From the Chairperson
Welcome! The Department of History at Michigan State University is a large, vibrant intellectual community. The faculty members, graduate and undergraduate students, staff, alumni and friends of the Department of History are actively engaged in an enormous range of activities involving research, publishing, teaching, learning, and public outreach. It is my honor to share these with you. Walter Hawthorne
The Football Scholars Forum final meeting of 2013 takes place on Thursday, December 5, at 4pm (9pm GMT). The group will discuss the craft of independent fútbol writing in a digital age. Our special guest (via Skype) is Jonathan Wilson, journalist, author, founder and editor of The Blizzard, a football quarterly that is neither magazine nor book, but somewhere in between. Click here for further information about the event, including how to participate.
Laura Fair presented her research on the history of the film exhibition and distribution industries in Tanzania on November 27 to a delightful audience at the University of Warwick’s Global History and Culture Center, Warwick, England.
The A. H. de Oliveira Marques prize is awarded by the Association for Spanish and Portuguese History for the best article published on Portuguese History. The prize is given yearly, and carries an award of $250.00. Brockey was awarded for his article, “Doubting Thomas: The Apostle and the Portuguese Empire in Early Modern Asia,” which appeared in Sacred History: Uses of the Christian Past in the Renaissance World, ed. Katherine Van Liere, Howard Louthan, and Simon Ditchfield (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2012).
Dr. Gordon Stewart recently published a chapter on Central Asian history in Reinterpreting Exploration The West in the World Oxford University Press). “This important book critically re-evaluates what Western exploration was and did–its intellectual contours and its enduring consequences–and wonderfully illuminates exploration’s multiple histories, diverse geographies, and material forms. Regional essays on Russia, the Pacific, Eastern Africa, Central Asia, and Antarctica are paralleled by thematic attention to exploration and science, commerce, Enlightenment, print culture, and empire. Elegantly replacing unwarranted hagiography with critical historiography, national narratives with cross-cultural perspectives, the essays in Reinterpreting Exploration at once demythologize and reinvigorate debates on the West’s role in the world and the world’s impact upon the West.” –Charles W.J. Withers, University of Edinburgh
Dr. Laura Fair was recently invited by an interdisciplinary group of faculty and graduate students at the University of Leiden, The Netherlands, to present a paper entitled, ‘Cinema, Cities and Audiences: a Social Cartography of Going to the Show in Tanzania.’
On November 14, the Football Scholars Forum convened in East Lansing and online to discuss “Soccer in the Middle East,” a special issue of Soccer and Society, edited by Alon Raab and Issam Khalidi. Topics covered included the sport as a source of unity and hope and as a site of political and ideological conflict; the 2022 World Cup in Qatar; soccerpolitics in Turkey; sport and Islamism; Palestinian and Iraqi Kurdish women’s teams; and football films and poetry.
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Mitch Kachun, Professor of History at Western Michigan University, will discuss his work on Crispus Attuck’s place in American history and memory on Thursday, November 21. His talk will be in Room 255 from 3-5pm. I look forward to seeing you all.
Ashgate Publishing Ltd. has just released The Housing Question: Tensions, Continuities, and Contingencies in the Modern City, a volume edited by Dr. Edward Murphy and a colleague in the Department of Anthropology at MSU, Dr. Najib Hourani. In addition to his editing responsibilities, Dr. Murphy wrote the book’s introduction and a chapter contribution. Among the twelve authors in the volume, Dr. Lewis Siegelbaum of the Department of History contributed a chapter on the problematic forms of housing that workers occupied in an automobile factory city in the Soviet Union. For further information on the book, see http://www.ashgate.com/isbn/9781472407887.
Karrin Hanshew discusses her book _Terror and Democracy in West Germany_ (Cambridge University Press, 2012) on the “New Books in History” podcast (http://newbooksinhistory.com/). The New Books Network is a consortium of podcasts dedicated to raising the level of public discourse by introducing serious authors to serious audiences.
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Initiation for the Alpha Phi Chapter was held on October 15, 2013 at 3:00pm. The new initiates were (students names). Those in attendance introduced themselves, giving a brief description of their areas of expertise as well as their historical aspirations. The members of the faculty that were present included Dr. Vieth, Alpha Phi Chapter Advisor; Dr. Hawthorne, Department Chair; Dr. Tabuteau, Undergraduate Advisor; Dr. Veit, US History Professor; and the Alpha Phi Chapter President, Aubrey Catrone
The Chapter President served as presiding officer, while new members heard from history’s six Ages: The Prehistoric Age, The Ancient Age, The Medieval Age, The Early Modern Age, The Present Age, and The Future Age. Each Age urged new initiates to further their study of history, exploring what has transpired, what is happening, and what will occur, all before it falls into oblivion.
Following the ceremony, a new initiate cut and distributed a Phi Alpha Theta themed cake.
The afternoon culminated with Dr. Veit’s speech about the evolution of history. She asked the audience to think about how the perceptions of daily life change throughout history. What was considered normal a hundred years ago is no longer normal today. What is accepted today will not be accepted in the distant future. Dr. Veit argued that students of history continue to examine and analyze narratives of the past in order for history to endure the test of time, which is the mission of Phi Alpha Theta.