8th Annual Van Gelderen Lecture: Sasha Coles, “The Great Silk Experiment: Silkworms, Mulberry Trees, and Women Workers in Mormon Country, 1850s-1910s”

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UCSB History Associates presents the eighth annual Van Gelderen Graduate Student Lecture, this year given by Dr. Sasha Coles. From the 1850s to the early 1900s, Latter-Day Saint (or Mormon) women in both rural and urban Great Basin settlements planted mulberry trees, raised silkworms, and attempted to produce silk cocoons, thread, and cloth of a high-enough quality to use and […]

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IHC Talk: Utathya Chattopadhyaya, “Cannabis and South Asia”

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The IHC‘s Asian/American Studies Collective welcomes UCSB History professor Utathya Chattopadhyaya for a talk on the role of cannabis in South Asian experiences of empire. Historical scholarship now conceives empire as a webbed uneven field of power relations and a multispecies enterprise. In other words, the anxious and breathless struggle of European imperialism to sustain itself subjected human, plant, animal, and […]

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History Associates: Luke Roberts, “A Samurai Wife Divorces her Lout of a Husband”

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Join the History Associates for an engaging presentation from UCSB History Professor Luke Roberts on a specific case that influenced gender roles in 19th-century Japan. Zoom link: ucsb.zoom.us/j/6855143149 Mori Nao, a young samurai wife in Japan, desired a divorce from her abusive husband in 1824. Legally a man could divorce his wife but a wife could not divorce her husband. […]

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Public History Colloquium Event–”Abina and the Important Men: Graphic History as Public History”

Flyer fro Abina and the Important Men: Graphic History as Public History on 3/5/21 at 12PM

Join the History Department’s Colloquium in Public History on Friday, March 5 at noon for a Zoom talk by Trevor R. Getz (San Francisco State University). Abina and the Important Men began as an attempt to address a classroom problem: how to teach students about the dual responsibilities of the historian to historical subjects and contemporary audiences.  These goals both drove its […]

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Public History Colloquium Event–”Reinterpreting Slavery and the Emotional Labor of History”

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Join the History Department’s Colloquium in Public History on Friday, February 5 at noon for a Zoom talk by Professor Hilary N. Green (University of Alabama). Professor Green reflects on the powerful legacy of Jim Crow era efforts to erase the history of slavery from the landscape of her workplace, the University of Alabama, and shares a project she pursued to […]

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Job Talk: Taylor M. Moore’s “Amulet Tales: Political and Spiritual Economies of Healing in Egypt”

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The History Department invites all to a job talk by Dr. Taylor M. Moore on January 13, 2021. Dr. Moore is a University of California President’s Postdoctoral Fellow in the History Department at UC Santa Barbara. Her research lies at the intersections of critical race studies, decolonial/postcolonial histories of science, and decolonial materiality studies with a geographical focus on Egypt […]

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John Majewski, Living Democracy in Capitalism’s Shadow: Creative Labor, Black Abolitionists, and the Struggle to End Slavery

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REGISTER NOW Free to attend; registration required to receive Zoom webinar attendance link In the two decades before the Civil War, a new type of capitalism developed in the northern United States that stressed mass education, widespread innovation, and new markets for art and design. For Black abolitionists, the changing northern economy presented new opportunities to highlight the evils of […]

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Van Gelderen Graduate Student Lecture: Sergey Saluschev, “Reluctant Abolitionists: Slavery, the Slave Trade and Abolition in the 19th-Century Caucasus”

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History Associates presents the seventh annual Van Gelderen Graduate Student Lecture, this year given by Sergey Saluschev. He will present on his dissertation topic, “Reluctant Abolitionists: Slavery, the Slave Trade and Abolition in the 19th-Century Caucasus.” This talk will focus on the slave trade in the Russian-ruled Caucasus between 1801 and 1917 and draws upon such primary sources as letters, […]

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Gender Studies Paper Workshop: Kristen Thomas-McGill’s “‘Even His Lungs Were Affected’: Aubrey Beardsley, Earnestness, and the Artistic Politics of Interiority”

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Join the Gender and Sexualities Research Cluster for a paper workshop on Kristen Thomas-McGill‘s “‘Even His Lungs Were Affected’: Aubrey Beardsley, Earnestness, and the Artistic Politics of Interiority.” The event will take place in HSSB 4065 on Thursday, February 20 at 3:30. To obtain the paper in advance, email Jarett Henderson at jhenderson@history.ucsb.edu.

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Panel Discussion, “Impeachment in Historical Perspective”

On Tuesday, February 11, from 4 to 5:30 pm in HSSB 6020 (McCune Center), the Center for Cold War Studies and International History and the Walter H. Capps Center will host a panel discussion titled, “Impeachment in Historical Perspective.” Three UCSB historians will speak on the following topics: Giuliana Perrone on the Impeachment and Senate Trial of Andrew Johnson Laura Kalman on Richard Nixon’s Watergate Scandal and […]

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Gender Studies Paper Workshop: Jarett Henderson’s “The ‘Turton Job’ and the Sexual Politics of the Durham Administration in Britain and British North America”

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Join the Gender and Sexualities Research Cluster for a paper workshop on Jarett Henderson‘s “The ‘Turton Job’ and the Sexual Politics of the Durham Administration in Britain and British North America.” The event will take place in HSSB 4065 on Thursday, January 30 at 3:30. To obtain the paper in advance, email Jarett Henderson at jhenderson@history.ucsb.edu.

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Susan Lederer, “‘Send My Body to the Medical College’: Alternative Afterlives in Turn of the Century America”

Dr. Susan Lederer, Professor of the History of Medicine, University of Wisconsin Madison will be giving a talk on Thursday, January 9 at 5:30 pm entitled “‘Send My Body to the Medical College’: Alternative Afterlives in Turn of the Century America.” In 1876 American and English newspapers reported the extraordinary will made by an American woman living in London. Inspired […]

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