CPH Research Colloquium


The CPH Research Colloquium has been meeting monthly since 2009 to learn about and discuss scholarly works in progress. During 2017, participants considered a range of topics in history touching on war experiences, music, food, garbage, technology, slavery, religion, ethnic identity, national identity, regionalism, and gender. We visited the fifteenth century, dwelt in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries, and pondered the implications for the twenty-first century. Our presenters included Ph.D. candidates, University of Houston faculty, and outside scholars. During one especially fun discussion, Alex LaRotta, ABD, introduced the group to the sounds of La Onda Chicana with text, album covers, vinyl disks, and an antique record player. This meeting, held on March 24th, also marked the 80th gathering of the colloquium. A complete list of presentations from 2009-2017 is available on the CPH website.

Through the years, the colloquium has proven extremely valuable for scholars at different stages in their professions. They have had the opportunity to present new data, test ideas, and explore methods for taking their ideas to many audiences. The colloquium format focuses on discussion. The presenter typically distributes a paper in advance and then provides background context, and additional visual and audio materials during the meeting. But the most important work takes place after that, as participants engage in a lively back and forth discussion. For the presenter, the feedback just as often results in new research directions as refinements in the existing project plan. The material discussed is usually considered a draft, but the end products range from formal academic publications to conference papers to websites and general audience presentations.

CPH Research Colloquia are open to anyone interested in the topic. We advertise each colloquium on the center’s website and on social media, and we send emails to more than two hundred individuals in the CPH community. The colloquia provide an important link between the mission of CPH and the academic pursuits of the university.

Membership

If you would like to receive information about upcoming CPH Research Colloquium activities, please send an email to Julie Cohn at: jacohn@uh.edu.

Upcoming events will be announced on our Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/uhcph/events/ 

Fall CPH Research Colloquium Schedule

9/22/17 -  Monica Perales

10/27/17 - Jonathan Fairchild

11/17/17 - Eric McDonald

12/8/17 - Kairn Kleiman

 All meetings will take place at 1:30-3:00 pm usually in AH 549.

 This promises to be an exciting series of meetings, with a wide variety of topics. Dr. Julie Cohn will send out more detailed information in advance of each meeting and a copy of the presenter’s paper early in the week of the meeting. Please mark your calendars and plan to participate in the colloquium this fall!

 If you have any announcements to share with the group, simply forward to Dr. Julie Cohn (jacohn@uh.edu ) and she will include the information in upcoming messages.

CPH Research Colloquium Presentations 2014-2017:

2017

“The Complexity of the Ottoman-Mamluk Relationship in the Mediterranean Context: A Captivity Narrative,” Cihan Yüksel Muslu, Ph.D., Associate Professor, Department of History, University of Houston. 1.27.17.

“A ‘Vast Industrial Landscape that Explained Battlefield Glory’: The Royal Arsenal on Display in Nineteenth-Century Britain,” Daniel LeClair, Ph.D., Adjunct Instructor, Lone Star College. 2.24.17.

“La Onda Chicana and Cultural Nationalism in San Antonio,” Alex LaRotta, Ph.D. Candidate, University of Houston Department of History. 3.24.17.

“Absent African American Prisoner of War Narratives,” Anna Marie Anderson, Ph.D. Candidate, University of Houston Department of History. 4.28.17.

“What’s Authenticity Got to Do With It?: The Meanings and Uses of Authenticity and Latino Foodways,” Monica Perales, Ph.D., Associate Professor of History, University of Houston. 9.22.17.

“The World Trade Center Disaster and Fresh Kills,” Martin Melosi, Ph.D., Hugh Roy and Lillie Cranz Cullen University Professor of History, University of Houston. 10.6.17.

“Red Shoes and the Birth of the Choctaw Diaspora,” Jonathan Fairchild, Ph.D. Candidate, University of Houston. 10.27.17.

"Converging Masculinities: Friendship and Violence against Quakers in Seventeenth-Century Barbados," Eric McDonald, Ph.D. Candidate, University of Houston. 11.17.17.

