In the early twentieth century, everybody who was anybody had an identity. But identities were hard to find; it took hard work to become who one was. Fortunately, there were experts who could help: ethnographers, race scientists, psychoanalysts, historians, and so forth. This presentation examines the role of an important group of identity experts in and from the North Atlantic region. Modern dancers in Europe before World War I developed sophisticated techniques for discovering identity--often working in collaboration with psychoanalysts, ethnographers, Orientalists, graphic artists, ethno-musicologists, and actors. After the war, they were able to export their services to other parts of the world where those techniques were in demand among those in rebellion against colonialism and neo-colonialism. This presentation will look particularly at three cases: India, Peru, and the United States.
Interpreting Kadizade: Ottoman Early Modernity and the Gradual Transformation of Islam into a ReligionMar 15, 2017 from 12:00 PM to 01:30 PM — SSH 4217 ,
Kadizade Mehmed (1582-1635) was a preacher who retrospectively came to be seen as the founding father of a Muslim revivalist movement that had a major impact in seventeenth-century Ottoman public life -- and, arguably, beyond. This presentation will introduce him as an early modern reformer of Islam and interpret him, as well as several other figures and socio-economic and intellectual developments of the period between 1580 and 1826, as constituents of an Ottoman early modernity that prepared the ground for the nineteenth-century transformation of Islam into the "religion" we came to know.
A showing of the award-winning documentary "No Más Bebés" followed by a conversation with the film's producer Virginia Espino and film consultant Professor Elena Gutierrez of the University of Illinois, Chicago.
This paper explores how Helena Blavatsky, a founder of the Theosophical Society, wielded sati (the ritual of widow-burning) conceptually in order to explicate Sikh sovereignty--both past and future. Tracing how Blavatsky sheds the vibrant link between naam (the impossibility of human understanding) and maryada (conduct) in Sikh gurmat (theology) in favor of a rigid social law located in a closed tradition through an apocryphal translation and narrative of Guru Amar Das' gurbani, this paper interrogates how Blavatsky constructs a "legitimate" Sikh politics centered around the ghostly resurrection of the past sovereign Maharaja Ranjit Singh in, what Blavatsky terms, Maharani Jind Kaur's "feeble body."
Women's and Gender History Guest Seminar
The History Department will be presenting a webinar for prospective History graduate students on application tips. Topics will include approaching a faculty mentor, selecting a writing sample, and crafting a personal statement. Presenters will include Graduate Program Chair Ellen Hartigan-O'Connor, Professor Andres Resendez, Professor Lorena Oropeza, and Professor Justin Leroy.
Imperfect Strangers: Americans, Arabs, and U.S.-Middle East Relations in the 1970s.
Blind in Palestine: An Ocular History between Jews and Arabs (1918-1948)
Books, Digits, and Dollars: A Design for the Future
War! What is it Good for? How Violence Made Civilization, from Primates to Robots
Jane Franklin's Spectacles: Or, the Education of Benjamin Franklin's Sister
Good Reading for the Million: The "Paperback Revolution" and the Diffusion of Academic Knowledge in Mid-20th Century Britain and America
Unintentional Revelations: Reading History Against the Grain
CCWGH Presents the 2015-16 Nathalie Esteban Collin Memorial Lecture by Nancy F. Cott, "The Rei(g)n of Marriage: An American History"
March 7, 2016 Sandra Eder, "The Invention of Gender and the Transformation of Sex in 1950s American Biomedicine" by Sandra EderMar 07, 2016 from 12:00 PM to 01:30 PM — Social Sciences & Humanities 273,
March 7, 2016 Sandra Eder, Assistant Professor of History, UC Berkeley, "The Invention of Gender and the Transformation of Sex in 1950s American Biomedicine"
Feb. 22, 2016 Brandon Layton, "Enfants de Langue: Children as Intermediaries among the Choctaws and Chickasaws"Feb 22, 2016 from 12:00 PM to 01:30 PM — Social Sciences & Humanities 273,
Feb. 22, 2016 Brandon Layton, "Enfants de Langue: Children as Intermediaries among the Choctaws and Chickasaws"
"Making Minorities in the Late-Ottoman Period: Armenians and Kurds."
The Rei(g)n of Marriage: An American History
Presentation by Marissa Mika (UC-Berkeley)
“Polyandry and Wife Sale in Qing Dynasty China.”
Thinking about studying or interning abroad? Now is your chance to learn about opportunities available at UC Davis! UC Davis Study Abroad and the Internship and Career Center are co-hosting the Study Abroad & Internship Fair scheduled for Thursday, February 19, 2015. Thursday, February 19, 2015 10:30 AM - 1:30 PM Student Community Center, Multi-purpose Room
The Jamskii Otryad and the Origins of the Second Afghan War.
"Towards A Cultural History of Gay Liberation"
"To the Iron Gate: Images of National Trauma and Triumph in Lower Danubia and the Upper Balkans."