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October 2015

Laura Nenzi, Researching the Margins: Challenges and Consequences of Embarking on a Microhistory Project

October 13, 2015 @ 4:00 pm - 5:30 pm
McCune Conference Room (HSSB 6020), Humanities and Social Sciences Bldg
Santa Barbara, CA 93106 United States
Kurosawa Tokiko Book Cover

Speaker: Laura Nenzi  (Ph.D. History, UC Santa Barbara, 2004) Associate Professor, University of Tennessee, Knoxville   Event Description: Laura Nenzi, one of our very own (2004 PhD) is returning to UCSB to give a lecture about her recent (2015) second book The Chaos and Cosmos of Kurosawa Tokiko. The talk will focus on the process of researching, writing and then selling to a publisher a micro-history of an itinerant saleswoman of needles and later school teacher of nineteenth-century Japan. “Researching…

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Political Theologies of Medieval and Early Modern Islam: A Workshop

October 30, 2015 - October 31, 2015
McCune Conference Room (HSSB 6020), Humanities and Social Sciences Bldg
Santa Barbara, CA 93106 United States

The workshop is open to interested faculty and graduate students. If you would like to join us at lunch, please contact Adam Morrison at cmes@cmes.ucsb.edu so that we can get an accurate head count.   October 30, 2015: 9:45 AM Greetings and Introduction 10:00 – 10:50 Bilal Orfali (American University of Beirut), “Mystical Poetics: Courtly Themes in Early Sufi Akhbār” (via Skype) 11:00- 11:50 Adam Sabra (University of California, Santa Barbara), “The Cosmic State: Ibn al-‘Arabi’s Political Theology” 12:00 –…

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December 2015

Jason M. Kelly: The Anthropocene’s Great Divergence

December 10, 2015 @ 4:00 pm - 6:00 pm
McCune Conference Room (HSSB 6020), Humanities and Social Sciences Bldg
Santa Barbara, CA 93106 United States
Jason M. Kelly with greenery in background

In the early years of this century, the Nobel Prize winning chemist Paul Crutzen popularized the idea that humans had entered a new geological age, the “Anthropocene.” This concept, he argued, captured the fact that over the past 250 years humans and their technologies had reshaped the planet, permanently transforming its complex biophysical systems. His idea caught fire across the disciplines, and in 2015, entire academic journals are devoted to the Anthropocene. Jason M. Kelly’s talk, “The Anthropocene’s Great Divergence,”…

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January 2016

After Tahrir: Egyptian Revolutionary Experiences and Future Visions

January 22, 2016 @ 9:00 am - January 26, 2016 @ 11:30 am
McCune Conference Room (HSSB 6020), Humanities and Social Sciences Bldg
Santa Barbara, CA 93106 United States
flyer for After Tahrir: Egyptian Revolutionary Experiences and Future Visions

This four-day research collaboration workshop will take place at UC Santa Barbara on the five-year anniversary of the Tahrir Square Uprisings in 2011 that toppled Egypt’s long-term dictator Hosni Mubarak. These uprisings in Egypt accelerated waves of anti-crony-capitalist demonstrations, worker organizing, youth revolts, media insurgencies, and police brutality protests that overthrew governments, mobilized populations throughout the Middle East, and inspired the world. These Tahrir uprisings are called the 25 January Revolution in Egypt and the Arab world. It was on…

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Book Launch and Signing: Sherene Seikaly, “Men of Capital: Scarcity and Economy in Mandate Palestine”

January 22, 2016 @ 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm
McCune Conference Room (HSSB 6020), Humanities and Social Sciences Bldg
Santa Barbara, CA 93106 United States

Event Description: The Department of History and the Center for Middle East Studies are delighted to sponsor a book launch and signing for Sherene Seikaly’s new book with Stanford University Press, Men of Capital: Scarcity and Economy in Mandate Palestine.   Comments By: Joel Beinin, Donald J. McLachlan Professor of History and Professor of Middle East Studies, Stanford University Erika Rappaport, Professor of Modern British History, UCSB Response by Professor Sherene Seikaly   Event Flyer

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April 2016

Robin and Robert Jones present “Refugees on the Greek Island of Lesbos”

April 14, 2016 @ 2:00 pm - 3:30 pm
McCune Conference Room (HSSB 6020), Humanities and Social Sciences Bldg
Santa Barbara, CA 93106 United States
Robin and Robert Jones pictured in a home

On Thursday, April 14th at 2pm in HSSB 6020, Robin and Robert Jones will speak about their experiences working with refugees landing on the Greek island of Lesbos. Their presentation is co-sponsored by the History Department, the Center for Middle East Studies, and the Argyropoulos Hellenic Studies Endowment. Robin and Robert Jones live part of their year on the Greek island of Lesbos, which is a major landing area for desperate refugees from war-torn Syria, Afghanistan, and Iraq. The refugees arrive in rubber…

