The Brown History Department had another strong showing at the annual meeting of the American Historical Association, held from January 2-January 5 in New York City. Professor Rebecca Nedostup organized, chaired, and presented in a panel entitled “Networks of the Dead: Politics, Ethics, Technologies and Method.” Professor Robert Self participated in a roundtable discussion on the “Crisis of the 1970s” while Professor Omer Bartov contributed to a roundtable on the role of history and historians in the ongoing crisis in Ukraine. Professor Jane Kamensky was among the commentators featured in a roundtable discussion on the state of the relationship between history and literature. Professor Maud Mandel took part in a discussion of the divisions and intersections between Jewish History and General History.
Panelists in other sessions included Professor Jennifer Lambe, who shared her research on the relationship between psychiatry and popular mental healers in a session on psychiatric and medicine in Latin America; Professor Faiz Ahmed, who gave a paper entitled “Contested Subjects: Ottoman and British Jurisdictional Quarrels over Afghans and Indians Abroad, 1878–1914”; and Professor Tracy Steffes, who offered a historical perspective on methods of evaluating learning at the college level.
Professor Steven Lubar chaired a session on “Scholarship Beyond Text”, which highlighted research deploying new investigative technologies and collaborations with artists, architects, filmmakers, and designers, to upend conventional understandings of historical phenomena. Professor Jo Guldi chaired a session, entitled “People and Technology: Comparing Road Building across Three Continents“, which explored the connections between roads as they existed as material objects in their environment, and their human histories and cultural meanings.
Additional information and abstracts about any of the sessions can be found at the links highlighted above, or by clicking on individual conference participants’ names within the index at the American Historical Association Meeting website.