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Please click on the term below to access the list of presentations. To listen to or watch recorded lectures, please click on highlighted titles (if available; some are restricted to University of Michigan account holders).

Fall 2022

EIHS Lecture: "Commodified Communism: Values and Prices in the Polish People’s Republic" (Brian Porter-Szücs, University of Michigan), September 15, 2022

EIHS Leture: "Monuments Removed: Colonial-Era Statues in the Era of Decolonization" (Durba Ghosh, Cornell University), October 6, 2022

EIHS Lecture: "The Quetzal Crosses the Pacific: Bridging Asian and Latin American Studies" (Ricardo Padrón, University of Virginia), October 20, 2022

EIHS Lecture: "An Ambivalent History: Blackness and Homosexuality in the Post-World War II Political Imaginary" (Jennifer Dominique Jones, University of Michigan), November 17, 2022

EIHS Lecture: "EIHS Lecture: Stillness, Stuck-ness, and Sensing Against the Archive Alexandra Hui" (Mississippi State University), December 1, 2022

Winter 2022

Martin Luther King Jr. Day Symposium, "The Tulsa Race Massacre: Causes, Cover-Up, and the Ongoing Fight for Justice" (Scott Ellsworth, University of Michigan); presented in partnership with DAAS and the Department of History, January 17, 2022 (Zoom Webinar)

EIHS Lecture: "The Philadelphia Police and the Long History of the 1985 Bombing of MOVE: Writing the Past in the Vortex of Present" (Heather Ann Thompson, University of Michigan), January 27, 2022 (Zoom Webinar)

EIHS Symposium: "Radical Futures Through Indigenous Political Thought" (Rebecca D. Hardin, Ana María León, David Myer Temin, Kyle Whyte, Mrinalini Sinha); January 28, 2022 (Zoom Webinar)

EIHS Lecture: "Writing the Past-Perfect: Memoir and the Making of a Meaningful Past" (Jason Young, University of Michigan), February 24, 2022

EIHS Symposium: "Humanities-in-Recovery: The Case for Engaged Scholarship" (Peter Blackmer, Amal Hassan Fadlalla, Ricky Punzalan, Anna Bonnell Freidin), February 25, 2022

EIHS Lecture: "'All the Devils this Side of Hades': Minnie Geddings Cox and Black Finance in the 1920s" (Shennette Garrett-Scott Texas A&M University), March 10, 2022

EIHS Lecture: "'The Things to Come': Francisco Solano Faces Irremediable Humanity" (Kenneth Mills, University of Michigan), March 24, 2022

EIHS Symposium: "Whither Critical Disaster Studies?" (Matthew Ghazarian, Susan Scott Parrish, Dean Yang, Melanie S. Tanielian), March 24, 2022

EIHS Lecture: "Little Ice Age and the Oyo Empire: An Unfinished Process of Recovery in West Africa, ca. 1420-1840" (Akinwumi Ogundiran, University of North Carolina at Charlotte), April 14, 2022

Fall 2021

EIHS Symposium, "Health, the Body Politic, and the Language of Recovery" (Henry M. Cowles, Yi-Li Wu, M. Remi Yergeau, Rachel Rafael Neis), September 23, 2021 (Hybrid Event)

EIHS Lecture, "Beyond the Asylum: Mapping Circuits of Recovery and Relapse in Colonial Vietnam" (Claire E. Edington, University of California, San Diego), September 30, 2021 (Hybrid Event)

EIHS Lecture, "El Paso Mourning, El Paso in Recovery: Historical Lessons for Understanding Life and Loss in 2020" (Monica Muñoz Martinez, University of Texas at Austin), October 14, 2021 (Zoom Webinar)

EIHS Lecture, "Women in Post-311 Disaster Japan and the Politics of Recovery" (David H. Slater, Sophia University), November 4, 2021 (Zoom Webinar)

EIHS Lecture, "Recovery and Epistemicide: Ancient Mediterranean Limit Cases" (Dan-el Padilla Peralta, Princeton University), December 2, 2021 (Hybrid Event)

Winter 2021

Martin Luther King Jr. Day Symposium, "A Conversation about The Common Wind: Afro-American Currents in the Age of the Haitian Revolution" (Julius S. Scott, Laurent Dubois, Rebecca J. Scott, Stephen Ward, Matthew Countryman); presented in partnership with DAAS and the Department of History), January 18, 2021 (Zoom Webinar)

William Glover (University of Michigan), "Towards a History of Agrarian Urbanism in India," January 28, 2021 (Zoom Webinar)

EIHS Symposium, "Thinking with The Country and the City: Revisiting the Raymond Williams Classic," (Kathryn Babayan, Stephen A. Berrey, Christian de Pee, Mrinalini Sinha), January 29, 2021 (Zoom Webinar)

Pablo F. Gómez (University of Wisconsin-Madison), "Risk, Bodies, and Disease: Transatlantic Slavery and the History of Science and Medicine," February 18, 2021 (Zoom Webinar)

LaKisha Simmons (University of Michigan), "Labor, Love, & Loss: Black Women's Networks of Care in the Transition from Slavery to Freedom," March 18, 2021 (Zoom Webinar)

Dana Sajdi (Boston College), "In Defense of Damascus: A Tradition in Words," April 1, 2021 (Zoom Webinar)

"Sports and the City: A Century in Detroit" (Ketra Armstrong, Stefan Szymanski, Silke-Maria Weineck), April 6, 2021 (Zoom Webinar)

