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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.




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.



Public History Jobs

   If you are on the job market or just trying to keep abreast of the job market, please note the following Public History positions. Of course, check H-Net and elsewhere for a more complete listing. The deadlines are all asap.

  • UNC Greensboro’s Department of History is seeking candidates for a tenure-track assistant professor position in Public History. The History Department currently offers a Master’s in History with a concentration in Museum Studies and a PhD with a Public History Minor and is expanding its undergraduate public history offerings. The Master’s program merges theory and practice with traditional history courses, internships, and year-long public history capstone projects. See job posting at
  • UMass Boston seeks qualified applicants for a tenure track assistant professor position in Public History. Teaching responsibilities include courses in Public History and U.S. Labor/Working Class History.  For details, please see H-Net:
  • The University of Oregon (UO-Portland) School of Architecture and Environment invites applications for the Art DeMuro Professor in Historic Preservation, a full-time, endowed tenure-related position at the rank of assistant or associate professor at the UO’s Portland, Oregon location to begin September 2019. Candidates should have the potential to make a strong contribution in research, teaching, and service to the program’s nationally-recognized professional master’s degree program in the Historic Preservation Program and the affiliated architecture program. We especially welcome applicants who will engage a rigorous and innovative research/practice at the forefront of cultural resource management, heritage conservation, or building science. Applications due Nov 15. To apply, go to:
  • The Department of History at the University of Colorado Denver invites applications for an assistant or associate professor position in public history, emphasizing museum studies, community studies, and digital studies, with a specialty in the American West. The Department seeks a dynamic scholar-teacher who has both practical experience and theoretical knowledge of the field of public history. Our future colleague should be able to engage with our vibrant local public history community to facilitate internships and collaborations. In addition to promise of research, the successful candidate will have demonstrated success in teaching, mentoring, and inspiring students of diverse ethnicities, nationalities, and genders, including first-generation undergraduates. Applicants must hold a doctorate in history when the position begins in August 2019.For more information and to apply for the position, visit (job number 14739). Direct questions to Marjorie Levine-Clark at Applications received by November 1, 2018 will receive full consideration; however, applications will continue to be accepted until the position is filled.