History 499 offerings – Spring 2015
Formations of Identity in the Modern World: Gender, Sexuality, Ethnicity, Race and Nationality – Dr. Ali Igmen – World
This senior seminar explores the ways in which modern identities emerged around the world during the nineteenth- and twentieth-centuries. It examines the various influential state-initiated projects of modernity, which established new ways of seeing gender, sexuality, ethnicity, race and nationality. The seminar requires students to analyze oral and written primary sources with the support of the scholarship on modernity and identity studies, and encourages them to challenge the normative identity constructions.
The History of Environment and Technology – Dr. Andrew Jenks – European
We will be exploring the history of environment and technology. Students are free to choose topics that examine the intersection of technology and/or environment and politics, society and culture.
The Age of the Crusades – Dr. Marie Kelleher – Ancient/Medieval
This course examines the wars waged between the Christians of the medieval West and their non-Catholic neighbors from the eleventh through the thirteenth centuries. Topics may include (but are not limited to): holy war and the idea of crusading; crusading in the Holy Land; the military orders; crusading and gender; crusades against Jews, heretics, and Byzantine Christians.
Role of Nonhuman Nature in American History - Dr. Brett Mizelle – U.S.
This section of History 499 will examine recent work interrogating the role of nonhuman nature—including but not limited to geography, soils, plants, animals, “wilderness” and natural resources—in American history and life. While an extensive background in the historiography about the human place in and relationship with the natural world is not required, it is assumed that all participants in the seminar will have had sufficient upper-division course work in American history (at least six completed units) and come to History 499 with some sense of a general narrative of U.S. history.
We will begin the semester by rethinking United States history from an environmental perspective. Then we will contrast a famous overview of the role of wilderness in American culture with a recent collection of scholarly essays revising that history. We will then read at least three monographs on specific case studies of the human relationship with the natural world in North America. These will come from different disciplinary perspectives and from both within and outside of the academy, so you will be asked to consider questions about both their content and the contributions such approaches make to the study of American history.
Although I will occasionally make brief presentations on selected topics and readings, this seminar will revolve around student reading, in-class discussion, and research. Because this seminar is a cooperative effort I expect each of you to attend class meetings having completed the reading and prepared to participate in a lively, informed and constructive manner.
History of Women in American Media and Popular Culture - Dr. Sarah Schrank – U.S.
The course will start with early twentieth century working-class women’s urban experience of film and pulp fiction, tracing the dynamic between public life, labor, and new sexual mores, and will continue through the rise of reality television and Susan Douglas’ concept of “enlightened sexism.” Women’s role in modern public life has been controversial and highly gendered with a complex line drawn between the meanings of femininity and feminism. American cultural historians such as Nan Enstad, Kathy Peiss, Maxine Leeds Craig, and Joanne Meyerowitz have made important arguments about early twentieth-century women’s culture and its liberating relationship to the new worlds of fashion and commercial entertainment. As we have moved into the twenty-first century, women’s access to the professions and powerful political positions has accelerated while representations of women and girls in the media have become increasingly sexualized, misogynistic, and distorted. Students will be reading a wide range of historical and critical material addressing women in the media and popular culture and will be preparing research papers on approved topics directly related to this field.
Oral History Program
402. Oral History Methods (1) Dr. Ali IgmenTo acquire basic skills and an understanding of the complex practical, theoretical and ethical issues surrounding the practice of oral history, this one-unit course is offered every semester in the history department. It begins the third week of the semester and meets for eight class sessions. Students must also conduct a mini research/field work project.
498O. Directed Studies in Oral History (1-3) Dr. Ali Igmen
This course is individually supervised research, with the topic to be determined by the student. Student conferences are scheduled on an individual basis. Other courses with an oral history component:
- 301. Methodology of History (3) – Alkana, Berberian, Cleary, Shafer, Vatter
Oral history is one of the historical methodologies introduced in this class, required of all history majors, and students can elect to do an oral history project as part of the course requirement.
473. California History (3) -Quam-WickhamIn some sections of this course, oral history methodology is introduced and an oral history project is assigned
For further information contact: Ali Igmen, Oral History Program Director, Department of History, California State University, Long Beach, 1250 Bellflower Blvd., Long Beach, CA 90840. Tel.: (562) 985-8765. Fax: (562) 985-5431. E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org.