- Doctoral alumni Sebastián Carassai received Honorable Mention for the Bolton-Johnson Prize for the best book in English on any aspect of Latin American history for his book, The Argentine Silent Majority: Middle Classes, Politics, Violence and Memory in the Seventies (Duke University Press, 2014). Sebastián also has been named a 2016-2017 Fellow of the National Humanities Center.
- The Department of Cognitive Science has voted to approve affiliate faculty status for Kalani Craig effective Fall of 2016.
- Ben Eklof has received a College of Arts and Humanities Institute Research Travel Grant to return to Russia for work on the English-language version of his volume, co-authored with Tatiana Saburova, entitled "Friendship, Family and Revolution: Nikolai Charushin and Populist Networks in Russia, 1851-1937." Eklof has also been selected to participate in the faculty exchange between IU and the Higher School of Economics in Moscow next Jan-Feb, to work on a collaborative volume on the comparative history of education in Russia.
- Carl Ipsen published "Smoking in Italy since World War II" with Neodemos.
- Colin Johnson contributed a chapter entitled "Masculinity in a Rural Context" to the recently published Routledge History of Rural America (New York: Routledge, 2016).
- Graduate student Maxwell Johnson's article, "Borderlands Fortress: Newspaper Magnates, Preparedness, and the Rhetoric of Progress," has been accepted for publication by the Pacific Historical Review. He also organized a panel, "Global Expectations, Localized Experience: Nascent Approaches to the Modern Pacific World," which has been accepted by the 2017 AHA Conference in Denver, CO. At the conference, Johnson will present his paper, "Of Ports and Planes: The Port of Los Angeles, the 1910 International Aviation Meet, and Western Borderlands Anxieties." Current IU PhD student Ruth Almy and former IU MA student Alexander Herbert will also participate on the panel.
- Lara Kriegel will discuss the pre-circulated paper, "The Reason Why: The Charge of the Light Brigade and its Afterlife," with the Newberry Seminar in British History in Chicago on May 13. Last month, she visited the Newberry to participate as a commentator in "Modern British Studies: A Collaborative Workshop," sponsored by the University of Birmingham and the University of Illinois.
- Krista Maglen has been awarded a Summer Instructional Development Fellowship together with Farrah Bashey-Visser of the Biology Department to construct a course titled 'The Intricate Human: Responding to the Challenge of Epidemics' which will run in Spring 2017 as part of the Human Biology Program.
- Marissa Moorman gave a presentation on the Angolan musician Bonga and the transatlantic musical diaspora at Hangar, Lisbon on March 31. She gave comments at the book launch of A Short History of Modern Angola (Hurst 2015) by David Birmingham at Oxford University on May 2.
- Marissa Moorman and Joshua Malitsky received an IAS conference Award to support "Documentary and the Legacies of Colonialism: Images, Institutions, and Economies," to be held mid-September 2016.
- Michelle Moyd's article, "Centring a sideshow: local experiences of the First World War in Africa," appears in the May 2016 issue of First World War Studies.
- On April 29, graduate student Samson Ndanyi participated in the Critical Area Studies Symposium as Indiana University Graduate Student interlocutor on "African Studies and the Challenge of the 'Global' in the 21st Century." The symposium took place on IU's Bloomington campus (SGIS).
- Eric Robinson and Ted Castronova, Media School, are recipients of a course proposal grant from the Media School for their proposal "Cities on the Edge of War: Greek History through Games."
- Tatiana Saburova will be an invited presenter at three conferences in Europe this June. She will present "The 'Hidden Autobiography' of Ariadna Tyrkova-Williams," at a conference on Autobiographies in Interdisciplinary Research: People, Texts and Practice, at the Higher School of Economics in Moscow, June 1-4. She will present Visual Autobiography: Photographs of the Orthodox Clergy in Late Imperial Russia," at a gathering on Social and Secular Autobiography to be held at the German Historical Institute in Moscow, June 3-4. Finally, she will present "Photographing Siberia: Landscape and Anthropological 'Types' Through the Lens of Political Exiles," at a conference on Imaging the Past, Collecting the Future: Archives, Photography, Cinema and Museums, at the IMT School for Advanced Studies in Lucca, Italy, June 22-25.
- On April 29, 2016, at a day-long workshop on "Renaissance Studies NOW: Cutting Edges, New Approaches," organized by IU Renaissance Studies, Kaya Sahin gave two presentations: "Renaissance East and West: Political Power and Pictorial Representation," and "Searching for a Global Early Modernity: Anthony Sherley (d. 1635) between Elizabethan England and Safavid Iran."
- Tara Saunders (Phd 2016) has accepted a Visiting Assistant Professor position at Valparaiso University.
- Rob Schneider gave the annual Special Lecture at the Modern European History Research Center, Oxford University, May 2, 2016, on "When did the French begin to speak French, and how? A Seventeenth-Century Story." He also gave a lecture on the same topic on May 3, 2016 at the Department of History, Warwick University.
- Mirjam Zadoff has received a course development grant for a new joint-listed course on "Refugees and Migrants" (History & International Studies).
Each Friday during the academic year, we update our department newsletter. Current students, alumni, faculty and staff can contribute news, announcements and upcoming on-campus events by sending email to Becky Bryant. The deadline each week is Thursday at noon.
The newsletter goes on hiatus between May 15 and August 15 of each year.