Towards the end of last semester, the HSGO organized another installment of the Coffee Chat Series, this time with Professor Betty Anderson, as well as more Shakespeare Nights led by Charley Binkow. Moreover, Rachel Wilson presented her work during our good ol’ Writing Workshop after Seth Anderson and Tom Sojka already had done so. One new thing to our repertoire are the so-called Monthly Writing Meetups, an idea by Tom Sojka and Kristen Carey. These meetups will take place every first Friday of the month in order to create some accountability. Our first one, held on February 2, was well attended by graduate students of all stages from both the History Department and the AMNESP program. The next meetup will be March 1. We look forward to these HGSO get-togethers before the end of the academic year!
BU PhD and Assistant Professor of Journalism Matt Pressman was awarded a PROSE Award from the Association of American Publishers. Pressman’s book On Press: The Liberal Values That Shaped the News won the award in the Media and Cultural Studies category.
In the latest issue of The New Yorker, staff writer (and former BU History Professor) Jill Lepore reviews several books on the history of journalism, including On Press, the new book based on his doctoral dissertation of BU History Ph.D. Matthew Pressman (currently Assistant Professor at Seton Hall University). You can read the article, titled “Does Journalism Have a Future?” here.
During the past Thanksgiving break (November 21-23, 2018), Professor Eugenio Menegon presented a paper entitled “Communicating on board and on shore: European testimonies on varieties of lingua franca in maritime China, 1550-1850” at the International Conference “Maritime knowledge for Asian seas. An interdisciplinary dialogue between maritime historians and archaeologists,” organized by the SeaFaring Research Programme, and hosted by the École française d’Extrême Orient, the Institut d’études avancées de Paris and the École des hautes études en sciences sociales, all in Paris (France). On November 24, Menegon also attended a workshop about cartography and sources in Asian maritime history at EHESS.
Using published and archival sources, Menegon’s presentation considered Portuguese and English pidgins as intermediary languages to communicate both on ships and on shore in the Pearl River Delta (Macao and Canton) in the 18th and 19th centuries. Seamen, naval officers, missionaries, European colonial officials and traders, Qing bureaucrats and merchants, interpreters and interlopers, all needed to use some common language, spoken and written, to conduct business transactions and arrange for transportation and other daily needs. This exploration casts light on a relatively little known aspect of Sino-European relations, and contributes to the current book project of Professor Menegon on Europeans in late imperial China.
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, supported by a generous grant of the CAS Academic Enhancement Fund.
“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.