Upcoming Events

October 6, 2017: “Writing Across Cultures in the Early Modern World
11 AM – 3 PM; Humanities 1, rm. 210
In the past decade, historians and literary scholars have become increasingly interested in the global circulation of the written word. Much of this scholarship has focused on the movement of printed books. Other projects, such as Stanford’s Mapping the Republic of Letters initiative, have traced epistolary networks that spanned continents and oceans. But what about the cross-cultural movement of textual artifacts that weren’t books or letters? This symposium will explore the limits of book history. At what point does an object shade into being a textual artifact? How can we make space for a less Eurocentric book history by following the itineraries of objects, like textiles, tattoos, or mummies, which encoded information in ways that differed from the format of book or the letter?
Co-sponsored by the “Andrew W. Mellon Fellowship of Scholars in Critical Bibliography at Rare Books School”


Photograph of Ana CandelaJanuary 11, 2018: Ana Candela [Talk Title TBA]
1:30 – 3 PM; Humanities 1, rm. TBA
Ana Maria Candela is an assistant professor of sociology at Binghamton University. Her research focuses on Chinese migrations to Latin America and on the global dimensions of Chinese history and China’s social transformations. She is currently working on a book manuscript that examines Peruvian Chinese transnationalism through a translocal history of Chinese migrants to Peru within the context of the unfolding global processes of migration, colonization and national development from the 1870s to the 1940s. [Dr. Candela earned her Ph.D. from the UCSC History Department in 2013.]



Past Events

2016-2017 Speaker Series

May 8: Brett Rushforth “‘Daily Trafficke with the Frenchmen’: Merchant Colonialism and African Sovereignty in the Sixteenth-Century Atlantic”

March 9: Zachary Lockman, “Adventures in Field-Building: On the History of Area Studies/Middle East Studies in the United States”

February 23: Ruth Mostern, “Loess is More: A Spatial and Ecological History of Erosion on Imperial China’s Northwest Frontier”

November 17: Marc Matera, “The Global 1930s: The International Decade

Past NEH Initiatives

2011 National Endowment for the Humanities Summer Seminar

2009 National Endowment for the Humanities Summer Seminar