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

*** Spring 2019 ***

HIST 2020 (University of Pittsburgh)
Digital/Critical Interdisciplinary Methods
Instructor: Annette Vee
Tuesday, 2:00-4:55

This collaboratively taught seminar exposes students to interdisciplinary and evolving methods for discovery and knowledge construction in the humanities and social sciences. In particular, it focuses on how information flows in and out of sociotechnical systems, the ways that researchers access, arrange, organize and describe information for use in their disciplinary context and how that shapes critical inquiry. Students will do hands-on work with data and methods and interrogate their affordances and limitations. Mini units in this course will be led by faculty from History, Political Science, Economics, English, Sociology, Information Science, History and Philosophy of Science, and History of Art and Architecture who are involved in the Mellon grant-funded Sawyer Seminar, “Information Ecosystems: Creating Data (and Absence) From the Quantitative to the Digital Age,” which will feature invited speakers and support several post-docs and grads in AY 2019-2020.

HIST 2023 (University of Pittsburgh)
Historical Methods and Approaches
Instructor: Michel Gobat
Wednesday, 3:30-5:55

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 2710 (University of Pittsburgh)
Global Capitalism
Instructor: Niklas Frykman
Monday, 1-3:25

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 2724 (University of Pittsburgh)
Gender, Sexuality, and Masculinity in Historical Perspective
Instructor: Lara Putnam
Tuesday, 6:00-8:25

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.

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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