Humanities Careers in Science History, Policy, and Communication

    This year-long career development program (September 2019 – June 2020) is inspired by a message from anthropologist and science museum professional Adrian van Allen (Quai Branly Museum, Paris:) “People in museums are either academically trained or practically trained. If you can come in with both you are a perfect candidate.” H-SCHIP will develop technical skills and background knowledge appropriate for careers in science museums, archives, science communication, and public history. A thorough knowledge of exhibit design, public pedagogy, and digital humanities is essential for academically trained researchers who choose to pursue public-facing careers. Through the development of digital programming, interpretive installations, and public pedagogy, H-SCHIP will bridge this gap between theory and praxis and allow students to enter the job market as competitive candidates.
Currently accepting applications from UCR, UCLA, UCI, UCSB, and UCSD. Please see the call for applicants here. DEADLINE EXTENDED TO AUGUST 1!

Workshop will vary according to participant interest, but may include GIS, science journalism, exhibit design, and collaborations with local history and science institutions. See the application for more information, or email

UCR HGSA Conference: Sovereignty & Power

Sovereignty & Power


Welcome 9:00-9:30 INTS 1109

Keynote 9:30-10:30 INTS 1109
Dr. Catherine Gudis, UCR Public History
“Critical Tourism and Embodied Geographies: Traveling with the Bureau of Goods Transport”

Panel 1: 11:00-12:10 INTS 1109
Chair: Katrin Boniface

Ian Galbraith, UC Riverside
Red Dead Recall: Settler Gaming Across Indigenous Lands

Kate Mower, UC Riverside
“Ghosts of Timisoara: An Investigation into Casualty Numbers at the Outbreak of the Romanian Revolution”

Jeff Leavitt, Cal State Fullerton
“Cultures Held Hostage: Repatriation, Sovereignty, and the Continuation of the Imperial Paradigm”

Lunch 12:10-2:00 INTS 1109

Panel 2: 2:00-3:10 INTS 1109
Chair: Gabriella Train

Jacob Green, UCLA
“Are Psychedelics the Key to Understanding Mystical Experience?”

Arlo Elliott, CalPoly San Luis Obispo
“‘You Cannot Slaughter Ideas’: Liberalism and the State of Exception in Argentina”

Evan Suda, UC Riverside
“Mexican Diaspora, Identity, and Repatriation (1850-1860)”

Panel 3: 3:30-4:40 INTS 1109
Chair: Margaret Hanson

John Peyton, Indiana University—Bloomington
“‘Seeking Opportunity and Adapting to Change, but Remaining Indian’: The 1814 Greenville Treaty, Miami Diplomacy, and the Question of Cultural Adaptation”

Amanda K. Wixon, UC Riverside
“Red Power: Clubs and Community at Sherman Indian High School”

Kevan Malone, UC San Diego
“Growth Without Water: Urbanization and the Crisis of Sustainability in the Tijuana-San Diego Borderlands, 1945-1965”

Reception 6:00-8:00 Alumni Center
Please join us for food, fellowship, and photos.


Welcome 8:30-9:00 HMNSS History Library

Panel 4: 9:00-10:10 HMNSS History Library
Chair: John Haberstroh

 Sukhdip Kaur Jagrop Singh, UC Irvine
“Multiple Scripts of Kingship: The Establishment of Sovereignty and Power Through Culture in Mughal India”

David Hlusak, San Francisco State University
“Crushing Armor and Bones: A Review of the Potential of War Elephants is the Hellenistic Period”

Engin Mert Gokcek, UC Riverside
“Çaka Bey of Smyrna, A Turkish Claimant to the Roman Throne”

Panel 5 10:30-12:00 HMNSS History Library.
Chair: Engin Mert Gokcek

Adi Berglez, San Francisco State University
“Siam’s Success in Avoiding Colonization by European Powers (1500 – 1900)”

Sinduja Raja, University of Denver
“Militarization and administration in Kashmir: Negotiating violence, resistance and participation in the sovereign state”

Amber Mc Dermott, UC Riverside
“In the Darkness of the Catacombs: Changing Perceptions of Bodies and Death in late-eighteenth century France”

Lunch (provided) & Workshop 12:00-2:00 HMNSS History Library
“Who owns history in the college classroom?”

Closing Remarks 2:00 HMNSS History Library
Afternoon time for research at UCR’s special collections, a visit to the Botanic Gardens, or just have a leisurely trip home. We hope to see you again at future conferences.




California State Historian II Civil Service Exam

Applications are open until March 6 to apply to take the State Historian II Civil Service Exam. In order to be eligible to work in California State Parks as a permanent staff member, applicants must pass this exam.

For the first time, the exam is on-line with no personal interview requirement to get on the state’s hiring list. It is fully weighted toward Training and Experience of the candidate. For full classification specs, see the following:

See the attached pdf for the full announcement: StateHistorian II 9PR02

Call for Papers: “Sovereignty and Power” at UCR May 17-18, 2019

Call for Papers

University of California, Riverside
Graduate History Conference
“Sovereignty and Power”
May 17-18, 2019

   The History Graduate Student Association at UC Riverside is now accepting abstracts for 20-minute paper presentations related to the theme “Sovereignty and Power.” We will have a keynote speaker (TBD), as well as a professionalization workshop (TBD) on the second day of the conference.

   How does sovereignty interact within and without power structures? How do nations interact within a dominant cultural or economic hegemony? How do individuals act as sovereign over themselves or groups? How is sovereignty expressed differently depending on local, global, and imperial contexts? How do individuals or groups adapt the rhetoric of sovereignty in the face of internal/external pressures? In what ways does power inhibit or promote claims of sovereignty?

How does sovereignty and/or power intersect with:

  • Nations, Nationhood, and “Imagined Communities” (Anderson 1983)
  • Identity Politics
  • Religion and Religiosity
  • Gender
  • Monarchy, Oligarchy, Democracy, and/or Tyranny
  • Empire, Expansion, and Confrontation
  • Land Stewardship and Natural Resources
  • The Built Environment
  • Rhetoric and Advertising
  • Cultural Practices
  • Language Retention

   Papers in history and related disciplines, regardless of geographic or temporal boundaries, are welcome. We invite submissions for individual papers from MA and PhD level students. Abstracts should include a working title and brief description of the main argument.

   Please send a 300-word abstract and a one-page CV to by February 15th, 2019. Acceptance notifications will be sent out in March 2019. The HGSA is currently unable to provide travel bursaries at this time, but we encourage applicants to seek travel funding from their home institutions.