Fall 2021 Courses

Looking for an exciting course this fall? Check out a few of our upcoming history courses.

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Highlighted Fall 2021 Courses

HIST 375A: Histories of Memories in the 19th Century

Instructor: Susan Crane
TR 2:00-3:15 p.m.

This course examines histories of memories through the institutions and technologies that facilitate recall: museums, photography and cinema, print media and visual culture, as well as academic disciplines which emerged in the 19th C. to study memory phenomena. Topics include: histories of history, psychology, archaeology and paleontology; the human body as a site of memory (tattoos, funerary practices); Napoleonic and Civil War memorials; theories of extinction; the first public museums; tourism and souvenirs.

HIST 402P/502P: Archives, Museums, and Zoos: Introduction to Public History

Instructor: Marya McQuirter
M 12:20-2:50 p.m. (Live Online)

This course is designed to introduce students to the theoretical and practical dimensions of public history. Public history is history written primarily for the public and not an academic audience. We will study the work of historians within and outside of the academy who are engaged in educating the public in the places where the majority of people learn history: universities, museums, zoos, YouTube, archives, libraries, film, Wikipedia, social media and on tours. We will also study the ways in which the public is questioning the authority and ownership of history through the creation of their own historical projects.


HIST 472/572: History of Medieval India

Instructor: Richard Eaton
MWF 10:00-10:50 a.m. (Live Online)

This course covers what is by far the most contested period of India’s long and rich history – the period from 1000 to the late 1700s, the beginning of British colonial rule.  Because of the 1947 Partition British India, which divided colonial India into two countries, one of which (Pakistan) was established explicitly on religious grounds, and because of the recent rise of militant Hindu nationalism in the Republic of India, the place of religion and politics before the British period has become an extremely fraught terrain.  For example….

What was the place of Islam in India’s so-called “Muslim period” (1000-late 1700s)?  Who were the rulers, and what did their subjects think about them?  Who, really, was Aurangzeb (r. 1658-1707) – shown above --  probably the world’s most powerful ruler in his day, but reviled by millions of Hindu nationalists today?  What can Indian history in this period tell us about the Indian roots of globalization, about the Industrial Revolution (conventionally thought of as an English thing), or about the idea of “feudalism” beyond Europe or Japan? 

Above all, what happens if we examine such questions based on contemporary evidence, instead of projecting today’s prejudices and agendas onto that immense screen known as precolonial India?  Come and find out.


HIST 486: The Ancient World in Film

Instructor: Alison Futrell
TR 2:00-3:15 p.m. (Flex In-Person)

This course will explore the ways in which the ancient Mediterranean has been represented in film, from Ben-Hur (1925, 1959, 2016) to The Mummy (1932, 1999, 2017) to 300 (2007) and HBO's Rome (2005, 2007). The course will focus on ancient events and narratives as depicted in specific movies, analyzing how producers selectively used and interpreted ancient evidence in order to craft certain kinds of plots and characters; we will also consider how those choices affect popular understanding of the ancient world. Some specific issues to be investigated include the meaning of graphic violence (gritty realism? the gendered body?), the presentation of Egypt as a font of mystic (and doomed!) power, the Roman past as a site of voyeuristic seduction and the presentation of Roman spectacle as an emblem of ruthless imperialism. Readings will include both ancient authors in translation and modern analyses of individual films.



HIST 496H / HIST 498: Senior Research Capstone

Options for fall 2021 include:

  • HIST 498 (001): Travelers and Cross-Cultural Encounters in World History (Prof. Richard Eaton) - Wednesdays, 3:00-5:30 p.m. (Live Online)

  • HIST 498 (102/202): Violence in the American West or National Parks in History (Prof. Jeremy Vetter) - Fully Online

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