Shannon McSheffrey (Concordia University), "Evil May Day, 1517: Xenophobia, Labour, and Politics in Early Tudor London," April 15, 2021

Fall 2020

"The World Refugees Made: A Conversation with Pamela Ballinger and Kira Thurman," Seprember 24, 2020 (Zoom Webinar)

EIHS Symposium: "Practices of Decolonization" (Sascha Crasnow, Andrew Herscher, Derek Peterson, Michael Witgen, Mrinalini Sinha), September 25, 2020 (Zoom Webinar)

Book Discussion: "Undermining Racial Justice: How One University Embraced Inclusion and Inequality" (Matthew Johnson, Angela Dillard), October 6, 2020 (Zoom Webinar)

John Carson (University of Michigan), "Medical Science and Legal Personhood: Remaking 'Unsoundness' in English Civil Law, 1745-1830," October 20, 2020 (Zoom Webinar)

EIHS Symposium: "Chaos and Clamor: An Introduction" (Howard Brick, Katherine French, Ellen Muehlberger, Mrinalini Sinha), October 23, 2020 (Zoom Webinar)

Adom Getachew (University of Chicago), "A 'Common Spectacle' of the Race: The Visual Politics of Founding in the Age of Garveyism," with response from Jesse Hoffnung-Garskof (University of Michigan), October 29, 2020 (Zoom Webinar)

Sarah Bond (University of Iowa), "Translating the Chaos: The Ancient History of Hate Symbols," with moderation by Rachel Rafael Neis (University of Michigan), November 12, 2020 (Zoom Webinar)

Frank Biess (University of California, San Diego), "German Angst," with response and moderation by Geoff Eley (Univeristy of Michigan), December 3, 2020 (Zoom Webinar)

Spring-Summer 2020

EIHS Webinar: "Pandemic Times, Histories for the Present" (Jacqueline Antonovich, Powel Kazanjian, Helmut Puff), June 16, 2020 

EIHS Webinar: "Going Viral: Epidemics and Media in the Age of Print" (Christopher Hutchinson, Pablo Alvarez, Katherine French, Helmut Puff), June 30, 2020 

EIHS Webinar: "Policing and Protest 2020" (Melissa Burch, Matthew Countryman, Matthew Lassiter, William D. Lopez, Mrinalini Sinha), July 28, 2020

Winter 2020

Martin Luther King Jr. Day Symposium: Barbara Ransby (University of Illinois at Chicago), "MLK Jr.'s Legacy and the Crisis of Racial Capitalism - What's Next?” (presented in partnership with DAAS and the Department of History), January 21, 2020

Ruth Mostern (University of Pittsburgh), "Ecology and Empire on the Yellow River," January 30, 2020

Victoria Langland (University of Michigan), "The Labors of Human Nurture: Breastfeeding for Love or Money in Brazil, 1899-1960," February 20, 2020

Michelle Murphy (University of Toronto), "Towards A Decolonial Account of Chemical Exposures on the Lower Great Lakes" (part of the Human Conditions Eisenberg Forum), March 19, 2020 (CANCELLED)

John Carson (University of Michigan), "Medical Science and Legal Personhood: Remaking 'Unsoundness' in English Civil Law, 1745-1830," April 2, 2020 (CANCELLED)

T.J. Tallie (University of San Diego), Ukuphazama iNatali: Bringing Queer and Indigenous Studies Approaches to South African History and Beyond" (presented in partnership with Women's Studies), April 16, 2020 (CANCELLED)

Fall 2019

Eve Troutt Powell (University of Pennsylvania), "Training Slaves for the Camera: 'Racial Types' in Khartoum, 1882," September 19, 2019

Earl Lewis (University of Michigan), "Finding One's Racial Self: It's Always Personal," October 3, 2019 

Tera Hunter (Princeton University), "Can Marriage Save the Race? Ideas About African-American Marriage from W.E.B. Du Bois to Our Own Times," October 18, 2019

Scott Spector (University of Michigan), "The Truth of Place in Cities of the Habsburg Monarchy," November 7, 2019

Samia Khatun (University of London), "The Pen and a Sea of Pearls: Decolonizing Contemporary Historical Storytelling," December 5, 2019

Winter 2019

Martin Luther King Jr. Day Symposium: "Fighting for Our Rights: Three Young Women Facing Southern Racism in the 1960s" (Bettie Mae Fikes, Marilyn Lowen, Martha P. Noonan), January 21, 2019

Alexandra Minna Stern (University of Michigan), "White Nationalists Dream of the Ethnostate," February 21, 2019

"Public Engagements, Digital Tools, Global Contexts: A Roundtable and Discussion" (Camron Michael Amin, Valentina Denzel, Jennifer Hart, Matthew Stiffler, Matthew Villeneuve), February 22, 2019 

Paul C. Johnson (University of Michigan), "Charcot’s Brazilian Monkey: Religion, Psychiatry and Nearhuman Attraction," March 12, 2019

Miroslava Chávez-García (University of California, Santa Barbara), "Migrant Longing, Courtship, and Gendere Identity in the US-Mexico Borderlands," March 21, 2019 (CANCELLED)

Elizabeth Lunbeck (Harvard University), "Psychoanalytic Perspectives on the Authoritarian’s Allure: 1939, 2019," April 4, 2019

