Upcoming Events


watercolor of a woman appearing before a Chinese court official for punishmentApril 7: CONFERENCE: Intimate States: Family, Domestic Space, and the State
Co-Sponsored by the Society for the History of Children and Youth, Cowell College, and the UCSC Humanities Institute

This event is free and open to the public. View the program here.

During the global modernization drive, states and political movements often tied modernization to changes in gender roles and family structures; however, states’ and political movements’ attention to family practices was not new to the modern era. Efforts at state intervention in the domestic sphere have included early modern China’s regulation of family structures, colonial states’ removal of indigenous children from their families, and Soviet housing construction and provision. The UCSC Center for World History is excited to host a graduate-student conference that will explore early-modern and modern examples of such state and political interactions with the family. The program was coordinated by graduate students at UCSC, and the presenters include graduate students from around the UC system. Professor Mary Jo Maynes, of the University of Minnesota, author of The Family: A World History and Schooling in Western Europe: A Social History, will give a keynote lecture.



Past Events

2017-2018 Events

Watercolor of a Calcutta boatman.February 22, 2018: Titas Chakraborty, “Controlling ‘Quarrelsome Workers’: Boatmen of Bengal, English East India Company State and the Global Mobility Transition, 1701-1806”
1:30 – 3 PM; Humanities 1, rm. 210

Titas Chakraborty completed her Ph.D. at the University of Pittsburgh in 2016 and is currently a postdoctoral fellow at the Institute for Historical Studies at the University of Texas. She is writing a book with the working title of “Mobile Workers of the Companies: Labor, Migration and Resistance in Bengal, 1650-1837.” It investigates Bengali workers for the East India Company and their lives, mobility, and resistance in the Indian Ocean World.




Event flyerOctober 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”


January 11, 2018: Ana Candela, “From Compradors to Hacendados: Cantonese Merchants in Peru and the Expanding Settler Colonial Frontiers of the Cantonese Pacific
1:30 – 3 PM; Humanities 1, rm. 210

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.]


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