The Department of History at UH Mānoa is launching a new annual lecture series that will combine presentations of research with an ongoing discussion around a central shared theme. Our first annual theme will be "De-Centering the Nation State: Historical Methodology within a Pacific Geography" (more details below). The History Workshop will bring together a diverse group of scholars whose varied historical approaches, and temporal and geographical orientations, will promote a lively and productive intellectual exchange.
This is an initial call for proposals from faculty and graduate students who are interested in providing an original presentation relevant to the 2010-2011 and 2011-2012 annual themes. The History Workshop will convene the first Friday of every month and will consist of a 45 minute presentation, followed by a collective discussion. Faculty members are invited to consider their own research in light of the workshop’s theme. Interested graduate students are encouraged to propose a shorter paper to be presented as part of a panel session that would meet during the spring semester and include 3-4 student presentations relevant to the workshop’s thematic focus.
If you are interested in presenting a paper, or joining a panel discussion, please email with a tentative title and topic, and a list of preferred dates. Thank you.
History Workshop Annual Themes
De-Centering the Nation State: Historical Methodology within a Pacific Geography
The theme for the 2010-2011 academic year draws on one of the foundational strengths and unique characteristics of history faculty at UH Mānoa: the diversity of geographical orientations that inform historical approaches geared towards thinking through and beyond the boundaries of the nation state. Methodological approaches including World History, Transnational History, and Diaspora studies have become increasingly important tools within the historical discipline. This inaugural workshop is intended to have scholars consider the ways in which such methodologies can contribute to the university’s broader mission by cultivating a deeper understanding of history, place, and intellectual practice in Asia and the Pacific Islands.
War and Society: Considering Justice, Violence, and the Military in History
The theme for the 2011-2012 academic year will draw upon another shared interest among faculty in the department, military history, and provide the opportunity for a topical discussion of the significance of military history in light of an array of distinct methodological and conceptual approaches to the subject matter. The inclusion of the question of social justice embodies an effort to engage the University of Mānoa’s strategic goal of advancing “stable, peaceful, prosperous and democratic relations” in a region deeply affected by the military. The considerable interest in military history on the UH campus and in the broader local community, combined with the diversity of research interests and approaches among History scholars, provides a unique opportunity to consider the intersection of war and society as our annual theme.
Matt Romaniello and Suzanna Reiss
University of Hawai'i at Manoa
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