News & Updates

Pinnow Presents Research on Early Soviet Criminology

Associate Professor of History Ken Pinnow was invited to present his draft article on early Soviet criminology and interdisciplinary knowledge at the October 11th Colloquium of New York University’s Jordan Center for the Advanced Study of Russia.

Additionally, he was appointed a Center Associate at the University of Pittsburgh’s Center for Russian and East European Studies.

Source: Academics, Publications & Research

Binnington Publishes “Confederate Visions: Nationalism, Symbolism, and the Imagined South in the Civil War”

Associate Professor of History Ian Binnington published a book, Confederate Visions: Nationalism, Symbolism, and the Imagined South in the Civil War, with the University of Virginia Press in November. He argues that the creation of American national identity was fraught with struggle, political conflict, and bloody Civil War. Confederate Visions examines literature, newspapers and periodicals, visual imagery, and formal state documents to explore the origins and development of wartime Confederate nationalism.

More information can be found here.

Source: Academics, Publications & Research

Wu Research Respected Throughout History Discipline

In June 2013, Associate Professor of History Guo Wu was invited to be a visiting scholar at the National Center for Advanced Humanistic Studies at Fudan University in Shanghai, where he pursued and presented current research titled “Evidential Research, Statecraft, and Local Knowledge: The Compilation of Zunyi Prefectural Gazetteer in the 1820s.”

Professor Wu’s article The Social Construction and Deconstruction of Evil Landlords in Contemporary Chinese Fiction, Art, and Collective Memory appears in Ohio State University’s leading journal of the field, Modern Chinese Literature of Culture, vol. 25, no. 1 (Spring 2013), pp. 131-164.

His paper “Historiography, Fiction and Political Ritual in China’s Socialist Education Movement” was accepted for presentation to the International Commission for the History and Theory of Historiography conference titled “Historians as Engaged Intellectuals: Historical Writing and Social Criticism,” at Ruhr-Universitaet Bochum, Germany, in September 2013.

Source: Academics, Publications & Research

Wu Research Respected Throughout History Discipline

In June 2013, Associate Professor of History Guo Wu was invited to be a visiting scholar at the National Center for Advanced Humanistic Studies at Fudan University in Shanghai, where he pursued and presented current research titled “Evidential Research, Statecraft, and Local Knowledge: The Compilation of Zunyi Prefectural Gazetteer in the 1820s.”

Professor Wu’s article The Social Construction and Deconstruction of Evil Landlords in Contemporary Chinese Fiction, Art, and Collective Memory appears in Ohio State University’s leading journal of the field, Modern Chinese Literature of Culture, vol. 25, no. 1 (Spring 2013), pp. 131-164.

His paper “Historiography, Fiction and Political Ritual in China’s Socialist Education Movement” was accepted for presentation to the International Commission for the History and Theory of Historiography conference titled “Historians as Engaged Intellectuals: Historical Writing and Social Criticism,” at Ruhr-Universitaet Bochum, Germany, in September 2013.

Source: Academics, Publications & Research

History Department Researches Around the World

The History Department is pleased to announce the following 2013 summer research grants:

Professor Barry Shapiro will use support from the Jonathan E. and Nancy L. Helmreich Research and Book Grant Fund to help cover a research trip to Cape Town and Johannesburg, South Africa. He will be gathering materials on the political leader Frederik van Zyl Slabbert’s parliamentary and extra-parliamentary activities during the 1980s. This will involve searching the archives and special collections of the libraries of three universities in the Cape Town area, the University of Cape Town, Stellenbosch University, and the University of the Western Cape. Documents from the universities represent three distinct populations, the University of Cape Town being the university for English-speaking whites, Stellenbosch serving more conservative Afrikaans-speaking whites, and the University of the Western Cape as the university for “non-whites.”Professor Shapiro will use this research as part of a book-length project on the pre-negotiation stages of the South African transition from apartheid to democracy. He is also scheduled to present a paper on Slabbert at the annual meeting of the African Studies Association in Baltimore this November.

Visiting Assistant Professor Sarah Hardin will use support from the Helmreich Fund toward a research trip to Senegal. There she will conduct research for a journal article exploring the political effects of pesticides and for a book manuscript tentatively titled Poisoned Development? Peasants and Pesticides in Southeastern Senegal. She also will use her time in Senegal to set up Skype conversations in the fall between her Allegheny students and Senegalese scholars and activists.

Associate Professor Kalé Haywood is the recipient of funding from the Edwin Van Duesen Selden Fund for travel to Seville, Spain. There she will work in the Archives of the Indies as part of her research on Mexican cathedral chapters in New Spain.

Associate Professor Kenneth Pinnow will use support from the Bruce Harrison ’45 History Department Fund to conduct research in New York and Washington, DC this fall as part of his new project on the history of clinical research and medical ethics in the Soviet Union.

Source: Academics, Publications & Research

History Professor Presents Part from Upcoming Book

51BD7MDOpeLAssociate Professor of History Ian Binnington presented an invited lecture at the 25th Annual Meeting of the Southern Intellectual History Circle at Mercer University in Macon, Georgia. His paper “Confederate Americanism; or, the Imagined Nationalism of the South in the American Civil War” comes from his book Confederate Visions: Nationalism, Symbolism, and the Imagined South in the Civil War, forthcoming later this year from the University of Virginia Press.

Source: Academics, Publications & Research

History Professor Presents Part from Upcoming Book

51BD7MDOpeLAssociate Professor of History Ian Binnington presented an invited lecture at the 25th Annual Meeting of the Southern Intellectual History Circle at Mercer University in Macon, Georgia. His paper “Confederate Americanism; or, the Imagined Nationalism of the South in the American Civil War” comes from his book Confederate Visions: Nationalism, Symbolism, and the Imagined South in the Civil War, forthcoming later this year from the University of Virginia Press.

Source: Academics, Publications & Research