The Fourth Annual Undergraduate Academic History Conference will take place on Sunday, April 7, 2019. Students will present conference papers of their own historical interests on group panels, followed by commentary and a Q&A segment. Presentations will be no longer than 12 minutes.
The Undergraduate History Association at Boston University welcomes submissions for its annual conference. Research paper proposals should be individually-researched papers on historical subjects. The UHA welcomes applications from all undergraduates regardless of major and on any topic. Suggested paper themes include, but are not limited to:
- Society and Culture
- Politics, Government, and Law
- Industry and Technology
- Identity, Ethnicity, and Race
- Wars, Battles, Weaponry
- Periods of Crisis
Proposals must be 250-300 words and include a working bibliography, a working title, and a one page resume or CV. Email proposals to firstname.lastname@example.org in PDF format. The deadline is 11:59pm on December 29th, 2018.
Students whose papers are chosen will present their work at the UHA Conference on Sunday, April 7, 2019.
Professor Nina Silber’s new book This War Ain’t Over: Fighting the Civil War in New Deal America was published last month on University of North Carolina Press. The book is an examination of the contentious debates among Americans- black and white, northern and southern, New Dealers and conservatives – over how to remember the American Civil War during the 1930s-40s.
Coinciding with its release, Professor Silber discussed her research and new book in an interview with BU Today. The feature, titled “The Civil War History You Don’t Know,” is available to read online here.
BU Senior History major Anna Stroinski is one of eight recipients of the North American Conference on British Studies’ 2018 Undergraduate Essay Contest. Professor Arianne Chernock nominated Stroinski’s paper “God Save the Alternative Jubilee: The Sex Pistols and Meaningful Monarchical Engagement,” written in Professor Chernock’s course HI 434: Monarchy in Modern Britain. The award was announced at the NACBS’ 2018 annual meeting in Providence, RI.
A fabulous new exhibition at the Peabody Essex Museum in Salem was the destination for a fieldtrip of the History 487 Seminar “The Making of Modern China” (instructor Prof. Eugenio Menegon) on October 16, 2018.
“Empresses of China’s Forbidden City” features portraits, calligraphies, precious objects, embroidered robes, jewels and paintings about the life of empresses of the last Chinese imperial dynasty, the Manchu Qing (1644-1912). Timed to mark the 40th anniversary of the establishment of U.S.-China diplomatic relations, the exhibition is organized by the Peabody Essex Museum, the Smithsonian’s Freer-Sackler Galleries in Washington, D.C., and the Palace Museum in Beijing.
The seminar’s visit was guided by the exhibition co-organizer in person, Dr. Daisy Wang, the Museum’s Chinese Collections Curator, who mesmerized the students with riveting stories of palace intrigue and female empowerment. The famous Yin Yu Tang Chinese merchant house (early 19th century) was also part of the visit. Afterwards, the seminar gathered in the Museum Café to discuss the experience in light of pre-assigned readings on gender relations in late imperial times.
This Fall 2018 Professor Eugenio Menegon has so far presented at four academic conferences on different topics.
He first tackled the urban history of Beijing in the Qing period in relation to European establishments in the city, with a paper entitled “Invisible City: European Missionaries and Catholic Community in Qing Beijing,” presented at the Conference “Global Empires, Global Courts? Explorations in Politics and Religion,” held at the European University Institute in Florence (Italy) on 13-14 September 2018, an event co-sponsored by the Department of History & Civilization – EUI, the Global History and Culture Centre at the University of Warwick, and the Oxford University Centre for Global History.
At the conference “Italy and East Asia: Exchanges and Parallels,” held at Stony Brook University, Stony Brook (NY), on October 11-13, 2018 he presented on “The Tragic Jesuit Embassy of the Kangxi Emperor to Pope Clement XI in 1709-10.”
