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Research Article in The American Historical Review

m_ahr.124.3cover.pngDr. Abdel Razzaq Takriti, Associate Professor, Arab-American Educational Foundation Chair in Modern Arab History, and a leading authority on the twentieth-century history of the Middle East, published his latest research on "Colonial Coups and the War on Popular Sovereignty" in The American Historical Review (Vol. 124, Iss. 3), the official publication of the American Historical Association. From the abstract:

Compared to related phenomena such as revolutions, coups d’état have been undertheorized, approached in imperial and national histories as individual case studies, and analyzed by social scientists through the prism of democratization theory. This article argues that coups merit greater historical reflection, highlighting their significance in shaping sovereignty arrangements in the post–Second World War era. See the link for more details.

Members of the Department of History Honored with Teaching Excellence Awards

46761849585_db637b8499_o.jpgCongratulations to the members of the Department of History, Associate Professor Dr. Cihan Yüksel and PhD Candidate Derek Ide, for receiving 2019 Teaching Excellence Awards!

Dr. Yüksel was honored with a Provost Core Award for demonstrated excellence in teaching University Undergraduate Core Curriculum courses. Mr. Ide was honored with a Graduate Teaching Assistant Award.


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PAST EVENTS

Wednesday, 1/30, 2019: Hurricane Harvey, Research, and Oral History by Dr. Todd Romero (UH)

romero_poster_small.pngJoin us for the kick-off meeting of the History Research Colloquium, a UH collaboration highlighting cutting edge historical research by faculty, graduate students, and visiting scholars. It is co-sponsored by the Center for Public History, the Department of History, the Graduate Program, and Phi Alpha Theta. The meeting will have a special Presentation by Dr. Todd Romero on "Hurricane Harvey, Research, and Oral History."

Wednesday, January 30, 2019
11:30 am - 1:00 pm
Agnes Arnold Room 214

For more information or to confirm your attendance, please contact Julie Cohn at jacohn@uh.edu.

Friday, 2/15, 2019: Morocco through the Film Maker's Lens

hakim-belabbes-small.jpgThe UH Department of English and the Arab-American Educational Foundation's Chair of Modern Arab History present a conversation between Hakim Belabbes, an award-winning Moroccan-American independent filmmaker, and Latif Adnane, a local flim critic.

Friday, February 15, 2019
1:00 - 3:00 pm
Roy G. Cullen Building, Room 105
Lunch will be provided

Tuesday, 2/19, 2019: The Early History of the Arab-American Community by Dr. Akram Khater (North Carolina State University)

2019.khater.poster.small.jpgThe College of Liberal Arts and Social Sciences & The Arab-American Education Foundation Chair in Modern Arab History invite you to the Nijad and Zeina Fares Arab-American Educational Foundation Annual Distinguished Lecture in Modern Arab Studies on "The Early History of the Arab-American Community" by Dr. Akram Khater (North Carolina State University).

Akram Khater Ph.D. (UC Berkeley) is University Faculty Scholar, Professor of History, Khayrallah Chair in Diaspora Studies, and Director of the Khayrallah Center for Lebanese Diaspora Studies at North Carolina State University. His books include Inventing Home: Emigration, Gender and the Making of a Lebanese Middle Class, 1861-1921; A History of the Middle East: A Sourcebook for the History of the Middle East and North Africa; and Embracing the Divine: Passion and Politics in the Christian Middle East. He is the editor of the International Journal of Middle East Studies, has completed a 2012 PBS documentary on the history of the Lebanese community in North Carolina, was the senior curator for a museum exhibit on the same topic that opened on February 21, 2014, and was also the curator of the traveling exhibit, The Lebanese in America, which has toured six US cities, and will continue to tour through 2019.

Tuesday, February 19, 2019
Reception: 6:00 pm
Lecture: 6:30 pm
Hilton University of Houston, Waldorf-Astoria Ballroom
(4800 Calhoun, Houston TX 77004)

Thursday, 2/21, 2019: Digitizing Archives in Russia: Epistemic Sovereignty and Its Challenges in the Digital Age by Dr. Alexey Golubev (UH)

golubev_poster_small.jpgDr. Golubev will discuss the production of digital archives in a broader context of the political economy of historical knowledge in Russia. The archive is a key institution that asserts state sovereignty over history. It defines the dominant forms of historical knowledge, its limits and silences, establishes hierarchies of voices from the past, and produces experts with authority to interpret its documents. However, modern information and communication technologies represent a formidable challenge to maintaining this epistemic sovereignty as they have simplified to the extreme a precise reproduction of historical documents and production of digital archives. This paper will focus on several cases of digital archives to discuss this challenge and the measures that the Russian state implements to maintain its sovereign control over historical knowledge.

Thursday, February 21, 2019
12:00-1:30 pm
Digital Research Commons (MD Anderson Library 2nd Floor, Brown Wing, map).

Friday, 2/22, 2019: Myths, Memes, and #MeToo: Ancient Sexual Assault in the Modern World by Darah Vann (UH)

awrg.darah.jpgPlease join the Ancient World Research Group as PhD student Darah Vann discusses how the #MeToo era has changed both classical reception and her dissertation research.

