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History Colloquium

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The aim of the History Colloquium is to encourage greater intellectual exchange within the UW community by discussing works-in-progress from faculty members and graduate students. History colloquiua are normally held three times a quarter at 3:30 PM on Mondays. Papers will be sent out one week in advance. To receive the paper and Zoom meeting link, please email

Conveners: Jordanna Bailkin & Jess Cavalari

Upcoming Colloquiua

Fall Quarter 2021

October 11, 2021
"Uniting the Capital: Brandeis, Marshall, and the Upbuilding of Palestine"

Jacob Beckert, History Graduate Student
Discussant: Brendan Goldman (Hazel D. Cole Postdoctoral Fellow in Jewish Studies)

November 1, 2021
"Notes From the Infirmary: Colonial Public Health in Late-Nineteenth-Century British Nevis"

Jess Cavalari, History Graduate Student
Discussant: Bianca Dang, Logan Endowed Chair of American History

November 15, 2021

Yoshio Higomoto, Visiting Professor from Doshisha University, Japan
Discussant: Madison Heslop, History Graduate Student

Past Colloquiua

Winter Quarter 2020

February 10, 2020
"The Culture of Migration in Song China"

Patricia Ebrey, Professor of History
Discussant: Anand Yang

February 24, 2020
"The Gift of Good Health: Chinese Ethnic Health Project on the Tibetan Frontiers, 1951-1953"

Xiaoshun Zeng, PhD Candidate, History
Discussant: Lynn Thomas

Spring Quarter 2020

May 4, 2020
"Love in the Time of Welfare"

Jordanna Bailkin, Professor of History, Jere L. Bacharach Endowed Professor in International Studies
Discussant: Alika Bourgette

May 18, 2020
"Butcher Blocks, Vegetable Stands, and Home-Cooked Food: Resisting Gender and Class Constructions in the Roman World"

Mira Green, Senior Lecturer of History
Discussant: Jeff Haines

June 1, 2020
"Green Devolution: Taiwanese Vegetable Science, Nutrition, and the Developing World, 1969-1989"

James Lin, Assistant Professor, Jackson School of International Studies; Adjunct Assistant Professor, History
Discussant: Adam Warren

Autumn Quarter 2020

October 19, 2020
“Implicated Subjects of Liberal Ottoman Citizenship: Brotherhood, Suffering, and the 1915 Genocide” 

Oya Rose Aktaş, PhD student
Discussant: Glennys Young

November 2, 2020
“A People’s Landscape: Racism and Resistance at UW”

Julian Barr, Geography graduate student, and Madison Heslop, History doctoral candidate, representing Divest and Demilitarize UW
Discussant: Jim Gregory

November 16, 2020
“The Savior" and "The Hill of the Bells," from Borderlands: A Global History of the Mexican Second Empire

Ray Jonas, Professor of History
Discussant: Jorge Bayona

November 30, 2020
“Subverting the Anthropometric Gaze: Racial Science in the 1912 Yale Peruvian Expedition” 

Adam Warren, Associate Professor of History
Discussant: Alika Bourgette

Winter Quarter 2021 Schedule

February 8, 2021
"Black Revolution in the Sea Islands: Empire, Property, and the Emancipation of Land and Labour, 1861-1863"

Frances O'Shaughnessy, History Ph.D. Student
Discussant: Adam Warren, Associate Professor of History

February 22, 2021
"Window to the Sexual Revolution: Leningrad Sociology Confronts the Swinging Sixties."

Brendan McElmeel, History Doctoral Candidate
Discussant: Jordanna Bailkin, Professor of History

March 8, 2021
"Disembodied Rumors of Mutilation: Settler Colonial Anxieties in the Context of the Iquitos Rebellion of 1921-22."

Jorge Bayona, History Doctoral Candidate
Discussant: José Antonio Lucero, Associate Professor of International Studies, Jackson School Associate Director, Chair of Latin America and Caribbean Studies

Spring Quarter 2021 Schedule

May 3, 2021
"The Ladino Left: Racialization and Radical Politics among Ottoman Jews in the United States"

Devin Naar, Isaac Alhadeff Professor in Sephardic Studies & Associate Professor of History
Discussant: William Sampson, History Graduate Student

May 17, 2021
"Picturing Amphibious Seattle" 

Madison Heslop, History Graduate Student
Discussant: Kathryn Bunn-Marcuse, Assistant Professor of Art History & Director of the Bill Holm Center at the Burke Museum

June 1, 2021
"Empire in Need: Seattle and the Federal Government in the 1970s"

Andrew Hedden, History Graduate Student
Discussant: Daniel Bessner, Associate Professor, Jackson School for International Studies