2015-16 Faculty Presentations

The Department of History faculty at Western Michigan University regularly travel to conferences and present their research. For additional information on our faculty, visit faculty directory pages and scholarworks.wmich.edu.

2015-16 Conference Presentations

Benac, David.    “The Vernonia Friendship Jamboree and Logging Show: The Creation of Heritage and Identity.” American Society for Environmental History, Seattle, WA, March 2016.

Berkhofer, Robert.
“Reading the Dossier of Saint-Denis as History.”  International Medieval Congress, Leeds, United Kingdom, July 2016.

Berto, Luigi. “The Crusades and the Byzantines in Medieval Venetian Chronicles.” Ninth International Conference of Society for the Study of the Crusades and the Latin East, Odense Denmark, June 2016.

Berto, Luigi.  “The others and their stories: Byzantines, Franks, Lombards, and Muslims in Ninth-Century Neapolitan narrative Texts.”  Eighteenth Annual Mediterranean Studies Association Congress, University of Palermo, Palermo, Italy, May 2016.

Berto, Luigi.  “Teaching the Perception of the Others in an American University.” Eighth International Conference on Teaching, Education and Learning, Kuala Lampur, Malaysia, December 2015.

Brandão. José.  “Champlain’s 1615 Raid Against the Iroquois: Myth, Reality, and Consequences.”  Royal Ontario Museum and Champlain Society Symposium on Champlain: The Man, The Explorer, The Enigma, Royal Ontario Museum, Toronto, Ontario, September 2015. 

Brandão, José. “A 1695-99, 1700, 1718, 1727 Cadillac: Examining the History of Newberry Library Ayer Manuscripts 130 and 293, the Relation[s] du sieur De lamotte/ La Mothe Cadillac.” SEA/OIEAHC Conference, Loyola University and Newberry Library, Chicago, IL, June 2015.

Dooley, Howard. “The Hungarian Uprising of 1956: Myth, Memory, and History.” World History Association Conference, Savannah, GA, July 2015. 

Hadden, Sally. Paper, “Powers of Attorney in Colonial Boston.” Twenty-second Biennial British Legal History Conference, University of Reading, Reading, UK, July 2015.

Heasley, Lynn. “On the Cusp: Environmental Studies Programs, History Departments, and the Environmental Historians Betwixt and Between.” American Society for Environmental History Annual Meeting, Seattle, WA, March 2016.

Heasley, Lynn. “Close Encounters.” University of Michigan Bear River Writer’s Conference, Boyne City, MI,  June  2016.

Kachun, Mitch. “Charles Stewart (a/k/a Col. J. O. Midnight): A Forgotten Voice from the Early 20th Century Black Press.” 100th Annual Meeting of the Association for the Study of African American Life and History, Atlanta, GA, September, 2015.

Rubin, Eli. “Amnesiopolis: Prefabricated Housing Settlements, Socialism, and Space on East Berlin’s Margins.” Association for Slavic, East European and Eurasian Studies Annual Meeting, Philadelphia, PA, October 2015. 

Rubin, Eli.  Amnesiopolis: Macht, Raum und Alltag in Marzahn-Hellersdorf." Leibnizinstitut für Regionalentwicklung und Strukturplanung Conference on “Macht-Räume in der DDR,”  Erkner, Germany, September 2015.

Simon, Larry. “Slavery in the Western Mediterranean Kingdom of Mallorca in the Thirteenth Century: Domestic and Personal or Collective and Agricultural?” 23rd International Medieval Congress, University of Leeds, Leeds, UK, July 2016.

Simon, Larry.  “Ethnicity in the Middle Ages: Religion and the Phenotypical Description of Slaves in the Thirteenth-Century Kingdom of Mallorca.” The Forty-Second Annual Sewanee Medieval Colloquium, The University of the South, Sewanee, TN, April 2016.

Simon, Larry.  “Feasts and Foodstuffs in the Royal Registers and Autobiography of Jaume I, “el Conqueridor” (r. 1213-76).” Second International Symposium of Mens et Mensa Society for the Study of Food in the Middle Ages, Brescia University College, London, Ontario, Canada, October  2015.

Strong, Anise. “Well-Washed Whores: Prostitutes, Brothels, and Water Usage in the Roman Empire,” Society for Classical Studies Annual Conference, San Francisco, CA, January 2016.

Strong, Anise. “The Empress’ Gaze: Roman Women Looking at Men in Film and Television,” Feminism & Classics VII, University of Washington, Seattle, WA, May 2016.

