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The UTC History faculty had a productive summer!  Here’s what they have to report:


From Julia Cummiskey:

“In June, I got to work on a new upper-level course on sports in modern African history. In particular, I consulted with staff at the library, the library studio, and WUTC to help me design a student podcasting assignment in which students will link a particular event or issue in African sports to broader themes of race, gender, nationalism, and/or economic development. I am very excited to teach this course and explore a new way of crafting and sharing historical narratives.

“I had a very busy month in July, traveling to the U.K. with the support of a Faculty Grant and a Research and Creative Activity Grant from the College of Arts and Sciences. I presented a paper entitled “Putting Rakai on the Map: HIV/AIDS Research and Social Geography in Uganda” at the annual meeting of the Society for the Social History of Medicine in Liverpool. I took advantage of some free time to consult the University of Liverpool Archives and to visit the International Slavery Museum. After the conference ended, I traveled to London where I did some work in the U.K. National Archives at Kew, the Wellcome Library, and the SOAS Archives. Overall, the trip was an exciting opportunity to catch up with colleagues from the U.S., the U.K., and even Australia; to get thoughtful feedback on my manuscript, to tie up some loose ends in my first project with archival work; and to begin exploratory archival work for my next project.”


Fom Susan Eckelmann Berghel:

“I presented new research at George Mason University as part of the History of Emotions Conference.  My H-Net conference report is available here. I received the PREP grant to support the research for a new project tentatively titled “Dying Young: Famed Youth Deaths and Public Policy in Modern America” and was honored with the 2017-18 “Innovative Teacher of the Year” award from the College of Arts and Sciences. I submitted a chapter-length manuscript to be included in the edited volume Children’s Voices of the Past (Palgrave).”


From Boris Gorshkov:

“I received an associateship with the University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign and worked at the Summer Research Laboratory at UI this July. I have been working on my new book titled The Dark Side of Early Soviet Childhood, 1917-1941: Repressed Children. Earlier, in June, I received a contract for the publication of this book. In addition, I have been revising my online World History class for Quality Matters. In August I participated in a UTC sponsored talk about General Education.”


From James Guilfoyle:

“It was a productive and varied summer. First, I wrote a paper on the conflict between the English and Irish customs administrations in the 1680s over tobacco import duties for presentation at a conference in Cork. Ireland. (Unfortunately, a last-minute problem with my flight arrangements prevented me from attending). Second, I submitted the final draft of a manuscript on “Ireland, Mercantilism, and the Navigation Acts, 1660-86” which will be included in the forthcoming edited volume from Palgrave, entitled Taxation, Politics, and Protest in Ireland, 1660-2016. Third, I taught two online sections of HIST 1110. Finally, I completed the required Quality Matters online course training.”


From Fang Yu Hu:

“This summer I conducted archival research in Taiwan to revise a chapter on Japanese language textbooks from my book manuscript. The manuscript is tentatively entitled “‘Good Wife, Wise Mother’: Educating Han Taiwanese Girls under Japanese Rule, 1895-1945.” I plan to present this chapter at a national conference in March 2018. I completed a chapter on womanhood and submitted it as a sample chapter long with a book proposal to a publisher.

“To continue to encourage active learning in my classroom, I have designed questions and activities that will encourage students to engage in small group discussion and class presentations as well as analyzing primary sources every week in HIST 1120 World History from 1400 to present. I have also designed a new course on memories of World War II in East Asia to encourage students to compare and contrast history and memory and to read and write critically about WWII and the postwar years.”


From Kira Robison:

“I received an advanced contract with Brill Academic Publishers for my manuscript Healers in the Making: Students, Physicians, and Medical Education in Medieval Bologna (1250-1550), which I will be hard at work on this coming year. I also presented a paper entitled “’Hidden’ Cures: Physiognomy and the Medical Academy” at the 53rd International Congress on Medieval Studies in Kalamazoo, MI back in May.”


From John Swanson:

“In May my new book, Tangible Belonging: Negotiating Germanness in Twentieth-Century Hungary, was presented and discussed during a panel discussion at the conference of the Association for the Studies of Nationalities in New York. After the conference, I conducted research in the archives of the American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee and in the archives of the YIVO Institute for Jewish Research.

“During the summer I received support from Indiana University (Title VIII funding) to continue my study of Ukrainian. As part of this grant, I participated in a two-week course at the School of Ukrainian Language and Culture at the Ukrainian Catholic University in Lviv, Ukraine. Prior to this course, I attended the annual conference of the International Association for the Humanities and presented the paper “Rethinking Ethnicity in Central Europe: the German Speakers of Twentieth Century Hungary.””


From Annie Tracy Samuel:

“I spent this summer working on my book manuscript, “Faith and Firepower: The Iranian Revolutionary Guards and the Iran-Iraq War.” I presented a paper based on the manuscript at the Annual Conference of the British Society for Middle Eastern Studies (BRISMES), which was held at King’s College London in June. My participation in the conference was supported by a Faculty Grant and a Supplemental Travel Grant from the College of Arts and Sciences. The edited volume entitled The End of Strategic Stability?: Nuclear Weapons and the Challenge of Regional Rivalries (edited by Lawrence Rubin and Adam N. Stulberg, published by Georgetown University Press), to which I contributed a chapter on “Beyond Strategic Stability: Deterrence, Regional Balance, and Iranian National Security,” will be released in September.


And, from Prof. Emeritus Richard Rice:

“I published a paper recently in an online journal based on a presentation at the Southeast Conference, Association of Asian Studies at the University of Mississippi in January 2017:  “Continuing Ethnic Strife in Xinjiang: China’s Struggle with Uyghur Identity Politics,” Virginia Review of Asian Studies 20 (2018), pp.51-63.”

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