2007-08 Faculty Presentations

The Department of History faculty at Western Michigan University regularly presents their research.

Conference Presentations

Berkhofer, Robert.
“Charters in Rhetoric and Social Practice in Eleventh- and Twelfth Century France” Haskins Society Conference, Washington, D.C. (panel chair).

Berto, Luigi. “Longobardi inetti, Saraceni sanguinari e Saraceni misericordiosi. L’immagine dei cristiani e dei musulmani a Montecassino nel Medioevo.” Convention of the American Association of Italian Studies, Giardini Naxos, Italy, May 22 - 24, 2008.

Beyan, Amos. “Legal and Environment Influences on the Conduct of the Slave Trade.” Great Lakes History Conference, Grand Valley State University, Grand Rapids, Michigan, October 27, 2007.

Borish, Linda J. “Jewish Women in American Sport Documentary Film, Ethnicity, Gender Sporting Culture and Public Culture,” Middle Atlantic American Studies Association-Great Lakes American Studies Association: American  Play Conference, Strong National Museum of Play, Rochester, NY, April 5, 2008.
Borish, Linda J. “Doing Sport History, Documentary Film, and Public Scholarship: Executive Producing, Funding, Researching, and Writing in “Jewish Women in American Sport:  Settlement Houses to the Olympics,’” North American Society for Sport History Annual Conference, Lake Placid, NY, May 24, 2008.

Brandão, José Antonio. “Material Expressions of French Identity at Fort St. Joseph.” French Colonial Historical Society Conference, Quebec City, Quebec, May 14-18, 2008.

Brandão, José Antonio. Co-author “The Fort St. Joseph (Niles, MI) Cilice and its Implications for Understanding Religious Practice on the French Colonial Frontier.” Society for Historical Archaeology Conference, Albuquerque, New Mexico January 9-13, 2008.

Chirappa, Michael. “Building with Nature: Landscape and Home in Environmental History” American Society for Environmental History, Boise, Idaho, March 12-15, 2008.

Chirappa, Michael. “Making Fish at a Beautiful Place: Landscape Planning and Conservation Ideals at a Michigan Fish Hatchery.” American Society for Environmental History, Boise, Idaho, March 12-15, 2008.

Chirappa, Michael. “Reckoning with the City’s Multiple Environmental Histories—The Case of Philadelphia.” American Society for Environmental History, Boise, Idaho, March 12-15, 2008.

Chirappa, Michael. “Saving Fishtown: Memory, Shared Authority, and the Vernacular Landscape.” Sharing Authority: Building Community-University Alliances through Oral History, Digital Storytelling and Collaboration. A Bilingual International Conference Workshop, Concordia University, Montreal, Canada, February 7-10, 2008.

Devenney, Andrew. “One Britain, One Europe, One World: Arthur Woodburn and the Last Throes of Socialist Internationalism in Scotland, 1960-1970.” Midwest Conference on British Studies, Wright State University, Dayton, Ohio, September 2007.

Dooley, Howard. “’The Battle of Algiers’: History, Film, and Lessons.” Hawaii International Conference on Arts and Humanities, Honolulu, January 14, 2008.

Dooley, Howard. “Suez and Panama: Highways Between the Seas, Microcosms of World History.” 17th Annual World History Association Conference, Queen Mary, University of London, U.K., June 29, 2008.

Elder, E. Rozanne. “Zisterzienser Formungsprozess im zwölften Jahrhundert.“ Plurality and Representation: Religion in Educatin, Culture and Society.  Joint Conference of the European Association for the Study of Religions and the Deutsche Vereinigung für Religionswissenschaft, September 23-27, 2007.

Faires, Nora. “Blacks on the Border: Migration, Freedom, and Detroit as Portal and Destination.” European Social Science History Conference, Lisbon, February 2008.

Faires, Nora. “Freedom Lies Across the River: The International Underground Railroad Memorial, the Great Lakes Borderland, and U.S.-Canada Relations.” Organization of American Historians, New York, March 2008.

Heasley, Lynne. “Teaching Environmental History in the Field: NEH Workshops for K-12 Teachers on the American Farm.” American Society for Environmental History, Boise, Idaho, March 12-15, 2008.

Julien, Catherine. “Collaborative Research on Cabeza de Vaca’s Travel in South America, 1540-45.” Modern Languages Association, Chicago, December 27-30, 2007.

Julien, Catherine. “Making Sense of Larger Processes of Change with Regard to the Potosí “Hotspot.” Crossroads Of Globalization: “Hot Spots” in the Early Modern World. Conference held at Ohio State University, October 12, 2007.

