This month, PhD candidate Andrew Bell was selected as a Library Resident Research Fellow for the American Philosophical Society. The fellowship, supported by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, will allow him to conduct archival research in Philadelphia this summer.
PhD graduate Chris Conz, who in March successfully defended his dissertation, has been awarded a one-year postdoctoral fellowship at Tufts University’s Friedman School of Nutrition Science and Policy for next year. The fellowship falls under an interdisciplinary program at Friedman School called Innovative Methods and Metrics for Agriculture and Nutrition Actions (IMMANA) which aims “to create a cadre of emerging leaders in agriculture, nutrition, and health research” in lower-income countries. He will be working with BU History Professor Jim McCann and a host mentor in Lesotho.
In the June 2017 issue of the Society for Historians of American Foreign Relations’s journal Diplomatic History, Associate Professor of History Brooke Blower published a new article titled “Nation of Outposts: Forts, Factories, Bases, and the Making of American Power.” The article is available to view at Oxford University Press’s website here.
BU History PhD graduate Matthew Pressman, now an Assistant Professor of Journalism at Seton Hall University, was awarded the 2016 AJHA Margaret A. Blanchard Doctoral Dissertation Prize from the American Journalism Historians Association for his dissertation, Remaking the News: The Transformation of American Journalism, 1960-1980.
For his work with student theater group Wandering Minds, Associate Professor Jonathan Zatlin was given the 2016-2017 Excellence in Student Advising Award by the Boston University Student Activities Organization. Of the award, the SAO writes that advisors are “recognized for their ability to balance multiple roles while remaining focused on the achievement of organizational goals, student learning, student engagement, and student autonomy.”
History Department Chair and Professor Louis Ferleger and Associate Professor Jonathan Zatlin yesterday, April 23rd, published an article on the History News Network. The op-ed, titled “Trump Is Right about One Thing,” can viewed at historynewsnetwork.org here.
The 2017 recipients of the Gerald and Deanne Gitner Family Undergraduate Teaching Prizes in History are Assistant Professor Phillip Haberkern and PhD candidate Ryan Shaver.
Faculty recipient Phil Haberkern is distinguished by his many innovative undergraduate courses including HI 191: What is Europe? Ryan Shaver, Teaching Fellow Recipient, was cited as “an unusually committed and creative teacher–hardworking, innovative, dedicated and effective.”
As part of their One Class, One Day series, BU Today featured two field trips that Professor Arianne Chernock’s seminar course HI 451: Fashion as History take this semester. The class first visits Lauren Whitley, the senior curator of textile and fashion arts at the Museum of Fine Arts, then the Peabody Essex Museum to see the exhibition Shoes: Pleasure and Pain. Read the article at BU Today here.
The Daily Free Press in an article entitled “History professors discuss China and Great Britain’s relationship” covered a recent event organized by Professors Eugenio Menegon and Arianne Chernock, with the support of the BU Pardee School of Global Studies Center for the Study of Asia and the International History Institute. The panel “China and Britain: War and Commerce in the Age of Opium” presented on April 7, 2017 recent research on the contacts and confrontation between China and Britain in the 19th century, and their significance for global history. The event was also part of the pedagogical curriculum of the History Seminars HI 482 (History of Maritime Asia) and HI 451 (Fashion as History).
Professor Chen Song-chuan, History Division, Nanyang Technological University, presented his new book on the first opium war and the lobby of English merchants in China, “Merchants of War and Peace: British Knowledge of China in the Making of the Opium War.” The volume challenges conventional arguments that the major driving forces of the First Opium War were the infamous opium smuggling trade, the defense of British national honor, and cultural conflicts between ‘progressive’ Britain and ‘backward’ China. Instead, it argues that the war was started by a group of British merchants in the Chinese port of Canton in the 1830s, known as the ‘Warlike Party’. Living in a period when British knowledge of China was growing rapidly, the Warlike Party came to understand China’s weakness and its members returned to London to lobby for intervention until war broke out in 1839. However, the Warlike Party did not get its way entirely. Another group of British merchants known in Canton as the ‘Pacific Party’ opposed the war. In Britain, the anti-war movement gave the conflict its infamous name, the ‘Opium War’, which has stuck ever since. Using materials housed in the National Archives, UK, the First Historical Archives of China, the National Palace Museum, the British Library, SOAS Library, and Cambridge University Library, this meticulously researched and lucid volume is a new history of the cause of the First Opium War.
Dr. Rachel Silberstein , Luce / ACLS Postdoctoral Fellow, Department of History of Art and Visual Culture, Rhode Island School of Design, presented on “ ‘A Vent for our English Woollen Manufacture’: Marketing Foreign Fabrics in Nineteenth-Century China.” Contrary to the established narrative of the Qing as conservative eschewers of all things foreign, recent studies have drawn attention to the increasing presence and popularity of foreign objects from the late Ming period onwards, something that gained momentum with the arrival of the East India Company in the late seventeenth-century. This paper provides a micro-history of the most critical component of the EIC trade, woollen fabrics. Oft-dismissed by economic historians, new data compilations permit unprecedented analysis of this trade, which despite numerous challenges, was to become increasingly important, both to the EIC and British woollen manufacturers. By charting the EIC’s various attempts to market their wares and counter the competition, particularly Russian competition for the northern markets, this presentation explores how British woollens entered Chinese society and argues for a new perspective on the trade wars of the early nineteenth-century that acknowledge the Chinese consumer in global textile history.
On Thursday, April 13th at 6:00 pm, Professor Arianne Chernock will give a talk at the Mahindra Humanities Center at Harvard University. For more information on the talk, titled “The Right to Rule and the Rights of Women in Victorian Britain, visit the Mahindra Humanities Center website.