Jamie Kreiner (University of Georgia), "The Hoof of Destiny," April 19, 2019

Fall 2018

Hussein Fancy (University of Michigan), "The Impostor Sea: The Making of the Medieval Mediterranean," September 13, 2018

Chandra D. Bhimull (Colby College), "Untopics in History: Air Travel Anthropology," September 27 2018

Katherine French (University of Michigan), "Medieval Chests as Ideological Objects," October 11, 2018

Fabio Lanza (University of Arizona), "Is There a Socialist Everyday? Production and Social Reproduction in Maoist Beijing," October 25, 2018

Vazira Zamindar (Brown University), "Peacetime Aerial Bombing: A Colonial Genealogy for the Ever-Disappearing Civilian, November 8, 2018

Martin Summers (Boston College), "Inner-City Blues: African Americans, Psychiatry, and the Post-World War II 'Urban Crisis,'" November 29, 2018


Winter 2018

"1968 + 50: Unfinished Legacies of Dr. King’s Last Year" (Department of History / Eisenberg Institute Martin Luther King Jr. Day Symposium); with Ruth Feldstein (Rutgers University-Newark), Monica Muñoz Martinez (Brown University), Brenda Tindal (Detroit Historical Society), January 15, 2018 

Gregory Pflugfelder (Columbia University), "Private Parts and Public Concerns: Erecting the Japanese Penis," February 1, 2018 (cancelled) 

Edda L. Fields-Black (Carnegie Mellon University), "'Combee': Harriet Tubman, the Combahee River Raid, and Transformation in Gullah Geechee Identity," February 15, 2018

Dena Goodman (University of Michigan), "Biography and History: Building a Successful Life in the Wake of the French Revolution," March 8, 2018

Jason Steinhauer (Villanova University), "The Future of (Public) History," March 9, 2018

Ruth Mazo Karras (University of Minnesota), "The Myth of Masculine Impunity: Male Adultery and Repentance in the Middle Ages," March 22, 2018

Alan Mikhail (Yale University), "Columbus the Muslim," April 5, 2018

Fall 2017

Jesse Hoffnung-Garskof (University of Michigan), "Writing a Transnational History of Race in a Digital Age," September 7, 2017.

Vincent Brown (Harvard University), "The Coromantee War: Charting the Course of an Atlantic Slave Revolt," September 29, 2017.

Non/Human Materials Before Modernity (Eisenberg Forum / Frankel Institute Symposium), October 2-3, 2017.

Erika M. Bsumek (University of Texas at Austin), "The Appropriation of Indigenous Knowledge from the Rainbow Bridge Monument Valley Expedition to the Glen Canyon Dam Debates," October 19, 2017.

Ian Moyer (University of Michigan), "At the Gates of the Temple: Tracing the Boundaries of Political Culture in Ptolemaic Egypt," November 2, 2017.

Bernard Harcourt (Columbia Univeristy) and Heather Ann Thompson (University of Michigan), Symposium: "Attica and Foucault: A Conversation on Heather Ann Thompson's Blood in the Water," November 3, 2017.

Adam Tooze (Columbia University), "The Global Crisis of 2008: Approaches for a Future History," November 16, 2017.

Julia Adeney Thomas (University of Notre Dame), "The Historian's Task in the Anthropocene: Finding a Usable Past in Japan," December 1, 2017.

Winter 2017

Maylei Blackwell (University of California, Los Angeles) and N.D.B. Connolly (Johns Hopkins University), Martin Luther King Jr. Day Symposium, "Where Do We Go from Here?" January 16, 2017.

Ada Ferrer, New York University, "Aponte's Vision: Race, Revolution, and World History inan Atlantic Port City, Havana 1812," January 19, 2017.

Leslie Pincus, University of Michigan, "On the Shores of Japan's Postwar Left: An Intimate History," February 2, 2017.

Rudolph Ware, University of Michigan, "Visionaries: Second Sight and Social Change in West Africa Since 1800," February 16, 2017.

Conference: "Revolutionary Longings: The Russian Revolution and the World, 1917-1929," March 8-11, 2017.

Opening Remarks (Kathleen Canning) and Keynote Lectures featuring Robin D.G. Kelley, S.A. Smith, Elizabeth A. Wood, Howard Brick.

"The Year of Two Revolutions," featuring Boris Kolonitsky, Lars T. Lih, Ronald G. Suny, Alexander McConnell.

"The Upheaval Throughout Europe," featuring Eliza Ablovatski, Geoff Eley, Maria Todorova, Domenic DeSocio.

"Sexuality and Gender in the Revolution," featuring Kathleen Canning, Wendy Z. Goldman, Dan Healey, Jeremy Johnson.

"The Comintern in the Americas," featuring Beverly Gage, Daniela Spenser, Sergio Villalobos Ruminott, ToniAnn Treviño.

"Centers of the Anticolonial International," featuring Jennifer Boittin, Suchetana Chattopadhyay, Minkah Makalani, Jacqueline Larios.

"The Reach of Anticolonial Revolution," featuring Janet Afary, Rebecca Karl, Allan Lumba, Zehra Hashmi, and Concluding Remarks (Ronald G. Suny)

Osagie K. Obasogie, University of California, Berkeley, "What Can Blind People Tell Us About Race?" March 23, 2017.

Robin Blackburn (University of Essex) and Nancy Fraser (The New School), "On Futures, Past and Present," April 13, 2017.