Julien, Catherine. “Se acaudillan por bandos”: los límites en la práctica de historia y antropología y su significado.” La etnohistoria: fronteras trandisciplinarias en a producción del conocimiento, Sucre, April 23-26, 2008.

Julien, Catherine. “What to Read and What Not to Read on the Subject of Inca Religion.” Native American Studies Across Time and Space: International Symposium on the Indigenous Americas. Johannes Gutenberg University, Mainz, Germany, July 12-14, 2007.

Kachun, Mitch. Paper, "First Martyr of Liberty: Crispus Attucks and African American Patriotism in the Black Press, 1848-1920.” American Studies Association, Philadelphia, Oct. 11-14, 2007.

Kachun, Mitch. “Reparations Manifestoes in Two Eras: From Reconstruction to Black Power.” Great Lakes History Conference, Grand Rapids, Mich., Oct. 27, 2007 (Chair and commentator).

Kachun, Mitch. “Women and Print Culture in the Nineteenth-Century United States.” 14th Berkshire Conference for the History of Women, Minneapolis, June 12-15, 2008 (Roundtable Discussant).

Martini, Edwin. “Heroes and Villains Abound: The Life and Work of H. Bruce Franklin.” Annual Meeting of the American Studies Association Philadelphia, PA, October 2007 (Session organizer).

Palmitessa, James. “Sixt of Ottersdorf’s Diarium of the Diet of 1575.” 8th Biennial Symposium on the Bohemian Reformation and Religious Practice, Collegium Europaeum and the Philosophical Institute of the Academy of Sciences of the Czech Republic, Prague, June 17-20, 2008.

Rubin, Eli. "The Flow of Traffic on Three Streets: Landsberger Allee, Karl-Marx-Strasse, and the Allee des Kosmonauten." The Socialist Car, Free University Berlin and the German Historical Institute of Moscow, June 13-14, 2008.

Simon, Larry. “The Enigma of Ricoldo da Montecroce: Authority, Authorship, and Audience in Religious Polemic.” 11th Annual Mediterranean Studies Congress, Leuphana Universität Lüneburg, Germany, May 28-31, 2008.

Steuer, Kenneth. "The Diplomacy of Hunger: The Allied Blockade and Prisoner of War Food Relief in Germany during World War I.” Society of Historians in American Foreign Relations (SHAFR) Annual Conference at Ohio State University, Columbus, OH, June 26 , 2008.

Warren, Wilson. “State of the Field: History Teaching and Learning.”Organization of American Historians Annual Meeting, New York City, NY, 29 March 2008.

Yoshida, Takashi. “For Whom Should We Remember, Minzu, Minjok, or Minzoku? Museum
Displays of Japan’s Imperial Past in China, Japan, South Korea, and Taiwan.” Japan Studies Association of Canada. Toronto, August 18, 2007.

Yoshida, Takashi. Workshop on the Nanjing Massacre at the University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign. February 13, 2008 (Panelist and Discussion Group Member).

 Yoshida, Takashi. Workshop on the Nanjing Massacre at the Hopkins- Nanjing Center, Nanjing, China, December 12, 2007 (Panelist and Discussion Group Member).

Invited Presentations, Lectures, etc.

Berkhofer, Robert. “Forgeries and Historical Writing, 900-1200.” Oxford Medieval Seminar, All Souls College, Oxford, England. January, 2008.

Borish, Linda J. “American Jewish Women Playing Sports: Historical Voices and Images,” Ahavas Israel Sisterhood Donor Dinner, Ahavas Israel Congregation, Grand Rapids, MI May 28, 2008.

Borish, Linda J. “Jewish Women’s Experiences in American Sport” and screening of Jewish Women in American Sport: Settlement Houses to the Olympics, Inaugural “International Conference on Sport and Spirituality,” York, St. John’s University, York, England, August, 28-31, 2007.

Borish, Linda J. “Sport, Physical Education, and Youth: Why the Connection between Sport and Character in American Historical Perspective,” Department of Pediatrics, University of California, Irvine, August 13, 2007.

Borish, Linda J. “`Jewish Women in American Sport: Settlement Houses to the Olympics’: Research and Sport History in Women’s and American Jewish History,” Penn State University, Department of Kinesiology Colloquium Series, February 21, 2008; also Presentation to Jewish Studies Department ,Hillel Center, Center for Ethics and Religious Affairs, and Center for Women’s Students, February 22, 2008, University Park, PA.

Borish, Linda J. Invited Speaker for Presentation and Discussion of the film, Jewish Women in American Sport: Settlement Houses to the Olympics, Rauh Jewish Archives, Senator John Heinz History Center, Pittsburgh, PA, October 14, 2007.