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May 2016

“Was the Rise of Islam a Black Swan Event?” Michael Cook, 2016 R. Stephen Humphreys Distinguished Visiting Scholar

May 2, 2016 @ 5:00 pm - 6:30 pm
McCune Conference Room (HSSB 6020), Humanities and Social Sciences Bldg
Santa Barbara, CA 93106 United States
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A Black Swan Event is by definition a highly improbable happening with a massive impact. No one questions the impact of rise of Islam, but just how improbable was it? Two of its central features look very unlikely against the background of earlier history: the appearance among the Arabs of a new monotheistic religion, and the formation of a powerful state in Arabia. Does that add up to two Black Swans, or do they cancel out? Michael Cook is the Class of 1943 University…

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2016 Annual Medieval Studies Program Conference: “Gender & Religious Practice in the Middle Ages”

May 7, 2016 @ 9:00 am - 4:00 pm
McCune Conference Room (HSSB 6020), Humanities and Social Sciences Bldg
Santa Barbara, CA 93106 United States
Medieval illustration of a bowing nun and man

Keynote talk: “Men in Women’s Monasteries: Nuns’ Priests in the Central Middle Ages” by Fiona Griffiths, Professor of History at Stanford University The Medieval Studies Program would like to invite you to join us for our annual conference, May 7, 2016. The theme of this year’s conference is “Gender and Religious Practice in the Middle Ages.” There will be a keynote talk from Fiona Griffiths, Associate Professor of History at Stanford University, entitled “Men in Women’s Religious Spaces in the Central Middle…

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2016 Islamic Studies Graduate Student Conference – Identity, Memory, & Diaspora

May 20, 2016 @ 2:30 pm - May 22, 2016 @ 12:30 pm
McCune Conference Room (HSSB 6020), Humanities and Social Sciences Bldg
Santa Barbara, CA 93106 United States

Please join the History Department for its 6th annual Islamic Studies Graduate Student Conference, beginning on May 20th and concluding on the 22nd in HSSB’s McCune Conference Room. For additional information, including the schedule of speakers, please review the conference program which is provided below. Download the Conference Program

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October 2016

Outlaws and Scofflaws: Pirates and the Making of the Mediterranean – Judith Tucker (Georgetown University)

October 10, 2016 @ 5:00 pm - 6:30 pm
McCune Conference Room (HSSB 6020), Humanities and Social Sciences Bldg
Santa Barbara, CA 93106 United States

Monday, October 10th, 5:00 pm IHC McCune Conference Room (HSSB 6020) How did the Mediterranean emerge as a coherent and recognizable place in the early modern period? By looking to the semi-licit world of piracy and to the development of its laws and practices in particular, we can trace a convergence of understandings and agreements across Mediterranean space. Ironically enough, these outlaws and scofflaws of the time played major roles in forging the critical connections that drew the shores of…

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November 2016

History Department Panel – UCSB Parents’ Weekend – Protest and Politics in Historical Perspective

November 4, 2016 @ 4:00 pm - 5:30 pm
McCune Conference Room (HSSB 6020), Humanities and Social Sciences Bldg
Santa Barbara, CA 93106 United States

“Protest and Politics in Historical Perspective,” Panelists: Professor Giuliana Perrone, PhD UC Berkeley, “Black Lives Matter in Context: The Long HIstory of Black Activism in America” Professor Nelson Lichtenstein, PhD UC Berkeley, “$15 an Hour: Is it a Social Movement?” Professor Alice O’Connor, PhD Johns Hopkins University, “By the People: Self-Governance and the Isla Vista Ballot Initiatives” Q&A and Reception to follow the presentations

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January 2017

Salim Yaqub, History, “Imperfect strangers: Americans, Arabs, and U.S.-Middle East Relations in the 1970s”

January 25, 2017 @ 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm
McCune Conference Room (HSSB 6020), Humanities and Social Sciences Bldg
Santa Barbara, CA 93106 United States
bookcover of Salim Yaqub's Imperfect Strangers Americans, Arabs, and U.S.-Middle East relations in the 1970s

Salim Yaqub will be giving a talk on his new book, Imperfect Strangers: Americans, Arabs, and U.S.-Middle East Relations in the 1970s, which was published by Cornell University Press in September 2016. In this book Yaqub argues that the 1970s were a pivotal decade in U.S.-Arab relations—a time when Americans and Arabs became an inescapable presence in each other’s lives and perceptions, and when each society came to feel profoundly vulnerable to the political, economic, cultural, and even physical encroachments of…

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May 2017

Lawrence Badash Memorial Lecture – Erika Milam on “Creatures of Cain”

May 10, 2017 @ 4:00 pm - 5:30 pm
McCune Conference Room (HSSB 6020), Humanities and Social Sciences Bldg
Santa Barbara, CA 93106 United States