The Ancient World Research Group is organized for students and faculty interested in ancient civilizations and the innovative ways we study them.

Friday, February 22, 2019
1:00 - 2:00 pm
Agnes Arnold Room 549

For further information: fholt@uh.edu

Wednesday, 2/27, 2019: Slavery By Another Name: A discussion on Convict Leasing and the “Sugar Land 95”

2019-02-95blackinmates-small.jpgThe discovery of the remains of 95 black inmates at the Imperial Farm Prison in Sugar Land has drawn attention to the history of convict leasing in Texas and the Greater Houston Area. Our speakers will examine this history and the current struggle to honor and memorialize the lives and deaths of these 95 men.

Join us for a panel discussion featuring Mr. Reginald Moore, founder of The Convict Leasing and Labor Project, Sugar Land, Texas; Mr. Sam Collins, National Trust for Historic Preservation Texas Historical Commission; and Ms. Brooke A. Lewis, staff writer, Houston Chronicle.

Chaired by Dr. David McNally, Cullen Distinguished Professor of History and Business

Wednesday, February 27, 2019
4:00-6:00 pm
Agnes Arnold Room 210

Tuesday, 3/5, 2019: Sugar Land History and the Lost 95 African Americans

2019-02-sugarland-thelost95-small.jpgCome join the UH Center for Public History, African American Studies, and the Department of Modern & Classical Languages on March 5th for a special talk by Brooke Lewis (Houston Chronicle) and Naomi Mitchell Carrier (Houston Community College) addressing the recent discovery of the 95 African American graves in Sugar Land—a reminder of its old prison labor system—and the controversies over how to remember this history.

Tuesday, March 5, 2019
2:30-4:30 pm
Rockwell Pavilion, M.D. Anderson Library (4333 University Dr.)

Wednesday, 3/6, 2019: Rise of the Chongas: How Loud and Lipsticked Cubanitas Burned their Community’s Racial, Sexual, and Class-Based Pedestal to the Ground by Paula Davis Hoffman (UH)

hoffman-poster-small.jpgFrom memoirs to popular songs and television shows, to interviews and narratives of her own Abuela, Ms. Davis Hoffman explores the depiction of Cuban-American gender roles and racial identity in popular culture to trace the development of South Florida’s chonga subculture.

Wednesday, March 6, 2019
11:30 am - 1:00 pm
Agnes Arnold Hall Room 214

 

Thursday, 3/7, 2019: Different Shades of Yellow: Sinophobic Discourses in San Francisco, Singapore and Vladivostok, 1880s-1930s by Dr. Sören Urbansky (German Historical Institute, Washington, DC)

urbansky_poster_small.jpgDr. Urbansky will present a comparative analysis of anti-Chinese sentiments in Russia, United States, and the British colony of Singapore, and their influence on local Chinese communities. A recent book co-edited by Dr. Urbansky, Yellow Perils: China Narratives in the Contemporary World (University of Hawaii Press, 2017, with Franck Billé) will be on sale during the event.

Thursday, March 7, 2019
4:00-6:00 pm
Honors Commons, 212 M.D. Anderson Library (4333 University Dr.)

Dr. Urbansky will also speak on Friday, March 8, 7:00–8:00 pm, at the Brazos Bookstore (event description)

Friday, 3/8, 2019: Viking Women Warriors and Gender Considerations in Archeology by Dr. Charlotte Hedenstierna-Jonson (German Historical Institute, Washington, DC)

2019-03-hedestierna-jonson-small.jpgDr. Charlotte Hedenstierna-Jonson has a PhD from the Archaeological Research Laboratory, Stockholm University. With a background in field archaeology and as senior curator at the Swedish History Museum (SHM), she has held research fellowships at SHM, Stockholm University and the Römisch-Germanisches Zentralmuseum (RGZM) in Mainz. Her previous research projects have focused on warfare, identities, mobility and material culture in Late Iron Age – Viking Age societies. Most recently, she has been part of the interdisciplinary ATLAS-project aiming at unraveling human prehistory within present day Sweden by combining archaeology, physical anthropology and genetics.

Friday, March 8, 2019
9:00-10:00 am
Agnes Arnold Room 520

Light Breakfast will be served

Courtesy of the Houston Archeological Society and the History Department
Please RSVP, and for further information, email snvaughn@sbcglobal.net

Tuesday, 3/19, 2019: A Poetics for the Empire: The Function of Poetry among the Ottoman Elite by Dr. Selim Kuru (University of Washington)

2019-03-kuru-selim-small.jpgDr. Selim Kuru (Ph.D., Harvard University) is Associate Professor and Director of the Turkish Studies Program at the University of Washington. He is among the founders of the Ottoman Studies Foundation and run the Intensive Ottoman and Turkish Summer Program in Cunda, Ayvalık, Turkey, where he has been teaching Ottoman Turkish paleography. Dr. Kuru’s work focuses on Ottoman 14th-16th centuries Anatolian literary history, focusing on love and its place in the elite Ottoman society.