Symposium: "Horizons of Expectation Today," featuring Robin Blackburn, Howard Brick, Lisa Disch, Nancy Fraser, Kali Israel, April 14, 2017.

Fall 2016

Farina Mir, University of Michigan, "Everyday Ethics in Colonial India: Akhlaq Literature, Urdu Print Culture, and the Diversity of Muslim Thought," September 8, 2016.

Charly Coleman, Columbia University, "The Spirit of Speculation: John Law and Economic Theology in the Age of Lights," September 22, 2016.

Haiyan Lee, Stanford University, "A Sino-Jewish Encounter, A Humanitarian Fantasy," October 6, 2016.

Thomas Cauvin, University of Louisiana at Lafayette, "From California to Italy: The Rise of an International Public History," October 11, 2016.

Ramón A. Gutiérrez, University of Chicago, "Reies López Tijerina, the Apocalypse, and the Religious Origins of the Mexican American Civil Rights Movement," October 27, 2016.

Symposium: "Panels, Balloons, and Citations: Making Graphic History," featuring Rafe Blaufarb, Charles Cavaliere, Liz Clarke, Paulina Alberto (chair).

Paul M. Cobb, University of Pennsylvania, "Love, Friendship, and Jihad in the Age of Crusades," December 1, 2016.

Eisenberg Forum: "Digital History in a Digital Age?" Decembetr 15-16, 2017.

Winter 2016

Jim Grossman, American Historical Association, "Preparing Historians for the Future Instead of the Past," January 15, 2016.

Thomas C. Holt, University of Chicago, "The Atrocity That Launched a Social Movement: Why the Civil Rights Movement Began When It Did, As It Did," January 18, 2016 (History Department Martin Luther King Jr. Day Lecture).

Tara Zahra, University of Chicago, "Longing to Stay or Go? East-West Migration and the Making of the 'Free World,'" January 21, 2016.

Regina Morantz-Sanchez, University of Michigan, "The Personal Is Political: The Autobiography of Rose Pastor Stokes," February 4, 2016.

Cathy Stanton, Tufts University, "An Anthropologist Looks at the Public History Job Market," February 5, 2016.

P. Gabrielle Foreman, University of Delaware, "Northern Slavery, the Art of Dissection, and a Doctor’s Fortune," February 18, 2016.

Curie Virág, University of Toronto, "Landscape and Longing: On the Perils of Gazing from a Height in Traditional China," March 10, 2016. Note: Due to technical difficulties, the recording cuts off in the middle of the question-and-answer session; the lecture is complete.

Paul N. Edwards, University of Michigan, "Time Crimes: The 20th Century’s Long Now," March 24, 2016.

Rüdiger Graf, Center for Contemporary History Potsdam, "Progressive Thought after the End of Progress: The Longevity of an Idea in the 20th Century," April 7, 2016.

Dennis Dworkin, University of Nevada, “Stuart Hall: History, Politics, and Theory,” April 12, 2016.

Fall 2015

Raymond Van Dam, University of Michigan, "Big Cities, Food, and Migration in the Later Roman Empire: A Simple Model," September 10, 2015.

Carol Symes, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, "The 'Desire of Deeds': Sensuality, Nostalgia, and the Affective Effects of Medieval Documentation," October 2, 2015.

Paulina L. Alberto, University of Michigan, "Lives and Afterlives of 'El Negro Raúl': Racial Stories in Twentieth-Century Argentina," October 15, 2015.

Venkat Dhulipala, University of North Carolina at Wilmington, "Longing for a New Medina: State Power, Islam, and the Struggle for Pakistan in Late Colonial North India," October 29, 2015.

Martha A. Sandweiss, Princeton University, "Thinking with a Photograph: Alexander Gardner at Fort Laramie, 1868," November 19, 2015.

Patricia Hayes, University of the Western Cape, "Exit Hamlet: Betrayal and Portrayal in Colonial Namibia and the Cape, 1929-1960," December 3, 2015.

Winter 2015

Sueann Caulfield, University of Michigan, "Jesus v. Jesus: Legitimacy Law, Patronage Networks, and the Transfer of Wealth in a Nineteenth-Century African-Bahian Family," January 8, 2015.

Ra'anan Boustan, University of California, Los Angeles, "Matter of Contention: Relics of the Biblical Past Between Jews and Christians in Late Antiquity," January 29, 2015.

Jennifer L. Morgan, New York University, "Partus Sequitur Ventrem: Slave Law and the History of Women in Slavery," February 5, 2015.

Joshua H. Cole, University of Michigan, "Exit, Voice, and Provocation: Menace and Vulnerability in Interwar French Algeria," February 19, 2015.

Symposium: "Temporality Across Disciplines," featuring Katherine L. French, Cameron Gibelyou, Piotr Michalowski, Stephen A. Smith, Paul N. Edwards, Martin S. Pernick," February 26, 2015.

Brigitte Miriam Bedos-Rezak, New York University, "Printed Matter Before the Printing Press," March 26, 2015.

Ishita Pande, Queen's University, "Forensic Proofs of Age and the Enactment of Childhood in Colonial India," April 16, 2015.

Fall 2014

Douglas Northrop, University of Michigan, "Earthquakes on the Edge: Border Spaces and Empire Making Along the Eurasian Frontier," September 11, 2014.

Don Mitchell, Syracuse University, "People's Park Again: Landscape and the Production of Space," October 2, 2014 (presented in conjunction with the Kemp Family Symposium on Geography and History).