Please join us on May 10, 4PM, in the McCune Conference Room for the Lawrence Badash Memorial Lecture. Our guest speaker will be Erika Lorraine Milam (Princeton University) who will be giving a lecture titled Creatures of Cain: Human Nature and the Politics of Violence During the Cold War.  Human nature contains the seeds of humanity’s destruction. Or so it seemed to popular consumers of evolutionary theory in the late 1960s who maintained that the essential quality distinguishing the human animal from…

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June 2017

Book Launch: The Other California: Land, Identity, and Politics on the Mexican Borderlands by Verónica Castillo-Muñoz

June 2, 2017 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
McCune Conference Room (HSSB 6020), Humanities and Social Sciences Bldg
Santa Barbara, CA 93106 United States
flyer for Book Launch: The Other California: Land, Identity, and Politics on the Mexican Borderlands by Verónica Castillo-Muñoz

Book Launch: The Other California: Land, Identity, and Politics on the Mexican Borderlands Featuring: Kelly Lytle Hernandez, Associate Professor of History, UCLA Paul Spickard, Professor of History, UCSB and: Veronica Castillo Munoz, Assistant Professor of History, UCSB

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Magic in Ancient Egypt

June 5, 2017 @ 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm
McCune Conference Room (HSSB 6020), Humanities and Social Sciences Bldg
Santa Barbara, CA 93106 United States
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December 2017

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Robert Mugabe-Vladimir Putin: The End of One Era-Continuation of Another

December 4, 2017 @ 5:00 pm - 6:30 pm
McCune Conference Room (HSSB 6020), Humanities and Social Sciences Bldg
Santa Barbara, CA 93106 United States
flyer of Robert Mugabe-Vladimir Putin: The End of One Era-Continuation of Another

Mhoze Chikowero, Professor of History, UCSB, “The End of an Era in Zimbabwe?” Elena Aronova, Professor of History, UCSB, “Trolls, Bots, Cyberwarfare and the Cold War Origins of Putin’s Information Wars” Monday, December 4, 5-6:30, UCSB McCune Conference Room Poster here: Mugabe poster

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May 2018

Histories of Economy in the Middle East: A Workshop

May 18, 2018 @ 1:30 pm - May 19, 2018 @ 5:00 pm
McCune Conference Room (HSSB 6020), Humanities and Social Sciences Bldg
Santa Barbara, CA 93106 United States

Histories of Economy Flyer2 MAY 18 1:30-1:45: Introduction Adam Sabra, University of California, Santa Barbara Sherene Seikaly, University of California, Santa Barbara 1:45-3:15: Commerce and Capital Adam Hanieh, “Space, Scale, and the Middle East’s Contemporary Political Economy” Jessica Goldberg, “Sea Change in Medieval Ifriqiyya” Ziad Abu-Rish, “Complicating the Post-Colonial Narrative” 3:15-3:30: Break 3:30-5:00: Money and Finance Warren Shultz, “Numismatics and Islamic Economic History” Aaron Jakes, “Colonial Economism” Munther al-Sabbagh, “Measuring Interest Rates in the Ottoman Periphery” MAY 19 11:00-12:30: Rural…

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June 2018

Annual History Department Awards Ceremony

June 6, 2018 @ 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm
McCune Conference Room (HSSB 6020), Humanities and Social Sciences Bldg
Santa Barbara, CA 93106 United States

Please join us in recognizing the achievements of both the undergraduate and graduate students of the department.

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October 2018

Book Launch: Professor Xiaowei Zheng’s “The Politics of Rights and the 1911 Revolution in China”

October 17, 2018 @ 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm
McCune Conference Room (HSSB 6020), Humanities and Social Sciences Bldg
Santa Barbara, CA 93106 United States
bookcover of Xiaowei Zheng's The Politics of Rights and the 1911 Revolution in China

Please join the Department of History to celebrate the publication of Professor Xiaowei Zheng’s new book, The Politics of Rights and the 1911 Revolution in China (Stanford University Press, 2018). Professor Matthew Sommer (History, Stanford) and Professor Anthony Barbieri-Low (History, UCSB) will speak about the significance of Professor Zheng’s book for the field of modern Chinese history. The event is cosponsored by the department of East Asian Languages and Cultural Studies and the Confucius Institute. A reception will follow.  

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October 2019

Brad Bouley, “To Catch a Witch: Gender, Politics, and Persecution in the European Past”

October 31, 2019 @ 12:00 pm
McCune Conference Room (HSSB 6020), Humanities and Social Sciences Bldg
Santa Barbara, CA 93106 United States
flyer for Brad Bouley, "To Catch a Witch: Gender, Politics, and Persecution in the European Past"

As a special Halloween event, Professor Brad Bouley will present “To Catch a Witch: Gender, Politics, and Persecution in the European Past.” Join us at noon on October 31 in the McCune Conference Room (HSSB 6020) for knowledge, pizza, and drinks. Undergraduates are especially welcome.

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