Perón sent workers
to spread social change abroad
it did not work
New York University
Dissertation title: “Ambassadors of the Working Class: Peronist Worker Attachés, Cold War Liberalism and the struggle for the Americas’ Labor Movement (1945-1959)”
The dissertation studies the history of the worker attachés, union leaders and blue-collar workers appointed by Perón at Argentine embassies to propagate Peronism abroad. It focuses on their dispute with American labor diplomats in the Western Hemisphere and their competing notions of democracy, property rights and common good.
Brown bread and baked beans.
What the Pilgrims ate (if you ask
Dissertation title: “‘Colonial Custard’ and ‘Pilgrim Soup’: Culinary Nationalism and the Colonial Revival”
My dissertation looks at the romanticization of colonial American food such as brown bread and baked beans during the Victorian and Progressive eras. I am currently working as a writer with a focus on American food history.
Young artist finds his own voice
ready to be Judged.
University of Edinburgh
Working Title: Print as communicative event: Durer’s Apocalypse of 1498 as an incunabulum (early printed book)
Chinese Marxists Read
The Dream of the Red Chamber,
A Canon Reformed.
Free University Berlin, Germany
My dissertation revolves around literary canon reformation in the first decade of the People’s Republic of China. My focus is Cao Xueqin’s famed Qing-dynasty novel “The Dream of the Red Chamber” (Honglou meng) and the campaign against the literary historian and “Dream”-expert Yu Pingbo in 1954/55. The aim is to show how the entire field of classical literary historiography in China was drastically altered in the 50s to fit the new Marxist paradigm, and how public campaigns against individuals (which would later lead to the excesses of the Cultural Revolution) served to concert divergent opinions and determine the mainstream of cultural thought and practice. Questions and comments are more than welcome at the email address above.
It didn’t work out.
Victoria University, Wellington, New Zealand
Modern Slovak nationalism emerged from nineteenth-century Hungarian nationalism. While Hungarian-speakers sought to assimilate all ethnic minorities, the Hungary’s Slavs instead imagined a proud multi-ethnic and multi-lingual state whose citizens could freely use their native languages. They saw themselves as Hungarian citizens speaking the Pan-Slav language, and often the Czech dialect of that language. Slovak nationalism emerged as the unintended consequence of multi-ethnic Hungarian loyalism, ineffective Pan-Slavism, and counterproductive policies of Czechoslovak nation building.
Lobby the landlords
For plowshares and pitchforks
To cut and stab them
Tel Aviv University
Akram al-Hawrani was an important nationalist politician in Syria who introduced subversive agricultural and military reforms after Syrian independence in 1946. In 1963, he was exiled by a younger generation of military officers more radical than himself.
Medieval cities --
Not as dirty as we think.
Muck and filth cleaned up.
University of Virginia
In my PhD dissertation, I examined sanitation practices in English and Scandinavian urban areas from 1350 to 1600. Using both written and archeological evidence, I defined the roles of city corporations and individuals in street maintenance, waste management, and river cleansing, and found working social and technological systems that kept the urban space relatively free from waste.
Assault: a minor crime?
Yes. Our “right to violence.”
University of California, Los Angeles
Dissertation Title: “The Right to Violence: Assault Prosecution in New York, 1760-1840” (2009).
My dissertation traces a fundamental transformation in the criminal prosecution of assault and battery. Instead of punishing assault as a bothersome breach of public peace, authorities began to prosecute it as a crime in its own right. As criminal sentences grew more severe (and their enforcement costlier), prosecution became much more selective. Convictions relative to the population plummeted, leaving most perpetrators of violence unpunished. Choosing which cases merited prosecution, the state followed attitudes on privacy and authority, consolidating a zone of allowable aggression I call “the right to violence.”
Marines rule was by
to Guardia National
Tel Aviv University
My M.A. is about the U.S. Marine Corps attempts to establish a professional identity in the early 20th century. I argue that it drove the Marines to regulate their rule of Central American countries. This process culminated in the construction of a U.S. imperial system, which was based on development of local National Guard.