2016

“Developing Uses for a Corporate Oral History Project,” Tacey Rosolowski, PHD, MD Anderson Oral History Project. 1.29.16

“Garbage War,” Book Chapter for On An Island Not So Far: New Yorkers, Staten Island, and Fresh Kills, Martin Melosi, Ph.D., Center for Public History and Department of History, University of Houston. 2.26.16

“‘I have now seen’: Susan Shelby Magoffin on the Santa Fe Trail, 1846-7,” conference paper, Rikki Bettinger, Ph.D. Candidate, Department of History, University of Houston. 3.25.16

“First Ladies in Public and (Private): Lady Bird Johnson and the Lady Bird Special, October 1964,” draft journal article, Nancy Beck Young, Ph.D., Department of History, University of Houston. 4.29.16

“Creating Their Own Institutions: The Chicana/o Movement in Texas and the Mexican American Youth Organization (MAYO) Conference of December 1969,” conference paper, Carlos Cantu, Ph.D., University of Houston. 6.10.16

“Brothers in Arms?: African American and Jewish American Prisoners of War in World War II Europe,” conference paper, Anna Marie Anderson, Ph.D. Candidate, Department of History, University of Houston. 8.26.16

“The Thrill and Cost of Political Celebrity,” book chapter, Leandra Ruth Zarnow, Ph.D., Assistant Professor, Department of History, University of Houston. 9.30.16

“Murder on the Bayou: Jose Campos Torres and Police Brutality,” lecture, Dwight Watson, Ph.D., Associate Professor of History and Special Assistant to the President for Minority Affairs, Texas State University. 10.28.16.

“‘What’s Not There?’ – Environmental Management and Houston’s Growth: Business Families of Houston and the Cotton Exchange, 1880-1925,” research prospectus, Patricia Bell, graduate student, History Department, Rice University. 11.18.16.

“Measuring ‘Humboldt’s Current’: Cycles of Nature and Knowledge Production in the Southeast Pacific,” book chapter, Kristin Wintersteen, Ph.D., Assistant Professor, Department of History, University of Houston. 12.9.16

2015

“A Market for Death: The Use and Abuse of Cadavers in Nineteenth Century America (Section Two – The Opportunists: Human Remains as Public Entertainment),” Master’s Thesis Section, Lindsay Scovil, MA, UH Center for Public History 1.30.15

“Deafening Silences: Writing Identity and Belonging through Historical Memory,” Book Proposal and Analysis, Raúl A. Ramos, Ph.D., Associate Professor, UH Department of History. 3.6.15

“Recreating Iroquoia: Haudenosaunee Settlement Patterns, Subsistence Strategies, and Environmental Use, 1630-1783,” Introduction to Book Manuscript, Kelly Hopkins, Ph.D., Assistant Professor, UH Department of History. 3.27.15

“Wheels and Turbines: Waterpower and Industrial Development in the Po Valley, Italy, 1880-1970,” Draft Presentation to European Society for Environmental History, Giacomo Parrinello, Ph.D. 5.29.15

“On Account of Race and Religion: African American and Jewish American Prisoners of War in World War II Europe,” Research Paper, Anna Marie Anderson, Ph.D. Candidate, UH Department of History. 6.26.15

“‘The Beginnings of a Whole New Era’: The Boxer Fuze, the Shrapnel Shell, and the Invention of Modern Warfare,” Draft Journal Article, Daniel LeClair, Ph.D., Lone Star Community College System. 8.28.15

“Relational Black and Brown Power: Manhood, Dignity, and the Emergency of Tejana Community Feminisms,” Dissertation Chapter, Samantha M. Rodriguez, Ph.D. Candidate, University of Houston. 9.25.15

“History, Nature and Technology: Dialogues for Analysis of Brazil’s Northeast Ports (1869-1933),” Draft Dissertation Plan, Yuri Simonini, Ph.D. Candidate, Federal University of Minas Gerais, Brazil. 10.30.15

“Into the Interior: Reading the Native Landscape of the Great Lakes in European Maps, 1612-1755,” Article Proposal, Kelly Hopkins, Ph.D., Department of History, University of Houston.11.20.15

2014

"Roads to (Under) Development: The Socio-Economic Impact of Road Transportation in Southern Tanzania, 1870-1990," Conference paper, Katie Streit, Ph.D. Candidate, Department of History, University of Houston

"Seasoning and Slavery: Humoral Medicine in the Eighteenth-Century British Atlantic," Dissertation chapter, Sean Smith, Ph.D. Candidate, Department of History, University of Houston

"Oil and the Politics of Empire 1918-1939." Essay, Karl Ittman, Ph.D., Faculty, Department of History, University of Houston

“Garbage, the Civilized Dark Side,” Book Chapter, Song Tian, Ph.D., Fulbright Visiting Scholar, Department of History of Science, Harvard University, Professor, College of Philosophy and Sociology, Beijing Normal University

 “Nourishing Comanchería: Comanche Health and Expansion in Nineteenth-Century Central Texas,” Book chapter, Mark Goldberg, Ph.D., Faculty, Department of History, University of Houston

“American Energy, Imperiled Coast: Oil and Gas Development in Louisiana's Wetlands,” Book, Jason Theriot, Ph.D., Independent Historian

