Fall 2013 Graduate Course Descriptions
510:500 Historians Craft: 1 (Intro Course)
Professor Belinda Davis
Introduction to the professional study of history, to the diverse methodological approaches of current historiography, and to the place of historical scholarship in both academic and non-academic spheres. First-year graduate students only.
510:536 Colloquium in the History of Medicine
Professor Johanna Schoen
This colloquium will introduce students to the study of the history of medicine by providing an introduction to historical research and writing. We will cover select topics in the history of medicine, focused mostly on the 18th to 20th cent. with some comparison across time and space. In our weekly meetings, we will discuss not only the historiography, but ponder methodologies, research questions, approaches to the history of health and medicine that will serve as a broad introduction to the field. Students will write short weekly papers and a 8-10 page literature review at the end of the semester.
Below find a selected list of topics and books:
Frameworks: selections of Foucault, Birth of the Clinic and Maulitz, Morbid Appearances
Colonial Medicine: Laura Thatcher Ulrich, A Midwife’s Tale
Practitioners and Patients: David Rothman, Strangers at the Bedside
Bodies and Gender: Ann Fausto Sterling, Sexing the Body or Joanne Meyerowitz, How Sex Changed
Public Health: Jeffrey Kluger, Splendid Solutions: Jonas Salk and the Conquest of Polio
Germ Theory and Public Health: Nancy Tomes, The Gospel of Germs
Occupational Health: Claudia Clark, Radium Girls
Medicine and Race: Keith Wailoo, Dying in the City of the Blues or Nyan Shah, Contagious Divides
Medical Experimentation: Susan Lederer, Subjected to Science
Technology: Monica Casper, The Making of the Unborn Patient or Keith Wailoo, Drawing Blood
Mental Illness: Jack Pressman, The Last Resort
510:541 Colloquium in Global History
Professor Bonnie Smith
510:549 Seminar in Women's and Gender History I
Professor Seth Koven
510:551 Seminar in World Comparative: Atantic World
Professor Camilla Townsend
In the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries, the world grew larger for everyone in the Atlantic World. For European sailors and the people who waited for them to return, for indigenous peoples of the Americas, for sub-Saharan Africans. The meeting of multiple worlds (colliding, reflecting, melting, forging, disintegrating—you choose the verb) has been a popular topic of late. There are extraordinary complexities-- both political and intellectual-- inherent in the necessary research. In this class, after a period of common readings, students will write primary research papers with a particular twist: everyone will be asked to give equal attention to more than one source base, preferably in more than one language. If the task seems daunting, it is perhaps worth reminding ourselves that we are trying to cross the same boundaries faced by our historical subjects.
510:555 Readings in American History I
Professor Peter Silver
510:560 Readings in Women's and Gender History
Professor Leah DeVun
510:561 Colloquium in American History: History of Sexuality, Reproduction, and Family in the U.S.: The Colonial Period to the Present
Professor Rachel Devlin
510:563 Colloquium in African American History
Professor Mia Bay
This course is dedicated to exploring the interplay of social, historical, and spatial forces in configuring American racial formations, identities, and experiences. Although primarily focused on race, place and space as they figure in the African-American experience, the course readings also address American racial configurations as they affect other Americans: from Euro-Americans to Native Americans. Most of the readings will also figure gender as a central feature of racial stratification and racial thought.
510:597 Readings in Early Modern European History
Professor Phyllis Mack
This is a readings course covering the very large field of early modern European history. The broad scope of this course, and of the field of Early Modern Europe in general, makes it impossible to cover more than a fraction of the movements, themes, and issues involved. This syllabus reflects my own interest in the themes of religion, gender, the body, and the history of individual and cultural identity. We will also discuss the equally important themes of monarchy, Atlantic studies, revolutionary politics, and the Scientific Revolution. The course is designed as an introduction to these and other themes and their historiography, but in no way is it intended as a complete survey of the early modern period.
510:601 Colloquium in European History: The History of Human Rights
Professor Melissa Feinberg
In the contemporary world, human rights are a rallying cry for a wide array of groups dedicated to ending all kinds of oppression. As historian Samuel Moyn has noted, the ideal of human rights has become "the last utopia," a new (and better) totalizing vision of a better world, to replace the problematic utopias of Marxism or nationalism. This course will critically examine the historical evolution of human rights. We will take a broad approach to the subject, considering both the intellectual history of human rights as a concept or ideology and the history of rights-based or rights-inspired activism. While the course will include numerous examples from modern Europe, it will take a global view of the subject and a considerable number of readings will cover other parts of the world.
510:616 Seminar in European History II
Professor Belinda Davis
Continuation of year long course; no new participants.