Borish, Linda J. Invited Speaker, Chicago Premiere of Jewish Women in American Sport: Settlement Houses to the Olympics, The Spertus Institute of Jewish Studies, Chicago, IL, September 16, 2007.

Brandão, José Antonio. “Contested History and Historiography: 17th-Century Iroquois Wars.” Keynote Speaker, New York State Archaeological Association, Syracuse, NY, April 19, 2008.

Coryell, Janet. “Music in the Civil War.” Presented at “ Michigan’s Fight for Freedom: The Civil War Era.” Albert L. Lorenzo Cultural Center, Macomb Community College, May 2008.

Faires, Nora. “Bewitched, Bothered, Bewildered, Behind, or Betwixt?” What has the Cultural Turn Made of Us?” York University Department of History, February 2008.

Faires, Nora. “Freedom Lies Across the River: Meditations on a Monument, Migration, and Canada-U.S. Relations.” Michigan State University, May 2008; York University (Toronto), April 2008; York University (Toronto) Glendon Campus, March 2008.

Faires, Nora. “Population Movements and the Making of Canadian-U.S. Relations: The Windsor- Detroit Borderland.” Migrants and Labor Markets: Canada, the United States, Mexico, and the Caribbean as a Migration Region. North American Center for Transborder Studies at Arizona State University in April 2008.

Faires, Nora. “Turkey Dinners and Malaria Nets: American Women's Clubs and the Construction of National Identities Abroad.” Fulbright Orientation Academic Conference, Ottawa, in September 2007.

Heasley, Lynne. Keynote Address at Smithsonian Institution’s “Museum on Main Street” traveling exhibition: “Between Fences,” La Farge, Wisconsin, January 12, 2008. Sponsored by the Wisconsin Humanities Council.

Kachun, Mitch. “Clinton and Obama: Historians Comment on a Historic Election.” 14th Berkshire Conference for the History of Women, Minneapolis, June 12-15, 2008 (Roundtable discussant).

Kachun, Mitch. “Remembering and Forgetting in American History,” Grand Rapids (MI) Torch Club, Sept. 11, 2007.

Maier, Paul. “Christianity and the Competition.” Jerusalem Conference, Sherwood (Little Rock) AR, August 9-10, 2007; and Concordia Seminary, St. Louis MO, October 7-9.

Maier, Paul. “St. Paul – Theologian, Missionary, Universalizer.” Presbyterian Theological Seminary, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, September 16-17, 2007.

Martini, Edwin. “Human Rights and Civil Rights in a Global History Context,” Michigan History and Geography Workshop, Lansing, MI. June 2008.
Martini, Edwin. “Agent Orange and the Legacies of the Vietnam War,”Portage Central High School, Portage, MI. May 2008.

Martini, Edwin. “U.S. Relations with Vietnam, 1975-2005,” West Michigan Chapter of the United Nations Association, Kalamazoo, MI. March, 2008.
Martini, Edwin. “Invisible Enemies: The American War on Vietnam, 1975-2000,” Portage Central High School History Club, Portage, MI. December 2007.

Rubin, Eli. "Berlin-Marzahn: Geschichte eines Aufbaus und die Grundrisse einer neuen Theorie der Erinnerung." The Berlin Program for Advanced German and European Studies, April 28-29, 2008.

Szylvian, Kristin. “Preserving your Community’s Fruit-Growing Industry History” White Lake Public Library, October 22, 2007.

Xiong, Victor. “From Chinese Historians to Chinese Historical Review: The Transformation of an Academic Journal.” Cornell University, History Dept. Workshop on Chinese Historical Review. February 9, 2008.

Xiong, Victor. “North-South Rivalry and Reunification in Early Medieval China.” The First Great Divergence: Europe and China, 300-800 CE, Stanford University. April 9, 2008.

Xiong, Victor. "The Rise and Fall of Sui Yangdi.” Center for East Asian Studies, Stanford University. April 19, 2007.

Yoshida, Takashi. “Educating the Pacific War: Peace and Patriotic Museums in Japan.” Augustana College. Rock Island, IL, January 10, 2008.

Yoshida, Takashi. “Evolving Memory: Changes in How China Remembers Nanjing.” Jōchi (Sophia) University. Tokyo, Japan, December 20, 2007.

Yoshida, Takashi. “Peace Activism and Museums in Postwar Japan.” Kalamazoo College. Kalamazoo, MI, April 9, 2008.

Yoshida, Takashi. “Teaching the History of the Pacific War in the United States: The Role of the Past and Conflict and Reconciliation.” The United States Institute of Peace. Washington, DC, July 30, 2007.