2015-16 invited presentations and lectures

Benac, David, “Log Rolling, Axe Throwing, and the Owl: The Heritage Legacy of the Timber Industry in Oregon,” Oregon State University Libraries and Press

Berkhofer, Robert. Faith and Forgery in the Liber Traditionum of Saint Peter’s, Ghent,” Program in Medieval Studies, Northern Illinois University, March 2016.

Berkhofer, Robert. “Reality Fictions and Forged Pasts: Monastic Historical Writings and Forgeries in the 11th and 12th Centuries,” Center for Medieval and Renaissance Studies, University of Minnesota-Twin Cities , October 2015.

Berkhofer, Robert. “The Cotswolds and Oxford” and “London: A Stay in England’s Capital.” Smithsonian Journeys.

Borish, Linda. “`Religion Among the Young has Never Been as Popular as the Gymnasium or the Swimming Pool’: Jewish Young Women in American Sport in Gender and Ethnic Contexts,” at “Arenas of Competition. Challenging Perspectives on Sports and Religions” Conference, Lund University, Lund, Sweden, October 14–16, 2015.

Borish, Linda.  “American Jewish Sportswomen: The 1935 Maccabi Games and the 1936 Berlin Olympics,” The Nazi Olympics Berlin 1936 Lecture Series, presented by the Schusterman Center for Jewish Studies, in conjunction with the H.J. Luther Stark Center for Physical Culture and Sports and the Texas Program in Sport and Media, The University of Texas, Austin, TX, January 24, 2016.

Borish, Linda. “Making Jewish Women Visible in American Sport History” for “Michigan Women who Made a Difference Jewish Voices Conference,” Michigan Jewish Historical Society, Grand Rapids, MI, June 27, 2016.

Brandão, José. “Pathways of Change: Natives, Newcomers and the Waterways of Northeastern North America.” Lee Honors College Lyceum Lecture Series, Western Michigan University, January 13, 2016.

Coryell, Janet. “A Team of Their Own: The All-American Girls Professional Baseball League,” film showing and talk at the All-American Girls Professional Baseball League Players’ Association Annual Reunion, South Bend, IN, August 2015; at Grand Valley State University, Grand Rapids, MI, October 2015; at the Heritage Museum and Cultural Center, St. Joseph, MI, May  2016.

Hadden, Sally. "The Last British Justice in Colonial America: Charleston's Board of Police, 1780-1782," Ohio State University Early American History Workshop, Columbus, 2016.

Hadden, Sally. “Loyalist Lawyers in Exile,” British Library, Eccles Centre for American Studies, London, 2015.

Heasley, Lynn. “Image as Data, Image As Art: Exploring Photography as a Field Method,” Stewardship Network annual conference, Lansing, Michigan, January 15-16, 2016.

Kachun, Mitch. Presentation, “First Martyr of Liberty? Crispus Attucks in American Memory,” Perspectives Interdisciplinary Study Group, Indian Institute of Information Technology, Guwahati, Assam, India, March 4, 2016.

Kachun, Mitch. “Violence and Memory in World History: The Case of American Slavery,” International Seminar on Politics, History and Fiction in South Asia with Special Focus on Pakistan and North East India, Gauhati University, Guwahati, Assam, India, Feb. 26, 2016.

Kachun, Mitch.  “America’s and India’s British Colonial Experiences: A Comparison,” B. Borooah College Honorary Lecture, B. Borooah College, Guwahati, Assam, India, Feb. 19, 2016.

Kachun, Mitch.  “The Historical Context of E. L. Doctorow’s Ragtime,” American Literature seminar, B. Borooah College, Guwahati, Assam, India January 25, 2016.

Kachun, Mitch.  “Literary Texts as Historical Sources: American Slave Narratives,” Graduate Literature Special Seminar, Gauhati University, Guwahati, Assam, India, Jan. 23, 2016.

Palmitessa, James. “Reproducing the State: Associational Life, Agency, and State Socialism in a Plattenbausiedlung”at “New Research on the GDR,” University of Wisconsin-Madison Department of German Studies, April, 2016.

Palmitessa, James.  “Amnesiopolis: Space, Time and the City” at “Chronopolis: Time & Urban Space,” University of Michigan Department of German Studies, October, 2015.

Xiong, Victor. “Pre-Qin Luoyang and Urban History,” Union University, Beijing, China. June 3, 2016.

Yoshida, Takashi. “Remembering Nanjing: The Nanjing Massacre in American, Chinese, and Japanese History and Memory,” Eastern Michigan University, January 14, 2016.

Yoshida, Takashi.  “Reappraising the ‘Rape of Nanking’: The History and Memory of the Nanjing Massacre in Japan, China, and the United States,” Hebrew University of Jerusalem, November 22-24, 2015.

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