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Instructor Info:Lili Kim
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Uditi Sen
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TA Info:Samantha Valente
Term: 2013F
Meeting Info: Tuesday Thursday
10:30 AM - 11:50 AM Franklin Patterson Hall (FPH) 107
10:30 AM - 11:50 AM Franklin Patterson Hall (FPH) 107

This course is of interest to all Div II students who seek to incorporate a historical perspective to their work. It will cover a wide range of topics and recent methodologies such as transnational identities, immigration/migration, race and ethnicity, women's history, early modern science, visual culture, sex and the body, gender and the law. Students will have the opportunity to engage directly with archival material and critically analyze oral history methods. The readings will be located in Renaissance Europe, the early modern Mediterranean, the Black Atlantic, and Contemporary America/Transnational Sites. In addition, we'll invite other Hampshire historians to speak about their own work in Afro-American, South Asian, Middle-Eastern, and nineteenth- and twentieth-century U.S. history. The first section is devoted to reading the historical literature; the second section is a seminar devoted to an in-depth study of your own work. The aim of this course is to provide you with a foundation in historical methods, and to produce a substantial research paper for your Div. II portfolio.

Course Objectives:

In this course, we’ll introduce you to different methods and approaches in the writing of history, and help you expand your research and writing skills. Emphasis will be on close reading, textual analysis, and oral presentation of ideas. The way we measure your progress in writing is by looking for increasing levels of detail, density, and differentiation in your essays. Also, keep in mind that you need to document your claims, and conceive of your papers as contributions to a scholarly debate (5 big D’s).

Evaluation Criteria:

To receive an evaluation for the course, you must complete all assignments on time and make satisfactory progress on the course learning goals.  We expect a lot of writing and active class participation.  If you are absent for more than two class meetings without a good reason, you will not get an evaluation.

Incompletes can only be given in exceptional circumstances. The final paper and portfolio must be submitted in time. 

Additional Info:

Textbooks for this course:

1. Anna Green and Kathleen Troup (ed.) The Houses of History: A Critical Reader in Twentieth Century History and Theory, New York University Press, Washington, New York, 1999.

2. Eiichiro Azuma, Between Two Empires:  Race, History, and Transnationalism in Japanese America (Oxford University Press, 2005).