Sallie Marston, Arizona University, "Thinking and Doing Spatiality Differently," October 3, 2014 (presented in conjunction with the Kemp Family Symposium on Geography and History).

Derek Peterson, University of Michigan, "The Politics of Transcendence in Colonial Uganda," October 16, 2014.

Mary C. Kelley, University of Michigan, “'Talents Committed to Your Care’: Reading and Writing Radical Abolitionism in Antebellum America,” October 30, 2014.

Marla R. Miller, University of Massachusetts Amherst, "Mopboards and Meetinghouses: Charting Geographies of Labor in Federal New England," November 13, 2014.

Thomas S. Mullaney, Stanford University, "On the Apotheosis of the Typewriter and the Xenogenesis of Chinese," December 4, 2014.

Winter 2014

Thomas LaMarre, McGill University, "From Cyberspace to Mobile Phones: A History of Extended Television" (seminar); Lisa Sapnar Ankerson, University of Michigan (commentator); Lisa Nakamura, University of Michigan (commentator); Leslie Pincus, University of Michigan (chair); January 16, 2014.

Thomas LaMarre, McGill University, "One Frame at a Time: Decoding Anime," January 17, 2014.

Nancy Hunt, University of Michigan, "Form = Material ??? Flywhisks and Catastrophe Logic in a Colonial Milieu," January 30, 2014.

Benjamin M. Schmidt, Northeastern University, "History for the Digital Future: Digital Forms of Historical Scholarship," January 31, 2014.

Juliana Barr, University of Florida, "Cross Cultures: Spanish Travelers on Indian Highways in the 16th-Century Southwest," February 13, 2014.

Roger Bagnall, New York University, "Materializing Papyrology," March 13, 2014.

Elizabeth Edwards, De Montfort University, "Folded in Time: Thoughts on a Photograph Album," March 27, 2014.

"Detroit Plural" (roundtable); Maria Cotera, University of Michigan (panelist); Austin McCoy, University of Michigan (panelist); Stephen Ward, University of Michigan (panelist); Charlie Bright (chair); April 3, 2014.

Kathryn Babayan, University of Michigan, "'Libraries of the Mind': Cultures of Literacy in 17th-Century Isfahan," April 10, 2014.  


Fall 2013

Paolo Squatriti, University of Michigan, "Exotic Plants, Biological Invasions, and the Medieval Mediterranean as Historical Materials," September 12, 2013.

Adeline Masquelier, Tulane University, "Possession: Stories of Spirits, Loss, and Appropriation in Nigerien Schools," September 26, 2013.

Walter Johnson, Harvard University, "On Agency and Material Life" (seminar); Tiya Miles, University of Michigan (commentator); Rebecca J. Scott, University of Michigan (commentator); Jay Cook, University of Michigan (chair); October 10. 2013.

Valerie L. Garver, Northern Illinois University, "The Power of Cloth: The Roles of Clothing and Textiles at the Court of a Carolingian Ruler," October 24, 2013.

Deirdre de la Cruz, University of Michigan, "The Rose Petals of Lipa," November 7, 2013.

Karen R. Merrill, Williams College, "Real and Ineffable Properties: Resource Politics and the Modern American West," November 21, 2013.

Winter 2013

Dario Gaggio, University of Michigan, "Rural Modernities: The Politics of Landscape in Postwar Tuscany, " January 17, 2013

Victor Lieberman, University of Michigan, "Southeast Asia and Eurasia During a Thousand Years," January 31, 2013

Lynda Coon, University of Arkansas, "Dark Age Jesus," February 14, 2013

Anne Gerritsen, University of Warwick, "Shards for Sale: Manufacturing a Global History from Fragments" February 28, 2013

Sudipta Sen, University of California, Davis, "The Ultimate Journey: Origins of the River Ganga and the Himalayan Pilgrim Trail," March 14, 2013

Sharad Chari, University of the Witwatersrand, "From Progressive Segregation to the Ruins of Revolution: Ruinous Dialectics in Durban," April 4, 2013

Geoff Eley (University of Michigan), Terrence J. McDonald (University of Michigan), "History's Retro/Prospects: Reflecting on the Pasts, Presents, and Futures of Historical Studies," April 18, 2013.

Fall 2012

Jay Cook, University of Michigan, "Finding Otira: On the Geopolitics of Black Celebrity, 1770-1930, " September 13, 2012

Karl Schlögel, Europa-Universität Viadrina Frankfurt (Oder), "Narratives of Simultaneity: Questions for a Topographically Sensitive Historiography," September 27, 2012

Derek Gregory, University of British Columbia, "Deadly Embrace: War, Distance, and Intimacy," October 11, 2012

Mrinalini Sinha, University of Michigan, "The Abolition of Indenture and the Space-Time of Global History," October 25, 2012

Jennifer Jenkins, University of Toronto, "Weltpolitik on the Persian Frontier: Germany and Iran 1906-1918," November 8, 2012

Seth Rockman, Brown University, "Negro Cloth, Planters Hoes, and the Geographies of Plantation Provisioning in Antebellum America," December 6, 2012

Winter 2012

Geoff Eley, University of Michigan, "Empire, Ideology, and the East: thoughts on Nazism's Spatial Imaginary," January 12, 2012

Tim Cresswell, Royal Holloway, University of London, "Visualizing Mobility in the Work of Eadweard Muybridge," January 26, 2012

