In a new feature published by the Cambridge Core blog, Associate Professors of History Sarah Phillips and Brooke Blower each discussed their current scholarship and plans for the newly launched journal Modern American History, on which they will be working as co-Executive Editors. The journal will publish its first issue in Spring of 2018 and interested readers may follow the MAH Twitter for updates.
Associate Professors of History Brooke Blower and Sarah Phillips are to act as the Executive Editors of the newly introduced journal Modern American History. The first issue is slated to be published on Cambridge University Press in Spring 2018 and at the moment, the journal is currently accepting submissions.
Schulman Wins National Endowment for the Humanities Public Scholar Award and Is Featured in BU Research Story
Professor Bruce Schulman recently won a National Endowment for the Humanities Public Scholar Award to complete his forthcoming book, a volume of the Oxford History of the United States covering the years from 1896 to 1929. BU Research sat down with Schulman to talk about how the turn-of-the-century changes he is studying connect to today’s politics. You can find the interview at http://www.bu.edu/research/articles/presidential-elections-history/.
Last Thursday, October 20th, the History Department hosted its first annual History Concentrators’ Pizza Party, open to any interested majors, minors, faculty, or other students of history. Take a glance at some of the photos from the event, courtesy of Professor Eugenio Menegon.
On October 13, 2016, members of the History Seminar “The Making of Modern China” (HI 487; instructor Professor Eugenio Menegon) visited the Yin Yu Tang Chinese traditional house at the Peabody Essex Museum in Salem (http://www.pem.org/sites/yinyutang/). The trip was an occasion to discuss the topic of family structure and gender relations in late imperial China. The fieldtrip was closed by a nice dinner in Chinatown, and was supported by a CAS Academic Enhancement Fund grant.
Pictured are the following students: CAS and COM undergraduates Natalie Mei McDaniel, Hyun Jun Brian Moon, Yunjia Nicole Qu, Jeonghwan Jake Shin, Doruk Uzel, and Jiahao Sam Zhang; graduate students Alex Mayfield and Yongguang Xue (School of Theology), Mengqing Shang and Rongrong Xu (Dept. of Anthropology), and Chengguang Zhu (Dept. of History).
As featured in today’s edition of BU Today, BU History Professor Bruce Schulman will be participating in a special Gitner Family Lecture panel on the 2016 presidential election between Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump. Also offering their commentary will be Professor of Political Science Neta Crawford and Assistant Professor of Political Science Katherine Levine Einstein, with Dean of the College of Arts & Sciences Ann Cudd moderating the panel.
Trump v. Clinton: How Does 2016 Compare? will take place tonight, October 20th, at 6:30pm in the Law School Auditorium, 765 Commonwealth Ave.
On October 16th, 2016, Assistant Professor Benjamin Siegel published an editorial with World is One News. The article, titled “World Food Day and hunger: Are Solutions hiding in plain sight?” can be read on wionews.com.
PhD Candidate Lilly Havstad Publishes Article in South African Historical Journal, Delivers Talk for MET
In its latest issue, the South African Historical Journal published a new article by BU PhD candidate Lilly Havstad. The article, titled “Multiracial Women and the African Press in Post-World War II Lourenço Marques, Mozambique,” is currently available online here. The journal will be out in print later this month.
Havstad will also be delivering a talk on “Changing Foodways in Maputo, Mozambique” for the Metropolitan College’s Gastronomy Program. The event will take place in Room 313 in the College of Arts and Sciences Building, 725 Commonwealth Ave on Tuesday, October 18th from 6 to 8pm. Click here to reserve a place at this free event.
In the afternoon of October 3rd, Professor Eugenio Menegon delivered the Fall “Ricci Lecture” at St. Louis University (SLU), St. Louis, Missouri, as part of the “Matteo Ricci Speakers Series: the Jesuits, Christianity, China, and the Intercultural Experience” sponsored by the Center for Medieval and Renaissance Studies, the Departments of History and Theological Studies, and several other centers and programs at SLU (http://matteoricci.slu.edu/).
This talk focused on the intercultural experience of clothing and bodily practices in early modern China. Entitled “The Habit that Hides the Monk: Missionary Fashion Strategies in Early Modern China,” the lecture mapped the changing wardrobe, hairdo and ‘fashion statements’ of early modern missionaries in China, from the Ming to the Qing period (17th-19th centuries). Since the arrival of the first Jesuits in China in the late Ming period (1580s), one of the most visible forms of “going native” was the adoption of Chinese clothing and hairstyle (see images of missionaries in Ming and Qing attires). Dressing like the Chinese was not a choice, as foreigners residing within China had to adapt to local dress codes and bodily practices. Only in native garb could missionaries enter and circulate in the Chinese empire, and truly become “local agents.” The age-old adage “the habit does not make the monk” needs revisiting in this case: in the China mission, clothing was actually a way to “hide the monk,” i.e. the missionary’s religious identity, while opening myriad venues into late imperial Chinese society, within a culture constrained but also shaped, like early modern Europe, by sumptuary laws and cultural taboos about clothes and the body.
After delivering this well-attended lecture introduced by the chair of History Professor Charles Parker (Global Early Modern History and Dutch Golden Age), and by organizers Professors Filippo Marsili (Early Chinese History) and Pauline Lee (Chinese Philosophy and Religion), Menegon spent two days doing research in the famous “Knights of Columbus Vatican Film Library” at SLU (http://lib.slu.edu/special-collections/collections/vfl). The Library contains thousands of reels of precious manuscripts on the history of missions from several archives in Rome, Seville and Barcelona. Menegon also met graduate students in a seminar taught by Professor Zhao Ma (modern Chinese cultural history) in the Department of East Asian Languages and Cultures at Washington University in Saint Louis, to discuss field research and archival resources for dissertation writing in Chinese studies.
In the below photograph, Professor Filippo Marsili, who teaches early imperial Chinese history in SLU’s Department of History and was one of the SLU organizer, stands with Professor Menegon in front of a splendid wooden statue of the Buddhist goddess Guanyin (Song dynasty, 10th century CE) in the St. Louis Art Museum.
Professor of History Bruce Schulman (pictured below) published a review essay on bicycling in the turn of the century United States. “Pedaling Toward Modernity” appears in the September 2016 issue of Reviews in American History, published by Johns Hopkins University Press. To view the piece, visit https://muse.jhu.edu/article/631152/pdf.