He then traveled to the Martyrs’ Shrine in Midland, Ontario (Canada), the site of one of the earliest Jesuit missions to the Hurons, offering an exploration of politics and martyrdom in China entitled “Bishop Bai’s Cave: The Fujian Martyrs and the Politics of Martyrdom between China, the Philippines, and Europe, 18th century to the present.” This was part of the international symposium “Life & Death in the Missions of New France and East Asia: Narratives of Faith & Martyrdom,” co-sponsored by The Ricci Institute for Chinese-Western Cultural History (University of San Francisco) & the Martyrs’ Shrine in collaboration with Sainte-Marie among the Hurons (Ontario Huronia Historical Parks), on October 18-21, 2018.
Finally, on November 9, 2018, together with Daryl Ireland (Associate Director of the BU Center for Global Christianity & Mission – CGCM), and Alex Mayfield (BU STH doctoral student and project manager), he introduced “The China Christian Database: A Digital Tool for the Cartography and Prosopography of Christianity in China.” The slide show was conceived as an overview of the BU DH project Professor Menegon is supervising with CGCM, and received positive feedback from scholars of Chinese religions during the book launch for the Atlas on Religion in China: Social and Geographical Contexts(Brill, 2018) and the roundtable discussion on “Mapping Chinese Religions” at the Center on Religion and Chinese Society, Purdue University, West Lafayette, Indiana.
Professor Bruce Schulman’s course on “Media and Politics in Modern America” was featured in BU Today‘s “One Class, One Day” series alongside its team-taught counterpart “The Presidency and the Media,” offered by COM Professor of Journalism Chris Daly. The feature, titled “Trump and the Press: We’ve Been Here Before,” is available to read at BU Today here.
The University Press of Kansas has just published Children of the Silent Majority: Young Voters and the Rise of the Republican Party, 1968-1980. Currently Senior Lecturer in the BU Writing Program, Blumenthal unearths the remarkable, largely unappreciated story of outreach to young voters by Republicans and conservatives in the 1960s and 1970s. Based on his BU dissertation, and extensive research in the archives of multiple presidents and other key figures, the book explains how Nixon’s surprising efforts established a model for a youth campaign that successfully shaped GOP strategy and operations throughout the 1980s. Identifying and defining that effort, the book suggests a new way of appraising and understanding the significance of young voters in elections and in American political life.
As October comes to a close, we wanted to recap the various events that took place at 226 BSR up until now. First, our own Charley Binkow led us through a lively discussion of Henry IV, Part One for this year’s first installment of the Shakespeare Book Club. We then braved Salem on a weekend in October, where we visited the Salem Witch Museum, enjoyed lunch and people-watching, and strolled along Salem’s historic wharves.
As part of our Coffee Chat Series, we had the opportunity to hear from Professor Ben Siegel about his recent book publication and his time before and at BU. He also shared tips and tricks for grad students navigating professionalization, research, and teaching.
The Writing Workshop is still going strong. Tom Sojka shared his paper “’Selling Bright, Young Things:’ Advertising Aristocracy in Interwar Britain” and Seth Anderson talked about “The Lavender Revolution of the Ecclesial Gay Liberation Movement: The Legacies of the Catholic Organization Dignity/Boston and Affirmation: Gay and Lesbian Mormons.” These were great opportunities to learn more about Tom and Seth’s research interests in general, and their goals with these papers in particular.
It has been a productive, educational, fun (and spooky!) semester so far, and we look forward to more HGSO programming in November!
Harvard University Press has just published On Press: The Liberal Values That Shaped the News, by BU Ph.D. Matthew Pressman. Currently Assistant Professor at Seton Hall University, Pressman analyzes the transformation of American journalism in the years after World War II. Based on his BU dissertation, and extensive research in the archives of the New York Times, the Los Angeles Times, and the personal papers of numerous journalists, the book shows how and why the press became what it is today.
BU History PhD Anne Blaschke, now a Visiting Assistant Professor of History at the College of the Holy Cross, co-wrote an article in The Washington Post‘s “Made By History” section. The article historically contextualizes the 1991 Anita Hill testimony at the Senate confirmation hearings of current Justice Clarence Thomas, asking whether we’ve really learned from Hill’s experience given the current political tension and gender politics around Christine Blasey Ford and Brett Kavanaugh. The article, titled “The Kavanaugh allegations show what we have–and haven’t–learned from Anita Hill,” is available to read at The Washington Post‘s website here.