Kathleen Canning, University of Michigan, "Aftermaths and Future Visions: Gender and the Meaning of Revolution in Germany 1918-19," February 2, 2012

Sharon Zukin, Brooklyn College and the Graduate Center, City University of New York, "The Social Production of Upscale Cosmopolitanism: Identity and Belonging on an Amsterdam Shopping Street," February 16, 2012

Nile Green, University of California, Los Angeles, "Making Space: Saints and Settlers in Early Modern India," March 15, 2012 (recording cut short due to storm)

Nicholas Purcell, Brasenose College, University of Oxford, "Becoming Maritime: The Comparative History of Orientation Toward the Sea," March 29, 2012

Fall 2011

William Hanks, University of California, Berkeley, "Reducción in the Making of Colonial Yucatec Maya," September 22, 2011

Ellen Muehlberger, University of Michigan, "The Ignoble Death of Heretics and the Ingressive Memory of Place in Christian Historiography," October 6, 2011

Matthew Connelly, Columbia University, "'General, I Have Fought Just as Many Nuclear Wars as You Have': Forecasts, Future Scenarios, and the Politics of Armageddon," October 20, 2011

Christian de Pee, University of Michigan, "The City as Nature: Textual Geographies and Urban Space in Eleventh-Century China," November 10, 2011

Judith Walkowitz, Johns Hopkins University, "'Schleppers and Shoppers': Jews, Street Markets, and Ready-to Wear Fashion in Interwar London," December 1, 2011

Winter 2011

Steven Mintz, Columbia University, "The American Journey through Adulthood," January 13, 2011

Gabrielle Hecht, University of Michigan, "Uranium from Africa and the Power of Nuclear Things," January 27, 2011

Dan Segal, Pitzer College, "Economic Knowledge, Capitalist Mythologies – About Supply and Demand, For Instance:  How Economic Textbooks Have Come to Teach Students to Not Think about Labor Exploitation," February 10, 2011

Sandra Sherman, Fordham University, "A Pedagogic Revolution: Early English Culinary Texts and the Common Reader," March 10, 2011

Alice O'Connor, University of California, Santa Barbara, "Narrating the Crisis: The Great Recession, the "Money Trust," and the Politics of Economic Reform," March 24, 2011

Fernando Coronil, The Graduate Center, City University of New York, "The Future in Question: History and Utopia in Latin America (1989-2010)," April 7, 2011

Fall 2010

Nelson Lichtenstein, UC, Santa Barbara, "The Return of Merchant Capitalism," September 9, 2010

Laurent Dubois, Duke University, "The Aftershocks of History in Haiti," September 23, 2010

Valerie Kivelson, University of Michigan, “Torture and the Moral Risks of Excess in Muscovite Witch Trials,” October 7, 2010

Elizabeth Thompson, University of Virginia, “Poor People's Movements and the Cold War in the Middle East,” October 21, 2010

Matt Lassiter, University of Michigan, “Innocence Lost: Crime, Drugs, and Double Standards in Suburban America,” November 4, 2010

Tony Ballantyne, University of Otago, New Zealand, “Economic Systems, Colonization and the Production of Difference: Thinking Through Southern New Zealand,” December 2, 2010

Winter 2010

Matthew Countryman, University of Michigan, “Who Needs the Bullet When You’ve Got the Ballot’: African-American Mayors and the Politics of Race in the Post- Civil Rights Era,” January 14, 2010

Steven Conn, Ohio State University, “False Starts: Native Americans, Representation and Museums,” January 28, 2010

Thomas Trautmann, University of Michigan, “Does India have history? Does history have India?” February 4, 2010

T. Jackson Lears, Rutgers University, “Making a Spectacle of Ourselves: Rethinking the American Sublime,” February 19, 2010

William Cronon, University of Wisconsin, “The Portage: Time, Memory, and, Storytelling in the Making of an American Place,” March 25, 2010

Ulrike Strasser, University of California, Irvine, “Economies of Death and Salvation: German Jesuits in Seventeenth-Century Oceania,” April 8, 2010

Fall 2009

Rebecca Scott, University of Michigan (with respondent Mamadou Diouf, Columbia University), “Microhistory Set in Motion: Six Generations of a Creole Family,” September 17, 2009

Kenneth Pomeranz, University of California, Irvine, “Land Rights, Resources, and Chinese Development in Long-run and Comparative Perspective,” October 1, 2009

William H. Sewell, Jr., University of Chicago, “The Nines: Brinks, Cusps, and Perceptions of Possibility—from 1789-2009,” October 15, 2009

George Sánchez, University of Southern California, “Population Removals in Times of Crisis: Mexican Repatriation and Slum Clearance in the (Last) Great Depression,” October 29, 2009

Sharon Farmer, University of California, Santa Barbara, “Landscapes of Power, c. 1300: Social and Cultural Interactions at the Garden-Park of Hesdin,” November 19, 2009

Miranda Johnson, University of Michigan Society of Fellows, “When the Settlers Don’t Go Home: Indigenous Rights and the Re-Founding of Settler Societies,” December 10, 2009

Winter 2009

Timothy Tyson, Duke University, "Violence, Nonviolence, and the 'Redemptive' South," January 15, 2009

Kate Brown, University of Maryland, "Lethal Landscapes: The Still-Secretive History of Plutonium, Radiation and the Communities which Learned to Love the Bomb," January 29, 2009

