Department of History



Department of History Newsletter
September 25, 2014

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On September 20 Peter Guardino presented the paper “Guerra de guerrillas y atrocidades en la guerra con los Estados Unidos” at the XIV Reunión Internacional de Historiadores de México in Chicago.

The blog Author Interviews hosted an interview with Jason McGraw about his book, The Work of Recognition, conducted by IU faculty member, Cara Caddoo.

Michelle Moyd's piece on African colonial soldiers’ motivations during World War I was published by the "Africa at LSE” blog on September 8th. On September 16th, she was a panelist at the event "Narrating the First World War – Experiences and Reports from Transregional Perspectives”, hosted by the Deutsches Historisches Museum in Berlin, Germany, in conjunction with the Max Weber Stiftung. She presented the paper “Seeing is Believing: Images of Africans in the German East Africa Campaign” at the annual meeting of the German Studies Association in Kansas City, Missouri, September 18-21. At the same conference, she commented on the panel “Transnational Identities: Germans Across Borders”. On September 25th, she gave a presentation entitled "Home Front as Front Line: Campaign Communities at War in East Africa, 1914-1918” as part of a roundtable discussion on Africa and World War I, held at the University of West Georgia in Carrollton, GA.

From September 4-7 Mark Roseman was in Maynooth, Ireland, giving a paper on “Jews, Volk, and Race - some reflections” for the Annual Meeting of the UK German History Society. On September 18-21 he was in Kansas for the German Studies Association annual meeting, where he was moderator and discussant for the panel “New Approaches to the Holocaust.”

Heather Vrana (PhD 2013) will publish her monograph Do Not Mess with Us!: Guatemalan Students and the State, 1944-1996 with the University of California Press. Heather is also editing a source reader entitled Beyond 1968: Key Anti-colonial texts from Central American Student Movements, 1929-1979 for the new series Key Texts in Anti-Colonial Thought by Edinburgh University Press.


Friday, September 26, 4:30-7:00 pm, University Club Faculty Room (upstairs), IMU

Center for 18th Century Studies Book Prize Symposium. The Kenshur Prize for the best book in eighteenth-century studies published in 2013 will be awarded to Hanneke Grootenboer (Art History, Oxford) for her Treasuring the Gaze: Intimate Vision in Eighteenth-Century British Eye Miniatures, published by the University of Chicago Press. Symposium participants include Jesse Molesworth (English, Indiana), Konstantin Dierks (History, Indiana), and Erika Naginski (Harvard Graduate School of Design). All welcome! If you would like to purchase a discounted copy of the book, please contact Rebecca Spang.

Thursday, October 2, 7:30 pm, President’s Room, University Club, IMU

Near Eastern Languages and Cultures presents the 13th annual Wadie Jwaideh Memorial Lecture. Dr. Saba Mahmood, Associate Professor of Anthropology at the University of California, Berkeley, will present “Religious Minorities and Secular Politics in the Middle East.”

Friday, October 3, 12:00 noon, Ballantine 108

Open meeting for History faculty and graduate students to discuss the IU Library’s website, with History Librarian Celestina Savonius-Wroth and Courtney McDonald, head of the IU Libraries Discovery and Research Services Department.

Friday, October 3, 2014, 2:00-4:30pm, IMU Oak Room

The Latino Studies Program presents: “The Politics of Race and Representation: Latinos and Latino Americans in the American Imaginary.” Speakers: Pedro San Miguel, Professor of History at the Universidad de Puerto Rico, “Representations of Mexico in USA Historiography”; Laura Muñoz, Professor of History at the Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México, “ Caribbean Tropical Sceneries in the National Geographic” and Clara Rodríguez, Professor of Sociology at Fordham University, “Who’s Counting? Latina/os in Primetime Network Television.” Following the roundtable we will host a special exhibit and reception at the Lilly Library from 5:00pm to 6:30pm.

Friday, October 3, 2:00 pm, IMU Persimmon Room

Donna Drucker, (PhD 2008) guest professor, Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, Technische Universität Darmstadt, Germany, “Quantifying Sex Research and Beyond: Alfred Kinsey and Technologies of Classification.” School of Informatics and Computing Colloquium Series, cosponsored by the Rob Kling Center for Social Informatics, Department of History, and the Kinsey Institute.

Friday, October 3, 3:00 pm, Wylie House Morton C. Bradley, Jr. Education Center, 317 E. 2nd St.

“Student Life at IU in the 1800s,” Dina Kellams, IU Archives.

October 8-12, Crowne Plaza Union Station, Indianapolis

Indiana University and the Miami Tribe of Oklahoma present the annual conference of the American Society for Ethnohistory, “Ethnohistory at 60: Looking Forward, Reflecting Back.” This year marks the 60th anniversary of IU History professor Erminie Wheeler-Voegelin’s founding of the society’s journal Ethnohistory. On Thursday, October 9, IU is hosting a reception at the Eiteljorg Museum of American Indians and Western Art, from 6:30-10:00, which is free and open to all registered conference attendees. For more details, go to

Thursday, October 9, 5:30-6:30, Lilly Library

Konstantin Dierks, “A Connecting World? Globalization of the United States, 1789-1861.” This lecture is in honor of the exhibition he has curated for the Lilly Library on “Globalization of the United States, 1789-1861”, which will be on view from September 15 through December 18. A reception will follow the lecture. This lecture also introduces the symposium to be held on Friday, October 10.

Friday, October 10, 12:00-1:00 pm, IMU Sassafras Room

European History Workshop presents Michael Wildt, Humboldt University, Berlin, “People, Society, and Community: Visions of Political and Social Order in Post-World War I Germany.” Feel free to bring a brown bag lunch. All papers will be posted in advance as a resource on Oncourse. If you have questions or would like to be added to the Oncourse site for EHW, please contact the organizers, Roberta Pergher ( and Julia Roos (

Friday, October 10, 9:30-5:30 pm, Lilly Library

Symposium on “Globalization of the United States, 1789-1861,” hosted by Konstantin Dierks. This workshop-style conference will have pre-circulated papers. Registration is free, more information is forthcoming. For more information, contact

Friday, October 10-Saturday, October 11, all day event, IMU Walnut and Persimmon Rooms

“Global Moral Panics” Cultural Studies Conference. For details see