Graduate Historiography

Fall 2015 • HIST 664-001
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Graduate Historiography (HIST 664)

Wednesday 12:30-3(ish)
MVH 2046

Contact Info

Fred Gibbs (fwgibbs@gmail.com)
Mesa Vista Hall, 1077
Office Hours: M 10:15-11:45; W 3:15-4:45; by appointment


Throughout the semester, we’ll be reading sections of Elizabeth Clark, History, Theory, Text (Harvard University Press, 2004; 978-0674015845). Pages are indicated by “Clark, x-y”.

All non-book readings will be distributed via email.

Aug 19

Introductions

  • Introduction the the course, syllabus, and expectations
  • What Is Historiography?
  • Introduction to GitHub and Markdown (also, keep this guide in mind for reference.)
  • Paul N. Edwards, “How to Read a Book, v5.0”

Aug 26

Historiographical Overview

  • Clark, 9-28.
  • Keith Jenkins, Rethinking History (Routledge, 1991/2003; 978-0415304436)
  • Watch some of the video examples (posted at the bottom of this page).

Sep 2

Creating History

  • Clark, 29-41.
  • Wilhelm von Humboldt, “On the Historian’s Task,” 57-71.
  • Marc Bloch, The Historian’s Craft (1949/Vintage, 1964; 978-0394705125)
  • Brief video tutorial in class
  • Victor, Marcus

Sep 9

Economics and Labor

Sep 16

Annales

  • Clark, 63-75.
  • Emmanuel Le Roy Ladurie, The Peasants of Languedoc (CRH, 1966/University of Illinois Press 1976; 978-0252006357)
  • James, Stephanie

Sep 23

Microhistory

  • Clark 75-79.
  • Carlos Ginzberg, The Cheese and the Worms (Giulio Einudi, 1976/Johns Hopkins University Press, 1992; 978-0801843877)
  • Stephanie, Kevin
  • DUE: video outlines

Sep 30

Literary History

  • Clark, 86-105; 130-145.
  • Hayden White, Tropics of Discourse (Johns Hopkins University Press, 1978/1986; 978-0801827419)
  • Victor, Carter

Oct 07

Power

  • Clark, 106-119.
  • Michele Foucault, Birth of the Clinic (Presses universitaires de France, 1963/Vintage 1994; 978-0679753346)
  • Taylor, James

Oct 14

The Everyday

  • Clark 119-129.
  • Michel de Certeau, Practice of Everyday Life (University of California Press, 1984/2011 (3rd ed.); 978-0520271456)
  • Ben, Alia

Oct 21

Race and Empire

  • Richard White, The Middle Ground: Indians, Empires, and Republics in the Great Lakes Region, 1650-1815 (Cambridge University Press, 1991/2010; 978-0521183444)
  • Michelle, Kevin, Alia, Rachel

Oct 28

Gender

  • Judith Butler, Gender Trouble: Feminism and the Subversion of Identity (Routledge, 1990/2006; 978-0415389556)
  • Ben, Rachel
  • DUE: 2-minute trailers

Nov 04

Nationalsim

  • Benedict Anderson, Imagined Communities (Verso 1983/2006 (2nd ed.); 978-1844670864)
  • Aleja, Alia

Nov 11

Space

  • Miles Ogborn, Spaces of Modernity: London’s Geographies 1680-1780 (Guilford Press, 1998; 978-1572303652)
  • Michelle, Mirella

Nov 18

Paradigm Shifts

  • Thomas Kuhn, Structure of Scientific Revolutions (University of Chicago Press, 1962/2012 (4th ed.); 978-0226458120)
  • Carter, Mirella

Nov 25

Technology

  • Michael Adas, Machines as the Measure of Men: Science, Technology, and Ideologies of Western Dominance (Cornell University Press, 1989; 978-0801497605)
    Discussion of videos Marcus, Rachel

Dec 02

A Digital Paradigm?

  • Burdick, et al., Digital Humanities (MIT Press, 2012; 978-0262018470)
  • XXX
  • Evaluations

Final videos due on day of scheduled final


Video Examples

Michael Wesch, The Machine is Us/ing Us (4.5 min. video).

Aaron Titus, How the Internet Works

Fred Gibbs, A Brief History of Toxicology (please don’t watch the whole thing!) and a short explanation.

Random Course Trailers: Medical Ethics and History and Making the Middle Ages

Advice on How to make an EPIC movie trailer (why are we watching this?)

If you’re unfamiliar with movie editing software, consider Movie Maker (Windows) or iMovie (Mac), or most recommended, a free trial of Camtasia.