Tuesday, March 19, 2019
Reception: 5:30 PM
Lecture: 6:00 PM
Hilton University of Houston, Shamrok Room (4800 Calhoun, TX 77004)

Wednesday, 3/27, 2019: Transformations, Practices and Environmental Discourses, and Urbanization in the City of Mexico in the Nineteenth Century by Dr. Sergio Miranda Pacheco (Instituto de Investigaciones Históricas UNAM)

2019-03-pacheco-small.jpgDr. Sergio Miranda Pacheco, a visiting scholar at UH, will discuss the link between environmental transformations of the Valley of Mexico and urbanization of Mexico City during nineteenth century. His research reveals a social order marked by centralization of power and broader inequalities that resulted in desiccation of the Valley and growth of a city in perpetual social and environmental imbalance.

Wednesday, March 27, 2019
11:30 am - 1 pm
Agnes Arnold Room 214

 

Thursday, 3/28, 2019: History Career Day

2019-03-career-day-small.png10:45 am: Chech-in begins, enter raffle
11 am - 12 pm: Interactive session to explore careers in history
12 - 1 pm: Free lunch and documentary screening
1 - 2 pm: Roundtable discussions with Houston area professionals
2 - 2:30 pm: Closing keynote session

Thursday, March 28, 2019
11:00 am - 2:30 pm
Agnes Arnold Room 210

Login to Access UH and RSVP on Cougar Pathway to secure your spot (only 35 open seats).

Thursday, 4/4, 2019: National Character and the Cuban Revolution by Dr. Louis A. Pérez, Jr. (University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill)

2019-03-louis-perez-small.jpgThis event will be a collaboration between UH and UHD hosting Dr. Louis A. Pérez, Jr., the Director of the Institute for the Study of the Americas at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Pérez's principal research interests center on the nineteenth and twentieth-century Caribbean, with a research emphasis on Cuba. Pérez is author of numerous books on Cuban history and culture, including On Becoming Cuban: Identity, Nationality, and Culture and The Structure of Cuban History: Meanings and Purpose of the Past. He is also the winner of Elsa Gloveia Prize, George Perkins Marsh Prize, Guggenheim Fellowship for Humanities: Iberian and Latin American History & 2000 Bolton-Johnson Prize.

Thursday, April 4, 2019
Reception: 5 pm
Lecture: 5:30 pm
UH Hilton Waldrof-Astoria Ballroom

Wednesday, 4/10, 2019: Curatorial Challenges: A Twenty-First Century Legacy of Early Twentieth-Century Anthropology Collections by Dr. Ann Plane (University of California, Santa Barbara)

2019-04-plane-small.jpgDr. Plane’s presentation will address issues of curation and public history practice via the work of anthropologist, Frank Speck (1881-1950). Speck’s large collections of Native American artifacts now pose logistical, political, and intellectual challenges for museum curators and scholars, mostly because of sketchy documentation about their origins and the larger political implications of cultural appropriation. Dr. Plane will address the personal and professional meanings of these artifacts for Frank Speck, as well as his methodological approach for procuring and preserving the artifacts.

Wednesday, April 10, 2019
12:00 pm
Agnes Arnold Hall Room 210

Wednesday, 4/17, 2019: Air Politics and "Vigilant Neighbors": Forging a Discourse of Pollution Abatement in Mexico City, 1971-1988, by Ela Milijkovic (Ph.D. Candidate, UH Department of History)

2019-04-milijkovic-small.jpgThis paper examines the conditions that led to the growth of an anti-pollution sentiment in Mexico City during the last third of the twentieth century, where decades of urbanization and industrialization accelerated environmental degradation. As scientists, environmental engineers, and other experts claimed authority over the capital's dirty air, ordinary citizens played important roles in developing a discourse of urban environmental risk.

Wednesday, April 17, 2019
11:30 am - 1:00 pm
Agnes Arnold Hall Room 214

 

Wednesday, 4/24, 2019: Emiliano Zapata: Mexico's Social Revolutionary by Dr. Paul Hart (Texas State University)

2019-04-hart-small.jpgPaul Hart (PhD, UC San Diego) is Professor of History and Director of the Center for International Studies at Texas State University. His latest book is Emiliano Zapata: Mexico's Social Revolutionary (Oxford University Press, 2017). He is also the author of Bitter Harvest: The Social Transformation of Morelos, Mexico, and the Origins of the Zapatista Revolution, 1840-1910 (University of New Mexico Press, 2005) which was awarded the 2007 Harvey L. Johnson Book Award by the Southwest Council of Latin American Studies.

Sponsored by the Arab-American Educational Foundation Chair in Modern Arab History

Wednesday, April 24, 2019, 5:00 pm
Agnes Arnold Hall Room 210

2018 Department Newsletter published!

The History Department has produced its Fourth Newsletter!  Please keep us up-to-date about your news for future newsletters!  Please send your news to the Director of Library and Technology, Professor José Angel Hernández: jahernandez27@uh.edu.  Thank you to all who shared news.

 

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