Carnegie Mellon University & The University of Pittsburgh Graduate Studies in History

Schedule of Graduate Seminars in History
University of Pittsburgh and Carnegie Mellon University
Academic year 2018-19

*** Fall 2018 ***

HIST 2000 (University of Pittsburgh)
Professionalization Seminar
Instructor: Michel Gobat
Wednesday, 4:00-4:50

This one hour one-credit course introduces graduate students to the discipline of history and to Pitt's graduate program in history. In addition, the course will enable students to commence work on their MA essays. Our main goals are to gain a better understanding of: a) the principal intellectual strengths of the history department; b) degree requirements such as the MA thesis and the comprehensive exams; c) various methodological approaches, such as social and gender history; d) fundamental analytical skills, such as how to write a historiographical essay, how to use databases, and how to edit your own work; and e) professional issues, such as participation in conferences and academic associations.

HIST 2012 (University of Pittsburgh)
Graduate Writing Seminar
Instructor: Ruth Mostern
Monday, 1:00-3:25

This seminar serves three purposes: a) to provide M.A. students with the opportunity to draft a paper based on primary sources that will form the basis for the M.A. essay that is required for the Master’s Degree; b) to provide students who enter the program with an M.A. the opportunity to draft their dissertation overview and/or an article for publication; and c) to provide ABD students with the opportunity to produce dissertation chapters and/or a publishable article in a structured setting with feedback from the course instructor and peers. Students will also have the opportunity to explore various forms of communicating about their research with multiple audiences.

HIST 2025 (University of Pittsburgh)
Teaching World History
Instructor: Diego Holstein
Wednesday, 1:00-3:25

This course provides training for teaching world history surveys. Students will engage with the content of an existing world history survey and learn about available resources for the teaching of world history. Simultaneously, an ongoing dialogue between the existing survey, the analysis of the teaching resources, and the student's own ideas will result in the formulation of new world history surveys by each student based on their evolving understanding of the field, strengths, and preferences. History and education students are warmly welcome to join this workshop.

HIST 2130 (University of Pittsburgh)
Gender, Sexuality, and Masculinity in Historical Perspective
Instructor: Irina Livezeanu
Tuesday, 6:00-8:25

Starting from the classic formulation of historian Joan Scott “gender [as] a useful category of historical analysis” this seminar will look at topics in 19th and 20th century history through the lens of gender, and explore the intersection of sexuality with politics. The class will read and discuss recent works that focus on gender, sexuality, and masculinity in the modern world. Students will be encouraged to apply these concepts to their own research agendas. They will write short reviews of books & articles and a 15-page research or readings paper.

HIST 2500 (University of Pittsburgh)
Latin American Readings
Instructor: Reid Andrews
Tuesday, 1:00-3:25

This course introduces students to recent efforts to conceptualize, theorize, and analyze Latin America as a region. The goal of the course is to explore how authors in diverse disciplines--history, the social sciences, cultural studies--have sought to understand the region's long-term historical development, and to examine how explanatory paradigms in Latin American studies have evolved over the last 30-40 years. Students will also learn quite a bit about the history of the region.

79-702 (Carnegie Mellon University)
Graduate Research Seminar II
Instructor: Nico Slate
Tuesday, 3:00-5:50

The goal of this semester's work is to revise and improve the paper you completed in 79-701 on the basis of summer research and work during the semester. The finished product should be either a revised journal-length article or a longer piece that might eventually serve as the foundation of one or more chapters of a dissertation. Students should plan to make the choice of which product they will work on in consultation with the course instructor and the advisor. By the end of the semester, students should have:

*** Spring 2019 ***

HIST 2023 (University of Pittsburgh)
Historical Methods and Approaches
Instructor: TBA

The purpose of this course is twofold: First, it offers a broad introduction to the diverse sources and research methods used by historians, and to the range of spatial and temporal scales that shape historical work. Second, with an eye to both the M.A. essay and the eventual dissertation, the course provides students with tools to craft a project, conduct research, and analyze various types of historical sources. Students should be given the opportunity to conduct hands-on work with primary sources. The skills developed in this course will prepare students to do research in archives and other repositories.

HIST 2724 (University of Pittsburgh)
Rethinking the 20th Century Black Atlantic: Circuits, Spheres, Social Movements
Instructor: Lara Putnam

This seminar traces the development of the African diaspora as an intentional, supranational collective in the century and a half after the end of the transatlantic slave trade. We explore the wide range of black internationalisms generated in the realms of popular culture, political radicalism, artistic production, and everyday life. Research across multiple disciplines has shown that men and women from the Caribbean, North America, Brazil, West Africa, and beyond remade politics and culture both within their nations and beyond their nations' borders. Where Paul Gilroy’s pioneering work, The Black Atlantic, illuminated the border-crossing ideas and initiatives of key black intellectuals, new scholarship has explored the ideas and actions of a far broader range of social actors, revealing the active participation of ordinary men and women from Accra to Bahia to Colón in the creation of the twentieth-century Black Atlantic. This seminar examines performance, ritual, literature, social movements, and social history in order to trace evolving notions of race and nation, ancestry and authenticity, belonging and rights.

HIST 2710 (University of Pittsburgh)
Global Capitalism
Instructor: Niklas Frykman

This course will explore the history of capitalism in explicitly global context. Engaging with the work mostly of historians, but alongside that of historically-minded sociologists, critical geographers, anthropologists, theorists, and economists, the aim will be to understand historical capitalism in relation other economic systems, to analyze the forces that produced and propelled it to global dominance, and the ways in which it has reorganized on a global scale the relationships between people and peoples, and between humans and nature, over the past 500 years.

HIST 2729 (University of Pittsburgh)
Seas, Peoples, and Empires
Instructor: Pernille Røge

Transnational theme: Atlantic History

This course focuses on interactions between seas, peoples, and empires in historical and comparative contexts. Using maritime history as its point of departure, the course explores the multiple ways in which contact with the sea shaped the lives of peoples and empires across the world. Beginning with Braudel’s pioneering regional study of the Mediterranean and the Mediterranean World, the course moves into the Atlantic, Indian, and Pacific Oceans. In each of these contexts, students will consider how the lives of people across social hierarchies were mediated through the interpenetration of empires and maritime regions. The course also considers the extent to which enclosed maritime worlds make sense historically – as the voluminous literature on specific basins suggest that they do – and if so, what distinguished one such world from that of another? Students will explore these lines of inquiry through readings that concentrate predominantly, though not exclusively, on the early modern and modern periods.

79-775 (Carnegie Mellon University)
Doing Digital History
Instructor: Jessica Otis
Monday, 1:30-4:30

Digital history encompasses a wide variety of computationally-assisted historical scholarship methods, tools, and publications. As with the larger digital humanities community of practice, it is often--but not always--associated with an ethos of collaborative, iterative, open, and/or public-facing scholarship. This course will introduce the rapidly evolving field of digital history with the practical goal of enabling students to incorporate digital history into both their current research agendas and their future teaching experiences. Students will learn how to use and critique digital methods; assess and employ digital tools; evaluate the merits and pitfalls of digitally publishing various forms of scholarship; and generally navigate this digital research environment.


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