Historians on the Road Again

When we launched historians@work a year-and-a-half ago, we suggested that our blogs would explore the journeys that we take as historians.  Our posts since then have usually dealt with figurative journeys—intellectual, archival, personal.  But between the end of the spring semester 2012 and end of summer 2013, the twenty-one historians in the department will have covered scores of thousands of miles over land and sea as we made our way to conferences and archives throughout the United States and the world.  By June 2013 we will have traveled to three continents (not counting North America), twelve countries, and eighteen states.  Although not exhaustive, the following compilation provides a snapshot of the kinds of travel required of Marquette historians as they trod their scholarly paths.

Our newest faculty member, Sarah Bond, spent last summer doing research in Rome while revising her dissertation.  After delivering “Ignominy and Monetarii: Mint Workers in the Later Roman Empire” at the Work, Labor and Professions in the Roman World Conference at the University of Ghent in Belgium, she’ll head back to the Eternal City this summer as a Visiting Scholar at the American Academy and recipient of a Summer Faculty Fellowship that will fund her research on Touch, Taboo, and Trade: Status and Pollution in Ancient Rome.

Michael Donoghue will spend the first part of the summer of 2013 researching Race, Identity, and Gender in U.S. Military-Cuban Relations, 1941-1959 with the help of a Summer Faculty Fellowship and Regular Research Grant from Marquette University.  This is the third straight summer that Michael has journeyed to Cuba to do research.

With funding from a Summer Faculty Fellowship and a Regular Research Grant, Kristen Foster will conduct research on her book-in-progress, Haiti’s Mirror: The Impact of the Haitian Revolution on American Revolutionary Idealism in Pennsylvania and other Mid-Atlantic sites.

Chima Korieh spends most summers researching and/or teaching in his native Nigeria; this summer he is chair of the Igbo Studies Association Conference in Modotel, Enugu, Nigeria.  Chima also traveled to Idaho State University this spring to deliver Richard H. Foster Lecture (part of the annual Frank Church Symposium) on “Islamist Insurgency and the Future of Global Security.”

With funding from a major grant from the American Council of Learned Societies, Laura Matthew has spent the spring semester (and will spend half the summer) in Seville, Spain, working on her second book, tentatively titled Circulations: Death and Opportunity in Southern Pacific Mesoamerica, 1480-1630.

Dan Meissner held a Fulbright Fellowship in the People’s Republic of China in Spring 2012; he talked about it in a Marquette Magazine article you can read here.  This summer he will help lead a course on Chinese history that features a trip to China.

Peter Staudenmaier will also return to Europe this year for a second straight summer in the archives.  After attending the Silberman Faculty Seminar sponsored by the Center for Advanced Holocaust Studies at the Holocaust Museum in Washington DC, he will use a Franklin Research Grant from the American Philosophical Society to spend the rest of the summer in Berlin and elsewhere conducting research on his next book project, “The Politics of Blood and Soil: Organic Agriculture and Contending Visions of Nature in Weimar and Nazi Germany.”

A number of faculty members have or will deliver papers at international conferences.  In addition to delivering one of the James A. Hutchins Lectures at the Center for the Study of the American South at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Andrew Kahrl delivered a paper at the Social Science History Association Conference in Vancouver, British Columbia; John Krugler spoke at the Northeast Council for Historical Archeology in St. John’s, Newfoundland; and Steve Avella gave a paper at the Religion in American Life Conference at King’s College in London.  In June Tim McMahon will present a paper at the “Modernism, Media, and Memory” conference at the National University of Ireland-Maynooth in County Kildare, while Jim Marten will appear on a panel discussion, chair two panels, and assume the Society’s presidency at the Society for the History of Children and Youth Conference at the University of Nottingham in the UK.

Finally, most other members of the faculty attended or participated in stateside conferences: Alison Efford read “A Turning Point on Two Continents: German Americans Reconsider Race and Citizenship in 1870” at the American Historical Association Meeting in New Orleans; Lezlie Knox delivered the Nineteenth Annual Clare Center Lecture, “How Does Franciscan History Matter? Hagiography, Letters and Chronicles in the Convents of Medieval Italy,” at Siena College in Loudonville, NY; Michael Wert presented the “Rural Swordsmen in Early Modern Japan” at the Midwest Japan Seminar at Wittenberg University in Ohio; Julius Ruff commented on a panel at the French Historical Studies Conference in Boston; Carla Hay chaired a session at the Western Conference on British Studies in Las Vegas; and Phil Naylor attended the Middle East Studies Association in Denver.

At least some of these journeys will no doubt lead to posts on historians@work when we all return to campus in the fall.  In the meantime, have a great summer!

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