“Unidos por los derechos del inquilino: Occupation, Resistance, and the Fight for Tenant and Citizenship Rights in El Segundo Barrio, 1970-1980,” Dissertation chapter, Sandra Ivette Enríquez, Ph.D. Candidate, Department of History, University of Houston

"Dear Scientists ..." Film screening and discussion, Ioanna Semendeferi, Ph.D., Instructional and Research Associate Professor, Department of Physics, University of Houston

"Cancer Inc.: The business of oncology in the era of managed care," Book Chapter, Helen Valier, Ph.D., Director, Medicine & Society Program, Honors College, University of Houston

“The Not So Unofficial Remake of Gone With The Wind: Race, Sex, and Nostalgic Fantasies in The Help (2011),” Dissertation Chapter, Andrew Pegoda, Ph.D. Candidate, Department of History, University of Houston

““Our Endurance is Exhausted!”: The Black Campus Movement in Houston, Texas, 1960-1969,” Working Paper, Stephanie Weiss, Ph.D. Student, Department of History, University of Houston

“Projects Recovery and Reform: The Return of Rehabilitative Corrections in an Age of Mass Incarceration, 1988-1992,” Conference Paper, Claire D. Clark, Ph.D., MPH, University of Texas Health Science Center

2013

“Fighting for Business: The Limits of Professional Cooperation Among American Doctors During the First World War,” Journal article, James Schafer, Ph.D., History Department Faculty

"Deamonte’s Epidemic: Civil Rights, Uncertain Science, and Medical Citizenship in America,” Book project, Rick Mizelle, Ph.D., Professor, History Department, Florida State University (now a member of the UH faculty)

"The NIMBY Phenomenon on Both Sides of the Atlantic Ocean: United States and Belgium (18th  - 21st Century)," Journal article, Isabelle Parmentier, Ph.D., Professor, History Department, University of Namur, Belgium

“Lighting and the Definition of Public Space,” Book project, David Nye, Ph.D., Professor of American Studies at the University of Southern Denmark

“Uncertain Enthusiasm: PSA Screening, Proton Therapy, and Prostate Cancer," Book chapter, Helen Valier, Ph.D., Director, Medicine & Society Program
Assistant Director, Honors Program in the Health Professions

"Environmental Pollution and Necessary Political Reforms in China," paper, Thomas Zhang, Ph.D., History Department Visiting Research Scholar

"The Environmental History of the Baltic Sea," Project description, Simo Laakkonen, Ph.D., Researcher, Department of Social Science History, University of Helsinki, Finland

“The Ordnance Select Committee, 1857-1868,” Dissertation Chapter, Daniel LeClair, Ph.D. Candidate, Department of History, University of Houston

“IBM Gives Josephson Computing a Try,” Book Chapter, Cyrus Mody, Ph.D., Faculty, History Department, Rice University

“Debating DDT: The Development of Malaria Control in Tanzania,” Journal article, Gregory Maddox, Ph.D., Dean of the Graduate School, Professor of History, Texas Southern University

“From the Land of Poco Tiempo: Women and Food Work in the Early Writings of Fabiola Cabeza de Baca,” Article for edited volume, Monica Perales, Ph.D., Faculty, Department of History, University of Houston

“Cold War’s Technocratic ‘Totalitarianism’ and J. Goffman’s Scientific Soul,” Project concept, Ioanna Semendeferi, Ph.D., Faculty, College of Natural Sciences and Mathematics, University of Houston

2012

“The Logic of Deflective Action:  U.S. Energy Shocks and the U.S. Policy Process,” Journal Article, Peter Z. Grossman, Ph.D., Faculty, Butler University

“Prosperity vs. Pollution: Preston, Lancashire, and the Rivers Pollution Prevention Act of 1876,” Conference Paper, Deanne Ashton, M.A., Graduate Student, University of Houston

"'Frankenstein' or Savior?: Houston’s 1973 Transit Debate," Dissertation Chapter, Kyle Shelton, Ph.D. Candidate, University of Texas

“AN ISLAND NOT SO FAR: STATEN ISLAND, NEW YORKERS, AND FRESH KILLS,” Book Prospectus, Martin Melosi, Ph.D., Faculty, University of Houston

““It is literally now or never:” The Role of the Santa Barbara Oil Spill in Changing Federal Environmental Laws,” Book Chapter, Teresa Sabol Spezio, Ph.D., EMAP Visiting Scholar

Informal Conversation, Dolly Jørgensen, Ph.D., Researcher/Project Coordinator for RESTORE, Department of Ecology and Environmental Science at Umeå University, Sweden

Concrete Utopias: Architectural Environments of Arthur C. Erickson,” Book project, Michelangelo Sabatino, Ph.D., UH School of Architecture

