This seminar examines expanding circuits of global mobility from the early modern period to the present, and considers methodological implications of taking mobilities and connections as object of analysis. We will examine historical processes and dynamics on multiple scales from the perspective of people, commodities, and ideas in motion, along with dynamic networks and material or cultural effects these circuits generate; and the regulatory systems that emerge in consequence of increasingly robust flows. Expanding global connections and their effects produce new constraints and open a wide range of fresh possibilities for both states and diverse groups of people. The course will look closely at the interplay between unprecedented mobility and the restrictions imposed by modern political regimes, and the shifting relationship between people and real and imagined political entities from the global (empires, internationalisms, global governance bodies), to the provincial (kingdoms, nationalisms, nation-states). Organized thematically around mobile people, commodities, and ideas, and global institutions, we will examine disaporic migrant connections, global radical and anti-colonial movements, material and cultural effects of long-distance commodity production and exchange, and the circulation and expanding scope of institutional ideas and practices. The course will be interdisciplinary, incorporating comparative and monographic historical and anthropological studies, theoretical writings, and selections from literary or historical primary source texts; and transregional, examining particular themes via close consideration of Asia, Africa, and the Americas, and their interconnections. Readings will include books or articles by scholars such as Benedict Anderson, Sebouh Aslanian, Sven Beckert, Lauren Benton, Engseng Ho, Ilham Khuri-Makdisi, Mark Mazower, Adam McKeown, Jeremy Prestholdt, Maia Ramnath, and Sanjay Subrahmanyam (links above are to recommended or required books ordered for the course).
For a special video featuring our graduate program, prepared by the American Historical Association, click here: Preparing Historians for the Challenge of 21st Century Academia
Over the past decade and a half, as the historical profession has moved in new directions, the Stony Brook Department of History has launched itself into the vanguard of a parallel re-visioning of graduate education. In 1997, the department reorganized its graduate program along thematic lines. Having anticipated what have become deepening trends in history scholarship and job markets, the program in history at Stony Brook now draws on over a decade of experience in re-thinking historical specialties that have long been defined by geographic region and time period.
Our “thematic clusters” approach builds on the strengths of a nationally and internationally renowned faculty. Stony Brook faculty have received awards from virtually every major public and private foundation that supports history, from the National Science Foundation to the National Endowment for the Humanities, the National Humanities Center to the Wilson Center. Among the current faculty are four recent recipients of the prestigious Guggenheim Fellowship, a record that even our Ivy League counterparts have to envy. As a recent review of the department has noted, “this record of national and international recognition confirms the widespread recognition of Stony Brook’s history faculty as in the very top tier. This record of scholarship has not come at the cost of their teaching.” The Stony Brook graduate program in history currently offers two degree tracks: for a Doctoral degree, and for a terminal Master’s degree. For information about applying to these programs, also on tuition and funding, see the above links, also the Graduate School application and financial and residential information pages.
Congratulations to both Ashley Black and Andrew Ehrinpreis for being awarded fellowships from the Social Science Research Council (SSRC). Black has won the prestigious Dissertation Proposal Development Fellowship for her research on Mexico City as a site of Latin American exile in the 1950s. Ehrinpreis has won a Drugs, Security, and Democracy Fellowship (co-sponsored by the Soros Open Society Foundations) for his dissertation, “Constructing Coca: A History of Bolivian Coca Nationalism and the War on Drugs, 1920–2000.” Ehrinpreis is the third Stony Brook history student to win this prize.
Please join us in congratulating Gregory Rosenthal! The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation has awarded him the prestigious Mellon/ACLS Dissertation Completion Fellowship for his project, “Hawaiians Who Left Hawaii: Work, Body, and Environment in the Pacific World, 1786–1876.” Mellon fellowships—of which only 65 were awarded this year—support advanced graduate students in humanities and social sciences in the their last year of dissertation writing.
Congratulations to Ph.D. candidate Froylán Enciso! The Harry Frank Guggenheim Foundation (dedicated to studies of violence and violence prevention) has awarded him a dissertation fellowship for his project, “Made in Sinaloa: From the Regional to the Global History of the Mexican War on Drugs, 1909–1985.”
Erica Mukherjee (Ph.D. candidate) has just received a Cornell University Foreign Language Area Studies (FLAS) fellowship and will use it to study Bengali at the South Asia Summer Language Institute at the University of Wisconsin this summer. Congratulations!
Later this spring, Ph.D. candidate Gregory Rosenthal will join eleven other scholars from across the country to participate in the Cornell University Institute for the Social Sciences’ 2013 Institute on Contested Landscapes. Gregory will be presenting a paper titled “The Property on/is their Backs: Dispossession and Wage Labor in Nineteenth-century Hawaiʻi.” Gregory has also received two dissertation research awards for this summer and fall: a Michael J. Connell Foundation Fellowship from the Huntington Library in San Marino, California; and an Arthur J. Quinn Memorial Fellowship at the Bancroft Library at UC-Berkeley.