 29, Galati, Romania.

Erin Corber (PhD 2013 and Borns Jewish Studies Postdoc 2014) has accepted the position of Visiting Assistant Professor of European History at the University of Maine for Fall Semester 2014.

Kalani Craig (PhD, 2013) will be the plenary speaker for the 2015 American Historical Association's official Getting Started in Digital History Workshop. Kalani will also be organizing this year's workshop, which will take place January 2, 2015, in New York at the start of the annual meeting. In addition to the plenary session, the workshop will have an introductory digital-history track plus 5 hands-on workshops in text mining, historical GIS and networks in historical research. If you are attending this year’s AHA and would like to reserve a space in the GSDH workshop, details are forthcoming in the AHA registration packets that will be distributed in the next few weeks. Kalani is also giving a workshop at IUPUI, entitled “Data Normalization for Gephi," on preparing research and archival data for use in analyzing historical networks. The Sept 16 workshop is the second in a series, the first of which will show historians how to use Gephi, a network visualization tool (Sept 9, Ted Polley). See for more information.

On May 13, Deborah Deliyannis gave a presentation entitled "Ambrose of Milan and Church-Building: Rhetoric and Reality" for the “Workshop on Late Antiquity and Byzantium” at the University of Chicago.

Arlene Díaz’ article “Visualidad y modernidad: José Martí en la ciudad de Nueva York, 1880-1887” was published in Un pueblo disperso: Dimensiones sociales y culturales de la diáspora cubana [A Dispersed People: Social and Cultural Dimensions of the Cuban Diaspora]. Ed. Jorge Duany. Valencia [Spain]: Editorial Aduana Vieja, 2014.

Donna J. Drucker (PhD 2008) has published The Classification of Sex: Alfred Kinsey and the Organization of Knowledge with the University of Pittsburgh Press. In August, the International Committee for the History of Technology (ICOHTEC) awarded her its 2014 Maurice Dumas Prize for the best article published in the history of technology. The article is “Keying Desire: Alfred Kinsey’s Use of Punched Card Machines for Sex Research,” Journal of the History of Sexuality 22/1 (2013).

Michael Grossberg received an honorary degree from the University of Linköping at its May commencement. During his stay in Sweden he also gave a commencement lecture and presentations at two conferences on children’s rights. In early June he gave the keynote address at a conference on “Law and the Child in Historical Perspective” at the University of Minnesota School of Law. And he filed an affidavit in a federal district court in support of a couple challenging Indiana’s ban on same-sex marriage as well as co-authored a historians’ brief in the subsequent appeal by the state attorney general when that and several other cases received favorable rulings.

On May 22 Peter Guardino gave the presentation “Indigenity, Time, and Space” at the annual meeting of the Latin American Studies Association in Chicago.

Graduate student Michael Hancock-Parmer presented a paper “The 1723 Bare Footed Flight of the Kazakhs: From Historical Sources to Collective Memory and Identity” in Astana, Kazakhstan on May 24th at the Joint Regional Conference of the Association for Slavic, East European and Eurasian Studies (ASEEES) and the Central Eurasian Studies Society (CESS) hosted by Nazarbayev University (Astana, Kazakhstan) on May 22–24, 2014. This represents the fourth biennial regional conference of CESS together with the first regional conference organized by ASEEES.

John Hanson appeared on Press Point, a television program aired live on June 8, 2014. The subject was Muslim radicalism, and it was broadcast by the GBC (Ghana Broadcasting Corporation) in Accra and by MTA (Muslim Television Ahmadiyya) in London.

Graduate student David Jamison has accepted a position as Visiting Assistant Professor of Black World Studies at Miami University of Ohio at Middletown starting this Fall 2014.

Padraic Kenney spoke at a conference in Warsaw hosted by the President of Poland, entitled: “Community beyond the Cordon: The Democratic Opposition of East-Central Europe during the Cold War.” While in Warsaw, he also took part in a debate (with Aleksander Smolar), hosted by Krytyka Liberalna on the meanings of 1989, and delivered a talk on political incarceration in Communist Poland to the Solidarity Studies Working Group.

Jason McGraw's book, The Work of Recognition: Caribbean Colombia and the Postemancipation Struggle for Citizenship, has just been released by University of North Carolina Press. In May, he wrote an op-ed piece for History News Network, "Why Colombian Peasants are Again in Revolt--And What's Different This Time." The HNN piece can be accessed here: He was also featured on the AHA blog in their "Member Spotlight" section:

Eden Medina's book Cybernetic Revolutionaries: Technology and Politics in Allende's Chile was recognized as Honorable Mention for the Recent History and Memory Book Prize of the Latin American Studies Association.