Peter Perdue, Yale University, "The Rhetoric of Violence in Chinese Nationalism," February 12, 2009

Hitomi Tonomura, University of Michigan, "Samurai and Their Women: Violence, Gender and the State in Premodern Japan," March 5, 2009

Michael Watts, University of California Berkeley, "Economies of Violence: Some thoughts on Oil Insurgency and Petro-Pirates," March 19, 2009

Angela Zito, New York University, "Re-reading Foucault from a Distance: Li, Danwei, Discipline and the Person in China," April 2, 2009

Fall 2008

Isabel Hull, Cornell University, "Imperial Germany and International Law in the Great War, 1914-1918," September 11, 2008

Benedict Anderson, Cornell University, "Premonitions and Utopias," September 25, 2008

Pablo Piccato, Columbia University, "All Murder is Political: Homicide in the Public Sphere in Mexico," October 9, 2008

Susan Juster, University of Michigan, "What's 'Sacred' About Violence in Early America," October 23, 2008

Nikhil Singh, University of Washington, "Genealogies of Rollback: Race and War in US Globalism," November 6, 2008

Mark Pegg, Washington University, St. Louis, "Holy War and Sacred Violence in Latin Christendom," November 20, 2008

Timothy Mitchell, New York University, "Carbon Democracy," December 4, 2008

Winter 2008

Frederick Hoxie, University of Illinois, "Making the Private Public:Sarah Winnemucca's
Response to 19th Century Violence Against American Indians," January 10, 2008

Damon Salesa, University of Michigan (with Antoinette Burton, University of Illinois),
"The Future Ruins of London: Victorians, the British Empire, and the Wars of Race," January 24, 2008

Lyndal Roper, University of Oxford, "The Fat Doctor: Luther and Biography," February 14, 2008

David Anderson, University of Oxford, "Atrocity and Empire: Courtroom or Confessional," March 13, 2008

Ian Buruma, Bard College, "Sticks and Stones: The Limits of Verbal Violence," March 20, 2008

Robert Donia, Independent Scholar, "Feasting at the Pity Party: Violence and Nationalism in Post-Yugoslav Southeastern Europe," March 27, 2008

Veena Das, Johns Hopkins University, "On Violence and Naming," April 10, 2008

Fall 2007

Linda Kerber, University of Iowa, "Stateless in America," September 6, 2007

Dominick LaCapra, Cornell University, "Witnessing, Trauma, and the Sublime," September 20, 2007

Eric Love, University of Colorado, "Eleven Minstrels, Eight Ships, and A Corpse: Uncommon Coercions and the Opening of Japan," October 4, 2007

Sanjay Subrahmanyam, University of California-Los Angeles, "Métissage and Imperial Violence: Revisiting the Portuguese Indies," October 18, 2007

Laura Briggs, University of Arizona, "Body Snatchers and Homeless Waifs: Contesting Reproduction and Negotiating Foreign Policy in Transnational Adoption," November 1, 2007

Dan Smail, Harvard University, "Violence and Predation in Marseille and Lucca (Fourteenth Century)," November 15, 2007

Ron Suny, University of Michigan, "Breaking Eggs, Making Omelets: Explaining Terror in Lenin and Stalin's Revolutions," November 29, 2007

David Blight, Yale University, "A Slave No More: Two Men Who Escaped to Freedom,
Including their Own Narratives of Emancipation," November 8, 2007

Winter 2007

Mary Elizabeth Berry, University of California Berkeley, "Illustrating Work in Early Modern Japan: A New Subject for a New Society," January 11, 2007

Francois Brunet, Universite Paris Diderot, "The Democratic Promis of Photography in 19th-Century America," and Robin Kelsey, Harvard University, "Accident and Theater: The Photograph as History," with commentator John Carson, University of Michigan, and chair Rebecca Zurier, University of Michigan, colloquium, January 25, 2007

Deborah Willis, New York University, "Visualizing Black Culture 1850 to Present," February 17, 2007

Deborah Poole, Johns Hopkins University, "Cultural Suspects: Costume, Custom, and Excess in the Oaxacan Photographic Archive (Mexico)" (colloquium), with commentator Philip Deloria, University of Michigan, March 8, 2007 

Rudolf Mrazek, University of Michigan, "Writing Without Ear: The Soundly Historical in a Colonial Archive" (colloquium), with commentator Rebecca Scott, University of Michigan, March 22, 2007

Gyan Prakash, Princeton University, "Bombay: The Imagination of a Modern City," April 5, 2007

Vanessa Schwartz, University of Southern California, "Seeing Past History a Usual: Theses for a Philosophy of Visual History," April 19, 2007

Fall 2006

Victoria de Grazia, Columbia University, "Visualizing U.S. Cultural Hegemony in 20th Century Europe: A Big Problem," September 14, 2006

Philip Ethington, University of Southern California with Commentator Terrence J. McDonald, University of Michigan, "Seeing the Haunted Spaces of the Globe: Photography,Cartography, and the History of Los Angeles in Africa, Latin America and Asia, 1900-2001," September 28, 2006 

Patrick Wright, Nottingham Trent University, "Iron Curtain: From the Theatre to the Burning World," October 12, 2006

Webb Keane, University of Michigan with Commentator Tomoko Masuzawa, University of Michigan, "Global Christian," October 26, 2006