“The Rocket and the Tarot: The Apollo Moon Landings and American Culture at the Dawn of the Seventies,” Book prologue and introduction, Matt Tribbe, Ph.D., History Department Visiting Scholar

2011

 “From Icon to Icon: Preserving Vineyards in Niagara and Napa,” Journal Article, Kathleen Brosnan, Ph.D., Faculty, University of Oklahoma (formerly Faculty, University of Houston)

“Tampico Refinery Strike, March 22, 1924,” Dissertation Chapter, Jamie Christy, Ph.D., University of Houston

“U.S. Oil Companies, The Nigerian Civil War, and the Origins of Opacity in the Nigerian Oil Industry, 1966-1972,” Journal Article, Kairn Kleiman, Ph.D., Faculty, University of Houston

“The Phillips Case and Regulatory Decline,” Dissertation Chapter, David Raley, Ph.D., University of Houston

“Beef, Antibiotics and the Environment,” Dissertation Prospectus, Shi Pang, Ph.D. Candidate, Beijing Normal University

“Chapter 1: Initial Decisions,” Dissertation Chapter, Joseph Stromberg, Ph.D., University of Houston, Faculty, San Jacinto Community College

"Chapter 3 - Defining Purity: Developing Food Safety Networks in the Canneries," Dissertation Chapter, Stephanie Fuglaar, M.A., Ph.D. Candidate, University of Houston

"Clean Living: Health and the Environment in Late-Medieval English Towns and Cities," Dissertation Prospectus, Natalie Cziecieznski, Ph.D. Candidate, University of Houston

"Highway 101: Indians, Roads and Regional Identity," Project Abstract, Cathleen Cahill, Ph.D., Faculty, University of New Mexico

"Booms, Bugs, and Bureaucrats," Book Chapter, Kathleen Brosnan, Ph.D., Faculty, University of Oklahoma (formerly Faculty, University of Houston)

2010

“Animals and Overland Travel in the Nineteenth Century,” Journal Article, Kathleen Brosnan, Ph.D., Faculty, University of Oklahoma (formerly Faculty, University of Houston)

“The Local Protestors: The Monticello Reactor and Radiation Standards,” Paper, Ioanna Semendeferi, Ph.D., Visiting Faculty, University of Houston, Natural Sciences and Math

"Canning America: An Environmental History of California’s Canning Industry," Dissertation Prospectus, Stephanie Fuglaar, M.A., Ph.D. Candidate, University of Houston

"'Everyday Seems Like Murder Here': Race, Memory, and the Mississippi Flood Control Project (1928-1933)," Book Chapter, Richard Mizelle, Ph.D., Faculty, Florida State University

“RESPONDING TO DISASTER: THE EXXON VALDEZ OIL SPILL,” Book Chapter, Joseph Pratt, Ph.D., Faculty, University of Houston

“Atomic Cowboys: The South Texas Nuclear Project,” Dissertation Chapter, Joseph Stromberg, Ph.D., University of Houston

“Sonangol, A History from 1976 – Present: An Analysis of a National Oil Company’s Development, M.A. Thesis Chapter, Tomiko Meeks, M.A., University of Houston

"The End of the Democracy of Science," Book Chapter, Martin Melosi, Ph.D., Faculty, University of Houston

“Expansion for Conservation: The Growth of North America’s Power Grid,” Dissertation Prospectus, Julie Cohn, M.A., Ph.D. Candidate, University of Houston

2009

“A Roadmap to the Exploration of the Ocean Dumping History in America,” Dissertation Prospectus, Mao Da, Ph. D., Beijing Normal University                                                                                                                                                                   

"Building America's Energy Corridor: Oil and Gas and the Transformation of Louisiana's Wetlands." Dissertation Prospectus, Jason Theriot, Ph.D., University of Houston

“From Kerosene to Avgas: International Oil Companies and the Penetration of African Markets, 1890s through World War II,” Book Chapter, Kairn Kleiman, Ph.D., Faculty, University of Houston

“Solar Power Satellites and the Un-Life of Alternative Energy Policies,” Book Chapter, Jeffrey Womack, M.A., University of Houston

"'Living on a Wire Edge': American Oil Companies in Mexico, 1900-1920," Dissertation Chapter, Jamie Christy, Ph.D., University of Houston

"Peak Oil Prophecies: Oil Supply Assessments and the Future of Nature in U.S. History," Paper, Tyler Priest, Ph.D., Faculty, University of Iowa (formerly Faculty, U.H. Bauer College of Business)

"Diversifying the Future: A History of Tenneco Corporation in the Regulated Natural Gas Era," Dissertation Prospectus, David Raley, Ph.D., University of Houston