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 latest Cowries and Rice podcast features African History PhD candidate Hikabwa Decius Chipande discussing China’s stadium diplomacy in Zambia. Listen to the podcast here.
Prof. Matthew Pauly is giving an invited talk at the Harriman Institute (Columbia University) as part of a yearlong seminar on ”Empire and Information.”
STATE VIOLENCE AND CONTROL OF INFORMATION IN UKRAINE (THE
1920S-1930S): NEW ARCHIVAL FINDINGS AND METHODOLOGIES
Friday, March 7, 2014
Marshall D. Shulman Seminar Room (1219 IAB)
Matthew Pauly, an assistant professor in the Department of History at Michigan State University, will provide insight into Soviet cultural politics and control of the intelligentsia (teachers) in Ukraine. He will discuss Soviet Ukrainization policies in the context of the mounting group criminal cases that were launched by the Soviet secret police in 1929 against an alleged nationalist conspiracy hatched by the Ukrainian intelligentsia. The efforts of leading Ukrainizers had been condemned, distorted, and criminalized. His research analyzes the motivations for Soviet charges that linked Ukrainian teachers with the dissemination of nationalist ideology among the Ukrainian youth. The purging operations among teachers were designed to ensure effective control of the peripheries and rural/urban union in the republic for the successful collectivization campaign in the Ukrainian countryside.
Prof. Matthew Pauly talks with Minnesota Public Radio’s Daily Circuit on the current crisis in Ukraine.
Lewis Siegelbaum, Sweet Professor and Distinguished Faculty, was featured on local news in a story about Ukraine: http://www.wlns.com/story/24856612/msu-history-professor-reflects-on-life-in-ukraine
Dr. Matthew Pauly has a lot of experience with Ukraine, having served there as a state department officer and who continues active research in the region.
He just published an op-ed about it in the Toronto Star:
Recent events in Ukraine and the Crimean peninsula prompted several North American news organizations (USA Today; National Public Radio; Slate.com; ipolitics.ca) to quote from Seventeen Moments (www.soviethistory.macalester.edu), the award-winning website that Lewis Siegelbaum co-authored and co-manages with James von Geldern of Macalester College. The news organizations were quoting from an essay on the website, “The Gift of Crimea,” that Lewis Siegelbaum wrote nearly a decade ago. The essay explains the transference of Crimea from the Russian Federated Soviet Socialist Republic to its Ukrainian “sister” republic in 1954 as a “gift” arranged by Nikita Khrushchev to honor Ukraine on the tercentenary of its unification with Muscovy.
Just as Khrushchev could not have imagined how consequential this transference of territory would become in the aftermath of the break-up of the Soviet Union, neither Siegelbaum nor von Geldern expected that the essay and accompanying documents would be sought by news agencies seeking background on the current crisis in that part of the world.
For the essay, go to: http://soviethistory.macalester.edu/index.php?page=subject&SubjectID=1954crimea&Year=1954
Two events are lined up so far for the History Spring Speaker Series:
Robert Vinson will give a talk titled “From The Wilmington Massacre to the Zulu Promised Land: Rev. Charles Morris & Black Liberation in The United States and South Africa, c. 1900” on March 20, 2014 from 3-5pm in 255 Old Horticulture
Christina Sharpe’s talk will introduce work from her forthcoming book In the Wake: On Blackness and Being, questions in the book center on antiblackness, the longue duree of Atlantic chattel slavery and the ongoing effect of Black Being in the aftermath of slavery. Her talk is on March 27, 2014 from 3-5pm in 115 International Center.
David Wheat is co-author of an online public history exhibition launched this week by the Lowcountry Digital History Initiative: “African Laborers for a New Empire: Iberia, Slavery, and the Atlantic World.” The exibition is hosted by the Lowcountry Digital Library at the College of Charleston. http://ldhi.library.cofc.edu/exhibits/show/african_laborers_for_a_new_emp
Later this week, graduate student Aaron Van Oosterhout will be presenting a paper at the symposium Race and Nation in the Age of Emancipations. A number of notable Atlantic World scholars will speak, including Jack Greene, Julie Saville, and James Sanders, discussing themes ranging from race, citizenship, nationalism, and identity in the nineteenth century. It will be tweeted, and possibly streamed, live. See below for the event flyer, which contains the symposium Web site and requisite Twitter hashtag.
The term break was a busy time for Dr. Laura Fair who was celebrating the publication of her new book, Historia ya Jamii ya Zanzibar na Nyimbo za Siti binti Saad (TWAWEZA 2013). The book was officially launched in Nairobi, Kenya on December 20, 2013. The event was organized by the publisher, Professor Kimani Njogu of TWAWEZA, and included a panel discussion with leading Kenyan academics from the University of Nairobi, Kenyatta University, and the Catholic University of East Africa. For more information Click Here.