2011-12 Faculty Presentations

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

Conference Presentations

Berto, Luigi. “Defenders of the Holy Land and Romania: The Venetian Viewpoint about Crusading and the Byzantine Empire after the Fourth Crusade.” International Conference of the Society for the Study of the Crusades and the Latin East, Caceres, Spain, June 2012.

Berto, Luigi. “Past and Present in the Cronicae Sancti Benedicti Casinensis.” Sixth International Congress of the Medieval Chronicle Association, Pécs, Hungary, July 2011.

Berto, Luigi. ‘The Venetian Way to be Part of the Byzantine Koiné during the High Middle Ages.” Cultural Exchanges between Byzantium, East and West in the Late Byzantine World, 12th-16th centuries, University of Haifa, Haifa, Israel, May 2012.

Berto, Luigi. “The Worst Enemies of the Early Medieval Southern Lombards: The Image of the Lombard Elites in Erchempert’s History of the Beneventan Lombards (c. 890).” Annual Meeting of the Mediterranean Studies Association, Juraj Dobrila University, Pula/Pola, Croatia, May-June 2012.

Borish, Linda J. Panelist: “Religion and Sport: The State of the Field.” American Academy of Religion Annual Meeting, San Francisco, CA, November 2011.
Borish, Linda J. Roundtable Presentation: “Jews and Sports: Interdisciplinary Approaches.” The American Jewish Historical Scholars’ Conference on American Jewish History, New York, NY, June 2012.

Brandão, J.A. Discussant, "Terror and Violence in the Lives of Indian Women." Eighteenth Annual Conference of the Omohundro Institute of Early American History and Culture, Huntington Library, San Marino CA., June 2012.

Cousins, James. “The Trial of James A. Welsh: An Instance of Student Rebellion on the Early American Frontier.” Organization of Educational Historians, Chicago, IL, October 2011.

Dooley, Howard. “The Great Leap Outwards: China’s Return to the Seas.” World History Association Conference, Capital Normal University, Beijing, China, July 2011.

Dooley, Howard. “KL To KZOO: Twenty-Five Years of ‘Twinning Programmes’ between Malaysia and Michigan.” Southeast Asia and World History Symposium, Pannasastra University, Siem Reap, Cambodia, January 2012.

Gray, Marion. “Competition for Authority over Green Spaces in Berlin’s District of Steglitz, 1920-1950.” European Society for Environmental History, Turku, Finland, July 2011.

Gray, Marion. “Economic and Ecological Consequences of Enclosure of the Commons in two German Villages.” Agricultural History Society, Manhattan, KS, June 2012.

Gray, Marion. "The Nature and Gender of the Cameral Sciences." German Studies Association, Louisville, KY, September  2011.

Gray, Marion. “Trading a River for a Canal: The Bäke River of Steglitz and the Teltow Canal,” American Society for “Environmental History, Madison WI, March 2012.

Hadden, Sally. “Grand Jury Presentments in Colonial South Carolina.” Twentieth Biennial British Legal History Conference, Cambridge University, Cambridge, England, 2011.

Kachun, Mitch. “First Martyr of Liberty: Crispus Attucks in American Memory.” Association for the Study of African American Life and History Annual Meeting, Richmond, VA, October 2011.

Palmitessa, James. “The Evolution of Inheritance Law in Bohemia in the Fifteenth and Sixteenth Centuries.” Forty-seventh Annual International Congress on Medieval Studies, Kalamazoo, MI, May 2012.

Rubin, Eli. “Kitsch, Communism, and Neurosis:  The Burg-Giebichenstein School and the Rise of Modern Design in the German Democratic Republic.”  German Studies Association Annual Meeting, Louisville, KY, September 2011.

Strong, Anise. “Almost Wives: The Liminal Status of Elite Roman Concubine.” Feminism & Classics VI, May 2012.

Strong, Anise. “Cicero, the Common Man, and Civil Wars in Late Republican Rhetoric.” Association of Ancient Historians, May 2012.

Warren, Wilson J. “History Alive! is History Dead: Historical Thinking Skills and the History Alive! Curriculum.” Great Lakes History Conference, Grand Rapids, MI, October 2011

Invited Presentations and Lectures

Brandão, J.A. "Women of New France." Tri-City Museum Lecture Series, Grand Haven, MI, March 2012.

Brandão, J.A. "The Fur Trade in New France." Fort St. Joseph Archaeological Project Lecture Series, Niles, MI, July 2011.

Cousins, James. Commentator, “The Morals of Education: Ideology and Educators on the World Stage.” International Graduate Historical Studies Conference, Midland, MI, April 2012.

Dooley, Howard. “In the Wake of Zheng He?: China’s New Treasure Fleets.” Rajagiri Centre for Business Studies, Rajagiri College, Cochin, Kerala, India, January, 2012.

Dooley, Howard. Chair and moderator, “Indonesia: Prospects for Prosperity?” Great Decisions Foreign Policy Discussion Series, Aquinas College, Grand Rapids, MI, March 2012.

Heasley, Lynne. Chair and commentator, “Coastal Environmental Histories from the Atlantic to the Pacific.” American Society for Environmental History Annual Meeting, Madison, Wisconsin, March 2012. 

Pyenson, Lewis R. Chair, “In the Context of Nationalism, Race, and Religion: Three Case Studies of Deutschtum in South America, 1820 to the Present.” American Historical Association, Chicago, IL, January 2012.

Xiong, Victor. “Ancient Historiography East and West.” Lecture at Grand Valley State University, Allendale, MI, February 2012

Xiong, Victor. “A Comparative Study of Historiography in China and the West.” Lecture at Tsinghua University, Beijing, China, May 2012