Department of History



Department of History Newsletter

March 27, 2015

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On March 12, Jason McGraw gave a paper, "Recognition as the Social Practice of Citizenship in Postemancipation Colombia," at the Center for the Study of Citizenship conference at Wayne State University. The following day he gave a talk about his book in conjunction with receiving the 2015 Book Prize in Citizenship Studies from the Center.

Eden Medina received a Scholar's Award from the National Science Foundation for her current project "How Data Become Law: Computer-Mediated Evidence in Cases of Human Rights Violations." Her article "The Cybersyn Revolution" appears in the current issue of Jacobin Magazine as part of a special issue on technology and politics.

Graduate student Lauren Miller has accepted a full-time lecturer position with the Department of History, Baylor University. Baylor's department is becoming a satellite of our department and the Center for 18th Century Studies: IU PhD Joseph Stubenrauch has held a post there since graduating in 2011.

Marissa Moorman presented the paper "Remediation: Radios in Sissako's Life on Earth and Sembene's Moolaade" at the Bard College Workshop on Sound and Affect, March 23, 2015.

John Nieto-Phillips received a 2015-2016 Fulbright Senior Researcher Grant. He will spend the fall semester in Madrid, researching, writing and collaborating with scholars at the Universidad de Alcalá de Henares. The award will help him advance his book manuscript, “Echoes of Empire: The Spanish Language and the Global Reach of Hispanism, 1910s-1940s.”

Rebecca Spang presented “Eighteenth-Century Studies and Nineteenth-Century Historicisms” at the ASECS (American Society for Eighteenth-Century Studies) meeting in Los Angeles, where she also participated in the “Against History” roundtable discussion. Meanwhile, her The Invention of the Restaurant: Paris and Modern Gastronomic Culture (Harvard, 2000) has recently been cited in The Atlantic and in National Geographic.


Friday, March 27, 12:00 noon, Ballantine 004

European History Workshop and the Borns Jewish Studies Program present Rebecca Clifford, Swansea University, “Finding the Child Holocaust Survivor in History and Memory”.

Friday, March 27, 12:00 noon – 1:30 pm, Neal Marshall Center, Bridgwater Lounge

“Why Ferguson Matters to Asian Americans” This event will be a discussion about Asian Americans and race relations in the United States today. Specifically, panelists will address the role of Asian Americans and the "Black Lives Matter" movement that has emerged since the events of Ferguson, Missouri in summer 2014. The three panelists are Dr. Julie Merseth (Postdoctoral Fellow, CRRES and Visiting Assistant Professor, Political Science), Dr. Ishan Ashutosh (Geography), and Rev. Mihee Kim-Kort (Clergy, Presbyterian Church, USA and author/blogger). Cosponsors: Asian American Studies Program, Asian Pacific Law Students Association, Asian American Association, Kappa Gamma Delta. Lunch will be provided.

Wednesday, April 1, 5:00 pm, University Club President’s Room, IMU

Installation of Mirjam Zadoff as the Alvin H. Rosenfeld Chair in Jewish Studies. Mirjam will present “The Red Sheep of the Family: Jews & the Left.” Professor Ada Rapoport, University College London, will respond to the lecture.

Friday, April 3, 1:00-2:30 pm, Ballantine 209

History Graduate Student Workshop on “Job Seeking Beyond the Professoriate.” Susan Ferentinos (IU History PhD, 2005) will lead an introductory workshop on non-academic job searching for graduate students. During this event, we will consider the range of jobs humanities PhDs are qualified for; discuss the types of skills non-academic employers are looking for; offer tips for repackaging academic skills for a wider job market; and review the basics of résumé writing (as opposed to C.V. building). Students are welcome to attend all or part of this workshop, as their schedule allows.

Wednesday, April 8, 12:00 noon, Ballantine 004

Graduate student Mary Werden will present “The Promise of Progress: Communism and Rural Modernization in Poland, 1956-1980.” Sponsored by the Institute for European Studies.

Thursday, April 9, 11:00 am-12:30 pm, Georgian Room, IMU

Workshop on history learning innovations, which includes a presentation from Michael Smith, an IU History PhD now working at Ithica College. Sponsored by IU’s Scholarship of Teaching and Learning Program.

April 10, 3:00-4:30 pm, Ballantine 331

Historical Teaching and Practice Event on “Teaching with Primary Sources: What Students Bring to University and What They Need.” Kristen Hengtgen, Geena Kim, Alex Kirven, Jess Leach, and Maks Szostalo will discuss ways that undergraduates engage with primary sources, based on a survey of students from 23 different courses. This event is co-sponsored by the Indiana University Scholarship of Teaching and Learning program.


Job Opening – Diplomatic History

Diplomatic History is seeking a graduate student from the IU History Department or a related department to serve as an Editorial Assistant. This half-time position (20 hours/week FTE) has a start date of August 1, 2015. An interest in transnational history and the histories of various regions and periods is desirable. Editorial Assistants read and make preliminary assessments of all incoming manuscripts, process books for review, assist in selecting referees, edit and proofread copy, record information in a computer database, and participate in editorial discussions.

Applicants should be ABD, that is, having finished their PhD qualifying exams, and have good editorial skills. A successful applicant must also have at least two semesters of G901 eligibility, as there is no fee remission with this appointment.

Compensation is currently $1,575 per month with health benefits, and it can be a ten or twelve month position. The position is renewable annually for up to three years.

Deadline for applications is Friday, April 10, 2015.

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

Nick Cullather, Anne Foster, Editors
Diplomatic History
Indiana University
1217 E. Atwater Avenue
Bloomington IN 47401-3703