Helmut Puff, University of Michigan with Commentator William Glover, University of Michigan, "City in Ruins: Modeling German History," November 9, 2006

Ciraj Rassool, University of the Western Cape with Commentator David William Cohen, University of Michigan, "Heritage and the Post-apartheid Nation: The Memorial Complex, the Biographic Order and the Spectacle of History," November 30, 2006

Winter 2006

Laura Wexler, Yale University, "The Awakening of Cultural Memory," January 12, 2006

Johannes von Moltke, University of Michigan, "'Historical Reality' and 'Camera Reality:' From Film to History and Back Agaion with Seigfried Kracauer" (colloquium), January 26, 2006

Franny Nudelman, University of Virginia, with discussant David William Cohen, University of Michigan, "Winter Soldiers and Radical Scavengers: Documenting the War in Vietnam" (seminar), February 9, 2006

Sumathi Ramaswamy with discussant Anne Herrmann (all University of Michigan), "Of Maps, Mother Goddesses and Martyrdom: Visualizing Political Death in Modern India" (seminar), March 9, 2006 

Stella Nair with discussants Diane Hughes and Rebecca Scott (all University of Michigan), "The Disappearing Inca? Architecture as History in a Colonial Preuvian Parish" (seminar), March 23, 2006

James Scott, Yale University, "Why Civilizations Can't Climb Hills: Valley Peoples in Mainland Southeast Asia," March 30, 2006

Michael O'Malley, George Mason University, "Teaching Through Digital History: Stretching Historical Imaginations and Strengthening Analytical Skills," April 13, 2006

Roy Rozenzweig, George Mason University, "Digitizing the Past: Possibilities and Problems for History and Historians," with brief demonstrations and comments from Johan Lagae, University of Ghent, and Michael O'Malley, George Mason University, April 14, 2006

Fall 2005

"History and the Visual: Concepts, Meanings, Problems," with Panelists Chris Pinney, University of London, Celeste Brusati, University of Michigan, and Patricia Hayes, University of the Western Cape, September 15, 2005

Harry Harootunian, New York University, "Remembering the Historical Present," September 29, 2005

Patricia Hayes, University of the Western Cape, "Male Trouble: Realism and Phantasmagoria
in South Africa's Border War in Namibia, 1976-89" with Discussants Isabelle de Rezende (University of Michigan) and Damon Salesa (University of Michigan), October 13, 2005

Henk Schulte Nordholt, Royal Netherlands Institute of Southeast Asian and Caribbean Studies, "Recording the Future: An Audio Visual Archive of Everyday Life in 21st century Indonesia," October 27, 2005

Bryant Simon, Temple University, with Discussants Robert Fishman (University of Michigan) and Rebecca Zurier (University of Michigan), "Boardwalk of Dreams: Atlantic City and the Fate of Urban America," November 10, 2005

Katharine Park, Harvard University, with Discussants Val Kivelson (University of Michigan) and Yi-Li Wu (Albion College), "Visible Women:  Gender, Generation, and the Origins of Human Dissection," December 1, 2005

Winter 2005

"Putting Religion Back on the Historical Map," with Panelists Sue Juster, Bob Greene, Genie Deerman, and Paul Johnson (all University of Michigan), January 13, 2005

James Brooks, School of American Research, "Mesa of Sorrows: Archaeology, Prophecy, and the Ghosts of Awat'ovi Pueblo, January 27, 2005

Shirli Gilbert, University of Michigan, with Commentators Rob Genter, University of Michigan, and Nancy Hunt, University of Michigan, "Music and Memory in South Africa," February3, 2005  

Keith Nield, University of Hull, and Geoff Eley, University of Michigan, "From the Social to the Cultural:  How Should We Think About Class Now?," February 17, 2005

Richard White, Stanford University, "Dumb Growth: Counterfactuals, Contingency, and Alternative Pasts in Writing Corporations into the History of the Late Nineteenth-Century," February 17, 2005

"New Dimensions in Environmental History," with Panelists Paolo Squatriti, Doug Northrop, Maria Montoya, and Andrew Needham (all University of Michigan), March 17, 2005

William Sewell, University of Chicago, "Political Unconscious of Social and Cultural History, or, Confessions of a Former Quantitative Historian," March 24, 2005

Jesse Hoffnung-Garskof, University of Michigan, with Commentators David Pedersen (University of Michigan) and Rita Chin (University of Michigan), "The Best of Times, The Worst of Times:  Urban Crises in New York and Santo Domingoand the Shifting Terms of Dominican International Migration," March 31, 2005 

Natalie Zemon Davis, University of Toronto, "Liberty and License:  Three Women in Colonial Suriname," April 14, 2005

Fall 2004

Martha Jones, University of Michigan, with Commentators Susanna Blumenthal, University of Michigan and Jay Cook, University of Michigan, "Leave of Court: African-American Claims- Making and Citizenship in the Era of Dred Scott v. Sanford", October 26, 2004

Documentary Film Symposium with Panelists Stashu Kybartas, Derek Vaillant, David Hess, Catherine Badgley, Matt Lassiter, Gina Morantz-Sanchez (all University of Michigan)

Val Kivelson, University of Michigan, with Commentators Neil Safier, University of Michigan, and Michael Witgen, University of Michigan, "Exalted and Glorified to the Ends of the Earth' Christianity and Imperial Maps in Seventeenth and Early Eighteenth-Century Russian Siberia," November 16, 2004