Public Historical Studies Colloquium Schedule 2020-2021


OCT 9: Decolonizing California through Critical Mission Studies: The Reclaiming Homelands Project

Ami Admire, Director, Rincon Youth Storytellers, Amrah Salomón J., President’s Postdoctoral Fellow (English) UC Riverside, and Ross Frank (Ethnic Studies) UC San Diego

Admire and Salomón will speak about an intergenerational cultural revitalization project bringing youth and elders together to revitalize Indigenous knowledge and training indigenous youth in conducting historical research to reclaim indigenous place names among the Kumeyaay, Payomkawichum (Luiseño), and Cupeño communities. Frank will contextualize this project within the larger collective of Critical Mission Studies, a multi-campus research effort at the University of California.

(readings comply with fair use/open source guidelines):
Eve Tuck and K. Wayne Yang, “Decolonization is not a metaphor,” Decolonization: Indigeneity, Education and Society vol. 1: 1 (2012): 1-40. Available at this link:
–and two selections from: 
Ivy Schweitzer and Gordon Henry, Afterlives of Indigenous Archives: Essays in honor of the Occum Circle (Hanover, NH: Dartmouth College Press, 2019); 
–Timothy B. Powell, “The Role of Indigenous Communities in Building Digital Archives,” pp.23-44
–Jennifer R. O’Neal, “From Time Immemorial: Centering Indigenous Traditional Knowledge and Ways of Knowing in the Archival Paradigm,” pp. 45-59.
Please REGISTER by clicking the registration link BELOW.
You are invited to a Zoom webinar. 
When: Oct 9, 2020 12:00 PM Pacific Time (US and Canada) 
Topic: Public History Colloq: Decolonizing California
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NOV 6:  In the Spaciousness of Uncertainty is Room to Act: Public History’s Long Game.

Marla Miller, Univ. of Massachusetts, Amherst

Miller, the immediate past president of the National Council for Public History, public history’s major professional organization, will engage with students and the public around the ideas, questions and new directions posed in her presidential address.  Miller is a major historian of US women’s work prior to the industrial revolution, which has led her to develop expertise in material culture of textiles and the needleworking trades.  Her research, teaching, publications and consulting engage North American material culture, museum and historic site interpretation, historical interpretation in the National Park Service, and the teaching of public history. 

DEC 4: Pride of Place: LGBTQ Public History in the United Kingdom

Justin Bengry, Goldsmiths, University of London

Bengry will present a major crowd-sourced public history project he helped develop.  Pride of Place maps sites of LGBTQ history in the United Kingdom.  Bengry set the project in context of the state of LGBTQ public history in the UK. A UCSB alumnus, Bengry is a historian of sexuality and capitalism who chairs the first MA in Queer History at Goldsmiths, University of London.


JAN 15: Public Lands, Public History: Putting History to Work for the United States Forest Service

Leisl Carr-Childers and Michael Childers, Colorado State Univ (Ft. Collins)

(Jt Session with Science/Technology Colloquium)

FEB 5: Reinterpreting Slavery and the Emotional Labor of History

Hilary Green, Univ. of Alabama

MAR 5: Abina and the Important Men: Graphic History as Public History

Trevor Getz, San Francisco State Univ.


APR 9: Presenting the Medieval Mediterranean: Museums and Archaeology in National Discourse

William Tronzo, History of Art, UCSD

MAY 7: The Queerness of Home: Public History and the Domestic Archive

Stephen Vider, Dept. of History, Cornell University

 JUNE 4: Topic still TBD


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