No horizon, lots
of dreams, how they fill the gap?
Yes we can! they write.
Bar-Ilan University, Israel
Dissertation Title: “‘Freedom still my soul demands’ – Growing up in a Jewish Family in Inter-War Poland”
In my dissertation I’m trying to understand the experience of growing up as a Jew in Poland between the wars. Focusing on the inner life, dreams and hopes of youth and the “alternative realities” they created to bridge the gap between aspirations and daily life.
Either in Rum, or
perhaps in Sham, thought to be
one but in fact more
New York University
I am studying Ottoman history. My dissertation is about the multiplicity within the Hanafi legal school (one of the four legal schools in Sunni Islam) in the Ottoman domains. My main focus is on this history of the school in Anatolia (AKA Rum) and Syria (AKA in Turkish and Arabic as Sham).
Soldiers’ tales for sale,
summoned from oblivion,
to build nation’s self.
My dissertation: “Fighting for Home Abroad: Remembrance and Oblivion of WWII in Brazil” is about the collective memory of the Brazilian Expeditionary Force that fought in Italy alongside the Allies in WWII and its uses by different groups to construct and contest national, and other, identities in Brazil.
science as a force for peace,
or source of conflict?
I wrote my Master’s thesis in the History of Science program at Oxford on the relationship between science, exploration, and the geopolitics of peace. For a case study I focused on the Siachen glacier, a chunk of ice in contested Kashmir that holds the distinction as the world’s longest non-polar glacier, and the somewhat more dubious distinction as the world’s highest-altitude battlefield.
“Bright youth draw near to
Thought, but not for naught: to save
their souls from science”
University of Notre Dame
My dissertation examines critical normative conceptions in American collegiate writing during the period 1870-1910. Its chief finding is that some students gravitated toward idealism as a way of coping with scientific naturalism.
Maintains white supremacy
the courts intervene
University of Nebraska
My primary research is in ways that Southern states attempted to circumvent civil rights law and court decisions. This is based upon a article that I did on the Supreme Court decision Gomillion v. Lightfoot.
Far, too far away,
Sublime, the emperor sits.
To others, they call.
Université de Montréal
Université de Paris-I-Panthéon-Sorbonne
The emperor Louis the Pious was unable to maintain unity and concord between his sons Lothar, Pippin, Louis, and Charles, because each of them was at the center of a developing network, made up of members of the regional élite who were unsatisfied with their lack of communication with the imperial court.
Dust falls to dry earth
drought spreads over the Great Plains
yet the people live.
University of Wisconsin
My dissertation (1991) was on the dust bowl in Kansas.
Gay African men
love, war, mutilation, sex
making a nation?
University of California, Santa Barbara
My dissertation investigates intersections of masculinity construction and militarism in precolonial Rwanda. I’m specifically interested in intimate bonds between soldiers and the processes of emasculating and dehumanizing enemies, and how those enemies reacted when their regions were incorporated into the central kingdom.
manuals to repress them,
heretics fight back.
University of California, Irvine
Dissertation title: Outward Action, Inward Belief: Inquisitors’ Manuals and the Construction of Heresy in the 13th and 14th centutries
My dissertation looks at three inquisitors’ manuals and explores the myriad ways in which those manuals were, or were not, used by inquisitors in the repression of heresy in Languedoc.
In Salem’s Fire
And Halifax Explosion
Title: “Relief and Resistance: Urban Disasters and the Formation of the North American Progressive State,”
The diss (at Duke’s history department) is about the aftermath of the Salem, Mass., Fire (1914) and Halifax, N.S., Explosion (1917), and the interaction between offical, governmental relief and the unofficial and ad hoc aid provided by civil society, individuals, families, and communities.
You can link my name to my webpage, http://www.duke.edu/~jar20
Collecting a stamp
Official souvenir, past
Title: Stamping American Memory: Stamp Collecting in the U.S., 1880s-1930s
By: Sheila Brennan on August 18, 2009 at 5:29pm
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