Michelle Moyd’s book, Violent Intermediaries: African Soldiers, Conquest, and Everyday Colonialism in German East Africa (Ohio University Press), was published in July. In early June, she presented the paper “Home front as front line: campaign communities at war in German East Africa, 1914-18” at “The Long Global Crisis, 1912-1922” workshop held at the European University Institute, Florence, Italy. Also in June, a BBC World Service radio documentary featured Michelle along with other scholars discussing the First World War in global perspective. Her article “Das Zerrbild der Askari [The Askari Caricature]” appeared in the June 2014 issue of the German magazine Südlink as part of a feature marking World War I’s centenary. Michelle also was awarded a Themester Course Development Grant for a planned course called “Making a Living: Turning Points in African Labor History,” to be taught as part of Themester 2015, @Work: The Nature of Labor on a Changing Planet.

Graduate student Samson Ndanyi’s essay, "Theatre for Development in Kenya: A Tumultuous Period, 1976-1978,” has been accepted for publication as book chapter in Kenya at Fifty (forthcoming).On June 11 he presented a paper, “Disrupting Rituals, Reversing Stereotypes: Africa Reexamined, 1895-Present,” at the African Studies Summer Institute for Teachers in Bloomington.

Julia Roos presented the paper, "1920s Critiques of Atrocity Propaganda: A Contribution to Cultural Demobilization? The Case of Harold D. Lasswell's Propaganda Technique in the World War (1927)," at the conference, "The Academic World in the Era of the Great War," Trinity College Dublin, August 14-16, 2014. Some of the research for this paper was supported by an emergency grant-in-aid by the Office of the Vice Provost for Research.

On June 25-27, Kaya Sahin attended “Rethinking Early Modernity: Methodological and Critical Innovation since the Ritual Turn,” a conference organized by the Centre for Renaissance and Reformation Studies at the University of Toronto. There, he presented a paper: “The Performance of Power in an Early Modern Empire: Ottoman Public Ceremonies under Suleiman the Magnificent (1520-1566).”

David Thelen has received a Retired Faculty Grant-in-Aid award from the Office of the Vice Provost for Research to support his project “Making a New Community and History One Conversation at a Time: The Case of Sophiatown, South Africa.”

Over the summer, graduate student Alex Tipei presented a paper, "Patriotic Sons and Fit Mothers: Elementary Education and the Early Greek State" at the Sixteenth Berkshire Conference on the History of Women at the University of Toronto, Canada.

Carl Weinberg published "’Ye Shall Know Them by Their Fruits’: Evolution, Eschatology, and the Anticommunist Politics of George McCready Price" in the September 2014 issue of Church History: Studies in Christianity and Culture.

On May 20, Ellen Wu was a featured guest on Al Jazeera English's international TV show The Stream. The topic of the broadcast was "The Myth of the 'model minority.'" (The broadcast is available outside the US here: Ellen was also an invited speaker for the Fifth All-[Internment] Camps Reunion at Chicago's Japanese American Service Committee on August 3.

Richard Blackett Symposium: Vanderbilt University, Sept. 19-20

The former graduate student advisees of Richard Blackett have invited IU history faculty to a conference to be given in his honor on September 19-20, 2014, at the Black Cultural Center of Vanderbilt University in Nashville. The proceedings will showcase his legacy to the historical profession in two ways: a) with a series of paper presentations by former students that highlights the work they are doing and b) through a number of short talks that give tribute to Richard’s influence on his students and the profession.

David Blight will give the keynote address late Friday afternoon. Events commence at 9 am Friday morning, continue through Friday, and end with a picnic on Saturday. Those who would like to contribute to a Festschrift may do so by sending their reflection to Angela Murphy ( For more information, please contact Richard Pierce ( or Emilye Crosby (



Friday, August 22, 9:00 am – 3:00 pm, Ballantine 144

Mandatory training for all History Associate Instructors, coffee, bagels, and lunch will be served. Faculty do not attend this event.

Tuesday, August 26, 5:00-7:00 pm, IU Auditorium Lobby

The College’s 2014 Fall Reception to welcome new tenured and tenure track faculty. All faculty are welcome; a brief program begins at 5:45 pm, and hors d’oeuvres and cocktails will be served.

Friday, August 29, 2:30-5:00 pm, Ballantine 146

Mandatory training for all History Course Assistants (new and returning.) Faculty do not attend this event.